DVD Verdict reviews: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING: SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION and mor

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of CARRIE (1952), THE KING OF KINGS:
    CRITERION COLLECTION, THE LADIES MAN (1961), LEGALLY BLONDE PLATINUM
    COLLECTION, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING: SPECIAL
    EXTENDED EDITION, MUSIC FOR MONTSERRAT, PRIDE, PROMISES, SCOOBY-DOO 2:
    MONSTERS UNLEASHED, TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION, TOUCH OF PINK, THE UP
    SERIES, and WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE:


    CARRIE (1952) (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 93/100):
    "Viewers who shy away from emotional displays may dismiss Carrie as a
    weeper, but those who appreciate Wyler's work should definitely add this
    fine film to their collection."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/carrie1952.php

    THE KING OF KINGS: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Bill Gibron,
    overall score 93/100):
    "The King of Kings is one of the most important works in the pantheon of
    the pious. It represents a pinnacle in the way in which ethereal events
    and individuals can be made much more human and natural."

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

    THE LADIES MAN (1961) (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 90/100):
    "Viewed through the revisionist eye of DVD, we can celebrate the film
    for what it truly is: a genial and genuinely funny family comedy. Lewis
    may be divisive when it comes to critical appeal, but there is no
    denying his proficiency or professionalism. Lewis was/is a controversial
    clown prince of cornball kookiness, and The Ladies Man is a perfect
    illustration of this anarchic oddity."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ladiesman1961.php

    LEGALLY BLONDE PLATINUM COLLECTION (reviewed by Lacey Worrell, overall
    score 86/100):
    "The writing in both films is snappy and at times hysterically funny.
    Elle is given some classic lines, delivered by Witherspoon with
    optimistic determination. Legally Blonde 2 has some exceptionally laugh-out-
    loud lines, and it more than holds its own against the original film."

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

    THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING: SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION
    (reviewed by Bryan Byun, overall score 100/100):
    "In these degraded times, it's not surprising that audiences have so
    joyfully embraced The Lord of the Rings; these films present an
    irresistible scenario of pure, simple good overcoming an equally pure
    and simple evil, and offer a desperately needed moral clarity that is
    nowhere to be found in the real world."

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

    MUSIC FOR MONTSERRAT (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 89/100):
    "Where else can you see Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, and Paul McCartney
    in a three-way guitar solo jam, with Phil Collins pounding out a drum
    solo? As far as rock spectacles go, this concert is a one-of-a-kind
    fantasy come true."

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

    PRIDE (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 96/100):
    "Even if it were only for the footage of lions in the wild,
    unprecedented in its up-close and intimate viewpoint, this would be a
    unique film. Add the extraordinary computer animation techniques of the
    Jim Henson Creature Shop, which permit the lions to speak in a lifelike
    manner, and an engaging story line about a young lioness's coming of
    age, and Pride becomes a genuinely fascinating experience."

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

    PROMISES (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall score 95/100):
    "After a year when American theaters were relentlessly bombarded by
    propaganda masquerading as documentaries, it's refreshing to encounter a
    documentary that presents its subject in such an unbiased and even-
    handed manner."

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

    SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED (reviewed by Michael Stailey, overall
    score 86/100):
    "Apart from the trip down memory lane, what makes Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters
    Unleashed work is its genuine sincerity. For a team like Scoob and the
    gang that somehow always managed to come out on top (despite a multitude
    of screwups) to be shunned and exiled proves to be a most humbling and
    soul-searching experience."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/scoobydoo2.php

    TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall
    score 86/100):
    "While Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion is a powerful portrayal of the
    situation in Tibet, it's impossible to completely forget where it came
    from. This comes from an American perspective, and the narrators and
    producers do not have the same hesitation to speak with hatred about the
    Chinese that the people interviewed show."

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

    TOUCH OF PINK (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 89/100):
    "From conception to shooting it took Ian Iqbal Rashid eleven years to
    get his project made, and there is a sense of stuffing everything he can
    into the movie as if this is his one shot. It was a Sundance favorite as
    well as a permanent fixture across the country at gay film festivals. It
    never took off as a mainstream release, and that's partly due to the
    film's deeply personal look at a gay man and his own turmoil."

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

    THE UP SERIES (reviewed by Elizabeth Skipper, overall score 92/100):
    "Never before have we seen their long-term effects on a person's life.
    Never before have we seen how the statements of a seven-year-old child
    can predict the temperament of a 42-year-old. Never before have we seen
    so intimately the process of growing up. Never before has the experience
    of being human been shown in such detail."

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

    WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall
    score 92/100):
    "The characters that inhabit the movie's universe have found themselves
    unprepared for what their lives have turned out to be, and awakening to
    that realization has led to a kind of restless dissatisfaction. It is
    here that infidelity enters the picture, not as a means of achieving
    something greater than what one has, but rather as a means of avoiding
    one's current situation -- escape by way of self-destruction."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
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    DVD Verdict, Jan 25, 2005
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