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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
The Leonard Maltin guide and this one are my favorites, but Video Hound gets the edge due to its amazing indexes. The actor and director indexes are very useful but there are many others too. There are also many films in here that don't make it into Maltin.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
I haven't picked up a new retriever since 2004. That version had great paper quality, big print, and a listing for almost every obscure movie that would appear on T.V. that I was unfamiliar with. Right off the bat this tome is missing Tobe Hooper's Toolbox Murders, and Rockers two movies I happened to be referencing upon receipt of the book. The Boogens is another missing film that used to be in the old versions. Next up the VHS only listing for films that aren't on DVD yet is incomplete and incorrect. I understand dumping a bunch of films to update for new movies but for people trying to reference older titles you could have left in the cast and crew info at least. Having listings for new movies like ParaNorman is fine but I feel that what I really used this book for has been sacrificed to make room for movies that aren't even given a review. I can't remember every instance of this book letting me down in the past month but I have replaced it on the coffee table with the more reliable 2004 version for now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
This is my favorite movie guide. The cross referencing is a great help. One note, this is the size of a telephone book (remember those),so find a good spot for it. It's worth the effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
I used this as a reference when I do the NY Times Crosswords. I have one complaint. The quality of the printed paper is very brittle. It's subject to tearing at the least provocation of a mishandling. The earlier copies were printed on sturdy paper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
I always buy VideoHound at Christmas for my husband. He says it is the most indepth reference book on movies he has ever found.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
Of course, it isn't comprehensive - but pretty good. I do not rely too heavily on the "bones" - as all tastes are subjective
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
I like the detail and actors' histories; too bad the book doesn't cover movies not on video! A good series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2013
the content of this book is just great; a movie-lover's cornucopia.

what's horrible is that they print and bind all that greatness in crappy paper no better than newsprint.

come on, you guys! you're shaving away on materials in order to lower production costs, but now it's to the point of losing customers because the physical quality of the book sucks--no matter what the price.

i'd pay a dollar or two more if the book had the paper quality of the 2008 version--and even that one was on the thin side, but still good for a huge book. but, since 2010 the crazy-thin paper, which you can see through to the reverse page's print on, is just horrible!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is the third edition we've bought for the family room. This well laid out reference book on films will answer your questions, help settle the bets, and keep you from renting a stinker, unless you want to. Very reasonable and honest evaluations of the quality of the films reviewed within. At least our household is on the same page more often than not with the authors. In this on-line world, it's nice to be able to heft the info.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2013
I love movies, new and old, and this is a fun book to read either prior to watching or after seeing the movie and getting a different perspective. It is, clearly, all a matter of opinion and "no" I do not agree with all the reviews, or, rather, the "number of bones" they allocate. But it is a fun book and I would recommend it to movie lovers.
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