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Nova: Submarines Secrets & Spies [VHS]

Nova: Submarines Secrets & Spies [VHS] Lowest used price: $5.73

Deadly Cold War mysteries emerge from the deep.

Only one word describes the secrets revealed in this video: astonishing. For 40 years, submarine crews lived on the front lines of the Cold War, but until recently few knew the hidden history of their tragedies and triumphs. Through candid interviews with Soviet and US military personnel, shocking underwater footage, and recently de-classified film and documents, NOVA lifts the veil on deadly, mysterious submarine accidents and high-risk spy missions.

Hear famed underwater explorer Bob Ballard detail his secret search missions. Find out what sank the "killer shark" Thresher, the Navy's most advanced nuclear submarine. See the USS Scorpion lying at 10,000 feet and join investigative journalists uncovering new evidence that contradicts official Navy statements. Understand how the ultra-high-tech recovery of a sunken Soviet sub in 1968 became the largest covert operation since the Manhattan Project, and learn how the mission's cover (as Howard Hughes' deep-sea mining operation) duped America... and even NOVA.

The Nova series has taken documentary television to new heights by presenting fascinating topics in an intelligent, informative manner. This video is no exception. A combination of great photography, the ever-present Bob Ballard, and accounts from participants, it presents the amazing stories of cold war undersea espionage. One of the most compelling parts of this video is that of the cable on the sea floor through which the Soviet Union sent almost all of their classified communications. The explanation of how the United States came so close to being on a party line with the Soviets is truly astounding. Nova has done an excellent job of presenting a lot of information. This is definitely a video you will want to rewind and watch again right away. --Amanda Powter


William Shatner's Spplat Attack [VHS]

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Sci-Fi icon William Shatner (Star Trek) recently hosted and participated in the largest Star Trek scenario paintball game ever. This reality-based film takes viewers behind the gun sight of the people who play paintball, highlighting the strategizing that occurs between teams, players devotion, camaraderie and desire to win. WILLIAM SHATNER’S SPPLAT ATTACK is the final opportunity for fans to see Shatner bring the spirit of Captain James T. Kirk back to life in this unique program that pays homage to some of the most famous Star Trek episodes from the original series.

A cross between Star Trek meets Survivor ... Over 1,500 people gathered to simultaneously play a reality-based Star Trek scenario paintball game, where participants received a "one-of-a-kind" opportunity to fight alongside Captain Shatner in a unique paintball competition that benefited William Shatner’s charity, the Hollywood Horse Show.

This unique DVD/VHS transports viewers into the middle of a war and goes behind-the-scenes with the most iconic captain of the Star Trek franchise as he battles armies who represent his most dreaded enemies. It's a reality-based Star Trek scenario paintball game that finds three well known teams; the Federation, the Klingons and the Borg battling it out on the field. Arriving in grandeur style, Shatner starts the competition by paramotoring in to Challenge Park Xtreme, where he then proceeds to lead the Federation like only he can; with dynamic strategy, rallying speeches and the willingness to take matters into his own hands when the chips are down. From the moment William Shatner literally flies into the event, he doesn’t stop--and neither do the cameras.


Raintree County

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Elizabeth Taylor and Mongtomery Clift are passionate lovers caught up in the tumultuous events surrounding the Civil War in theis epic screen adaption of Ross Lockridge, Jr's prize-winning best seller.

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Tongues Untied [VHS]

Tongues Untied [VHS]


D-Day Remembered [VHS]

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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION, BEST DOCUMENTARY

It was the beginning of the liberation of Europe from Hitler and Nazi tyranny and the single most definable moment of the Allied victory in World War II. A pivotal point in history at which the future of the civilized world hung in the balance, it was the largest and most ambitious logistical undertaking attempted by humankind. It demonstrated, in General Eisenhower's words, "the incomparable power of an aroused democracy." The invasion of Europe at Normandy of June 6, 1944 by the Allied forces was an event the like of which the world will never see again. In "a kind of filmmaking miracle" (L.A. Times), D-DAY REMEMBERED combines footage and photographs from American, British and German archives with the voices of the people who participated in the planning and execution of the invasion to create a stunning and unforgettable portrait of "Operation Overlord." From paratroopers jumping off into the darkness, to the tremendous bombardment of key German positions, to the perilous! crossing of the English Channel and the landing of some 150,000 troops and 30,000 vehicles on the fortified beaches, D-DAY REMEMBERED presents a thrilling, inspiring and unromanticized account of the most significant military engagement of the 20th century.


Crumb [VHS]

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Robert Crumb is known for his disturbing, yet compelling, underground cartoons: his most famous works made countercultural icons out of Mr. Natural ("Keep on Truckin'...") and Fritz the Cat. Terry Zwigoff delves into the odd world of the cartoonist in his documentary film Crumb, and the picture that emerges is not always pretty--at moments, it's almost repellent--but it's a fascinating glimpse into a very strange mind. Interviewing immediate family--Crumb has one suicidal brother, one semi-psychopathic brother, two sisters who declined to be interviewed, and a tyrannical mother--Crumb begins to look a bit saner. Given his surroundings, it's remarkable that he has survived so well. His hostilities toward women may turn some viewers off, but his wife, Aline, seems to be a grounding point, and she provides a solid counterbalance to the man. No one shies away from discussing incredibly intimate things (namely, sex!), which explains much of R. Crumb's cartoons. This documentary can definitely be considered a masterpiece for the cult crowd, and as for the rest of us, it's sure to make us feel a little better about our own lives! --Jenny Brown

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National Geographic's Elephant [VHS]

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Of all the creatures that walk the planet, the elephant is the biggest, strongest, and among the most intelligent. From Sri Lanka to Kenya, ELEPHANT is a charming, sometimes alarming, in-depth look at this magnificent animal and its precarious future. In Asia, watch man and beast work side-by-side in a land where the elephant is an object of worship and affection. In the open spaces of Africa, marvel at the behavior of wild elephants as they communicate over great distances. And finally, witness the birth of a baby elephant as it struggles to its feet for the very first time.

Did you know that elephants live in tightly organized social groups led by females? That there are 100,000 muscles in nature's most versatile appendage, the trunk? That elephants communicate with each other using low-frequency calls (similar to whales) over distances of up to three miles? You'll learn these and other intriguing facts in National Geographic's Elephant. However, you will also bear witness to the plight of these gentle giants as they struggle to survive in an industrialized world. Meet the scientists and humanitarians whose lives revolve around studying and protecting them.

Overall, Elephant is an engaging study of nature's largest land animal. While the viewer is treated to beautiful images of elephant family life, the film is true to its narrative in depicting the flip side: the wasteful death of elephants shot by poachers; the cruel "breaking" of elephants who are forced into a life of domestic servitude; and the "cropping" (killing) that is enforced by park rangers in the name of population control. Gritty and honest, this film does not shy away from presenting the reality of the elephant's present and its uncertain future. --Katy Ankenman


Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (Six Pack) [VHS]

Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (Six Pack) [VHS] Lowest new price: $8.95
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An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TB journalist Bill Moyers in the acclaimed PBS series. 1. The Hero's Adventure- Long before medieval knights charged off to slay dragons, tales of heroic adventures were an integral part of all world cultures. Campbell challenges everyone to see the presence of a heroic journey in his or her own life. 2. The Message of the Myth- Campbell compares the creation story in Genesis with Creation stories from around the world. Because the world changes, religion has to be transformed and new mythologies created. People today are stuck with myths that don't fit their needs. 3. The First Storytellers- Campbell discusses the importance of accepting death as rebirth as in the myth of the buffalo and the story of Christ, the rite of passage in primitive societies, the role of mystical Shamans, and the decline of ritual in today's society. 4. Sacrifice and Bliss- Campbell discusses the role of sacrifice in myth, which symbolizes the necessity for rebirth. He stresses the need for every one of us to find our sacred place in the midst of today's fast-paced, technological world. 5. Love and the Goddess- Campbell talks about romantic love, beginning with the 12th century troubadours, and addresses questions about the image of woman- as goddess, virgin, Mother Earth. 6. Masks of Eternity- Campbell provides challenging insights into the concepts of God, religion and eternity, as revealed in Christian teachings and the beliefs of Buddhists, Navajo Indians, Schopenhauer, Jung and others.

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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


Dancing Outlaw [VHS]

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Brand: DancingOutlaw.com

A revealing portrait of the nearly extinct "hillbilly" culture, focuses on mountain dancer Jesco White's uphill battle against abject poverty, drug abuse, petty crime and mental instability. In his struggle to live up to his father's legacy as the finest mountain dancer in Appalachia, he leans on Jesus, Elvis Presley, and his wife, Norma Jean.

DANCING OUTLAW has been screened at several major events, including the Sundance Film Festival.

DANCING OUTLAW has won 7 major awards, including: Best Public Television Program, 1992 Emmy Award and the American Film Institute Award.


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