Judging from the vehement responses to our 100 Must-See DVDs cover (#634, Jan. 11), the digital revolution isn’t just spinning its wheels – uh, discs – it’s here to stay. ”Kudos for the best 100 list ever compiled,” writes Rev. John Wiley Nelson from Provincetown, Mass. ”A valiant, much appreciated effort.” Brian Sorensen of Long Beach, Calif., was equally stoked: ”Your selections are groundbreaking! This [issue] is a definite keeper!” But others felt shortchanged, wondering why their favorite flicks didn’t make the cut. Asks Jamie Skaggs of East Northport, N.Y.: ”How can you forget three of the best trilogies of all time: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Back to the Future?” Answer: They’re not out on DVD yet.
The Digital Divide
I was DVDelighted by your 100 Must-See DVDs list! A perfect primer for building a digital library! ROGER TENNIS firstname.lastname@example.org Tempe, Ariz.
You’ve given us the most substantial list to grace your pages. It’s interesting to note the representative drop in artistic merit with your post-1977 picks, lending support to the argument that they don’t make ‘em like they used to. LUIS REINOSO email@example.com Washington, D.C.
I had to reread Ty Burr’s ”Crash Course: John Hughes” three times to believe that he neglected to mention what is arguably Hughes’ best work: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, featuring one of Steve Martin’s funniest performances, along with the late John Candy in his one truly great movie role. MARK BELDEN firstname.lastname@example.org Chicago
I know the first rule of Fight Club is ”Do not talk about Fight Club.” But to ignore it, and David Fincher, on your list of DVDs? That just feels like a punch in the face! ROBIN HEATH email@example.com Albuquerque, N.M.
No trustworthy DVD list would be complete without The Black Pirate starring Douglas Fairbanks. It’s the granddaddy of all romantic action films. BRIAN JUDGE BrianJudge@aol.com Washington, D.C.
I’m surprised you left out Carl Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc. The restored DVD is not only beautiful, but the score is majestic. JESSE ALTER firstname.lastname@example.org Northfield, Minn.
After auditing ”Cinema Literacy 101,” I wonder how The Bridge on the River Kwai got cut from the curriculum? CHAD ARMSTRONG Wichita, Kan.
…Superman: The Movie, The Goonies, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day? ZACHARY H. SHOTLAND email@example.com Del Ray Beach, Fla.
…The Sound Of Music? It’s that Oscar-winning, most-beloved-movie-of-all-time about the family in Austria. TRI FRITZ Pasadena
…Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven? RYAN MCNALLY firstname.lastname@example.org Atlanta
…the work of John Cassavetes? MATT MASON email@example.com Brooklyn
…Blood Simple? Come on! JAMES LIGHTBOURNE Virginia Beach, Va.
…one of the most ingenious filmmakers of the decade: Kevin Smith? SARAH LEBOEUF firstname.lastname@example.org Bloomfield, N.J.
I am so happy that EW finally gave one of my favorite actors his much deserved kudos. Anthony LaPaglia is one of the best actors around (Movies). He has played the ham, the brother, the wiseguy mafioso, the saint, and the angel – all with precision and perfection. I am looking forward to the day when Anthony and his brother Jonathan LaPaglia (of CBS’ The District) act in a project together. That would truly be an ”Oz Celebre”! LORI GLUMAC email@example.com San Francisco