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#1 of 36 BrianBo


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Posted December 07 2004 - 03:52 PM

I purchased Door to Door (William H. Macy), and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the movie. Does anyone have other recommendations?

#2 of 36 Lynda-Marie


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Posted December 07 2004 - 05:42 PM

Moby Dick, starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab.
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#3 of 36 Linda Thompson

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Posted December 08 2004 - 04:10 AM

One that I personally happen to like is the TV-mini "Storm Of The Century". IMO, a much better better result than a lot of the Stephen King material that's translated to TV (whether or not he handles the teleplay duties, as he did with this one; some of his others have been pretty lacking, IMO).

This one just happened to be on my mind, since it was on SciFi this past weekend. That prompted me to pull out the DVD on a dreary Sunday evening...perfect atmosphere for this one.

#4 of 36 Chris_Morris


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Posted December 08 2004 - 04:15 AM

The Stand, hands-down.


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Posted December 08 2004 - 05:48 AM

Don't know if my choices "count" as movies, but I've always been a great fan of North and South. Sadly, my other two favorites, Queen and A Woman Named Jackie have yet to see DVD releases.
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Posted December 08 2004 - 06:44 AM

The two telefilms, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, starring Darren McGavin as nosy but loveable reporter Carl Kolchak, are available on one disc from MGM. Fun stuff!

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Posted December 08 2004 - 07:29 AM

Another vote for the Stand.

ps-Still hoping for a dvd release of "The First Olympics-Athens, 1896".
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#8 of 36 Sean Campbell

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Posted December 08 2004 - 11:23 AM

The Stand
The Day After
Threads ( region 0 PAL )

#9 of 36 Jim Saunders

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Posted December 08 2004 - 12:40 PM

The Stand, hands down. The Day After is a great old movie. I bought Threads off ebay, but wasnt really impressed with it. I own it, I'll try watching it again someday in hopes that I wasnt in the right mindset the first time I watched it, but for now I cant recommend it.

Note- Threads is basicly the British version of The Day After.

#10 of 36 Jim Saunders

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Posted December 08 2004 - 12:48 PM

Anyone remember 'Chiefs' from the early 80s? One of my all time favorite mini-series. Not yet released on DVD, but it should be. Excellent movie.

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Posted December 08 2004 - 05:46 PM

Another vote for "The Stand" here...though I'm still waiting for that groundswell of support for the release of the 1980 gem "The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd." One of the best films made about the Lincoln assassination, IMO.
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#12 of 36 Brandon Conway

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Posted December 08 2004 - 07:49 PM

I am a big fan of the 1996 TV Movie of Gulliver's Travels starring Ted Danson.

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Posted December 09 2004 - 12:06 AM

Another vote for Storm of the Century. Highly enjoyable and creepy.

But one of the all-time greatest TV movies is still not available on DVD: The Legend of Lizzie Borden with Elizabeth Montgomery.

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Posted December 09 2004 - 02:38 AM

Barbarians at the Gate
The Late Shift

#15 of 36 Eric Paddon

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Posted December 09 2004 - 03:14 AM

"Duel" I think has to win the award for best TV-movie on DVD hands down.

Confining this category to TV movies no longer than four hours (two parts), I would also add "The Missiles Of October" (1974), "Rehearsal For Murder" (1982), "Hiroshima" (1995) and "DC 9/11" (2003).

#16 of 36 Brian_L_Kleis


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Posted December 09 2004 - 10:00 AM

I'd give big thumbs up to three of them - ALL can be found very cheaply too...

61* (Billy Crystal directed)
The Tuskegee Airmen (stars Laurence Fishbourne)

and my personal favorite...

Soul of the Game (story of integration into Major League Baseball - OUTSTANDING!!!)
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#17 of 36 Kevin Hewell

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Posted December 09 2004 - 10:50 AM

Is the early 80s version of "East of Eden," with Jane Seymour, available on DVD? I reallly enjoyed that version.

"Threads" scared me much more than "The Day After" did when I first saw them. I don't think the latter film really holds up all that well.

#18 of 36 Eric Paddon

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Posted December 09 2004 - 02:23 PM

Most of the 1980s nuclear war films don't hold up well IMO, because they were made for reasons of an underlying political agenda that was proved wrong by subsequent history.

I would also agree on "61*" being an outstanding TV movie on DVD. Another good one that is unfortunately only available as a cheap PD DVD release is 1986's "The Last Days Of Patton" with George C. Scott reprising his most famous role.

Another good TV movie of Scott's available is the 1984 "A Christmas Carol".

There are alas many good TV movies of the 60s and 70s, the days when such movies were really a special kind of event on television, that I fear we may never see on DVD because they have become so obscure.

#19 of 36 Daniel Kikin

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Posted December 09 2004 - 02:51 PM

I'd recommend "44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout" which aired on fx about a year ago. It's based on a true story about two men who attempted to rob a Bank of America branch located in North Hollywood using AK47's and the ensuing shootout with the LAPD on February 27, 1997.

#20 of 36 Stan Rozenfeld

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Posted December 09 2004 - 06:20 PM

The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour
Citizen X with Stephen Rea and Donald Sutherland

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