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VideoHound's epics : giants of the big screen
Hopp, Glenn, 1954-
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Publication Information:
Detroit : Visible Ink Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvii, 570 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes indexes.
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A guide to classic Hollywood sweeping event movies from the silent Battleship Potemkin to Gone with the Wind to Titanic. Discusses & rates every film & provides detailed production credits & seven indexes for cross-referencing.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Two new specialty movie guides from the people who brought you VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever and its one-to-four-bone rating system. Epics covers 200 movies, grouped into categories such as "Biblical Epics," "Epic Romance," and "Wartime Epics." World Cinema has A^-Z reviews of "800 of the most accessible, appealing and arresting films produced outside the U.S. in the last 100 years." There is a nice feature in World Cinema called "Next Stop," a kind of "What Do I View Next?" that points readers to other suggested films.

Library Journal Review

VideoHound's highly subjective but always entertaining film series continues with two volumes that demonstrate how exciting this series continues to be. Wilhelm, curator of film at the Detroit Institute of Arts, presents short critiques (100-200 words) of hundreds of non-U.S. movies from all times and countries. Interspersed are short biographies of major directors and performers, and the book concludes with excellent indexes (alone worth its price). Happily, Wilhelm examines obscure films alongside the classics, and his selections are up-to-date, making this is a strong addition to any film library. Hopp's collection is less successful. By broadening the definition of "epic," Hopp (English, Howard Payne Univ.) forces 200 films as diverse as Ran, Pinocchio, Babe, and Long Day's Journey into Night under his umbrella. As with Wilhelm's volume, the writing is lively and informative, and illustrations abound, but few patrons are likely to think of many of these films as "epic," which diminishes the primacy of this otherwise useful book. However, as Hopp includes recent releases, Epics is also worth purchasing for most film libraries. Both volumes serve as excellent companions to Magill's various film reference sources (e.g., Film Annual; Survey of Cinema).ÄAnthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Each title in the VideoHound series samples a genre of motion pictures available in video format; some earlier titles covered horror, science fiction, cult, and musicals. In this valuable new entry, Hopp (English, Howard Payne Univ.) provides 600- to 700-word reviews of some 200 "epic" feature films, each accompanied by a large black-and-white still, followed by directory information, including production credits, running time, format (VHS, LV, DVD), major awards, production costs, box office figures when known, and a rating of one to four stars. The movies are grouped in 17 sections--e.g., biblical, disaster, failed, silent epics, and epic romances. Each section ends with a brief survey of other notable movies in the category, but the 17 categories are discussed only in a four-page introduction at the beginning of the book. Thorough indexes to actors, directors, and other artistic personnel are provided. Especially useful for epic films is the discussion of differences between the original wide screen releases of the movies and the video versions, with attention to running time, content, and screen cropping. An attractively presented, highly selective entertainment guide, recommended for browsing collections. W. P. Hogan; Eastern Michigan University