DVD Verdict reviews: TAKING LIVES: UNRATED EDITION and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE DREAMERS: NC-17 EDITION,
    FREAKS, KNIGHT RIDER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, LAND OF THE LOST: THE
    COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, PASSION, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: THE JEAN-
    LUC PICARD COLLECTION, THE STATION AGENT, TAKING LIVES: UNRATED EDITION,
    TUPAC: RESURRECTION, and THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG:


    THE DREAMERS: NC-17 EDITION (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall
    score 90/100):
    "The story is sweet and charming, and often it is interrupted with
    filmic exclamation points -- scenes from classic cinema pepper the film
    to illustrate what the characters are referencing. Film geeks will
    rejoice in guessing them."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/thedreamers.php

    FREAKS (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 93/100):
    "There'll never be another movie like Tod Browning's amazing,
    horrifying, and altogether bizarre Freaks. It's a film that couldn't be
    produced today, even if they tried."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/freaks.php

    KNIGHT RIDER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (reviewed by Sandra Dozier,
    overall score 85/100):
    "Watching car stunts that don't rely on CGI for safety or effect has
    its own special thrill. Realizing that there are real people inside
    the cars, risking their lives (or at least their health, since
    getting slammed down all the time during car jumps isn't great for
    the spine) lends everything a sort of heavy reality that helps get
    the adrenalin pumping."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/knightriderseason1.php

    LAND OF THE LOST: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (reviewed by Bill Gibron,
    overall score 90/100):
    "While it may be some manner of speculative fiction blasphemy to say it,
    Land of the Lost is actually pretty good. As a matter of fact, it
    borders on greatness so many times that when it does go lamentably
    loopy, you can't help but sigh in satisfied acknowledgment of the effort
    that went into the attempt."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/landlostseason1.php

    PASSION (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 98/100):
    "How many other musicals place at their center a woman as ugly, as
    undignified, and as needy as Fosca -- and then ask us to sympathize
    with her?"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/passion.php

    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: THE JEAN-LUC PICARD COLLECTION (reviewed
    by David Ryan, overall score 85/100):
    "The collection is clearly targeted at the casual Trek fan, since the
    hard-core Trekkers probably already own these episodes on disc. But for
    these casual fans, The Jean-Luc Picard Collection serves as a good
    introduction to the show, and to some of its better-written episodes."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/jeanlucpicardcoll.php

    THE STATION AGENT (reviewed by Diane Wild, overall score 98/100):
    "The Station Agent is only 88 minutes long, but it's packed with
    emotion. The sparsity of the script is a strength, but it relies on a
    superb leading actor who can convey complex emotions with few words."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/stationagent.php

    TAKING LIVES: UNRATED EDITION (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall
    score 74/100):
    "Taking Lives is a collection of plot devices, twists, characters, and
    scenes taken from a dozen other serial killer thrillers from the past
    decade or so. I found myself constantly second-guessing the script and
    finding that I was right just about every time."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/takinglives.php

    TUPAC: RESURRECTION (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 95/100):
    "Love him or loathe him, the man had artistic talents -- acting ability
    and musical skill far beyond anything most people could ever hope to
    possess -- and for him to pass away at the age of 25 is especially
    cruel, like some sort of cosmic tease. But alas, such is the tragedy of
    every young person's death, is it not?"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/tupacresurrection.php

    THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (reviewed by Bill Treadway, overall score
    92/100):
    "The film itself is an overwhelmingly emotional film. It earns the
    viewer's emotion honestly, without resorting to overly sentimental
    contrivances."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/worldsuziewong.php

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    DVD Verdict, Aug 23, 2004
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