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VideoHound's DVD guide
Mayo, Mike, 1948-
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Detroit : Visible Ink Press, [2001]

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xxv, 728 pages ; 24 cm
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PN1998 .M319 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Reviews 3000 movies that have been released in DVD format. In addition to the general review of the film, each entry remarks on the quality of the film's transfer to DVD and extras provided on the disc. c. Book News Inc.

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Library Journal Review

This is the book DVD fans have been waiting for. Mayo (author of VideoHound's excellent horror, war, and video premiere guides) and his team have reviewed over 3000 films, significant television shows, and cartoon collections available in U.S.-compatible DVD format as of June 2000. Following the style of other VideoHound volumes, the DVD guide lists movies alphabetically by title. Each entry features a brief plot synopsis, cast/credit and production information, often biting commentary, the "bone" rating system (four bones through "woof!"), and remarks on the technical details of the film's transfer to DVD. There is also a list of "extras," which is often extraordinaryDwho knew that Stand By Me on DVD features Korean subtitles? Eight indexes, including a distributor's index, make for excellent cross-referencing. The VideoHound's "Category Index," a personal favorite, is extremely useful, even for patrons not interested in DVDs but who need a topical film. Mayo's brief introduction is well worth reading for anyone interested in this new technology. Preferred over the informative but smaller Doug Pratt's DVD-Video Guide (Harbor Electronic, 1999), this is an essential purchase.DAnthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

DVDs have arrived and librarians should use this unique guide to begin collecting. Mayo, who is associated with other VideoHound titles, has assembled a knowledgeable set of reviewers to analyze more than 3,000 titles. Is a separate DVD catalog necessary? Yes, since the DVD format presents many technical challenges and some films do not successfully translate to it. The introduction provides insight into these format variations, including the many types of sound reproduction. DVDs also contain additional materials such as chapter links, trailers, alternate endings, and commentary by director or cast. The many variations in sound quality also present challenges. Each signed entry provides a synopsis of the film, a separate rating of the content and the technical aspects, a list of added features, and the more standard date, director and cast, and awards. Alternative title, cast, director, screenwriter, cinematographer, composer, category, and distributor indexes make this work invaluable. Highly recommended for all libraries. N. J. Bird; Gateway Community College (CT)