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Here's one from William R. Potter of Reader's Choice Reviews, January 20, 2010:

by John Howard Reid

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, this book is the place to begin.
Mr. Reid has researched, reviewed and listed more than 700 examples of the best in
cinema that can be found in the DVD format. The first 218 titles feature an extensive
review page. He includes the full cast and the parts played by name. The director,
screenplay writer, editor, composers, and producers are listed as well as copyright
date, studio, worldwide release dates and running times. Each title is summarized with
Mr. Reidís 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 the 1930ís to 1950ís with several selections from
the 60ís and 70ís. Youíll 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 to obscure titles like Attack of the Giant Leeches.
What is film noir? Mr. Reid takes a one-hundred page look at Noir, Crime and Mystery,
mentioning several hundred movies. Interested in Sherlock Holmes or Raymond
Chandler movies? How about the Thin Man series? Mr. Reid designated a full chapter
to 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 astounding. Hundreds of wonderful black and white photos add to the
authenticity of the collection. Mr. Reid has more than 50 years of writing experience
and it shows on every page, as his descriptions flow smoothly from point to point
without any superfluous information. All movie buffs should take advantage of this
wonderful guide. Flipping through the pages, you will be compelled to make 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, you need this book. If you
are looking for something different from the CGI-filled drivel that Hollywood currently
passes off as Mystery/Thrillers, this guide is a must read.
Highly Recommended.

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• Bestseller Number One in Performing Arts! - Thursday, September 23, 2010
• Popular Pictures of the Hollywood 1940s - Saturday, September 11, 2010
• Who Says Poetry Is Dead? - Wednesday, September 01, 2010
• "B" Movies, Bad Movies, Good Movies in Top Ten - Sunday, August 22, 2010
• 10 Books in Top 50 at Amazon Kindle Today! - Sunday, August 15, 2010
• On with the Merryll Manning motley! - Thursday, July 22, 2010
• Revising "Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven" - Thursday, July 08, 2010
• Merryll Manning Halfway - Saturday, February 20, 2010
• Almost Time for Another Newsletter - Saturday, January 30, 2010
•  Always happy to receive encouraging reviews - Tuesday, January 19, 2010  
• Progress Report: A Salute to Spanish Poetry 100 Masterpieces from Spain and Latin America - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
• A Salute to Spanish Poetry: 100 Masterpieces from Spain & Latin America - Monday, January 04, 2010
• What To Write Next - Monday, December 28, 2009
• Poetry for Poets - Thursday, December 17, 2009
• What Makes a Successful Poet? - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• Naming Names - Sunday, December 13, 2009
• Margaret Havill Reid Poetry - Wednesday, December 09, 2009
• What Do Editors Do? - Sunday, December 06, 2009
• Love & City Dreaming - Friday, December 04, 2009
• MARK and JOHN - Thursday, November 26, 2009
• Psalms - Monday, November 23, 2009
• Classic Movie Posters - Thursday, November 12, 2009
• Poetry Contest Closes for 2009 - Sunday, October 04, 2009
• Weird Book-Buying - Sunday, August 02, 2009
• Traditional Verse? - Saturday, June 13, 2009
• Red Pencils at the Ready! - Wednesday, June 10, 2009
• Solomon's Song of Songs and Proverbs - Saturday, March 21, 2009
• Merryll Manning writing times - Friday, November 21, 2008
• Contests and Competitions - Wednesday, November 12, 2008
• A Frantic Week! - Sunday, November 09, 2008
• Silent Films & Early Talkies on DVD - Thursday, May 29, 2008
• Works in Progress - Friday, February 29, 2008

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