Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever/1995

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9780810391352: Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever/1995

Containing the most extensive listing of movies available on video more than 23,000 in all and a multitude of cross-referencing within its 10 primary indexes, each new edition includes 1,000 new movies, expanded indexing, a fresh new introduction and more of the beloved categories

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As short a time ago as 1994, Leonard Maltin's movie guide could boast of "more than 19,000 entries, with 300 new titles!" But with 500-plus movies jostling into theaters every year, the pocket-size, curl-up-with-it film guide has become a relic. Nowadays, film books are faintly scholarly word-hoards with three OED-style columns, a trade-size format, and a heft that calls for your sitting pants. Videohound's 1,700-page edition sasses the new millennium ("Covering 1,000 years of Movie Making Magic!" the cover says), but its girth heralds the day when all such guides will be swallowed up by some vast digital database. Until then, there's this bright book, with its uncalculated number (a hasty guess would be 26,000) of reviews of movies on video, Laserdisc, DVD, and TV, and its massive cross-listings by star, director, writer, and cinematographer (cinematographer!). Retailing itself as an irreverent tour for movie lovers, the book has surprising range, with an equal appetite for difficult, small, and foreign films and Hollywood fare. Some inconsistencies? Yep, and that's what makes guides like this fun. Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is hailed as a "masterpiece" and rewarded an admiring four bones (out of four), while the superbly Heideggerian Wings of Desire, also a "masterpiece," is equivocated to three and a half. The woof-worthy The Wedding Singer gets the same two and a half bones that they give Wes Anderson's estimably giggly debut, Bottle Rocket. Terry Zwigoff's lovely Crumb is M.I.A., and there's a tendency to eschew analysis for plot summary, but Videohound has encyclopedic breadth and does the undeclared job it sets out to accomplish: entertain, inform, and give readers a giant list of movies to watch next year. --Lyall Bush

From the Publisher:

It’s just like Santa’s list! Only funnier. And heavier.

We’ve even checked it twice. Probably more — depending on which editor you ask! And what a gift the VideoHound Golden Movie Retriever 2006 has in store for its readers...

While others are downsizing, we’re still super-duper sizing our guide. And it’s still the same price. That means more reviews (Nearly 1,000 more), more information, and more complete indexes than any other review guide out there.

Always reviewing to the beat of its own little drummer boy (OK, it’s a stretch, but it’s keeping with the misplaced holiday theme), the newest VideoHound builds on it’s legacy of playful, yet dead-on reviews and cross-referencing not found elsewhere that makes movie trivia and even crossword puzzles a breeze.

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