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A Christmas Story 2 (+ Ultraviolet Digital Copy)
A Christmas Story 2 (+ Ultraviolet Digital Copy)
DVD ~ Daniel Stern
Price: $4.73
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259 of 294 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars actually there are 7, September 10, 2012
do people realize there are 7 movies about this family. so it's not like this is some sort of thing that noone should touch. it fact many were done before Christmas Story, and noone really complained about the others. then again i guess the titles of the other weren't Christmas Story. that alone I guess will get people in a huff. I won't give it more or less then 3 stars tell i see it, cause i like to stay objective.

the others btw are:

1976 - The Phantom of the Open Hearth - Ralph is attending the prom. Yes, the TV films were all about a teenage Ralphie. This one also gives us the original film versions of the leg lamp story and the Orpheum dish-night fiasco, and the amusing build-it-yourself house story. It's my least favorite of the Ralphie films to watch though, because it's a bit depressing and probably the hardest to acquire a good copy of today, but still very enjoyable. Never released officially on VHS or disc. Ralph is played by David Elliot here, and the Old Man by the wonderful James Broderick. Mom is played by Barbara Bolton.

1982 - The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters - Matt Dillon plays Ralph in this one! It's probably my favorite of the Ralphie movies outside of "A Christmas Story". In it, Ralph goes on a disastrous blind date, marches in the 4th of July parade with his school band, and gets tangled up with Schwartz in a picnic race against their weasely buddy, Flick. Meanwhile, Mom takes up a washrag chain-letter, neighborhood drunk Ludlow Kissel surprises everyone with a firework from hell, and the Old Man puts on a fireworks display to thrill the masses. It's a must-see on every 4th of July for me, along with 1776, The Patriot, and Johnny Tremain. Great fun! James Broderick and Barbara Bolton return in this one. A wonderful, heartwarming holiday film. Sadly, another that's still only available under the table.

1983 - The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski - Another delightful one here. Teenage Ralph finds his first serious love in his new Polish neighbor, Josephine, but at her family's big Thanksgiving celebration he learns how serious a few dates can be with some families, and it's escape now or wind-up like his pal, the former high-school basketball star thrust too soon into adulthood. This one also explores the Old Man's bad habit of buying used cars and Randy's turn at playing a turkey in a school play. Good movie to watch on a Thanksgiving evening or anytime, but, again, not available officially on VHS or DVD. Forget about Blu-Ray. Ralph is well played by Peter Kowanko here, with George Coe as the Old Man and Barbara Bolton returning as Mom. Katherine Kamhi plays Josephine Cosnowski.

1983 - A Christmas Story - I'm sure you know this one. Ralph, 10 years old and played to perfection by a bespectacled Peter Billingsley, is on a holiday quest to insure himself the gift of a Red Ryder BB gun. A perfect movie and a Christmas classic. The Old Man is also played to perfection here by Kolchak himself, Darren McGavin, and likewise Mom played by Melinda Dillon. Easily available in any format I know of, and currently running for 24 full hours annually on one of those cable networks that starts with a T. At some point, inspired by this film, my family gave up the virtual repeats of Thanksgiving dinner on Christmas Day to instead go out to a local Chinese buffet. We never looked back.

1988 - Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss - The Parker family returned to TV in this one, as we see a barely teenage Ralph, played well by a young Jerry O'Connell of "Sliders" fame, getting his working papers and his miserable first job. In addition, the family dog, little Fuzzhead, runs away. The bulk of the story, however, is the family's maniacal road-trip to their favorite fishing haven, Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss. Another great cast brings another great Ralphie tale to life with the delightful Dorothy Lyman of "Mama's Family" as Mom and James Sikking nicely portraying the Old Man and feeling quite a bit like McGavin's version without it seeming intentional or forced. Available only on VHS so far. I believe Disney holds this one, so I wish they'd quit sitting on it.

1994 - My Summer Story - The Old Man is played here by Charles Grodin. Some folks say he seems to be trying to be Darren McGavin. Personally, I only got that feeling a wee bit when he sounded like he was trying to talk like him in a couple parts. Mostly, he seemed to be playing it on his own and he's enjoyable in the role most of the time. Mary Steenburgen was well cast as Mom, and Kieran Culkin plays Ralph well enough, but Peter Billingsley is a tough act to follow. The only returning cast member, aside from Jean Shepherd narrating as Adult Ralph, is Tedde Moore as Ralph's teacher, Miss Shields. This one was made for the big screen, originally titled "It Runs in the Family". I don't recall it ever actually going to theaters, at least not in my area. Probably had a limited release. The title was wisely changed to "My Summer Story", and the fact that another MGM release is titled "It Runs in the Family" likely causes some confusion at times for folks looking for this film. "My Summer Story" has been released on both VHS and DVD. I prefer the VHS cover to the "house wrapped in a straitjacket" DVD cover, but whatever. Neither is great nor reminiscent of the "A Christmas Story" poster artwork. The Ollie Hopnoodle's VHS cover is much better
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Sweeney Todd (2005 Broadway Revival Cast)
Sweeney Todd (2005 Broadway Revival Cast)
Offered by Fulfillment Express US
Price: $22.49
63 used & new from $1.17

3.0 out of 5 stars could anyone give me info?, October 7, 2011
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I just got sweeny todd. it looked like wasn't scratched on anything but when i played it on my computer there is constant scratching noises on the songs itself? is the recording itself like this? or did i just get a bad cd?


A Christmas Cornucopia
A Christmas Cornucopia
Offered by IMS Distribution
Price: $11.15
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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars why, annie lennox, why?, November 25, 2010
This review is from: A Christmas Cornucopia (Audio CD)
first off it seems annie lennox has lost some of her singing talent in this album. also as a die hard Annie Lennox fan I am sadded to see her not only do a christmas album, but to sing it as such. I only giving it two stars because she had good intentions by giving money to a charity. but Annie please go back to doing what you do best!


Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame
DVD ~ Rosalind Russell
Offered by Treatspree
Price: $29.48
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good line, and a question, November 30, 2005
This review is from: Auntie Mame (DVD)
Good line with "life's a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death" rightfully in the top 100 AFI qoutes. but a one question was this also the movie (or am I getting it messed up) that said "you have live agnus live" and then they run up the stairs and wave scarves and all? can anyone help me on this and either tell me that this is the movie in which it happens, or if not maybe you know the right one. either post here or e-mail me at [...] use a subject line so it doesn't go in SPAM!


Blood Red [VHS]
Blood Red [VHS]
VHS
Offered by teets_treats
Price: $1.23
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to Make a DVD jump, August 28, 2005
This review is from: Blood Red [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Pretty good movie, but int this technology, VHS is "dying" days, it need to be put on DVD and I don't know why it's not because many movies that are in earlier years are on DVD, so it's not the year, oh and by the way unlike Marie who thinks "I disagree with Leonard Maltin's opinion that this is a "dreadful film". It's a good film with a good cast; Julia Roberts makes her first film appearance and, to my knowledge, her only appearance with her brother, Eric, a fine actor who is seldom given the credit he deserves. My emotions were stirred by the unjust inflictions suffered by the wine growers. The film was impressive enough to inspire me to check railroad history and learn what I can to determine whether there really were any unscrupulous railroad barons like Dennis Hopper's character; incidentally, he handled the Irish accent very well. ", I know this is not the only appearnce with her brother (although it might of been at the time Maria wrote this) and it is definetly not the first movie Julia was in Mystic Pizza, Baja Oklahoma, Satisfaction, and Firehouse (Firehouse being the first although if you don't count un-credited then it's Satisfaction) were before Blood Red.... apology I realised that the other person meant "movie not as realsed but first acting experiance which is blood red. I meant it as released because this movie wasn't released until after she became more know (after Mystic Pizza) my apologies to Marie for taking "movie" a little to literal. Note again that I thought she meant only movie where her brother was there but she meant starred it which is true, however he was on set (and maybe extra---not sure) during Grand Champion which is the movie his daughter Emily Roberts was in


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