DVD Delirium Volume 1 Redux: The International Guide to Weird and Wonderful Films on DVD: Redux v. 1 Paperback – 2 Feb 2006
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"DVD Delirium" is the world's only A-to-Z DVD guide specially designed for collectors of cult, horror, exploitation, arthouse, erotic, foreign language, thriller, action, and just plain weird movies! Almost 1000 fascinating films are reviewed in depth by Nathaniel Thompson - one of the world's leading DVD experts - along with renowned cult film critics Tim Greaves and Stephen Thrower. "DVD Delirium Volume 1 Redux" has been fully revised and updated to include detailed information about the many new DVD editions of the films reviewed in these pages since the book's first edition was published. DVD is the ultimate home entertainment format, but it's a minefield for serious collectors. If readers want to know whether they should buy a particular film, this 768 page book will become their first point of reference. If it saves them from buying even one second-rate DVD, it will have paid for itself right away! Plus, readers will discover masses of amazing films they did not even know had been released. No DVD fan should be without this definitive guide book! This work features a DVD case size - designed to be stocked in DVD departments.
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The information provided in this book has paid for itself many times over. The reviews are very well written and informative...
The things that this book does better than any others I have encountered thus far, is that it explains and clarifies the differences amongst the different releases for the same film wonderfully. 'DVD Delerium' has saved me countless dollars, and has ceaselessly pointed me to the proper version of my favorite Italian Zombie films and Exploitation gems. There are so many versions of some of these films, that blindly picking the right one is a virtually impossibility without some authoritative help. This guide provides just that flawlessly...
The film selection within is exquisite: classics, foreign films, horror, exploitation, and just plain awesome films that managed to hide from us discerning addicts are all described perfectly...
The only drawback to purchasing this fantastic guide, is that it will invariably cause you to spend far too much money on DVD's... Good Luck!
As for the notion that this book is riddled with errors (an odd description for 2 errors found in a book of over 750 pages), it is safe to disregard such hyperbolic nonsense and purchase this excellent book, a very welcome addition to the library of any DVD collector and movie aficianado.
In closing, I would like to say the supposed error concerning Aguirre, Wrath of God is not an error at all. In fact, the author contrasts Fitzcarraldo to Aguirre, Wrath of God within the text of the review. The difficulties discussed in this book that occured during the filming of Aguirre are well-documented.
OK, my pettiness aside, this book is a true blessing and an absolutely essential addition to any movie lover's library, and you're bound to learn more minutiae than should be permissible by law about films you already knew too much about. I also love the fact that the index breaks down films by genre and directors, as opposed to later editions which only alphabetizes the many films referenced in all editions (yeah, I know, my pettiness again). If you're only going to buy one or two cult, mondo and exploitation books to enjoy or add to a library, I heartily recommend this volume as being one of them, whether it be the first pressing or the expanded 'redux' edition that was released a while back. All volumes in the series are guilty of too many mainstream movie inclusions to pad things out, but this one has the fewest. (And yes, there are a few errors here and there, but to cite that this book was 'written by morons' as one reviewer maniacally raved, is just ridiculous and unwarranted). There's no way in hell you could suffer buyer's remorse from this purchase. You'll get feverish as you read, hastily writing a new 'want list' as your pulse quickens, culminating in a true 'dvd delirium' indeed.
As opposed to geek fanboys whom have inane standards of what motion pictures SHOULD be - this film reviews DVD releases of obscure and cult films for WHAT they are. It even includes comparisons of releases between territories - noting which features are included on what release, etc. - which is great for those of us with unlocked players.
It is also a great guide for people like myself whom want to re-discover hidden gems; and is a good insight on which OOP titles we should lay our money out to order (considering many carry a high price tag).
This guide is highly recommended for true fans of motion pictures that are made outside of the studio system.