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AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies: American Film Institute (Complete Edition)

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To commemorate the first century of American moviemaking, the American Film Institute has embarked on a celebration of America's greatest movies--"AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies." This ten part retrospective explores many aspects of the human condition from the depths of depravity, horror and the dregs of underworld crime to the heights of heroism and passionate romance, covering the many genres, styles and types of films that make up the first 100 years of the glorious American film, as chosen by Hollywood's top directors, writers, stars and executives. Hosted by Jodie Foster, Richard Gere and Sally Field, narrated by James Woods.

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  • 2-disc Box Set

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  • Actors: Cher, Sally Field, Jodie Foster, Richard Gere, Woody Allen
  • Directors: Dann Netter, Gary Smith
  • Writers: Gary Smith, Fred A. Rappoport, Marty Farrell
  • Producers: Dann Netter, Gary Smith, Fred A. Rappoport
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 460 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U12V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies: American Film Institute (Complete Edition)" on IMDb

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The American Film Institute (AFI) (Motto - Advancing & preserving the art of the moving image) & over 1500 Film Industry Professionals in 1998 determined the Top 100 American Movies in the Last 100 Years. From a Compiled list of 400 Movies the Panel chose the FINAL 100....
Many are critical of this Top 100 List, while others praise it. I found after I understood the judging criteria the Final 100 American Movies were more justified. This was a subjective decision based on the following criteria: The Feature-Film must be over 60 minutes, Critical recognition (must be in print),Popularity over time, Historical Significance, Cultural Impact & Major Award Winner or Nominations.
AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies is now available on DVD in 2 Full Screen Versions.
The COMPLETE EDITION a 10 hour 10 Part Series presented on TNT in 10 - 1 hour segments Narrated by James Woods & divided by critical categories. 1.) Against the Grain - Hosted by Richard Gere - Basic American Heroism. 2.) Against the Law - Hosted by Gere - The subject is Crime. 3.) Family Portraits -Hosted by Sally Field - The Treasured Institution of Family. 4.) In Search of... - Hosted by Jodie Foster - Treasure of all sorts!! 5.) Love Crazy - Hosted by Field - Sweetly Sentimental. 6.) War & Peace - Hosted by Gere. 7.) The Wilder Shores of Love - Hosted by Field - Exotic times & places. 8.) The Antiheroes - Hosted by Foster - The Outcasts. 9.)Out of Control - Hosted by Gere - Monsters of all Kinds. 10.) Fantastic Flights - Hosted by Foster - Real & Surreal People & Places.
This 2 (double side / Dual layer) DVD set is over 460 minutes in length and allows over 4 1/2 minutes per movie review. Many Stars, Director and Movie Professional Comments.
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I've watched this DVD many times and really enjoy it because I always see something new that I've missed or never noticed before. It's a compilation of the top 100 films from the last 100 years and it makes one appreciate the impact film has had on our society. Very entertaining!
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In 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) celebrated American cinema's first century with a list of 100 of the greatest movies ("English Language" films, according to the rules. More on that later). Since then, various people have both praised and criticized the AFI's selections. I, for one, do both. I praise them for alerting us to treasures of cinema, but criticize them for allowing works that should stand on their own be forced into competition with one another. Now, many people who watch "Citizen Kane" do so to critique and analyze it to see why it's so great, rather then watch it for the fun of it.
But, unlike many people, I realize that this list was not meant to be the definitive opinion on our greatest movies, like how the Oscars aren't always right on what's the best of each year. Rather, this list serves as an introduction to cinema. But shouldn't an introduction include all the basics? For example, the silent era is practically forgotten with only four films (Three Charlie Chaplin and D.W Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation") being selected. Where is Buster Keaton's "The General", Griffith's "Intolerance" and King Vidor's "The Crowd" or "The Big Parade"? How about F.W Murnau's "Sunrise" or Erich Von Stroheim's "Greed"? If at least some of these had been voted for, I would be willing to ignore most other shortcomings.
Many great directors and some of their greatest works were represented. Among these were Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, William Wyler, John Ford, Frank Capra and Francis Ford Coppola. However, some of these masters' best works aren't on the list.
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By E. Rhoades on January 21, 2014
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I love this documentary. I wish the AFI would come out with their other lists on DVD. I think I've watched this 100 times. It's always fun to watch with a bunch of new friends and see who has seen the most movies from the list.
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This is an excellent sampler of the top 100 films up to 1996. I've collected all of the AFI movies that I could buy (96 out of 100), and I have watched two-thirds of them. This sampler allowed me to remember the movies I've seen, and to look forward to the remaining movies. I recommend this DVD, and I would like to see the AFI to put a similar edition in a coffee table book.
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It will be interesting, as the years go by, to see whether AFI's list of top 100 films changes. This DVD is a pleasant piece of film history with bits and pieces of 100 great movies we love watching and rewatching. Narrators Richard Gere, Jodi Foster, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sally Field add effective narration.
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Night of a Thousand Stars 2. Here'an idea. Go to AFI's Web site, AFI.com, check out the top 100 list and buy one you've never seen. Now that's worth celebrating.
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First of all, enough with the attacks on the list. I doubt you could make a list of "100 Movies That Most People Find Basically Tolerable" without stirring up controversy. If you're reading these reviews, you're probably less interested in AFI's decision than the quality of this DVD set.
For the record, I looked at this collection for use in teaching a film class. Unfortunately, I found the series does not stand up well to that purpose. Essentially, each film gets about 6 minutes of screen time in which James Woods provides a voice-over synopsis of the plot.
Yes, they give away the endings to many much-loved films. Even worse, though, plot summary is *all* this series offers. On average, each segment contains perhaps a quote or two from the director, a glimpse of a film critic with some out-of-context remark, and on to the next movie. Obviously AFI did not set out to create a comprehensive analyses of 100 films, but I cannot understand why anyone would want to buy what amounts to a 4-DVD set of Cliffs Notes.
To my mind the whole thing seems pretty cynical. Not only is this clearly just an ad for AFI's film catalog, they are *charging* you [a fee]to view it.
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