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|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 Rumble in the Jungle - Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman
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Marv Albert and Bernie Pacheco("The Fight Doctoer") host this critically acclaimed NBC Sports "Greatest Fights Ever" Special
|Mysteries of the Pyramids [VHS]
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The Pyramids narrated by Omar Sharif on VHS.
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|Painter's Painting: The New York Art Scene, 1940-1970 [VHS]
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A documentary on the New York School painters. Shows many of the artists from 1940-1970 before they became famous.
|Michael Landon: Memories With Laughter & Love [VHS]
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MEMORIES brings together Michael's family and friends to celebrate and reminisce about the most memorable moments of his brilliant life and career.
- produced in 1993
- made in USA
|The Crocodile Hunter - Africa's Deadliest Snakes [VHS]
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Explore the dark continent with the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, as he uncovers Africa's deadliest snakes
|National Geographic's Inside the White House [VHS]
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You are about to step inside the imposing gates of the White House for a revealing visit to the most famous, yet mysterious, building in America. National Geographic cameras gain unprecedented access to the White House, uncovering hidden inner workings and unearthing some surprising secrets. Discover the human side of this legendary house in candid interviews with every living President and First Lady, and peek inside the families' rarely-seen private living quarters. Follow along as a small army of employees whirls behind the scenes in a frenzy of activity surrounding a major state dinner. A virtuoso pastry chef makes mouthwatering masterpieces, butlers prepare the stunning settings, workers polish every bit of brass, and the all-seeing chief usher watches over every detail. From the mundane to the magnificent, National Geographic explores the untold stories of INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE.
Americans may think they know plenty about the White House--and in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, perhaps many feel they know more than they want to--but the National Geographic video Inside the White House will make you forget such sordid details. The history of the most famous house in the United States is a fascinating one, and this video seamlessly blends aspects of that monumental past with present-day behind-the-scenes access. The filmmakers were allowed to shoot preparations for a state dinner hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton for Boris and Mrs. Yeltsin--from the setting of 1,500 pieces of White House china to the intricate choreographing of the meal service, as well as security checks and final briefings for the President. Intercut with these scenes are segments discussing the White House's history, architecture, and high-profile residents, as well as anecdotes from all surviving former residents. Particularly moving are interviews with staff members, including the longtime White House butler who overheard Winston Churchill, deep in his cups, pacing the halls and rehearsing the speech that would include the phrase "the Iron Curtain" for the first time. Narration by Morgan Freeman and an uplifting score by Mark Adler add to the impressive polish of the documentary. --Anne Hurley
|Wild Man Blues [VHS]
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Wild Man Blues [VHS] BRAND NEW - STILL IN ORIGINAL FACTORY SEALED PACKAGE from Hibiscus Express ..Comes with a NO QUESTIONS ASKED REPLACEMENT OR REFUND WITHIN 7 DAYS OF RECEIPT IF NOT SATISFIED.
In 1996, with his public image at a low ebb after a messy breakup with Mia Farrow, clarinetist and filmmaker Woody Allen set off on a tour of Europe with his New Orleans jazz band. Accompanying him were his sister, his soon-to-be wife Soon-Yi Previn, and Oscar-winning documentary maker Barbara Kopple. Like Allen says as the beginning of the tour, "Theoretically, this should be fun for us."
Woody Allen has always been more widely appreciated in Europe than in the U.S., so it's no surprise that the concerts quickly provoke the kind of fan hysteria usually reserved for rock stars. This star however is clearly not comfortable with his fame. Whether he's giving a tour of his lavish hotel suite or prodding at an unexpectedly dry omelet, the director seems profoundly ill at ease and sometimes--when trapped by a crowd or harassed by a particularly persistent photographer--he appears to be both frightened and angry at the way celebrity shapes his life. The pressure to be funny on cue is the bane of any comedian's life, of course, and for Allen the seemingly endless round of receptions and parties is something to be endured, not enjoyed. In the face of this, the mutual support and affection shared by Allen and the woman he introduces as "the notorious Soon-Yi Previn" comes across as both genuine and absolutely necessary. When they are together, he is at his funniest, and his least guarded.
What persuaded such a private artist to allow such a documentary to be made? Perhaps it was a desire to celebrate his love of music, something that appears to sustain him as much as his relationship with Soon-Yi. He may refuse to bob his head and tap his feet to please his audience, but when he launches into a soaring solo we finally see Allen at ease, transported by the thrill of playing jazz. --Simon Leake
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|Divine Horsemen: Living Gods of Haiti [VHS]
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Clear explanations of the three Voundoun cults; (Rada, Petro and Congo), their origins and the differences in their practices, the Voundoun cosmology, the Deities and their hierarchical positioning.
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