VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2004: The Complete Guide to Movies on Videocasse and DVD

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Following the Hollywood adage that anything old can be new again, VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever has changed its epic proportions to a sleeker, taller version -- without the help of vertical stripes. Not to be outdone, Hollywood has gone back to making epic films. You know, the kind with lots of people, lots of costumes, lots of action, little dialogue -- from the patronizing Patriot (yeah, but the cannonballs were cool) to the Academy Award-hoarding, gory-glorifying Gladiator. And those filmmaking marvels ...
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Overview

Following the Hollywood adage that anything old can be new again, VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever has changed its epic proportions to a sleeker, taller version -- without the help of vertical stripes. Not to be outdone, Hollywood has gone back to making epic films. You know, the kind with lots of people, lots of costumes, lots of action, little dialogue -- from the patronizing Patriot (yeah, but the cannonballs were cool) to the Academy Award-hoarding, gory-glorifying Gladiator. And those filmmaking marvels produced epic disappointments as well -- like that big farce Little Nicky, or Driven, proving old stars have no business behind the wheel, especially when heading 3,000 Miles to Graceland.

VideoHound 2002 has reviews of those films and almost 24,000 more -- including cool art-house films that make the girls gaga (like But I'm a Cheerleader) and keep the boys confused (like Memento). Whatever your taste, you're sure to find the movie that caters to it within these pages. But what makes the Hound a true epic movie guide are the extras. Like indexes. Ten of them. Indexes that turn the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon into two or three. Amaze your friends. Mystify your neighbors.

We've even put the Nominations back in the Awards index. Just for you. Because we care. So Snatch this Hound up, avoid the Traffic at your local video store and rent the movies the less-versed consumers Cast Away.

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Under the editorial eye of film critic Walker, Halliwell's continues to reign as one of the leading movie guidebooks. Now covering approximately 23,000 reviews (a number that has remained steady over the past few years), it features international big screen releases from the silent era to the present; it excludes made-for-TV and most direct-to-video films. Alphabetically arranged by title, with cross references for alternate titles, the brief entries include a plot synopsis and critical evaluation, zero-to-four star ratings, quotes from contemporary reviews, Academy Awards, DVD/VHS availability, cast and crew, and production information. Critiques are often sharp, with a British slant, but always intelligent and opinionated. Walker does not hand out high ratings lightly; only a dozen or so films since 1990 have received four stars, and no film since 2001's Gosford Park has been so honored. Unfortunately for what is otherwise such a useful resource, there are no indexes for directors, actors, etc., as are found in other guides. Also, although the book aims toward comprehensiveness, one often discovers a title missing (e.g., the silent Prisoner of Zenda). Considering this title's lack of access points and its British viewpoint, U.S. readers will want to purchase VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2004 as a companion volume.Now featuring over 26,000 film reviews (1000 more than the last edition, or approximately 3000 more than Halliwell's), the latest edition of this popular film guidebook continues to present a wide variety of information. It includes international commercially released films, direct-to-videos, made-for-TV movies, and documentaries from the silent era to the present. The brief entries are arranged alphabetically by film title, and each entry includes production information, alternate titles, brief cast, crew, and cameos data, one-to-four (or WOOF!) bone ratings, DVD and VHS availability, and awards. The last category is especially useful, featuring not only the winners of and nominees for the Oscars but for the Independent Spirit Awards, MTV Awards, and Golden Raspberries. Reviews are often humorous but always informative. What pushes VideoHound to the front of the pack, however, is the series of appendixes that improve access, including alternate titles, awards, categories (ranging from "Abortion" to "Zombies"), cast, directors, writers, composers, cinematographers, a video source guide, and a web site guide. Teachers will find the "kibbles and series index" particularly handy for locating movies adapted from plays or poems or those with a common author (e.g., Jack London). Although the market is awash with annual film guides, these two comprise the essential annual purchase for all film and public libraries.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787673123
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 1577
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 2.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: It's really worth reading, y'know ix
Using VideoHound: And then you don't even call! x
Alternate Titles Index: A film by any other name will be found in here 1
Videos A-Z: Why we do what we do 33
Category Index: Flicks that flock together 809
Kibbles and Series Index: Adaptations, quality check, recurring characters, successful screen partnerships 951
Awards Index: Egomaniacal acceptance speeches not included, but nominations are 967
Cast Index: Who was in what, and when 1011
Director Index: And...Action! 1313
Writer Index: Does spelling count? 1363
Cinematographer Index: If a movie looks good, these are the people to thank 1397
Composer Index: They make the music that makes the movies 1419
Video Sources Guide: When renting just won't do, find out where to buy your favorites 1439
Web Site Guide: If you're going surfing, check here for the best locations 1441
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