DVD Verdict reviews: THE OUTSIDERS: THE COMPLETE NOVEL and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BEN HUR: FOUR-DISC COLLECTOR'S
    EDITION, DEAD AND BREAKFAST: UNRATED EDITION, THE GARBO SILENTS
    COLLECTION, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH: CRITERION COLLECTION, THE
    OUTSIDERS: THE COMPLETE NOVEL, STORY OF A PROSTITUTE: CRITERION
    COLLECTION, TOP HAT, UNLEASHED, WHIRLPOOL, and THE WORK OF DIRECTOR
    JONATHAN GLAZER:


    BEN HUR: FOUR-DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION (reviewed by Ryan Keefer, overall
    score 99/100):
    "Easily the best release of 2005 by a major studio. Good documentary
    material? Check? The original silent film? Check. Restored video
    transfer? Check. Warner Brothers has given Ben-Hur such outstanding love
    and attention, it truly is a Special Edition, and must be on any film
    fan's shelf."

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

    DEAD AND BREAKFAST: UNRATED EDITION (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall
    score 90/100):
    "And then, when the zombie attack starts in full, it's gorehound heaven.
    Heads explode, shotgun wounds burst, and stabbings, stabbings,
    stabbings. The red stuff is everywhere, and the creators aren't shy
    about showing it off at every opportunity."

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

    THE GARBO SILENTS COLLECTION (reviewed by James A. Stewart, overall
    score 86/100):
    "If you're at all interested in silent films or Greta Garbo, buy this
    collection. The films chosen are excellent examples of what a movie can
    do, and the TCM extras are excellent examples of what a distributor can
    do with a DVD package."

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

    THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Bill
    Gibron, overall score 96/100):
    "It is interesting to note that Newton's ultimate downfall does not come
    at the hands of his friends, or his female companion, but at his own
    blindness to the government's need for power. Sovereignty is saved and
    maintained by such authority and influence."

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

    THE OUTSIDERS: THE COMPLETE NOVEL (reviewed by Ryan Keefer, overall
    score 89/100):
    "While The Outsiders may not be the epic film that a lot of people had
    in mind, it definitely improves an average film, and its devotion to the
    source material makes it an enjoyable ride all the way through. It's
    safe to say that those who liked the first film will love this version,
    and those who haven't seen the first film will enjoy this film
    regardless of what was put in or taken out."

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

    STORY OF A PROSTITUTE: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Adam Arseneau,
    overall score 94/100):
    "If you have seen Suzuki's other more recognized works, like Tokyo
    Drifter and Branded To Kill, Story of a Prostitute is as polar opposite
    a transition as possible, veering as far away from the films that made
    him infamous as could be. Ironic then that Story of a Prostitute could
    very well be Suzuki's finest cinematic achievement to date."

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

    TOP HAT (reviewed by Bryan Pope, overall score 90/100):
    "Together, spinning and tapping their way through ten -- count 'em --
    light-as-meringue musicals, easing a weary United States through a
    depression, momentarily taking people's minds off an impending world
    war, they were pure cinematic magic."

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

    UNLEASHED (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 92/100):
    "I'm a big Jet Li fan. And as someone who has been fairly disappointed
    with his recent spat of hip hop kung-fu junk, Unleashed is a blast of
    healing tonic. It's not just a great Jet Li film. It's a great film."

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

    WHIRLPOOL (reviewed by James A. Stewart, overall score 89/100):
    "When the mystery flags, however, the actors take over with fine
    performances -- especially Tierney as the troubled woman caught in a
    frame, and Ferrer as the slimy and perhaps equally disturbed Korvo --
    that make you want to stick around to see how it plays out."

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

    THE WORK OF DIRECTOR JONATHAN GLAZER (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
    score 90/100):
    "In Glazer's case, however, the difference between his big and small
    screen efforts is almost invisible. Indeed, throughout most of the
    material here, you will see his interests and his propensities spelled
    out in sensational optical excellence, no matter the format."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Oct 3, 2005
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