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|Four Days in November [VHS]
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In 1964, superstar producer David Wolper entrusted a then-fledgling director named Mel Stuart with the first documentary about the year-old assassination of John F. Kennedy. Stuart went on to a successful, diverse career, interspersing such popular feature films as If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with an array of interesting nonfiction work, including The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Wattstax, and the moving The Unfinished Journey of Robert F. Kennedy. But with Four Days in November, he and Wolper paved the way for a certain modernity in the look and feel of a thoroughly researched documentary about a painful subject. Much of the film is compiled from television kinescopes of live TV coverage in Dallas on that fateful day, ordered in such a way as to offer viewers who lived through the events a sense of perspective, clarification, and perhaps closure. The myriad conspiracy theories that immediately appeared in the wake of Kennedy's death (not to mention Jack Ruby's murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, footage of which is included here) are examined and dismissed, though in fairness much, much else has been discovered since then to keep suspicions alive. The most fascinating and unexpected sequence, perhaps, is a clip from David Frost's old comedy show on British television, That Was the Week That Was, in which Frost, actor Roy Kinnear (Willy Wonka, interestingly enough), and others talk about their personal feelings regarding Kennedy. --Tom Keogh
- Original movie in 1964
- VHS released in 2000
- runtime 2 hours
- Black and White
|National Geographic Search for Battleship Bismarck [VHS]
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"Sink the Bismarck" was the cry as British forces searched the Atlantic for the German navy's most powerful vessel. The pursuit ended on May 27, 1941, in a battle that plunged the Bismarck into waters nearly three miles deep, taking with it more than 2,000 lives. Almost half a century later, explorer and scientist Dr. Robert D. Ballard, who discovered the sunken S.S. Titanic, searched the Atlantic for the infamous Bismarck. On June 8, 1989, he located the sunken ship, 600 miles off the coast of France. National Geographic looks back at the first - and last - mission of the Bismarck and talks with survivors of the notorious World War II battle. Then, in its climactic chapter, SEARCH FOR THE BATTLESHIP BISMARCK reveals exclusive footage of this remarkable undersea exploration.
The battleship Bismarck, the pride of the Nazi navy, was thought, like the ill-fated Titanic, to be unsinkable. When it left port in May 1941, even the formidable British navy professed to be nervous, and the rallying cry "Sink the Bismarck!" was born. Amazingly, just two weeks into its maiden voyage, the Bismarck was spotted, torpedoed, and sunk by the British in the North Atlantic, an almost unbelievable turn of events--as crucial a turning point in World War II for the Germans, according to one survivor interviewed in this video, as Pearl Harbor was for the Americans. In 1989 Dr. Bob Ballard, the man who discovered the Titanic, and a crew painstakingly searched a 100-square-mile area off France, and after some heartbreaking near misses, ultimately found the remains of the once-glorious ship. The video cuts effectively between historic footage, interviews with British and German survivors, and scenes from the Ballard expedition, expertly woven together to paint a complete portrait of the sinking and its aftermath. Fans of Titanic and World War II buffs especially will be fascinated. --Anne Hurley
|Chuck Amuck: Movie [VHS]
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|Battlefield Collector Set [VHS]
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A great war documentary on the battles of Britain, Stalingrad, Normandy, and Midway.
|War Dogs: America's Forgotten Heroes [VHS]
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War Dogs is the amazing saga of the heroic dogs who served in the Vietnam War.
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|Sky Above Mud Below (Sky Above and Mud Beneath / Le ciel et la boue) [VHS]
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"Remarkable and thrilling unique.. .a fascinating, memorable film"
- Cue Magazine
"One of the best, a remarkable feat"
- New York Herald Tribune
"The Sky Above, The Mud Below" is the incredible true story, filmed as it happened, of an expedition back in time to 7,000 years ago-to the Stone Age.
In 1959 an international group of explorers set out to cross the most dangerous, uncharted jungles of Dutch New Guinea. In the 7 months it took them to cover 1,000 miles, they came face-toface with man's savage and primitive past. Their cameras captured bizarre native rituals and never-before seen cannibal tribes. Disease and violent death stalked the expedition every step of the way, and their exploration became a harrowing physical test of the depths of human endurance and will to live.
Produced by: Arthur Cohn and Rene LaFuite; Directed by: Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau; Cast: Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau-organizer & leader, Gerard Delloye -assistant leader.
1962 Michael Arthur Film Productions. Artwork 1987 Lorimar Home Video, Inc.
Program Length: 92 Minutes. Color
|Ultimate Survivors [VHS]
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William Shatner hosts this documentary on surviving and learning from major crises. The program focuses on four police officers who were able to convert extraordinary life-threatening experiences into opportunities for personal growth.
|Secrets of the Lost Empires II: Medieval Siege [VHS]
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The Scots inside Stirling Castle must have felt untouchable. Protected by a massive stone fortress, they prepared for a long drawn-out siege against the army of England’s Edward the First. Fifty carpenters worked day and night to create the fourteenth century version of the atom bomb: the trebuchet—a fearsome, gravity-powered catapult dubbed "Warwolf" that was capable of hurling boulders, bee hives and plague-infected corpses long distances. Travel back to the Middle Ages and relive a fascinating turning point in warfare and medieval history. - Enter the battlefield and experience the chaos of medieval warfare—200 years before the invention of the cannon - Discover how the mechanized catapult sent English history and warfare in different directions - Enter gigantic medieval castles and explore why these mighty fortresses became vulnerable to the "Warwolf" - See how the medieval manuscripts provided clues in the trebuchet mystery - See medieval experts create two competing full-scale catapults - Travel to the banks of Loch Ness as newly designed catapults attempt to destroy a castle wall with 250 pound stone balls Secrets of Lost Empires II Unlock mysteries and uncover lost history with the experts as they use yesteryear’s thrilling technology to recreate five ancient engineering marvels and to discover what daily life was really like in these communities. Travel around the globe from Egypt to Rome and take a fresh, "hands-on" look at mankind’s greatest cultures and civilizations. It’s history from a whole new point of view!
Technophiles of the 21st century can be smug about the advances made in recent years. But modern man doesn't have a monopoly on knowledge; in fact many of the advances made in earlier centuries have been lost to us. How did the Egyptians build their obelisks? How were the Chinese able to build the rainbow bridges? What are the mysteries of the Roman Baths? Nova explores these and other ancient engineering feats in its brilliant series Secrets of the Lost Empires II. Using the same techniques as in the first series of Secrets of the Lost Empires, Nova brings together teams of scientists, engineers, and historians to re-create ancient marvels.
The first volume of this series, Medieval Siege, explores warfare of yore. In 1304, Edward I mounted a siege against the Scots at Stirling Castle. As the battle dragged on, he ordered a tremendous new weapon to be made, a "giant seesaw" with one end heavily weighted and the other end holding a projectile. This weapon, the trebuchet, was nicknamed Warwolf. Today, there is no physical evidence of these weapons, only a few sketches in old manuscripts. In this episode, a team of medieval warfare experts gathers to try and build a trebuchet, a weapon that could demolish a castle wall from 200 yards away. As they fail and then succeed at their task, we are treated to the experience of the battlefield, the interiors of the castles, and discover how the trebuchet, "the atom bomb" of the 14th century, was a turning point in history. A mixture of science, history, and culture studies, this series is a delightful exploration into the mysteries of centuries long past. --Jenny Brown
|Slammin Rap Video Mag Vol 2 [VHS]
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|Walter Cronkite Remembers the 20th Century: World War II (VHS: 51 Minutes)
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Walter Cronkite Remembers the 20th Century: World War II
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