DVD Verdict reviews: THUNDERBIRDS, THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ARROWHEAD, BLONDIE: LIVE BY
    REQUEST, THE CHINA SYNDROME: SPECIAL EDITION, FALLING FROM GRACE, THE
    FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS, H.H. HOLMES: AMERICA'S FIRST SERIAL KILLER, IN ENEMY
    HANDS, THE KILLER MUST KILL AGAIN, OASIS, ONMYOJI II, THUNDERBIRDS, and
    X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC:


    ARROWHEAD (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score 67/100):
    "If any film can be accused of 'knowing' Indians, it's Arrowhead, a film
    that manages to be consistently offensive from the opening massacre to
    the end credits. Taking extreme care to 'qualify' Bannon's rampant
    paranoia and xenophobic mistrust by frequently referring to his time
    spent living on an Apache reserve, Arrowhead is less a narrative film
    than it is a reactionary condemnation of unfamiliar, savage cultures."

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

    BLONDIE: LIVE BY REQUEST (reviewed by Neil Dorsett, overall score
    85/100):
    "The band delivers enthusiastic performances of several classic hits,
    a few classic album tracks that didn't hit so big, and a selection of
    the authentic-sounding new tunes from the comeback release, The Curse
    of Blondie."

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

    THE CHINA SYNDROME: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall
    score 90/100):
    "It's still astonishing to recall that this film about a malfunctioning
    nuclear power plant opened less than two weeks before a major accident
    at a nuclear plant in Pennsylvania."

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

    FALLING FROM GRACE (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 84/100):
    "I've spent much time in rural southern Indiana and there were moments
    when I was sure time actually stood still. That's the feeling I also got
    during Falling from Grace."

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

    THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 93/100):
    "So what happens when Lars Von Trier makes a documentary, a genre which
    (because of its adherence to the real world) is often bound by
    seemingly insurmountable rules? Be authentic. Be linear. It might seem
    that the documentary form involves hurdling a series of obstructions
    (real events, difficult people) to arrive at some solution: Discover
    the truth."

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

    H.H. HOLMES: AMERICA'S FIRST SERIAL KILLER (reviewed by Mike Pinsky,
    overall score 87/100):
    "Modern horror movies rarely scare me. Well, apart from The Polar
    Express. Damn, that was a creepy film. Anyway. I know horror films are
    fiction, and I know the moves they will likely make, who will live and
    die, and when it will all happen to fulfill the standard narrative
    structure. But knowing that H.H. Holmes was real, that his castle of
    death was no movie set, and that such evil can prosper for so long --
    that is scary."

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

    IN ENEMY HANDS (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 79/100):
    "It sure is tempting to call this movie 'sub-par' or 'sub-standard,' but
    In Enemy Hands ain't too bad."

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

    THE KILLER MUST KILL AGAIN (reviewed by David Johnson, overall
    score 84/100):
    "Seriously, he's got to kill again. That's what killers do."

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

    OASIS (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 84/100):
    "There have been a lot of odd-couple love stories, and just as many
    'love conquers all' stories, but Oasis doesn't feel like any of them."

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

    ONMYOJI II (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 85/100):
    "Many aspects of the Shinto religion -- including its legends and
    ceremonies -- are nicely woven into the plot, and these aspects
    lend a certain degree of credence to the more fantastical elements
    of the story."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/onmyoji2.php

    THUNDERBIRDS (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall score 74/100):
    "Although many said Thunderbirds was a misfire, I was pleasantly
    surprised that I enjoyed so thoroughly. Within its first 20 minutes, I
    realized it was a picture to be taken for fun that would be brimming
    with kid-friendly fare."

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

    X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 93/100):
    "From dirty streets that seem to stink of failed dreams to wide-open
    vistas that suggest the end of the line instead of infinite
    possibilities, this is California as a dead end, the sun-and-fun
    lifestyle turned dire and dark."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Jan 11, 2005
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