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October 24, 2013

Migrating My Blog


Thank you all for reading and following my Blog. I've been instructed to change my blog location to M+ Google Blogger.
We may talk about google later but now I will migrate and reformat my new location.
This blog will remain up until March/April 2014 then it loses its server. The updates will be at this new location

http://mikeswatching.blogspot.com/

After I complete most of the reformating I'll go live with the new blog and change my links. But at the moment this one will remain.

See you on the other side. ~Mike

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Ruthless people

When loathesome millionaire Sam Stone's wife is kidnapped by inept kidnappers, Sam cries tears of joy and refuses to pay the ransom. And when the abductors threaten to kill the abrasive heiress, Sam celebrates.
Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Bette Midler.
Touchstone Films: written by Dale Launer; produced by Michael Peyser; directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker.
Music, Michel Colombier ; editor, Arthur Schmidt ; cinematography, Jan de Bont.

An outstanding comedy. It's very eighties. Danny and Bette are wonderful together. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 48152-D Released in 1986 93 minutes

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Ruthless

Multi-millionaire Horace Woodruff Vendig shows himself to the world as an ambitious philanthropist, but that's far from the case. Even as a young man he starts to exhibit an obsessive and selfish urge to make more and more money, loving and leaving women at will to further this end.
Based on the novel "Prelude to night" by Dayton Stoddart.
Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn, Sydney Greenstreet, Lucille Bremer, Martha Vickers, Edith Barrett.
Director of photography, Bert Glennon; music, Werner Janssen.
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

A son more or less abandoned by his parents, lives with a family who help him with his education and also in business. He uses and destroys those around him on his way to the top. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61524-B Released in 1948 105 minutes

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Leave Her to Heaven

An extremely possessive woman will do whatever it takes to keep her husband all to herself, even murder.
Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Mary Philips, Ray Collins, Gene Lockhart, Reed Hadley, Darryl Hickman, Chill Wills.
Darryl F. Zanuck presents; by Ben Ames Williams; screenplay by Jo Swerling; produced by William A. Bacher; directed by John M. Stahl.
Special features: scene selection; commentary by Darryl Hickman and film critic Richard Schickel; movietone news footage (film premiere, Oscar presentations); restoration comparison; still gallery; theatrical trailer.

Wow. You won't believe the extremes to which this woman will go. That's all I can say without destroying the plot. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 39868-D (DVD) 61830-B (Blu-ray) Released in 1945
110 minutes

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Penny Serenade

A young couple falls in love while on a trip to Japan, but face tragedy when an earthquake causes June (Irene Dunne) to lose the baby she is carrying. When she and Roger (Cary Grant) return to San Francisco, they consider adoption as an antidote to their now-struggling marriage. Meanwhile, June's favorite records seem to unfailingly chronicle her life throughout this warmly-entertaining drama.
Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Beulah Bondi, Edgar Buchanan.
a George Stevens' production ; screen play by Morie Ryskind ; story by Martha Cheavens ; produced and directed by George Stevens.

A very sweet, heartbreaking and sometimes funny story of s couple who live for children. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55600-D and 61841-D Two copies. Released in 1941 125 minutes

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October 23, 2013

From up on Poppy Hill

In the year 1963 in Yokohama, an innocent romance blossoms between two high school students, Umi and Shun. As Japan recovers from World War II and prepares to host the 1964 Olympics, the mood contains both optimism and conflict as the younger generation struggles to escape the shackles of the past. While trying to save a dilapidated Meiji-era club house from demolition, the relationship flourishes. But a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.
director, Goro Miyazaki; producers, Geoffrey Wexler, Toshio Suzuki; screenwriter, Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa.
English or Japanese dialogue; English subtitles.
Listed voice actors: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin.

What can I say, with Studio Ghibli it's always beautiful animation. A very nice storyline with wise adults and kids trying their hardest to do the right thing. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61656-D Released in 2013 91 minutes

2nd disc Special Features Includes:
Original Japanese Version, Feature-length Storyboards, Celebrity cast recording featurette, Interview with Goro Miyazaki, music video, Yokohama featurette, original japanese trailers and TV spots.

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Don't Knock the Rock

A rock and roller is out to prove that rock 'n' roll is not dangerous.
Billy Haley and his Comets ; Alan Dale, Alan Freed, The Treniers, Little Richard, Dave Appell and his Applejacks ; Jovada, Jimmy Ballard. Rock around the clock : Bill Haley and his Comets ; The Platters, Tony Matinez, Freddie Bell and his Bellhops, Alan Freed, Johnny Johnston, Alex Talton.

Representing some of the greats of the new Rock n Roll. The dramatic misunderstood teens make their case for Rock n Roll. I loved the music. Bill Haley is fantastic as always and Little Richard steals the show. This movie provides a great sample of the music of the time. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 6099-D Released in 1956 DVD released in 2006 90 minutes

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October 22, 2013

Jewel in the Palace (Tae Chang-gum)

A historical drama based on a true story, Chang-gŭm tells the tale of the first woman to become the King's personal physician in the 16th century of Korea. Chang-gŭm strives to learn the secrets of Korean cooking and medicine in order to cure the king's various ailments.

Outstanding period piece. It has love intrigue and lots of good food. Once you start watching you'll be hooked. ~Mike

MBC television series 2004 54 episodes on 18 discs.

Askwith Media Library 40981-D-40997-D and 41022-D

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The Grand Chef

A chef in-training and a country girl who dreams of becoming a food critic, join forces to make their dreams come true, when he begins a culinary battle against his step-brother to become top chef of the family business.
Kim Rae Won, Kwon Oh Joong, Nam Sang Mi, Kim So Yeon.
Originally broadcast on Korean television in 2008.

A television series about the love of food and family with a side order of intrigue. ~Mike

Set contains episodes 1-12 50121-D
Set contains episodes 13-24 50124-D

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Get Smart (Original Series)

Bumbling spy Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the forces of nemesis agency KAOS with a great deal of help from his partner Agent 99.
Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt.
Season One special features include: episode commentaries with Mel Brooks and Buck Henry; featurette, "The secret history of Get Smart"; TV appearances and spots; bloopers; Get Smart reunion seminar.
Includes black and white pilot episode.

We have the whole series. Get Smart is a hilarious spoof comedy about Control (The West) and its constant battle with Kaos (The East) for control of the world. The series invited many standup comedians, a few dramatic actors and many writers to participate. The series ran from 1965-1970. ~Mike

Season 1 46235-D
Season 2 46236-D
Season 3 46237-D
Season 4 46238-D
Season 4 46239-D

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The age of big data

"Every day we produce more data than the human race did from the dawn of civilisation until the year 2000. Twitter, search engines, scientific experiments, stock markets - these colossal databases can be mined for valuable, sometimes mind-blowing, insights using the most sophisticated algorithms ever created. This film finds out how scientists are using technology and innovation to search data. From the police department who are using an algorithm to predict where crime will strike next, to a mobile phone app that knows that you are unwell before you do, to the man whose £3 billion hedge fund uses cosmologists, code breakers and particle physicists to inform decisions, Horizon unlocks the fascinating world of big data."
U. Michigan Public Performance Rights obtained.
Originally broadcast on the BBC Two channel series, "Horizon", April 4, 2013.

Excellent source to see how analitics will be of use. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61902-D Released in 2013 50 minutes

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Memory of Forgotten War

"Explores the human costs of military conflict through personal accounts of the Korean War by four Korean-American survivors."
In English and Korean with English and Korean subtitles.
Closed-captioned in English.
With: Hee Bok Kim, Suntae Chun, Kee Park, Minyong Lee, Bruce Cumings, Ji-Yeon Yuh.

Personal interviews from those who were living close to the 38th parallel: Some were not able to return home while others left family on one side or the other.
The American Military bombed the area incessantly. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61822-D Releaed in 2013
Full version (37 min.) -- Short version (12 min.)

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The Late Mathias Pascal (Blu-ray)

"Matthias, an eccentric dreamer, is trapped to the undertakings of dialy life as he suffers his days in a loveless marraige, a dead end job and tyrannized by his ungrateful mother-in-law. Grief-stricken by the sudden death of his mother and infant daughter, Mathias flees to Monte Carlo, where a run of luck at roulette wins him a fortune. in the second half of the film, after his death is falsely reported, he leaps at the chance of asecond and adventurous life in Rome."
Ivan Mosjoukine, Marcelle Pradort, Loïs Moran, Jean Hervé, Michel Simon, Pierre Batcheff, Pauline Carton.
Music by Timothy Brock.

This is a beautifully restored film and also a nice movie. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61785-B Original release 1926 Restored release 2013

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The Lost City

After a series of electrical storms disrupt the world, electrical engineer Bruce Gordon develops a machine to trace the cause of the disasters. He discovers that the source is in central Africa and, backed by the nations of the world, sets out on an expedition. Our hero soon learns that the disturbances emanate from an area called the Magnetic Mountain. But unknown to our hero, the Magnetic Mountain also contains a secret city ruled by a scientific wizard named Zolok, who has unleashed the electrical fury threatening civilization as part of his plan to conquer the world. A 12 chapter serial.
Living dead men -- Tunnel of death -- Dagger rock -- Doomed -- Tiger prey -- Human beasts -- Spider men -- Human targets -- Jungle vengeance -- The lion pit -- Death ray -- The mad scientist.
Kane Richmond, William "Stage" Boyd, Claudia Dell, Josef Swickard, George Hayes, Eddie Fetherstone.
Produced by Sherman S. Krellberg. Directed by Harry Revier
An amazing series from 1935. I can imagine kids watching these films on Saturday afternoon, spending the whole day in the theater.
A series of trailors for other serials is on this disc, almost as much fun as the movie. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61761-D Original release 1935 DVD release 2006 265 minutes

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It's a Great Great World (Da shi jie)

Ah Min visits her grandmother's photo studio one day before it shuts for good. There, she discovers four old photographs. Intrigued by the people in the photos, Ah Min embarks on a journey to find out who they are. Her first stop - an old friend of her grandmother's Ah Meng, who reveals through four unforgettable stories that the people in the photos all worked and played at the legendary Great World Amusement Park once upon a time ...
Narration in Mandarin, English & dialects, with English and Chinese subtitles.
DVD, PAL; Region 3 ; 16:9 widescreen ; Dolby Digital stereo 2.0.

This is a very nice film, It's a nostalgic look to a simpler time. Beautifully shot. ~Mike

Askwith Meida Library 60810-D 88 minutes

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Diamonds in the Rough Ugandan Hip Hop Revolution

"From the ashes of four decades of war, AIDS and corruption in Uganda, the Bataka Squad artists, Babaluku and Saba Saba, rise to forge a revolutionary path using music. They are on a mission to empower the forgotten youth of Africa from within, while spreading their message of hope around the globe. Narrated by Spearhead singer Michael Franti, follow the Bataka movement to amplify the spirit of the next generation in this musical journey. Diamonds in the Rough offers a raw glimpse of urban Africa through the eyes of four emerging hip hop artists in the Ugandan capitol of Kampala. They teach us how to struggle with a smile, how to make the best of life against insufferable odds, how to create our own opportunities and flourish through positivity, presenting a refreshing contrast to the commercialized bling bling gangster rap here in America. These artists are the voice of the new generation, the heroes of their community and a group of active, enthusiastic and energetic young people more concerned with global change then how much change they have in their pockets"
Narrated by Michael Franti.
Includes 7 music videos: Tuja babya / Krazy Native -- Vakwokuvegesa / Babaluku -- Malkia / Rah-P -- Lemelako / Abrams & Sylvester -- Wansi wagalu / Krazy Native -- Compilation / World Mash -- Compilation / Connect.
Includes a 60 min. video about the Bavubuka Foundation, a nonprofit organization that believes connecting youth with music and the arts can transform lives and unify diverse communities.
U. Michigan public performance rights obtained

Hip hop is the voice of the generation. The musical style crosses all borders. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57591-D Releasesd in 2009 53 minutes

Accompanying sound disc consists of 14 tracks.

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We are legion The Story of the Hacktivists

Goes inside the world of Anonymous, the radical 'hacktivist' collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. Anonymous utilizes computers and computer networks to promote political ends, chiefly free speech, human rights, and information ethics, under the premise that technology can produce results similar to those of conventional acts of protest, activism, and civil disobedience. This film explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and traces how they evolved and coalesced into Anonymous, the flull-blown movement with global reach and extraordinary power. Features interviews with current members, members recently returned from prison, others currently facing trial, writers, activists and major players in various "raids."
Special features: 22 minutes of additional material; official trailer.

A very good look into the history and the impact of the group called Anonymous. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61850-D Released in 2012 93 minutes

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October 18, 2013

K-20 Fiend with twenty faces

Heikichi Endō is a circus acrobat who is deceived by K-20 and is set up to take the fall for the phantom thief. Using his incredible physical dexterity, Heikichi wages war against K-20 in order to clear his name, fighting alongside K-20's next wealthy target, Duchess Yōko Hashiba, and her fiance, brilliant detective Kogorō Akechi. But what is the ultimate decision Heikichi has to make?
Kaneshiro Takeshi, Matsu Takako, Nakamura Tōru, Kunimura Jun, Takashima Reiko, Hongō Kanata, Masumura Tōru.
Japanese dialogue with optional English subtitles.
Special features: original and English trailers; Viz Pictures presents.

A fun film initially about mistaken identity and then... Also very "steam punk" in design. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61833-D Released in 2008 137 minutes


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Thieves (Toduktŭl) (Dodukdeul)

In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye's old partner Macau Park, who escaped with 68kg of gold several years ago on their last job together. Macau Park brought Chinese thieves as well but little did they know what Macau Park planned for each one of them. His plan takes an unexpected turn when Popeye brings Pepsi, a genius safe-cracker and old flame of Macau Park, to settle the old score.
In Korean with optional English or Korean subtitles.
Kim Yun-Seok, Kim Hye-Soo, Lee Jung-Jae. Hyeon-Soo Kim, Hye-Su Kim, Gianna Jun, Hae-Suk Kim, Angelica Lee, Dong-Hoon Choi.
Special features include: Making of ; commentary of director and casts ; photo story ; trailer.

This movie is a lot of fun. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library (region 2 DVD) 61379-D 61503-B (Blu-ray) Released in 2013 136 minutes

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October 17, 2013

The Search for a Missing Gun (Xun qiang)

While searching for his missing gun, a small-town cop learns that his ex-girlfriend has been shot and killed ... and the bullet appears to have been fired from his gun.
Chinese dialogue with English, French, Spanish or Portuguese subtitles.
Based on the story "The Search For a Missing Gun" by Fan Yiping.

An excellent film. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 37785-D Released in 2002 90 minutes

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Edgar G. Ulmer the man off-screen

Edgar G. Ulmer, the man off-screen: "A nice homage to the filmmaking genius behind The Black Cat, Detour, and The Man from Planet X. Featuring testimonials from Roger Corman, John Landis, Joe Dante, Wim Wenders, and Detour's ultimate femme fatale Ann Savage, The Man Off-Screen paints a vividly impressionistic portait of a no-budget auteur stylistically able to 'take a rat and make Thanksgiving dinner out of it.'"
Special features: Includes Edgar G. Ulmer's movie "Isle of forgotten sins"; photo gallery; Ulmer filmography.
Isle of forgotten sins: "A characteristically lurid Ulmer-helmed 1943 South Seas island adventure that pits John Carradine and Gale Sondergaard against Sidney 'Charlie Chan' Toler in a deadly hunt for deep sea gold."

Askwith Media Library 44277-D Released in 2006 77 minutes

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The Sci-fi Boys

Legendary sci-fi directors Jackson, Lucas, Spielberg, etc, started out as kids making amateur movies inspired by Famous Monsters magazine. They grew up to take Hollywood by storm, inventing the art and technology for filming anything the mind can dream.
Peter Jackson, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Forrest J. Ackerman, Roger Corman, John Landis...
Features include: additional scenes; interviews; kids' monster movies; photo and document gallery.

Askwith Media Library 48597-D Released in 2006 80 minutes

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Tim Wise: On White Privilege

"In this spellbinding lecture, Tim Wise ... offers a unique, inside-out view of race and racism in America. Expertly overcoming the defensiveness that often surrounds these issues, Wise provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color, but to white people as well. This is an invaluable classroom resource: an ideal introduction to the social construction of racial identities, and a critical new tool for exploring the often invoked - but seldom explained - concept of white privilege.".
U. Michigan public performance rights obtained.
Lecture filmed at Middlebury College.

A real eye opener, outstanding. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 47994-D Released in 2008 57 minutes

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Dr. Akagi

Set on a small Japanese island near the end of World War II, this is the story of a doctor's obsession to retain his decency and stamp out a deadly disease.
Special features: Photo gallery; original theatrical trailer.
Akira Emoto, Kumiko Aso, Jacques Gamblin.

A wonderful and sentimental film as only the Japanese can do. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 35201-D Released in 1998 130 minutes

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The Gospel according to Philip K. Dick

A profile of the life of the influential science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick presented through interviews with contemporaries and excerpts from his writings. Dick's writing and ideas on reality, humanity and technology which blend West Coast utopianism, counterculture paranoia and mystical experience have been adapted into films, including Blade Runner and Total Recall. Since very little interview footage exists of Philip K. Dick, this documentary relies on audio taped interviews with Dick, allowing him to comment in his own words.
Commentary: Ray Nelson, Robert Anton Wilson, Paul Williams, D. Scott Apel, Miriam Lloyd.
Features include director interview, behind the scenes photo gallery, and the Philip K. Dicktionary.

A good look into the life of one of our best Sci-fi writers. Philip could be considered the father of modern filmic science fiction.~Mike

Askwith Media Library 31462-D Released in 2000 95 minutes

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October 16, 2013

20th Century Boys

It all begins in 1969 when a young boy named Kenji and his friends write The Book of Prophecy. In their book, they write about a future where they fight against an evil organization trying to take over the world and bring about Doomsday. In 1997, Kenji and his friends must save mankind before the climax of their book becomes a reality.
Based on the manga 20th century boys and 21st century boys by Naoki Urasawa.
Toshiaki Karasawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Takako Tokiwa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Hidehiko Ishiduka, Takashi Ukaji, Hiroyuki Miyasako.
Extra features: trailers; Viz Pictures presents.

We have all three films in this series. I found them very enjoyable and somewhat suspenseful. ~Mike

20th Century Boys 51282-D Beginning of the End 142 minutes 2009
20th Century Boys 53887-D The Last Hope 140 minutes 2010
20th Century Boys 53888-D Redemption 155 minutes 2010

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Dakota 38

In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. "When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator... As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn't get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it's one of those dreams that bothers you night and day." Now, four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. "We can't blame the wasichus anymore. We're doing it to ourselves. We're selling drugs. We're killing our own people. That's what this ride is about, is healing." This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.

An outstanding film about reconciliation and forgiveness. ~Mike

Akswith Media Library 59284-D Released in 2010 78 minutes

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My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (Wo zuo yan jian dao gui)

"May Ho marries to successful businessman named Daniel only seven days after meeting him on holiday. Unfortunately soon thereafter Daniel dies in a scuba diving accident. All the money from Daniel's may give May a luxurious life, but in reality she lives in solitude without any sense of direction. One night she suffers a near fatal car accident while driving drunk. A naughty ghost Ken comes to save May's life and strange things happen ever since - May's left eye has the ability to see ghost ..."
In Cantonese or Mandarin with subtitles in traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese or English.
Directors Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai Staring Sammi Cheng, Ching Wan Lau, Tian-lin Wang
Special Features: Interviews with the cast.

A fun, sweet movie. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60575-D Released in 2002 98 minutes

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Honey West

After inheriting her spying business from her late father, private eye Honey West outwits criminals and solves crimes using her unique arsenal of martial arts and scientific gadgets.
Anne Francis, John Ericson, Irene Hervey, Gene Barry.
Special features: Anne Francis photo gallery; behind the scenes photo gallery; vintage commercials.

Honey West was groundbreaking. She is a single, rich, crime fighter with men working for her. Her sharp wit and her confidence can be seen in later female private investigator/police shows such as Murder, she wrote, Cagney and Lacy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mcguyver and Matlock come to mind including others. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 50741-D Released in 2008 (Originally broadcast on television during the 1965-1966 season) 4 discs 900 minutes 30 episodes

Disc one: The swingin' Mrs. Jones --The owl and the eye -The abominable snowman -A matter of wife and death -Live a little, kill a little -Whatever Lola wants- The princess and the paupers -In the bag. Disc two: The flame and the pussycat -A neat little package -A stitch in crime -A million bucks in anybody's language -The gray lady -Invitation to limbo -Rockabye the hard way -A nice little till to tap. Disc three: How brillig, o, beamish boy -King of the mountain -It's earlier than you think -The perfect un-crime -Like visions and omens and all that jazz -Don't look now, but isn't that me -Come to me, my litigation baby. Disc four: Slay, gypsy, slay -The fun-fun killer -Pop goes the easel -Little green Robin Hood -Just the bear facts ma'am -There's a long, long, fuse a'burning -An eerie, airy, thing.

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October 14, 2013

Big Man Japan

Daisato transforms himself into a stocky, stick-wielding giant who is several stories high in order to defend Japan and its citizens. However, unlike his predecessors, who were all national heroes, he is an outcast among the people he protects.
Includes special features : the making of Big Man Japan; commentary; deleted scenes.

Cartoony and somewhat creepy as only the Japanese can do. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 49246-D Released in 2007 108 minutes

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Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi)

In order to please his sin-obsessed father, Yu goes on a sin spree where he becomes a master of up-skirt photography. However, things take a turn when he falls for the beautiful Yoko, a young woman who despises all men.

Just a wonderful, albeit long, movie it touches on most of the cultural stereotypes. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56851-D Released in the U.S. in 2011 237 minutes

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Cutie Honey

In this live action anime film Honey is an office worker who hides a secret. Developed by her father, Honey has the 'Love system' a necklace that allows her to transform into the super hero Cutie Honey.
Special features: Making of Cutie honey ; trailers.

As some might say, it is what it is. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55574-D Released in 2007 93 minutes

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Fullmetal Alchemist

It is 1923 in Munich. Two years have passed since Edward Elric's sacrifice ripped him out of his world and separating him from his younger brother, Alphonse. Ed's continued research into rocketry has allied him with Alphons Heiderich, a fellow researcher who oddly resembles Ed's brother. Progress has been slow, however, and Ed has become discouraged. But when he saves a quiet Gypsy girl with the power to read minds, Ed is quickly pulled into a plot by the Thule Society and the burgeoning Nazi Party that could drag both worlds into a terrible war.
Based on the original young adult story by Hiromu Arakawa
Special features: "The making of 'Fullmetal alchemist - the movie": a 40-minute documentary with director Seiji Mizushima and staff; Japanese theatrical and TV trailers; production art; image gallery; trailers; guidebook.

Askwith Media Library 53255-D Released in 2006 149 minutes

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Death Note

The story begins as L takes on the 'Kira' case, in which countless criminals are mysteriously dying of sudden heart attacks. L leaves his headquarters in Los Angeles and travels to Japan, for he believes with a 97% certainty that the killer is in Japan, and that he may have to risk his live to solve the case.
Kenichi Matsuyama, Youki Kudoh, Mayuko Fukuda, Kiyotaka Nanbara.
Special features: audio commentary; behind the scenes & interviews; Japanese original trailer; official English trailer; event bonus footage teaser; Death Note live-action trailers; Death Note anime trailer.

Askwith Media Library 50906-D Released in 2009 129 minutes

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Lastexile.

It's the dawn of the golden age of aviation on planet Prester, and retro-futuristic sky vehicles known as vanships dominate the horizon. Claus Valca - a flyboy born with the right stuff - and his fiery navigator Lavie are fearless racers obsessed with becoming the first sky couriers to cross the Grand Stream in a vanship. But when the high-flying duo encounters a mysterious girl named Alvis, they are thrust into the middle of an endless battle between Anatoray and Disith - two countries systematically destroying each other according to the code of chivalric warfare. Lives will be lost and legacies determined as Claus and Lavie attempt to bring peace to their world by solving the riddle of its chaotic core.
Originally broadcast on Japanese television beginning 2003.

Askwith Media Library 49214-D Released on DVD in 2009 4 discs 625 minutes

Episode 1. First move -- Episode 2. Luft vanship -- Episode 3. Transpose -- Episode 4. Zugzwang -- Episode 5. Positional play -- Episode 6. Arbiter attack -- Episode 7. Interesting Claus -- Episode 8. Takeback -- Episode 9. Calculate Alex -- Episode 10. Swindle -- Episode 11. Develop -- Episode 12. Discovered attack -- Episode 13. Isolated pawn -- Episode 14. Etude Lavie -- Episode 15. Fairy chess -- Episode 16. Breakthrough -- Episode 17. Making material -- Episode 18. Promotion Sophia -- Episode 19. Sicilian defence -- Episode 20. Grand stream -- Episode 21. Rook dio -- Episode 22. Queen Delphine -- Episode 23. Castling Lucciola -- Episode 24. Sealed move -- Episode 25. Quiet move -- Episode 26. Resign.

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Space Battleship Yamato (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.
Features: original theatrical trailer, alternate animation footage, the original program book, a gallery of promotional art, The Yamato story: a history of the phenomenon.
Voices: Hideo Nakamura, Kei Tomiyama, Taichirou Hirokawa.

Askwith Media Library 53950-D Released in 1977 135 minutes

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TerrorVision (Blu-ray)

A wonderful 1980s “camp” movie: The kids don't listen to the parents the parents don't listen to the kids. Everyone has their own thing going on. The movie is very funny in a 1980s sort of way. The production quality is surprisingly good. ~Mike

Just about everyone is interviewed in the special features. The second film on this disc is The Video Dead. I did not watch it.

Askwtih Media Library 61535-D Blu-ray. Released in 1986 The Video Dead released in 1987. Both released on this blu-ray in 2013.

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Close examination: fakes, mistakes and discoveries

Explores how science and technology has advanced art historical knowledge at the National Gallery in London since 1934 when a Scientific Department was first established at the Gallery.

A thorough look into some of the techniques used to verify and date art. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60550-D Released in 2010

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Perry Mason

The case of the howling dog -The case of the curious bride -The case of the lucky legs -The case of the velvet claws -The case of the black cat -The case of the stuttering bishop.
Warren William, Ricardo Cortez, Donald Woods.
Based on novels by Erle Stanley Gardner.

Before Raymond Burr's television interpretation there was this movie series. This series is outstanding. Great movies with a very smart and social Perry Mason, worth viewing for any fan or anyone who likes the old style, witty dialog, police dramas. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61603-D Released on DVD from the Warner Archive Collection in 2012. The series is from the mid 1930s

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October 04, 2013

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Through a personal diary account a carefree media professional discovers that a Indian Army man who fascinates her has a love interest tucked away in London. Will she be able to bridge the gap and get close to him? Or will his past come back to haunt?
Disc 2 special Features: Making of the film- Making of the songs- Deleted scenes- Shahrukh Khan learns to play the guitar for challa- Shahrukh Khan bikes through Ladakh- Theatrical trailer & promos.
Disc 3 special features: Yash Chopra in conversation with Shahrukh Khan -JTHJ premiere at YRF studios, Mumbai.

This movie is great fun. It's modern, shot mostly in London with some traditional dancing. The film has the good feelings of a Shahrukh Khan film. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60706-D Released in 2012 176 minutes

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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

The Martians are irked that their children spend so much time watching TV shows from Earth that sing the praises of Santa Claus, so they decide to make a trek to the planet to capture Mr. Claus. During their mission, they also abduct two children who lead the aliens to the North Pole and Santa Claus.
Bonus features: 45 minutes archival footage reel; trailer; stills gallery.
The Archival footage reel is from a lot of different shows and some cartoons. Very impressive footage played back at the theaters before or between the movies. Worth a look. ~Mike

Certainly a hokey movie but technically very well done. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60881-D Released in 1964 81 minutes

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October 03, 2013

if i were you

After Madelyn and Lucy meet by chance, they make a pact to fix their unhappy lives: they will only do what the other one says and ignore their own instincts. But Madelyn has a secret. She knows her husband is sleeping with Lucy, a much younger and beautiful woman. Madelyn's plan backfires when Lucy, an aspiring actress, orders her to play King Lear in a very amateur production with Lucy playing the fool.
Special features: cast interviews; theatrical trailer.
Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling, Aidan Quinn, Joseph Kell, Michael Therriault, Gary Piquer, Valerie Mahaffey.

This is a very funny and topical movie. I loved it and so did my wife. If you want to enjoy something that is just fun, mind the F bombs, this movie is for you. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60868-D Released in 2012 115 minutes

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October 02, 2013

The Chairman and the Lions

"The Maasai leader of a Tanzanian village battles many lions, both real and figurative, that threaten his community - 'bush' lawyers, land grabbers, marauding beasts of prety, migration, and lack of education. Chairman Frank Ikoyo provides a glimpse into the current world of Ilparakuo Maasai and the ever-increasing challenges they face. He advocates education as a key to village self-determination, despite the face that it can produce ' educated criminals.' The film depicts Ikoy's duties as Chairman - persuading women to send their daughters to school, interrogating spies in a lawsuit, and eliciting help from a renowned elder to train young watrriors in the art of lion hunting."
Directed by Peter Biella; produced by Fank Kaipai Ikoyoa, Juma Mriga, Kelly Askew, Howard Stein.
U. Michigan Public Performance Rights obtained

Outstanding, current and very insightful. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61900-D Released in 2013 46 minutes

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Clemency

Short documentary on 11 women seeking clemency in Michigan who killed abusers in self defense. Their testimonies build a powerful and disturbing indictment of the legal, judicial and criminal justice systems.

Heartbreaking to say the least. Another very important documentary from Carol Jacobsen. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 29297-D Released in 1997 15 minutes

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High Tech Soul

From the race riots of 1967 to the underground party scene of the late 1980's, this film is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music and its relation to the cultural history of Detroit. Artists like Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Eddie Fowlkes, and a host of others explain why techno, with its abrasive tones and resonating basslines, could not have come from anywhere but Detroit. Includes in-depth interviews with the world's best exponents of techno music.
Special features: Deleted scenes, outtakes, bonus interviews.

A solid look into the early days of Techno. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61731-D Released in 2006 64 minutes

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October 01, 2013

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in the 1960s

The most detailed, informative, and enjoyable documentary on Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention yet to emerge. Features rare footage of Frank and the Mothers throughout the 1960s, archive interviews, seldom-seen live performances, and a host of other features. Track listing features: Who Are the Brain Police?, Hungry Freaks Daddy, Trouble Every Day, Brown Shoes Don't Make it, America Drinks and Goes Home, and many more.
Extras include: extended interviews
"This film is not authorised by the estate or family of Frank Zappa."

Zappa might have appreciated an unauthorized documentary about him. It's hard to say. The documentary provides information about the early years of Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Zappa's work will probably survive throughout the years as a tipping point in modern music. The DVD provides great stories from band members as well as a look at Frank's path to under/above ground notoriety. ~Mike
Extras include: extended interviews
Askwith Media Library 61657-D Released in 2009 134 minutes

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Bill Moyers Beyond Hate

Hate has many faces: racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sectarianism, domestic violence. But do we really understand its roots? Are there practical ways to cope with it? What is hate doing to us? More importantly, what does hate do for us? Bill Moyers seeks to answer these questions. His search takes him around the world where he talks to philosophers and historians, authors and activists to those whose lives have been shaped by hate and those who have dedicated their lives to going beyond it.

Broadcast in 1991 it is still a very important look into the motivational factors leading to hate. The discussion will provide insight and understanding, it is very relevant today. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61711-D released in 1991 87 minutes

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Starsuckers

A feature documentary about the celebrity obsessed media that uncovers the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid on the corporations and individuals who profit from it. Made completely independently over two years in secret, the film journeys through the dark underbelly of the modern media. Using a combination of never before seen footage, undercover reporting, and stunts and animation, the film reveals the toxic effect the media is having on us all.

This is an outstanding and informative film. It is a must see. The insight to modern celebrity and our complacent acceptance is disconcerting at best. This film will change your understanding of your favorite celebrities, politicians and your active participation in the glittered filled life of modern media. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61491-D Released in 2012 103 minutes

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L'iceberg

Fiona is the manager of a fast-food restaurant. She lives comfortably and happily with her family in the suburbs. That is until the day she accidentally gets locked into a walk-in freezer. She escapes the next morning, half frozen and barely alive, only to realize that her husband and two children didn't even notice she was missing. But when Fiona develops an obsession for everything cold and icy--snow, polar bears, refrigerators, icebergs--she drops everything, climbs into a frozen goods delivery truck and leaves home. She heads for a real iceberg.

Belgium visual comedy team Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel do it again in this funny and quirky film about love, family and icebergs.
Two other films by Fiona and Dominique are Rumba and Fairy. We have all three. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61634-D Released in 2005 84 minutes

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The Liquidator

Boysie Oakes, Agent L, enjoys the swinging-London lifestyle perks that come with espionage but would rather not engaage in the squeamish business of killing, so he heires a professional hitman for that part of the job. But, events soon plunge Agent L into situations that require him to become a hero in spite of himself.
Rod Taylor, Trevor Howard, Jill St. John, Wilfrid Hyde-White, David Tomlinson, Akim Tamiroff, Eric Sykes, Gabriella Licudi.

An outstanding Bond-esque film. Starts in black and white and after the opening credits is in color. The film's technical aspects are outstanding under the direction of technicolor master Jack Cardiff. There are very recognizable actors which make this film all the more fun. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61630-D Released in 1965 104 minutes

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Gorgo

Enterprising Joe and Sam capture a 65-foot monster and bring it to London as a seaside carnival attraction. This proves to be a major mistake when Gorgo's mother comes in search of her baby and trashes London.
Special features: "Ninth wonder of the world: the making of Gorgo" a new documentary by Daniel Griffith; Gorgo-Gorgo the monster from the sea!; video comic; extensive lobby card & poster gallery; photo gallery; Gorgo toys & collectibles gallery; production notes; original theatrical trailer; pressbook gallery; star cine cosmos; French language "Fumetto" (comic box); restoration video; before & after; optional music & effects track.

If they would have just released baby Gorgo London would have survived. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61511-B (blu-ray only) Releassed in 1961 77 minutes

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