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Variety Film Reviews is the 24-volume hardcover reprint of feature film reviews by the weekly entertainment tabloid-size magazine Variety from 1907 to 1996. Film reviews continued to be published in the weekly magazine after the reprints were discontinued.

<i>Variety</i> (magazine) American weekly entertainment trade magazine

Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly newspaper reporting on theater and vaudeville. In 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles, to cover the motion-picture industry. features breaking entertainment news, reviews, box office results, cover stories, videos, photo galleries and more, plus a credits database, production charts and calendar, with archive content dating back to 1905.


Original series

From 1983 to 1985, Garland Publishing, which is now wholly owned by Routledge, published the first 15 volumes of review reprints. Their 16th volume is an alphabetical index of more than 50,000 titles. Perhaps 10% are alternate titles and original foreign titles, so 45,000 review reprints is a realistic estimate for the first 15 volumes.[ original research? ]

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Bi-annual supplements

The eight additional bi-annual volumes (for 1981–1996) have at least 15,000 additional reprinted film reviews, making an estimated total of 60,000 or more film reviews in the 24-volume series. Volume 18 has the title index for 1981–1984. Each subsequent volume includes its own title index.

Edition binding

The 19 volumes published by Garland are bound in green (Variety's traditional color) cloth with gold stamping. Each book measures 31.2 cm. (12¼ inches) high by 24 cm. (9¼ inches) wide.

Subsequent publisher

Garland's rights expired after publication of Volume 19, and publication rights were acquired by R.R. Bowker, then owned by Reed International, which also owned Variety. Bowker undertook a complete reprint of Volumes 1 through 19, changing the title page of each volume to reflect their own imprint, and changing the series name to Variety's Film Reviews. The re-titled series was bound in brown Kivar, or a similar imitation leather binding material. Bowker published the original editions of Volumes 20 through 24 before discontinuing the series.

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Alternate binding

Some copies of Volumes 20 through 24 are bound in green cloth with gold stamping similar to the original Garland editions. Apparently Bowker allowed a distributor that bought the Garland inventory of Variety Film Reviews to bind post-1986 volumes to match the earlier books.

Volumes and years covered

Variety Film Reviews
VolumeDate RangeGarland ISBNBowker ISBN
11907–1920 978-0-8240-5200-3 978-0-8352-2779-7
21921–1925 978-0-8240-5201-0 978-0-8352-2780-3
31926–1929 978-0-8240-5202-7 978-0-8352-2781-0
41930–1933 978-0-8240-5203-4 978-0-8352-2782-7
51934–1937 978-0-8240-5204-1 978-0-8352-2783-4
61938–1942 978-0-8240-5205-8 978-0-8352-2784-1
71943–1948 978-0-8240-5206-5 978-0-8352-2785-8
81949–1953 978-0-8240-5207-2 978-0-8352-2786-5
91954–1958 978-0-8240-5208-9 978-0-8352-2787-2
101959–1963 978-0-8240-5209-6 978-0-8352-2789-6
111964–1967 978-0-8240-5210-2 978-0-8352-2790-2
121968–1970 978-0-8240-5211-9 978-0-8352-2792-6
131971–1974 978-0-8240-5212-6 978-0-8352-2793-3
141975–1977 978-0-8240-5213-3 978-0-8352-2794-0
151978–1980 978-0-8240-5214-0 978-0-8352-2795-7
16Index 1907–1980 978-0-8240-5215-7 978-0-8352-2796-4
setVolumes 1–16 978-0-8240-5216-4
171981–1982 978-0-8240-5217-1 978-0-8352-2797-1
181983–1984 978-0-8240-5218-8 978-0-8352-2798-8
191985–1986 978-0-8240-5219-5 978-0-8352-2799-5
201987–1988 978-0-8352-2667-7
211989–1990 978-0-8352-3089-6
221991–1992 978-0-8352-3273-9
231993–1994 978-0-8352-3577-8
241995–1996 978-0-8352-3851-9

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