July 2009 DVDs

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Rebecca Bloomwood is a young woman struggling with her debilitating obsession with shopping and the sudden collapse of her income source. She unintentionally lands a job writing for a Manhattan financial magazine after a drunken letter-mailing mix-up. Ironically, now Rebecca is writing about the very consumer caution of which she herself has not abided. Rebecca’s innovative comparisons and unconventional metaphors for economics grants her critical acclaim, public success, and the admiration of her supportive boss Luke. But as she draws closer to her ultimate goal of writing for renowned fashion magazine Alette, she questions her true ambitions and must determine if overcoming her ‘shopaholic’ condition will bring her real happiness.

Defiance

The deep forests of Poland and Belorussia are the domain of the occuping Germans during World War II. The three Bielski brothers go into the forests and find the impossible task of foraging for food, weapons and survival, not just for themselves but for a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. The brothers, living with the fear of discovery must contend with neighboring Soviet partisans and deciding whom to trust. They take on the responsibility of guardians and motivate hundreds of women, men, children and the elderly to join their fight against the Nazi regime while hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forest. At the same time, the brothers turn a band of war defectors into commanding freedom fighters. Based on true events.

book jacketDog Whisperer with Cesar Milan

Cesar Millan has the uncanny ability to rehabilitate problem dogs of all shapes and sizes. Cesar’s guidance and teachings help dogs and their owners live happier lives together.

book jacketFired Up!

Shawn and Nick are stars of the Gerald R. Ford High School football team. They are dreading the prospect of another summer at football camp. When Nick hatches a scheme for the two to join their schools cheerleaders at cheer camp instead, they find themselves awash in a sea of gorgeous young women . All goes well until Shawn falls for Carly, the beautiful head cheerleader who sees right through them.

book jacketGeneration Kill

Presents a uniquely epic and intimate portrait of the first 40 days of the Iraq war from the perspective of the Marines of the First Recon Battalion–a new breed of American soldiers.

See full size imageGran Torino

Walt Kowalski is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor, Thao, a young Hmong teenager, becomes pressured by his gang member cousin to steal Walt’s Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao’s family, Walt is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.

He’s Just Not That Into You

Since the age of 5, Gigi has been told that when men act like jerks, it means they like her. Years later she is struggling to find true love while shifting through men who are simply not interested. After being puzzled when her latest date doesn’t call, Gigi visits a bar he said he frequented in order to see him. The bartender is his friend and finally takes it upon himself to explain the “signs” to look for when someone is just not interested.

See full size imageInkheart

A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books. She must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook’s hero.

March of the Penguins

In the Antarctic, the quest begins every March for the emperor penguin to find a mate and start a family. This documentary follows the penguins as they make their long journey, on foot, single-file, enduring brutal weather and risking starvation and attack by deadly predators.

New in Town

A high-powered consultant in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle is sent to a small Minnesota town, in the middle of nowhere, to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. She endures a frosty reception from the locals, along with the icy roads and freezing weather. She warms up to the small town’s charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she’s ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she’s forced to reconsider her goals and priorities. Now she needs to find a way to save the town.

October Sky

The true story of Homer Hickam Jr., a high school student in rural West Virginia, who seemed destined to repeat his father’s harsh life in the coal mines, until he turned his attention to the skies.

book jacketThe Old Curiousity Shop

Nell Trent lives with her doting grandfather in his London shop. It is a magical place, filled from wall to wall with treasures. Grandfather keeps his nocturnal gambling activities a secret from Nell. He borrows heavily from the evil, profiteering loan shark Daniel Quilp. When Grandfather gambles away what little money they possess, Quilp seizes the opportunity to take possession of their beloved shop. It seems Nell and Grandfather are left only with the option to escape. They fall in with a number of colourful characters, some vilainous and some affectionate. They are on the run from Quilp and his band of misguided money seekers, including Nell’s own brother Freddie and his gulible friend Dick Swiveller.

Revolutionary Road

Frank and April Wheeler live a life that appears to be perfect. They live in the Connecticut suburbs with two young children. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job that he hates. One he places little effort at, but he has yet to figure out what his passion in life is. April is a housewife who forgoes her dream of being an actress. They are not happy. One day, April suggests that they move to Paris as a means to rejuvenate their life. Initially skeptical, Frank ultimately agrees to April’s plan. When circumstances change around the Wheelers, April decides she will do whatever she has to to get herself out of her unhappy existence.

Rick Steve’s Italy’s cities, 2000-2007

All 7 half-hour shows on Italy’s cities, filmed entirely on location.

book jacketEngland and Wales

Includes all 8 half-hour Rick Steves’ Europe TV shows on England and Wales, produced from 2000 to 2009: London-Mod and Trad; London-Royal and Rambunctious; Great Side Trips from London; Northwest England; South England-Dover to Lands’ End; Heart of England and South Wales; North Wales-Feisty and Poetic; England’s Bath and York.

book jacketFrance

Includes all 8 half-hour Rick Steves’ Europe TV shows on France, produced from 2000 to 2009: Paris-Grand and Intimate; Highlights of Paris-From Monet to Creme Brule; Normandy-War-Torn Yet Full of Life; Provence-Legendary Light, Wind and Wine; French Riviera-Uniquely Chic; France’s Alsace; Burgundy-Profoundly French; and France’s Dordogne.

book jacketThe Right Stuff

Depicts the lives, ambitions, thoughts, and feelings of the seven Project Mercury astronauts before, during, and after their historic space flights.

book jacketThe Road Warrior

In a post-nuclear future, Max helps a group of survivors defend their fuel store from a deadly gang roaming the Australian outback.

book jacketSaved!

Good girl Mary and her best friend Hilary Faye are at the top of the high school food chain at American Eagle Christian. But after Mary becomes pregnant, Hilary Faye and her devoted “disciples” turn on Mary and label her an outcast. Now Mary’s only hope for salvation and friendship is through a group of rebellious misfits. Together, can they navigate the treacherous halls of high school life and make it to graduation … or will Hilary Faye make all their lives a living hell?

book jacketSimon Schama’s Power of Art

An eight-part documentary mini-series examining eight iconic works of art and the experiences of their creators in bringing them into being, with narratation by historian Simon Schama and featuring elaborate reenactments.

book jacketStagecoach

A group of passengers with nothing in common are stuck inside a coach that is being attacked by bandits and Indians.

Star Trek Motion Picture Trilogy

Presents three Star trek films featuring the original television cast.

book jacketTrue Blood

The small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana boasts a wide array of colorful locals. Sookie Stackhouse is a sweet and innocent waitress who hides her powerful ability to read minds. Bill Compton is a 173 year-old vampire who’s just moved back to town. Sookie’s brother Jason is a ladies’ man who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Tough-as-nails Tara is Sookie’s loyal best friend and Sam is the owner of Merlotte’s who tries to keep his feelings for Sookie to himself. Lafayette is a man about town who’s always cooking up something illicit.

Video Voyeur

The story of a family who suffered the invasion of their privacy by a neighbor who had been secretly videotaping them through the ceilings of their bedrooms and bathroom. The victims make the sad discovery that there is no law protecting people from this.

Weeds Season 4

Last time we saw her, Nancy’s business and house were going up in smoke. So the Botwin bunch has relocated near the border for a fresh start with some new buds.

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