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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (November 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809510987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809510986
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,908,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His reviews deserve to be read and read again -- for information, for insight and for pleasure. -- Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog magazine

This is a real treat...clever, insightful and most importantly well informed -- Joe Dante, director of Gremlins, Matinee, and The Howling

About the Author

GLENN ERICKSON is a writer and film editor based in Los Angeles. He edited several features after UCLA Film School and worked in special effects on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941 before becoming an editor of television spots and film trailers. He headed the editorial department for MGM Home Video for six years and produced the rediscovery and restoration of the ‘lost’ ending to Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly in 1997.

As a film editor, Glenn was nominated for an Emmy for editing on the 2001 Oscar show. He has lately edited special edition documentaries for the DVD releases of North by Northwest, Kramer vs. Kramer, Buckaroo Banzai, To Live and Die in LA, The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The docu he edited for West Side Story won a prize as best DVD documentary of 2003.

Glenn’s first writing work was for the FILMEX film exposition in Los Angeles. He’s the co-author of The Making of 1941 and has appeared in print with writing on film noir and horror films. Since 1997 he’s written an online column reviewing DVD discs called DVD Savant, presently a special feature at DVDTalk.com, and is a member of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS). He recently recorded a commentary for the DVD release of the film noir Gun Crazy.

Mr. Erickson is married with three children, all of which are smarter, wittier and better looking than he is. (They take after their mother.)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tarek M - www.InfosecWriters.com on December 8, 2004
Every week fans check up on Glenn Erickson's online column at DVDTalk.com, always to find fresh reviews of those yesteryear movies being made available on DVD. Not all the movies are likable as Erickson would admit, but he does a heck of a review on them anyway.

The problem with many amateur movie reviewers on the net - they go page upon page in telling an entire plot, but only in two concluding lines tell you how they really feel about the movie.

Reading a proper critical review as Glenn Erickson's, what you get is a perspective on the movie's style; you also understand what works in the story and what doesn't. His reviews, like the "The Good the Bad and the Ugly", usually include some very unique and well-researched trivia.

Erickson has been at this for years and with what seems like an endless reel (or stack) of film reviews behind him, along comes the book format, which is definitely welcomed.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Thomas on December 8, 2004
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Well, I've ordered my copy, but I don't really need it in hand to praise Savant. His online column is more about the films themselves than the DVD format. As a film editor Savant is an industry insider; he knows film history, he understands film grammar,he's been inside the studios. Often, his essays can place a film in a socio-political context. Plus he's no kid. Star Wars is not his Potemkin. His range is great: from low budget 50's sci-fi to Bergman angst and silent treasures. Carry on, oh Savant, and bring us more.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By albemuth on December 7, 2004
I've followed the DVD Savant column for years and he's always been my favorite internet reviewer. It's not that he picks films that I like, which he does, but what sets him apart is that even when I don't agree with his review he tends to illuminate some aspects of either the production or the experience in a way I find intelligent, insightful and entertaining.

This is a really neat compilation of some of the best reviews he's done and though I just got my copy yesterday, I've been browsing it all the time. It'll be on my shelf right next to the Kael and Ebert books, and all the others -- not gathering dust, but getting wrinkled in the spine and used almost on a daily basis. I hope he does many more of these!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Reid on September 21, 2005
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Let me start by saying Glenn Erickson really knows his stuff! His experience in the film industry gives him the credentials to write intelligent and thoughtful reviews. With the internet in full-force, any kid with a computer and dvd player can write reviews- but very few have the chops to explain and justify their thinking. Erickson isn't afraid to give dissenting opinions on the popular films many blindly praise. I would almost hesitate to call his writings "reviews". "Essays" is a better term. Many of his writings have made me look at my favorite films differently- and discover many small, little treasures. If you love your movies and are looking for great viewing ideas, get this book now!
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