DVD Verdict reviews: THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT, FRIDAY THE 13TH: FROM CRYSTAL LAKE TO MANHATTAN,

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE BARYSHNIKOV COLLECTION: THE
    NUTCRACKER, DIAL M FOR MURDER, FRIDAY THE 13TH: FROM CRYSTAL LAKE TO
    MANHATTAN, GAMERA LIMITED EDITION BOX SET, THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT,
    THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, and THE UNTOUCHABLES:
    SPECIAL EDITION:


    THE BARYSHNIKOV COLLECTION: THE NUTCRACKER (reviewed by Sandra Dozier,
    overall score 80/100):
    "I'm not typically a fan of ballet, but I can watch Baryshnikov in
    practically anything. His control and ability to catapult himself as
    though he were lighter than the air he's moving through are a feast for
    the eyes. I was constantly shaking my head in wonder at his
    athleticism."

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

    DIAL M FOR MURDER (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall score 90/100):
    "Alfred Hitchcock's talents as a filmmaker were countless, but his
    ability to dictate -- almost at a moment's notice -- the character with
    whom his audience identifies, and his penchant for using that talent to
    express moral ambiguity by playing our emotional reactions to
    storytelling conventions against our ethical sensibilities, is perhaps
    the most singular and potent of them."

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

    FRIDAY THE 13TH: FROM CRYSTAL LAKE TO MANHATTAN (reviewed by Patrick
    Naugle, overall score 95/100):
    "Friday the 13th usually stayed pretty consistent throughout. The
    filmmakers knew exactly what the fans wanted -- nubile teenagers, icky
    death scenes, and multiple angles of Jason walking through the woods as
    if he were on a cross-country trek of terror. During the course of eight
    movies, the plot hardly ever deviated form the norm: teens head to a
    summer camp to party, teens smoke and have sex, teens go home missing
    vital organs and appendages. It may not have been cinematic rocket
    science, but the filmmakers always gave fans what they wanted."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/friday13thboxset.php

    GAMERA LIMITED EDITION BOX SET (reviewed by David Ryan, overall
    score 86/100):
    "Even though he was a friend to children, Gamera never quite got his
    message of child-friendly Japan-defending through to the Japanese
    military establishment. They just kept on shooting at him, and treating
    him like a pariah, even though he was repeatedly saving Nippon's
    collective bacon from a series of monsters who were decidedly not
    friends to children."

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

    THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT (reviewed by Eric Profancik, overall
    score 75/100):
    "Hunting teaches you that with enough power and influence, any law can
    be bent and any person can be attacked."

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

    THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall score 88/100):
    "Sugarland Express comes off at first pass as a low-key and inauspicious
    debut feature, and one not particularly Spielbergian. But take a closer
    look and you'll find the themes of parental separation and emotionally
    stunted adulthood so often revisited during the director's prolific
    career. It's just that, in this inaugural theatrical outing, those
    themes are presented sans the high-octane action and extra-terrestrials
    that would come to define Spielberg's career."

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

    THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (reviewed by Michael Stailey, overall
    score 96/100):
    "From the opening Max Fleischer-inspired flashback -- complete with
    hilarious homages to Fred Astaire and Josephine Baker -- to the film's
    final heartfelt frame, Belleville's world is a lush, intricately woven
    tapestry in which not one millimeter of real estate is left undeveloped.
    Drama, mystery, comedy, satire, and social/political commentary populate
    its landscape."

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

    THE UNTOUCHABLES: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway,
    overall score 95/100):
    "After a little more than 17 years, The Untouchables is still just
    as powerful and entertaining as ever. If you're looking for facts
    and historical accuracy, you can always watch an Oliver Stone
    film. Heh-heh."

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

    Mike Jackson
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