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In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II [VHS]

In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II [VHS] Lowest used price: $9.98
Author: Documentary Film

Set within the magnitude of the Second World War and its aftermath, "In Our Own Hands" reveals for the first time the secret history of the only all-Jewish fighting unit in World War II. Combining the best impulses of "Schindler's List" with the bold antics of "The Dirty Dozen," "In Our Own Hands" introduces audiences to this unique band of soldiers through historical footage and unforgettable interviews. The program offers viewers interested in general and/or Jewish history, as well as WWII buffs, a compelling story of courage and intrigue, justice and revenge, survival and hope.

Like the famed black Tuskegee Airmen and the much-decorated Japanese-American 442nd Infantry, the Jewish Brigade -- young volunteers from what was then Palestine -- had to overcome great prejudice just to be allowed to fight in the British army as Jews. At last receiving their chance, the men of the Brigade faced the Germans in fierce combat during the final Allied offensive in the north of Italy, and came away victorious. Though the war in Europe ended soon after, for these young volunteers from Palestine -- many of whom lost families in the Holocaust -- their war had just begun.

In the first year after the war, Brigade soldiers masterminded one clandestine operation after the next throughout Europe. They formed secret vengeance squads to assassinate Nazi officers in hiding, engineered the rescue and illegal movement of Holocaust survivors to Palestine, and engaged in widespread arms theft for Israel's future War of Independence -- all under the noses of the Allied Armies.

More than anything, "In Our Own Hands" is a story of courage and imagination, providing survivors the missing link between the ruined world that was Europe and hope for a new life in a country of their own.


The Deer Hunter [VHS]

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Winner of five Academy Awards this is a searing drama of friendship and courage,and what happens to these qualities under stress.Starring Robert DeNiro,Christopher Walken and John Savage.(Double Cassette).Original Videos & Cover.

Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, The Deer Hunter is simultaneously an audacious directorial conceit and one of the greatest films ever made about friendship and the personal impact of war. Like Apocalypse Now, it's hardly a conventional battle film--the soldier's experience was handled with greater authenticity in Platoon--but its depiction of war on an intimate scale packs a devastatingly dramatic punch. Director Michael Cimino may be manipulating our emotions with masterful skill, but he does it in a way that stirs the soul and pinches our collective nerves with graphic, high-intensity scenes of men under life-threatening duress. Although Russian-roulette gambling games were not a common occurrence during the Vietnam war, they're used here as a metaphor for the futility of the war itself. To the viewer, they become unforgettably intense rites of passage for the best friends--Pennsylvania steelworkers played by Robert De Niro, John Savage, and Oscar winner Christopher Walken--who may survive or perish during their tour through a tropical landscape of hell. Back home, their loved ones must cope with the war's domestic impact, and in doing so they allow The Deer Hunter to achieve a rare combination of epic storytelling and intimate, heart-rending drama. --Jeff Shannon

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The Odyssey [VHS]

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Andrei Konchalovsky's expansive television mini-series production of Homer's epic poem gets off to clumsy start as he tries to squeeze the Trojan War into a mere half hour, but once the arrogant but honorable Odysseus (strikingly played by Armand Assante) and his loyal crew begin their doomed voyage home, this film turns into a fantastical adventure. Integrating often-stunning special effects with inventive art design, Konchalovsky achieves a beautiful look on a limited budget as he follows the 10-year ordeal of Odysseus from his battles with the Cyclops and the magical Circe (Bernadette Peters) to his secret homecoming and his confrontation with the treacherous Eurymachus (Eric Roberts). Isabella Rossellini appears as his spiritual guide, the goddess Athena, with Greta Scacchi as Odysseus's faithful wife and Vanessa Williams as the seductive Calypso. The rest of the cast includes Geraldine Chaplin, Jeroen Krabbé, Christopher Lee, and Irene Papas. The production was shot on location in and around the Mediterranean, making for a lush, lovely visual experience. --Sean Axmaker


Up in Arms [VHS]

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Up in Arms not only introduced Danny Kaye to moviegoing audiences, but marked his first (of several) ventures with producer Samuel Goldwyn. In this 1944 musical set in contemporary time, a hypochondriac has wartime adventures while trying to impress a pretty nurse. With its lush cinematography in vibrant colors that still leap out, the film will nonetheless still have the politically correct police Up in Arms--the portrayals of the Japanese are stereotypical and cringingly embarrassing. Most notably forgettable is a scene in which Kaye's Danny Weems impersonates a Japanese officer and emerges a hero. But remember, the film was released at the height of war--and of American patriotism. Overall, Kaye's talent shines--he performs the lyrical work of wife Sylvia Fine, one of five contributors to the still catchy, still singable songs. And for those who remember Dinah Shore only from either her TV talk show or the popular golf tournament that bears her name, here's a revelation: she was a super talent. She sings, dances, and lights up the screen. Costars Virginia Merrill and Dana Andrews have the thankless roles of straight persons to the charismatic Kaye and Shore, who have a phenomenal dance number that'll leave you humming the tune long after initial viewing. Look for Kaye's subsequent frequent costar Virginia Mayo in a blink-and-you'll-miss-her Goldwyn Girl role. --N.F. Mendoza

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Roots 6 Video Box Set [VHS]

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From the moment the young, Kunta Kinte is stolen from him life and ancestral home in the 18th century Africa and brought under inhumane conditions to be auctioned as a slave in American, a line is begun that leads from this most shameful chapter in U.S. history t the 20th century author, Alex Haley, a Kinte descendent. The late Haley's acclaimed book Roots was adapted into the six volume television miniseries, which was a widely watched phenomenon in 1977. The programs cover several generations in the antebellum South and end with the story of Chicken (George), a freed slave played by Ben Vereen whose family fels the agony of entrenched racism and learns to fight it. Between the lives of Kunta and George, we meet a number of memorable characters, black and white, and learn much about the emotional and physical torments of slavery, from beatings and rapes to forced separation of spouses and families. Nothing like this had ever confronted so many mainstream American when the series was originally broadcasted, and the extent to which the country was nudged a degree or two enlightenment was instantly obvious. Roots still has that ability to open eyes and engage an audience in a sweeping, memorable drama at the same time.

From the moment the young Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) is stolen from his life and ancestral home in 18th-century Africa and brought under inhumane conditions to be auctioned as a slave in America, a line is begun that leads from this most shameful chapter in U.S. history to the 20th-century author Alex Haley, a Kinte descendant. The late Haley's acclaimed book Roots was adapted into this six-volume television miniseries, which was a widely watched phenomenon in 1977. The programs cover several generations in the antebellum South and end with the story of "Chicken" George, a freed slave played by Ben Vereen whose family feels the agony of entrenched racism and learns to fight it. Between the lives of Kunta and George, we meet a number of memorable characters, black and white, and learn much about the emotional and physical torments of slavery, from beatings and rapes to the forced separation of spouses and families. Nothing like this had ever confronted so many mainstream Americans when the series was originally broadcast, and the extent to which the country was nudged a degree or two toward enlightenment was instantly obvious. Roots still has that ability to open one's eyes, and engage an audience in a sweeping, memorable drama at the same time. --Tom Keogh

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Dances With Wolves [VHS]

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Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

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Wings (1927) [VHS]

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Wings, the first movie to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and the only silent film to win, is still remarkably enjoyable to watch. The story is a fairly conventional one--two flyboys, both in love with the same girl, go off to fight World War I, and male bonding and heartbreak ensue. It's a perfectly serviceable plot, except for the key logical flaw that both young men have inexplicably fallen in love with the boring girl down the street and have somehow failed to notice that Clara Bow is the girl next door. Both male leads really flew their airplanes, and the dogfight footage is still spectacular. The main reason to watch Wings, though, is to see the difference between an actor and a movie star. There are many actors in the film, but only two movie stars. Clara Bow is a treat to watch every minute she's on screen, and young Gary Cooper in a tiny role nearly walks away with the movie, mostly by standing there and looking dreamy. It's well worth sitting through a little cheesy organ music for a movie this much fun. --Ali Davis

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Schindler's List - Limited Edition Gift Set [VHS]

Schindler's List - Limited Edition Gift Set [VHS] Lowest new price: $17.99
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All contents are protected in a hard cover case. The CD, tapes and associated text are neatly placed in separate compartments within. The CD and text have not been opened. The VCR tapes have been played but still looked untouched. The plastic cover over the box has been removed. Overall this collection is in excellent condition.


Pretty Baby [VHS]

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After making a series of acclaimed and controversial films in his native France, director Louis Malle made his American debut with this disturbing but visually beautiful story about Hattie (Susan Sarandon), a prostitute working in New Orleans' Storyville district at the turn of the century. When Hattie becomes pregnant, she opts to keep her baby and gives birth to a daughter named Violet, raising her in the brothel where she continues to work. Twelve years later, Violet (Brooke Shields) is old enough to attract the attentions of the brothel's customers, but emotionally has one foot in the adult world of her surroundings and the other in the naïveté of childhood. With Hattie's consent, Violet's virginity is auctioned off to the customers of the house; but for Violet, the pull between childhood and adulthood becomes most clear -- and most painful -- when she draws the affections of Bellocq (Keith Carradine), a photographer who has been working on a photo series about Storyville prostitutes. Violet's blend of childlike innocence and adult sensuality is profoundly attractive to him, but their relationship quickly becomes problematic, especially when Hattie leaves Violet behind to get married.

A semi-scandal upon its release in 1978, this Louis Malle film is set in a turn-of-the-century, New Orleans bordello and focuses on a girl named Violet (then-child actress Brooke Shields) whose imminent twelfth birthday signals her "readiness" to become a career prostitute. Typical of Malle, the outwardly forbidden nature of the story and relationships within are morally obscured by the immediate experiences and unqualified urges of the characters. The little heroine brings a distinctly youthful and innocent view to the milieu, and the introduction of a photographer (Keith Carradine)--who eventually marries Violet--in the brothel carries the suggestion that there is art and beauty to be explored there. Susan Sarandon is beguiling as Violet's mother, who seems to unfold in the cameraman's presence. The film moves a little stiffly, a little slowly, possibly from a heavy emphasis on period art direction and Sven Nykvist's moody if gorgeous photography. --Tom Keogh

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The Civil War (Ken Burns): 9 Video Boxed Set (Time Life Series)

The Civil War (Ken Burns): 9 Video Boxed Set (Time Life Series) Lowest new price: $37.00
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Author: Time - Life

The Civil War VHS Videos

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