DVD Verdict reviews: WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005), HAVOC: UNRATED VERSION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of AMITYVILLE: A NEW GENERATION,
    BEAUTY SHOP, BERLINGUER I LOVE YOU, EATING OUT, EMANUELLE'S DAUGHTER:
    QUEEN OF SADOS, GIRLFRIENDS, HAVOC: UNRATED VERSION, HONOR AND COURAGE:
    TOUGH GUYS OF THE NHL, PARTNER, QUEEN CHRISTINA, WAR OF THE WORLDS
    (2005), and WET ASPHALT:


    AMITYVILLE: A NEW GENERATION (reviewed by David Johnson, overall
    score 65/100):
    "What's more terrifying than a demon-possessed mirror? Actually, a lot
    of things."

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

    BEAUTY SHOP (reviewed by David Ryan, overall score 76/100):
    "Truth be told, the script here is thinner than the paper it was
    presumably written on."

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

    BERLINGUER I LOVE YOU (reviewed by James A. Stewart, overall
    score 47/100):
    "Hapless heroes are nothing new to movies; they've been around since
    Charlie Chaplin. But you'd like them to win a round or two, to get the
    girl or at least have a ray of hope in their lives, even when the losers
    are as pathetic as Mario. No rays of hope are forthcoming here. Who
    wants to see some poor schlub just get clobbered over and over? After 90
    minutes or so, it gets to be a little much."

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

    EATING OUT (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 72/100):
    "It's something that makes your head spin, as reality television meets
    sordid soap opera in a softcore gay teen sex comedy that tries to play
    out like Shakespeare or French farce. Got your attention yet?"

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

    EMANUELLE'S DAUGHTER: QUEEN OF SADOS (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway,
    overall score 40/100):
    "See, normally these Emanuelle flicks are little more than goofy
    showcases for rampant nudity and sex, but that isn't the case here. This
    one wastes far too much time on the boring stuff."

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

    GIRLFRIENDS (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall score 25/100):
    "At only 65 minutes, you'd think there wouldn't be enough time for a
    wandering narrative, but wander it does."

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

    HAVOC: UNRATED VERSION (reviewed by Rob Lineberger, overall score
    65/100):
    "It's not that Havoc borrows explicitly from another 'white teen angst'
    film, but that Havoc is so vague and formless as to suggest hints of
    virtually every other rich fish out of water story. The kids are bored,
    they borrow from ethnic culture, they do bad things for no good reason
    -- and that's about the whole story."

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

    HONOR AND COURAGE: TOUGH GUYS OF THE NHL (reviewed by Ryan Keefer,
    overall score 63/100):
    "Playoff hockey is something that very few sports can surpass in terms
    of skill level, drama, and tension. And this is apparently the first
    video coming off the shelves of the NHL video production team, and it's
    about hard checks and fighting?"

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

    PARTNER (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall score 75/100):
    "While Partner's ample Godardian flourishes are derivative, they're also
    fun if you're game. It would be entirely disappointing to see a director
    as talented as Bertolucci imitate another filmmaker if not for the fact
    that his imitation is so spot-on."

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

    QUEEN CHRISTINA (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall score 79/100):
    "At first glance, it would seem that the decision to cast the luminous
    Greta Garbo as the homely Christina is Hollywood historical revisionism
    at its most overt. But the famed beauty, generally considered as one of
    the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen, actually turns
    out to be an ideal actress to play the masculine queen, for Garbo's
    beauty is essentially an androgynous one."

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

    WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005) (reviewed by Ryan Keefer, overall score
    68/100):
    "And at the end, there's a resolution that can only be described as so
    'Spielbergian,' even my cats saw it coming."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/warworlds2005.php

    WET ASPHALT (reviewed by Rob Lineberger, overall score 45/100):
    "The Wet Asphalt DVD has a lot going against it. First is the ridiculous
    assertion that it is a lost noir. It is lost because no one has much
    interest in it, and Newsies is more noir than Wet Asphalt. This
    marketing mishap leads us into an entirely inappropriate frame of mind
    to appreciate the film."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Dec 16, 2005
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