The Cinema Laser
The Digital Bits
Region Free DVD Players
TV Shows on DVD
3D Hollywood in Hi-Def
Blah! Cheap DVDs, Movies & Music (U.K.)
Bluray Movies Store
Cash For DVDs
The Criterion Collection
The Drivein Connection.com
DVD Market Place
DVD Source (U.K.)
DVDtoHome UK Rentals
Gotta See DVDs
A Million and One World-Wide Videos
Mr. Video Stores
Nostalgia Family Video
Something Weird Video
UK DVD Online Rental Guide
The Video Beat
Links: Guide to Video and Movie Sites
Complete Resource Guide to Home Video: Reference Books, Animated Films, Art and Culture Videos, Classic and Silent Films, Foreign Films, Hard-to-Find, Misc. (Independent, Cult, 'B', Documentaries, Music, Nostalgia, Rare, Vintage, Collectibles), Out of Print, Special Interest, Television Shows, Video Distributors (Including the major Studios)
Video and Movie Sites and Publications
VIDEO AND MOVIE SITES AND PUBLICATIONSThe Internet Movie Database: Probably the most comprehensive guide to films on the Net, with comprehensive reviews, cast lists, filmographies, and information on thousands upon thousands of films, cross-referenced. And the lists are searchable by name and title.
Movieweb is one of the finer movie sites we've come across. The site has movie previews (and archives); each movie has its own Web page which supplies synopses and cast information and lets you view (and download) stills, posters, notes, and Quicktime videos of theatrical trailers (long before you'll see them in the theatres). Each page also links to any Web sites dedicated to a particular film, or to the film's studio. There are also lists of the top 50 all-time box office champions as well as the top 25 box office grossers of the past weekend, a celebrity photo gallery and more. We're impressed with the wealth of material here.
Magazines, Blogs and News Sites:
American Film Institute:
To celebrate 100 years of American Movies (the first official showing of a movie
in the United States for a paying audience took place April 23, 1896 at Koster &
Bial's Music Hall, 34th Street and Broadway -- the present site of Macy's
department store), The American Film Institute submitted a list of 400 of
the best American films to 1,500 members of the entertainment industry to cast
their votes for the 100 greatest American movies of all time. The winners are in
-- 100 Years ... 100 Movies -- and were presented to a national TV audience on
June 17, 1998.
In June of 2007 the AFI revised their list to reflect changes in the film biz in the last 10 years. The new top 10:
Don't confuse the birth of American movies with the birth of film: the first moving picture made for the purpose of projection was created by the Lumiere brothers in France in 1895. Check out OnVideo's Film Chronology for a timeline of the birth of film.
VideoScope Joe Kane, who runs VideosScope magazine and website, has been a genre-film name you can trust since 1972, when he joined the original editorial staff of the pioneering terror tabloid The Monster Times. In 1984, he adopted the even more trustworthy persona of The Phantom of the Movies, covering the genre-movie and video beat for The New York Daily News, a tradition that continues to this day. In 1993, the Phantom begat The Phantom of the Movies'VideoScope®, the Ultimate Genre DVD Guide, which began life as a newsletter but soon morphed into a nationally distributed magazine, a one-stop source for the latest in genre home entertainment coverage. Each issue of VideoScope magazine includes over 100 new DVD reviews covering the entire genre spectrum: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Asian, Cult, Camp, Classic, Animation, Thrillers, Indies, Film Noirs, Art-House, Verite, Vintage, Tele-Video, Exploitation and more, written by experts in their fields.
Classic Images From Classic Images: In 1962 a furniture store owner in Indiana, PA (hometown of Jimmy Stewart) became frustrated by the lack of information dealing with his favorite hobby, film collecting. Sick and tired of paying good money to mail order firms for bad copies of classic films, he set out to remedy the situation. In June of 1962 Sam Rubin published the first issue of The 8mm Collector. As years passed, the publication grew and grew, serving an international readership of classic film buffs. With the dawn of the video revolution most collectors switched from 8mm and 16mm film to videotape. Sam realized the publication would have to change its name to reflect the new realities of the hobby. Thus Classic Images was born. Over the year some of the best writers in the hobby have contributed to our pages: Herb Fagen, Leonard Maltin, Michael Ankerich, Anthony Slide, Billy Doyle, Eve Golden and many more. CI has always been a very interactive publication with readers offering their vast expertise and insight in every issue. Recently a sister publication, Films of the Golden Age, was started in order to better cover the vast subject of film history. Films of the Golden Age. Sister publication to Classic Images. Recent issues have included: "Louis Calhern: Distinguished Gentleman"; "William Castle: Scaring the pants off America"; "Steve Reeves: Demi-God on Horseback"; "Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or ... Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil."
Rotten Tomatoes created by movie-buff Senh Duong in 1998, started out as a movie review site, compiling the reviews of both Internet and print film reviewers and offering a kind of "consumer" guide to films. The site linked to the original reviews and even offered a movie rating scale. Rotten Tomatoes has now grown to become a premier destination for both casual moviegoers and film buffs alike. Building on its accolades and the deep pockets of IGN, a Net game company, Rotten Tomatoes offers a full range of services, features, and community. More than 5.4 million readers each month use Rotten Tomatoes as an objective resource for coverage of movies and videos. There's more than 127,000 titles and 644,000 review links in its ever-growing database, offering the critical reaction from the nation's top print and online film critics, neatly summarized via the "Tomatometer." Other features include an integrated price comparison for DVDs, soundtracks, video products, and more; box office statistics; video game information; trailers and clips; celebrity gossip; news and features; and ticket and showtime information. IGN, by the way, was bought in mid-2005 by News Corp. (Fox TV, 20th Century Fox, etc., parent).
Film Radar is an eclectic site devoted to everything cinema in Los Angeles. The site's goal is "to bring the virtually endless world of specialty film-going in Los Angeles right to your fingertips. This site covers revival, repertory, and special film events and the venues which house them. Whether your taste is classic Hollywood, documentary, avant-garde, foreign films, silent films, or cult classics." Feaures calendar listings, blogs, reviews, interviews, articles, recommended books ... and even offers tickets to free screenings.
Screenmancer is a new site that is a gathering place for people who make movies, featuring news (and news feeds from the trades), interviews, features, reviews and much, much more.
Here's a program and an app that takes the digital personalization of entertainment recommendations to a new level. itcher recommends movies, TV shows, books, music and games tailored to each user’s individual taste. After setting up itcher on your PC or Mac, or downloading the app to Android and iOS, users are asked to rate five titles in any of the five categories -- and, amazingly, itcher will offer up personalized recommendations that are pretty spot on. As you rate more entries, the recommendations will get better and better. The program is easy to use (ratings light up a lightbulb tab) and the site fairly easy to navigate. You can write a review of any title, create lists, get overviews, images, cast listings, similar titles, reviews, news and even shop. The part I like the best -- this site is GEARED to streaming. Under each title are boxes for Netflix, Amazon Video, Amazon Prime and iTunes; clicking any box will take you to that title at that service. Very cool.
The Movie Review Query Engine is just what the name implies: a search site that provides links to reviews of more than 20,000 film titles.
The Video Librarian Online is the free electronic addendum to the print magazine Video Librarian: The Video Review Guide for Libraries, featuring reviews of current films and video releases, including special interest and documentaries.
Combustible Celluloid is Jeffrey M. Anderson's site of movie and DVD reviews for the thoughtful and passionate. Anderson has been a working film critic for more than 10 years: He was a staff critic for the San Francisco Examiner from 2000 through 2003, returning to freelancing in 2004. His work has appeared in the SF Bay Guardian, The Oakland Tribune, and Greencine.com. In addition to creating and maintaining Combustible Celluloid, he is now a regular contributor to Cinematical.com, The San Jose Metro, and the Las Vegas Weekly. The site now offers more than 4,000 intelligent reviews as well as features, interviews, recommended books and much, much more.
Cinemacom is dedicated to providing a lasting resource for the best in films and movie poster art. They sell DVDs of good films not commercially available on DVD to help support the site. A great location for doing film research -- includes essays, displays 1,200+ movie posters and lists over 3,000 worthy films. They don't, however, sell posters.
Ranker is a site devoted to compiling and making lists to rank anything. By hooking up the company's 5 million+ item database to a drag and drop interface, they have made it easy to create complex lists with lots of data for yourself and to share with their friends. Their film category includes lists of films, directors, actors, "Hot in Hollywood," most popular, "What's Rankin'," most discussed, and more -- all contributed by users. Other categories include music, TV, food/drink, arts, places/travel, people, tech, world and books/comics.
Box Office Mojo is probably one of the most interesting and important film sites on the Web. It's basically an online movie publication and box office tracker, based in Burbank, California, that is the only Internet-based publication that does its own reporting and estimating. They provide accurate, comprehensive and timely box office data and analysis, and do it with an eye towards user-friendliness. In addition to reporting film grosses, the site's content includes stories, profiles, commentary, reviews, release schedules, reader forums, polls and much much much more. Impressive.
Other Boxoffice information sites: Boxoffice Prophets.
Reel Classics is the internet's most comprehensive site dedicated exclusively to classic movies. Comprising more than 2,500 pages and more than 3 gigabytes of content (with much more on the way), it may well be the biggest too. There's news, trivia contests, an audio/video gallery and classic movie downloads, as well as individual pages about hundreds of actors, actresses, animation voices and screen teams -- the most well developed and popular section of reel classics; individual pages on a number of classic movies and musicals as well as some favorite film series; pages on individual directors, producers, studios, costume designers, musicians, production designers, cinematographers, choreographers and others who made it happen behind the scenes; commentary & reviews; a highly organized section of links to dealers who sell almost anything related to classic movies, from videos, DVDs and posters to autographs, photographs and books, as well as occasional special offers from reel classics; and much, much more.
The Greatest Films is a unique Web site that contains interpretive, descriptive review commentary and historical background -- as well as vintage film poster images -- for some of the best Hollywood and American classic films in the last century. There's also a film quotes quiz, film genres and recommendations, all-time boxoffice hits, 100 greatest film moments, 50 greatest directors, listings from the National Film Registry, and much much more.
Light Views, Reviews & Previews features coverage of movies, videos and DVDs, with lots of news, previews, updated calendars, editorials and contests. Webmaster is John Larsen.
The DVD Report is a pretty cool blog that reviews movies and TV series currently (or soon to be) released on DVD. Though fairly new, there's a ton of reviews already, from "Walk the Line" to "Finding Nemo" to "Independence Day" to "Harry Potter" ... and much, much more. Concise, wise reviews from author Britt Gillette of Chesapeake, Virginia.
Here's a weird but impressive niche site: Nunsploitation.net, devoted to resources about nun exploitation and horror movies. From sleazy to erotic, the nun exploitation movie database has a ton of news, movies and reviews, as well as trailers, desktop wallpaper, a nun image gallery and stories. There's plenty of nun anime out there, too. Check this one out.
Future Movies is a multi-purpose site produced by a number of journalists mainly reviewing current U.K. releases, films soon to be screened, and DVD releases. The site also has an archive section listing detailed/analytic reviews of films arranged by title. There's also a useful set of articles on filmmaking, which includes interviews with directors and writers.
MovieFreak is a general movie site that includes movie and DVD reviews as well as trailers, scripts, features, a reader forum, links and even a poster store. Prides itself on "honest, straight-forward, critical analysis of movies in theaters and on DVD."
Looking for a place to learn about film and filmmaking -- anywhere in the world? Then check out Film Schools, a very nifty site that lists scores of film schools in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin American. The site also provides useful resources such as guides to film programs and specialities, jobs, the studios, the business end of the industry, and film organizations (such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, etc. Pretty cool.
WIDESCREENThe Letterbox/Widescreen Advocacy Page: A comprehensive guide to the widescreen experience with evaluations of the widescreen release patterns of the studios, widescreen/letterbox links, widescreen-supporting video stores, and, of course, a directory of widescreen releases.
SOUNDTRACKSTunefind simply and easily allows you to search for TV shows and movies and figure our what music is being played in the background; for TV shows, it allows you to search by individual episodes. SoundtrackNet: The Art of Film and Television Music is a massive soundtrack site for both movies and TV's. The site contains material on references, reviews, clips, the art of music in film, production and industry resources, and a list of more than 6,000 soundtracks on CD and LP.
Film Score Monthly is a finely-designed website that houses a monthly online film magazine devoted to soundtracks and film scores, from the Golden Days of Hollywood to the present. They stock and sell hundreds of soundtracks, including rare and hard-to-find; they even stock more than 187 Golden and Silver Age Classics on CD, exclusively distributed by Screen Archives Entertainment. There's news, reviews, opinion and more for the soundtrack buff.
KIDS/FAMILY SITESThe Dove Foundation: Non-profit organization fosters family and wholesome entertainment, awarding a "Dove Seal" to family- friendly films.
Common Sense Media: Non-profit San Francisco-based organization that offers family friendly reviews and resources for parents seeking age appropriate media for their kids. Rates movies, television, music, games, Web sites, etc. according to content and recommended age group.
And don't forget the granddaddy of all media literacy sites,
The Center for Media Literacy. A pioneer in the field, the Center for Media Literacy is a non-profit educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources
nationally. Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating and creating media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to
live fully in the 21st century media culture. The ultimate goal is to make wise choices possible. The group offers workshops, literacy kits and a host of publications.
RATINGSReasons for Movie Ratings: The Motion Picture Association of America's CARA (Classification and Ratings Administration) site that allows you to search for film titles and get their ratings. The database contains all movies rated since 1968.
Parental Guide to Ratings: An umbrella site that links to the movie rating service of the MPAA (see above) as well as to the Recording Industry Association of America's Parental Advisory site, the TV Rating Guidelines site and the Entertainment Software Rating Board's site.
Kids-In-Mind: Rates movies and videos (with kids in mind) for violence, sex and profanity.
The Dove Foundation: Non-profit organization fosters family and wholesome entertainment, awarding a "Dove Seal" to family- friendly films.
VIDEO AND FILM BUSINESS SITESMedia Play News is the leading trade publications for the home video industry.
BoxOffice is the granddaddy of all film industry trade magazines, having been started in 1920 as The Reel Journal and taking its current name in 1931. It originally catered to movie theatre owners, distribution executives and film professionals and was the leader in its market for decades, publishing national weekly editions and a dozen or so regional editions. After hard times in the 1960s to 1970s, it moved from its home in Kansas City to Hollywood and became a monthly. With the demise of "mon and pop" theatreowners and the rise of the Internet, Boxoffice segued online. It became the official publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners in 2006.
Along with Boxoffice, Film Journal International is the last of a breed: a magazine for the motion picture exhibitor. In keeping with the changing nature of the film industry, the publication has downplayed its emphasis on the business of showing films -- projectors, sound systems and popcorn machines, for example -- and now offers much value for film lovers: articles on major and independent films and companies, advance reviews of virtually every movie that will hit the big screen, film business news and analysis, and charts of upcoming films. The site includes reviews, guides, features, and industry news.
AUDIOPHILE/VIDEOPHILE SITESIf you're at all interested in the widescreen viewing experience, then the magazine Widescreen Review is for you. Although the emphasis is strictly on laserdisc and DVD releases, WSR's reporting is of use to all concerned with the immaculate reproduction of sound and image. The magazine keeps an eye clearly focused on the best equipment for home video reproduction of widescreen films and as such provides an invaluable service for film lovers. You may not be able to afford the equipment, but you can marvel at the possibilities inherent in this magazine's attention to aural and ocular detail.
For audiophiles, the grand daddy of "high-end" sound is The Absolute Sound (TAS). Founded by audiophile Harry Pearson in the 1970s, this magazine is the bible for anyone who wants to appreciate the best that audio has to offer. The emphasis here is on the music and its accurate reproduction in the home, with plenty of equipment and recording reviews. The site has hundreds of links to audio equipment manufacturers, audio societies, electronic associations, music studios, opera and concert halls, vinyl/CDs and home theater, as well as text from the printed editions.
Stereophile is the main competitor to TAS, with an emphasis on columnists and equipment that offers exceptional value for price (their list of recommended components runs the gamut from high end to bargain basement values). Like TAS, the goal here is to reproduce music in the home as accurately as possible. Naturally they offer links to a host of other audio sites.
Sound and Vision is a videophile magazine spinoff of Stereophile that examines all aspects of the home theatre experience: DVDs, widescreen TV, surround sound and more. The site has text from the magazine as well as links to other audio and video sites.
MISCELLANEOUS VIDEO/MOVIE SITESThe Ultimte List of Movie Podcasts brings us into the 21st century where every bit of information aboiut movies is avaialble at the touch of your fingertips -- or at the headphones attached to your ears. Published by Octane Seating, which manufactures home theatre seating, the web post lists the top podcasts on a variety of movie topics: Films in General, About Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Film Scores, Criticism, History, Foreign Films and much, much more. They also list film books, magaines and newsletters. Great job.
Best Video Film and Cultural Center (BVFCC) was created to preserve the rich movie archive of Best Video—a legendary independent video store—and to explore new ways to bring people, film, and music together. BVFCC now operates as a valued community space serving Greater New Haven with its world-class film archive, performance space, screening room and coffee bar. Best Video Film & Cultural Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. That means that BVFCC is a public charity, eligible to receive tax-deductible donations from the public. BVFCC is a non-stock corpration governed by a Board of Directors. Best Video, founded by Hank Paper in 1985, served the southern Connecticut community at several locations on Whitney Avenue in Hamden. On Nov. 1, 2015, after 30 years in business, founder Hank Paper sold the assets of the store to the recently formed non-profit Best Video Film & Cultural Center. BVFCC purchased the DVD archive in excess of 30,000 titles, comprising a wealth of classic, foreign, independent, cult, contemporary and children’s titles.
The Movie Sounds Page offers downloads of audio clips (dialogue) from 100 films including "Animal House," "Fargo," "The Godfather," "Independence Day," "Jurassic Park," "Men in Black," "Robocop." "Speed," "Top Gun," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Young Frankenstein."
Movie Posters: There are four major movie poster sites on the Internet: MoviePoster.com, which has been around since 1997 and which sells virtually every vintage and new movie poster around (as well as stand-ups), AllPosters.com, which offers hundreds of thousands of posters and art prints, Art.Com, a massive site that offers art prints but also sells movie posters, and Barewalls. I Collect Movie Posters is an internet marketplace for buying and selling authentic movie posters and movie memorabilia -- for films before 1980. The site offers also offers a wealth of information about collecting.
The newest addition to the online world of Internet movie posters is Femmes Fatales and Fantasies, a beautiful site featuring vintage and collectible movie posters and stills from the 1920's to present. The site was begun by Sherry Goldberg who has spent the majority of her life in love with movies -- and ff&f reflects that. The home pages offers an autobiographical note from Sherry and a brief history of motion pictures and vintage posters. "Movie posters are the lure. They are the bait with which the studios, producers and directors reel us into the theater. They have been the gateway to some of the greatest films in history. Movies are a pictorial history of our collective consciousness. They reflect the times in which we have lived and what is going on in the world. They also teach us a great deal about the past. In school, we have our history books but the movies bring history to life." This is one to definitely check out; a bricks-and-mortar storefront is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Orange Movie Quiz is a daily quiz to test your knowledge of films, asking you to identify images from 10 movies; there's also actor and actresses quizes. Changes daily.
The Dove Foundation: "Family friendly movie and video Web stop."
TV Listings: These sites are really databases of TV shows that allow you to find current listings and synopses (usually on a TV grid) on a daily basis, by channel or even by genre or star. What to find out when and where a Bogart film is airing? Plug it into a search engine and the site will come back with the listings. A couch potatoe's dream. Try the venerable TV Guide and Zap 2 It.
SeatUp, a purveyor of top-name theater seating for home media rooms, has put together a list of the 50 Greatest Online Resources for Movieholics. They've curated the list of movie-specific resources into the following categories:
AND FOR DIEHARD WEB EXPLORERS:Is this what we need? One more "Gabby Cabby"? In a word, yes. This amazing site is the handiwork of Pete the Gabby Cabby, a New York cab driver (born, schooled, married in New York City) who has a million tales to tell -- and he tells them all here. He's a working class guy who broadcasts from the streets to 300 million listeners in 71 countries, telling stories of life from the back seat of a cab. He also did a 9,000-mile, seven- week tour of the U.S. in his "yellow mobile conveyance lounge" to augment his city tales with those from around the country. "All of a sudden, I am what? Chopped liver? My voice ain't good enough for youse people? Now, you gets into my cab at Tirty Tird and Tird and you hear Jackie Mason or Earth Kitt?" Check this guy out.
The Daily Vault is an independent music review site whose goal is to provide no-holds-barred reviews of any and all forms of music -- a new release or forgotten oldie, from unsigned artists or a road-scarred veterans -- for die-hard music enthusiasts. As the name suggest, they take one album for review every day. Coverage is rounded out with periodic columns and occasional interviews with music-makers as well as links.
Postmodern Culture: The grandmother of all online cultural theory journals.
CTheory: an international journal of theory, technology and culture. Articles, interviews, and key book reviews in contemporary discourse are published as well as theorisations of major "event-scenes" in the mediascape. Editors: Arthur and Marilouise Kroker. Editorial Board includes: Kathy Acker (San Francisco), Jean Baudrillard (Paris), Bruce Sterling (Austin), R.U. Sirius (San Francisco), Andrew Ross (New York), David Cook (Toronto). A fine critical journal from the makers of the "Panic Encyclopedia."
Fed up with corporate culture and its insidious co-option and manipulation of popular culture? Then Adbusters is for you. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported, 85,000-circulation magazine concerned about the erosion of our physical and cultural environments by commercial forces. Their work has been embraced by organizations like Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, has been featured on MTV and PBS, in the Wall Street Journal and Wired, and in hundreds of other newspapers, magazines, and television and radio shows around the world. Adbusters offers incisive philosophical articles as well as activist commentary from around the world addressing issues ranging from genetically modified foods to media concentration. In addition, their annual social marketing campaigns like Buy Nothing Day and TV Turnoff Week have made them an important activist networking group. Ultimately, though, Adbusters is an ecological magazine, dedicated to examining the relationship between human beings and their physical and mental environment. "We want a world in which the economy and ecology resonate in balance. We try to coax people from spectator to participant in this quest. We want folks to get mad about corporate disinformation, injustices in the global economy, and any industry that pollutes our physical or mental commons. Readers are professors and students; activists and politicians; environmentalists and media professionals; corporate watch dogs and industry insiders; kids who love our slick ad parodies and parents who worry about their children logging too many hours a day in the electronic environment."
Center for Media Literacy: How to understand the media and how it manipulates you.
Eastgate Systems: Serious hypertext with links to other hypertext sites.
Marilyn's Non-Violent Planet site is a unique place that supports human and animal rights and non- violence. In addition to its kind and understanding text, it offers a portal to hundreds of sites that are useful to people who have empathy with Marilyn's worldview of a gentler, more humane existence. Link categories include human rights, animal rights, non-violence information, peace organizations, stress management, games, poetry, books, movies, music, and recipes.
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