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Signs & Wonders
Signs & Wonders
DVD ~ Stellan Skarsgård
2 used & new from $76.64

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Empty, banal example of "New digital cinema", January 18, 2010
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I have nothing in principle against new digital formats but again and again American directors show they have no understanding of how video can be used effectively and aesthetically. Like Linklater's TAPE, Nossiter's SIGNS AND WONDERS is a pretentious misuse of a potentially good cast and is driven by a conviction that the technology itself will provide improvisational solution and answers to a poorly conceived project. Poor can anyone watch his "performance" without feeling sorry for him. Even great actors need a little bit of direction.

Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
DVD ~ Robert Wiene
Price: $5.98
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely avoid this DVD version of an important early film, May 1, 2009
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This review is from: Crime and Punishment (DVD)
The Alpha Home Entertainment version of this Wiene film is utterly unwatchable. There is nothing redeeming about it. The musical sound track is atrocious, the image quality is worse than fifth or sixth generation VHS transfered to DVD. I've rarely come across a decent Alpha DVD but this is as bad as I've ever had the misfortune to purchase. Never again. How do they keep getting away with it?
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Gods of War (Giant of Marathon / The Last Glory of Troy) (Double Feature)
Gods of War (Giant of Marathon / The Last Glory of Troy) (Double Feature)
DVD ~ Steve Reeves
Offered by Sparks DVD Sales
Price: $9.90
11 used & new from $1.96

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst DVD image quality ever!!, January 24, 2006
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I can't imagine what DVDs the previous reviewers were looking at. Sadly this is an instance where I made a purchase based on the comments of others. I own hundreds of DVDs and there is nothing I have that comes close to the abysmal quality of this disk. It looks like a fifth or sixth generation transfer from a VHS, like looking at a movie through a fish bowl. I am a huge admirer of director Jacques Tourneur and hope I'll be able to see this film someday.

Gorgo (Widescreen Destruction Edition)
Gorgo (Widescreen Destruction Edition)
DVD ~ Bill Travers
23 used & new from $3.98

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars finally a decent looking DVD, January 8, 2006
This latest DVD of Gorgo from VCI is definitely the best quality

I've seen, after the numerous muddy and mediocre VHS and DVD versions that have been floating around, available in bargain bins and budget catalogs for years. It actually corresponds to my memory of seeing it on screen years ago as a child. And in fact it is one of the few "big beast" monster movies that is geared to the imagination of children, with some precocious environmental consciousness woven in. The message finally is that Mommy will always protect and take care of you in the end, even it means crunching half of London into rubble. Also, it's hard to watch the William Sylvester performance and not think of his role in Kubrick's 2001.

Zero Tolerance
Zero Tolerance
by Thomas Richards
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential American fiction!, January 30, 2004
This review is from: Zero Tolerance (Hardcover)
Thomas Richards had written one of the best American novels of the last 15 years. No one else except Pynchon has had the courage and vision to write as evocatively and brilliantly about the real forces (and catastrophes) that have shaped what America has become. Better than Franzen, more lucidly than DeLillo, Richards' flowing picaresque narrative leads us across the territories of family, of war, politics, wilderness and technology. A delirious but deeply human book, especially relevant now.

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