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PBS American Visions The History of American Art and Architecture [VHS]

PBS American Visions The History of American Art and Architecture [VHS] Lowest new price: $43.89
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"What can we say about Americans from the things they've made? When we look at them through the lens of their art, what do we see?," host and acclaimed TIME magazine art critic Robert Hughes asks. This extraordinary series presents a panoramic view of American history as reflected by artists in every medium and genre, from "primitive" portraits of the Colonial era to the complex visions of the present day. Explore the luminous, almost sacred work of early-American landscape artists. The varied experiences of 19th century America appear in the paintings of John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer. Discover how a uniquely American modernism was forged at the 1913 Armory Show, and ponder the creative genius that blossomed during the '20s, the Depression years and the exciting, innovative periods following World War II.

Titles are: "The Republic of Virtue," "The Promised Land," "The Wilderness and the West," "The Gilded Age," "A Wave from the Atlantic," "Streamlines and Breadlines," "The Empire of Signs," and "The Age of Anxiety."

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The Dollmaker [VHS]

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Jane Fonda stars in this made-for-TV movie, which uses the backdrop of World War II and urbanization to tell the story of one woman's fight to keep her family together. Gertie Nevels (Fonda), the wife of a Kentucky sharecropper, wants nothing more than to one day own her own farm. Thriftily hiding her savings from husband Clovis (Levon Helm), she prepares to make her dream come true -- until Clovis summons her to come join him in Detroit, where he's gone to work in a factory to help with the war effort. Arriving with her children in tow, Gertie finds Clovis all settled into a tenement-like block house and living the life of a union man. Soon, though, the downside of urban life -- from monstrous neighbors and repressive schools to the pitfalls of the industrial landscape itself -- threaten Gertie's family both individually and as a whole. Despite Clovis' freewheeling way with money and his propensity to blame her for the family's problems, Gertie continues to save money. A lifelong whittler, she begins selling hand-crafted wooden dolls, and when the union goes on strike, Gertie finds herself supporting the family. Adapted from Harriet Arnow's novel by Hume Cronyn and Susan Cooper, who would go on to collaborate on the similarly themed Foxfire in 1987, The Dollmaker was directed by feature and TV veteran Daniel Petrie. It debuted on ABC on May 13, 1984, and earned Fonda an Emmy for her work.

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Power Rangers Wild Force - Identity Crisis [VHS]

Power Rangers Wild Force - Identity Crisis [VHS] Lowest new price: $72.00
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Zen-Aku, the strange wolf creature, is still confused about his identity. Seeking revenge against the Rangers, he is puzzled by his apparently human tendencies when he rescues a wolf pup. Animus, the lord of the Wild Zords, appears to help Zen-Aku remember who he is, but Nayzor tricks him and he completely forgets who he is again. During a lunar eclipse, however, Zen-Aku suddenly transforms into his real human form -- that of Merrick, a powerful warrior. Merrick explains to the Rangers that 3,000 years ago, he put on the wolf mask to defeat Master Org, but was then cursed to become Zen-Aku. Princess Shayla orders the Predazord destroyed, believing this will remove the curse. The Rangers vanquish the Predazord, and Merrick becomes himself again! Trying to set things straight, Merrick sets off to face Master Org, but he meets up with Nayzor and the Quadra Org as well. Can he defeat them? If so, will this once very old friend become the Rangers' new friend and stay with them?

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Bear in the Big Blue House, Vol. 1 - Home Is Where the Bear Is / What's in the Mail Today [VHS]

Bear in the Big Blue House, Vol. 1 - Home Is Where the Bear Is / What's in the Mail Today [VHS] Lowest new price: $29.99
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Covert Bailey's Fit or Fat Set [VHS]

Covert Bailey's Fit or Fat Set [VHS] Lowest used price: $58.99

The four videos in this boxed set are full of goofy jokes, wacky facial expression, and lots of laughter. Believe it or not the subjects being discussed are diets and serious issues of body chemistry. Covert Bailey, an author and ebullient advocate of exercise, provides a great deal of information in these programs, which have aired on PBS. He's not afraid to rant about "butt fat and belly fat," yet he can also turn to a presentation board and sketch molecular diagrams that show how the body's muscles burn calories. These videos may seem puzzling at first because they are ostensibly about exercise yet never actually show an exercise routine. The emphasis is on how the body works, right down to the cellular level. Someone contemplating a program to shed weight could learn a great deal about how particular foods are used by the body and thereby know which foods to avoid. Specific topics covered include how to evaluate one's body type in order to set responsible reducing goals, what metabolism is and how that affects weight loss, and the specific dangers of "fad diets" that emphasize an unbalanced approach. Bailey's jokes and constant mugging to the camera presents an odd contrast to the often serious subject matter, but he manages to make the material entertaining and easy to remember. --Robert J. McNamara


Old Man [VHS]

Old Man [VHS] Lowest used price: $9.93

In this Horton Foote (Tender Mercies) adaptation of the William Faulkner short story, an honorable prisoner put to work by the Red Cross rescues a pregnant woman grasping a tree just feet above the turbulent waters of the 1927 Mississippi flood. Having never manned a boat before and wildly off course, the convict (Arliss Howard, Full Metal Jacket) manages to convey Addie (Jeanne Tripplehorn, The Firm) in what amounts to a rowboat to New Orleans and then back home, while she gives birth and recovers on board their vessel. Along the way the pair manages to befriend Cajuns, conquer crocodiles, and fall quietly in love. This Hallmark Hall of Fame production directed by John Kent Harrison is suspenseful, moving, and, while leisurely paced, ultimately quite rewarding. Its lack of sexual content, violence (except to a few of the aforementioned crocs), or rough talk make it excellent family fare. --Kimberly Heinrichs


Time Of Their Lives [VHS]

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The Time Of Their Lives VHS! Like New!

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An Inconvenient Woman: The Original Unedited Miniseries [VHS]

An Inconvenient Woman: The Original Unedited Miniseries [VHS] Lowest new price: $75.00
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We are offering a 3 tape set. A story of how the rich exert their influence no matter what the human cost.

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When Trumpets Fade [VHS]

When Trumpets Fade [VHS] Lowest new price: $5.00
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First broadcast on HBO in June of 1998--shortly before the theatrical release of Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan--this World War II drama offers an equally intimate and devastating study of combat and its tragic aftermath. Set in Germany during the closing days of the war, the film uses a little-known episode of U.S. military history--the bloody battle of the Hurtigen Forest--as the backdrop for the story of a battle-weary private (Ron Eldard) who is the only surviving member of his platoon. Despite his request for dismissal on the grounds of mental disability and shell-shock, he is considered a promising soldier by his superiors, promoted to sergeant, and assigned to command a fresh platoon of young, inexperienced soldiers. The cycle of war continues, and the film ends as it began--with one soldier carrying a mortally wounded comrade from a scene of devastating loss. A veteran of several war films, director John Irvin emphasizes the gritty, physically exhausting realities of combat with keen attention to detail on location in Hungary. This film is decidedly downbeat (don't look for any Spielbergian uplift here), but its depiction of warfare is undeniably powerful, earning praise for Irvin and HBO for tackling such an uncompromising project. --Jeff Shannon


Poirot - The Movie Collection 2 [VHS]

Poirot - The Movie Collection 2 [VHS] Lowest used price: $4.52

Four new feature-length mysteries, never before available on video. David Suchet returns as the definitive Poirot, the dapper Belgian sleuth who solves daunting cases amid the Art Deco elegance of 1930s Europe. Set includes Dumb Witness, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Hickory Dickory Dock, and Murder on the Links. Comes with a 54-page Poirot Casebook. About 7 hours.


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