DVD Verdict reviews: SIDEWAYS, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (2004), and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (2004),
    AUSCHWITZ: INSIDE THE NAZI STATE, CAPTAIN BLOOD, DONKEY SKIN (PEAU
    D'ANE), I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG, A MAN CALLED HORSE, PLEASE
    DON'T EAT THE DAISIES, SAMARITAN GIRL, SIDEWAYS, and VANITY FAIR:


    ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (2004) (reviewed by David Johnson, overall
    score 88/100):
    "From the moment the siege begins, the action doesn't stop. It's brutal
    and, best of all, it's realistic, a choice the filmmakers committed
    themselves to. There are no superhuman acts of awesomeness, no slow-
    motion fight scenes, no 'bullet-time' shootouts. When characters get
    injured, they don't just walk it off and go twenty rounds with their
    nemesis. As a result, the violence is that much more compelling."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/precinct132004.php

    AUSCHWITZ: INSIDE THE NAZI STATE (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall
    score 92/100):
    "Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State is one of the most thorough and well-
    produced television documentaries that I have seen. If you are looking
    for a documentary that uses the latest possible information to construct
    a complete picture of what happened during the Holocaust, you can't do
    any better than this."

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

    CAPTAIN BLOOD (reviewed by Maurice Cobbs, overall score 95/100):
    "A roaring adventure tale from the novel by Rafael Sabatini, Captain
    Blood is chock full of cannons and swordplay, heroism and treachery, war
    and romance, a beautiful heroine, and an impossibly handsome hero so
    lusty and full of vigor that it's difficult to catch your breath as the
    movie careens from one thrilling scene to the next."

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

    DONKEY SKIN (PEAU D'ANE) (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall
    score 95/100):
    "Adults will relish the anachronisms, the tongue-in-cheek humor of the
    writing and acting, and the way the film pays homage to Cocteau.
    Children will be drawn in by the splashy, colorful visuals, the songs,
    and the beautiful heroine. The result is a film that can be enjoyed on
    many different levels -- and now it looks better than ever before,
    thanks to a gorgeous new restoration."

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

    I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall
    score 95/100):
    "Too many movies are described as 'nightmarish,' but this one really
    merits the description."

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

    A MAN CALLED HORSE (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 94/100):
    "They're pretty savage, and the story is hardly flattering with its
    depictions of cruelty and torture. But A Man Called Horse marks a shift
    in how Hollywood portrayed Indians in general. They were given a grace
    and a spiritual wisdom that elevated them beyond the stock villains they
    had been in most westerns."

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

    PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
    score 85/100):
    "The rest, sadly, is pure Hollywood artifice. It's bad enough trying to
    envision Day married to Niven (a similar situation occurs in her pairing
    with Rex Harrison in Midnight Lace). Day is just too American, too
    crafted out of Kansas corn, California sun, and Bible Belt basics to
    warrant such a steak-and-kidney stiff upper lip."

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

    SAMARITAN GIRL (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 92/100):
    "Some films refuse to follow convention, refuse to be categorized, and
    refuse to take the viewer to where they expect to go. This film offers
    one of those experiences."

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

    SIDEWAYS (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall score 99/100):
    "Adapted by Payne and Jim Taylor from Rex Pickett's 1999 novel, Sideways
    builds the foundation for a buddy flick, then transforms slyly into a
    bittersweet meditation on boys who have yet to make peace with the fact
    they are middle-aged men. And, gulp, it's hilarious."

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

    VANITY FAIR (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall score 93/100):
    "Nair manages to visually fuse together the India of her birth with the
    Western world she has adopted as her home in adulthood, and the results
    are as historically subversive as they are spectacular."

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

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    DVD Verdict, May 23, 2005
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