DVD Verdict reviews: ANDRZEJ WAJDA: THREE WAR FILMS: CRITERION COLLECTION and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ANDRZEJ WAJDA: THREE WAR FILMS:
    CRITERION COLLECTION, CALAMITY JANE (2005 RE-RELEASE), DANCING ON
    DANGEROUS GROUND, DESPERATELY SEEKING SEKA, DOUBLES, THE GOSPEL OF JOHN,
    I CAN'T SLEEP, THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA, PHAT COMEDY TUESDAYS, RIKKI-TIKKI-
    TAVI / YANKEE DOODLE CRICKET, WIDOWS' PEAK, and YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN:


    ANDRZEJ WAJDA: THREE WAR FILMS: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Bill
    Gibron, overall score 95/100):
    "It's no surprise that any and all heroics found in Wajda's films are
    almost anticlimactic in nature. As if to suggest the unavoidable truth
    about suffering being an everyday occurrence, these films prove that
    bravery is also not some Olympian attribute, but a part of the regular
    regiment as well."

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

    CALAMITY JANE (2005 RE-RELEASE) (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall
    score 82/100):
    "It's disappointing that the disc hasn't gotten any new treatment aside
    from the redesigned packaging. The ex-English teacher in me is glad to
    see that the spelling error on the original cover blurb has been
    corrected, but c'mon, folks, is that all?"

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

    DANCING ON DANGEROUS GROUND (reviewed by Eric Profancik, overall
    score 88/100):
    "I think I would have enjoyed some actual dialogue to propel things. As
    a result, I found myself becoming a bit bored of the constant dancing by
    the end. I can only digest so much spinning, stomping, and clicking."

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

    DESPERATELY SEEKING SEKA (reviewed by Russell Engebretson, overall
    score 90/100):
    "People who should avoid this DVD include the following: moralists
    seeking tormented confessions of regret from the interviewees; porn
    hounds looking for hot video action; kids; evangelicals; and others I
    undoubtedly missed, but you know who you are. However, knowledge of the
    porn industry or its stars is not a prerequisite to enjoying Desperately
    Seeking Seka."

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

    DOUBLES (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 86/100):
    "At the same time, when these men try to do things that work 'in the
    movies,' they are invariably stopped by the reality of the situation.
    This play between the awareness of film conventions and refusal to
    simply take those conventions is the main reason the film is so
    successful."

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

    THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall score 85/100):
    "The Gospel of John succeeds perhaps better than any other biblical film
    in presenting the Christian mystery at the center of Jesus' person: that
    he is entirely human and entirely divine."

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

    I CAN'T SLEEP (reviewed by George Hatch, overall score 93/100):
    "After about an hour, I Can't Sleep begins to look like a patchwork
    quilt with these characters 'stitched' together in a random pattern.
    Some stand out by being more colorful and richer in texture; others look
    like worn-out, recycled pieces of fabric that fade into the background."

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

    THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA (reviewed by Barrie Maxwell, overall score
    90/100):
    "One must take most Hollywood biographies with a grain, if not a
    handful, of salt, but does make a reasonable effort at accuracy and
    completeness."

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

    PHAT COMEDY TUESDAYS (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 85/100):
    "Do I find Guy Torry, Rodney Perry, Joey Wells, Joe Blount, and Leslie
    funnier than Brian Regan or John Heffron? No, but I didn't sit in front
    of the TV tight-lipped. That's gotta be worth something, right?"

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

    RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI / YANKEE DOODLE CRICKET (reviewed by Michael Stailey,
    overall score 84/100):
    "Despite the classic '70s color palette -- a spectrum of browns,
    oranges, reds, and greens -- and Dean Elliott's genre-defining brassy
    underscore, these characters, their personalities, and their environment
    remain timeless."

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

    WIDOWS' PEAK (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 88/100):
    "We're accustomed to the figure of the bossy grande dame who runs the
    town, but we aren't often encouraged to consider the darker side of such
    a character imposing her standards -- and her will -- on all those in
    her orbit. The denouement of Widows' Peak explores this avenue
    satisfyingly, yet not bitterly -- a deft bit of balancing ably carried
    off by director John Irvin and the cast."

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

    YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall score 79/100):
    "There was no shortage of alienated jazz musicians in 1950, which was
    near the tail end of the controversial bebop movement, but 1950s
    Hollywood would never have made a jazz film that focused on a
    protagonist who created dissonant music, or had an aggressively strange
    personality, or was black. So the film is set in the safe past of the
    1920s, and all of the overheated dialogue about the loneliness of the
    uncompromising artist, coming from a film so eager to please, is
    hypocritical."

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

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    DVD Verdict, Apr 26, 2005
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