DVD Verdict reviews: MAGNUM P.I.: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of DASTARDLY AND MUTTLEY IN THEIR
    FLYING MACHINES: THE COMPLETE SERIES, FARSCAPE SEASON 1, COLLECTION 3
    (STARBURST EDITION), A HISTORY OF GOD, JONATHAN WINTERS: RARE AND
    RIOTOUS, THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, MAGNUM P.I.: THE
    COMPLETE SECOND SEASON, THE MAN SHOW: SEASON THREE, and SUPERFRIENDS:
    VOLUME TWO:


    DASTARDLY AND MUTTLEY IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES: THE COMPLETE SERIES
    (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall score 93/100):
    "The folks at Hanna-Barbera Studios elected to spin the characters off
    into their own adventure where they would never cease in their quest to
    stop Yankee Doodle Pigeon, though we never really understand why or what
    it is that the brave bird is carrying in his leather satchel."

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

    FARSCAPE SEASON 1, COLLECTION 3 (STARBURST EDITION) (reviewed by Jeff
    Andreasen, overall score 90/100):
    "There are times when Browder really delivers on Farscape, when his
    style and the material intersect with great effect. His line to D'Argo
    in 'Family Ties' just before the two eject from their doomed transport
    gave me goose bumps. 'I love hanging with you, man.' But I found most of
    his soliloquies into his tape recorder to be poorly rendered, except for
    his final message to his father in 'Family Ties.'"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/farscapes1c3starburst.php

    A HISTORY OF GOD (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 50/100):
    "I do not begrudge those who want reinforcement of their beliefs
    through their television sets. A History of God will do that for you,
    by quoting from the Bible, showing lots of pretty Renaissance art to
    illustrate, and sticking in the occasional priest or rabbi to remind
    you of the lesson."

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

    JONATHAN WINTERS: RARE AND RIOTOUS (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
    score 19/100):
    "This is just remnants from a rotten refuse pile, awful offerings that
    could be cheaply chopped up and slapped onto the digital domain without
    concern for entertainment value or commercial viability."

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

    THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (reviewed by Amanda DeWees,
    overall score 96/100):
    "Mammoth books like Nicholas Nickleby weren't meant to be plowed through
    all at once; they started out as magazine serials, which gave readers
    the pleasure of anticipating the next installment, growing impatient to
    find out if the dastardly characters would meet their comeuppance and
    the virtuous ones would prevail despite the odds. The excitement of
    serial publication is mirrored by the miniseries format."

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

    MAGNUM P.I.: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (reviewed by Rob Lineberger,
    overall score 92/100):
    "As a critic, I'd love to complain about the lack of uniformity.
    Shouldn't a show have a clear tone, a stated genre? But such a complaint
    would only indicate hypocrisy. After all, I have slammed many a show for
    slavish adherence to formula. Magnum P.I. doesn't always seem original,
    but it does benefit from this shifting tonal breeze, which brings
    freshness and unpredictability with it."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/magnumpiseason2.php

    THE MAN SHOW: SEASON THREE (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall
    score 85/100):
    "Much to their chagrin, women I've talked to have discovered that men
    do not regularly 'compare' in the locker room and don't strike up
    lengthy conversations while standing at the urinal or straining over
    the crapper."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/manshowseason3.php

    SUPERFRIENDS: VOLUME TWO (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score
    80/100):
    "Although fans praise the show for coming closest to a true comic book
    style, the drawing is overly simplistic and fraught with technical
    errors. The look of the characters is inconsistent from show to show,
    and sloppy animation is evident throughout the set."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/superfriendsvol2.php

    Mike Jackson
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    DVD Verdict, Jun 22, 2005
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  2. Actually, it's because the show is vaguely supposed to be set in WWI,
    and was originally written for a German "the Dread Baron"--
    Until network chief Fred Silverman (no, not H-B) came up with the
    decision of spinning off "Wacky Races" in place of one more season
    (which also got us "Perils of Penelope Pitstop", also on WB boxset), and
    Dastardly was changed to a generic spy of No Particularly Specified
    Political Ethnicity...

    (...And then, of course, you get into the whole naive 60's/70's mindset
    back when we all used to think that the Road Runner was the *good*
    character from the WB cartoons and Wile E. was the baddie, but anyway,
    aren't you glad you asked?) :)

    Derek Janssen
     
    Derek Janssen, Jun 22, 2005
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