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Blockbuster Entertainment Guide to Movies and Videos 1999 Mass Market Paperback – August 10, 1998

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From A Brivele der Mamen, a 1938 Polish soap opera in Yiddish, to Zulu Dawn (1979), a lavish portrayal of African-British violence featuring Burt Lancaster and Peter O'Toole, the Blockbuster Guide is an A-to-Z resource of more than 23,000 movie reviews. Along with each concise summary/review, Blockbuster includes the year it was made and the number of stars (0 to 5) the film rates, who directed it and who acts in it, how long it runs and to what category it belongs, what language it's in, and most helpful of all, whether it's been released on video. In addition, there's an index of directors and their movies, an index of actors and the movies they appear in, and memory-aid boxes by each film's name so you can check the ones you've seen. The guide does an impressive job of providing vast information in few words, thereby allowing for a great breadth of listings while maintaining a manageable size, convenient to keep as a permanent VCR or coffee-table companion. --Stephanie Gold

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From Blockbuster Video, America's #1 video source, comes the ultimate film guide. Each entry provides a clear, unbiased plot summary, MPAA rating, extensive indices, and quality rating on a one-to-five-star system. This one-stop reference is the handiest and most complete video authority on new releases, classics, made-for-tv, children's and foreign films.
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Product Details

  • Series: Blockbuster Entertainment Guide to Movies and Videos
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (August 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440225981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440225980
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Why would a movie store make a movie guide? They sell videos so don't you think there reviews would be a little one sided. I found them giving high ratings to Killer Klowns from Outer Space and such. It didn't even review many movies made before 1940. I guess those movies are just not very marketable. One good note is the rather large actor index. I would take Leonard Maltin over Blockbuster.
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A definitive comprehensive book to have because it gives the actors & actresses their list of films for a collection you'd might have or don't to check mark off of. And tells how many stars it gives for the rating of their review. Last who's director of that film by Blockbuster Video!
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The blockbuster guide is worth it. It is at least better than Maltin's. His reviews are extremely critical and closed-minded. I also recommend a Cd-rom guide to movies & videos that blockbuster released, it is a fun way to search for a movie. To be honest, check out Martin & Porter's Video Movie Guide 1999 before you make a final decision, its the best.
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I have both the Blockbuster Entertainment book and the Leonard Maltin, and I have foound the Blockbuster to be far more complete and inclusive than Maltin's. Maltin doesn't even show James Arness. Eva Marie Saint, and a host of other fine actors that do appear in the Blockbuster edition. I wish Blockbuster would put out a more recent edition than the 1998 one.
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No one is going to agree with all of the movie reviews in this book, just as readers so often take issue with newspaper film critics. It would be nice to see a "just the facts" approach without quite so much editorializing on the individual movies, but with that point set aside, it is a decent guide. The indices in the back are perhaps the best feature, allowing you to look up a particular director or actor's filmography, and to find films by category (whereas the book as a whole is alphabetized by film title).
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I find the Blockbuster Guide to be honest, concise and objective but most of all, the reviews are accurate. The guide tells it like it is and doesn't try to promote anything.
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After browsing through this book a full ten minutes, I was unable to find a single video with a rating lower than two stars. Virtually every movie is given a hearty recommendation, even those which were universally panned by critics and viewers alike. Unless you intend to purchase this guide solely for the plot synopses or actor/director cross-references, it is virtually useless. My advice: stick with the IMDB, or, if you must have a book, get one by Ebert or Maltin instead.
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