DVD Verdict reviews: VINCENT AND THEO, WERNER HERZOG SHORT FILMS (THE GREAT ECSTASY OF THE SCULPTOR

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE,
    THE ESCAPE ARTIST, IZO, A MAN CALLED MAGNUM, ONE MISSED CALL, SEVEN
    DEATHS IN THE CAT'S EYE, THE STORY OF MARIE AND JULIEN, TELL THEM WHO
    YOU ARE, VINCENT AND THEO, WALL, and WERNER HERZOG SHORT FILMS (THE
    GREAT ECSTASY OF THE SCULPTOR STEINER/HOW MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOODCHUCK
    CHUCK/LA SOUFRIERE):


    THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall
    score 94/100):
    "While many gialli are flawed by nonsensical, throwaway plots that only
    serve to highlight the intended stylish visuals, The Bird with the
    Crystal Plumage is an engaging Hitchcockian 'innocent man' thriller,
    another superior giallo from the dark mind Argento that makes a bold
    impression while happily retaining some logical sense."

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

    THE ESCAPE ARTIST (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall score 83/100):
    "Just who was this movie made for? I'm not sure. It's a little too adult
    to be a kids' movie, and yet it's just 'kiddie' enough that it can't
    pass for a full-on drama."

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

    IZO (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 70/100):
    "Izo may well be Japanese cult favorite Takashi Miike's philosophical
    magnum opus."

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

    A MAN CALLED MAGNUM (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score 73/100):
    "It didn't have to be this way, but A Man Called Magnum's sole
    concession to originality is exhausted pretty early on."

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

    ONE MISSED CALL (reviewed by Brendan Babish, overall score 79/100):
    "The problem is, it just doesn't feel like a Miike film. However, it
    does successfully embody many traits of a good J-horror movie: a cute
    female lead, ghosts with long black hair, the demonization of modern
    technology, and a clever high-concept plot."

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

    SEVEN DEATHS IN THE CAT'S EYE (reviewed by Bryan Pope, overall
    score 80/100):
    "Seven Deaths is often classified as a giallo, but unfairly so. Despite
    a few giallo elements, the film's regal production design, grisly humor,
    and supernatural elements make it a second cousin to the horror films
    Hammer Studios churned out in the late '60s and early '70s."

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

    THE STORY OF MARIE AND JULIEN (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall
    score 90/100):
    "Those seeking a cinematic change of pace will find The Story of Marie
    and Julien -- like so many of Rivette's films -- evocative and poetic.
    It is not only intelligent, but willing to assume the same of its
    audience."

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

    TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE (reviewed by Jennifer Malkowski, overall
    score 87/100):
    "Unfortunately, this movie is marketed like an unimaginative tribute
    full of talking heads, which it thankfully is not."

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

    VINCENT AND THEO (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall score 87/100):
    "It's easy to find comparisons between Vincent Van Gogh and Robert
    Altman. Both march to the beat of their own drums. Both have been
    described numerous times as maverick; eccentric. Both are visionary
    artists with an undeniably unique vision that changed the respective art
    forms that they worked in."

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

    WALL (reviewed by Brendan Babish, overall score 65/100):
    "While Ms. Bitton may have avoided controversial topics in an effort to
    advance empathy for the Palestinian cause, Wall's failure to address
    these central points of contention between Israelis and Palestinians
    does a disservice to those hoping to learn more about Middle East
    politics and ultimately leaves the movie flat and unfulfilling."

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

    WERNER HERZOG SHORT FILMS (THE GREAT ECSTASY OF THE SCULPTOR STEINER/HOW
    MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK/LA SOUFRIERE) (reviewed by Kerry
    Birmingham, overall score 85/100):
    "Interest in the films will vary depending on your investment in the
    subject matter. In a collection that includes sports, natural disaster,
    and, uh, cattle, there's a wide breadth of subjects that will either
    captivate or bore."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Dec 2, 2005
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