Alright, there are some logical complaints here, but all easy to answer. First, this book IS available, as one reviewer mentioned, in large print(for those who need this). However, for others, like myself, just get this book. The descriptions of milestones, early appearances, etc. are well worth it. The facts here are much more numerous than any other guide. Included is a family guide-with a large quantity of great family pictures of the past and present(there's also a "Leonard Maltin Family Film Guide" on the market), a mail-order video area, and a widescreen glossary(which I find very useful-and not a bad idea for others to use, too, when I read on Amazon that they need to release the widescreen version of "Shadow of a Doubt", et al.-although this film was never in widescreen format).
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. It also appears that he's stopped adding recent TV movies(within the last decade or more), but his focus on cinema is obviously the meat of this guide. You may need to look for a good TV encyclopedia for more. Also, it might not be a bad idea for him to just remove the actors/directors guide in the back, to save space. I mean, there are better guides on this subject-specifically, Ephraim Katz's 'The Film Encyclopedia'(see my critique on this one) or 'Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia'. However, I find the short directory in the back handy for when looking up info on the bigger stars and directors, which is its focus. 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.
As far as this Maltin Movie/Video Guide goes, though, wait until August to purchase if it's spring-summer already(this is when he releases the new edition). You'll get all the recent films of the previous year. As I write this, it's late spring 2005, so I would wait for the "2006" edition, for example-which is actually released August 2005(confusing, huh?) The 2000 edition is worth finding, too, though, for although he discludes the director part of his directory in the back, in the front he has the "100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century", which is nice to have. Just get this book!