Best DVDs You've Never Seen, Just Missed, or Almost Forgotten: A Guide for the Curious Film Lover

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Want to look further than the nearest mega-plex?

At last, a guide for you.

A.O. Scott

Stephen Holden

Caryn James

Dave Kehr

Peter M. Nichols

If just trudging to the latest Hollywood blockbuster doesn't appeal to you, The Best DVDs You've Never Seen, Narrowly Missed or ...

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Overview

Want to look further than the nearest mega-plex?

At last, a guide for you.

A.O. Scott

Stephen Holden

Caryn James

Dave Kehr

Peter M. Nichols

If just trudging to the latest Hollywood blockbuster doesn't appeal to you, The Best DVDs You've Never Seen, Narrowly Missed or Almost Forgotten is the perfect companion. Inside, the film critics of The New York Times have made their top choices for those movies that are unjustly obscure, overlooked or just plain forgotten.

* Newly updated reviews of 500 films—-all available on DVD!

* Sophisticated, intelligent, entertaining, provoking—-these films run the gamut.

* Each critic's top 10 picks from the book

* Introduction by A. O. Scott, chief movie critic for The New York Times

The perfect gift for any serious movie buff, no matter what they prefer, from Waiting for Guffman to Happy, Texas, The Opposite of Sex to Belle Epoque. Film noir, documentaries, drama, Westerns, animation, comedies, foreign films, even a few must-see TV shows on DVD—-The Best DVDs You've Never Seen, Narrowly Missed or Almost Forgotten has it all.

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This collection of approximately 500 films selected by New York Times film critics Nichols, A.O. Scott, Stephen Holden, Caryn James, and Dave Kehr seems geared more toward the casual but serious filmgoer than the true buff or average fan. Nearly half of these international movies and documentaries were released after 2000, with only a handful predating the 1990s. Each brief entry (200-250 words) focuses on summarizing the plot rather than distinguishing the film from the Hollywood norm. Technical information is spare, and there are no illustrations. Also, despite the title, the editor includes many hit films, e.g., Rain Man, Moulin Rouge, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? That said, the writers also note some treasures like The Sweet Hereafter, Henry Fool, and Spellbound. Naturally, space considerations limit the number of films, but why include only six horror films and seven musicals, especially with the current availability of The Band Wagon, Zoot Suit, Fiend Without a Face, and all of the Ray Harryhausen and early Universal and RKO films? Bottom Line Overall, not a bad guidebook, but a few more dollars will buy you Steven Jay Schneider's fine 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Recommended only for comprehensive film collections.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312343620
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

THE NEW YORK TIMES is renowned for its thoughtful, fun, and wide-ranging movie coverage. Its film critics and writers are known and admired nationwide. Critics A.O. Scott, Stephen Holden, Caryn James, Dave Kehr and Peter M. Nichols have contributed to The Best DVDs You've Never Seen Just Missed or Almost Forgotten.

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