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Witch Hunt [VHS]

Witch Hunt [VHS] Lowest used price: $24.99
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Follow-up to ' 'Cast A Deadly Spell' ' - the only private detective not to practice black magic in Hollywood is up against the murder of a multi-millionaire, an extreme political agenda, and some of the sleekest, darkest dames that black magic can conjure up.

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The Century-America's Time (Boxed Set) [VHS]

The Century-America's Time (Boxed Set) [VHS] Lowest new price: $10.94
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Covering the entire 20th century in one video series is an ambitious project, but one that Peter Jennings and ABC News are up to. In The Century: America's Time, a 12-part documentary on six videotapes that is a companion to the book of the same name, Jennings guides us through a century of technology and advancement like no other. As he says in his introduction to episode 1, "Seeds of Change," "Unlike previous centuries where leadership was defined by royalty and other rulers, the 20th century more than any other was shaped by the will and actions of the common man." The series is a sweeping presentation of the United States of the 1900s and tries to encompass a mind-boggling amount of history. And while at moments the videos may leave you longing for more, Jennings does an excellent job of creating smooth segues between disparate pieces.

The first episode, for instance, begins with the influx of immigrants at the turn of the century and touches on Jim Crow laws, moving pictures, planes, Henry Ford, the sinking of the USS Maine, child labor, suffragettes, the Panama Canal, imperialism, and more, right up to the beginning of World War I. The archival footage is stunning and interviews with historians, veterans, journalists, POWs, politicians, authors, celebrities, and common people help bring the past to life again. Mickey Spillane discusses the speakeasies of the 1920s; Dennis Hopper talks about Easy Rider in the '60s; Tom Wolfe reads from The Bonfire of the Vanities for the episode on the '80s. Eudora Welty, E.L. Doctorow, Martin Scorsese, John Updike, Pat Buchanan, Oliver Stone, Stephen E. Ambrose, among many others, lend their voices to this documentary. Yet, despite the great names, at times the pictures and people are allowed to speak for themselves, without intrusive narration--the stark images of the Challenger explosion or the sad words of a political activist mourning the death of his partner to AIDS are more powerful because of it. This chronological tale (with the exception of the last episode, "Then and Now," which is arranged thematically) is an insightful and poignant reminder of all the marvels--and tragedies--of America in the 20th century. --Jenny Brown

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Keeping Up Appearances - Giftset 1 (Rural Retreat/Sea Fever/Angel Gabriel Blue/Entertaining the Hyacinth Way) [VHS]

Keeping Up Appearances - Giftset 1 (Rural Retreat/Sea Fever/Angel Gabriel Blue/Entertaining the Hyacinth Way) [VHS] Lowest new price: $33.95
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Welcome, dears, to the crème de la crème episodes starring England's favorite social climber. A riotous BBC comedy from the early '90s and cult favorite on PBS, Keeping Up Appearances" stars Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "bouquet"), whose relentless campaign for social perfection is hindered by lowbrow relatives and her hapless husband. Gift set includes six episodes: one from each of the first three video series and three from the latest release, Entertaining the Hyacinth Way". 6 hours on 4 cassettes.


On the Trail of Mark Twain with Peter Ustinov [VHS]

On the Trail of Mark Twain with Peter Ustinov [VHS] Lowest new price: $30.99
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Take off in the steps of Mark Twain to journey 'round the world exploring the places he went, meeting the people he met. Actor Peter Ustinov crosses three oceans and visits four continents to retrace this magnificent journey. In "Isles of Paradise/Beautiful Death" you stop to take in the romance of Fiji, hopping from island to island and then travel to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand talking with natives, exploring beguiling culture. "A Riddle at Every Turn/Such a Wonderful Thing" finds you in Sri Lanka and northern India, boarding a slow train to the breathtaking heights of Darjeeling and visiting a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Finally you stop in Mauritius and South Africa to uncover the turbulent history. A spectacular journey for Mark Twain fans, world travelers and history buffs.


Riding the Rails [VHS]

Riding the Rails [VHS] Lowest used price: $2.74

Don't miss this ride! Winner of 11 major awards, this rare film will inform, dazzle and profoundly move you. Archival footage and newsreel interviews with lean-bodied kids full of bravado tells the unforgettable story of 250,000 teenagers who left their homes and hopped freight trains during the Great Depression. Winner 1998 Peabody Award.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and perhaps no time in America's history has been so desperate as the Great Depression. Hundreds of thousands of young men and women left home seeking work and money wherever they could find it, and many of them took to hopping trains as a means of cheap, speedy (though by no means safe) travel. Riding the Rails lets survivors tell their stories of thrills, humiliation, and boredom from a distance of 60 years. You'll be amazed at the strength and determination of these folks to survive the difficult times, and find their reminiscences beautiful, sometimes angry, sometimes poetic. Contemporary newsreel footage and songs from such depression-era chroniclers as Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rodgers make the 1930s come alive and evoke the vitality and suffering of a generation. --Rob Lightner


Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry [VHS]

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry [VHS] Lowest used price: $17.99
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The vhs is in great working condition. Box it comes in has wear to it.

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  • Great Movie

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The Big Comfy Couch Why? [VHS]

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The Big Comfy Couch Why? [VHS]

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Rugrats - Tommy Troubles [VHS]

Rugrats - Tommy Troubles [VHS] Lowest used price: $3.95
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In the very funny "Naked Tommy," the little Pickles decides to liberate himself and friends of the societal constraints of clothing. "Incident in Aisle 7" is a clever tale of Tommy treating a grocery store like an amusement park. Also on this video are "Baseball Tommy" and "Rebel Without a Teddy Bear." --Tom Keogh

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No, Honestly - Set 2 [VHS]

No, Honestly - Set 2 [VHS] Lowest new price: $74.83
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Real-life spouses John Alderton and Pauline Collins return as C.D. and Clara, the Burns and Allen of Hampstead, in the final six episodes of this beloved, albeit a tad dated, 1975 British comedy. The first seven episodes, collected in the first set, recalled the comically confused courtship of this mismatched but star-crossed couple. In these episodes, C.D., an actor, and Clara, a children's book writer, flash back on their first year of marriage. Not to worry: unlike, say, Mad About You, this is no parsing of the minutiae of husband-wife relations. Clara is even more daft a wife than she was a girlfriend. In the episode "Everything in the Garden," Clara recalls the newlywed couple's first "sage and sorrel" over her insistence on painting everything in the house--and, improbably, the garden--white (except for the ground, which she leaves brown "for contrast"). And while the other episodes don't win any awards for originality (the couple host a disastrous dinner party, Clara is cast in C.D.'s avant-garde film, the couple suffer a series of surprises on their first anniversary), Alderton and Collins have a winning chemistry that gives even the less-inspired episodes a lift. Still, when Clara tearfully bids farewell at the end of the series, it's apparent that they got out while the going was good. At 13 episodes in all, No, Honestly never wears out its welcome. --Donald Liebenson

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Barney: Let's Play School [VHS]

Barney: Let's Play School [VHS] Lowest new price: $18.76
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With a little help form Barney and big imagination, the children enjoy a fun-filled day at "Baby Bop's School" where every lesson includes unexpected surprises. Join Ashley, Hannah, Robert and Jeff as they sing an alphabet song, read in Baby Bop's book center, eat macaroni and cheese, and bounce into gym class. When the day is just about done, settle in with Baby Bop and her "blankey" for an afternoon nap. It's an unforgettable day of learning and laughter!

Like perky Kathie Lee Gifford, Barney, the ubiquitous magical purple dinosaur, can elicit violent hatred and fierce loyalty. You're likely to get the latter from the average toddler, weaned on the inexplicably popular (to some) PBS series. Parents may want to first teach their children the original classic songs before they're invariably introduced to Barney and his lyric-altering renditions. (By now countless children think "This Old Man" is the "Barney I Love You" song.) This 50-minute video, never seen on television, focuses on Baby Bop (Barney's yellow baby dino friend), envious and curious about school. Barney and friends Ashley, Hannah, Robert, and Jeff offer to play school, with Baby Bop as teacher. Their songs include the Barney versions of "The Alphabet Song," "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Where Is Thumbkin?", and more. Let's Play School! offers a gentle introduction to toddlers curious about preschool and may waylay any apprehensions. With its emphasis on how school is both fun and educational it also entices its youngest audience by showing that Ashley, Hannah, Robert, and Jeff (who are about 8 or 9) represent those awe-inspiring older kids. They like school. Therefore, it can't be that bad. And neither is this video's ultimate message. --N.F. Mendoza

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  • Color VHS
  • 50 minutes

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