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|Sesame Street - The Alphabet Jungle Game [VHS]
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The sharp minds at the Children's Television Workshop have found a clever way to recycle their "letter of the day" animated shorts and entertainingly educate the youngsters. Elmo, Zoe, and Telly--along with three kids, of course--host this delightful a-to-y cartoonathon. (The missing z is part of the "plot.") The shorts are sandwiched between the catchy "Alphabet Jungle" song and the mesmerizing "African Animal Alphabet," which should get those little couch potatoes up and boogying down to the jungle beat. Adults within earshot may even find themselves indulging in a little toe-tapping. --Kimberly Heinrichs
|Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Collection 2 [VHS]
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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Collection 2 [VHS]
|Sarah Plain & Tall Trilogy: Sarah, Plain and Tall / Skylark / Winter's End [VHS]
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A television treasure from the 1990s, the Sarah, Plain and Tall series stoked audience hunger for a simpler, more neighborly America during the early 20th century, and it did so without being cloying or preachy. Based on the novel Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan, the first feature--originally aired in 1991 on CBS to an enormous audience of 50 million--starred Christopher Walken as Kansas farmer Jacob Witting, a widower with two children. Seeing his newspaper advertisement seeking a bride, Sarah Wheaton (Glenn Close), a Maine schoolteacher, heads out to the heartland for a trial run as wife and stepmother. There are difficulties: Jacob has set ideas about the role of a woman in his house and he isn't emotionally ready for a new beginning. Meanwhile, the kids are dubious about anyone stepping into their mom's old job. But the strong-willed Sarah soon ushers love, energy, and a sense of possibility into the gloomy Witting home, and the resulting bond within this new family proves durable. The bond is tested, however, in the 1993 sequel, Skylark, in which Sarah heads back to Maine with the others when dangerous weather threatens the farm. Finally, 1999's Winter's End brings Jack Palance into the fold as Jacob's estranged father, who comes to make amends during a harsh winter season under the shadow of World War I and the influenza epidemic. It's not hard to see why this Hallmark trilogy means so much to so many, evoking as it does a perhaps mythical period of innocence and most certainly underscoring values of faith, loyalty, and family ties. Throughout, Walken and Close are absolutely first-rate, their chemistry quite special. All three films are suitable for family viewing yet are satisfying in virtually any situation. --Tom Keogh
|National Geographic Video: Hawaii: Strangers in Paradise [VHS]
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This beautiful but tragic video offers a thorough overview of the delicate and varied ecosystems found on the Hawaiian Islands. More than almost anywhere else in the world, these islands had been untouched and have existed in "splendid isolation." But since humankind's arrival, nearly 70 percent of Hawaii's native species have disappeared. The non-native feral pig, for instance, is the worst scourge; this pig has no natural predators and has invaded every island. Neither sugar cane nor pineapples are native. Birds, fish, insects, and turtles all play important roles in species' disappearance. Perhaps the most powerful image of the documentary is the sight of humans rappelling down the cliffs of Molokai to hand pollinate endangered flowers, the perfect symbol for how precariously close we have pushed nature to its own demise. Now humans must intervene to rescue what we have nearly destroyed. --Cristina Del Sesto
|Sesame Street - Kids' Favorite Songs [VHS]
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Kids' Favorite Songs kicks off with a cackle-worthy parody of Bob Dylan doing "Old McDonald," and from there the groovy gags keep comin' 'round the mountain. Everywhere Elmo turns on Sesame Street monsters spontaneously burst into song, and all because they want him to feature their favorite tunes on his forthcoming radio countdown. For Telly, winnowing the hits to one is akin to Cookie Monster choosing between a macaroon and a figgie bar: at first he's sure that "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" lights his fire, but then he says bye-bye to a black sheep. The street heaves a collective sigh pavementward when word comes down that the countdown is strictly a numbers gig, no music involved. Only Sesame Street could weave well-loved musical numbers around a simple numbers lesson with such wacky pizzazz, making this a countdown that's no letdown for high-spirited parent-preschooler combos. --Tammy La Gorce
|How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Includes Horton Hears a Who!) [VHS]
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Brand: Warner Bros. Home Video
Notes: Produced by Warner Bros.
"A Cat in the hat presentation."
Videocassette version of two animated films released in 1966 and 1970.
Preceded by a brief advertising segment (ca. 3 min.), not included in running time.
Credits: Teleplay, 1st program, Dr. Seuss ; animation, 1st program, Ken Harris ... [et al.], 2nd program, Ben Washam ... [et al.] ; editing, Lovell Norman, John Young, Jim Faris ; lyrics, Dr. Seuss ; music, Albert Hague, Eugene Poddany.
Performer(s): Narrator and Grinch voice, 1st program, Boris Karloff ; narrator, 2nd program, Hans Conried ; voices, 2nd program, June Foray, Chuck Jones.
Description: 1 videocassette (52 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in and with clamshell case with original artwork.
Details: VHS format. Dolby processed.
Contents: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch stole Christmas (c1966) (26 min.) --
Dr. Seuss' Horton hears a Who! (c1970) (26 min.).
Series Title: Warner Bros. family entertainment.
Other Titles: How the Grinch stole Christmas
Responsibility: produced by Churck Jones and Ted Geisel ; directed by Chuck Jones ; co-director, Ben Washam.
How the Grinch stole Christmas is a tale of a mean-spirited Grinch and his attempts to steal the Christmas celebration of Who-ville. Also included is "Horton hears a Who!" in which a big-eared elephant named Horton protects the tiny inhabitants of Who-ville. Animated.
This all-time classic now has Horton Hears a Who! on the same video for a great double bill.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
To heck with the kids--this is one of the best holiday presents you can give yourself. Adapted from the children's book by Dr. Seuss, this charming story is one to watch every holiday season. It is just edgy enough to help you forget the more cloying aspects of Christmas, yet it is also sweet enough to remind you of the reason for all that holiday cheer. Animation genius Chuck Jones directed this 1966 television production featuring the voice of Boris Karloff as the mean greenie. Bitter and selfish, the Grinch decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, the sweet little folk who live at the bottom of his mountain home. When little Cindy Loo Who returns his hateful act with kindness, she melts the old miser's heart. There are many reasons to watch this: inventive wordplay, Karloff's impressive narration, and a very memorable soundtrack. --Rochelle O'Gorman
Horton Hears a Who!
Chuck Jones was chief animator on this lively adaptation of the famous book by Dr. Seuss. The story of a friendly elephant named Horton who discovers--deep inside a daisy--a tiny city called Whoville with tiny, intelligent residents--this film (fleshed out a bit from the source) is strong on character and has striking, appealing visuals. The little folks of Whoville, with their natural air of aristocracy, are a kick, and when they come to see Horton as a hero for his democratic view of all life big and small, the effect is quite touching. This should be a real treat for kids already familiar with the book, and just might inspire those who haven't read it to pick it up. --Tom Keogh
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas Includes Horton Hears a Who
- Includes Horton Hears a Who
- Warner Bros. Home Video
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|Sesame Street Presents Follow that Bird [VHS]
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A meddling social worker sends poor Big Bird off to Ocean View, Illinios, for the comforts of family life with his "own kind," the Dodos. But Big Bird is a disaster as a Dodo and, lonely and homesick, he soon sets off on foot for Sesame Street. Can his old friends find him before he runs "afowl" of trouble en route?
|Jett Jackson: The Movie [VHS]
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Clever storytelling, impressive special effects, and solid performances by a capable cast make this action-adventure movie a standout for tween viewers. Capitalizing on Jett Jackson's popularity as a television series on the Disney Channel (1998-2001), Jett Jackson, The Movie continues the saga of our namesake (Lee Thompson Young). The suburban teen is contending with his celebrity status as the star of an action series called Silverstone, while struggling with his offstage persona as a regular coming-of-age kid. Things get murkier when a bizarre accident activates one of the show's props, a time-space continuum. Hit with an electrical jolt, Jett is thrust into another dimension, trading bodies with his alter ego, Silverstone. There are villains to conquer--namely Dr. Kragg and his sinister plan to raze the world--and hearts to win--primarily, Jett's faithful friend Kayla (Kerry Duff). For Jett it's all in a day's work, even under threat of an expiring contract. Disney delivers a production that's wholesome without being condescending, proving it knows its target audience. Young and Duff are exceptionally good, and the martial arts sequences sizzle. (Ages 10 to 15) --Lynn Gibson
|Christmas Eve on Sesame Street [VHS]
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Author: Random House Home Video
Brand New VHS tape, factory sealed (as shown) "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street [VHS]" FAST shipping. (T4)
|Exit to Eden [VHS]
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Two of the straightest undercover cops in L.A. find themselves on a sex fantasy island where the secret of keeping their cover is to uncover more than the truth. Dangerous jewel thieves with murder on their minds, a young photographer with vital evidence in his suitcase, and an island mistress with a long whip and longer legs, they all come together on the fantasy island of Eden, hotly pursued by Detectives Fred and Sheila. While Fred assumes the role of island maintenance man, Sheila goes undercover as a dominatrix, finding herself thigh-high in leather and studs with a personal slave-boy to fulfill her every whim. Anything goes in Eden-and it usually goes wrong in this hilarious, undercover comedy where a cop's cuffs can come in handy for more than just catching crooks. (Includes Dana Delaney's infamous nude scene!)
Garry Marshall, the man behind Pretty Woman, has made two movies here. One is based on Anne Rice's erotic novel of a fantasy island where dreams are fulfilled and sexuality is open to all, led by a congenial dominatrix (Dana Delany) and a glowing new recruit (Paul Mercurio of Strictly Ballroom). The other is a farcical comedy-action movie, which is what you saw in the ads. Savoy Pictures must have been unsure of to how to market the movie, and they pushed the secondary action of pop songs, needless narration, and even a few noticeable dubs. Amazingly, though, the film works by the end as a guilty pleasure, thanks to the four principals. Delany finally ripples on the big screen, Rosie O'Donnell has her first confident work since A League of Their Own, Dan Aykroyd becomes a comic mainstay, and best of all is Mercurio. The brooding stud is a delight, and is sure to launch a million fans as the loverboy who finds a sweet love story. Agreeable stuff if you really want Rice's erotic novels turned into cute TV-ish comedies. With, as always, Hector Elizondo. --Doug Thomas
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