DVD Verdict reviews: WALK THE LINE, JARHEAD, WALK THE LINE: TWO-DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BASIC INSTINCT: ULTIMATE EDITION:
    UNRATED DIRECTORS' CUT, FALLEN ANGEL, THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN: UNRATED
    EDITION, GROUNDED FOR LIFE: SEASON ONE, JARHEAD, PORNOGRAPHY: THE SECRET
    HISTORY OF CIVILISATION, SEPARATE LIES, THE SIMPLE LIFE 3: INTERNS, THE
    THIEF LORD, WALK THE LINE, WALK THE LINE: TWO-DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION,
    and WEDDING CRASHERS: UNCORKED EDITION:


    BASIC INSTINCT: ULTIMATE EDITION: UNRATED DIRECTORS' CUT (reviewed by
    Brett Cullum, overall score 92/100):
    "Let's face it, Basic Instinct is the ultimate erotic thriller."

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

    FALLEN ANGEL (reviewed by Rob Lineberger, overall score 81/100):
    "Dana Andrews tears into his role with intensity. At times he
    foreshadows Sean Connery's coldhearted machismo from the Bond days."

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

    THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN: UNRATED EDITION (reviewed by Brett Cullum,
    overall score 95/100):
    "I was expecting a one-joke movie about a guy who just had to lose it,
    but instead I got a movie where he kept something more important.
    Throughout the entire movie, Andy gets to keep his integrity, and that's
    a hard thing to do in a gross-out comedy like this."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/40yearoldvirgin.php

    GROUNDED FOR LIFE: SEASON ONE (reviewed by George Hatch, overall
    score 97/100):
    "With several storylines being pursued in each episode, the show's
    fragmented approach gave Grounded for Life a Mad Magazine-style
    presentation, and as with that iconic publication, I found that the more
    attention you paid, the more laughs you got."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/groundedforlifeseason1.php

    JARHEAD (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 93/100):
    "Jarhead deals with the exasperatingly mundane small details of doing
    menial tasks, training to be a sniper, and what soldiers do in their
    downtime. Only two soldiers die in the film, both in cases of friendly
    fire. This is a quiet movie about introspection rather than a horror
    show of gaping wounds or people lying in pools of blood."

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

    PORNOGRAPHY: THE SECRET HISTORY OF CIVILISATION (reviewed by Mike
    Pinsky, overall score 90/100):
    "Most discussions of pornography focus almost exclusively on gender
    issues. Bailey and Barbato are trying a different approach. Porn is
    celebrated as a form of resistance against authority."

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

    SEPARATE LIES (reviewed by Michael Rankins, overall score 80/100):
    "Even at the film's end, we know all of the basic parameters of the
    unfortunate event, but can't be 100% sure we know who really did
    what, due to the unreliability of each witness. Not that it matters
    -- the real story here is the tenuous relationship between truth
    and self-preservation, between personal honor and the grander
    concept of justice."

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

    THE SIMPLE LIFE 3: INTERNS (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall
    score 80/100):
    "The word was out: The Simple Life was a manufactured reality show from
    the start. Both girls admitted they were playing 'characters' on talk
    show interviews, and often had the best lines and antics fed to them by
    producers."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/simplelife3.php

    THE THIEF LORD (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall score 78/100):
    "The script jumps from one story point to the next rapidly, not giving
    viewers a lot of breathing room. If you get up during the movie to grab
    a can of soda from your fridge, by the time you get back, you'll have
    missed about five scenes and three crucial plot twists."

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

    WALK THE LINE (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 90/100):
    "The movie doesn't do much other than exploit the conventions of the
    genre. In the end that's just fine, because we came to see the story and
    hear the music of John and June."

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

    WALK THE LINE: TWO-DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION (reviewed by James A.
    Stewart, overall score 90/100):
    "The dual nature of Cash's songs -- mixing the Gospel with tragic
    tales of murder and vengeance -- ultimately yields one message,
    that of redemption. Cash's ultimate message is the theme of Walk
    the Line as well."

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

    WEDDING CRASHERS: UNCORKED EDITION (reviewed by Geoffrey Miller, overall
    score 90/100):
    "If Wedding Crashers was all about two guys who go to weddings to get
    laid, it would quickly sink into pathetic, misogynistic, monotony.
    Thankfully, there's a lot more to it than that."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Mar 20, 2006
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