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September 20, 2013

The Guillotines (Xuè dī zĭ)

A secret brotherhood of assassins, once favored by the Emperor, is now a force of terror and oppression under a new regime. Exiled to a remote village and hunted by a squad of fighters with firearms that challenge their cold steel, the Guillotines must now outwit and outfight enemies from both sides.
Bonus features: Making of; Interviews with cast and crew; Trailer.
Xiaoming Huang, Purba Rgyal, Ching-Tien Juan.
Mandarin or English dialogue; English subtitles.

A very well done period piece. Falling out of favor can be a big problem but nothing compared to machine guns. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61474-D Released in 2013 113 minutes

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Sound City

In 2012 Dave Grohl purchased the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios. The board, built in 1972, is considered to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, Guns and Roses, Metallica, and many other musical legends. This tells the story of real rock history, and celebrates the music, as Grohl gathers some of rock's greatest artists to collaborate on a new album using this classic console.
Featuring: Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin, Jim Keltner, Josh Homme, Frank Black, Pat Smear, Barry Manilow, Lee Ving, Krist Novoselic, Tom Petty, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lars Ulrich, Paul McCartney.
Story by Dave Grohl, edited by Paul Crowder.
English dialogue with optional subtitles in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

Outstanding and a lot of fun. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library Released in 2013 152 minutes

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Graceland

Family man Marlon Villar is the long-time driver of Manuel Chango, a corrupt Filipino politician. While he and his daughter accompany his boss' preteen daughter home, Marlon is ambushed and the wrong girl is kidnapped. The driver's life takes a sudden, terrifying turn which propels him into a horrifying downward spiral and, as events in his life unravel, Marlon, Changho, and their families become entangled in a game of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent.
Special features: Audio commentary with writer/director Ron Morales, producers and more ; audio commentary with sound mixer Nikola Chapelle ; A life for every lie: the making of Graceland ; deleted scenes ; alternate ending ; 16-page booklet.
DVD widescreen (1.85:1) presentation Dolby digital 5.1 surround NTSC.
In Tagalog with optional subtitles in English.

A very well done film about a family man who is involved in a situation he cannot control. He is a driver for a politician and he is being manipulated by both the politician and the kidnapper. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60953-D Released in 2012 84 minutes

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September 19, 2013

Woochi (Chŏn U-chʹi)

Woochi is a Tao wizard from the Chosun Dynasty who is wrongly accused of a crime he didn't commit and was banished into a magical scroll for five centuries. He was then summoned in modern day Seoul to help capture the evil goblins that are wrecking havoc on the world.
Special features: deleted scenes, original trailer, interview with director and cast, production featurettes, the magic of Computer graphics
Korean or English dialogue; English subtitles.

A very enjoyable fantasy spanning hundreds of years. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60294-D Released in 2009 136 minutes

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Bewitched

A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces. -IMDB

A very comfortable series which ran from 1964-1972. It's a lot of fun with inoffensive comedy. It started in black and white and later was produced in color. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 46442-D

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Lost in space

First four episodes of the 1965 season. In 1997, Professor John Robinson along with his wife and three children, and Major Don West are chosen to establish a colony on the third planet of the Alpha Centauri system. As they leave Earth, Zachary Taylor, a sabateur, is trapped aboard the ship, and his extra weight means the ship can't reach Alpha Centauri. Now the ship is lost, and fighting for survival as they search for the way home.

Producer Irwin Allen became very big in television and films in the 1960s and 1970s. He pretty much set a decade long tone for television shows.

Enter the way back machine and have a good time. Yes we have the whole series. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 40433-D The series ran from 1965-1968 starting in black and white and ending in color.

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The atomic kid

When Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry and fellow prospector Robert Strauss go searching for uranium in a remote part of Nevada, they wander into the exact spot where the Army is about to detonate an atom bomb. Waterberry manages to emerge in perfect condition along with his peanut butter and sardine sandwich. An instant celebrity, he quickly senses the huge commercial potential in being the first human being to survive an atomic blast, but first he has to help the FBI break up an enemy spy ring.

An interesting film from Mickey Rooney Productions; where atomic bombs are not really understood. However, a fun movie. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61009-D Released in 1954 86 minutes

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Side effects

A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

What are the side effects of anti-depressants and is the prescribing physician responsible? ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61126-D (61039-B blu-ray) Released in 2013 107 minutes

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A band called Death

Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A BAND CALLED DEATH chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

A Detroit original. Guitar riffs and some drum work that certainly sound like punk. But did they do it before Iggy? ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61011-D (61556-B blu-ray) Released in 2012 96 minutes

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September 17, 2013

Compassion in emptiness

Each year, His Holiness the Dalai Lama travels the world, offering teachings and public talks to individuals from many different faiths and backgrounds. In 2010, His Holiness traveled to New York City to teach A Commentary on Bodhicitta by Nagarjuna and A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life by Shantideva. In his talk, His Holiness discusses ways in which one can achieve the realization of selflessness and ultimately achieve inner peace, which generates a genuine sense of responsibility.
Disc. 1. Public talk-disc. 2. Teachings -day one -disc. 3. Teachings -day two-disc. 4. Teachings -day three.

Outstanding, hours of joy and knowledge. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55221-D Released in 2001 835 minutes

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Sound of My Voice

"A filmmaker (Christopher Denham) and his girlfriend (Nicole Vicius) set out to expose the beautiful leader of a cult (Marling), who claims to be from the future. But the more they explore, the more danger they face."

A very interesting film about the desire of exposing and ultimately joining a cult. The power of empathy can draw people in when they least expect it. Is she from the future? You'll have to watch and find out. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61109-D Released in 2011 85 minutes

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September 13, 2013

The house I live in

For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than 20 states, it captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels, the dealer to grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge. Reveals its profound human rights implications.

America needs to reevaluate. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60240-D Released in 2013 108 minutes

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Mythos with Joseph Campbell

Excerpts from Joseph Campbell's last lecture series before his death illustrate his theory of the origin, purpose and history of myth and mythology. In Psyche and symbol, Joseph Campbell explains the universal themes that operate in all people and cultures that link us together. In The Spirit land, he explores how, for the American Indian, myths served to awaken in them a mystery of life and provided them with the rituals to prepare them for the obstacles of the real world. In On being human, he |a discusses the characteristics we share in common with the animal world, and the point where animal behavior ends and human behavior begins. In From goddesses to god, he explores the connections between ancient societies and the origins of the Western Judeo-Christian tradition. In The Mystical life, Joseph Campbell uses texts and artifacts from the ancient mystery religions of Greece to reveal the unbroken connection between these religions and those of the West. In The Inward path, he explains the core |a ideas at the heart of the Eastern traditions and how it is realized in Hinduism and Buddhism, the concept of Nirvana and sets the stage for the arrival of the Buddha. In The Enlightened one, he explains the difference between the two principal types of Buddhism - Theraveda (Hinayana) and Mahayana. He also compares Buddhism with Taoism and Confucianism. In Our eternal selves, he demonstrates how the Eastern way of perceiving consciousness is radically different from how it is perceived in the West. In |a The Way to illumination, Joseph Campbell explains the full chakra system of Kundalini Yoga and makes comparisons with modern Western psychology and Christian concepts. In The Experience of God, he demonstrates how Tibetan Buddhists turn the ritual experience of death into a spiritual exercise.

Joseph Campbell is one of my heroes. His insight and knowledge is amazing. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 33947-D -33949-D Released in 1996 and 1997
3 videodiscs 600 minutes

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September 12, 2013

A private universe ; Minds of our own

"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"

Very insightful with alternative ideas about teaching and learning. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 43195-D
Based on two programs: A private universe, originally issued in 1989, and Minds of our own, originally issued in 1997.
140 minutes

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September 11, 2013

Bananas!*

Bananas!* is a courtroom drama that examines the intricacies and injustices of the global politics of food by focusing on a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan banana plantation workers against Dole Food Company over the alleged usage of a banned pesticide that causes sterilization. Central to both the film and the case is Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney who is facing the biggest and most challenging case of his career. At stake in this case are the futures of generations of workers and their families as well as the culture of multinational business. If successful, the case could rock the economic foundations of Dole and open U.S. courts to other global victims, representing a new day in international justice.

Askwith Media Library 55159-D Released in 2009 87 minutes

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Big boys gone bananas!*

"What happens to a documentary filmmaker when he goes up against a large corporation like Dole Foods? How far will Dole go to shift the focus off of them and onto the filmmaker even after their own CEO has admitted wrong doing in a court of law? Media spin, PR scare tactics, dirty tricks, lawsuits, and corporate bullying come into play, but it is the people who ultimately prevail, thus creating a cautionary tale and a real life lesson learning experience."

The power of Dole Fruit Company has a very negative history concerning its treatment of the countries of Central and South America and its citizens. This documentary chronicles the abuse of power by Dole to silence a negative documentary about workers and pesticides. The "media" followed the Dole line and neither the Dole company nor those who reported the story ever watched the documentary. However they harassed and attacked anyone with anything to do with the making and distribution of the film. In America this was tolerated and ignored by the public. In Sweden it was not. The backlash from the Swedish Government and the people of Sweden pushed Dole to drop the lawsuit and the personal attacks. This is a very telling documentary on the status of American Multi-Nationals and the collusion of the American Government, court system and the media. The documentary exposes a full blown conspiracy to personally attack and destroy those involved in the production and distribution of the film. Even to go as far as to intimidate those who watched the film. This film is pretty much suppressed in America. Why? Thank you, Sweden you stood up for democracy while America acted against democracy. This is indeed a sad demonstration of what America has lost or perhaps never had. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61018-D Released in 2013 105 minutes

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September 06, 2013

Earth from Space

Earth From Space is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, this special takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms them into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustain life on earth.

Only one thing to be said, WOW! ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60967-D (61055-B blu-ray) Released in 2013 120 minutes

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Imposter

In 1994, a thirteen-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three-and-a-half years later, he is found alive and well thousands of miles away in Europe. He tells a story of kidnap and torture when he returns. While his family is excited to bring him home, all is not quite as it seems. Is the boy really who he claims to be, or is he an imposter giving the family false hope for their child's return?

Outstanding film although some strange editing. How much can a family endure? ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60701-D Released 2012 99 minutes

Askwith Media Library 60701-D Released in 2012 99 minutes

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One day on Earth

On 10-10-10, across the world, documentary filmmakers, students and other inspired citizens recorded the human experience over a 24-hour period and contributed their voices to a global day of media creation called One day on Earth. Over 3,000 hours of footage were filmed. It was the first ever simultaneous filming event occurring in every country in the world. Depicts the diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that occur in one day.

Askwith Media Library 61081-D 105 minutes Released in 2012

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