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|Cosmos Boxed Set (Collector's Edition) [VHS]
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DIGITALLY REMASTERED VHS VERSION.
|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
|Island of the Blue Dolphins [VHS]
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Island of the Blue Dolphins was released on July 3, 1964. It was directed by James B. Clark and starred Celia Kaye as Karana. Jane Klove and Ted Sherdeman adapted the script from O'Dell's novel, and the film was produced by Robert B. Radnitz and Universal Pictures. The film was made on a slight budget and did not receive a wide release, and reviews were mixed. However, Kaye won a Golden Globe Award for "New Star of the Year" for her role.Free upgrade to first class mail.
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VHS HBO Version (Original Music)
|Blind Faith [VHS]
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|The American Experience-Simple Justice
This drama, based closely on Richard Kluger's book of the same name, recounts the remarkable legal strategy and social struggle that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The court decision not only struck down segregated schools on the basis of race, but announced finally that America had begun to face the consequences of its dehumanizing social practice.
|Sid Caesar Collection - 3 Volume Gift Boxed Set [VHS]
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So Jackie Chan doesn't use stunt men? Big deal. In the 1950s, Sid Caesar and a peerless ensemble of character actors, including Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, and later, Nanette Fabray, dared something even more risky and dangerous: making an audience of millions laugh each week, 39 weeks a year, for 90 minutes without benefit of cue cards, teleprompters, or laugh track. It was the golden age of live television, and Your Show of Shows was the gold standard of sketch-variety series. This is the show to which all comedy writers aspired, and Caesar assembled an unprecedented dream team that included (though not at the same time) Neil Simon and his brother Danny, Mel Brooks, Larry Gelbart, Woody Allen, and Selma Diamond. The Sid Caesar Collection is a treasure trove of 18 vintage sketches from Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour. The exquisite pantomime The Clock, The German General, the movie parody From Here to Obscurity, and the uproarious This Is Your Story (with Howard Morris in his shining quarter-hour as Uncle Goofy) were previously featured in the 1973 compilation film Ten from Your Show of Shows. The rest have been virtually unseen since their original broadcasts. Husband-wife relations have come a long way since The Fur Coat, and The Haircuts, a goof on rock & roll, was perhaps square even then, but they are all still wonderfully and humanly crazy after all these years. Linking these sketches are newly filmed interviews with Caesar, Reiner, Morris, Simon, Gelbart, Allen, and Fabray, who recall the chaos of mounting a weekly live broadcast and the inspiration for these classic sketches. --Donald Liebenson
|Don't Stop the Carnival [VHS]
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This video is the recording of a live concert in an american music hall.
|WGBH Rock & Roll - The 5 Set Tape Collection
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PBS "ROCK AND ROLL" MINISERIES 5-VHS SET (1995)
STUDIO: WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION AND THE BBC
Volume 1: "Renegades" and "In the Groove
Volume 2: "Shakespeares in the Alley" and "Respect
Volume 3: "Crossroads" and "Blues in Technicolor"
Volume 4: "The Wild Side" and "Make It Funky"
Volume 5: "Punk" and "The Perfect Beat"
|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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