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|PBS American Visions The History of American Art and Architecture [VHS]
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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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A film that chronicles New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison's investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It explores all the credible assassination theories that have raised the nation's persistent questions, doubts and suspicions.
|Curse of the Blair Witch [VHS]
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This movie is the uncensored investigation of the "Blair Witch Project".
Are you wondering just exactly who the Blair Witch was? What the Burkittsville, Maryland, legend was all about? Or what exactly fascinated student filmmaker Heather and what possibly took her, Mike, and Josh from this earth? Get all your background questions answered by Curse of the Blair Witch, a one-stop-shopping "documentary" originally produced for the Sci-Fi Channel as a tie-in marketing tool. Entirely fictionalized, Curse of the Blair Witch focuses both on the past and the present, with copious info on the Blair Witch myth as well as on the disappearance of Heather, Josh, and Mike. As it turns out, the original witch was one Elly Kedward, who was accused in 1785 of taking blood from several children; she was subsequently banished to the harsh winter woods and left for dead. Her grisly and bloody legacy involves missing children, polluted water, disemboweled men, and a serial killer of children who claims to have been haunted by "an old woman ghost." Aside from some ineffective "newsreel" footage of the serial killer, all this intriguing information is presented convincingly and chillingly. Curse may in fact freak you out more than the movie, and it evokes the great, pulpy In Search Of series of the '70s, one of the prime inspirations for filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. News clips of the search for Heather, Josh, and Mike lend a vérité atmosphere to the proceedings, but shed little light on their mysterious disappearance or their characters. Basically, it's a tease to go see the movie. Still, The Blair Witch Project provided only ever-so-slight information on the legend that haunted the forest, so you'll want this cleverly constructed mock documentary to supplement your knowledge of the film. --Mark Englehart
|The Beatles Anthology Collector's Set [VHS]
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Initially broadcast as a TV miniseries to go with the series of three Anthology double-CD albums, this set of eight documentary tapes has the heft and scope of one of Ken Burns's expansive projects. Still, unless you are either a historian or a truly committed fan, you'll find yourself with way more material--particularly about the Beatles' early lives as lads in Liverpool--than you'll want to watch. The documentary material is copious, including early performance films and tapes, at the point before they found their true voices. The actual Beatlemania years--beginning in 1963 and concluding in 1970--feature extensive performance films, as well as home movies and archival material. The best parts, of course, are the interviews with the Beatles themselves, who produced the entire thing. Along with reworking two previously unreleased John Lennon tracks as "new Beatles songs," the Anthology includes some unseen Lennon interview tapes so that his acerbic voice can be heard as well. This stands as a comprehensive document of that heady period, the second coming of rock & roll, as the Beatles took what Elvis had started and expanded upon it exponentially. The tapes give a solid sense of the historical context and the way these four musicians changed the world around them in the 1960s. --Marshall Fine
|Girl Groups [VHS]
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Take a trip back to mashed potatoes, party lights & da doo ron rons! Remember the girl groups of the 60s who sang their way into your hearts? The Shirelles, The Angels, The Ronettes, Martha & The Vandellas, The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, The Marvelettes? Here's your chance to relive the excitement of rock music's happiest era! Girl Groups traces the story of the dream girls, punctuating over 25 of their greatest hits with fascinating insights into what went on behind the scenes. Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Arlene Smith of The Shirelles & Darlene Love reminisce about their lives & careers, recalling the shrewd business people who discovered & packaged them--in tight jeans, miniskirts, sequins & feathers. Highlighted by rare original footage of the groups performing such hits as "My Boyfriend's Back," "My Guy," "Tell Him," "He's A Rebel," "Mr. Postman," "Be My Baby," "Dancin' In The Streets," "Baby Love" & more--Girl Groups is guaranteed to make you "Remember (Walking in the Sand)." You may even wanna "Shout" & "Do The Locomotion" all over again.
|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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|Operation Desert Storm:War Begins [VHS]
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On August 2, 1990 Iraqi tanks rumbled into the tiny oil-rich emirate of Kuwait, triggering the turmoil that would soon engulf many of the world's nations in war. Through months of tough talk and bloody combat, CNN's global newsgathering forces reported the story live from Baghdad and Riyadh, Washington and Moscow, Jerusalem and Amman. Now CNN's award-winning documentary team "Special Reports" knits the network's unprecedented coverage into a compelling tale of the extraordinary leaders and warriors, the history, the diplomatic ploys and battlefield stratagems in the opening chapters of war in the gulf.
|The Compleat Beatles [VHS]
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This documentary chronicles the career of the "Fab Four".
|The Century-America's Time (Boxed Set) [VHS]
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Covering the entire 20th century in one video series is an ambitious project, but one that Peter Jennings and ABC News are up to. In The Century: America's Time, a 12-part documentary on six videotapes that is a companion to the book of the same name, Jennings guides us through a century of technology and advancement like no other. As he says in his introduction to episode 1, "Seeds of Change," "Unlike previous centuries where leadership was defined by royalty and other rulers, the 20th century more than any other was shaped by the will and actions of the common man." The series is a sweeping presentation of the United States of the 1900s and tries to encompass a mind-boggling amount of history. And while at moments the videos may leave you longing for more, Jennings does an excellent job of creating smooth segues between disparate pieces.
The first episode, for instance, begins with the influx of immigrants at the turn of the century and touches on Jim Crow laws, moving pictures, planes, Henry Ford, the sinking of the USS Maine, child labor, suffragettes, the Panama Canal, imperialism, and more, right up to the beginning of World War I. The archival footage is stunning and interviews with historians, veterans, journalists, POWs, politicians, authors, celebrities, and common people help bring the past to life again. Mickey Spillane discusses the speakeasies of the 1920s; Dennis Hopper talks about Easy Rider in the '60s; Tom Wolfe reads from The Bonfire of the Vanities for the episode on the '80s. Eudora Welty, E.L. Doctorow, Martin Scorsese, John Updike, Pat Buchanan, Oliver Stone, Stephen E. Ambrose, among many others, lend their voices to this documentary. Yet, despite the great names, at times the pictures and people are allowed to speak for themselves, without intrusive narration--the stark images of the Challenger explosion or the sad words of a political activist mourning the death of his partner to AIDS are more powerful because of it. This chronological tale (with the exception of the last episode, "Then and Now," which is arranged thematically) is an insightful and poignant reminder of all the marvels--and tragedies--of America in the 20th century. --Jenny Brown
|The Beat Generation: An American Dream [VHS]
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A portrait of a volatile period of American culture illuminated through rare archival footage and interviews with personalities which include Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, Carolyn Cassady, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Timothy Leary and Abby Hoffman.
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