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    1. Rebecca
    2. Madame X (1966) / Movie
    3. To Kill a Mockingbird
    4. Shawshank Redemption
    5. Witness (1985)
    6. Wrong Man / TV Movie
    7. List of Adrian Messenger / Movie
    8. The Crucible
    9. Amazing Stories Book Two
    10. The Heiress
    11. The Picture of Dorian Gray
    12. Tales of Manhattan
    13. Sleepy Hollow
    14. Goodfellas
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    15. The Naked City
    16. Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
    17. Cruising
    18. Twilight Zone
    19. Macbeth (1971)
    20. Tower of Terror (1997)

    1. Rebecca
    by Anchor Bay Entertain
    VHS Tape (01 September, 1998)
    list price: $14.98
    Asin: 6301670140
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Film!
    Rebecca is one of my very favorite movies. I have seen it many times and I never tire of it. The story is ageless and simple. An aristocratic widower marries a shy young girl and takes her to his castle-like home. There, she lives haunted by the shadow of Rebecca, his first wife. It is Rebecca did this, Rebecca did that, Rebecca all the time. A stunning classic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Hitchcock Movie for People Who Don't Like Hitchcock Films
    Looking back in retrospect, I truly believe this film was the launching point of Hitchcock's career. He went on to have one of the most glorious careers in Hollywood history. Although he never won an Academy Award Oscar for the Best Director award; Hitchcock showed that he truly belonged in the top echelon of directors. Especially in his golden era: circa 1951 to 1959.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Version Of The Romantic Suspense Novel. A-List Cast+Excellent Script+Flawless Direction=The DEFINITIVE Version.
    Alfred Hitchcock's first film made in America was an adaptation of the highly successful novel "Rebecca." In the role of the mysterious, but handsome, Maxim DeWinter, is Laurence Olivier (coming off the success of "Wuthering Heights" the year before; please see my review on it), giving a complex performance yet again. Joan Fontaine plays the nameless heroine, Judith Anderson plays the sinister Mrs. Danvers and George Sanders plays Rebecca's devious cousin. Very faithful to the novel, this film is. Recommended for English classes. Not Rated. ... Read more

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    2. Madame X (1966) / Movie
    by Universal Studios
    VHS Tape (01 January, 1998)
    list price: $14.98
    Asin: 6300183920
    Sales Rank: 748
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Imitation of Laff
    A lot of people love this movie and so do I--but probably not for the same reason. Not for nothing was this the last gasp of the Ross Hunter tearjerkers in the "Imitation of Life"/"Back Street" mode. By the mid-Sixties, this type of hokum was far more comic than melodramatic--just look at the ridiculous casting, which includes a 40-something Lana Turner (who'd just played Sandra Dee's mother/stepmother in her last few pictures) as a young bride. . . having her first child! Surrounding her with inappropriate actors like bland John Forstyhe (as her middle-aged ambitious "young" husband) and veteran Constance Bennett (who somehow looks more like Lana's younger sister than her mother-in-law) didn't help realism. Cheesy production values and anacronisms (all the women are dressed in the height of Sixties middlebrow fashions--in scenes taking place thirty years earlier!) just add to the fun. A real howl, especially when an Oscar-hungry Turner goes to pot in the final reels. You'll cry alright--with laughter.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Greats!
    If you're looking for a rainy afternoon or late night tearjerker, bursting at the seams with impeccable style, glamour and delicious disaster, this is your film. Only Lana Turner can deliver such wistful heartbreak in the finest gowns and jewels one instant, and next be the tragic victim of misfortune, suffering as only those who fall from on high can know.To call it melodrama would be an insult, this is classic cinema, with Hollywood royalty.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 5 StarsPLUS
    One of the best pictures ever produced. suspensful,thriller
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    3. To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Universal Studios
    VHS Tape (01 March, 1992)
    list price: $14.98
    Asin: B000005XKO
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Ranked 34 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Films, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Just about perfect in all respects...
    Race and crime are the topics of this adaptation of Harper Lee's mega-selling novel. Set in the pre-World War II south, filmed in black and white, starring two child actors who were totally unknown and the wonderful Gregory Peck, the movie is really a tale of a single dad small-town lawyer raising a boy and a girl to do the right things and think the right thoughts. Famous for many things, the movie features a child character based on Truman Capote, and a mysterious neighbor played by Robert Duvall in his film debut. The music and cinematography are both superb. Everyone over the age of 12 should see this film at least once.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Cinematic Masterwork About Human Fallibility in a World of Wearying Intolerance
    Having just read Charles Shields' biography of Harper Lee, "Mockingbird", and re-read her classic (and only) novel for at least the third time, I was able recently to watch Robert Mulligan's 1962 classic film adaptation with fresh eyes, and the 2005 Legacy Series Edition DVD fortunately contains a pristine print transfer and a bundle of extras that make repeated viewings more than worthwhile. Rarely has a film so accurately captured the emotional consequences of human fallibility steadfastly within the grip of racial intolerance. Set in the Deep South of Lee's childhood in the fictional town of Maycomb in 1932, the story, adapted by writer Horton Foote, focuses on six-year old Scout, the tomboy, motherless daughter of lawyer Atticus Finch.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Review of DVD To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Legacy Series Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird is an excellent DVD set.In addition to the classic movie (which we never tire of), the special features are very interesting, including interviews with "Scout" (Mary Badham), and "Atticus Finch".It is easy to understand why Gregory Peck is so revered and respected as an actor.
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    4. Shawshank Redemption
    by Turner Home Ent
    VHS Tape (02 September, 1997)
    list price: $6.98
    Asin: B000007OY0
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    When this popular prison drama was released in 1994, some critics complained that the movie was too long (142 minutes) to sustain its story. Those complaints miss the point, because the passage of time is crucial to this story about patience, the squeaky wheels of justice, and the growth of a life-long friendship. Only when the film reaches its final, emotionally satisfying scene do you fully understand why writer-director Frank Darabont (adapting a novella by Stephen King) allows the story to unfold at its necessary pace, and the effect is dramatically rewarding. Tim Robbins plays a banker named Andy who's sent to Shawshank Prison on a murder charge, but as he gets to know a life-term prisoner named Red (Morgan Freeman), we realize there's reason to believe the banker's crime was justifiable. We also realize that Andy's calm, quiet exterior hides a great reserve of patience and fortitude, and Red comes to admire this mild-mannered man who first struck him as weak and unfit for prison life. So it is that Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars didn't like it
    this movie was way too fictional. stephen king needs to stop writing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clearly A Five Star Movie
    This movie does not offer intense special effects, but it doesn't need any.It is truly good storytelling based on a book by Stephen King.If you are the type of person who really loves a good story, and does not mind a bit of darkness and a healthy portion of adversity, give this movie a chance.Worth buying and watching again and again.Five stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Own!
    Without a doubt the best Stephen King and/or prison-break movie EVER made! Even after you've seen it once, you'll want to watch it over and over again. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Action    2. Adventure    3. Drama    4. Feature Film-drama    5. Movie   


    5. Witness (1985)
    by Paramount
    VHS Tape (07 December, 1992)
    list price: $9.95
    Asin: 6300214567
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    When Samuel (Lukas Haas), a young Amish boy traveling with his mother Rachel (Kelly McGillis), witnesses the murder of a police officer in a public restroom, he and his mother become the temporary wards of John Book (Harrison Ford), a detective who's been assigned to solve the crime. After suspect lineups and mug-shot books yield nothing, Samuel, in the most memorable scene of the film, recognizes the murderer as a narcotics agent whose picture he sees in the precinct. Once Book realizes that the police chief is in on it, too, he whisks Samuel and Rachel back home to Amish country, where he himself goes into hiding as a plain Amish man. The juxtaposition between the life of the Amish and the violence of inner-city police corruption work surprisingly well for the story, and Kelly McGillis as the falling in love widow gives an almost perfect performance. Directed by Peter Weir, the film is extremely successful in drawing the viewer into its world and, accordingly, is immensely entertaining. The only thing that mars its polish is the one-dimensional, almost cartoonish handling of the upper-echelon police corruption--a subtler, more realistic treatment of this aspect of the story would have rendered the film near perfect. Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Yes, A great movie, but...
    Yes, this is a classic movie, but get the newer, "Special Collector's Edition". You can find it on by searching Amazon for (ASIN):
    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery, great quality!!!
    The DVD arrived in perfect condition, and exactly when I was told it would arrive.Great transaction experience!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Witness (Special Collector's Edition)
    I have always loved this film!However, the uncut version has some completely unnecessary nudity that doesn't enhance the movie, but does restrict who can watch it.It's a shame. ... Read more

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    6. Wrong Man / TV Movie
    by Republic Pictures
    VHS Tape (02 January, 1996)
    list price: $9.98
    Asin: 6302946654
    Sales Rank: 2205
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Story As Real Depth
    A brilliant film, wonderfully directed by Jim McBride, it breaks all the cheesy corny conventions of the TV movie, the story moves and lives just as vibrantly as the characters do.The acting is amazing, the story has real depth.If look close, you'll notice that also the characters of the Mexican policemen have been drawn nicely. A movie for those who like to watch better movies only.
    4-0 out of 5 stars grand escapism
    This movie is great viewing.Just the ticket for people trapped in a mundane existence.It starts out in seedy Vera Cruz sailors bars and takes you on a wild ride with desperate characters in a romp through beautifully shot southern Mexico.One of those great adventures in a foreign land movies.A boozy,brawling,sexy,and somewhat vulgar movie,and very entertaining!

    2-0 out of 5 stars the wrong man
    made purchase, watched movie, found movie very very used, lines appear on and off movie so used seems out of focus ... Read more

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    7. List of Adrian Messenger / Movie
    by Universal Studios
    VHS Tape (12 January, 1994)
    list price: $19.98
    Asin: 6300184013
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    John Huston was eager for a lightweight lark, and Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Looking for a DVD (and might I suggest a Re-make?)
    First of all, I have no idea why this film is not available on DVD yet. You might be looking at my rating right now and thinking "He only gave it 3 stars? Who cares if it comes out on DVD!" Let me explain.
    5-0 out of 5 stars DVD, PLEASE!!
    When, when, when is this terrific movie going to come out on DVD?The mystery is great, the acting terrific and I defy anyone who sees it for the first time to figure it out!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Huston In A Minor Key
    While not necessarily one of the shining stars of director John Huston's career, "The List of Adrian Messenger" is a fairly engrossing mystery. George C. Scott stars as a retired MI-5 inspector who is given a list of 11 men by his good friend Adrian Messenger (John Merivale). When the men on the list--and Messenger himself--all end up dead, Scott must discover what links them together, and who is eliminating them one by one. The excellent supporting cast includes Herbert Marshall, Jacques Roux, and Dana Wynter, but the central gimmick of the film is spotting the cameo appearances by Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, and Robert Mitchum. It's not hard to spot the heavy makeup; it's tougher figuring out who is behind it. Huston himself also makes a cameo toward the end, but without makeup.
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    8. The Crucible
    by 20th Century Fox
    VHS Tape (13 October, 1998)
    list price: $9.98
    Asin: 079394144X
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    The Salem witch hunts are given a new and nasty perspective when a vengeful teenage girl uses superstition and repression to her advantage, creating a killing machine that becomes a force unto itself. Pulsating with seductive energy, this provocative drama is as visually arresting as it is intellectually engrossing. Arthur Miller based his classic 1953 play on the actual Salem witch trials of 1692, creating what has since become a durable fixture of school drama courses. It may look like a historical drama, but Miller also meant the work as a parable for the misery created by the McCarthy anti-Communist hearings of the 1950s. This searing version of his drama delves into matters of conscience with concise accuracy and emotional honesty. Three passionate cheers for Miller, director Nicholas Hytner, and costars Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent film of a great play
    If you can believe it, the first play I was ever in was The Crucible, when I had just finished sixth grade.We had a rather progressive director for the YMCA summer drama workshop.Her philosophy was that this was not theatre for children, but theatre by children and we did the last couple of scenes of this great play.I got to play Judge Danforth and my little brother was the Reverend Mr. Hale.I doubt any of our cast fully understood the play's ramifications then, but some of us understood enough to learn more, to read the entire play, and to try out for more plays when the chance came.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and well made
    I'm not sure why I ordered this movie, given that usually I don't like too much suspence, but maybe the historical aspect of it drew me. In any event, I'm happy I've ordered it--it is very well made, the acting is unnervingly convincing, and the story makes one be VERY grateful for not living in that village at that time! The analogy to present time abuse of power, mass histerias and tendency for 'witch hunting' (though no longer in the literal sense, still very much in other finger-pointing-to-save-one's-own-face and terrorizing others to join or else...as well as pompous know-it-alls) is eerie. Ideas and locations change, but the human flock-factor seems to be an ever present enemy...
    4-0 out of 5 stars Not the definitive version, but ultimately moving and powerful
    The Crucible is considerably simplified from the play. Despite Arthur Miller handling the adaptation himself, so much of the historical detail and motivation for the witchhunts is dropped to get the narrative moving faster that at the end of the day the whole thing seems to have been reduced to a simple case of a woman spurned and a bad case of mass hysteria. Some awkward performances in the first half don't help either - Bruce Davison is shrilly ineffective, Daniel Day Lewis still seems to be doing Hawkeye, Joan Allen does her serious face again and the jury's still out on whether Winona Ryder is giving a convincing performance as an unconvincing liar or and unconvincing performance as a convincing liar. Yet the strength of the material shines through and suddenly, by the halfway point, you suddenly realise that you are completely gripped by it and that most of the performances have improved immeasurably once Paul Scofield has arrived to up the ante. Indeed, by the end the piece is genuinely tragic and moving (that said, I still maintain that the real hero of the piece is not John Proctor but Pastor Hale - the only character to realise his terrible error and to have the courage to publicly try to remedy it, however hopelessly). Excellent supporting performances from Karron Graves and, surprisingly, George Gaynes, although the houses seem a little too large for Puritan stock. Definitely a film of two halves, but worth seeing for the sheer power of the latter half.
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    9. Amazing Stories Book Two
    by Universal Studios
    VHS Tape (11 August, 1993)
    list price: $19.98
    Asin: 6302089611
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Most of this second volume of stories from the 1985-87 televisionanthology series is a middling offering from former Steven Spielbergprotégé Robert Zemeckis, who later won an Oscar for directingRead more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Family Dog - Family Favorite
    The first half of this is a less than memorable Christopher Lloyd episode of Amazing Stories, which says a lot about the writing since Christopher Lloyd could make a piece of toast funny. The second half of this is the Family Dog, which is not only memorable, but classic and under appreciated. This animated half hour has excellent writing, animation, and voice talent - including Annie Potts as the mother. The hilarity of home life is in your face and leaves you wanting more. My sisters, brother, even my mother quoted it for years after seeing it, "Oh my gawd they've taken the coffee maker!" My family was very grateful when years after seeing it, I bought each of them a copy through Amazon. They love it and watch it over and over- and what makes a classic of something beyond the audiences love of returning to the material? Even though the eventual animated series it spawned lacked the same writing punch, I would highly recommend this to anyone with a love of good clean "art imitating family life" humor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's perfect... would like it on DVD
    We first watched it about 18 years ago and it's brilliant, a real gem. We watch it every couple of years now and enjoy just as much. The VHS tape (which was a copy) is almost unwatchable... would love to get the DVD.
    4-0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOD!!!
    The cartoon was unbelievably funny! That rotten little boy and the smartass dog was too too funny for words.I RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE TO ANYONE WITH AN ATTITUDE PROBLEM BECAUSE THIS MOVIE WILL GET RID OF IT TEMPORARILY. JUST LONG ENOUGH FOR YOU TO FORGET WHY YOU WERE MAD IN THE 1ST PLACE ... Read more

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    10. The Heiress
    by Universal Studios
    VHS Tape (01 January, 1998)
    list price: $14.98
    Asin: 6300183912
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great film
    I disagree with the characterization of most of the reviews here.I didn't see the father as a heartless man, but as a father trying to protect his overly dull and reclusive daughter from a fortune hunter.At first meeting, he seems very happy that his daughter, Catherine, has found a suitor and welcomes him cordially, but after talking to him he discovers that he is a selfish fortune hunter, a mercenary, who cares only for himself, and nothing for his daughter or anyone else, even his own aunt who has several children.
    5-0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC !
    A must see classic film.
    5-0 out of 5 stars DeHavilland's Best Performance
    Great film, they don't make them like this anymore. Great performances, great script, gorgeous sets and costumes, this film is timeless. What is taking so long getting this out on dvd????? ... Read more

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    11. The Picture of Dorian Gray
    by Warner Home Video
    VHS Tape (12 June, 2001)
    list price: $14.98
    Asin: B00005J6UW
    Sales Rank: 2823
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Film Adaptation of the Classic Novel
    This 1945 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic novella is more that likely the best adaptation one will ever see. This may seem to be a big statement, but Albert Lewin's direction along with Harry Stradling Sr.'s Oscar winning Cinematography for 1946, appears almost flawless when comparing the classic novel with the film.
    5-0 out of 5 stars "5" for the movie, "1" for no DVD
    This is one the best films of all time.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Lost Meaning of Evil and Terror.
    With the exception of the fact that Sybil Vane is reduced from a stage actress to a club singer, this movie actually holds to the book quite well. In an age where horror movies revolve around the absurd overuse of blood and effects, and evil is portrayed as someone who just carries the label and dresses in black, this movie carries the true meaning of evil and terror. (Notably lost in modern times!) As in the book, we meet Lord Henry (played most convincingly by George Sanders). While he does have some redeeming points, he basically represents the devil. He is more of an observer, and he considers the common behavior of people beneath him. And as comically vicious as he gets, like the devil he never really tells outright falsehoods. One perfect example is when he expresses that women represent morality over mind and men represent mind over morals. Well, we then meet the young Dorian who is having his portrait painted. Lord Henry plays the devil and tells Dorian youth is only temporary and even if unintentionally tempts and leads Dorian into making a pact with evil. (He'll remain young while the picture ages.) Dorian then falls in love with Sybil Vane. And they plan to marry. But Lord Henry again plays the devil and gives Dorian advice that SOUNDS good, but will lead to Sybil's death when carried through. (Like the devil, Lord Henry can tempt, but NOT FORCE Dorian to do anything!) After Sybil's death, Lord Henry shows a redeeming moment when he is concerned over Dorian. But the harm is done. Dorian is now on his way to degeneration. It is not the pact itself that leads to Dorian's degeneration, but his vanity that leads him to a cold indifference to the needs of others. (While this behavior was comical in Lord Henry, it appears quite disturbing in Dorian.) Without blood or effects, this movie is really scarey as we gradually see Dorian degenerate into evil. Despite what action movies tell us, the true meaning of evil is when we become a prisoner of our own vanity and we desire to satisfy ourselves no matter what the cost to others. Dorian makes this clear when he says: "I enjoy scandals about others, but scandals about me do not interest me. I find them boring." In a moment of disturbing terror, Dorian murders the uncle of the Gladys (whom he now loves). And in his arguably most evil moment, he becomes the tempter. While he asks for Alan Campbell's help in disposing of the body, he tempts but again doesn't force. (And this will lead to Campbell's suicide. The tempted has become the tempter!) But Sybil's brother is still out there and he wants revenge for the death of his sister. We heard of Adrian Singleton earlier when Basil expressed his fear over the degeneration of Dorian's friends, and we see him as a disturbing eccentric who interestingly carries reason. Jim's death is creepily ambiguous. Did Dorian set up the hunting party in hopes that Jim would walk into a bullet, or did Jim's desire for revenge lead to his downfall? We don't know, but we DO know that for this evil to have fallen on Jim, Jim had to consent at least in part to it when he persued the evils of revenge. (Something the utterly stupid 'Time to Kill' couldn't figure out.) Moving on, Dorian has defeated all his enemies, but he just can't live with himself anymore. (An ending above and beyond action movies that have a hero kill his enemies, fall in love, and live happily ever after!) Well, Dorian breaks his pact with evil and pays a HIGH price. Not only is this movie a phenomenal remake of the book itself, but it also reminds us of the REAL meaning of evil and terror. And as a bonus, it shows the shortcomings of modern movies that just don't get it. If you liked the book, you'll love the movie! ... Read more

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    12. Tales of Manhattan
    by 20th Century Fox
    VHS Tape (07 May, 1996)
    list price: $19.98
    Asin: 6303957005
    Sales Rank: 1352
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars fields
    The studio apparently agreed with the previous reviewer, since the W.C. Fields segment was cut from the movie when it was initially released in theaters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars That mythical place where everyone gets what he/she deserves
    Other reviewers have given plenty of information regarding the general shape of this film--stars, cast, vignettes.A wonderful collaboration of ten different writers who together with a cast of stars, character actors, the Hall Johnson Choir (one of the gems of the Harlem Renaissance), and probably every extra then available in Southern California trace the path of a tailcoat cursed by it's tailor.This film was released in September 1942, the same month the German 6th Army began it's advance on Stalingrad; it was, and should be, considered light entertainment.Not Frank Capra-ish, each vignette weaves into the next with the final feeling of the film leading the viewer tobelieve that people, good and bad, somehow get what they deserve.A gentle gem with a particularly wonderful performance by Edward G. Robinson.Watch it with an open mind.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A cavalcade of 20th Century Fox stars
    "Tales of Manhattan" was an essentially pointless series of vignettes starring a plethora of stars under contract to 20th Century Fox studios.The pretext for the story surrounded a finely tailored formal tailcoat which was purported to be cursed.The tailcoat represented a talisman of both good and evil as it was passed from character to character.
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    13. Sleepy Hollow
    by Paramount
    VHS Tape (23 May, 2000)
    list price: $14.95
    Asin: B00003CX59
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The films of Tim Burton shine through the muck like a jack-o-lantern on a foggy October night. After such successes as Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Interpretation of Irving's Tale
    Ahh - the perfect Halloween film!Better than many of the old classics. This is Tim Burton at his best.As a child, I loved the gothic tale of the Headless Horseman - and this rendition never fails to ring the bell.Johnny Depp is well cast as the somewhat nervous, eccentric, but always ernest Ichabod Crane.Christina Ricci is beautiful and Christopher Walken is perfect as the Horseman.While the film is gory - after all there are lots of heads being lopped off - it's not really scary.I wouldn't recommend it for children under the age of 12 however - especially those with overactive imaginations. The old animated Disney version is better suited for the little ones.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining... a real Halloween delight !
    "Sleepy Hollow" Has just the right amount of everything to make it quite a memorable movie. The atmosphere that Sleepy Hollow portrays makes this movie
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Spooky Flick for the Fall Season!
    Let me state right off that, although I respect Burton as a great filmmaker, I'm not a fan of his films; they usually strike me as eminent examples of style over substance (which, in a sense, isn't his fault since he's not usually the writer). Plus the films he usually picks to direct simply aren't my cup of java (for instance, I have no plans to catch "Edward Scissorhands" anytime soon). But who can deny his great visual talants? This guy knows how to make a film LOOK good, that's for sure.
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    14. Goodfellas
    by Warner Home Video
    VHS Tape (04 December, 1992)
    list price: $6.98
    Asin: 6302054982
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent And Gritty Crime Drama!
    With so many reviews already posted here on amazon, I really don't think there is any more that I could add, other than to say this is an amazing crime-thriller. From the very beginning, to the very end this is the quintessential mob film of all time. The story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) has already been discussed, I would just like to add that if there is anyone who has not seen this classic, do so. More importantly, it belongs in your DVD collection.
    5-0 out of 5 stars These are working guys, living it up and "Earning" at all costs.
    Scorcese & Pileggi's masterpiece on the life of Henry Hill as a Brooklyn NY mob wise-guy is great film. While not my favorite Martin Scorsese movie it is a stunning achievement, and one of his very best movies.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The best film of the 90's
    GoodFellas is Martin Scorsese's masterpiece, following the life of a gangster named Henry Hill. It charts his way up from working at a mob-controlled cabstand to becoming a member of the gang, and eventually turning to the witness protection program to save his life. The movie is full of unforgettable moments, particularly the famous "Do you think I'm funny" scene. Joe Pesci steals every scene he's in as the murderous psycopath Tommy, and rightfully won the best supporting actor Oscar. This movie contains what may be the best movie sequence ever made: Henry, while high on cocaine, driving around town running a mixture of normal and mob errands (e.g. In narration, he says: I had to stop by Sandy's place to mix the cocaine then get home and check the tommato sauce for dinner...) while being followed by a helicopter. The scene is shot extremely haphazardly, making you feel as though your'e in Henry's place. This movie's greatness cannot be expressed in words; you have to see it for yourself. Also recommended: Miller's Crossing, Casino, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather. ... Read more

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    15. The Naked City
    by Kino Video
    VHS Tape (27 June, 2000)
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    Asin: 6305226172
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Gritty Police Procedural Starring New York City
    "There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them." That's the end of the movie, and it's a famous line. The start of the movie shows people going about their lives in New York City. Waking up, catching the subways, working, going home. And, for one young woman late at night shown in her dark apartment through window blinds, being murdered.
    4-0 out of 5 stars "There are eight million stories in the naked city"
    "The Naked City" was released in 1948, and Barry Fitzgerald stars as Irishman, Det. Lt. Dan Muldoon.New York City is the scene, and a young woman has been murdered in the bathtub, creating sensational headlines for every newspaper and scandal sheet in the city.Muldoon and his detectives scour the mean streets of the city searching for the murderer.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent noir police crime drama
    Jules Dassin's meritorious 1948 flick "The Naked City" was beautifully and ambitiously filmed in the streets of New York by respected cinematographer William Daniels.The movie was based on an investigation conducted by the NY police department surrounding the murder of an attractive blonde model Jean Dexter.She was discovered by her housekeeper drowned in her bathtub after being rendered unconscious by chloroform.The housekeeper revealed that Ms. Dexter had been involved with a middle aged gentleman named Mr. Henderson.
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    16. Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
    by MGM (Warner)
    VHS Tape (01 September, 1998)
    list price: $14.98
    Asin: 630197350X
    Sales Rank: 3473
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Film Adaptation of the Classic Novel
    This 1945 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic novella is more that likely the best adaptation one will ever see. This may seem to be a big statement, but Albert Lewin's direction along with Harry Stradling Sr.'s Oscar winning Cinematography for 1946, appears almost flawless when comparing the classic novel with the film.
    5-0 out of 5 stars "5" for the movie, "1" for no DVD
    This is one the best films of all time.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Lost Meaning of Evil and Terror.
    With the exception of the fact that Sybil Vane is reduced from a stage actress to a club singer, this movie actually holds to the book quite well. In an age where horror movies revolve around the absurd overuse of blood and effects, and evil is portrayed as someone who just carries the label and dresses in black, this movie carries the true meaning of evil and terror. (Notably lost in modern times!) As in the book, we meet Lord Henry (played most convincingly by George Sanders). While he does have some redeeming points, he basically represents the devil. He is more of an observer, and he considers the common behavior of people beneath him. And as comically vicious as he gets, like the devil he never really tells outright falsehoods. One perfect example is when he expresses that women represent morality over mind and men represent mind over morals. Well, we then meet the young Dorian who is having his portrait painted. Lord Henry plays the devil and tells Dorian youth is only temporary and even if unintentionally tempts and leads Dorian into making a pact with evil. (He'll remain young while the picture ages.) Dorian then falls in love with Sybil Vane. And they plan to marry. But Lord Henry again plays the devil and gives Dorian advice that SOUNDS good, but will lead to Sybil's death when carried through. (Like the devil, Lord Henry can tempt, but NOT FORCE Dorian to do anything!) After Sybil's death, Lord Henry shows a redeeming moment when he is concerned over Dorian. But the harm is done. Dorian is now on his way to degeneration. It is not the pact itself that leads to Dorian's degeneration, but his vanity that leads him to a cold indifference to the needs of others. (While this behavior was comical in Lord Henry, it appears quite disturbing in Dorian.) Without blood or effects, this movie is really scarey as we gradually see Dorian degenerate into evil. Despite what action movies tell us, the true meaning of evil is when we become a prisoner of our own vanity and we desire to satisfy ourselves no matter what the cost to others. Dorian makes this clear when he says: "I enjoy scandals about others, but scandals about me do not interest me. I find them boring." In a moment of disturbing terror, Dorian murders the uncle of the Gladys (whom he now loves). And in his arguably most evil moment, he becomes the tempter. While he asks for Alan Campbell's help in disposing of the body, he tempts but again doesn't force. (And this will lead to Campbell's suicide. The tempted has become the tempter!) But Sybil's brother is still out there and he wants revenge for the death of his sister. We heard of Adrian Singleton earlier when Basil expressed his fear over the degeneration of Dorian's friends, and we see him as a disturbing eccentric who interestingly carries reason. Jim's death is creepily ambiguous. Did Dorian set up the hunting party in hopes that Jim would walk into a bullet, or did Jim's desire for revenge lead to his downfall? We don't know, but we DO know that for this evil to have fallen on Jim, Jim had to consent at least in part to it when he persued the evils of revenge. (Something the utterly stupid 'Time to Kill' couldn't figure out.) Moving on, Dorian has defeated all his enemies, but he just can't live with himself anymore. (An ending above and beyond action movies that have a hero kill his enemies, fall in love, and live happily ever after!) Well, Dorian breaks his pact with evil and pays a HIGH price. Not only is this movie a phenomenal remake of the book itself, but it also reminds us of the REAL meaning of evil and terror. And as a bonus, it shows the shortcomings of modern movies that just don't get it. If you liked the book, you'll love the movie! ... Read more

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    17. Cruising
    by Warner Home Video
    VHS Tape (26 March, 1996)
    list price: $14.98
    Asin: 6301640659
    Sales Rank: 3531
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars PUT IT OUT ON DVD !!!
    I saw this movie when it originally came out
    4-0 out of 5 stars cruising gets better with time
    interesting film. saw it letterboxed on IFC and it looks even better. PLEASE put it out on DVD with lots of cruising extras.
    4-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
    I've always enjoyed "Cruising", Billy Friedkin's opus on violence, male homosexuality, leather and all things bizarre. Right from that great line, "Have you ever been porked?" between stars Paul Sorvino and a fresh-faced Al Pacino, this film draws me in like few others.
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    18. Twilight Zone
    by Warner Home Video
    VHS Tape (15 July, 1992)
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    Asin: 6300270068
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Glad to see so many other fans of this flick!
    It is so great to see so many other fans of this movie.I read the book "Outrageous Conduct" after I had seen the movie and I will never look at it the same way again!Landis may have been breaking the rules with children working after hours and a helicopter on such a small set, but the fact remains that it was in fact an accident!A tragic and regretable one, to be sure, but still an accident.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Get Over It & A Message To Matt from Arizona
    Have you people who want to hang John Landis ever been acquainted with a particular word in the English language called "accident"? According to your opinions on wanting to punish John Landis for the "accident" that killed two children and Vic Morrow, you all act like Mr. Landis programmed and planned the entire incident just to kill three people! How infantile can you possibly be?
    4-0 out of 5 stars 2007 DVD TO BE RELEASED......FINALLY!!!!!
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    19. Macbeth (1971)
    by Sony Pictures
    VHS Tape (28 June, 1994)
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    Asin: 6302424887
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Roman Polanski's adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy remains one ofthe most infamous for a number of reasons: the copious amounts of bloody gore, its expert use of location settings (filmed in North Wales), and Lady Macbeth's nude sleepwalking scene. Despite its notoriety, though, this does remain one of the more compelling film adaptations of the Scottish tragedy, if one of the more pessimistic takes on the story of Macbeth and his overreaching ambition. If you think the play is normally a bit of a downer, you haven't seen Polanski's bleak version of it, made in reaction to the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, by the Manson "family." Jon Finch (Hitchcock's Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars ROMAN POLANSKI AND WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    Bloody well good, and bloody! Roman Polanski's violent, location accurate version of Shakespeare's murderous Macbeth and his lady, seems a natural, insightful interpretation for the 20th Century. So true to Shakespeare's original work, and so indebted to fine cinema.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Turned me off
    I had to force myself to give this two stars intead of one because, to be fair, there IS a great cast, meaningful scenes, and gorgeous cinematography. However, there were many things that totally turned me off this movie. Let me confirm that I am an avid fan of Shakespeare and love many of his plays as well as certain movies that have been made of them. In this one, however, I rather felt that Polanski took Shakespeare's play and ran wild with it. Yes, Macbeth is disturbing and depressing, so the fact that these elements turned my stomach may be considered by some as a success on Polanski's part, but there are plenty of other things the play didn't include that the movie had unnecessarily. For example, the nudity. I'm no prude, but there was plenty of unnecessary nakedness in this film and some of it seemed to add to the idea of the characters taking advantage of each other (maybe this was Polanski's plan, but I doubt it). The scene with Lady Macbeth wandering naked and mad around her room wouldn't have bothered me so much if a male "doctor" hadn't been standing there oogling at her. I wanted to smack him as well as Lady Macbeth's maidservant who stood there letting her mistress walk around naked in front of a man; how many of the notoriously protective and prudish maidservants back then would have allowed such a thing? The inaccuracy of this scene made me think Polanski might've just wanted an opportunity to prove that Lady Macbeth was just as attractive without her clothes; I think the males in the audience guessed that much already. Most disturbing to me, though, was the disgusting scene showing a woman bathing her AT LEAST eleven or twelve year-old-son! He wasn't sitting in a tub, either, but standing and baring all in front of the camera. Thanks, Polanski; perversion wasn't supposed to be the main topic of the film, but who remembers these things? Some of the violence was a little too much, too; I did not need to seethe perspective from the eyes of a decapitated head or a man getting a sword in the groin. The movie altogether gave me afeeling of dirty depression. Shakespeare may be partly to blame for this, but it was definetly Polanski's additions to the story that decided me against a second viewing. This would have succeeded as a moving film without a great deal of the nastiness that it contained; substituting gratitious shock-value junk for quality always fails. Next time, try relying a little more on the pathos of the story, Polanski. And please, let's keep parents out of the room when their pre-teens are taking baths, shall we?

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Bard According to Polanski
    It is always refreshing to see new twists on Shakespeare as each generation of directors gives its take on the Master. While this adaptation drags near the ending and sometimes the dialogue is diffuclt to follow, for the most part this MACBETH works. Polanski has cast the Macbeths (Jon Finch and Francesca Annis) as younger than many directors do, has Lady Macbeth do her famous sleepwalking scene in the nude and portrays the coven of witches naked as well. Every critic has commented on the bloodiness of Polanski's version. There is blood everywhere; the death of Macbeth will make you gasp.
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    20. Tower of Terror (1997)
    by Walt Disney Video
    VHS Tape (10 April, 2001)
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    Asin: B000055ZJT
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Kirsten Dunst stars as plucky teen niece to SteveGuttenberg in this 1997 telefilm that sets out to provide background for one of Disney/MGM Studios' popular thrill-rides, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Guttenberg plays Buzzy, a down-on-his-luck former journalist relegated to concocting storiesfor a Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!
    This movie is m-Azing!it has a little bit of everything going on.its scary yet funny.i especially love how the lobby in the movie of the hotel looks exactly like the lobby at disney world in their ride.its a great movie and its from disney so whats not to love? right?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tower of Terror
    I thought it was a very entertaining movie.It had an interesting story and some very good special effects.Some of the action sequences at the end were done well as well.I would recommend this movie.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A SISTERS JELOUSY TURNS TO WITCHCRAFT!
    This movie is pretty interesting, the story isn't transparent and the characters are well rounded. Basically the story is about this crazy old bitch named Abigale Gregory (love the name!) who is envious of her child star sister Sally Shine (like Shirley Temple) played by Cory Matthews sister in the later episodes of "Boy Meets World". Sally and a couple of other stars are lost in an elevator crash many years ago. Loser Buzzy who is a writer for trashy magazines is contacted by Abigale who tells Buzzy the whole story. Buzzy gets interesed and his niece (Dunst) snoop around. Anyway if you want to see a crazy old witch do an evil laugh, perform voodoo, have a sick box of Sally Shine dolls with no heads in her room then this movie is for you. I laughed so hard at it!!! It was a good time, even at the end there is a cool song called "My Dreams" sung by one of the star ghost. This movie is filled with lots of laughs and great fun for the light hearted.
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