DVD Verdict reviews: DODGEBALL, THE ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BETTY BLUE, BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY:
    COLLECTOR'S SERIES, DODGEBALL, FANNY AND ALEXANDER: CRITERION
    COLLECTION, I REMEMBER MAMA, MY FLESH AND BLOOD, RAINBOW BRITE AND THE
    STAR STEALER, THE RAMBO TRILOGY: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, and THE
    ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION:


    BETTY BLUE (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall score 78/100):
    "The film's odd mix of comedy and tragedy begs us to view the
    characters as round and complex, but the absurdity throughout makes it
    difficult to do so."

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

    BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY: COLLECTOR'S SERIES (reviewed by Patrick Naugle,
    overall score 86/100):
    "I think the reason Bridget Jones's Diary is so popular is that single
    people can really relate to it. Who doesn't go through times when they
    feel inadequate, overweight, underappreciated, or just plain bland?"

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

    DODGEBALL (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 84/100):
    "Dodgeball isn't trying to be a classic comedy like The Apartment, or
    even Joe's Apartment, for that matter. It's only out to make you laugh
    for a good hour and a half, and most of the time it was able to steal a
    smile from my face."

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

    FANNY AND ALEXANDER: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Steve Evans,
    overall score 97/100):
    "Although Bergman has said the film contains a broad autobiographical
    quotient (his father was a severe disciplinarian and clergyman), the
    director deals too heavily in metaphor and allusion for us to take
    this tale literally as the story of his life. Instead, it helps to see
    the film as a coalescing of all the philosophical subjects that
    obsessed Bergman throughout his career (essentially Death, God and
    Sex, in that order)."

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

    I REMEMBER MAMA (reviewed by Diane Wild, overall score 91/100):
    "Stevens got great performances out of his ensemble cast, four of whom
    were nominated for Oscars in 1949 -- Dunne, Bel Geddes, Homolka, and
    Corby. The direction is assured, with beautifully framed shots that
    never distract from the human tale onscreen."

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

    MY FLESH AND BLOOD (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 96/100):
    "My Flesh and Blood is the story of one eventful year in the life of
    single mother Susan Tom and her 13 children, 11 of whom are adopted and
    9 of whom have special needs. Despite what sounds like a potentially
    sappy premise, this is a lively, engrossing documentary, and it also has
    a gripping story at its core."

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

    RAINBOW BRITE AND THE STAR STEALER (reviewed by Maurice Cobbs, overall
    score 80/100):
    "I must confess that, silliness aside, I actually enjoyed it. It seems
    to have been created in the vein of an old Flash Gordon serial, what
    with its strange planets and weird alien creatures and robots and wildly
    improbable plot."

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

    THE RAMBO TRILOGY: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION (reviewed by Joel Pearce,
    overall score 81/100):
    "Of course, there were a lot more extras on the former special editions,
    including a full fourth disc of features that don't appear here. Perhaps
    this represents some confusion on the part of the studio as to exactly
    what 'Ultimate Edition' means."

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

    THE ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
    score 93/100):
    "As represented in this overstuffed burrito of a digital presentation,
    The Ultimate Matrix Collection is a satisfying, gluttonous treat. But
    you will be more than just a little full afterwards. Indeed, The Matrix
    may be the first film series ever crushed by the sheer magnitude of its
    own DVD desire for added content. The original release helped spark the
    digital revolution. This burly box set represents, perhaps, the format's
    ultimate ends."

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

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