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Product Details

  • Series: DVD & Video Guide (Mass Market Paper)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1664 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Revised edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034549332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345493323
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mick Martin, a lifelong film fan, has been reviewing movies professionally for thirty-four years in all forms of media. He worked for The Sacramento Union daily newspaper from 1976 until its demise in 1993. His other passion is blues music, which has resulted in ongoing tours of Europe and eighteen CDs with his band, Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers. Their latest release is One Foot in Front of the Other.

Marsha Porter, author of numerous short stories, articles, and a teacher’s handbook, holds a master’s degree in educational administration. She’s taught a foreign-films class and written a monthly column. Currently, she does freelance writing and editing and teaches English.

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Customer Reviews

Great book, I purchased it for my mother-in-law for Christmas.
Anonymous
The inclusion of a COMPLETE cross-referenced list of ALL actors and directors makes this an invaluable guide for the movie buff.
Thomas O. Morgan
I've been buying and enjoying this movie guide for years and I always buy the newest edition as soon as it's released.
G. Page

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Moviebuffer101 on October 30, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been buying this guide for 10 years now and I still find it to be the best!

"The BEST." says -People mag.

"The best all around volume." says - Newsday

The guide rates movies on dvd and/or vhs by giving them 5 stars to "a turkey"..

***** excellent
**** very good
*** good
** fair
* turkey (bad/poor)

Ok.. there is no way anyone will agree with every star rating givin' by the two film critics that write this guide.. I know I don't but, I don't give this book 4 stars based on how much they did or didn't like a particular film. I like how many small reviews they have packed into this 1650 page book and how they include the star/director index, Oscar winners ect.

This guide rates over 20,000 movies.. by far the most of any guide of its kind. There is also two sizes. The larger one contains larger print and, the smaller one is a little more portable. Both have their benefits. Over all.. a handy little tool for any movie buff at any age.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas O. Morgan on January 6, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The inclusion of a COMPLETE cross-referenced list of ALL actors and directors makes this an invaluable guide for the movie buff. I know of no other Guide that does this, and their reviews are uniformly descriptive. I also admit freely that the list of actors for EACH movie sometimes omits some "fairly" important people. It is for this reason that I use Leonard Maltin's Guide as a supplement. Maltin has longer lists of actors, but a puny index to them. If I were to buy only one TV and DVD Guide, it would have to be Martin and Porter.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Page on November 30, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been buying and enjoying this movie guide for years and I always buy the newest edition as soon as it's released. It usually hits my local bookstore by Labor Day, but for some reason they didn't release a 2008 edition...yet. (It's now December 1, 2007.) I hope it hasn't been discontinued because I find this review guide better than the Leonard Maltin movie guide book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B on October 27, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another year and no new DVD Video Movie Guide. This saddens me and countless others that have relied on this ubiquitous "armchair" guide. For years this book has been a staple of the reference materials I have kept on hand. The brief, concise reviews that Mick Martin and Marsha Porter collected were always insightful and usually spot on.

I have read on other sights that Martin and Porter were dropped from their publisher because of the availability of such information freely on the internet. However, I don't use the internet when I am sitting in front of the television with my family. I don't want to have to pull up movie databases when I am trying to figure out if I want to watch a movie that happens to be on TV. I want an up to date paperback that I can reach for from my couch or recliner and thumb through leisurely as I have for the past 15 years. Unfortunately, Ballantine Books does not feel that this is as important as I do.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cattoche on January 6, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For the past 15 years I have used the Martina and Porter DVD and Video Guide as my movie encyclopedia. I find that for the most part their reviews match my movie preferences--and I use the guide as a reference to help me recall the names of directors, movies, and actors.

As for the 2008 edition--my understanding is that Ballantine Publishers dropped the contract with Martin and Porter, but a new 2008 edition will be produced with a different publisher before the end of 2008.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shawn O'Brien on December 4, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like others who have submitted reviews of this terrific movie guide, I've been buying and using it for years and passing the previous year's copy to various movie buddies. It's also one of my favorite Christmas gifts to give. This is the most comprehensive, well organized movie guide out there, like being able to get basic info from imdb.com without having to get up from the couch. I pick it up most often for the thorough cross references of actors and directors that aren't included in other guides. I've now been checking availability for the 2008 edition since September and am worried that it's for some reason been discontinued. Where, oh where can you be Mick and Marsha??
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MovieMan on May 9, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A treasure of brief, but spot on, reviews of movies. Some reviewers like to get all 'wordy' and technical, but this gets to the meat of the issue: Is the movie your thinking about worth watching. While at this time the guide is no longer being produced, I encourage you to pick up an older copy. It's great for finding out what that movie on TV is about, or to use as a browsing guide at your favorite movie buying place. While not as detailed as VideoHound it is still a favorite of mine for it's portability and heartfelt reviews. If you love movies this is a trusted go to for getting the most value out of your movie watching minutes. TO ALL YOU PUBLISHERS OUT THERE: PLEASE BRING THIS BACK!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B. Gilbert on January 3, 2007
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Martin's opinions are quite consistent with my own. Easy to use. I have several guides & it's the first one I reach for & I've been using it for 10 or 15 years. Very family-friendly in that it explains why the MPAA rating was given (e.g., nudity, violence, strong language, etc.) better than other guides.
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