I have just reviewed two of John Howard Reid’s recent publications, "Hollywood Movie Musicals" and "More Movie Musicals". The research that goes into these books is outstanding. Invaluable as they are, film guides such as Maltin’s, Halliwell’s, Ballantyne’s, Blockbuster and Variety are text only and give no visual insight to a film. Reid’s books with star photos, stills, and reproductions of posters and newspaper advertisements, show something of the character of a film – essential if one is an avid collector or doing research.
As an aid to the DVD movie collector, John Howard Reid’s books are invaluable. Many of us have bought movies, thinking they were well worth the money, only to find a disappointing, second-rate film. Reid gives us all the information we need (as well as his personal opinions) so that we can buy (or not buy!) with confidence.
It’s interesting to note that some of our leading film critics and commentators not only recommend but actually use Reid’s books, many of which have received rave reviews in front-line newspapers, such as The Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Courier Mail, The Newcastle Herald, The Bulletin, The Sun, The Mercury, and The Advertiser.
Obviously Reid’s passion for his subject is one of total commitment. The books list complete casts and technical credits, songs and musical numbers, prizes and awards, copyright and release dates, running times, title changes, synopses, comments, reviews and essential background information.