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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: $43.89
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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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The Story of English, Programs 1-9 [VHS]

The Story of English, Programs 1-9 [VHS] Lowest new price: $129.95
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Encompassing history, geography, sociology, drama, language, arts, and more, The Story of English takes viewers on an unforgettable journey through the history of the English language. Host Robert MacNeil travels the world to illustrate the language's global influence. Part travelogue, part linguistics, part history, and all fascinating, the series is a unique blend of solid scholarship and engrossing entertainment.

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Salt Lake City - Once Upon a Time [VHS]

Salt Lake City - Once Upon a Time [VHS] Lowest used price: $29.98


CNN's Millennium Boxed Set [VHS]

CNN's Millennium Boxed Set [VHS] Lowest new price: $19.99
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A thousand years in 10 hours is an ambitious project, to say the least. But the team at CNN succeeds with its now-typical aplomb, as the team that brought us Cold War shares with us Millennium. "We know the history of our own country," narrator Ben Kingsley intones. But this series purports to give us "history from a global perspective, not through the eyes of the West." Using reenactments and impressive computer graphics--used with inspiration for everything from rebuilding the 11th-century Pueblo Bonito to representing Freud's idea of the subconscious--the history of the world for the past 1,000 years is re-created. Each episode covers 100 years, from the 11th century's "Century of the Sword" to the 16th century's "Century of the Compass" to the final 100 years of the millennium in "Century of the Globe." Segmented by time and place, Millennium focuses on five topics in five separate locations in each episode. The wealth of topics is mind-boggling: the spread of Islam, Mongol conquests, the rise of Gothic spires across Europe, Australian Aborigines, the trail of Marco Polo, Black Death, Chinese naval power, the Ottoman Empire, the religious conversion of the Mayans, the Mogul Dynasty, science, slave trade, the Industrial Revolution, to name just a fraction of the stories told. Granted, given the constraints of covering 1,000 years in a mere 10 hours, the video may leave you longing for more, but what a way to whet your appetite for history. --Jenny Brown


National Geographic's GeoKids: Tadpoles, Dragonflies, and the Caterpillar's Big Change [VHS]

National Geographic's GeoKids: Tadpoles, Dragonflies, and the Caterpillar's Big Change [VHS] Lowest new price: $15.87
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Sunny Honeypossum wants to fly, Bobby Bushbaby wants to help, and Balzac de Chameleon knows just which fascinating feathered creatures to tell them about.

When Sunny finds a weird-looking pod hanging from a branch, Uncle Balzac de Chameleon explains it's a pupa - a sort of "sleeping bag" where a caterpillar becomes a butterfly in a big change called "metamorphosis". Curiosity leads Sunny and Bobby on an exploration of other big-change artists, such as frogs, mosquitoes, dragonflies, and more. Meanwhile, animated Francisco Flamingo flaps in with a fascinating "Flamingo Fact" about the salamander's big change, the count-to-ten "Number Dance", and the reggae beat of "Things Are Always Changing". Plus, "Who's That Living in the Water?" sneaks a peek at swimming sea otters and "Animal Doo-Wop" introduces the fun of rock 'n roll phonics. Each GeoKids puppet character is based on a real animal - Sunny, the Australian honey possum; Bobby, the African bush baby; and Uncle Balzac, a chameleon from Madagascar. Created by Emmy winner Hank Saroyan of Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, GeoKids is certain to entertain and enrich the whole family.

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The Compleat Beatles [VHS]

The Compleat Beatles [VHS] Lowest new price: $39.99
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Brand: MGM/UA

This documentary chronicles the career of the "Fab Four".

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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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Brand: reader's digest video

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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Making of Jurassic Park [VHS]

Making of Jurassic Park [VHS] Lowest new price: $13.99
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Brand: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

In June of 1993, the world's imagination was captured by a motion picture that would forever change the course of filmmaking: Director Steven Spielberg's JURASSIC PARK. Now, for the first time journey behind the scenes for the making of this exciting cinematic event. James Earl Jones narrates this intimate account of the various stages in the filming of JURASSIC PARK from early per-production, to shooting, to state-of-the-art post-production. Learn the fascinating movie-making secrets behind the magic and discover how Academy Award winning special-effects masters and computer artists painstakingly create the amazingly life-like, 65 million-year-old dinosaurs. Travel with cast and crew to tropical Kauai to film the park sequences, then head back to the Universal Studios sound stages where the dinosaurs and sets are carefully guarded from the public-ad the press. It's a rare, breathtaking opportunity to experience the genesis of what Steven Spielberg calls "a wonderful collaboration between effects, artistry and paleontology."


In Search of History: Trojan City [VHS]

In Search of History: Trojan City [VHS] Lowest new price: $9.95
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In the more than 3,000 years since Troy's fabled fall, its mysteries have yet to be unraveled. The legends of the Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy and Achilles have fueled some of archaeology's most celebrated expeditions, yet continue to baffle scholars and ignite controversy. THE TROJAN CITY is an exhaustive exploration of the legendary city. Travel to the site of Troy in modern-day Turkey and visit with the scientists and archaeologists who are probing its secrets. Search for answers to the central questions of this eternal mystery: Did the Trojan War really occur? Was the abduction of Helen its cause? And what do we know of Homer, the poet whose Iliad immortalized Troy's contentious history? The astonishing findings add a new and intriguing chapter to this legendary story!


Sightings: UFO Report [VHS]

Sightings: UFO Report [VHS] Lowest new price: $6.99
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Sightings: UFO Report [VHS] + Alpha

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