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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 22-NOV-2005
Media Type: DVD
Chang

Review Fresh off their monumental success with King Kong, producer Merian Cooper and director Ernest Schoedsack teamed again on The Last Days of Pompeii, another big-scale offering with a special-effects emphasis. Nominally based on the Bulwer-Lytton book, the film invents a new storyline much in the spirit of the Cecil B. DeMille religioso-melodrama school. Preston Foster plays a pacifist blacksmith whose life is ruined by fate; he turns his fighting skills to the gladiatorial arena and raises a foster son. A cameo appearance by Jesus Christ affects the boy but not the man, and it all comes a-cropper years later when Mount Vesuvius gets restless outside Pompeii's city limits. Fond childhood memories of the volcano's eruption should be tempered by the fact that the effects (designed by Kong man Willis O'Brien) are limited to the final 20 minutes of the film, and that the preceding 75 minutes are a slow ride indeed. This film's creakiness makes you appreciate how good DeMille was at whipping up entertainment out of historical yarns. One definite bright spot: Basil Rathbone, bringing his equine deliberation to the role of Pontius Pilate. --Robert Horton
The Most Dangerous Game (1932) (Restored Edition)

Review Product Details Actors: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper, Peter Jackson Writers: Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace, James Ashmore Creelman, Leon Gordon, Ruth Rose Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) Subtitles: English, Spanish, French Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.) Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 4 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: Turner Home Ent DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005 Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews) ASIN: B000AY3KNA
The Stranger (1946)

Review Brand Name: EMPHASIS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Mfg#: 617311677496, Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs, Manufacturer: EMPHASIS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, Genre: Documentary, All music products are properly licensed and guaranteed authentic.
Ace of Aces (1933)

Review No Description Available.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 22-NOV-2005
Media Type: DVD
Dunkirk

Review Fresh off their monumental success with King Kong, producer Merian Cooper and director Ernest Schoedsack teamed again on The Last Days of Pompeii, another big-scale offering with a special-effects emphasis. Nominally based on the Bulwer-Lytton book, the film invents a new storyline much in the spirit of the Cecil B. DeMille religioso-melodrama school. Preston Foster plays a pacifist blacksmith whose life is ruined by fate; he turns his fighting skills to the gladiatorial arena and raises a foster son. A cameo appearance by Jesus Christ affects the boy but not the man, and it all comes a-cropper years later when Mount Vesuvius gets restless outside Pompeii's city limits. Fond childhood memories of the volcano's eruption should be tempered by the fact that the effects (designed by Kong man Willis O'Brien) are limited to the final 20 minutes of the film, and that the preceding 75 minutes are a slow ride indeed. This film's creakiness makes you appreciate how good DeMille was at whipping up entertainment out of historical yarns. One definite bright spot: Basil Rathbone, bringing his equine deliberation to the role of Pontius Pilate. --Robert Horton
The Big Sleep (1946)

Review Product Details Actors: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper, Peter Jackson Writers: Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace, James Ashmore Creelman, Leon Gordon, Ruth Rose Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) Subtitles: English, Spanish, French Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.) Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 4 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: Turner Home Ent DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005 Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews) ASIN: B000AY3KNA
The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Review Brand Name: EMPHASIS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Mfg#: 617311677496, Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs, Manufacturer: EMPHASIS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, Genre: Documentary, All music products are properly licensed and guaranteed authentic.

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