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  • By Todd Rutherford
    Nov 6, 2010
    John Howard Reid’s Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD: A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills is just that, a roadmap for cinema aficionados, dating all the way back to all the Hollywood classics. In other words, this text is comparable to an encyclopedia of references for mystery and suspense films. As the title suggests, this guide caters to an audience that frequently rents or buys DVDs. The book’s selling point is the fact that not only does it state which films are available on DVD, but it also lets the reader know where they can find them. While the book itself is invaluable for true film buffs, one purchase of a classic film from the guide equalizes the value of the book. The premise or the point that Reid is trying to get across in this book is that the DVDs that are available for public consumption—generally the most expensive ones—are not always the greatest in terms of content and quality. In fact, he suggests that the less expensive films and/or... More > versions can often be far superior. Here is an example of what you would find when flipping to a certain movie reference in the book: 1) A full page photo illustration; 2) Behind the camera personnel from director to producer; 3) Copyright and Release Details, including DVD supplier (e.g. Fox); 4) DVD rating; 5) Runtime; 6) Half-page comment/review of the film. Ultimately, the purpose of this book is to alert fans to the overall breadth of DVDs and selections that are available. It’s as though we haven’t even scratched the surface yet in terms of the films watched. Moreover, this is likely the most thorough book on the market with the purpose of providing details and accessibility to films. To make life easier, the guide also contains an index of its seven hundred plus films. In all, this is a must-read for all film aficionados. Who knows, you might just get your hands on a diamond in the rough.< Less
  • By William Potter
    Jan 23, 2010
    Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD-A GUIDE TO THE BEST IN CINEMA THRILLS by John Howard Reid is a dream come true for movie buffs. If your collection of movies is less than classic or you would like to sample the best thriller flicks of the former century then this book is the place to begin. Mr. Reid has researched, reviewed and listed over 700 examples of the best in cinema that can be found in the DVD format. The first 218 titles included, feature an extensive review page. He includes the full cast and the parts played by name. The director, screenplay writer, editor, music, sound and producers are listed as well as copyright date, studio, world wide release dates and running times. Each title is summarized with Mr. Reid's own personal review and other comments. He rates the transfer DVD on a 1 to 10 scale, ten being a superb transfer from film and one being an unwatchable DVD. The remaining 500 films are briefly described. Most of the titles were released in... More > the 1930's to 1950's with several selections from the 60's and 70's. You'll recognise many of the well known classics like Twelve Angry Men or A Kiss Before Dying. However, this book really shines in its ability to bring exposure obscure titles like Attack of Giant Leeches. What is film noir? Mr. Reid takes a one-hundred page look at Noir, Crime and Mystery with several hundred movies mentioned. Interested in Sherlock Holmes or Raymond Chandler movies? How about the Thin Man series? Mr. Reid designated a full chapter o each of these categories. How about hard-boiled movie tough guys? Mr. Reid takes an in depth look in a chapter called Bogart versus Ladd. The amount of time and research needed to produce a book this detailed and informative is remarkable. Hundreds of wonderful black and white photos add to the authenticity of the collection. Mr. Reid has over 50 years of writing experience and it shows on every page as his descriptions flow smoothly from point to point without any trite or clichéd passages. All movie buffs should take advantage of this wonderful guide. Flipping through the pages you can't help making a list of must-sees before running out to the local rental shop. If you enjoyed classic thrillers back in the day and wonder about current DVD availability then you need this book. If you are tired of the CGI filled dribble that Hollywood is passing off as Mystery/Thrillers these days then this is guide is a must read for finding something very different. Highly Recommended.< Less
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First Edition
September 27, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.69 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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