DVD Verdict reviews: THE COMPANY, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ASYLUM OF THE DAMNED, THE COMPANY,
    DAWN OF THE DEAD: ULTIMATE EDITION, DEAD END, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS,
    FLESH AND BLOOD: THE HAMMER HERITAGE OF HORROR, INTERMISSION, NATIONAL
    LAMPOON'S LOST REALITY, NORMAN GRANZ JAZZ IN MONTREUX PRESENTS: COUNT
    BASIE JAM '75, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO: SUPERBIT EDITION, SNIPER 3,
    THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER, and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS:


    ASYLUM OF THE DAMNED (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 77/100):
    "Thankfully, the whole affair is short, but too much exposition
    shortchanges the climax and leads to an outrageous cop-out ending that
    makes no sense. It seems like something vomited out of a freshman
    creative writing class."

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

    THE COMPANY (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall score 83/100):
    "Every filmmaking technique that we've come to know and love from Altman
    is present: the overlapping dialogue, the forever-moving camera, the
    long zooms, the use of an ensemble cast. Unfortunately, that's pretty
    much all there is to be found here -- the weight of his previous works
    is missing. There is such a thing as being too offhanded, too removed,
    and this movie proves it."

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

    DAWN OF THE DEAD: ULTIMATE EDITION (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall
    score 98/100):
    "Romero and company are obviously working with some grand ideas and
    themes about consumerism, class, and race issues (even the onslaught of
    zombies isn't enough to overcome the racial divide in America, as
    evidenced in the opening moments). These are the concepts that elevate
    it above nearly all other films of its genre (and, had it not been made
    in the 1970s, would have elevated it above nearly all other films of
    the time)."

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

    DEAD END (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 82/100):
    "These aren't boring characters. Derivative, sure; but played up with
    such gusto, you'll forgive the been-there-seen-that personalities of the
    jerk teen or the temperamental father or the passive-aggressive mother.
    There's lots of red-faced screaming and hollering and fist-shaking and
    disrespectful behavior towards parents, and each actor gives it their
    all to make their characters as over-the-top as they can."

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

    DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 87/100):
    "Here we have it, the ultimate monster mash, the old-school royal
    rumble, the brouhaha to end all brouhahas, a knock-down, drag-out,
    rock'em, sock'em, radioactive breath-spewing, nuclear melting, tail-
    smacking, creatures-from-outer-space-trash-talkin', supersonic, quasi-
    bionic, sort-of-moronic ultra-mega-biggie-sized throwdown
    spectacular!!!"

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

    FLESH AND BLOOD: THE HAMMER HERITAGE OF HORROR (reviewed by Dennis
    Prince, overall score 93/100):
    "With the current proliferation of DVD, the Hammer legend continues to
    thrive, and will no doubt entrance and enthrall new generations of film
    fright fans, who know a good gothic horror when they see one. And when
    it comes to documentaries, this particular program is highly satisfying
    and, therefore, is highly recommended."

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

    INTERMISSION (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall score 85/100):
    "That's what's implied by the title, Intermission -- these connections,
    these moments of clarity, these smaller but infinitely more important
    events that occur in between the larger acts of our lives. It's why we
    find new love during a harmless conversation with the Last One We'd
    Expect, or why we reconnect with an old love in the middle of a botched
    kidnapping, or get a serendipitous career boost when our job is at its
    lowest point. Whether it's acts of Chance, acts of Choice, or acts of
    Fate, the doors seem to open and close when we're not watching them."

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

    NATIONAL LAMPOON'S LOST REALITY (reviewed by David Johnson, overall
    score 82/100):
    "Lost Reality is a refreshing change of pace for the solar system's
    seeming leading producer of debauchery starring adolescents. Here, we
    simply have adolescent debauchery."

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

    NORMAN GRANZ JAZZ IN MONTREUX PRESENTS: COUNT BASIE JAM '75 (reviewed by
    Maurice Cobbs, overall score 84/100):
    "One of the most important bandleaders of the swing era, Count Basie
    became the standard by which all big bands must be judged, and it's easy
    to see why. I have never known a time when the great Count Basie
    organization was off its game, and this DVD is no exception."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/countbasiejam75.php

    ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO: SUPERBIT EDITION (reviewed by Joel Pearce,
    overall score 80/100):
    "If the film has a major flaw, it's certainly its failure to balance
    this many plots and characters. Salma Hayek has been completely
    wasted here, and Antonio Banderas doesn't have nearly enough screen
    time to be considered the protagonist. Overall, though, I didn't find
    it to be a critical problem. This is an epic western flick with a fun
    ensemble cast."

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

    SNIPER 3 (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 82/100):
    "I've never seen the first or second Sniper. But if the prequels are
    anything like this one, I just might be interested. Coming into this
    flick, my expectations were ground-zero, but Berenger and crew managed
    to leave me happy."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/sniper3.php

    THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall
    score 90/100):
    "Intelligent and charming diplomat, or monstrous opportunist who treated
    human beings like chess pieces? Celebrity strategist, or the model for
    the mad Dr. Strangelove?"

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

    THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (reviewed by Maurice Cobbs, overall score
    89/100):
    "Indeed, the entire movie is quite intimate, evoking thoughts of lazy
    Sunday afternoons and warm, cozy fires, making the film seem like a
    comfortable old blanket that you'd forgotten but can snuggle right into
    and feel young again."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Dec 13, 2004
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