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Elvis Meets Nixon [VHS]

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The Civil War (Ken Burns): 9 Video Boxed Set (Time Life Series)

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Author: Time - Life

The Civil War VHS Videos

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  • The Civil War VHS Videos

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Thunder on the Rails: Trains of the Old West [VHS]

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A video journey on two legendary railroads of the West, the Virginia & Truckee and the Nevada Northern.


U.F.O.: The True Story of Flying Saucers [VHS]

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Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet [VHS]

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Join Robert X Cringely in this much-anticipated sequel to Triumph of the Nerds, as he turns his well-informed and irreverent eye on the intriguing history of the Internet. Go deep into the bowels of the Pentagon to witness the birth of the Internet and follow its rapid rise to the cutting edge of the World Wide Web. On his journey, Cringely interviews the unknown nerds who laid the Internet's foundations, visits the Silicon Valley of India and grills the founders of the networking companies who have made millions from this fascinating new technology.

Triumph of the Nerds won legions of computer-skeptical and computer-naive viewers with its mix of minutiae and hip techniques. Going one step further into the digital maze, Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet operates as a sequel of sorts to the surprise docu-hit. Just as its precursor chronicled the rise of empires built on computer software, Nerds 2.0.1 collects interviews from key players in the development of the Internet. Fashionably hip in its visual feel, the film begins by amassing data on the net's crowning, collaborative irony: conceived in the Pentagon during the counterculture's smokiest high point by members--dare it be said--of the military industrial complex, the Net developed on the axis of university research networks and Deadhead (as in the Grateful Dead) electronic bulletin boards. Much of the rest has become history, but Internet and computer industry pundit Robert X. Cringley makes the narrative a jumping, attractive embrace of being a nerd. Interviews with Bill Gates, Mark Andreesen, and Steve Case make these three hours (three tapes slipcased in a nice box) fly by. --Andrew Bartlett

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Sinatra - The Best is Yet to Come [VHS]

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For avid Sinatra fans, this 1990 television special affords an affectionate portrait compiled through clips from his long rap sheet of films and iced with a frosting of sympathetic interviews and testimonials. But The Best Is Yet to Come struggles with inevitable irony in its title, precisely because of its vintage and genesis. Assembled during the twilight of his career, and designed more as a souvenir for the faithful than as a thoughtful and objective documentary, this tribute lingers on footage of the singer, actor, and undisputed icon long after his signature powers began to fade.

Intended as a birthday tribute, and produced with the blessing of his family, the program pursues celebrity worship instead of a more considered index to the glories and defeats of this thorny, very private, and hugely influential American musical master. Hosts, including Roger Moore and Robert Wagner, wax effusively about Ol' Blue Eyes' greatness, yet the knotty contradictions of his life, particularly during the late '40s and early '50s when his career imploded, are glided over in a single sentence.

Highlights include footage of sessions for his '80s studio collaboration with Quincy Jones, as well as teasingly brief glimpses of his long filmography of musical and dramatic roles. Endorsements range from the obvious (a frail Gene Kelly and a feisty but loving Shirley MacLaine) to the downright bizarre (Tom Selleck hailing Sinatra's Magnum P.I. guest appearance). While there are glimpses of the tough, driven Hoboken kid and the eventual media god who was almost painfully private by nature, we're also treated to calculated scenes of the older Sinatra kissing his puppies and playing with his electric train set. Still, we get to see Frank and Elvis, in the latter's first post-army television slot, in a tongue-in-cheek duet, which certainly rings some mythic bells. --Sam Sutherland


Survivors of the Holocaust [VHS]

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The Survivors of the Shoah (Hebrew for Holocaust) Foundation grew out of Steven Spielberg's research for his film Schindler's List. He interviewed many survivors of the Holocaust and found that, despite their similar experiences, each had a unique story to tell. In order to preserve these memories for future generations so that the horrors of Nazi Europe might never be forgotten, Spielberg created the foundation, whose mission involves taping interviews with the remaining survivors. Survivors of the Holocaust provides just the briefest glimpse of the many stories the foundation has collected. The video is broken into thirds by year, so we learn of life before the Holocaust, during internment in concentration camps, and after liberation. The testimonies are powerful, and at times overwhelming. The photos and film clips are frequently horrifying and may be too much for younger viewers. The video opens with a brief presentation, hosted by Ben Kingsley, about the foundation itself. This is the weakest part of the video--at points it seems to serve simply as a reminder of how wonderful Spielberg is for his involvement in this effort--but don't let it deter you . No matter how much you may have seen or read about the Holocaust, the interviews will affect you tremendously. A powerful, powerful experience. --Jenny Brown

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Eyewitness: Reptile [VHS]

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Experience the alien world of these cold-blooded vertebrates, learning the truth about these often misunderstood creatures and uncovering reptilian facts that are stranger than fiction.

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  • Based on the revolutionary book series
  • Walk into natural history museum
  • 3D virtual museum creates the sensation of being inside the picture
  • State-of-the-art special effects
  • Narrated by Martin Sheen

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Monet: Shadow & Light [VHS]

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Author: Gordon Masten

Monet: Shadow and Light presents a rich portrayal of the trials of a struggling but stubborn Claude Monet and how a boy with budding talent shows him the importance of family. Set in 1869, five years before the Impressionist movement was recognized, 29 year-old Monet paints his view of the world while trying to support his young family with his art. Settling on the Seine near Paris, Monet discovers landscapes and people that inspire his art. Unfortunately, he also has to deal with a lack of understanding from his father, his creditors, and especially from harsh critics whose narrow-minded attitudes thwart acceptance by the art world.

Created and produced by David Devine and Richard Mozer from a screenplay by Susin Nielsen (Degrassi Junior High), Monet: Shadow and Light was shot entirely in and around Montreal. Scenes depicting the village of Saint-Michel were shot at some original 17th century houses in Montreal^Rs Cap St-Jacques. La Grenouillhre was scrupulously rebuilt in Parc Angrignon, where the narrow lake stood in for the Seine and the surrounding woods for Fontainbleu. Even Monet^Rs famous studio-boat was recreated with exact accuracy using fishermen^Rs dorys. The film follows HBO's presentations last year of Degas and the Dancer and Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist, the first two productions in THE ARTISTS' SPECIALS series. Degas and the Dancer was recently awarded the prestigious Humanitas Prize in the Children's Writing category. Future programs in the series will feature Rembrandt, Goya and Winslow Homer.

Claude Monet was nineteen years old when he left home for Paris. He was quickly disillusioned by the rigid principles of the art establishment, preferring the relaxed art classes given by Charles Gleyre, where he met Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They formed an immediate attachment through their intense dedication to their new art.

Between 1869 (the year the film is set) and 1874, when the first Impressionist show was received poorly by the critics, Monet, Renoir, Sisley and the other members of the Impressionist movement painted every aspect of rural and urban life. Monet's favourite locales included the Fountainbleu forest, La Grenouillhre, on the Seine and the unusual studio boat. Monet was poor and completely unaware that within these five years the Impressionist movement would evolve to its peak. Even in this "starving artist" period, Monet's paintings never became sombre. Monet finally achieved financial independence in 1890. He is best known for showing the world the fleeting effects of light and shadow. Monet is arguably the greatest of the Impressionist painters.


Moon Shot: The Inside Story of the Apollo Project (1994) [VHS]

Moon Shot: The Inside Story of the Apollo Project (1994) [VHS] Lowest new price: $16.98
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Astronauts Deke Slayton and Alan Shepherd tell the story of America's race for the moon, utilizing an untapped treasure of NASA tapes, home movies and never-before-seen footage of the Soviet space program.Starring: Deke Slayton, Alan Shepherd

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