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Halliwell's Film Video & DVD Guide 2007 [Paperback]

Leslie Halliwell , John Walker
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2 Oct 2006

With more entries than any other guide and over one hundred years of entertainment and cinema information at your fingertips, this is widely recognised as the biggest and the best film guide available. It is the undisputed bible for film enthusiasts and trivia buffs everywhere – a must-have for every moviegoer.

Long established as the first and last word in movie-going information, these new-look guides promise information that is as cutting edge as it is comprehensive. And as always, it’s a promise that Halliwell’s guarentees to deliver.

This is the longest running guide to the film industry and is fully revised and updated to include hundreds of new films. It is packed with cast and credit information and pithy commentary on the classics of the silver screen, the latest blockbusters, and everything in between.

This beautifully designed, perennially entertaining, comprehensive and indispensable guide also includes plot synopses and evaluations, video cassette, laser disc and DVD availability. Plus reader-friendly icons denote films suitable for family viewing, Academy Award winners and nominees, soundtrack availability and video format compatibility, and lists four and three-star films by title and year.

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  • Paperback: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment; 22nd edition edition (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007234708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007234707
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 21.1 x 4.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Halliwell’s:

'I just wish I could be as concise, accurate, well balanced and full of love for the movies as Halliwells' manages to be year after year.'
Simon Bates, Classic FM, Christmas 2005

‘At the end of the day, Halliwell is top of the pile.’
Film Review

‘The King Kong of movie reference works.’
Mail on Sunday

‘The indispensable reference guide for the avid moviegoer’s bookshelf.’

‘Often imitated, never bettered.’

About the Author

John Walker spent twenty years in Fleet Street working as a features editor, show business editor, columnist and film and theatre critic, and contributed features on movies to many national newspapers and magazines. Now a renowned film expert, his updating of Halliwell guides has been widely and highly acclaimed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Undisputed Bible of Movie Reviews 16 May 2007
I don't know what I'd do without Halliwell's Film, DVD and Video Guide. It quite simply stands head and shoulders above any other movie guide out there. John Walker's apt summations of the tens of thousands (more than any other movie guide) of films listed have saved me many hours of disappointment and frustration watching countless mundane movies. I have yet to be disappointed upon viewing any of its recommendations, something that can't be said for any other film review publication. Its star ratings are actually relevant and justified, again unlike virtually any other publication, most of which seem almost arbitrary. This edition features a particularly illuminating introduction on the changing face of movie-going in light of recent technological advancements. I really can't recommend this book highly enough and it should take pride of place on any serious film fanatic's bookshelves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the 2008 edition! 6 July 2007
By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE
Potential buyers of the 2008 edition of this landmark film guide - often bought as a Christmas present - should be aware that Harper Collins are allegedly removing all of John Walker's contributions so that they do not have to pay him a royalty fee. They are also cancelling publication of Who's Who In The Movies, with the same net effect. Since Halliwell himself died in 1989, and John Walker has been single-handedly responsible for editing and keeping the Guide up to date since then, the 2008 edition should certainly be avoided, as it's either going to be a reprint of the 1989 edition or a hurried cut-and-paste job from some other publication. Caveat emptor!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Curiouser and curiouser 25 Feb 2007
Perhaps the most helpful sort of review here would be to simply list a few of the films and their ratings. I should be honest and admit that the following list is not exactly designed to show this Guide in a good light. Look and wonder at some of the average to good films that get the top rating (four stars) and those that surely deserve getting more than one star (the second lowest mark).
FOUR STAR FILMS: All Lord of the Rings films, Gosford Park, American Beauty, The Piano, La Belle Noiseuse, A Short film about Killing, Wings of Desire, The Dead, Blue Velvet, Witness, Return of the Jedi, Southern Comfort, The Tin Drum, Being There, The Driver, Days of Heaven, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Network, Solaris, Death in Venice, Walkabout, Easy Rider, In the heat of the Night, Persona, A Man for all Seasons, West Side Story, The Band Wagon.
ONE STAR FILMS: The Shawshank Redemption, Sexy Beast, Kill Bill Vol 1, Kill Bill Vol 2, Sin City, American History X, Snatch, The Shining, Back to the Future 2 (splendid sequel that actually gets NO stars!)
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Great value for money
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it was in much better condition than i thought. it was a very good purchase. i am very pleased, i would certainly make further purchases.
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