May 2010 DVDs

The African Queen

A hard-drinking river trader and a prim missionary become unlikely travel companions on a river expedition in the war-torn African jungle in 1914 as they battle nature, a German gunboat, and each other.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice, an enigmatic young girl, wanders through a Victorian landscape populated by the most bizarre and astonishing characters. Alice gently questions each one in turn, subtly mocking their middle-class English values.

Avatar

Jake Sully is a former Marine who uses a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth’s energy crisis. He is given a mission to infiltrate the Na’vi, who have become a major obstacle to mining the precious ore. But a beautiful Na’vi female, Neytiri, saves Jake’s life — which changes everything.

Beyond Our Differences

Features interviews with religious leaders and politicians as they are asked what inspires them.

The Blind Side

Michael Oher is a homeless African-American teenager who is from a broken home. Mike is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, Mike faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome – as both a football player and student. Mike works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

A Call Girl

A Call girl: A 23-year-old Slovenia girl went to the capital from a small town. She worked as a call girl but when a politician, a caller, died from his heart attack, the call girl confronted fear, guilt and desperation. Her small town became her refuge.

Cleopatra

Cleopatra tries to increase her power with help from the Roman Empire. Both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony fall for her. After Caesar’s death Cleopatra seduces Mark Antony, but the couple soon face certain doom.

Couples Retreat

Following failed attempts to conceive, Jason and Cynthia are contemplating divorce. In an effort to save their marriage, they book a vacation to a couples therapy retreat, called Eden. To save money they encourage their friends to join them, claiming that their friends can enjoy the party activities and not take part in the therapy. Reluctantly their friends, Dave and Ronnie, Joey and Lucy, and recently divorced Shane and his girlfriend Trudy agree. Upon their arrival to Eden they are sent to the west side of the island, but Joey learns that the east side of the island hosts a singles resort. After their first therapy session all four couples learn they have problems with their relationships. Later, Shane runs into his ex-wife, who admits she still loves him.

The Craft

A supernatural horror story filled with special effects, about a group of unpopular high-school girls who dabble in witchcraft. Once unleashed, the power becomes too much for them to handle, leading to a battle for control between Sarah, the new girl in the group, and power-crazed Nancy.

Crazy Heart

The powerful story of a country music star’s rocky road to redemption. Bad Blake is a boozy, broken-down singer who reaches for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the music. But will Bad’s hard-livin’ ways and crazy heart cost him his last chance at a comeback?

Delta Force 2

Colonel Scott McCoy and his elite Delta Force are called on to rescue a trio of drug enforcement agents who are being held hostage by a sadistic cocaine czar.

Dickie Roberts

Dickie Roberts is a former child actor who appeared on a hit television show. Now in his thirties, he can only find work as a parking valet and spends his free time with other formal child stars. Wanting to make a comeback, he manages to get an audition with director Rob Reiner. When the role requires him to be normal, he decides to hire a normal family for $20,000 in order to “research” the childhood he missed out on

Disgrace

Professor David Lurie is a man whose world is shattered when he is fired for seducing a college student. He finds peace at his estranged daughter’s modest farm in South Africa until a horrific incident of terror and violence forces Lurie to confront his beliefs and the disturbing racial complexities of the new South Africa. Special features included.

An Education

In the early 1960’s, 16-year-old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in a London suburb. She is smart, pretty, and working toward her goal of being accepted into Oxford. Her life will take a big turn when she meets David, a man twice her age. Now she must decide if she will pursue an education at Oxford, or if she will choose to learn all that a charismatic older man can teach her.

Five Minutes of Heaven

In 1975, 17-year-old Alistair Little, a member of the UVF, murdered 19-year-old Catholic Jim Griffin. The murder was witnessed by his 11-year-old brother, Joe Griffin. Twenty-five years later the media arranges for the two men to meet again.

For My Father

Tarek is a young Palestinian who has been blackmailed into a suicide mission. When the device does not explode Tarek must wait for its repair and live among the people he planned to kill. He meets beautiful Keren and feels the urge to live his life. Now he faces the most important decision he will ever make.

Freaks and Geeks: the complete series

A television show about two very unique cliches of teenagers dealing with life in a high school during the 1980’s. The show covers everything that you remember from high school that you may have chosen to forget.

Hamlet

Fodor’s production is not a film in the traditional sense, but rather a series of photographs supported by text. Told as a nightmarish ghost story while never changing the original lines, this production uses sounds, light and camera to produce a more natural experience of Hamlet.

The Heat of the Day

“At the height of World War II, a mysterious stranger calling himself Harrison makes a sinister proposotion to beautiful widow Stella. Take up with him, Harrison says, and he won’t expose her lover as a traitor passing secrets to the enemy. Harrison’s stunning accusation forces Stella to reexamine her love and life, with startling consequences”

Housewife, 49

A woman starts writing a diary as part of a public project, called Mass Observation, after England declares war on Germany. Nella Last, a housewife, kept a MO diary from 1939 until 1965.

The Hurt Locker

US Army Staff Sergeant Will James, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge comprise the Bravo Company’s bomb disposal unit stationed in Baghdad. James is the tech team leader. When he arrives on the scene, Bravo Company has thirty-nine days left on its current deployment, and it will be a long thirty-nine days for Sanborn and Eldridge whose styles do not mesh with their new leader. James’ thrill of the dismantlement seems to be the ultimate goal regardless of the safety of his fellow team members, others on the scene or himself. On the other hand, Sanborn is by the books: he knows his place and duty and trusts others in the army to carry out theirs as well as he. Eldridge is an insecure soldier who is constantly worried that an error or misjudgment on his part will lead to the death of an innocent civilian or a military colleague. While the three members face their own internal issues, they have to be aware of any person at the bomb sites, some of who may be bombers themselves.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The immortal Dr. Parnassus and his daughter Valentina travel the countryside with his imaginarium show, a mirror that audience members enter and are given two different paths to follow. If they choose correctly they will find joy and happiness, but choose wrongly and things will be quite the opposite. The doctor must also discover the right course to follow. After making a deal with Mr. Nick years ago, he must choose the correct path if he is to save his beloved daughter from Satan.

Inglourious Basterds

During World War II, a group of Jewish-American guerilla soldiers, led by Lt. Aldo Raine, become known as “The Basterds.” They are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish woman who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers. A plot is set in motion to kill the Nazis at the theater’s movie premier, including Adolph Hitler.

Island at War

One of the little-known stories of WWII is the fate of the Channel Islands, the only part of the British Isles invaded and occupied by the Germans. Tells the story through the eyes of three island families and the German soldiers with whom their lives become interwined.

It’s Complicated

A hilarious look at marriage, divorce, and everything in between. With a thriving Santa Barbara bakery, a new romance heating up, and her divorce finally behind her, Jane Adler has her life all figured out, until she finds herself trapped between the perfect new beau and her philandering ex-husband who’s determined to win her back.

The Lovely Bones

When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. Now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on.

Mine

Through the lens of the lost pets of New Orleans we see many of the social divisions of American society play out as New Orleanians, often with very limited means, attempt to reunite with their pets who were adopted by families all over the United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 XV

Space travelers Joel Robinson, Mike Nelson, Crow, and Tom Servo mock B-movies sent to them by mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 XVI

Four features from the 1999 television series, America’s only show that makes fun of really bad B movies from the comfort of a spaceship floating above earth.

Obama’s War

“Tens of thousands of fresh American troops are now on the move in Afghanistan, led by a new commander and armed with a counterinsurgency plan that builds on the lessons of Iraq. But can U.S. forces succeed in a land long known as the “graveyard of empires”? And can the U.S. stop the Taliban in neighboring Pakistan, where U.S. troops are not allowed and the government is weak? In Obama’s War, veteran correspondent Martin Smith travels across Afghanistan and Pakistan to see first-hand how the president’s new strategy is taking shape, delivering vivid, on-the-ground reporting from this eight-year-old war’s many fronts. Through interviews with top generals, diplomats and government officials, Smith also reports the internal debates over President Obama’s grand attempt to combat terrorism at its roots.”– Frontline website.

The Pale Horse

In Agatha Christie’s deepest venture into the occult, writer Mark Easterbrook is accused of murdering a priest. As he sets out to prove his innocence, he discovers that a series of deaths may be connected to witchcraft and a strange trio of sisters!

Pirate Radio

Take a trip back to the freewheeling, free-loving ’60s when the very rock music that inspired a generation was censored by the government. When a group of rebellious deejays decides to defy the ban, they take to the seas to broadcast music and mayhem to millions of adoring fans.

Precious

Precious Jones, an inner-city high school girl, is illiterate, obese, and pregnant. Naive and abused, Precious responds to a glimmer of hope when a door is opened by an alternative-school teacher.

Sherlock Holmes

After finally catching serial killer and occult ‘sorcerer’ Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. After his execution, Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with Watson’s new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the determined detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic, not to mention the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.

Spartacus

A gladiator slave leads a revolt against Imperial Rome.

Star Wars, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

Fleeing the evil Galactic Empire, the rebels abandon their new base on Hoth. Princess Leia, Han Solo, R2-D2 and C-3P0 escape in the damaged Millenium Falcon. Later, on Bespin, they are captured by Lord Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker, meanwhile, follows Ben Kenobi’s posthumous command and receives Jedi training by Yoda on Dagobah.

Storm

“Storm” : Hannah Maynard, prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army who is accused of the deportation and later killing of dozens of Bosnian-Muslim civilians. When a key witness commits suicide, it looks like the case will unravel, but Hannah refuses to give in. Hoping to uncover new findings, she travels to the witness’ burial in Sarajevo and meets his sister Mira, who she senses has much more to say than she is willing to admit. Despite threats of violence, Mira reluctantly agrees to testify at The Hague. She and Hannah must both risk life and limb to make it to the court, only to discover that there are traitors among their own ranks.

The Ten Commandments

To escape the edict that condemned all first-born Hebrew males by Egypt’s Pharaoh, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti’s favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri. He also gains the hatred of Seti’s son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery.

Third Man on the Mountain

The son of a deceased climber that died on a Swiss Alps mountain peak, wants to visit the place of his father’s death. He follows a 19th-century British climber to the peak.

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler, cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Despite the fact that Henry’s travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love.

Ultraman

The Science Patrol defends the Earth from monsters and alien invaders with the help of the red and silver superhero from Nebula M78, Ultraman.

Voices of Our Region

Twenty-two audio interviews in which Individuals from across Southwestern Pennsylvania recount their struggles with disability.

Welcome

Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, has struggled his way through Europe for the last three months, trying to reunite with his girlfriend, who recently emigrated to England. But his journey comes to an abrupt halt when he is stopped by authorities in Calais, on the French side of the Channel. Left with no other alternatives, he decides to swim across. Bilal goes to the local swimming pool to train, where he meets Simon, a middle-aged swimming instructor in turmoil over his imminent divorce. Simon agrees to help Bilal, hoping to win back the affection of his wife, who does volunteer work helping immigrants. But what begins as a relationship based on self interest, develops into something much bigger than Simon could ever have imagined, as he too will ultimately risk everything to reach happiness.

The Wind Journeys

For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo travelled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind. But after the traumatic death of his wife, he vows never to play again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner.

The Young Victoria

Chronicles the life and times of Queen Victoria from her childhood to her early rise to power and the first turbulent years of her rule. Her romantic relationship and eventual marriage to Prince Albert culminates in a royal power struggle which ultimately is the key to her happiness when she comes to the realization that he is someone she can fully trust and believe in.

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