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"Kristine Brancolini, 812/855-3710" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 19 May 1992 10:51:00 EST
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Kerrie's query about Male and Female and The Scarlet Letter and Mark
Ritchie's reply illustrate the dismal situation with regard to sources
for videorecordings-in-print.  Kerrie paid Video Yestersearch to try to
find these titles, but they couldn't find them in their database.  Then
Mark consults _the_ standard reference book for video-in-print and finds
one of them.  It's ridiculous!  By the way, I called Video Yesteryear to
find out what database they are using for Video Yestersearch and someone
told me they no longer offer the service.  I suspect they were using the
same database used by PBS Video's Video Finder, Variety's Video Directory
Plus, a CD-ROM version of Bowker's Complete Home Video Directory.  Your
local academic library may subscribe.  However, you can pay for a search
and have it chared to your phone bill by calling Video Finder at
1/900-860-9301; the charge is $2.00 for the first minute and $1.00 for
each additional minute.  Without Video Yestersearch, this is an inexpensive
alternative to the CD-ROM product ($395 per year).
Keep trying, Kerrie, but there is no such thing as a reliable, comprehensive
Kris Brancolini
Indiana University Libraries