DVD Verdict reviews: THE LOWER DEPTHS: CRITERION COLLECTION and more!

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    DVD Verdict Guest

    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ALI: DIRECTOR'S CUT, BANDOLERO!, IN
    JULY, THE LOWER DEPTHS: CRITERION COLLECTION, PUNKY BREWSTER: THE
    COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, SPIDER-MAN: SUPERBIT EDITION, SUMMER SCHOOL, and
    THE THIN BLUE LINE: THE COMPLETE LINE-UP:


    ALI: DIRECTOR'S CUT (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 82/100):
    "Sadly, even in a Director's Cut, Michael Mann fails to show Ali's rise
    and/or the reasons for his ongoing regality. Perhaps Muhammad Ali is a
    figure too large for even the largest cinema screen."

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

    BANDOLERO! (reviewed by Bill Treadway, overall score 96/100):
    "Bandolero! is one of the finest examples of a traditional Western
    available."

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

    IN JULY (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 86/100):
    "Perhaps the greatest victory of In July is succeeding despite being so
    familiar and generic in form. It's a wonderful film to kick back and
    enjoy, because it has no pretensions to be more than it is, and it
    delivers exactly what it promises."

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

    THE LOWER DEPTHS: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by a panel, overall
    score 95/100):
    "Criterion's release of Kurosawa's The Lower Depths was originally
    slated for the late summer of 2003, but was delayed so the set could be
    expanded to include Renoir's film. It was worth the wait."

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

    PUNKY BREWSTER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (reviewed by Patrick Naugle,
    overall score 77/100):
    "Was Punky Brewster the high point of television history? Not on your
    life. But it does offer some soft chuckles, stories with solid moral
    messages, and oh...that Brandon, he's just soooooo dang cute!"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/punkybrewsterseason1.php

    SPIDER-MAN: SUPERBIT EDITION (reviewed by Michael Stailey, overall
    score 82/100):
    "Spider-man, much like its main character, is not without its flaws.
    Cramming more than 40 years of continuity and character development into
    121 minutes is no small task."

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

    SUMMER SCHOOL (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 87/100):
    "Summer School isn't the highpoint of 1980s cinema, but it does
    entertain. What more could you possibly be looking for in a movie about
    summers in sunny California?"

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

    THE THIN BLUE LINE: THE COMPLETE LINE-UP (reviewed by Joel Pearce,
    overall score 90/100):
    "The only problem with The Thin Blue Line is that it ended after only
    two short seasons."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Jul 6, 2004
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    Dick Sidbury Guest

    Mike,
    I like the new format. The short synopsis for each review is good. I
    wish the Spiderman had given a recommendation for those of us who
    already have the original, as should all "re-releases".

    dick
    -- I guess I'll just have to go read the review. :)
     
    Dick Sidbury, Jul 6, 2004
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    Mike Jackson Guest

    I like the new format. The short synopsis for each review is good. I
    We ("we" being me and the rest of the editorial staff) are trying to pick
    quotes that best represent the review. I can't recall if the Spider-Man
    Superbit review had a buy/not-buy recommendation. It's probably just like
    all the other double-dip Superbit releases: it depends on what's important
    to you. The original release looked and sounded pretty good and had great
    bonus features. If the DTS is important to you, go for the double-dip. My
    site doesn't particularly value the Superbits, because our focus is more on
    the film than the technical quality, so in general we don't recommend the
    Superbit releases unless you're a real technophile.

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Web Developer, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    Mike Jackson, Jul 6, 2004
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    Dick Sidbury Guest

    That's resonable.
    Well, I did read the review and the recommendation was not to buy if you
    had the original. I don't even remember the review commenting about the
    "improved" quality of the superbit release.

    dick
     
    Dick Sidbury, Jul 6, 2004
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    Mike Jackson Guest

    Think he means the "old disk, with new stuff sold separately" Deluxe
    Ah. Well, we've received that "deluxe" edition, but haven't reviewed it yet,
    and curiously, we never got around to reviewing the original DVD release.
    Freakin' Sony and their shameless double-dipping.

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Web Developer, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    Mike Jackson, Jul 6, 2004
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  6. Think he means the "old disk, with new stuff sold separately" Deluxe
    Edition box that came out just before the movie--
    At least you could look at the cardboard box and *see* you weren't
    getting anything new in the main disk.

    Derek Janssen
     
    Derek Janssen, Jul 6, 2004
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