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Wondering what video to rent tonight? This bestselling, fact-packed guide is the only sourcebook you and your family will ever need. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter steer you toward the winners and warn you about the losers. Video & DVD Guide 2003 covers it all?more films than any other guide, plus your favorite serials, B-Westerns, made-for-TV movies, and old television programs! Each entry, conveniently alphabetized for easy access, includes a summary, fresh commentary, the director, major cast members, the year of release, and the MPAA rating, plus a reliable Martin and Porter rating?from Five Stars to Turkey?so you?ll never get caught with a clunker again!

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  • Series: Video and DVD Guide, 2003
  • Paperback: 1632 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Revised edition (August 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345449924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345449924
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 2.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,013,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on February 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
The only reason this didn't get 5 stars is because it does not have as many movies as "Maltin's Movie and Video Guide." I buy "Maltin's Move and Video Guide" on odd numbered years and "Video and DVD Guide" by Martin and Porter on even numbered years. Maltin has the best, most comprehensive movie reviews and Martin and Porter have the best cast index. Between the two you can find everything you could possibly want!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on January 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
VIDEO & DVD GUIDE 2003 is very useful. For one thing it gives ratings on more than 18,000 movies. Of course the comments on each entry are necessarily brief because of space limitations.
One of the best features of this book is an extensive cast index. There is a similar index for directors. Also included is a listing of Academy Awards by year for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chicoer2003 on April 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
What I have always liked about VDG/VMG is the fact that you can find movies by actors. This is something other books dont offer.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hogarth Hughes on July 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
When you are a big movie fan it's a good thing to get yourself a reference book to keep track of all things film. Although this particular volume is not bad to have around it has some major flaws, especially in the review department. There seems to be no continuity from review to review. Because there are so many different people writing reviews there is no general opinion of what makes a good movie. How is it possible that the same source gives a thrown together mess like ARMAGEDDON three and a half stars and a superb satire like FIGHT CLUB a 'turkey' rating? The review of FIGHT CLUB is so far off it really seems that the author didn't even see the movie. There are more examples as well that induce some head scratching. With a guide such as this you need to have a kind of general opinion that gives you an idea of when to buy into the reviewers advice. I've bought the last five or six volumes of this guide and found the VIDEOHOUND GOLDEN MOVIE RETREIVER book to be far superior and chock full of extras that, over the years, this book didn't have or had to get rid of to put in more questionable movie reviews. I've actually rented movies based on highly recommended reviews within the VIDEO AND DVD GUIDE that were bad calls. Not bad if kept in the bathroom for quick reference but definitely not for coffee table presentation if you are a hard core movie buff.
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By Brian Hass on December 19, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased a used copy of the 2003 edition of Video_&_DVD_Guide after having previously owned the 1987 and 1995 editions of the same guide (which was previously known as the Video_Movie_Guide).

The guide contains listings and ratings of numerous movies and TV shows which are available on both videotape and DVD. Overall, I strongly recommend the guide.

Sadly, the 2007 edition of this movie guide was reported to have been the final edition of the guide to be published. If a 2014 edition of the guide had been available, I would probably have purchased that edition rather than this one. However, I have always loved the format of the Video_Movie_Guide; and, the 2003 edition was much more up to date than the 1995 edition which I had previously owned.

As I mentioned above, I purchased a used copy of this guide. Overall, the used copy was in good condition. There was wear in part of the book's binding (a staple was visible). However, the book was more or less in the condition which I had expected; and, the copy was very readable.

Overall, I am satisfied with my purchase of this guide.
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Format: Paperback
I got into movie-review books when wanting to get reviews from professional critics on movies of my favorite genere; horror/ slasher films. I first picked up Roger Eberts and Lenord Maltins books. Un-surprisingly, as most critics seem to despise any kind of slasher pic, they panned pretty much every movie I looked up. Frustrated by thier harshness, I next turned to the Video & DVD guide. I was pleastntly surprised. Whoever reviewed these movies gave films like, for example, "Halloween 2" and "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter", three stars!, while Ebert and Multin gave them below two, probably just because they were gory, and they consider that a big no-no for any horror movie to be good. Most of the horror/ slasher pics. in this book got two stars or more (except for those truly un-deserving ones). It's as tho the critic were looking through a horror-fans perspective! I defintely reccomend this book!
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