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November 30, 2012

Rare exports

Young Pietari lives with his stern reindeer-herding father Rauno in arctic Finland. On the eve of Christmas, an enormous excavation at a nearby mountain disturbs the locals and captures Pietari's curiosity. When Rauno's reindeer herd is mysteriously slain and the children in town go missing, Pietari realizes that the dig has unearthed the evil Santa Claus of local lore, who no one wants coming to town.

This is a really good film: Beautifully shot with a few twists and turns. This film gives us a whole new view of who Santa really is. It's not your standard warm and fuzzy kind of Christmas movie. Still, very interesting. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55622-D 80 minutes 2011

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Space Battleship Yamato

The Yamato has only 365 days to make a 148,000 light year voyage from Earth to the planet Iscandar and return with a neutralizer that will cleanse Earth's irradiated atmosphere. To avoid nuclear fallout, survivors of a surprise attack from the planet Gamilus are living in underground cities--but the radiation is seeping down. On their trip, the Yamato surives oceans of concentrated sulfuric acid, a metal eating gas attack in space and battles with Lord Desler's fleet.

This is a very good film with great special effects. Sacrifices must be made to save the planet. This is the live action version we also have the animated version, see below. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56549-D 131 minutes 2010

Uchū senkan Yamato
An edited version of the television program that aired 1974-1975, tells the story of the space battleship Yamato that plays an important role in saving twenty-third century Earth from total destruction.

Askwith Media Library 53950-D 135 minutes 1977

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November 16, 2012

The power of positive discipline

This employee discipline program teaches six steps of positive, progressive discipline which begin with coaching and escalate to stronger measures only as needed to solve the problem. In many cases, employees will respond early in the process. But if not, the later steps help you address continuing performance shortcomings calmly and professionally.
Host, Kevin Paul; cast, Jennifer Shumaker, Thang, Spencer Scott, Julie Burrise, Alvaro Orlando.
U. Michigan Public Performance Rights obtained
Closed captioned.

Quick and to the point. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58433-D 21 minutes 2009

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How to manage people through continuous change

"Change is no longer an event. Change is business as usual. Success today is dependent on keeping your work force engaged while your organization is constantly being turned upside down. Yet, employees are skeptical about committing to business strategies that are constantly being redefined. So how do you successfully implement a change initiative? By communicating to employees both the WIIFM benefits of your plan and the negative consequences for the viability of your team if they don't get onboard. She explains what it takes to go from "surviving change" to "thriving on change".
Lecturer, Carol Kinsey Goman. Taped live August 8, 2007 at Stanford University.
"U. Michigan Public Performance Rights obtained"

Mrs. Goman explains that the people within the organization are the most important part of any change. Information, follow up and honesty will provide a positive change atmosphere. She also helps us to realize that change is the new standard model for organizations. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57471-D 52 minutes 2007

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November 15, 2012

Car 54 where are you?

The series follows the misadventures of NYPD officers Gunther Toody and Francis Muldoon in the fictional 53rd precinct in the Bronx, assigned to Patrol Car 54.Toody was short, stocky, nosy, not very bright, and lived with his loud, domineering wife Lucille. Muldoon, a shy bachelor who lived with his mother, was very tall, quiet, and more intelligent.
Starring Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne. Beatrice Pons, Al Lewis, Charlotte Rae, Paul Reed, Hank Garrett.

This was one of the standards of situation comedy during the early 1960s on television. All of the actors are familiar faces from many film and television productions. The humor is very well executed.

Askwith Media Library 53645-D Season One 1961-62
Askwith Media Library 57475-D Season Two 1962-63

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November 01, 2012

The William Castle film collection

Iconic horror director William Castle created a simple, but winning formula for his films: a little comedy, a lot of scares, a preposterous gimmick, and a clear sense that fright films should be fun. This even meant Castle would, like Hitchcock, appear in his trailers and even the movies themselves. Though his career spanned 35 years and included everything from westerns to crime thrillers, he'll always be remembered for his horror films from the late 50s to the mid-60s. And now Sony presents all eight of his Columbia features - three making their DVD debut, the rest newly-remastered - in one "spook-tacular" collection. And as a bonus, it includes the award-winning feature-length documentary, Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story.

Below is the list of films included in this collection. On the last disc is a great documentary about the director. William Castle was certainly a great showman and excellent director who introduced audience participation and inspired pandemonium during the showings to audiences throughout American. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58089-D

13 frightened girls: An international bevy of beautiful teenage girls represent their countries as the daughters of diplomats. The teenage temptresses use their feminine wiles to steal some top-secret files vital to the survival of freedom-loving nations everywhere.

13 ghosts: The story is set in the mansion of the deceased occult scientist Dr. Zorba, whose nephew Cyrus and his family occupy the creepy estate and discover that they are not the only tenants. It seems the Doctor has been harboring 12 elusive specters on the premises, the appearance of which can only be detected through his final invention: a special pair of ghost-viewing goggles.

Homicidal: The film concerns a young woman named Miriam Webster (Patricia Breslin) who seemingly has everything a girl could want - including a successful flower shop business, and a handsome beau, Karl (Glenn Corbett), who works as a pharmacist. Events take a turn for the worse, however, when Miriam's half-brother, Warren, returns from Europe - with a rather unpleasant friend in-tow: a blonde named Emily (Jean Arless).

Straight-Jacket:: A wife (Joan Crawford) literally axes her cheating husband and his lover, witnessed by her three-year-old daughter. Mom is packed off to the insane asylum for 20 years before reuniting with the daughter (Diane Baker).

The old dark house: Set in the title manse, this chilling comedy chronicles the spooky exploits of a Yankee car salesman working in London who sets out to deliver a car to a remote and very creepy Welsh estate.

Mr. Sardonicus: Guy Rolfe stars as the wicked Sardonicus, a wealthy count who wears a mask because his face is frozen in a horrifying death grimace.

The tingler: As famous for the gimmick with which the film was shown as for its genuinely spine-tingling story, The Tingler follows a pathologist (Vincent Price) as he searches for the cause of a series of deaths and discovers that the victims have a large insect-like creature growing on their spinal chords.

Zotz!: Tom Poston stars

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