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Last of the Dogmen [VHS]

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Modern bounty hunter Lewis Gates is hired to track down three dangerous fugitives who have escaped into the Montana wilderness. When the fugitives are found murdered, Gates has a mystery on his hands. Accompanied by anthropologist Lillian Sloane, Gates ventures further into the mountains and discovers an isolated settlement inhabited by a Native American tribe thought to have been wiped out by white settlers a century earlier. The two gradually begin to gain acceptance within the tribe, but when Gates' vengeful ex father-in-law, Sheriff Deegan, leads a posse into the mountains, Gates and Sloane must prevent the tribe from being massacred a second time. Written by Ronos

Despite an irritating, tacked-on voice-over narration that somebody must have thought was necessary to make sense of the story (it wasn't), Last of the Dogmen is actually a very moving and magical film. Tom Berenger plays a Montana bounty hunter who helps an anthropologist (Barbara Hershey) search for the descendants of a Cheyenne tribe who disappeared in the 1870s. What the two find in a remote mountain stretch is an entire community of Cheyenne who have kept themselves cut off from the modern world. A Dances with Wolves parallel emerges as the white outsiders gradually fit in, but Last of the Dogmen stands up just fine without comparison to any other films. As in Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning movie, however, there are ways in which this film captures a similar sense of yearning, mystery, and loss. --Tom Keogh

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Midnight In Savannah [VHS]

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" Three years ago, author John Berendt released Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The true story of a murder mystery which exposes the bizarre and sordid underbelly of the sleepy, genteel city of Savannah, Georgia, it exploded onto bestseller lists nationwide, and is now a major motion picture. MIDNIGHT IN SAVANNAH is a riveting journey into the world of Berendt's book, with the author himself as a guide. Meet many of the captivating, stranger-than-fiction characters from the book, including female impersonator The Lady Chablis, scam artist Joe Odom and piano player Emma Kelly. Along with their stories, MIDNIGHT IN SAVANNAH delves deep into the mysterious murder, revealing evidence never before made available to the public. And see how the spotlight of publicity has changed this once-quiet southern city forever. It's an intriguing journey into the soul of a city and the heart of mystery, a gripping look at the people and truth behind Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

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The Century-America's Time (Boxed Set) [VHS]

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Covering the entire 20th century in one video series is an ambitious project, but one that Peter Jennings and ABC News are up to. In The Century: America's Time, a 12-part documentary on six videotapes that is a companion to the book of the same name, Jennings guides us through a century of technology and advancement like no other. As he says in his introduction to episode 1, "Seeds of Change," "Unlike previous centuries where leadership was defined by royalty and other rulers, the 20th century more than any other was shaped by the will and actions of the common man." The series is a sweeping presentation of the United States of the 1900s and tries to encompass a mind-boggling amount of history. And while at moments the videos may leave you longing for more, Jennings does an excellent job of creating smooth segues between disparate pieces.

The first episode, for instance, begins with the influx of immigrants at the turn of the century and touches on Jim Crow laws, moving pictures, planes, Henry Ford, the sinking of the USS Maine, child labor, suffragettes, the Panama Canal, imperialism, and more, right up to the beginning of World War I. The archival footage is stunning and interviews with historians, veterans, journalists, POWs, politicians, authors, celebrities, and common people help bring the past to life again. Mickey Spillane discusses the speakeasies of the 1920s; Dennis Hopper talks about Easy Rider in the '60s; Tom Wolfe reads from The Bonfire of the Vanities for the episode on the '80s. Eudora Welty, E.L. Doctorow, Martin Scorsese, John Updike, Pat Buchanan, Oliver Stone, Stephen E. Ambrose, among many others, lend their voices to this documentary. Yet, despite the great names, at times the pictures and people are allowed to speak for themselves, without intrusive narration--the stark images of the Challenger explosion or the sad words of a political activist mourning the death of his partner to AIDS are more powerful because of it. This chronological tale (with the exception of the last episode, "Then and Now," which is arranged thematically) is an insightful and poignant reminder of all the marvels--and tragedies--of America in the 20th century. --Jenny Brown

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Adventures in Dinosaur City [VHS]

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Rugrats - Mommy Mania [VHS]

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An unusually moving, double-length episode begins things. "Mother's Day" is the episode where Chuckie learns where his own mother went and why, in a very special sense, she's still with him. In "Family Feud," Tommy's parents and Phil and Lil's parents argue, and the kids set out to fix things. Also on this tape is "Mommy's Little Assets." --Tom Keogh

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The Thorn Birds - The Complete Miniseries [VHS]

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A priest tormented by an earthly love; a beautiful woman who desires what she cannot have. Their destinies intertwine in this epic story set against the breathtaking Australian Outback. Based on the Colleen McCullough bestseller, The Thorn Birds won six Emmy® Awards and was one of the top-rated miniseries in television history. Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Charmberlain, and Rachel Ward star. About 8 hours on 4 cassettes.

The second most-watched miniseries (after Roots) of all time, The Thorn Birds was originally broadcast in 1983 and captivated viewers with its story of a lifelong conflict between the spirit and the flesh. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Colleen McCullough, the production stars Richard Chamberlain as a Catholic priest named Ralph de Bricassart, whose life in Australia between 1920 and 1962 is one long torment as he pines for his lover, Meggie Carson (Rachel Ward), while seeking advancement in his clergyman career. The passion and the guilt make for compelling drama, but a stellar cast of supporting players adds muscle to the proceedings: Barbara Stanwyck (who won an Emmy for her work as Meggie's tough grandmother), Jean Simmons, Richard Kiley, Christopher Plummer, Bryan Brown, and Mare Winningham. Chamberlain, who was something of the king of the miniseries form at the time, is very good in the lead, as is the often-underrated Ward. Their affair is indeed irresistible to watch, which proves to be true, too, of the story's thick weave of church politics, forbidden desire, social change over decades, and family secrets. --Tom Keogh

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Going for the Gold [VHS]

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Teletubbies - Nursery Rhymes [VHS]

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More imaginative and fun entertainment from the Teletubbies. Children will play and laugh with Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po as they bring everyone's favorite nursery rhymes to life. This charming series created especially for 1 year old's and up has managed to appeal to both young and old in a way that has captured the nation. Teletubbies: Nursery Rhymes will delight and thrill fans everywhere.

Everything you'd expect from those roly-poly, TV-bellied creatures is packed into Teletubbies: Nursery Rhymes: animation, videos, singing, dancing, tumbling, and, of course, nursery rhymes. Each of the Teletubbies is introduced to the joys of old-time school rhymes: Po happily noshes on her Tubby Toast as the mysterious speaker rises from the ground to warble "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Dipsy and Laa-Laa tumble down hills like "Jack and Jill." Tinky Winky learns the fundamentals of "Pat a Cake." Kids will shriek with Dipsy as he runs away from the fuzzy pink spider that pops into place at the appropriate moment in "Little Miss Muffet," and they'll march about the living room with all four Tubbies to the "Grand Old Duke of York." "Hey Diddle Diddle," "Hickory Dickory Dock," and "Humpty Dumpty," and more are accompanied by much dancing and exclamation. The videos within the video feature a storybook telling of "The Gingerbread Man," and a smooth-voiced crooner intoning rhymes to a group of galloping kiddies. This third video in the Teletubby series--following Here Come the Teletubbies and Dance with the Teletubbies--combines the best of the TV series for entertainment that will have your kids squealing, "Again, again!" --Jenny Brown

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Masada - The Complete Miniseries [VHS]

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This 1981 television miniseries, based on Ernest K. Gann's historical novel The Antagonists, is a dramatization of a documented revolt by nearly a thousand Jerusalem Jews against Roman oppressors in A.D. 72 to 73. Following a city-wide siege by Rome's soldiers, Jewish Zealots move into a fortress in the mountains of Masada, from which they present a defense strong enough to convince the enemy to negotiate. Peter O'Toole, in all his golden dignity, plays Cornelius Flavius Silva, commander of the Roman legions, and Peter Strauss is Zealot leader Eleazar ben Yair. Both are outstanding as representatives from each side trying, in good faith, to find a way out of the deadlocked situation. Unfortunately, neither realizes that Rome has no intention of yielding, resulting in one of the greatest tragedies in Jewish history. A strong cast of character actors--David Warner, Barbara Carrera, Timothy West, and Anthony Quayle--is rewardingly watchable, the action and sets are persuasive without overwhelming the story's human dimension, and direction by Boris Sagal (The Omega Man) is crisp and enthralling. This was a pleasure to watch when it was first broadcast, and it holds up very well today. --Tom Keogh

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Stone Fox [VHS]

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Buddy Ebsen, Joey Cramer, Belinda Montgomery A young boy enters a dog-sled race against the undefeated legend of the circuit in a desperate attempt to win the money to save his grandpa's cattle ranch. Based on the children's book by John Reynolds Gardiner.

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