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Product Details

  • Series: Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
  • Paperback: 1648 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (August 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452288932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452288935
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on August 21, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Have you noticed? There are two versions of this book (the other is Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide 2008 (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide)) and they seem identical except for the price. But there IS another difference: the size! This one is cheaper, but also smaller -- 7 inches tall instead of 8. That may not sound like much, but it really makes a difference. The two books have exactly the same pages, just at different sizes, and this one's reduced type is, to me at least, much harder to read. Unless you have perfect vision, I think you'll be happier with the other version.

Size aside, this is an exhaustive reference work. It lists every movie made from 1960 through early 2007, as well as most major films before then. Each listing has a star rating and short summary of its film as well as key specs (director, major cast, running time and year released) and icons identify whether each film has been released on DVD, videocassette or laserdisc.

There's also a list of mail order and online sources for obscure titles, and, on the last 57 pages, an index of actors. Want a quick list of every movie ever made by Humphrey Bogart? Reese Witherspoon? Jim Carrey? Here's where to find them.

Overall, this is a great book for any movie fan. The back cover features a recommendation by Roger Ebert.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on August 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Have you noticed? There are two versions of this book (the other is Leonard Maltin's 2008 Movie Guide (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide (Signet))) and they seem identical except for the price. But there IS another difference: the size! This one is bigger -- 8 inches tall instead of 7. That may not sound like much, but it really makes a difference. The two books have exactly the same pages, just at different sizes, and the smaller one's reduced type is much harder to read. In other words, stick with this one.

Size aside, this is an exhaustive reference work. It lists every movie made from 1960 through early 2007, as well as most major films before then. Each listing has a star rating and short summary of its film as well as key specs (director, major cast, running time and year released) and icons identify whether each film has been released on DVD, videocassette or laserdisc.

There's also a list of mail order and online sources for obscure titles, and, on the last 57 pages, an index of actors. Want a quick list of every movie ever made by Humphrey Bogart? Reese Witherspoon? Jim Carrey? Here's where to find them.

Overall, this is a great book for any movie fan. The back cover features a recommendation by Roger Ebert.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By George R. Reis on October 11, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have used the Leonard Maltin Movie Guide ever since he first started publishing them. Always updating them every year or so, and have felt his reviews were very accurate. Now that I am over eighty, and have his newest 2008 Guide, find his up sized edition is so easy to read, and now has video listings. I highly recommend this larger size print edition for those of us with poorer eyesight.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By AH-1Z on January 5, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a faithful buyer of Mr. Maltin's guide for many years, I am disappointed in this year's offering. For one thing, possibly they "closed" their list earlier this year. In the past, when this book came out, it would have reviews of more movies that were released since the previous issue, closer to the publication date. In fact, they'd occasionally have a review included of a movie that was just ending its theater run at the time of publication of the book! This year, it seems they "locked" early. Among the movies not reviewed were: "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", "Knocked Up", "Live Free or Die Hard", "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer", etc. Maybe because Mick Martin's excellent book wasn't published this year, the pressure of competition was off.

Having the various lists in the back is helpful, but explain to me why it is so important to have all eight of John Belushi's films listed, while not having any of, say, Helena Bonham-Carter's?

This is still a valuable publication, but this edition is not up to snuff. My recommendation: If you bought the 2007 edition, skip this one and wait for next year's release.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By polumetis on November 17, 2007
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The good news:
--Comprehensive, though by no means exhaustive (includes many films that have never appeared on tape or disc)
--Rational alphabetic listing system
--Reviews less quirky than other guides'
--Up-to-date

The bad news:
--Weak coverage before 1930 or so
--Spotty coverage of many foreign film traditions
--No coverage of miniseries such as those found on BBC or PBS
--Very little coverage of documentaries
--Judgments sometimes verge on the pedestrian, and are occasionally slanted against dark, edgy, or violent films

So why is this such a valuable tool?

It has this singular virtue: Almost no matter what the rating given, a typical Maltin staff review will likely end up giving you an accurate idea of whether or not YOU will enjoy the film. Since film is long but life is short, this is a useful achievement. In other words, it functions as a sort of super-preview, but without the bias and selectivity of the marketers yearning for your dollar, who show you the best bits and leave out the tedium.

Not the only guide to have, but the one to have if you have only one.
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