Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide (Mass Market)) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Aug 2005
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The single most important reference book in every home. ("Esquire") Easily the most comprehensive work of its kind. It belongs next to every TV and VCR in every home. ("USA Today") Head and shoulders above the rest. ("The New York Times") --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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2000 has 20,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 14,000 video- 9,000 DVD/Laser
2001 has 20,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 15,000 video- 10,000 DVD/Laser
2002 has 19,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 14,000 video- 10,000 DVD/Laser
2003 has 19,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 14,000 video- 13,000 DVD/Laser
2004 has 18,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 13,000 video- 8,000 DVD
2005 has 18,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 13,000 video- 7,000 DVD
2006 has 16,000 entries, 300+ new entries, 14,000 video- 8,000 DVD
"Including 300+ new entries" means to me they have ADDED new entries (movies) to last years edition, when in fact, the new edition has lost 4000 entries (movies) from 2000 to 2006, 2,000 from 2005 to 2006 versions! NOT GOOD and more.....
At a glance it appears older movies are being removed. For the first time, today, I noticed there is a "classic version" being published. The people involved are slowly removing older movies and publishing them in this new classic version. Apparently there is some duplication also. 'Little stealth there? Where does that leave the Movie Guide buyers? Ripped off, and now forced to buy another book to get the same coverage one expects and should have in the original according to the account on the front cover!
I tried to find roughly 13 movies released on DVD in 2005, meaning, in most, if not all cases, they were released to the theatres much earlier. I FOUND ONE! Was I UPSET? YES!
This isn't a 2006 guide, it's what the 2005 should be. Soon we will have a 2010 version, published in 2008, which will not include movies released in 2006!
This Leonard Maltin's 2006 Movie Guide goes back to the unethical persons (for the censors) who are involved in its structure and misleading (and possibly) intentionally deceptive methods.
Added some entries 2-7-12
Now I'll have to hang on to the old dog-eared version for films cut from the 2006. Come on, Leonard!
First, all of his movie ratings don't agree with mine. For instance I think that the Weber musical version of 'The Phantom of the Opera' was the best movie of 2004, and he gives it two and a half stars. 'The Gods Must be Crazy' only got three stars, it should have gotten four. On the other hand, 'The Pirates of the Caribbean' got two and a half stars. That's about right. He did better here than a lot of other critics who seemed to think it great. Oh yes, the type is too small for my tired old eyes. Since I don't want any fewer movies reviewed, make the book bigger.
Now for the good parts, 16,000+ entries. That's a lot of movies. The mail order movie suppliers for rare movies seems expanded and brought up to date. And I guess that I've got to say that he has gotten most of the ratings about right.
To anyone interested in movies, this is one of those books you can't put down.
Other reviewers here have complained about bindry problems. My copy had no errors.