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1,000 Best Movies on DVD Paperback – November 23, 2005
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About the Author
Peter Travers has been the film critic and senior editor for film at Rolling Stone Magazine since 1989. He appears weekly as a film and theater commentator on Foxs "Good Day NY." Travers is also the editor of The Rolling Stone Film Reader, published by Pocket Books in 1997. Several of his articles and essays on film are available in Produced and Abandoned, They Went Thataway, and Flesh and Blood. A former chair of the New York Film Critics Circle, Travers also served as a film critic for People magazine from 1984 to 1988, and is a member of the National Society of Film Critics. He lives outside of New York City.
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The author's lofty premise is that in order for any movie to make it into his top 1000 list in this book, it has to be a great movie PLUS it must have great video transfer quality. Ah, only if Mr. Travers had actually watched the DVDs for the movies in his list.
The book fell apart when I started noticing movies that are well known for their extremely poor video transfer quality being promoted by the author as fantastic editions of the movie. For example, on page 127, he listed The Last Emperor, Director's Cut as the version of the movie on DVD to get. Any movie or DVD buff who loves this movie will know that this is probably the most atrocious video transfer, butchering job ever done for a movie. check out the reviews here on Amazon for this DVD version listed in the book:The Last Emperor - Director's Cut The DVD's video quality is poor, it is unwatchable, I know this for a fact because I own this DVD and I watched it! The author should be ashamed to be listing such a crappy DVD edition in his top 1000 list against his "criteria." This is just one example, and he lists many more DVDs of poor quality (both in terms of video transfer and just bad movies.)
Based on this example and numerous others in this book, you can't trust anything this guy tells you in the book. Don't waste your money, you and I already know a lot more than Travers the "Rolling Stone Movie Critic."