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August 30, 2011

O.com (CyberSex Addiction)

This startling documentary reveals how the Internet contributes to alienation, especially in the area of human sexuality. In North America alone, more than 8 million people pursue sex online at least 11 hours a week. The Internet has actually removed touch and human contact from sex.

This is an outstanding, must see documentary. Not only does in study the addiction to online pornography and chat rooms it touches on the virtual lives we lead on the web. The people interviewed provide honesty and insightful commentary to the lives they have experienced on the internet. ~Mike

Released in 2005 57 minutes

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August 29, 2011

But I don't have customers

Program that can help employees understand the importance of each other and roles that they each play. Includes 3 copies of the workbook, "Customer service excellence, how to provide high quality service."
The workbook may no longer exist in the collection it is still a very important video. ~Mike

Well done and much needed. ~Mike

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Managing Up

Presents the idea that the employee owns fifty percent of his relationship with his boss and is one hundred percent in control of his own behavior. Therefore, the way an employee behaves towards his boss teaches the boss how to treat the employee. Shows methods that can make employee-boss relationships successful partnerships.

Excellent and insightful. ~Mike

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The Protector

Kham grew up with elephants in Thailand. To him elephants are majestic creatures, bred for peace, but prepared for war. When an evil Asian gang kidnap a bull and baby elephant during a festival, they are smuggled into Sydney, Australia. Kham must travel to a foreign land, and unravel a conspiracy that will reach into the highest levels of Australian law and business circles. With only his Muy Thai fighting techniques, and a disgraced Thai-descent police sergeant, he must reclaim his elephants, and his heritage.
Disc 1. U.S. theatrical version -- Disc 2. Uncut international version.

Amazing fight sequences and a sweet story. ~Mike

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Intangible asset no. 82

"This film tells the story of a respected jazz drummer and his search for an elusive South Korean shaman and grandmaster musician. The journey becomes a rite of passage as he meets engaging and exotic characters, and overcomes cultural obstacles and the march of time to eventually meet the master only days before his death."

Fantastic journey of discovery and inspiration. ~Mike

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Transcendent Man

Transcendent Man explores the theories of inventor, futurist, and best selling author Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near), who predicts that in the not-so-distant future, the science fiction behind The Terminator; Blade Runner; Total Recall; The Matrix; and I Robot will become science fact. The film follows Kurzweil as he journeys the world sharing his mind-bending vision of a future in which we merge with our computers.

This guy is amazing. He has used his ability to help millions and has a positive outlook for the future. ~Mike

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The Grand Army of Starvation 1877

"A nationwide rebellion brought the United States to a standstill in the summer of 1877. Eighty thousand railroad workers walked out, joined by hundreds of thousands of Americans outraged by the excesses of the railroad companies and the misery of a four-year economic depression. Police, state militia, and federal troops clashed with strikers and sympathizers, leaving over one hundred dead and thousands injured. The Great Uprising inaugurated a new era of conflict over the meaning of America in the industrial age."
Originally released in 1987 as part seven of the documentary series Who Built America?

You need to watch this. ~Mike

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August 26, 2011

Charade (Blu-ray release)

A woman, about to divorce her husband, finds that he has been murdered after converting all of their fortune into cash. Numerous people are searching for the money, which he apparently stole, and everyone assumes she must know where the money is hidden. Bonus features include commentary and a booklet.

If you haven't seen the older films on blu-ray I can safely say you haven't seen them. I am amazed at the definition and sound quality introduced by blu ray technology. It is outstanding, especially with such excellent production standards. ~Mike

Released on Blu-ray 2010

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Princess Raccoon (Operetta tanuki goten)

Amechiyo is an exiled prince who meets the exotic and mysterious Tanuki in the forest and becomes smitten with her beauty. However, he discovers she is actually the Princess Raccoon. The two fall in love, despite everyone's warnings. When tragedy strikes after the celebration of the Princess' un-birthday, only true love can save her.

A great and surprising movie. It is wonderfully theatrical and has outstanding special effects. ~Mike

Released in 2005

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August 22, 2011

A Private Universe and Minds of Our Own

Based on two programs: A private universe, originally issued in 1989, and Minds of our own, originally issued in 1997.
"How can students graduate from prestigious schools like Harvard or MIT and not even know some of the most basic ideas in science taught in grade school? These award-winning programs investigate the answers to this perplexing question, and help reveal why science taught in schools can so oftern end up unlearned."

These two programs are outstanding. They provide an indepth look into how we learn and alternatives to teaching to help the students learn and retain. I haven't seen anything better. ~Mike

Total time of both programs 140 minutes

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This bloody, blundering business, or the price of empire

Traces the history of American intervention in the Philippines following the Spanish-American War until 1946, concentrating on the Insurrection of 1898-1901 and the period immediately following. Reveals the nature of American attitudes toward Third World peoples and cultures and offers insights into the parallels of that period with contemporary American foreign policy.

The production quality is not excellent, the transfer to video has not been kind, the historical impact is very important. Every American should watch this video. The similarities of then to now will only leave you scratching your head. This is a documentary of early American Imperialism exposing the foundation of America's last one hundred years. ~Mike

a 2010 Videodisc release of a 1975 motion picture. 30 minutes

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Studes Terkel

Listening To America
"This documentary takes a fond and illuminating look back at one of America's most influential authors and media personalities."

This documentary is a fine introduction into one of the greatest American personalities. Studs Terkel did not shy away from controversy. "Studs" was responsible for providing a forum for those who were not heard, for those who lived and worked day in and day out, for those who lived the hopes and dreams of the average Americans. Throughout his career in television and as a writer Studs Terkel brought home the reality of American life. His books, TV and radio programs were ground breaking. ~Mike

Released in 2010 41 minutes

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Despair

Hermann Hermann, a Russian emigrant and successful chocolate magnate, starts to experience hallucinations. One day, he meets Felix and is sure that this man is his doppelganger. His delusional thinking leads him to hatch a plan to relieve him of his mental anguish.
screenplay, Tom Stoppard ; director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov.

I have been intrigued by this film since I saw it in the early 1990s. Is this a study of slow, creeping madness or just about someone who wants to start over against overwhelming odds? One of my favorite Fassbinder's. ~Mike

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1978. Germany
Restored version 2011.

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Female Comedy Teams

Two disc set, released in PAL format. Will play on your computer, may not play on your DVD player unless you have the European format.

Feed 'em and Weep 1928 Anita Garvin & Marion Byron
Anita & Marion take a temporary job as waitresses in Max's diner, next to a train station. When the train stops off, pandemonium erupts when the passengers fill the diner and all want meals immediately.

A Pair of Tights 1929 Anita Garvin & Marion Byron
Two girls are invited by one of the girls boy-friend's tight boss for dinner. On the way they stop for a cheap ice-cream...

...and many more.

Early American film female comedy duos from the 1920s and 1930s. Wonderful. ~Mike

Released in 2010 Germany PAL Format

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Book Wars

Jason Rosette, a fellow street bookseller, documents what life is like for street booksellers in New York City. This is the gritty world of New York City street booksellers exposed in a story that chronicles their lives and loves and their unique perspectives on life. Bookwars explores the other side of the book tables on the streets of the Village, on the Lower East Side, along 6th Avenue, and elsewhere in New York City.

An interesting documentary on the independent, sidewalk book sellers on the streets of New York City and the impact of the "quality of life" law that pretty much closed most of them. ~Mike

Released in 2000 79 minutes

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August 10, 2011

Train Man (Denshaotoko)

A film adaptation of a true event, a shy nerd falls hard for a girl he rescues on a commuter train. Seeking advice on how to ask her out, he turns to the internet and begins soliciting help through an online forum.

Cool, sweet and enjoyable. ~Mike

Released in 2005

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Summer Wars (Xia ri da zuo zhan)

Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has - until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiance at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI.

Very good story line. Touches on Japan's amazing sentimentality. ~Mike

Released in 2009

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Sky Crawlers (Sukai kurora)

The sky crawlers are young fighter pilots that have been genetically designed to live forever. Dogfight warfare is their game and they live their lives to the fullest until they are shot down and reproduced. Fearless teenage pilot Yuichi's curiosity is at a peak as he struggles to find his missing past while his beautiful commander Suito is reluctant to discuss the fate of the pilot he is replacing.

Released in 2008

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Gigantor

When terrorist groups, evil criminals, and hostile aliens become too powerful for Earth's armed forces, the virtually indestructible robot Gigantor is built to combat them. Commanded by Jimmy Sparks through a remote control, Gigantor must battle to save the world from a never-ending assault by ruthless villains.
Originally broadcast on Japanese television in 1964.

A great representation of early Japanese anime. Think of the anime Transformers in black and white. ~Mike

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Millennium Actress (Sennen joyu)

Past and present collide as a film director discovers a mysterious key that unlocks the secrets of a legendary actress who vanished at the height of her career.

Wonderful use of flash forward and flash back plot movement. One of my favorites. ~Mike

Releast in 2003

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August 09, 2011

Nordwand (Northface)

An adventure drama, based on a true story, about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps, the north face of the Eiger. Set in 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German alpinists to conquer the mountain, and two reluctant young climbers, Toni and Andi, attempt a daring ascent, closely followed by two Austrian climbers. All goes well at first, but then the climbers lose their advantage over the mountain and the race against time and forces of nature begins.

Intense and insightful to the human condition. ~Mike

Released in 2010

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Bigger than life

When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father is prescribed cortisone for a painful, possibly fatal affliction, he grows dangerously addicted to the experimental drug, resulting in his transformation into a psychotic and ultimately violent household despot.
Bonus features:"Profile of Nicholas Ray" a half-hour interview with the director; Interview with Jonathan Lethem featurette; Interview with Susan Ray featurette; Theatrical trailer.

A touching story of early psycho-tropic drug use and during a time when America was medicating and drinking itself out of reality. Outstanding performances. ~Mike

Released in 1956

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The gods come home

China's leap of faith
"After decades of Communist oppression and neglect, Buddhist temples are now thriving across China ... can far older spiritual traditions survive in such a rapidly evolving society? This program addresses those questions as it visits monasteries and temples in Shanghai and in rural, economically disadvantaged areas. Following the daily practices of a frugal and soft-spoken monk, the film also features wealthy, high-profile Buddhist officials and interviews China's Minister of Religious Affairs, who encourages Buddhism but frowns on folk religions."

The Chinese seems to view religions with a concerned eye. Most of the elders also are wary of joining or supporting the religions. The Chinese government and Buddhist monks have developed a certain amount of very profitable iconography mixing communism and Buddhism. Many Chinese are joining and donating causing the government to pay a little more attention to the religion's growth. On a side note religions have to register with the state and certain aspects are overseen by the state. The mix of Chinese government and Buddhism resembles to some degree American government and Christianity. ~Mike

Released in 2008

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Across 110th Street

A hard-edged cop on the take for years battles the Mafia and local gansters in Harlem.

A police drama based in the early 1970's in New York City. The film deals with racism, police brutality, police corruption and violence between gangs. Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa and Richard Ward offer realistic portrayals as their respective characters. This is the quintessential early 70s New York crime drama brought to life by Director: Barry Shear, writers: Luther Davis (screenplay), Wally Ferris (novel). ~Mike

Released in 1972

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Another Year

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Modern American medicine would have these people on antidepressants and in therapy. However Mike Leigh and the cast explore modern dissatisfaction, loneliness and emotional isolation while the hope of love is still there and possible in the future. An excellent film. ~Mike

Released in 2011

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Secrets & lies

After her adoptive parents die, a young black woman seeks out her natural birth mother only to discover her mother is white. Equally shocked to learn the daughter she gave up for adoption is black, Cynthia insists it's a mistake. But she soon realizes it's true and when she springs her newfound daughter on the rest of the family, the reuslting chaos leads to a series of secrets and lies being revealed at last.

A fantastic production. You might think the cast actually had lived this life. Wonderful and touching. ~Mike

Released in 1996

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August 05, 2011

The Blue Gardenia

Norah Larkin (Baxter) is a working girl who wakes up a murderess after passing out in the apartment of brutish playboy Harry Prebble (Burr). Branded "The Blue Gardenia" by a sensational columnist (Conte), Norah dodges dragnets, informants and the cruel hand of fate as she struggles to conceal her involvement with Prebble, and to remember the details of her ill-fated night. As her hopes for justice fade, she decides to gamble her future on the journalist who transformed her into such a notorious figure.

This film is a witness to the societal attacks a woman must deal with when a mistake is made. Anne Baxter is outstanding. ~Mike

Released in 1953
Directed by Fritz Lang

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Old Dark House

A group of travelers on a mountain road, overtaken by a thunderstorm and torrential rains, seek shelter in a mysterious old mansion. It is full of eerie characters and uncanny happenings.
Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart, Charles Laughton, William Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Eva Moore, Raymond Massey, Brember Wills, Elspeth Dudgeon.

Outstanding visuals and wonderful characters. The great cast reinforces the remarkable use of cinematic technology. Engaging and some nicely, creepy scenes. ~Mike

Released 1932

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August 04, 2011

Not just a game

We've been told again and again that sports and politics don't mix. In this documentary, Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation magazine, takes viewers on a tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly of American sports culture -- showing how sports have helped both to stabilize and to disrupt the political status quo throughout history. Explores how American sports, at their worst, have reinforced repressive political ideas and institutions by glamorizing things like militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, as well as looking at a history of rebel athletes who dared to fight for social justice beyond the field of play.

Dazzling and disturbing insight to the world of professional sports. ~Mike

Released in 2010 62 minutes

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Ahead of time

Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. She emerged as the eyes and conscience of the world. With her love of adventure, fearlessness and powerful intellect, Ruth defied tradition in an extraordinary career that has spanned more than seven decades. The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, Ruth also traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942, escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, and David Ben Gurion gave her unique access and insight into the modern history of the Jewish people. Ruth is an inspiration not only for her ground-breaking career, but for her vitality and humor at 98 years old. The film includes never-seen-before archival footage.

An amazing life. ~Mike

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Lucky Luke

James Huth helms this live-action adaptation of the long-running Belgian comic books series, first published in the 1940s, that is equal parts homage to and a parody of the American Wild West. Lucky Luke is delegated by the President to restore order to his birthplace, Daisy Town. Once a law-abiding community, Daisy Town is now ruled by bandits and sharpshooters.

Released in 2009

Very fast and fun. Luke is the ultimate quick-draw. ~Mike

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August 03, 2011

Laurence Olivier Presents

"Cat on a hot tin roof" stars: Laurence Olivier (Big Daddy), Natalie Wood (Margaret), Robert Wagner (Brick), Maureen Stapleton (Big Mamma), Mary Peach (Mae), and Jack Hedley (Gooper).

"The Collection" stars: Laurence Olivier (Harry), Alan Bates (James), Malcolm McDowell (Bill), and Helen Mirren (Stella).

"Hindle wakes" stars: Donald Pleasence (Nat Jeffcote), Rosemary Leach (Mrs. Jeffcote), Jack Hedley (Chris Hawthorn), Pat Heywood (Mrs. Hawthorn), and Roy Dotrice (Sir Timothy).

"Come back, little Sheba" stars: Laurence Olivier (Doc), Joanne Woodward (Lola), Carrie Fisher (Marie), Patience Collier (Mrs. Coffman), and Nicholas Campbell (Turk).

"Saturday, Sunday, Monday" stars: Laurence Olivier (Antonio), Joan Plowright (Rosa), Frank Finlay (Peppino), and Edward Woodward (Luigi).

"Ebony Tower" stars: Laurence Olivier (Henry Breasley), Roger Rees (David Williams), Greta Scacchi (Mouse), and Toyah Willcox (Freak).

Granada TV, originally broadcast on television between 1976-1984.

3 videodiscs (509 min.)

Outstanding acting and production quality. ~Mike

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Borsalino and Co.

Set in 1930s Marseilles, a gangster seeking revenge for the death of his partner, disposes of his enemies in a variety of novel (and gruesome) methods.

This is a fantastic, stylized gangster drama with beautiful cinematography and lighting. Starring and produced by the great Alain Delon. ~Mike

France 1974

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