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|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
|World at War Vols. 1-13 [VHS]
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Sir Jeremy Isaacs is highly deserving of the numerous awards for documentaries he has received: the Royal Television Society's Desmond Davis Award, l'Ordre National du Mérit, an Emmy, and a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. His epic, 26-volume The World at War remains unsurpassed as the definitive visual history of World War II. So well known is this series that almost all baby boomers, and even most Gen-Xers, recognize the opening credits set over burning text and the somber black-and-white images of this war's particular horror.
World War II was unique in thousands of ways, one of which was the unparalleled scope of the Axis and Allies' visual documentation of their activities. As a result, this war is understood as much through written histories as it is through its powerful images. The Nazis were remarkably thorough in recording even their most abhorrent atrocities--in an impressive amount of color footage. The World at War was one of the first television documentaries to exploit these resources so completely, giving viewers an unbelievable visual guide to the greatest event in the 20th century. This is to say nothing of the excellent, comprehensible narrative. Some highlights include early German and Nazi documentation of Hitler's rise to power through the impending attack on Poland in volume 1; the early British losses in the blitz in the skies over Britain and in North Africa in volume 12; the turning point of the war and Germany's first defeat in volume 13; one of the most fascinating documentaries of life inside Nazi Germany, from Lebensborn to the Hitler Youth, in volume 16; an unromanticized view of the Normandy invasion (unprecedented until Saving Private Ryan) in volume 17; one of the most widely shown introductions to the Holocaust in volume 18; an important look into wartime Japan and its expansion (although early 20th-century history that lead to Japan's role in World War II is superficial) volume 22; and another widely seen documentary of the Manhattan Project, the Enola Gay, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki in volume 24.
The World at War will remain the definitive visual history of World War II, analogous to Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. No serious historian should exclude The World at War from their collection, and no student should leave school without having seen at least some of its salient episodes. Rarely is film so essential. --Erik J. Macki
|North and South Book I (VHS, 6 videos)
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VHS Tapes on War Between The North/South - Patrick Swayze and Others
|Shanghai Express [VHS]
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Josef von Sternberg gets really exotic here with Marlene Dietrich and the story of her adventures on a train en route to Shanghai, where she is reunited with a lover who jilted her (Clive Brook). When the train is overtaken by Chinese rebels, Brook is held hostage and the rebel leader (Warner Oland of Charlie Chan fame) takes a liking to Dietrich. The notorious adventurer fiendishly strikes a bargain to save Brook, whom she's never stopped loving. This is one of the most intriguing von Sternberg-Dietrich films not only because of its exotic style and setting but because of its passionate love story. --Bill Desowitz
|Civil War Diary (Across Five Aprils) [VHS]
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Small screen adaption of the book "Across Five Aprils"
by Irene Hunt. The novel was adapted to screen in 1990 by Kevin Meyer and starred Todd Duffey and Miriam Byrd-Nethery.
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Joseph Heller's novel was one of the seminal literary events of the 1960s, but Mike Nichols's film ultimately proved too literal in its attempt to bring Heller's fragmented fiction to the screen. Still, Nichols, who made this on the heels of The Graduate, seemed the ideal candidate to tackle this Buck Henry adaptation. The story deals with bomber pilot Yossarian (Alan Arkin), who has flown enough missions to get out of World War II but can't because the number of missions needed for discharge keeps getting raised. The satire and absurdity of Heller's book get lost in Nichols's effort to give screen time to the members of his all-star cast, which includes Orson Welles, Jon Voight, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Richard Benjamin, and Martin Sheen, among others. --Marshall Fine
|Semper Fi: Story Us Marine Corps [VHS]
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Semper Fi is the story of the combat operations of the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Campaign of World War II and in the Korean War. During the Second World War it was predominantly Marine Corps units that led the amphibious assaults that spearheaded Admiral Nimitz's island hopping strategy in the Central Pacific. From the Solomon Islands to Okinawa, from Tarawa to Peleliu, it was the United States Marines that suffered the first casualties. In the process, they became the masters of the art of amphibious warfare, perfecting a role they had been designed to perform and raising it to a level that no one has yet equaled. Marine Corps units were among the first military units rushed to the Korean peninsula when war first broke out. They were the last to leave. From the desperate battles to hold the Pusan Perimeter to Inchon, from the recapture of Seoul to the march up the Korean peninsula to the Yalu, Marine Corps units were there. This is the story of uncommon valor. This is the story of the few, the proud, the brave, the Marines.
- Four Volume Set:
- Vol. 1: Counterstrike: The First Offensives
- Vol 2: The Central Pacific Campaign
- Vol 3: The Final Battles
- Vol 4: The Korean War
|The African Queen [VHS]
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One of Bogey's best movie. If you are a Bogey fan, then you want this movie for your collection.
|The Green Berets [VHS]
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Anyone who fought in Vietnam can tell you that the war bore little resemblance to this propagandistic action film starring and codirected by John Wayne. But the film itself is not nearly as bad as its reputation would suggest; critics roasted its gung-ho politics while ignoring its merits as an exciting (if rather conventional and idealistic) war movie. Some notorious mistakes were made--in the final shot, the sun sets in the east!--and it's an awkward attempt to graft WWII heroics onto the Vietnam experience. But as the Duke's attempt to acknowledge the men who were fighting and dying overseas, it's a rousing film in which Wayne commands a regiment on a mission to kidnap a Viet Cong general. David Janssen plays a journalist who learns to understand Wayne's commitment to battling Communism, and Jim Hutton (Timothy's dad) plays an ill-fated soldier who adopts a Vietnamese orphan. --Jeff Shannon
|Force of Arms [VHS]
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Film adaptation of Hemingway's novel 'A Farewell to Arms' set during World War II. The Germans have successfully stopped the Americans from making it any further into the Italian mountains. The battles have reduced Joe Peterson's platoon to a mere shell of it's former self. Joe is given leave to recuperate in Naples where he meets WAC Lieutenant Eleanor MacKay. A romance develops, even as Joe has to travel back and forth to the front lines. The two struggle with the reality that each battle may be his last.
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