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The Hurricane Express [VHS]

By Schaeffer, Armand (Director)

United American Video, 1998-10-08. VHS Tape. Good/Good. some ex-library markings on sleeve;

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The Big Comfy Couch: I Feel Good

By Time-Life Kids

Time-Life Video, 1995. VHS. Very Good/Good. VG in G sleeve; "I Feel Good" episode of Big Comfy Couch.

$1.99

Danielle Steel's No Greater Love

By Heffron, Richard (Director)

Columbia House Home Video, 1996. VHS Tape. Very Good/Very Good. clean, nice copy in clamshell case with original insert; Based on a novel by Danielle Steel, this romantic made-for-television drama follows a survivor of the Titanic, who lost her fiance during the wreck, as she gradually comes out of her shell thanks to a loving, patient producer of plays. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

$12.00

Blue Angels in Razor Sharp

Crocus Entertainment, 1988. VHS Tape. Good/Good. sleeve has ex-library markings;

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Les Miserables [VHS]

By Le Chanois, Jean-Paul (director)

Virgil Films and Ent, 1997-09-25. VHS Tape. Good. edge wear to case, previous owner's name on top corner; Starring Jean Gabin as Jean Valjean. 210 minutes; color.

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Dark Journey [VHS]

By directed by Victor Saville featuring Conrad Veidt, Vivien Leigh, Anthony Bushell, Margery Pickard

United American Video, 1998-10-06. VHS Tape. Very Good/Very Good. 82 minutes; B*W; original film [1937]; this release [1998]; sleeve and tape in VG condition; The unorthodox teaming of Vivien Leigh and Conrad Veidt is but one of the many pleasures of the 1937 spy yarn Dark Journey. Leigh plays a Stockholm dress-shop owner during World War I, who, being a neutral, is permitted to travel unmolested to and from France. Veidt plays a supposedly disgraced German officer who is actually head of his country's secret service. The two fall in love, despite the fact that Leigh has a secret as well: she is a double agent, sympathetic towards the Allied cause. During one of Leigh's voyages to France, her ship is captured by a German U-boat. Veidt swaggers on board, threatening to sink the ship if Leigh is not turned over to him. But the circumstances reverse themselves, and Veidt finds himself Leigh's prisoner--a circumstance that is not altogether unpleasant for him. When originally released in England, Dark Journey bore the title The Anxious Years. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Stay Hungry [VHS]
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Stay Hungry [VHS]

By directed by Bob Rafelson featuring Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger, R.G. Armstrong, Robert Englund

MGM (Video & DVD), 1997-06-19. VHS Tape. Very Good/Very Good. Original movie [1976]; This release [1997]; tape and case in VG+ condition; In this offbeat comedy, Jeff Bridges plays Craig Blake, a rich kid who works with a group of hard-living Southern real-estate men led by Jabo (Joe Spinell), who are buying up a business district in Birmingham, Alabama in order to clear the space and put in a new project. Craig is supposed to work out a deal to buy the Olympic Spa, a gym popular with local weight-lifters, but after spending some time at the club, Craig finds himself fascinated with the people there, especially Joe Santo (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a world-class body builder from Austria who sometimes works out in a superhero costume and likes to play bluegrass fiddle to relax. Craig also makes the acquaintance of Mary Tate Farnsworth (Sally Field), a feisty gal who hangs out with Joe. Mary Tate finds Craig attractive, but she isn't sure he's being all that sincere, and she wonders why a wealthy real estate man is hanging out with a bunch of low-rent gym rats. Stay Hungry was a critical comeback for director Bob Rafelson and kick-started the careers of both Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger in their first major film roles (unless you count Arnold's misbegotten appearance as "Arnold Strong" in Hercules In New York). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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As Good As It Gets [VHS]

Sony Pictures, 1998-05-19. VHS Tape. Very Good/Very Good. VHS in original case - both in excellent condition; James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News) directed this $50 million-plus romantic comedy, set in Manhattan. Dysfunctional, acid-tongued romance novelist Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson), who suffers from an obsessive-compulsive disorder, takes pride in his ability to offend. At a nearby cafe, the only waitress willing to stand up to his sarcastic tirades is Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), a single mother struggling to raise her chronically asthmatic son. In Melvin's West Village apartment building, talented contemporary artist Simon Nye (Greg Kinnear) lives across the hall from Melvin. Simon is the current darling of the New York art world, reason enough to draw Melvin's verbal fire, but Simon's gay lifestyle is further grist for the novelist's malicious mill. These three New Yorkers, none of whom appears to have a chance in hell at finding true happiness, discover their fates intertwined because of the fourth complicated character in the piece, Verdell, a tiny Brussels Griffon dog (played by newcomer Jill, after a 15-week training program). Melvin seems to have no friends or family, and he lives alone, working on his 62nd book. When Simon goes into the hospital after a brutal mugging, Melvin has to take care of Verdell, and the dog actually warms Melvin's cold heart -- to the degree that he sets up unsolicited medical care for Carol's son. Eventually, Melvin is cornered into driving Simon and Carol to Baltimore, and during a hotel stopover, Melvin confesses to Carol, "You make me want to be a better man." The trip becomes an odyssey of self-realization for all three. Locations included Brooklyn's Prospect Park (Carol's neighborhood) and Greenwich Village (where Melvin's building is on 12th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Other exteriors were shot in downtown Los Angeles, where a dilapidated transient hotel at the corner of 4th Street and Main was transformed into the chic cafe where Carol works. Sets for the Simon/Melvin apartment interiors were erected on a soundstage at the Sony Pictures lot. Simon's paintings were created for the film by New York artist Billy Sullivan, whose work is part of the modern art collection at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Lethal Weapon 2 [VHS]
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Lethal Weapon 2 [VHS]

By directed by Richard Donner featuring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O'Connor

Warner Home Video, 1992-04-08. VHS Tape. Very Good/Very Good. 114 minutes; Original movie [1989]; this release [1992]; tape and sleeve in VG condition; Lethal Weapon 2 re-teams Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as, respectively, "loose cannon" L.A. detective Martin Riggs and his partner, the cautious family man Roger Murtaugh. The villain this time is a South African diplomat (Joss Ackland) who doubles as a drug dealer. Though Riggs knows what's going on thanks to characterless character witness Joe Pesci, he can't touch the villain because of "diplomatic immunity." After perils too numerous to mention, Riggs and Murtaugh shoot it out with the heavies on the deck of a South African cargo ship. Lethal Weapon 2, of course, contains as one of its comic high-points a now famous suspense scene: Mel Gibson agonizingly attempting to extricate a terrified Danny Glover from a booby-trapped toilet seat. Director Richard Donner, Gibson, Glover, and Joe Pesci would be reunited three years later for Lethal Weapon 3 and in 1998 for Lethal Weapon 4. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Far & Away [VHS]
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Far & Away [VHS]

By directed by Ron Howard featuring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky, Barbara Babcock

Universal Studios, 2001-01-23. VHS Tape. Very Good/Good. 140 minutes; sleeve has some wear; In this epic Ron Howard film, Joseph Donelly (Tom Cruise) is an impoverished 19th-century Irish tenant farmer who has recently lost both his father and his home to the agents of his unscrupulous landlord. On a mission to avenge his family's injustice at the hands of the ruthless land baron Joseph meets the landlord's daughter and the two run off to America together where the girl expects to claim a piece of land for herself in the Oklahoma Land Rush. After she is robbed on the boat that carries them to America, they arrive with nary a penny and struggle just to keep their heads above water in the slums of Boston. After a series of serious set-backs they do eventually work their way out West, where Joseph must fight to realize his dream and claim a piece of the American Dream for himself -- and where they finally acknowledge their love for each other. Shot in wide-screen Panavision, the movie was filmed on-location in Ireland and Montana. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi

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The Contender [VHS]
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The Contender [VHS]

By Producer-Gary Oldman; Writer-Rod Lurie; Producer-Douglas Urbanski; Producer-James Spies; Producer-Marc Frydman; Producer-Maurice Leblond; Producer-Rainer Bienger

Dreamworks Video, 2001-08-28. VHS Tape. Good/Good. ex-rental with usual markings; The hard-ball gamesmanship and casual character assassination of American politics sets the stage for this thriller from writer and director Rod Lurie. When the Vice President of the United States unexpectedly dies, all eyes in Washington D.C. are on President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) as he chooses a new VP. Sen. Jack Hathaway (William Petersen), a respected career politician enjoying a new swell of popularity after a well-publicized attempt to save a drowning woman, is expected to be Evans' choice, but instead he picks Sen. Laine Hanson (Joan Allen), a decision that raises eyebrows on both sides of the political fence. Veteran power broker Shelly Runyon (Gary Oldman) is vehemently opposed to Hanson's appointment, in part because the Democratic senator was once a Republican, and vows to do everything in his power to prevent her from being confirmed. Runyon and his staff start digging for dirt on Hanson, and soon make a surprising discovery -- her personal morality is called into question when it's alleged that she took part in a group sexual liaison while she was a college student. The Contender also stars Mike Binder as one of Hanson's advisors, Mariel Hemingway as an old friend with a surprising secret, Christian Slater as an ambitious congressmen assisting Runyon, and Philip Baker Hall as Hanson's father; it was the second feature from former film critic Rod Lurie. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Tunnel Vision [VHS]
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Tunnel Vision [VHS]

By Patsy Kensit

American Home Entert, 1996-04-16. VHS Tape. Very Good/Very Good. VG in VG sleeve; Avalon Films [1995]; A serial killer with a flair for art is on the loose and it is up to ace policewoman Kelly Wheatstone and her partner Frank Yankovitch to investigate in this Australian thriller. All of the serial killer's victims are women whose nude corpses he poses to look like the subjects of a well-known painter, Knowles. Naturally the artist is a prime suspect. Frank is quite distracted from the case by the possible philandering of his new wife Helena. He is correct and when her lover turns up dead, naturally, he is the prime suspect. It is up to the two cops to solve both murders and keep the innocent Frank out of jail. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Light Sleeper
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Light Sleeper

By Dafoe, Willem; Sarandon, Susan; Delany, Dana; Clennon, David; Hurt, Mary Beth (starring)

Live Home Video, 1991. VHS Tape. Very Good/Good. 103 minutes; case has some exterior wear & tear; tape is VG+; Paul Schrader's brilliant study of another alienated urban denizen skirting the borderline of madness stars Willem Dafoe as John Le Tour, a rich, upscale drug dealer for Manhattan professionals -- "White drugs for white people," as he puts it. John is a recovering addict and for him it's the perfect job, as he can relate completely with the self-absorbed eccentrics he services. But when his boss Ann (Susan Sarandon) tells John that she is planning to abandon the drug business for herbal cosmetics, John's life is thrown into disarray. With no future plans, he sees black clouds heading his way. Coincidentally, he runs into Marianne (Dana Delany), an old girlfriend and former addict who has returned to New York to be with her dying mother. John sees Marianne as his redemption and starts to pursue her, but she doesn't want to be reminded of her past. When the murder of an Upper West Side woman involved in a drug transaction has the police scouring the town for suspects, John thinks they are following him, and the strain upon his life and his hopes for the future become harder and harder to bear. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

$9.99

Marilyn & the Kennedys (Say Goodbye to the President) [VHS]

By Various

American Video, 1988-08-22. VHS Tape. Good/Good. case has some light markings where a sticker was removed; The BBC takes a look at the final days of Monroe's life and her ties to the Kennedy family. ~ Rovi

$4.00

A Star Is Born [VHS]

By directed by Jack Conway, William Wellman featuring Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devine

United American Video, 1998-07-16. VHS Tape. New/New. brand new/sealed; Original film [1937] This release [1998]; A Star is Born came into being when producer David O. Selznick decided to tell a "true behind-the-scenes" story of Hollywood. The truth, of course, was filtered a bit for box-office purposes, although Selznick and an army of screenwriters based much of their script on actual people and events. Janet Gaynor stars as Esther Blodgett, the small-town girl who dreams of Hollywood stardom, a role later played by both Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand in the 1954 and 1976 remakes. Jeered at by most of her family, Esther finds an ally in her crusty old grandma (May Robson), who admires the girl's "pioneer spirit" and bankrolls Esther's trip to Tinseltown. On arrival, Esther heads straight to Central Casting, where a world-weary receptionist (Peggy Wood), trying to let the girl down gently, tells her that her chances for stardom are about one in a thousand. "Maybe I'll be that one!" replies Esther defiantly. Months pass: through the intervention of her best friend, assistant director Danny McGuire (Andy Devine), Esther gets a waitressing job at an upscale Hollywood party. Her efforts to "audition" for the guests are met with quizzical stares, but she manages to impress Norman Maine (Fredric March), the alcoholic matinee idol later played by James Mason and Kris Kristofferson. Esther gets her first big break in Norman's next picture and a marriage proposal from the smitten Mr. Maine. It's a hit, but as Esther (now named Vicki)'s star ascends, Norman's popularity plummets due to a string of lousy pictures and an ongoing alcohol problem. The film won Academy Awards for director William Wellman and Robert Carson in the "original story" category and for W. Howard Greene's glistening Technicolor cinematography. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Swimfan [VHS]
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Swimfan [VHS]

By Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Kate Burton

20th Century Fox, 2002. VHS Tape. Very Good/Very Good. 85 minutes; case and tape in VG condition; A moment of temptation leads to a high body count and untold regrets for a high-school swimming star in this thriller starring Bring It On's Jesse Bradford and Traffic's Erika Christensen. Despite a shady past involving drugs and the juvenile justice system, Ben Cronin (Bradford) seems to have it all: a loving mother, a devoted girlfriend (Shiri Appleby), and a shot at a college scholarship in California. But the same week that athletic scouts will be deciding his future, Ben finds himself embroiled in a flirtation with Madison Bell (Christensen), a bewitching transfer student who seduces him into supposedly strings-free sex during an impromptu swim lesson after hours in the school pool. When Ben takes Madison at her word and goes about his business as if nothing had happened, she insinuates herself into his life with sinister glee. Showing up at Ben's house, befriending his girlfriend, and sending him naked pictures -- none of her strategies wins his heart. So Madison turns to other, more devious forms of courtship. Soon, Ben finds himself kicked off the swim team for supposed steroid use, suspected of murdering a rival (Clayne Crawford), and rejected by his girlfriend for his sexual indiscretions. Eventually, though, he receives help in uncovering the genesis of Madison's uncanny fixation from an unexpected source. Originally titled "Swimfan85" (after Madison's Internet screen name), the retitled Swimfan hit the top spot at the back-to-school box office when it was released September 6, 2002. Dan Hedaya co-stars as Ben's stern but loving mentor, Coach Simkins. Actor-turned-director John Polson previously helmed Siam Sunset. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

$1.99

Made for Each Other [VHS]
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Made for Each Other [VHS]

By James Stewart

Alpha Video, 2003-06-24. VHS Tape. New/New. Shrink/Sealed; Original Movie [1939]; This release [2003]; James Stewart and Carole Lombard star in this comedy-drama about the struggles of a young married couple directed by John Cromwell. Stewart and Lombard play a recently married couple, Jane and John Mason. John works as an attorney for the law firm of skinflint Judge Doolittle (Charles Coburn). Doolittle calls John back to work immediately after the wedding ceremony, forcing the couple to abandon their honeymoon. But John is ready to do Doolittle's bidding, since he hopes to become a partner in the firm. Doolittle is openly disappointed at the marriage, hoping John would have instead married his daughter Eunice (Ruth Weston). Eunice eventually marries another lawyer in the firm, Carter (Donald Briggs). John and Jane try to make ends meet and invite Doolittle, Eunice, and Carter to dinner. The dinner turns into a disaster, climaxing with Doolittle informing John he has decided to make Carter a partner in the firm. Crushed, John and Jane work hard but to no avail, sinking deeper and deeper into debt. Jane has a baby, but when the child becomes seriously ill, the only way to save the baby is to have a special serum flown in through a blizzard from Salt Lake City. John needs $5000 to hire a pilot and get the medicine, and his only hope is to beg Judge Doolittle for the money. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

$1.99

Zero Effect [VHS]
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Zero Effect [VHS]

By Cinematographer-Bill Pope; Producer-Jake Kasdan; Writer-Jake Kasdan; Producer-Janet Yang; Producer-Jim Behnke; Producer-Lisa Henson; Producer-Naomi Despres

Turner Home Ent, 1999-01-12. VHS Tape. Good/Good. ex-rental with usual case marking; Jake Kasdan made his feature film directorial debut with this oblique thriller about eccentric private detective Daryl Zero (Bill Pullman) and his sardonic front man partner Steve Arlo (Ben Stiller). After the two are hired by blackmail victim Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal), Zero sets up a sting operation and soon focuses on his suspect, Gloria Sullivan (Kim Dickens), a woman he met at a health club. Thinking Zero is an accountant, she asks him to look over her tax return. Clues form a trail to hitman Kragan Vincent (Matt O'Toole), who could be Gloria's father. Amid the romance and revenge, Zero manages to write a few songs (actually written by Pullman and Kasdan). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

$1.99

Bataan [VHS]
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Bataan [VHS]

By directed by Tay Garnett featuring Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan, Lee Bowman, Robert Walker

MGM, 1986. VHS Tape. Good/Fair. ex-library copy; exterior paperboard case in fair condition with stickers and heavy wear; tape in good condition, some stickers on the face.In 1942, Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer and the United States Office of War Information collaborated on Bataan with the official goal to increase public understanding of World War II. The first war film to take place entirely on the battlefield -- with no scenes of the soldiers on leave, depictions of the home front, or flashbacks to pre-war civilian life -- Bataan prepared its wartime audience for American casualties. Its Alamo-esque storyline emphasized the value of such sacrifice and its diverse group of soldiers --compiled of all ranks, races, classes, ages, and creeds -- portrayed this effort as the duty of all men. It is a depiction of altruism and national unity that both inspired public support of the War and served as the template for World War II films throughout the forties and into the present. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, Rovi

$5.00

Love Matters [VHS Promo Copy]
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Love Matters [VHS Promo Copy]

By directed by Eb Lottimer featuring Annette O'Toole, Gina Gershon, Griffin Dunne, Kate Burton, Tony Goldwyn

Republic Pictures, 1993. VHS Tape. Very Good/Very Good. 103 minutes; unrated promotional copy; some light wear to paperboard sleeve; The title of this made-for-cable endeavor has a double-edged meaning. It's about "matters of love," and also about "love that matters." The love that matters -- or should -- involves two married couples. Both unions are sorely threatened by an adulterous relationship. Annette O'Toole and Griffin Dunne play the husband and wife whose already shaky marriage is made shakier when second couple Tony Goldwyn and Kate Burton enter the scene, followed shortly thereafter by Goldwyn's mistress Gina Gershon. Love Matters debuted October 3, 1993, on the Showtime Cable Service. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

$10.00

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