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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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on 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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VINE VOICEon 25 February 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!)
Hope this helps.
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on 15 September 2014
Great value for money
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on 30 December 2014
great for film buffs
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on 19 November 2013
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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