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Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide 2007 (Plume Paperback) Paperback – August 29, 2006
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Easily the most comprehensive work of its kind. It belongs next to every TV and VCR [and DVD player]. -- USA Today
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Recognized as one of the leading authorities on movies and moviemaking, LEONARD MALTIN has become a household name and media personality thanks to his regular appearances on the highly successful syndicated TV program, Entertainment Tonight, and his daily radio feature, Leonard Maltins Radio View.
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My initial concern when I heart that Maltin was creating a separate Classic Movie Guide was that many earlier films would now only be available in that separate book. Of the hundreds of pre-60's films I looked up every single one was still included in this book, many of them far from standard classics. What Maltin has done is wisely weed out all of the obscure pre-1960's programmers that few people have an interest in seeing today in order to keep the book a maneagable size. Unless you have a need to research really obscure, generic fare (and it's going to have to be a lot more obscure than anything directed by Edgar G. Ulmer for example) you will be fine without the Classic Guide.
Regarding the print size, it is true that the type isn't much bigger than with the mass market edition but it IS slightly larger. I would still recommend sticking with the larger Plume trade size paperback.
As far as the comment on his TV movies, his TV guide has not been on the market for awhile(probably not a phenomenal sell-big shocker, huh?) This is why the more "important" TV films are still here. Although it appears that he's stopped adding recent TV movies(within the last decade or more), his main focus is on cinema, which is obviously the meat of this guide. If it's more depth in the TV area that interests you, you may need to look for a good TV encyclopedia. Also, where it might be a space saver for Maltin to remove the actors/directors guide in the back, this short directory comes in handy when looking for a quick reference on the bigger stars and directors, which is its focus. In fact, he's enlargened this section to include even more important/contemporary names. This section, which had always been available in the guide, had been lost in the early part of this decade. In fact, I know that the 2000 edition is worth finding for its "100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century", found in the front of the book, which is nice to own. At that time, it had swapped this for the actor/director directory. Now, if you're a real film buff(and, I mean, you take in all periods and types of films), then you're probably not going to miss the absence of some of the recent pop culture actors/directors, anyway. If you do, though, get one of the other guides, like Ephraim Katz's Film Encyclopedia(a great one for in-depth study).
Next year's edition of the Maltin Movie/Video Guide is always released in the previous August. So, as I write this-autumn 2006-the 2007 edition is now available. Just get this book!
Years ago I bought two other rather large movie guide books, only to find that they were not nearly as complete and comprehensive as Maltin's Book.
My only complaint with the paperback version is the size of the print - a little small for my 70-year-old eyes.
Next year, I will visit one of the larger booksellers and ask if there is a version with larger print.
There is a standard method of alphabetizing that has been around for a long time and is well-accepted and understood. It's used in every phone book in the country and every other movie review guide that I've used, but for some reason this book decided to do something different. The standard method says that a space in a multi-word title is alphabetized before any letters. Thus "Man in the Iron Mask" comes before "Manchurian Candidate" because "man[space]" comes before "manc" at the beginning of the titles. This book decided to just ignore spaces and alphabetize only by the letters. It's almost like having a dictionary that's not in alphabetical order -- all the facts are in there, but they're kind of hard to find.