Leonard Maltin and www.imdb.com?

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  1. George Fogel

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    I was just at the internet movie database for the first time in a few weeks and noticed that Leonard Maltin's reviews were no longer available.

    Anyone know what happened?
     
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    I think they replaced his reviews with Amazon.com reviews, but I don't know why. Maybe they want you to buy his book or something.
     
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    Maltin's reviews are also missing from Amazon. I guess sales dropped and the web availability of his reviews was to blame.
     
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    I'm sure that the agreement simply expired and one of the sides decided not to renew it.
     
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    Maybe it has something to do with the new IMDb Pro, or whatever it's called, where you have to pay a monthly fee for access. Does anyone know what that's about?
     
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    I have IMDb Pro and he isn't on there either.

    Crawdaddy
     
  8. MaxY

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    Well his reviews used to be on Direct Tivo and disappeared a while back too.

    I suspect it has something to do with his pushing his TV show Hot Ticket and it's website maybe.

    BTW anyone watching how that show is evolving quickly?

    Max
     
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    It's a shame; although I often don't agree with Maltin, his reviews are, in my opinion, much more useful than the Amazon.com reviews (which aren't even available for a lot of the movies I've looked up as of late).

    I've been using an old Cinemania CD I have more and more as of late. Do MS still produce them?

    Dave
     
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    I have now gone "Old School" and keep a copy of his book at work. And for all those who gave up before the end, Zuma Beach did it (sorry Steven).
    And David, I would love to see Night Moves on DVD too.
     
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    Unfortunately, MS ceased making the Cinemania CD-ROMs, which is a shame, because it's because of them I got hooked on PCs to begin with. After MS axed Cinemania, the main guy behind the discs started up a site called Cinemapad or something like that, but I believe it too shut down long ago. The last Cinemania disc I remember being published was the 96 or 97 version, which had downloadable updates every month.
     
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    Jay: Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be many of us that do - I don't seem to recall it ever being mentioned in a Warner chat here? A simply superb movie from Arthur Penn, which I have unfortunately never seen in its OAR.
    Nick: Thanks for the info. I have the 96 version, which was given to me by a friend who had two copies. It has the online updates option, which no longer works obviously.
    EDIT: Shortly afterwards, I saw this thread [​IMG]
     
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    I bet Leonard discovered that more people might buy his book if the reviews werent available for free online [​IMG].
     
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    I asked Leonard Maltin about this a few weeks ago, and he had no idea why he was dropped. He didn't know anything about it until after it was done. He asked me to write a letter to the IMDB to support him, and here is their reply:

    "The capsule reviews from Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide are being replaced by longer reviews written by Amazon.com's editorial staff. This is a more cost-effective solution for us, which will also improve our coverage

    of new and recent titles."
     
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    "The capsule reviews from Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide are being replaced by longer reviews written by Amazon.com's editorial staff. This is a more cost-effective solution for us, which will also improve our coverage

    of new and recent titles."

    I've heard that the IMDB is funded/owned? by Amazon.com so this makes perfect sense. (Cost-effective wise.) I don't recall reading very many (if any) negative reviews of films from Amazon.com because in the long run they want you to buy the movie from them.
     
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    Oh, the IMDB's ownership is in no doubt. Go to the bottom of any of their pages, and you'll see this:
    • An [​IMG] company. Advertise on IMDb. License our content
    [​IMG]
     

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