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Eyewitness - Elephant [VHS]

Eyewitness - Elephant [VHS] Lowest used price: $2.22
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VHS FORMAT. 1994, DK Vision / BBC Worldwide, item 5-70700. 35 minutes, color, nature documentary. Narrated by the great Martin Sheen. From a series of books published under the "Eyewitness" banner. Here is the documented world of "... the greatest mammal to walk the Earth. Through war, pageantry, agriculture, and exploration, the elephant has developed a unique relationship with humankind--and become one of the most cherished, yet endangered animals in the world."

How did the elephant get its trunk? That question, and many more, are answered in DK Vision's Eyewitness: Elephant, a wild exploration of the world's largest land animals. From their evolutionary ancestors (some, smaller, some even bigger!) to their interactions with the modern world, their lives are displayed in fascinating detail via the magic of DK Vision's expert graphic artists and videographers. Family members of all ages will find something to interest them, whether it's the brilliant images, the beautiful animals, or the pachydermal facts so well conveyed by Martin Sheen's narration. And, since we're not like elephants--we sometimes forget--Eyewitness: Elephant is a video that's well worth watching again and again. --Rob Lightner

Faces of Death [VHS]

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The Best of On the Road With Charles Kuralt [VHS]

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The Best of On the Road With Charles Kuralt [VHS]

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Monty Roberts: Real Horse Whisperer [VHS]

Monty Roberts: Real Horse Whisperer [VHS] Lowest new price: $6.99
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Even as a child in the horse world, Monty Roberts was uncomfortable with the conventional method of breaking, or training, a horse. He competed in rodeos for 22 years, all the while searching for a better way. Eventually, he learned it from the horses themselves. By watching wild mustangs, Roberts was able to identify some of their body language and apply it himself. A good portion of this 48-minute video is devoted to Roberts demonstrating his "whispering" technique on a mustang separated from the herd. His mission: to get the wild horse to accept a saddle and rider within the space of a few days--without force. Of course, he is successful. But knowing the outcome doesn't diminish the exhilaration of watching the dance between wild animal and gentle conqueror. Roberts used some of the same principles in raising his 3 children and more than 40 foster children and now teaches his method to corporate management groups. --Kimberly Heinrichs

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Ipi Ntombi: An African Dance Celebration [VHS]

Ipi Ntombi: An African Dance Celebration [VHS] Lowest new price: $239.29
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Originally created by mother/daughter team Bertha Egnos and Gail Laiker, IPI NTOMBI (pronounced Ippy-Intombee and meaning "where are the girls") opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1974 and then played to standing ovations all over the world for the next six years. Now, more than 20 years later, this new, updated version sizzles with its return to the stage, blending the traditional rhythms of Africa with the modern heartbeat of its people. The company of 50, some of whom are direct descendants of the original cast members, dance the story of the Johannesburg mine worker, who sings of his love for the girl back home and his sense of separation from his tribal roots. The show has restyled the musical's most popular numbers and added some new ones, including the exhilarating "Four Important Porters from Potgietersrus."

Ipi Ntombi is a joyous, homegrown dance and music celebration of black South African culture. First performed in 1974, the production, with a phenomenally talented and energetic cast of 50, has delighted audiences all over the world. This video of a live performance doesn't flag for an instant. The dancers display the athletic stamina needed to run a marathon; the singers show the vocal and emotive power of grand opera. Ipi Ntombi might well be regarded as a national opera of South Africa.

The story is so primal that it seems to have sprung directly from South African soil. It begins in a tiny village with thundering ceremonial dances in colorful tribal costumes. A tender love story emerges between a village girl and young man, who has gone away to work in the mines. As her sweetheart travels from the countryside to the city, tribal ceremonies morph into break dancing, jubilant South African rock & roll, and gospel singing. The youth, torn between his village roots and urban temptations, personifies the essential African conflict between the ancient and modern worlds.

Among memorable numbers are the cobra dance, with mesmerizing glow-in-the-dark costumes, and a funky gospel hallelujah chorus that brings down the house. The spectacular wedding ceremony between the boy and his girl symbolizes a marriage of tribal and city cultures. --Laura Mirsky

America in the '40s: A Sentimental Journey [VHS]

America in the '40s: A Sentimental Journey [VHS] Lowest new price: $14.95
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What a decade! Ten years of triumphs and tragedies, heartaches and heroics, hopes and humor. Watch powerful wartime footage, home movies and touching original stories interspersed with the music that made the 40s famous. Here are the fads, the fun, the hits and the headlines that made the 40s one of the most incredible decades ever. Episodes are: "1940-1942," "1942-1945," and "1945-1949."

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National Geographic's Amazon: Land of the Flooded Forest [VHS]

National Geographic's Amazon: Land of the Flooded Forest [VHS] Lowest used price: $3.85

Journey into a tropical jungle of staggering beauty. Here, torrential rains annually transform the dry forest floor into a watery world where some of the most extraordinary and uncommon wildlife flourish. In waters 50 feet deep, you'll encounter graceful river dolphins navigating through flooded treetops and the usually lethargic three-toed sloth swimming agilely among the branches. Watch an arrowhana fish leap through the air to grab a beetle perched on a tree trunk, and meet two masterful hunters - the electric eel and the notorious piranha. In AMAZON: LAND OF THE FLOODED FOREST you'll witness the wonders of nature in what has been called "the greatest evolutionary theatre in the world."

This beautiful documentary explores one of the most unusual geographic regions on earth, where water and land life intermingle six months of the year. When rains raise the Amazon river basin into the treetops, fish feed off fruit trees and families hurry to hoist their floorboards above water level. Guided by an expert Amazon biologist, National Geographic's cameras capture in lush color some of the forest's most intimate events: a delicate watson bird protects its chick from an approaching boa, a male "water monkey" releases a cloud of babies from the nest in his mouth, tiny sea turtles dip into the water for the first time. The film also explores the heartbreaking depletion of the area's natural resources, by both natives struggling to survive and outsiders eager to clear land for mass crop production. The endangered Amazon offers a poignant reminder of the fragile interdependency of all creatures. --Claire Campbell

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National Geographic Really Wild Animals: Deep Sea Dive [VHS]

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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: $12.19
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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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Walking With Cavemen [VHS]

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How did our ancestors come to invent language, to shape the world with tools, to create art, and to imagine the future? The award-winning team behind Walking with Dinosaurs and Walking with Prehistoric Beasts brings you this missing link in the story of life on our planet. Follow your family tree all the way back -- to Australopithicus afarensis, the first of our primate ancestors to stand on two legs. See the first sparks of reason as early humans learn to adapt in an ever-changing world. Trace the evolution of such basic human traits as compassion, friendship and love. Watch as we bury our dead for the first time. Then make your way to ice-age Europe, with the Neanderthals who fight to hang on to their domination of the planet...but are forced to concede it to Homo Sapiens.

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