DVD Verdict reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004) and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of AN AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE, CLOSER,

    AN AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score
    "An Awfully Big Adventure is disappointing, but not because it's a bad
    movie. In fact, it's a good movie that's been the victim of extremely
    bad marketing."

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

    CLOSER (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall score 84/100):
    "Closer is certainly not a great movie, but it doesn't deserve to be
    dismissed just for its alleged coldness. Why does every film have to be
    warm, anyway?"

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

    ELEKTRA (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 70/100):
    "For all of Garner's impressive athletic ability, her Elektra is a
    complete bore, devoid of charisma, with her facial expression
    permanently set on 'cranky.' For that reason Elektra lacks a vital
    element for a successful comic book movie: a hero we care about."

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

    I AM DAVID (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall score 87/100):
    "While grown-ups will view the picture with a conscious appreciation
    of Feig's willingness to assume children aren't idiots, children
    will simply be caught up in the story itself. Watching the film, I
    wished I could experience as a child. I knew it would be more
    affecting that way."

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

    KINSEY: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall score 82/100):
    "The problem is that Condon often seems to be working from checklists
    titled 'Important Issues Raised by the Life of Alfred Kinsey' and
    'Things My Critics Might Say,' dutifully ticking off each issue as he
    deals with it in the script. This might be a good way of writing a
    research paper, but it's more problematic for a dramatic film."

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

    NASCAR: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE (reviewed by David Packard, overall
    score 72/100):
    "Reiterating my earlier assumption that you probably don't have your own
    personal IMAX theater, it's understandable that the visceral impact of
    12,000 watts of digital sound and a retina-popping eight-story screen
    have been jettisoned for the DVD release."

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

    THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004) (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall
    score 93/100):
    "There are sequences that literally suck the breath out of you because
    they are so gorgeous -- a theater is returned to golden and blood-red
    splendor from decrepitude with some artful CGI, lit candles emerge from
    underwater, smoke wraps up around roses, and candelabras are held by
    gold muscular arms in a hallway resplendent with a golden glow. You'll
    swoon, and there's probably a danger of passing out at some point. I'll
    bet several interior decorators and florists had to be administered
    oxygen at the premiere due to uncontrollable gasps and squeals."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/phantomopera2004.php

    TO BE OR NOT TO BE (reviewed by Barrie Maxwell, overall score 85/100):
    "The black comedy of To Be or Not to Be was certainly not to everyone's
    taste. Reactions at the time of its original release varied from those
    who saw the film as a masterpiece to others who condemned it for not
    treating the Nazi threat with the gravity it demanded."

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

    WILD THINGS: DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH (reviewed by David Johnson, overall
    score 80/100):
    "Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough must now own the world record for
    'Most Slow-Motion Exits from a Pool' in a movie."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/wildthings3.php

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    DVD Verdict, May 9, 2005
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