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A Leap Into The Digital Age

by Leonard Maltin
November 26, 2009 1:21 AM
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I can hardly believe it, but the new 2010 edition of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide is now available as an iPhone and iTouch app! The hard-working team at MobileAge has reconfigured the material in both the current annual (along with titles we were forced to delete in recent years, to make space) and my Classic Movie Guide as an easy-to-use, searchable database of 23,000 films. They’ve spruced up the entries with poster artwork, and...

even provided a link that enables you to rent a film from Netflix with the push of a button. You can maintain lists of pictures you want to see, and even e-mail reviews to friends online.

In fact, after just a few weeks, the app has already been upgraded to Version 1.1; the new edition has a faster search engine, links to trailers for 4,500 films (as in the image at left), and iTunes integration for renting or purchasing films from Apple. It’s absolutely amazing, and you can get a video tour by clicking HERE. You can also read about the product HERE at the MobileAge site which provides a link to the iTunes store.

I never could have envisioned such a treatment of the reviews I’ve been writing, editing and accumulating over so many years, and I must say it’s pretty exciting. I don’t expect to abandon the books in my library any time soon, but as an adjunct (and an easy way to get information on the go) this is hard to beat.

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