DVD Verdict reviews: THE BLUE LAGOON AND RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON DOUBLE FEATURE and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE BLUE LAGOON AND RETURN TO THE
    BLUE LAGOON DOUBLE FEATURE, CAROL, DUKE ELLINGTON SWINGING AT HIS BEST,
    DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: REFLECTIONS, THE GIRL FROM PARIS (UNE HIRONDELLE A
    FAIT LE PRINTEMPS), HELLO KITTY AND FRIENDS: PRINCESS (VOLUME 5), HELLO
    KITTY AND FRIENDS: HOLIDAY (VOLUME 6), POSSUMS, RAISING THE HEIGHTS, and
    SPIKE AND MIKE'S FESTIVAL OF TWISTED ANIMATION: CAUGHT IN THE ACT:


    THE BLUE LAGOON AND RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON DOUBLE FEATURE (reviewed
    by Bryan Pope, overall score 62/100):
    "It doesn't help that Stewart's dialogue undercuts its characters at
    every turn, particularly during a few unintentionally funny moments when
    they address their changing bodies and new feelings. A certain degree of
    naivete is to be expected, sure, but one can't help but chuckle when
    Richard talks about having a 'funny feeling' in his stomach while lying
    next to Emmeline. Perhaps some overripe papaya is disagreeing with him?"

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

    CAROL (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 75/100):
    "Using the classic burlesque ideal that a large man in drag is
    devastatingly funny, and spicing up that sensibility with a little 'oh
    so chic' post-millennial PC gay irony, Carol is a surreal bit of silly
    posing as a failed sitcom pilot."

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

    DUKE ELLINGTON SWINGING AT HIS BEST (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall
    score 70/100):
    "What a joy it is to see and hear these performances. Ellington and his
    crew are clearly having a blast -- snapping their fingers, bopping and
    wailing on their instruments for the sheer love of music. When the Duke
    isn't seducing sweet notes from his piano, he's conducting a tight
    orchestra; these cats swing."

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

    DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: REFLECTIONS (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
    score 75/100):
    "She defied categorization, dabbled in every genre and type, and yet
    still couldn't shake the blue-eyed ideal of her Anglo-Saxon
    sensibilities. Where someone like Janis Joplin defied the odds and
    redefined the notion of the white female blues singer, Springfield is
    still seen as an anomaly, a cool Caucasian chick flawlessly channeling
    music that should be beyond her ethnic reach."

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

    THE GIRL FROM PARIS (UNE HIRONDELLE A FAIT LE PRINTEMPS) (reviewed by
    Bryan Byun, overall score 75/100):
    "The Girl from Paris doesn't try to be anything more than a gentle,
    lighthearted portrait of the lives of small farmers in rural France, so
    it's not exactly fair to expect emotional fireworks or biting wit from
    this lowest of low-concept stories."

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

    HELLO KITTY AND FRIENDS: PRINCESS (VOLUME 5) (reviewed by Bryan Pope,
    overall score 30/100):
    "But who is Keroppi? What are his likes, his dislikes, his hopes, his
    dreams? And who are the half dozen other frog-like creatures that bounce
    around him making nonsensical remarks like an amphibious Greek chorus on
    Mescaline?"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/hellokittyandfriendsvol5.php

    HELLO KITTY AND FRIENDS: HOLIDAY (VOLUME 6) (reviewed by Bryan Pope,
    overall score 60/100):
    "A scene where Kitty walks home alone in a downpour verges on poignant,
    and 'poignant' is not a word I ever expected to associate with a Hello
    Kitty cartoon."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/hellokittyandfriendsvol6.php

    POSSUMS (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score 65/100):
    "Possums, in a determined effort to spread the pure spirit-lifting joy
    that is the far-fetched competitive sports movie, combines both well-
    worn plots into an intoxicating brew that almost dares you to give high
    fives to people you don't know while hugging puppies and giving balloons
    to children."

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

    RAISING THE HEIGHTS (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score
    35/100):
    "I can't quite put my finger on why, but for some reason Raising the
    Heights reminds me of a really bad After School Special. The script
    contains no dialogue, only speechifying; there are no characters, only
    stereotypes."

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

    SPIKE AND MIKE'S FESTIVAL OF TWISTED ANIMATION: CAUGHT IN THE ACT
    (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 75/100):
    "We get glimpses of the Spike and Mike mania as Caught in the Act
    presents just under an hour of freakish film frenzy from the past few
    years (most of the shorts date from 2002 or later)."

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

    Mike Jackson
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    DVD Verdict, Mar 18, 2005
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