August 2009 DVDs

Alpha Dog

Based on the real-life case of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer in California’s San Gabriel Valley who, in 2000, became one of the youngest men to appear on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. With family links to organized crime, Johnny Truelove is on the warpath against Jake Mazursky, a sleazebag addict who owes him money. Fate intervenes when Johnny and his friend Frankie encounter Jake’s 15-year-old half-brother Zack and hold him as collateral until Jake pays his debts. What begins as a casual, seemingly harmless situation escalates into a crisis of capital crime.

Amelie

Amélie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amélie didn’t attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite all this, Amélie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. She decides to step into the lives of others around her to help them out.

Barack Obama

Follow Obama from his early childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia, through his teenage struggles for self-identity, his student days at Columbia University and Harvard Law School, and his political career in Chicago. Go behind the scenes of Obama’s extraordinarily successful presidential campaign and his journey to the 2008 Democratic Convention, and finally his election as president.

Battlestar Galactica Seasons 4 and 5

From their initial action-packed battles against the Cylons to their desperate attempts to find the fabled 13th colony, Earth, a determined band of human survivors has captivated audiences everywhere with their desperate quest to find a new home for the dwindling numbers. Join them now as the fleet journeys into the furthest reaches of unexplored space.

Beltway Unbuckled

This documentary explores how sex has affected and even created American history

China’s First Emporer

Credited with both unifying China and tormenting its citizenry, Qin Shi Huangdi, the “first emperor of China,” is one of the most controversial leaders in the nation’s history. His reign brought advances such as standardized currencies, weights, and measures, unified written and spoken language and transportation systems. In battle, too, he was centuries ahead of his time–creating assembly lines to mass-produce precision-crafted swords, arrows and other weapons. This documentary examines this ruler’s complex legacy, from the brilliant military strategies that created an empire to his plans for the original Great Wall. Bonus disc, China’s Wall of Doom, features the discovery of the emperor’s 7,000 life-size army of terra-cotta statues and the Great Wall of China.

Coraline

A young girl walks through a secret door that she has found in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life, but much better. When her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents, including the Other Mother, try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.

Einstein

Examines Albert Einstein’s 15-year battle to prove his theory of general relativity amid the violence of war and his tumultuous personal life.

Entourage the complete fifth season

For Vince, Eric, Drama, and Turtle, life in Hollywood’s fast lane can be an intoxicating ride. Can the guys put the Medellin fiasco behind them and orchestrate a career comeback for Vince?

Fast and Furious

Dom Toretto is a former street racer who, along with his crew, hijacks an oil truck out on the highway. Dom is living the life of a fugitive in the Dominican Republic, but after suffering a devastating personal loss, he is driven by revenge to return to Los Angeles to bring down an elusive drug smuggler. He is reunited with undercover FBI agent Brian O’Connor who let him go eight years earlier. Brian is also on the case of the drug smuggler and he must come to terms with Dom and make amends with Dom’s sister, whom he betrayed in his original pursuit of Dom.

From the Earth to the Moon

Tells the dramatic story of the Apollo missions and their heroic astronauts. Go from President John F. Kennedy’s historic speech to the manned space missions and through to the defining moment of the space program – putting a man on the moon. These are the stories of the men, women and children who lived, breathed and manufactured from the power of human will, one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind.

Futurama. Into the Wild Green Yonder

Dark forces older than time itself are on the attack, hell-bent on stopping the dawn of a wondrous new green age. More shocking, Bender’s in love with a married fembot and Leela’s on the run from the Zapp Brannigan’s law. Fry is the last hope of the universe and has been recruited for an ultra-top-secret mission.

Ghost in the Shell 2

The universally acclaimed sequel to the original anime hit. The story of a quest for a killer that becomes a mind-bending search for the meaning of life.

A Global Warning?

The History Channel answers the question: After 650 million years of climate change, is global warming simply a naturally occuring phenomenom, or the result of human activity? Scientists explore the skies to examine the warming effects of the sun and dig deep into the Earth to study continental movement and the volatile activity at the planet’s core. Experts speculate on how natural events including volcanic eruptions and massive meteor impacts have affected temperatures and weather systems over the planet’s 600-million-year history.

The Great Depression

Delves into the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and how it affected people, how the American public worked together to get through the massive hardships, and how the economy recovered with World War II. Examines the changes that swept the shaken nation during the first year – from the landslide victory of FDR in 1932 to Dust Bowl farmers. Americans sought release from the hard times wherever they could find it – from marathon dancing to going to the movies. As the Depression lingered and the New Deal failed to live up to people’s expectations, some Americans fought back against the system. After years of crisis, WWII approached and did what all the protests and recovery programs failed to do – end the Depression. Includes photos, rare interviews, and footage of the culture, media, and politics of the times.

Grey Gardens

Based on the life stories Edith “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale who are the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis. They were raised as Park Avenue débutantes, but withdrew from New York society. They took shelter at their Long Island summer home called ‘Grey Gardens.’ As their wealth and contact with the outside world dwindled, so did their grasp on reality. They were reintroduced to the world when international tabloids learned of a health department raid on their home. At that point, Jackie swooped in to save her relatives.

A Haunting in Connecticut

Based on true events re-enacts the story of Karen and Ed Parker and the terrifying phenomena their family experiences.

Hunting Hitler

Examines the events of July, 1944, when a party led by highly placed Nazi officers nearly killed their leader in the infamous “Wolf’s Lair,” where he spend 900 days directing the German war effort. The program also uncovers evidence of a top secret plot hatched in London to kill the Führer.

The International

Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world’s most powerful banks. The two uncover illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments, Salinger and Whitman’s investigation takes them around the world. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as the bank will stop at nothing, including murder, to continue financing terror and war.

Journey to 10,000 B.C.

Drawing on the fossil record, Journey to 10,000 BC shows what life was like for the prehistoric humans inhabiting North America.

King

Looks at the life of Dr. Marin Luther King and the relevance of his message in the current world. Includes interviews with Martin Luther KIng III, Andy Young, Harry Belafonte, Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Bono, Forest Whitaker, Chuck D and others.

Knowing

In 1959, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. One mysterious girl fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fifty years later, a new generation of students examines the capsule’s contents and the girl’s cryptic message ends up in the hands of Caleb. But it is Caleb’s father, professor John Koestler, who makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts with pinpoint accuracy the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years. With the reluctant help of the daughter of the now-deceased author of the prophecies, John’s increasingly desperate efforts take him on a race against time until he finds himself facing the ultimate disaster and the ultimate sacrifice.

Life After People

An investigation into what the world would be like following the extinction of the human race. Examines locales such as Chernobyl (devoid of humans since the 1986 nuclear disaster) and abandoned towns on remote islands off the coast of Maine.

Mad Men

A continuing look at the Sterling Cooper advertising agency and the lives of the people who work there.

History on Film Volume II

A collection of Michael Jackson music videos, with two live performances.

Video Greatest Hits: History

Brace yourself (a kaleidoscope of Michael Jackson history) — Billie Jean — The way you make me feel (long version) — Black or white — Rock with you — Bad — Thriller — Beat it — Remember the time — Don’t stop ’til you get enough — Heal the world.

Nostradamus 2012

“Nostradamus: 2012 begins where the Lost Book of Nostradamus left off– with a series of seven strange drawings that have been interpreted to point to either an apocalyptic event, or a catastrophic shift, tied to the 2012 time period”

Painted Lady

After a failed suicide attempt Maggie has lived with Sir Charles Stafford for ten years. But after he is murdered and a valuable painting is stolen she sets out to track down the painting and the murderer.

Passengers

While helping a handful of airline crash survivors cope with their grief, a young psychologist begins to uncover conflicting accounts of the accident. At first, she believes that trauma is behind her patients’ different stories– until the survivors mysteriously start to disappear.

Primal Fear

Explores the history, psychology, and science behind what scares us most. Examines the roots of each fear, when the fear flourished, how the fear has changed over time, and how many of these fears have been manipulated to create mass hysteria.

The Professional

New York’s top hit man becomes the unwilling guardian of his next-door neighbors’ 12-year-old daughter and helps her track the psychotic agent who murdered her family so she can exact her revenge.

Push

Nick is a ‘mover’ – someone who can move things with his mind. He meets up with Cassie who is a ‘watcher’ – someone who can predict the future. She is trying to rescue her mother from the government. As they try to piece things together, Kira enters their lives. Kira is a ‘pusher’ – someone who can influence the thoughts of others. She has had a relationship with Nick and is the only person to survive a powerful ‘enhancement’ drug that was administered to her by the sinister Company. Now, the Company is after her, and Nick and Cassie will need to help her if they want to survive.

Pushing Daisies Season 1

Ned can bring the dead to life briefly when he touches them, and must touch them again to reverse the spell. Along with a private eye, he uses his gift to help solve crimes and collect the rewards.

Pushing Daisies Season 2

Ned is a young man with a very special gift. As a boy, Ned discovered that he could return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch. Now a pie maker, Ned puts his ability to use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor, but working with a private investigator to crack murder cases by getting the dead to name their killers. But Ned’s life is complicated when he brings his childhood sweetheart back to life and keeps her alive. Life would be perfect except if Ned ever touches her again, she’ll go back to being dead, this time for good.

Secrets of Body Language

Shows how politicians and celebrities use subtle body language to persuade masses, establish power, and advance careers.

Stealing Lincoln’s Body

A band of Chicago counterfeiters hatched a plot to steal the President’s body from its tomb outside Springfield, Illinois, and hold it for a ransom of $200,000. The story shows how important this beloved President remained to public so unprepared for his violent death in 1865.

The Templar Code

For nearly two centuries, the Knights Templar was the most powerful order in the medieval world. Today, the group’s legacy is played out in an array of Hollywood blockbusters and numerous works of popular literature. Despite the Knights’ long reign of power, the order experienced a sudden collapse in the early fourtheenth century when certain members stood accused of unspeakable crimes and were subsequently tortured and killed. Interviews some of the world’s leading biblical scholars and visits historic sites throughout Europe and the Near East to probe the past of this mysterious order.

The Real Tomb Hunters

Adventurers and archaeologists journey to the ends of the Earth to uncover secrets of mysterious civilizations. These thrilling profiles are better than any movie.

Vampire Secrets

Uncovers the ancient folkloric origins of blood-craving creatures from beyond the grave. Learn how the vampire myth is strongly rooted in Eastern European lore, but how it has also played a prominent role in the ancient cultures of Greece and China.

A Village Affair

Recently returned to England from New York City, vivacious heiress Clodagh Unwin befriends a couple new to her village. The husband is entranced by the young aristocrat, but Clodagh has eyes for someone else: his wife Alice. Includes filmographies and biography.

Waltz with Bashir

After not being able to recall the time he spent on an Israeli Army mission during the Lebanon War, Ari attempts to unravel the mystery by traveling around the world to interview old friends and comrades. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, his memory begins to return in illustrations that are surreal.

Watchmen

In the United States, costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society. But, when one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up, but no less determined, masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover the plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion, a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers, Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future.

Women in the White House

All the presidents’ wives: An in-depth look at America’s First Ladies – from Martha Washington to Mary Todd Lincoln to Eleanor Roosevelt to Jacqueline Kennedy to Hillary Clinton. Each segment offers an engaging portrait of the woman. These women have held one of the most enigmatic, yet high-profile, jobs in the country.

Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss

A yoga weight-loss program customized for three fitness levels, filmed outdoors in scenic Sedona, Arizona.

You on a Diet

Provides complete and easy to follow action steps on how to diet smart. In depth instruction on how to reorganize your lifestyle to start building a healthier, slimmer you. Learn to determine your ideal waist size & discover why waist is most important; decode food labels; use food to help you lose waist & weight; eat to energize your body and decrease binging; incorporate exercise into your daily routine; restock your kitchen so it makes you lose inches & pounds; and select healthy grains to make you younger and thinner.

 

 

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