DVD Verdict reviews: THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, THE BUSBY BERKELEY COLLECTION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE AGATHA CHRISTIE MISS MARPLE
    MOVIE COLLECTION, THE BLACK CROWES: FREAK 'N' ROLL...INTO THE FOG,
    BUCKETHEAD: SECRET RECIPE, THE BUSBY BERKELEY COLLECTION, THE CHICAGO
    WHITE SOX: 2005 WORLD SERIES, THE COMPLETE MR. ARKADIN: CRITERION
    COLLECTION, DARK KINGDOM: THE DRAGON KING, THE DYING GAUL, THE RADIO
    REVOLUTION: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BIG 8, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE,
    SWEPT AWAY: DIGITALLY RESTORED AND REMASTERED EDITION, 2005 HOUSTON
    ASTROS: THE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE,
    and WHISPER OF THE HEART:


    THE AGATHA CHRISTIE MISS MARPLE MOVIE COLLECTION (reviewed by Jennifer
    Malkowski, overall score 80/100):
    "Rutherford's Marple is a hands-on kind of sleuth, always going
    undercover and prowling around with a flashlight, but however tenacious
    she might be, she is also pretty anxious about the fact that the
    murderer always ends up trying to kill her, too."

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

    THE BLACK CROWES: FREAK 'N' ROLL...INTO THE FOG (reviewed by Steve
    Evans, overall score 97/100):
    "Here's the righteous truth: The Black Crowes kick out cosmic jams like
    nobody working today."

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

    BUCKETHEAD: SECRET RECIPE (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall
    score 92/100):
    "Combining elements of live concert performance, humor, and an obscure
    archive of fan material, this DVD is a gift straight from the Chicken
    Coop for Buckethead fans, but also makes a surprisingly persuasive
    introduction to the guitarist for newcomers."

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

    THE BUSBY BERKELEY COLLECTION (reviewed by Bryan Pope, overall
    score 90/100):
    "Pick a Busby Berkeley musical number -- any number -- and I'll argue
    that it ranks right up there with Kong scaling the Empire State Building
    as one of the most iconic of Hollywood images. "

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

    THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX: 2005 WORLD SERIES (reviewed by Ryan Keefer,
    overall score 83/100):
    "Okay, so just why am I revisiting the success of the Chicago White Sox
    2005 team that won their first World Series after an almost 90 year
    wait? Because I care, by crikey. As the lords of baseball unleash
    another regular season of hell and the boys in Chi-town unfurl their
    championship banner, why not reminisce on the things that made their
    year worth all of that and the proverbial bag of chips?"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/whitesox2005.php

    THE COMPLETE MR. ARKADIN: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by James A.
    Stewart, overall score 91/100):
    "Criterion put together quite a package, but it's not complete. It seems
    that nothing ever is when it comes to Orson Welles."

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

    DARK KINGDOM: THE DRAGON KING (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall
    score 81/100):
    "A fast pace is one thing, especially when it comes to fantasy adventure
    heroics, but in this case, leaping from one plot point the next in such
    a rapid manner leaves little room for any character development."

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

    THE DYING GAUL (reviewed by Brendan Babish, overall score 75/100):
    "Every few minutes, I had to pause the film, just to understand what
    was happening. I kept hoping the final scene would somehow manage to
    wrap up this unwieldy story in a concise way that would have
    explained what happened over the previous hour. Suffice it to say,
    this did not happen."

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

    THE RADIO REVOLUTION: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BIG 8 (reviewed by Joel
    Pearce, overall score 90/100):
    "The fact that a Canadian station would take the American radio market
    by storm, making and breaking numerous music acts in one of the most
    crucial periods of popular music is pretty cool. And so is this
    documentary, which celebrates the station with the same edgy, rebellious
    spirit that made the station a huge hit in the first place."

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

    THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall
    score 96/100):
    "It is raw and painful, claustrophobic and unnerving. It's also really
    funny (something about tragedy plus time?) and fantastically well
    observed -- so well observed, in fact, that I would give a word of
    warning to any child of separated parents before taking it in. This is
    the Jaws of divorce movies."

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

    SWEPT AWAY: DIGITALLY RESTORED AND REMASTERED EDITION (reviewed by Brett
    Cullum, overall score 93/100):
    "There is nothing subtle or subdued about the performances from the two
    leads. The heavy stylization may turn you off initially, but give it a
    shot. Wertmuller wants to keep things loud and brassy, so that when
    quiet moments happen they have impact and resonance."

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

    2005 HOUSTON ASTROS: THE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (reviewed by David Johnson,
    overall score 90/100):
    "All told, it's a nice lineup of baseball action, and a release that
    Astros fans should certainly scope out -- no matter how bitter it will
    be to watch the dream of World Series glory evaporate at the end."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/2005houstonastros.php

    WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE (reviewed by Russell Engebretson,
    overall score 95/100):
    "Wal-Mart is the retail behemoth that needs no introduction. It adorns
    (or blights, depending on your perspective) the American landscape from
    sea to shining sea. Filmmaker Robert Greenwald analyzes then
    deconstructs the company's propaganda blitz that portrays Wal-Mart as a
    consumer paradise. His conclusions guarantee that this DVD will not be
    taking up shelf space at your local Wal-Mart."

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

    WHISPER OF THE HEART (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 96/100):
    "Artists of any kind must work hard to hone their talents, with no
    guarantee that they will ever achieve greatness. In a world where young
    people expect instant gratification in everything they do, this is an
    important and timely message."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Apr 10, 2006
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