DVD Verdict reviews: THE COMPLETE GIDGET COLLECTION and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE COMPLETE GIDGET COLLECTION,
    J.W. COOP, THE LAST DAYS OF WORLD WAR II, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE:
    THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON, LIVING HELL, A LOVING FATHER, THE MAN FROM
    COLORADO, PARTY MONSTER (2003), ROUGHNECKS: THE STARSHIP TROOPERS
    CHRONICLES: TRACKERS, TEXHNOLYZE: SPECTACLE (VOLUME 2), TOUCHING THE
    VOID, and THE WINDS OF WAR:


    THE COMPLETE GIDGET COLLECTION (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall
    score 62/100):
    "The character of Gidget is somewhat problematic. While I'm sure she
    struck a chord with female viewers in the 1960s with her perky tenacity
    and romantic idealism, there's a mighty fine line between adorable and
    annoying, and Gidget frequently crosses it."

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

    J.W. COOP (reviewed by Bill Treadway, overall score 60/100):
    "Robertson realizes that a rodeo drama isn't any good if it doesn't give
    the audience the real thing, and never before has a viewer gotten so
    close to an actual rodeo event. The bull-riding set pieces are so
    vividly staged and photographed that we feel as if the dust is clogging
    our nasal passages."

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

    THE LAST DAYS OF WORLD WAR II (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall
    score 70/100):
    "The fact that Japan had perfected a delivery system and stockpiled
    sufficient agent to infect every man, woman, and child on the planet
    with the plague is a shocking revelation. Had this been a known fact
    during World War II, it might have drastically changed the outcome of
    the conflict (for example, would the US been so quick to launch a
    nuclear strike against the Japanese?)"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/lastdaysworldwar2.php

    LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (reviewed by Bill
    Treadway, overall score 97/100):
    "Michael Landon once again demonstrates his usual stoic strength and
    quiet dignity as Charles Ingalls. While he does not look like the real
    Charles Ingalls, he captures the tenderness and authority of the real-
    life man. The performance is so real, convincing, and true that it had
    me wishing Charles Ingalls wasmy father. "

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/littlehouseseason5.php

    LIVING HELL (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 74/100):
    "I mean, seriously, what am I supposed to do with a scene depicting an
    old lady zapping a kid's private parts or throwing hot sauce in his face
    or chewing on beetles, all with a straight face?!"

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

    A LOVING FATHER (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 80/100):
    "Sometimes, movies just don't know what they want to be. A Loving
    Father certainly fits this description. Is it a comedy? A thriller? A
    family drama? I have a feeling that the director Jacob Berger would
    want to say that yes, it is all those things. Unfortunately, in trying
    to be all of those things at the same time, it doesn't succeed on any
    of these levels."

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

    THE MAN FROM COLORADO (reviewed by Bill Treadway, overall score 96/100):
    "The Man from Colorado is not a simplistic battle of the flawless hero
    versus the evil villain. This is a film drawn in shades of gray, a film
    in which the hero may be as immoral as his nemesis and the villain isn't
    willfully evil."

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

    PARTY MONSTER (2003) (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 88/100):
    "The movie is at a disadvantage from the word 'go,' because the energy
    of those parties is impossible to recreate on celluloid -- not to
    mention the fact that showing some of the freakier real-life pranks and
    stunts Alig pulled would condemn the film to an NC-17 rating."

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

    ROUGHNECKS: THE STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES: TRACKERS (reviewed by Neil
    Dorsett, overall score 82/100):
    "The Roughnecks wend their way through multi-episode military campaigns
    in high style in a number of DVD releases from Columbia; this time we're
    taking a shot at some single-episode stories, and even taking a few
    moments of reflection on the whole war and the soldier's lot."

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

    TEXHNOLYZE: SPECTACLE (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall
    score 87/100):
    "The most incredible aspect of this second volume is the political and
    personal complexity of the situation in Lukuss."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/texhnolyzevol2.php

    TOUCHING THE VOID (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 92/100):
    "I'm not a big fan of being one with nature -- I'd really rather be one
    with nature from afar, say a large air-conditioned room with a king size
    bed and cable TV. Joe Simpson and Simon Yates are not that kind of guy.
    They love the idea of being uncomfortable twenty thousand feet above sea
    level eating only granola power bars and drinking water melted from a
    wall of sheet ice."

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

    THE WINDS OF WAR (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 78/100):
    "This is the reason why The Winds of War just doesn't hold up to
    postmillennial scrutiny. Instead of telling one story exceptionally
    well, it tries to cover every aspect of the pre-Pearl Harbor war in the
    European theater. Such a strategy is cinematically tragic."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Aug 20, 2004
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