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The Fool of the World And The Flying Ship [VHS]

The Fool of the World And The Flying Ship [VHS] Lowest new price: $193.89
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This delightful, magnificently animated Russian folktale tells the story of a peasant boy who wins the hand of a beautiful princess with a little help from his uniquely talented friends. Pyotr and his friends journey to the Czar's palace, where they successfully complete three impossible tasks and prove that the most humble of people can defeat power and greed. Parents' Choice Award

In this excellent retelling of a Russian folk tale, young Pyotr proves that nice guys can finish first if they have tenacity and good friends on their side. Pyotr is but a woodcutter when his lazy brothers take the family's lean savings and go off to answer the king's call for a flying ship in exchange for his daughter's hand in marriage. When they fail to return, the humble Pyotr sets off to find them and finds a magical flying ship instead. So it's off to the palace, picking up a boatload of unusually talented hitchhikers along the way. The king and his evil adviser hatch a plan to assign the peasant troupe a series of impossible tasks so they can banish them and take the ship. The story is told in stop-motion animation with detailed sets and exquisitely designed models who are neither cute nor scary. The superb writing and low-key narration by David Suchet no doubt helped earn this installment of the public television series Long Ago and Far Away an Emmy Award. Ages 3 and older. --Kimberly Heinrichs


National Geographic's Killer Whales: Wolves of the Sea [VHS]

National Geographic's Killer Whales: Wolves of the Sea [VHS] Lowest new price: $5.50
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Throughout every ocean on earth, killer whales are the masters of the sea. Like wolves on land, these fearsome predators often hunt in packs, working together to snare their next meal. You'll journey around the globe to see their extraordinary hunting techniques in action. Plunge beneath the waves to watch the whales round up schools of herring, which they stun with flicks of their powerful tails. Discover the whales "playing with their food" - tossing their prey around in a frenzied game that hones their hunting skills. And witness the amazing spectacle of these huge whales hurling themselves onto the beach to snatch their unsuspecting prey. You'll gain a new appreciation for these magnificent creatures as you come face-to-face with KILLER WHALES: WOLVES OF THE SEA.

They don't call them killer whales for nothing. In National Geographic's Killer Whales: Wolves of the Sea, narrated by the great David Attenborough, you'll see pods of these great beasts work together to capture prey, much like their distant cousins the wolves. Incredible close-up footage of orcas playing, learning to hunt, practicing, and making their kills all across the globe brings them to life as never before. Do they really launch themselves onto the shore to grab a hapless snack? See for yourself--and gain a vivid appreciation for their appetites and skills. While your jaw drops at their fearsome agility, you'll also be learning about their migratory and other behaviors from scientists who observe them daily and strive to increase our understanding of their needs for survival. They may not be as cute and cuddly as you once thought, but thanks to Killer Whales: Wolves of the Sea, they will certainly earn your respect. --Rob Lightner

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A Queen Is Crowned - Full length record of the Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II [VHS]

A Queen Is Crowned - Full length record of the Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II [VHS] Lowest new price: $8.00
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National Geographic's Braving Alaska [VHS]

National Geographic's Braving Alaska [VHS] Lowest new price: $12.87
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Imagine living hundreds of miles from your nearest neighbor, having groceries and mail delivered by airplane a few times each year, and battling long, harsh winters with temperatures that plummet to -51 C. Such are the living conditions chosen by the hearty few who inhabit America's last frontier: the Alaskan bush - a spectacular land of rivers and mountains so remote that many remain unnamed. Through the cameras of National Geographic, you'll enter the lives of four families who have turned their backs on civilization to fulfill their dreams of living off the land. Join these modern-day pioneers as they face the daily challenges of survival - hunting for food, staying warm, and fending off grizzlies. You'll experience America's pioneering spirit through these remarkable people who are BRAVING ALASKA!

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Seasons in the Sea (National Geographic Video) [VHS]

Seasons in the Sea (National Geographic Video) [VHS] Lowest new price: $6.99
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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: $43.09
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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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Eyewitness - Cat [VHS]

Eyewitness - Cat [VHS] Lowest new price: $8.95
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Here, kitty, kitty! DK has done it again with Eyewitness: Cat, fusing state-of-the-art graphics, crystal-clear film footage, and smooth, snappy writing to capture all nine lives and then some. Whether fearsome predators or cute household pets, cats have fascinated us for centuries, and some of us can't get enough of that feline stuff. Stalking, chasing, playing, napping--we see them all doing what they do best, secure in their regal splendor. Though the narration might seem a bit disjointed, it actually flows with the images to create a seamless, sinuous composition reminiscent of its subjects. Eyewitness: Cat balances wild with tame and large with small to create a kind of moving snapshot of this family of hunters. --Rob Lightner


Private Life of Plants 5: Living Together [VHS]

Private Life of Plants 5: Living Together [VHS] Lowest new price: $8.86
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The fifth programme explores the alliances formed between the animal and plant worlds. It examines the ways in which plants live together and rely on each other. Whether living together in harmony, relying on each other for homes, protection or food, or living off each other, by strangling or otherwise destroying each other in a bid to survive.


Trains Unlimited - The Pullman Palace Cars [VHS]

The name is synonymous with luxury, glamour and style. It evokes an era when everyone traveled by rail, and the majestic passenger cars produced by the Pullman company rivaled the comforts of the finest hotels. Revisit the golden age of American rail travel and see why the Pullman Standard cars are still revered so many years after their heyday. From the gleaming mahogany and plush velvet of the observation cars to the Moorish stained glass of the barber shop(!), Pullman spared no expense to make people's journeys relaxing, rewarding and memorable. See the classic cars being built and learn the history of the company from railroad historians. Thrill to archival footage of Pullmans in use on some of the busiest lines in the nation, and discover why this once-great name is nolonger a part of American railroading. It's a nostalgic journey through the history and mystique of the sensational cars that gilded the golden age of rail travel.


From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga [VHS]

From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga [VHS] Lowest new price: $15.00
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