New Releases for February 22nd, 2005
I Heart Huckabees When a mystery needs to be solved and it's not a whodunit but a maze involving emotions, it requires the expertise of intellectual -- and perhaps slightly kooky -- detectives Vivian (Lily Tomlin) and Bernard (Dustin Hoffman). The husband-and-wife existential team helps untangle questions of purpose. Their client? Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman), a do-gooder who's plagued by twists of fate. Co-stars Jude Law and Naomi Watts.
Heat: Special Edition Two driven professionals -- an illustrious detective (Al Pacino) and a sophisticated thief (Robert De Niro) -- draw ever closer to an inevitable showdown on Los Angeles' mean streets. Brilliantly directed by Michael Mann, Heat is a hyperkinetic tale that blurs the lines between good and evil. The all-star cast includes Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore and Jon Voight. Includes a commentary by Mann and three trailers.
Around the Bend Four generations of men are suddenly brought together by the chance to uncover the truth about their family's past. When their eldest member passes away, the remaining trio embarks on a journey that takes them out on the road and into a world full of surprises -- some comic, some dramatic, and all of them personal. Stars Michael Caine, Christopher Walken, Josh Lucas, Glenne Headly and Jonah Bobo.
The Shield: Season 3 Michael Chiklis reprises his award-winning role as renegade detective Vic Makey, a cop who heads an elite group called the Strike Team and who lives and works near the edge of reason and protocol. This third season begins with gang warfare causing chaos in the city, forcing the team to abandon its efforts to play by the rules. Vic gets a new supervisor, much to his chagrin, while he navigates the treacherous waters of urban crime.
Sex Is Comedy How true! Film director Jeanne (Anne Parillaud) is obsessed with directing a young actress (Roxane Mesquida) and actor (Gregoire Colin) in a dicey and difficult sex scene. Aided and abetted by her loyal assistant director, Leo (Ashley Wanninger), Jeanne is hell-bent on getting the scene right, without compromising her "art." Written and directed by Catherine Breillat.
Cube Zero Zachary Bennett, Stephanie Moore and Michael Riley star in this prequel to writer-director Ernie Barbarash's exhilarating -- and bewildering -- succession of movies about a stranger-than-fiction space composed of cubes, through which a group of men and women are made to venture. Only those who locate the exit in this labyrinth will emerge from the experience alive … because every room promises danger.
The King of Queens: Season 3 Delivery guy Doug Heffernan (Kevin James) and his wife, Carrie (Leah Remini), continue their reign as the funniest couple in Queens in Season 3 of the popular comedy series. This season, Arthur (Jerry Stiller) drives his son-in-law even closer to the brink of insanity, and Doug and Carrie deal with paintball parties, weight gain and positive home pregnancy tests. Guest stars include Ricki Lake, Florence Henderson, Lou Ferrigno and Gavin McLeod.
The Flute Player After the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, 9-year-old Arn Chorn-Pond was thrust into the darkness of Cambodia's Killing Fields. For four years, Arn's musical talent kept him from perishing in a genocide that took the lives of 2 million Cambodians. Now, after living in the United States for 20 years, Arn faces the dark shadows of his war-torn past as he fights to save Cambodia's once-outlawed traditional music from extinction.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Faced with almost certain destruction of her planet's natural resources, warrior princess Nausicaa rallies her people against an evil queen's rampaging army in an effort to give her homeland a new lease on its future. Hayao Miyazaki directs this environmentally conscious anime that transports viewers to a magical place -- the Valley of the Wind -- where the ultimate showdown between good and evil will play out. Includes a voice talent featurette.
The Cat Returns Young Haru rescues a cat from being run over, but soon finds it's no ordinary feline; it happens to be the Prince of the Cats. And in recognition of Haru for saving his life, the cat brings her to the Kingdom of Cats … to be his bride! But Haru's feline friends Muta and the Baron hatch a plan to rescue her from this unusual fate. Think Alice in Wonderland … with kitty litter. Hiroyuki Morita directs this anime follow-up to Whisper of the Heart.
The Same River Twice Filmmaker Rob Moss brings into focus the passage of time in this fascinating docudrama about four friends, Barry, Jeff, Cathy and Danny, who, along with their river guide, Jim, revisit a tragic accident that happened in their midst three decades earlier. While on a whitewater rafting trip, they witnessed the death of one of their friends; years later, they reunite for a similar outing, catching up on the joys and sorrows of each other's lives.
Family Business: Season 2 Who knew the life of a porn producer known as Seymore Butts (aka Adam Glasser) would be filled with such pathos and drama that most people could identify with? In the second season of this late-night reality series, Adam continues to search for true love that's worlds away from the lust-filled business in which he makes his living. Lila continues to hawk her cookbook, while cousin Stevie tries to direct movies himself.
Won't Anybody Listen Filmed over a seven-year period, Dov Kelemer's searing indictment of the music business chronicles the lives of brothers Frank and Vince Rogala, Michigan natives who came to Los Angeles seeking fame and fortune with their rock band NC-17. Humbled by the brutal realities of the record industry, these courageous musicians face an ongoing struggle as they try to balance their desire for financial success with their need for artistic redemption.
Porco Rosso After witnessing the horrendous deaths of his fellow pilots in action during World War I, an Italian pilot transforms into "Porco Rosso," a being that's part man, part pig. Under this confounding spell, Porco Rosso perseveres by taking odd jobs, romancing the ladies (humans, not sows!) and rescuing people in distress -- all the while looking for a way out of his porcine predicament. Hayao Miyazaki directs this oddly compelling anime.
Classic Albums: Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland The story of the "Electric Ladyland" album comes to life in words, music and rare archival footage featuring interviews with Jimi Hendrix Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, fellow musicians Steve Winwood and Dave Mason, manager Chas Chandler and engineer Eddie Kramer. Songs include "All Along the Watchtower," "Still Raining Still Dreaming," "Gypsy Eyes," "Crosstown Traffic," "Voodoo Chile" and "House Burning Down."
Yes Nurse! No Nurse! Based on a popular Dutch television series, this musical centers on Nurse Klivia (Loes Luca) and the slightly batty residents of her rest home. Klivia is hounded by nasty neighbor Boordevol (Paul R. Kooij), who wants to repossess the rest home. Things really heat up when Klivia takes in the young burglar Gerrit (Waldemar Torenstra). Gerrit has eyes for Klivia's daughter (Tjitske Reidinga), and when Boordevol is robbed, Gerrit is the main suspect.
Baby for Sale Married couple Nathalie (Dana Delany) and Steve Johnson (Hart Bochner) are on a quest to adopt a baby, but they hadn't bargained on how difficult and heart-wrenching that journey would be. During their search, the couple uncovers a black-market racket in which babies are sold to the highest bidder. Stunned, the Johnsons work to expose the operation and bring the traffickers to justice. Peter Svatek directs this made-for-television movie.
She's Too Young Average working mother Trish (Marica Gay Harden) discovers that her daughter, Hannah (Alexis Dziena), has slept with multiple partners, even though she's only 14 years old. Battling an apathetic public and alienating her own daughter in the process, Trish attempts to shed light on the problem while keeping a close eye on Hannah. But it's a case of tough love all the way in this powerfully acted made-for-TV movie.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Director Vincente Minnelli's fantastical musical centers on the past-life experiences of a brash New Yorker (Barbra Streisand), who speaks as a woman living in Victorian England when put under hypnosis by her shrink (Yves Montand). Fascinated by his patient, the doc's determined to extract the root of her neurosis, which overcomes her as she see-saws between her modern life and her alternate, albeit far-fetched, existence.
We Were Strangers Academy Award-winning director John Huston's epic drama stars John Garfield as Tony Ferrer, a passionate Cuban revolutionary who's determined to set in motion a coup d'état to depose the Machado, the country's current regime. When he hears that state officials are set to converge at a funeral, he lays out what he thinks is a foolproof plan to assassinate them, but as always, things don't quite work out according to plan. Jennifer Jones costars.
Bitter Victory British army captain Leith (Richard Burton) is handed a mission that may prove to be his most difficult yet: He must partner up with fellow military officer Brand (Curd Jürgens), with whom he doesn't get along, to steal top secret documents from a Nazi group in Libya. Complicating matters further is Leith's relationship with Brand's wife (Ruth Roman), with whom Leith once had a torrid love affair, ratcheting up the tension between them.
My Sister Eileen In this charming comedy written by Blake Edwards, actress Eileen Sherwood (Janet Leigh) and her sister, Ruth (Betty Garrett), plan to take Manhattan by storm once they arrive. But Ruth's dreams are immediately quashed when her new boss, editor Robert Baker (Jack Lemmon), deems the stories she's been turning in substandard and orders her to write about her famous sibling's love affairs -- much to Eileen's horror and rage.
Strangers When We Meet Architect Larry Coe (Kirk Douglas) and his neighbor, Maggie (Kim Novak), have fallen head over heels in love. Unfortunately, they're both married to other people. So, they indulge in their forbidden love in the new home that Larry's designing for writer Roger Altar (Ernie Kovacs). The only person who knows about their affair is their pal Felix (Walter Matthau), who's formed a crush on Larry's woebegone wife (Barbara Rush).
Twentieth Century This 1934 big-screen version of a hit play stars Carole Lombard as Mildred Plotka, a chorus girl molded into a Broadway superstar by a Machiavellian director, Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore). But Plotka chafes under the iron-fisted Jaffe's control, so she escapes to Hollywood, leaving Jaffe to flounder. Later, they meet aboard a train called the Twentieth Century, where Jaffe, hoping for one last shot at success, hopes to woo her to the stage again.
It Happened to Jane Single mother and fishmonger Jane Osgood (Doris Day) may be in over her head when she receives a large order from the Marshall Town Country Club for lobsters. Unfortunately, she fails to deliver, as the supply arrives ruined because of a train delay. To compensate for her business loss, Jane enlists her admirer, George Denham (Jack Lemmon), to sue the railway's owner (Ernie Kovacs) in a fight that winds up longer than the train route itself.
Behold a Pale Horse Based on a novel by Emeric Pressburger, who also directed the movie, this 1964 Hollywood classic tells the story of a guerilla fighter, Manuel (Gregory Peck), who continues to fight the bitter fight even though the Spanish Civil War ended 20 years earlier. A local police commissioner, Vinolas (Anthony Quinn), wants to make an example of Manuel and brands him as a target, but the rebel won't go down without a fight.
Suddenly Two young lesbian criminals kidnap a heavy-set girl in Buenos Aires, taking her along on a road trip into the Argentinean wilderness in a hijacked taxi. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing they might live to regret. Or will they? Director Diego Lerman's debut feature is a low-key and rather sweet study of three young women who are more capable of tenderness than they initially seem.
Lenny Bruce Without Tears Upstart comedian Lenny Bruce is the subject of this documentary by Fred Baker that features performance footage of Bruce's stand-up comedy and interviews with those who knew him best. Ahead of his time, Bruce was persecuted for dishing out anti-establishment humor in a decidedly conservative era. Steve Allen, Paul Krassner, Mort Sahl, Kenneth Tynan, Nat Hentoff and Malcolm Muggeridge share personal memories of Bruce in candid video memoirs.
Love's Enduring Promise Dale Midkiff, Katherine Heigl and January Jones star in this touching drama (directed by Michael Landon Jr.) about a couple, Clark and Marty Davis, who marry under pressure and still manage to shape their relationship into one of deep love and affection. While raising their children and planting roots in their frontier town, they try to befriend their neighbors and build a community that stretches beyond the comfortable boundaries of family.
A Letter to Three Wives In this 1949 black-and-white classic, which won Joseph L Mankiewicz an Academy Award for Best Director, three married women (Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell and Ann Sothern) vacationing on the Hudson suddenly find themselves on the receiving end of a disturbing missive: One of their husbands has broken his nuptial vows and cheated. But whose? The answer is revealed as each woman excavates the ruins of her marriage. Kirk Douglas costars.
Madhouse In this horrifying tale, psychiatry intern Clark Stevens (Joshua Leonard) finds a little more excitement than he'd bargained for in his new job at the Cunningham Hall Mental Facility. The hospital is home to the country's most dangerous psychotics, and when a staff nurse is murdered, Stevens investigates and encounters supernatural forces that would drive any sane person mad. Natasha Lyonne, Lance Hendrikson and Jordan Ladd also star.
Score In the village of leisure - in the land of play - live Jack and Elvira, a swinging married couple who have their sights set on seducing a pair of naive newlyweds. The sparks fly in this erotic classic, directed by Radley Metzger.
Inbred Rednecks Alien Abduction Villainous extra-terrestrials get their just rewards when they decide to invade the Earth and abduct some of its denizens. Their big mistake? They've chosen to make off with a group of rednecks (played in part by Chad Bockholdt, Adam Hackbarth, Robert Lloyd, Don Pearson and Patrick Voss), who'll have the aliens' heads spinning with their wacky ways and bizarre approach to captivity -- and who just may seem more alien than the extra-terrestrials!
Mail Order Bride Top New York mob boss Tony Santini (Danny Aiello) discovers that five different men -- including one of his wise guys -- have been scammed by the same Russian mail order bride, Nina (Ivana Milicevic), who's now back in her homeland with their cash. Santini sends his nephew Anthony (Robert Capelli Jr.) to bring Nina and the money back. But once in Russia, Anthony happens to fall in love … with the same girl he was sent to bring to justice.
Classic Albums: Fleetwood Mac: Rumours Fleetwood Mac recall the making of their multiplatinum hit "Rumours." John and Christine McVie's separation and the breakup of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham caused much turmoil and inspiration in the creation of this record.
Starkweather In 1956, 16-year-old Charlie Starkweather (Brent Taylor), a sometime garbageman, blew a fuse and went on a serial killing spree through Nebraska and Wyoming that claimed 11 people in three months. Joining Starkweather on his murderous odyssey was his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril-Ann Fugate (Shannon Lucio). The true story of this killer couple shocked the American people, who, until that time, had never witnessed murders so callous and brazen.
WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception Independent investigative reporter and filmmaker Danny Schechter's documentary focuses on how the media shaped people's views of the Iraq War through their intense coverage from the war's inception through February 2004. Schechter's film examines provocative theories such as the Pentagon's involvement in media messages, how new methods such as satellites and embedded journalists affected media coverage, and the competition between media outlets.
Dead Man's Memories Along a stretch of the Portuguese coast, a man's body is found. Police detective Pinto (Miguel Guilherme) then finds a tantalizing clue: a video camera in a car parked nearby with a tape of a young woman (Sylvie Testud) who was unaware she was being filmed. Pinto tracks down the woman and questions her, but his interrogation only leads to more confusion. It's the classic web encompassing betrayal, murder and love. Markus Heltschl directs.
I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School In this revealing, Academy Award-winning documentary produced by HBO, directors Alan and Susan Raymond step into the Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia to shed light on the struggles that its students, teachers and administrators face each day: inadequate housing, drug addiction, unrelenting poverty and rampant crime. What's revealed is a testament to willpower and the human spirit, their prime vehicles on the road to success.
The Agony and the Ecstasy Renaissance artist Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) in this adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel. While the novel covers Michelangelo's life from birth to death, the film focuses on the battle of wills between the perfectionist artist and the impatient Pope who commissions (and eventually commands) Michelangelo to paint the famed chapel. Diane Cilento also stars.
The Vault To improve relations with Milla (Brynn Lucas), his estranged daughter, renowned jewel thief Kennedy Kaludes (Laci Szabo) takes her to an art museum to break the ice. But their visit turns harrowing when robbers commandeer the place for a heist; to protect Milla, Kennedy locks her in a vault where the criminals can't get her. But the moment the doors shut, the clock starts ticking … leaving him scant hours to save her before the oxygen runs out.
Stripperella: Season 1 (Uncensored) "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson provides the voice of Erotica Jones in Stan Lee's titillating animated series about a stripper turned superhero. Season 1 finds Jones chasing nefarious characters such as Dr. Cesarean and Pushy Galore; crushing villains with her "Scissor-ella" thighs; and uncovering the truth with her lie-detector breast implant. Guest voices include Mark Hamill, Kid Rock, Jon Cryer, Jon Lovitz and Andy Dick.
Return to Peyton Place Director Jose Ferrer returns to the drama-filled Massachusetts enclave of Peyton Place and picks up where the long-running television series left off. Famous resident Alison MacKenzie (Carol Lynley) has written a tell-all book about the seamy underbelly of village life, and everyone is up in arms about it. Roberta Carter (Mary Astor) is campaigning to get the book off the shelves of the library, but that's just the beginning of Alison's troubles.
Ellen: Season 2 Quirky bookstore owner Ellen Morgan (Ellen DeGeneres) forges head-on into more absurd situations in the second season of the groundbreaking comedy series. With a little help from her friends (Joely Fisher, Arye Gross, Clea Lewis and David Anthony Higgins), Ellen makes it through ballet lessons, erotic dreams starring her pal Adam and a romance with American Gladiator Nitro. Kathy Najimy, Harry Shearer, Mary-Kate Olsen and Bob Saget guest star.
Playhouse After the theatre director at the Pittsburgh Playhouse is murdered, Detective Black and two doofus deputies are assigned to the case. Before you can say, "Curtain up!," it's curtains for many of the theatre's students who start playing death scenes … for real! Could the evil be supernatural? A fun spoof of the horror genre on par with the Scream franchise. Stars Ross Donaldson and David Friday. Directed by Hunter F. Roberts.
Snake Skin Jacket Hollywood banker Patrick Cross (Silas Cooper) likes the quiet, simple life … with one indulgence: He collects clothing worn by stars in films (Patrick's titular jacket was once worn by Marlon Brando). Unfortunately, it's an expensive hobby that he can only fuel by embezzling funds from his own bank. But being a clotheshorse takes a backseat when Patrick witnesses a murder and the killer moves in next door to him! Norman Gerard directs.
I'll Sing for You In the 1960s, the people of Mali loved listening to Boubacar "KarKar" Traore's music on the radio. But KarKar was soon forced to stop playing and find work that would feed his family. After his wife died, KarKar moved to France and settled in Paris, working in construction and singing on weekends at his immigrant shelter. Years later, everyone in Mali thought him dead … until a music producer discovered an old recording of his.
Weebles: Welcome to Weebleville! Take a trip to Weebleville, home to a host of lovable, colorful and infinitely playful characters in this charming children's television series inspired by a Playskool line of toys. Every day is an adventure, and in this collection of episodes, the Weebles are off to the rescue as Tooey learns to face his fears. Next, the gang learns the value of cooperation and the importance of doing the job right, and ventures deep into the forest.
The Easter Egg Adventure Egg Town's residents bravely venture into swampland to save Easter in this animated holiday adventure. After the not-so-nice Take-Its steal their Easter eggs, the chickens and rabbits of Egg Town set out to retrieve their precious eggs. Along the way, they learn the importance of friendship and courage. Lending their voices to the cartoon are Brooke Shields, Eli Wallach, James Woods, Joe Pantoliano, Nancy Kerrigan and Sandra Bernhard.
Red Riding Hood A classic fairy tale is twisted to great effect in this gore-fest starring Kathleen Archebald as Jenny McKenzie, a pre-teen who's been abandoned by her wayward mother on the streets of Rome and must find her own way to survive. With the help of her friend George (Roberto Purvis), Jenny attempts to take command of the city's historic streets in dark and menacing ways no one would ever expect of her.
All in a Night's Work Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine star in this sweet 1961 comedy about Tony Ryder (Martin), who takes over the duties of publisher when his uncle dies suddenly, supposedly while spending time with a mistress. Worried that the news will besmirch his magazine's wholesome reputation, Tony hires a detective to find out who the mistress is, but mistakenly identifies the publication's researcher, Katie Robbins (MacLaine), as the secret lover.
Hello Down There Scientist Fred Miller (Tony Randall) will do anything in the name of science in this rib-tickling comedy. That's why he's agreed to live for one month underwater, in a home created especially for that purpose. His wife, Vivian (Janet Leigh), and his kids, however, aren't as enthusiastic about the enterprise. In spite of their misgivings, they go along with it anyway. But as expected, human nature has a way of messing up the best-laid plans.
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Five Little Pigs Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), the brilliant Belgian detective with the coiffed mustache, unravels another Gordian knot of a mystery in this film based on Agatha Christie's page-turner. Lucy Crale (Aimee Mullins), whose mother was executed for poisoning her bohemian artist spouse, turns up 14 years later armed with a missive that implies her mother was innocent. Poirot agrees to reinvestigate the case, all in the name of justice.
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Hollow The incomparable David Suchet reprises the role for which he's become famous, that of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, in another mystery based on one of Agatha Christie's page-turning novels. Looking forward to a peaceful weekend at his country home, the meticulous gumshoe instead finds himself embroiled in bloody murder at the neighboring Angkatell estate. Sarah Miles costars as family matriarch Lucy Angkatell.
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Sad Cypress Renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) throws off a seemingly open-and-shut investigation when he arrives in a small town to look into the deaths of two women. The older victim's niece (Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh) is under suspicion in both cases, and Poirot finds plenty of reason to link her to the crimes. But as always, the diminutive gumshoe proves that there's more to everything than meets the eye in this clever whodunit.
Bye Bye Love Three divorced dads adapt to single life and try to manage their relationships with their ex-wives and kids in this comedy. Each faces different problems: Donny (Paul Reiser) still loves his ex-wife and tries his best to communicate with his teen daughter; Dave (Matthew Modine) juggles too many women; and Vic (Rand Quaid) deals with his ex-wife's rampant spending and suffers through a disastrous date. Janeane Garofalo and Rob Reiner also star.
Leave Her to Heaven This 1946 Academy Award winner stars Gene Tierney as Ellen Berent, a woman who bedazzles writer Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) when the two meet on a train. Their courtship is sweet and swift, leading to a hasty marriage, but sadness displaces the joy when they lose their baby and Richard's brother dies suddenly. Could these horrid events have anything to do with Ellen's burgeoning and all-consuming jealousy?
The History Channel Presents: Enola Gay August 6, 1945, will forever go down in history as the day the atomic bomb exploded on the city of Hiroshima in Japan, killing tens of thousands of people. The decision to drop the weapon of mass destruction was difficult for the American government, but one that its leaders felt was necessary to end World War II. This documentary series examines the choice from all angles and gives viewers an up-close look at the events of that fateful day.
A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America Olympia Dukakis narrates this documentary about polio that examines the worldwide epidemic and desperate search for a cure. Follow the history of polio from its 1916 inception in America to the epidemic of the 1940s and '50s, Franklin D. Roosevelt's role in finding a cure and the discovery of the vaccine. Photos, archival footage and interviews help tell the fascinating story of the successful grassroots effort to control and cure the disease.
Lupin the 3rd: Dead or Alive Master thief Lupin the 3rd heads to the exotic country of Zufu in this special feature based on the anime series. Lupin and his gang are eager to get their hands on the treasure of Drifting Island, but it won't be easy. Not only must the intrepid robber penetrate a lethal security system, he's chased by a corrupt police chief, bounty hunters, a ruthless head-hunting dictator and, of course, Lupin's archnemesis, Inspector Zenigata.
Night Train Joe Butcher (John Voldstad) heads for Tijuana, Mexico, and lands right in the thick of underworld corruption within the city's seedy film industry. On a continuous bender, a shaky Joe runs into a raft of shady characters who eventually help him retrace the final steps his brother took before meeting his maker. A nice, taut little thriller with some fun noir elements added to the mix.
Southern Heart New Yorker Collin Jacobs (Peter DeLuise) is bound to the top of the corporate pyramid at EcoSource, a firm that's on the fast track to national and global success. Sent to a small Alabama town to look into property the company wants to acquire, Jacobs grows to appreciate the slow pace of life, a feeling that's cemented when he meets Tommy Owen (Jamie Hendrix Collins), a woman who runs a camp for special-needs children on a bucolic farm.
Waddlers and Paddlers In this double feature from the series produced by Nature, the perpetually tuxedo-ed animals known as penguins get their time in the limelight. In "The World of Penguins," viewers can waddle along with the ambulatory birds as they learn everything about the species, from the way they survive to their daily habits. "A Sea Otter Story" travels to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where the maritime creatures are taught how to survive in open water.
Reilly: Ace of Spies Agent ST-1, aka Sidney Reilly (Sam Neill), tries to overthrow the Bolsheviks in this miniseries based on the real-life adventures of the daring operative who inspired Ian Fleming's James Bond. Reilly hops from country to country, deftly securing classified information on a mission to bring down the power-hungry Russians and Germans. This collection includes all 12 original episodes and a bonus documentary about Reilly's mysterious final days.
The History Channel Presents: The War of 1812 This absorbing series compiles an impressive roster of documentaries that illuminate the history-making 1812 battle between the United States and Great Britain, a war that at first appeared to be a lost cause. But with Andrew Jackson as America's leader, the country emerged victorious. Programs include "First Invasion: The War of 1812"; "The Battle of New Orleans"; and "The Ironclads." The disc also contains a detailed biography of Jackson.
Frozen Impact This nail-biting action thriller captures the desperate efforts of EMT Dan Blanchard (Ted McGinley) to transport a donated liver to his ailing son, Jason (Myles Jeffrey), amid a hellish natural disaster. While Dan is en route to the hospital where his wife, Christy (Linda Purl), awaits to perform the surgery, a hailstorm gathers force, crashing Dan's plane and trapping Jason and his sister in a wrecked trailer. Can he get to them in time?
All of It Going home for the holidays is hardly a happy event for twenty-something book editor Amy (Alanna Ubach). But the Jewish holidays beckon, so home she goes, even though it pains her to witness her mother's (Lesley Ann Warren) empty ladies-who-lunch life, her means to escape a troubled marriage and broken dreams. This time may be different, though, as mother and daughter allow themselves to open up, finding renewed appreciation for each other.
Satan Never Sleeps Father O'Banion (William Holden) is in China on a mission of goodwill; he's slated to replace the priest (Clifton Webb) already stationed there and take over the church he helped establish. But his first few days quickly turn from a welcome to a nightmare, when Communists, led by a conflicted soldier, invade the sanctuary and reclaim it for their own use. Can Father O'Banion fend off the enemy's advances and bring his flock to safety?
Black Lion: Fear the Black Lion This anime tale set in medieval Japan finds one ninja determined to avenge the assassination of his love. He soon learns how hard this vendetta is to carry out -- the perpetrator is none other than Ginnai Doma, Nobunaga Oda's immortal and evil secret weapon in his quest to rule all of Japan. With the dark arts and a growing army against him, can one ninja find his enemy's weakness and defeat him?
Modern Problems A goofball air traffic controller (Chevy Chase) is imbued with some wacky telekinetic powers after an unfortunate (or fortunate, for the sake of this comedy!) collision with a nuclear-waste truck. In a misguided attempt to win back his girlfriend, he uses his newfound abilities to harass her suitors -- who are lining up in droves to date her. Dabney Coleman, Patti D'Arbanville and Brian Doyle Murray costar. Ken Shapiro directs.
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Before their "Wanted" posters hung in every saloon in the Wild West, the Sundance Kid (William Katt) and his partner in crime, Butch Cassidy (Tom Berenger), honed their Wild West skills on a smaller scale. This prequel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid tells the story of the pair's early years, from the time they first meet to the creation of the Hole-in-the-Wall gang. Brian Dennehy, Peter Weller and Jill Eikenberry also star.
The Commish: Season 2 Police commissioner Tony Scali (Michael Chiklis), who relies on smarts rather than brute force to keep the peace, finds his job all the more challenging this year, with cases that border on the impossible. Watch the second season unfold as he infiltrates the porn industry, busts a socialite for running a prostitution ring and more. Plus, he's got his personal life to manage, including the arrival of his and wife Rachel's (Theresa Saldana) baby.
Shark Mountain For years, the husband-and-wife team of Howard and Michele Hall have devoted their lives to documenting the mysteries of maritime life. This fascinating episode from the popular series produced by Nature takes viewers to Coco's Island, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where schools of sharks gather beneath the surface amid other sea beasts in a magical, mystical world never before witnessed by the human eye.
Project X In this movie that harbors a message, young Air Force pilot Jimmy (Matthew Broderick) takes a shine to a young chimpanzee that's being used as the prime "guinea pig" for some top secret military experiments. Jimmy hooks up with empathetic primate expert Teri (Helen Hunt), and together the threesome makes a stand against the evil and abusive lab coats. Costars Anne Lockhart and William Sadler. Directed by Jonathan Kaplan.
Barn Red Michael Bolini (Ernest Borgnine) is a farmer who digs in his heels when a greedy developer makes a play for his land after acquiring adjoining parcels. It would make sense for Bolini to accept the offer, given his precarious tax situation, but in his eyes, giving in would be akin to selling his soul. With the help of Lydia (Kimberly Norris), a Native American who's worked his land, Bolini fights for the right to keep his property intact.
Big Cats These two episodes from the popular nature documentary series celebrate the glories of wildcats. In "Jaguar: Year of the Cat," filmmakers manage to capture on 35mm film the elusive, fast-paced creature gamboling around on a specially designed set in Belize. "Chasing Big Cats," narrated by Academy Award winner Sir Richard Attenborough, collects footage culled from 14 years of filming by cat experts Owen Newman and Amanda Barrett.
Animals Gone Wild These two fascinating episodes from the Emmy Award-winning public television series "Animals Gone Wild" have filmmakers capturing on tape all creatures great and small in situations ranging from impressive to appalling, heartwarming to horrific. In "Animals Behaving Badly" and "The Good, The Bad and the Grizzly," humans get a close-up look at life in the animal kingdom, a place where Darwinian laws are on full display.
Luther the Geek As a child, The Freak (Edward Terry) witnessed what may be the bloodiest act at a carnival -- that of an alcoholic carnie who bites the heads off chickens. Now, that nightmare has become fuel for The Freak's murderous rampages, in which he stalks his victims with sharp, metallic dentures and clucks like a rooster. Just released from prison, he's up to his old tricks again, but this time, his fantasies are much gorier than ever.
A Snake of June Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, or so the saying goes. Filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto's thriller, celebrated with an award at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, explores the truth behind the adage as it tracks the evolution of phone shrink Rinko (Asuka Kurosawa) from meek to maniacally fierce. The transformation is sparked by mysterious letters -- from a stranger intent on blackmail -- goading Rinko into fantasy play with her husband.
Fatty Drives the Bus Just like every other sweatshop, Hell requires its evil minions to meet a quota. So, when the misery mine runs short one month, Satan (Ken Manthey) goes to work himself by stepping into the role of a tour guide. Little do the passengers know, however, that their charming leader is the devil -- literally -- and that they're headed for a journey to the darkest corners of humanity. This time, though, Satan may have been outwitted after all.
Lightning Bolts of Destruction Valery (Joanna Pacula) has always been attracted to the ferocity and grandeur of lightning storms. That's why she channeled this fascination into a career as a meteorologist, aiming to help protect citizens from the wrath of nature. But during one of the worst squalls ever, Valery gets distracted by the tempests that have struck her relationships. If she's to save the planet, she must to pull herself together and iron out her problems -- fast.
A Month of Sundays Minor league baseball announcer Charley McCabe (Rod Steiger, in his last on-screen role) refuses to move into a retirement home, even though he could use the help, having just survived a stroke. Instead, he wants to walk into the twilight of his life a man at peace. So, accompanied by his granddaughter, Biddy (Corina Marie), Charley sets off on a quest for his estranged son -- a trip that soothes his restless soul and restores his faith in love.
Magical Meow Meow Taruto Cat girl Meow Taruto stars in this anime mystery series. Meow Taruto and her fellow cat-people seem like normal cats, but their magical powers set them apart from ordinary felines. Join Meow as she learns to control her powers and sets out to uncover the mystery behind her extraordinary species.
The Lord Protector The Lord Protector (Patrick Cassidy) is dauntless in his mission to save the world from destruction and solve "The Riddle of the Chosen." The Protector teams with Malthon (Jonathan Fuller) and Lady Diamond (Teri Austin) as they travel close to the core of a magical evil and set the stage for the ultimate climactic showdown. Charlton Heston provides narration that brings a certain gravitas to the heroic proceedings.
Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song Documentary filmmakers Henry Astor and Jason Cilo chart the incomparable Bobby Darin's rise to the top from promising college student to much-beloved crooner. The film includes archival footage and interviews with those who witnessed Darin's success firsthand, such as celebrity newsmaker Dick Clark, entertainers Connie Francis, Tony Orlando and Andy Williams, and more. Also features clips from Darin's actual performances.
The Cream of Irish Comedy To raise money for Amnesty International, Ireland's top comics gather at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre for a one-time laughfest showcasing the deep well of talent the country has to offer. Watch as Kevin Gildea, Pauline McLynn, Brendan O'Carrol, Dermot Morgan, Barry Murphy, Eddie Bannon, Michele Read, Dara O'Briain and other quipsters mine the Emerald Isle's (and the rest of the world's) foibles and woes for a sidesplitting good time.
Overman King Gainer Virtual-game champ Gainer Sanga attempts to escape the confines of his corporate-ruled, domed Siberian city for a promised land in this futuristic anime series. After being thrown into jail, Gainer Sanga meets mercenary Gain Bijou, and the two devise a mass exodus that will lead the downtrodden dome-dwellers from captivity to the legendary land of Yapan.
American Astronaut Alternative rock group The Billy Nayer Show stars in this surreal space-Western musical about the adventures of interplanetary trader Samuel Curtis (Cory McAbee). Curtis planet-hops, trading one bizarre creature for another (including the Real Live Girl for The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman's Breast), all the while being chased by Professor Hess (Rocco Sisto), a maniac obsessed with apologizing to Curtis and then killing him.
The Italian Americans The story of Italians in America is told in this extensive documentary, which features rare footage, personal accounts and interviews with Italian Americans from all walks of life, including Danny Aiello, Alan Alda, Susan Lucci, Luciano Pavarotti, Joe Torre and others. Includes three programs ("The Italian Americans," "The Italian Americans II: A Beautiful Song," and "The Italian Passion for Life") and features previously unreleased footage.
At Home with the Braithwaites: Series 2 This season, the Braithwaites finally get their hands on the money. David (Peter Davison) throws himself into affluence, but the rest of the clan is finding it hard to adjust to their newfound status. Alison (Amanda Redman) struggles to recover from David's infidelity even as she acclimates to a more leisurely lifestyle; Sarah (Sarah Churm) gives birth to a baby boy; Charlotte (Keeley Fawcett) tries to get everyone on TV; and more.
Veer-Zaara Spanning two decades, Yash Chopra's epic love story of an Indian man and a Pakistani woman delves into the conflict between the two countries. After aiding Zaara (Priety Zinta), Indian Airman Veer (Shah Rukh Khan) falls in love with her. They spend a blissful day together, and even though Zaara's engaged to another man, Veer tells her he loves her. Zaara returns to Pakistan, but Veer can't forget his true love and boldly travels to her homeland.
Yes: 35th Anniversary Concert: Songs from Tsongas Classic rockers Yes celebrate 35 years of making music in this concert video from 2004. Featuring the classic line-up of band mates Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White, the group performs hits including "Roundabout," "Starship Trooper," "I've Seen All Good People" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart." With stage design by longtime collaborator Roger Dean, the concert rekindles the magic of Yes's earlier years.
Pokemon Master Quest: Collector's Box: Quest 1 Enough is <i>never</i> enough when you join the Pokémon Master Quest with Ash, Brock and Misty as they begin their epic journey that starts in the Whirl Islands and then moves on through Blackthorn City. Expect desperate, no-holds-barred battles, courageous stands in the face of insurmountable odds … and, as always, a whole lot of fun! This three-disc collection includes 20 episodes from the action-packed anime series.
Visions of Italy From the breathtaking Dolomites to Sicily's sandy beaches, Italy's gorgeous scenery is the star of this travelogue. Shot in high definition from a helicopter and accompanied by informative narrative and evocative Italian music, the three-part film showcases Italy's natural and architectural beauties, including Lake Como, Venice, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Palermo and more. The DVD features over an hour of previously unreleased footage.
Guimba Set in the mythical kingdom of ancient Mali, Guimba is the cautionary tale of a tyrant who rules over the town of Sitkali with little mercy. Using sorcery, the tyrant completely manipulates his subjects. His single weak spot is his son, a perverse dwarf with an insatiable appetite … that includes the mother of the woman to whom he's betrothed. Directed by Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Guimba won the grand prize at FESPACO, Africa's premier film festival.
Nehru: The Jewel of India Based on the life of Jawaharlal Nehru (played by Pratap Sharma) -- who succeeded Mahatma Gandhi and became independent India's first prime minister -- this red-letter film takes an inside look at the man known as the Jewel of India. Directed by former politician Kumar Kiran, the movie intertwines historical information and human drama to examine the personal and professional life of one of India's master statesmen.
Prarambh Vijay Raaz and Gauri Karnik star in freshman director Kumar Dave's offbeat film about a beggar named Bholu (Raaz) who begins a life-transforming journey after meeting an indigent young mother (Karnik). When she cuts in on his business in front of a temple, Bholu is irked … until she disappears the next day and his anger turns into angst. Little does he know a seed of love has sprouted -- one that will soon change his makeshift existence.
Kuchh To Gadbad Hai Ex-justice Balwant Singh Khanna (Annu Kapoor) is conservative in his thinking and in his actions. He considers his sons, Sanjay (Ayub Khan) and Jay (Sushant Singh), trustworthy, obedient young men, but when Sanjay secretly weds Rashmi (Ayesha Jhulka), the old man hits the roof. Balwant ultimately accepts the union but cautions Jay not to follow in his brother's footsteps. Trouble is, Jay is already head over heels for Riya (Gurleen Chopra). …
Whispering Corridors This groundbreaking Korean film stars Kang-hie Choi as Se-yeon Choi, an intrepid teacher at an all-girls school whose prying ways are awarded with a murder-mystery she now must unravel. After a handful of students begin to turn up dead, administrators scramble to cover up the deaths and pass them off as suicides, a betrayal that spurs Se-yeon to action. But, like the proverbial cat, the curious educator may be marked for death.
Ben Franklin Benjamin Franklin was a true Renaissance man. An inventor, politician, writer and scientist, he comes alive in this riveting documentary narrated by actor Edward Herrmann that examines not only Franklin's achievements in the public arena but also the joys and sorrows he experienced in his personal life. Extras include the "Declaration of Independence" episode from the "Save Our History" program; a featurette on Franklin; and more.
Edison: The Invention of the Movies This fascinating 4-disc set tells the history of the Edison Company and the invention of the motion picture. The collection features 140 complete Edison Company films from 1891-1918, restored and set to music; more than 200 scans from MOMA'S Edison Collection, including script fragments, interoffice memos and promotions; film-by-film program notes by expert Charles Musser; two hours of interviews with archivists and scholars; and more.
Winning Strategies: Blackjack, Slots and Craps Learn how to increase your winning odds at blackjack, slots and craps with this instructional video based on the methods of gambler and author Frank Scoblete. The video features easy-to-follow demonstrations, vivid graphics and dozens of tricks, tips and techniques. You'll learn the top ten slot machine tips; when to hit, when to stand and when to surrender in blackjack; how to choose craps bets with the lowest house edge; and more.
Alibaba Aur 40 Chor In this adventure, humble woodcutter Alibaba (Arbaaz Khan) overhears a secret password that gains him entry to the fabled treasure cave of Abu Hasan and his 40 thieves. Alibaba shares his stroke of luck with his greedy brother, who promptly heads to the cavern to pilfer its booty. But he gets locked inside when he forgets the password -- and is killed by the gang of bandits, who set a trap for Alibaba. Can he avoid his sibling's fate?
Francis of Assisi Michael Curtiz -- who helmed another classic, the perennial favorite Casablanca -- shapes this touching story that examines the life of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and nature. The son of a rich merchant, Francis gave up the material comforts afforded him to devote his life to God and help the poor, an inspiring tale that has touched many believers through the years. Stars Bradford Dillman, Stuart Whitman and Dolores Hart.
Smile Please In this story of two brothers, Rishi is lazy and wants riches without lifting a finger, while Rocky knows the value of hard work. Rishi is in love with Riya, and Rocky has fallen for Riya's sister Misha, but the women have been forbidden to see the brothers because their father is offended by Rishi's work ethic. When Rocky realizes he's being judged by his brother's actions, comedy ensues as he goes to extreme measures to win the father over.
Serial Box: Vol. 1: Rader Men In this collection of episodes from the 1952 series set in an intergalactic future, Commando Cody leads his friends in a race against his nemesis, Evil Retik, who's building a weapon of mass destruction using Lunarium -- mysterious matter that's harvested from the moon. If Retik and his henchmen, known simply as Moon Men, aren't stopped, Earth and its residents will cease to exist forever. But is Commando Cody up to the task?
Great Escape: Nova The World War II prison-break movie The Great Escape was based on fact: During the war, the Allied POWs dug three escape tunnels (nicknamed "Tom," "Dick" and "Harry"). This documentary follows a team of archaeologists on their hunt for the single surviving tunnel, "Dick," which the Germans never found. Accompanying the team is a group of three of the original escapees, returning to the scene of their daring escape for the first time in 60 years.
Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land: Nova In 1960, in a remote cave in the Judean desert, archaeologists discovered letters written by Shimon Bar-Kokhba, who led the second revolt against the Romans in A.D. 132. Biblical scholar Richard Freund now returns to the Cave of Letters and finds tantalizing clues that lead him to a radical theory: Could the treasure concealed in the cave be long-lost relics of the great temple in Jerusalem destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70?
Yellow Emmanuelle Director Bito Albertini's 1970s cult classic stars Chai Lee as Emy Wong, an alluring doctor who tends to a British man who finds himself hospitalized after a horrible and senseless beating. Immediately smitten, he sets to work wooing Emy, but she has the unfortunate task of informing him that she's already taken. The lovestruck pilot refuses to take no for an answer, however, and the medic soon finds her commitment tested to the hilt.
Hulchul The families of Angaarchand (Amrish Puri) and Lakshmidevi (Lakshmi) have been feuding for years. When Angaarchand's youngest son, Jai (Akshaye Khanna), and Lakshmidevi's granddaughter, Anjali (Kareena Kapoor), enroll at the same college, the game of revenge begins in earnest. Jai and Anjali each pretend to fall in love to deceive the other, but matters get sticky after their feigned feelings become genuine in this rib-tickling comedy.
Ab ... Bas! Career woman Somiya (Diana Hayden) meets her dream man in Karan (Shawar Ali). They soon wed, and for years all is blissful … till Somiya learns of her spouse's affair. Crushed, she confronts him -- but regrets it after Karan gets physical. Unable to endure his abuse and adultery, Somiya escapes with their daughter. When the irate Karan hunts them down and threatens to kill them, can Somiya summon her mettle and teach him a lesson he won't forget?
Kuch To Karo Chums Neel, Tito, Tanya and Puja are vastly different from one another, yet they have much in common. It seems Puja is at a crossroads because she wants to change her college major from computer science to writing. Her apprehension soon sparks a journey for all four friends that gets their creative juices flowing and helps them understand they must follow their hearts if they want to realize their dreams. Viral Lakhia directed.
Edward & Mrs. Simpson This engrossing miniseries mines the drama behind one of history's biggest events: the 1936 abdication of the throne by King Edward VIII (Edward Fox) to marry the woman he loves, American divorcée Wallis Simpson (Cynthia Harris). His momentous decision caused a scandalous uproar heard throughout the world and much heated debate in his native England. Peggy Ashcroft, Marius Goring and Nigel Hawthorne costar.
Winning Strategies: Texas Hold 'Em Poker with Mike Caro Poker's "Mad Genius," Mike Caro, reveals his strategies and secrets to winning big at Texas Hold 'Em poker in this instructional video. Mike shares many of his methods, including time-tested pro tips, tactics for manipulating weak players, strategies for winning big and winning often, and secrets for figuring out your opponent's hand. The program also includes online poker secrets, video poker tips and poker weblinks.
Diamonds of Kilimandjaro Director Jess Franco once again manages to carve a horrible nightmare out of exotic and unpredictable plots. This time around, the myth of Tarzan is the inspiration for this gory cult movie about an expedition made up of a British clan and a hunter who burrow deep into Africa and find themselves lost in the jungle -- with no one except cannibalistic tribesmen who worship a sexy goddess (Katja Bienert) as their neighbors.
Aitraaz Successful businessman Raj Malhotra (Akshay Kumar) has everything going for him, including a lovely wife (Kareena Kapoor). Just when he thinks things can't get any better, Sonia (Priyanka Chopra) -- his ex-girlfriend, now the boss's wife -- walks back into his life … and she wants Raj. After he rejects her sexual advances, she accuses him of rape. But he soon turns the tables on Sonia and sues her for sexual harassment in this well-crafted drama.
Hellevator: The Bottled Fools This bloody thriller captures the gory mania that unfolds in a futuristic world where elevators shuttle riders not only from floor to floor, but also from town to town. En route, they're roped into a dangerous game that pits one against the other, and only the strongest come out alive. Into this stage walks a pair of cops who, alongside two rapists, will soon understand what it truly means to survive.
Naach Aspiring thespian Abhinav (Abhishek Bachchan) yearns for fame and fortune and is willing to do things he doesn't like to achieve his goals. But his choreographer girlfriend, Reva (Antara Mali), would never consider compromising her principles to advance in her profession. Unable to resolve their differences, the two part company; their paths cross again, however, after both find success. Can they rekindle their relationship, or is it too late?
Rok Sako To Rok Lo The differing social status of two schools forms the basis of an intense rivalry in this absorbing film. At modest Bharti School, strong-willed Dev (Yash Pandit) leads five close-knit seniors trying to navigate a maze of real-world challenges. Intimidated by champion athlete Ranveer (Caran Kapur) -- a rich Romeo from elitist Valley High -- Dev and his chums lose their confidence till a hip biker named Phantom (Sunny Deol) enters their lives. …
The Doughboys: Heroes of World War I America's heroic doughboys went into action after the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania by German U-Boats, as depicted in this documentary that features World War I film footage uncovered in government archives. Rare archival footage includes the Kaiser's military build-up, German submarine warfare, America's call to arms, air wars in Europe, prisoners of war, victory in Europe, New York's victory celebration led by General Pershing and much more.
Karmen Gei In Dakar, a woman named Karmen makes a daring escape from a female island prison. She leaves behind many "devoted" friends, including a lust-filled warden who'd like nothing better than to have Karmen back … in chains! But Karmen has other plans that include returning to her old profession -- lucrative smuggling. To that end, she wraps a willing soldier named Lamine around her little finger to do some particularly nasty dirty work for her.
Daresalam After a savage act of retribution, Djimi (Haikal Zakaria) and Koni (Abdoulaye Ahmat), two boyhood friends from a small African village, become hunted revolutionaries. As they struggle in their fight against government troops, Djimi longs to return to the farming life he had to flee, whereas Koni embraces the violent existence of life as a guerilla on the run. The stage is set for a clash between the two friends. Issa Serge Coelo directs.
Drive Toby Wong's martial arts skills become superhuman when a bio-energy module is placed on his chest. The problem is that Toby doesn't want this power. Only the army can stop him and they begin to hunt him down!
99 Women (Unrated Director's Cut) Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi, Rosalba Neri, Maria Rohm and Mercedes McCambridge star in this special edition of cult director Jess Franco's drama, a gory chronicle of life at a prison located on a remote island, where wardens at once intimidate and seduce the alluring female members of the prison population for their own gain. The disc also includes extras such as deleted scenes, theatrical trailers, a Franco bio and more.
Haunted House This spooky thriller with a light touch tracks the efforts of Jimmy Atkins (Jackie Moran), a fledgling reporter at a local paper, and his friend, Mildred (Marcia Mae Jones), to find the person responsible for the death of their town's rich and powerful matriarch, Mrs. Blake. When they mistakenly name the woman's nephew as the killer, their own names are besmirched and they must go back to square one to find the real perpetrator.
Heading for Heaven Real estate agent Henry Elkins (Stuart Erwin) has not had a good run with his line of work. Now, he's poised to lose the only property he's ever owned -- a home that's been in his family for decades -- because city planners are eyeing the area for construction of the new airport. A greedy guru (Mischa Auer) lures Henry into a trap to get him to surrender his claim to the land, but his plans go awry, giving Henry a novel way to protect his asset.
American Jobs Filmmaker Greg Spotts exposes the carnage left behind by companies who choose to outsource their jobs. Moved to action after hearing that 3 million jobs ceased to exist in America between 2000 and 2003, Spotts set out to make this documentary by visiting 19 hard-hit cities across the nation and meeting the men and women who have suffered the after-effects of mass layoffs. The result is a heartbreaking study of the global economy.
The Fighting Marines Serial: Chapters 1-12 Discover the depths of patriotism in the hearts of Cpl. "Larry" Lawrence (Adrian Morris) and Sgt. "Mack" McGowan (Grant Withers), two Marines whose job it is to retrieve a gyro-compass the U.S. government needs to help protect its military planes during stealth missions. The plane carrying the instrument has crash-landed, and Lawrence and McGowan must find the all-important object and return it to safety before it lands in the wrong hands.
Passport to Danger Cesar Romero stars in this 1950s series filled with intrigue and adventure. Join U.S. special agent Stephen McQuinn (Romero) as he jet-sets around the globe in pursuit of enemies bent on espionage. In Rome, he sifts through the rubble of a German-run counterfeiting operation; Paris brings him love and betrayal; in Geneva, he races against the clock to foil an assassination attempt; and in Prague, he's met by a defecting skater.
Northwest Passage The French and Indian War is the setting for this saga of adventure starring Spencer Tracy, who leads the celebrated Roger's Rangers on one of the most challenging expeditions in military history.
The House Is Black Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad's documentary bravely delves into the world of people suffering from leprosy. Farrokhzad composed the poetic narration for her highly stylized and moving film, which depicts the realities of living with the disease, from daily routines to physical challenges and societal stigma. Extras include an interview with poet Pooran Farrokhzad (Forough's sister) and two short films by Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
The Magnificent Scenery of Ireland Ireland hasn't been dubbed the Emerald Isle for nothing; its endless stretches of verdant hills and valleys have inspired many a writer to wax poetic. This delightful video travel guide takes armchair sightseers to the heart of the country to visit some of the most unforgettable destinations in the region. Adding to the journey's enjoyment is a continuous soundtrack of Irish music that complements the panoramic scenery.
Dirty Pair Flash: Vol. 1: Angels in Trouble Look out universe! When the galaxy-wide World Welfare & Works Agency unleashes the infamous Dirty Pair, it's every sentient being for itself!
The Emperor's New Clothes ... and More Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen's beloved tales cloaked important life lessons within an entertaining and memorable framework. This collection features some of his best-loved stories, including "The Emperor's New Clothes," in which a child's innocence shatters the prevailing atmosphere of denial; "The Ugly Duckling," which shows a good heart trumps a picture-perfect façade; and "The Swineherd," in which a prince tries to catch a reluctant royal's eye.
Discover Latin Dance Hit the dance floor with confidence at the hottest Latin nightclub in town! This instructional dance video led by former U.K. Pro Ballroom Champions Simon and Heidi Cruwys covers the rumba, cha-cha, rock & roll and samba. Step-by-step lessons are followed by a routine that combines all the steps you learned. The program also features advice and tips for beginners, including proper warm-up, leading, following, holding and avoiding common mistakes.
Disaster Preparedness for Dummies It's hard to predict when disaster will strike … but it's not hard to prepare for it when it does! This helpful guide offers a wealth of information on how to prepare for the worst. Taking the popular "Dummies" patented easy-to-follow approach -- which, as the brand name suggests, even the most clueless should be able to follow -- this is a great way for viewers to make their lives less susceptible to disaster if, and when, it strikes.
Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge Doo-wopper extraordinaire Johnny Maestro, backed by his band, the Brooklyn Bridge (featuring Fred Ferrara, Les Cauchi, James Rosica, Lou Agiesta, Martin D'Amico, Ed Lisciando and James Sarle), puts his stamp on classic hits in this unforgettable performance. Songs include "Sixteen Candles," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Sincerely," "Unchained Melody," "You Gave Me Peace of Mind," "The Worst That Could Happen," "Lonely Teardrops" and 18 more.
Leopard Fist Ninja A lone warrior seeks revenge for the murder of his parents in this martial arts film. After perfecting his fighting skills, a lone fighter goes after King Kong, the gangster responsible for killing his parents. His parents' brutal murder still fresh in his mind, the warrior fights Kong's ninja assassins in scenes showcasing "The Eight Styles of the Buddhist Death Kick" and "The Leopard Sorcery Fist." Jack Lam and Willie Freeman star.
Letter of Introduction The Mannerings are a celebrated theatrical family, but every clan has a black sheep; for them, that role is filled by John (Adolphe Menjou). When a daughter (Kay Leeds) he never knew he had appears on the scene bitten by the acting bug, John's bursting with pride, so much so that he goes along with her plans to seek fame on her own, without the Mannering name. Soon, however, tongues start wagging about the nature of their relationship.
Prison Break When his girlfriend's brother turns up dead, fisherman Joaquin Shannon (Barton MacLane) confesses to the crime -- even though he isn't the least bit responsible for it -- to shield the pal he suspects did the deed. Sent to the slammer for at least a year, if not more, Shannon vows to keep a low profile, but a bullying inmate lands him in even hotter water than he already is. And when he's finally free, life on the outside isn't much better.
Bark, George ... and More Doggie Tails This collection of charming animated tales has gone to the dogs … literally. Featuring stories written by Jules Feiffer, Lisa Desimini, Ezra Jack Keats, Mercer Mayer and Gene Zion, Bark, George is a dog lover's delight, showcasing the best of the breed. Includes the following episodes: "Bark, George," "Dot the Fire Dog," "A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog," Whistle for Willie," "Angus Lost" and "No Roses for Harry."
Hard Hat Harry: Farm and Space Adventures Join lovable genie Hard Hat Harry as he explores the amazing world of farms and space in this two-episode volume of the award-winning children's series. Harry hosts this live-action educational program that takes kids behind the scenes and teaches them how things work. The first episode features fascinating footage of tractors, massive plows and even a cow milking parlor; the second episode features out-of-this-world footage of space.
Window on the Reef Sit back and unwind to the stunning imagery of vibrant reefs teeming with fish, sharks, rays, shipwrecks and rare species. Seasoned ocean cinematographers filmed some of the world's most exotic underwater locations for this ambient mood-setter. The ocean's natural rhythms are set to a soothing soundtrack. Chapters include "Beneath the Pacific," "Undiscovered Caribbean" and "Enchanted Reef," which is looped for continuous viewing.
Princess Minerva A warrior princess must save her faithful servant from an evil sorceress in this anime tale set in the kingdom of Wisler. After organizing a tournament for female warriors, Princess Minerva decides to enter the competition herself. Minerva competes as Cutey Kamen, while her trusty servant, Blue Morris, is disguised as the princess. When the sorceress Dynastar kidnaps Blue Morris, Minerva challenges Dynastar to a heated battle to save her friend.
Is It True What They Say About Ann? Deeply polarizing political commentator and author Ann Coulter is the subject of this authorized documentary by Elinor Burkett and Patrick Wright. Disliked by liberals -- whom she loathes with equal, if not greater, venom -- Coulter seldom watches her words. But who is she, really? Using footage from her numerous public appearances, speeches and interviews, the filmmakers attempt to find an answer to the intriguing question.
Sin You Sinners / Dance Hall Racket: Double Feature This double feature examines the plight of women exploited for their beauty and sexuality. In Sin You Sinners, a stripper (Dian Lloyd) lures her mark with an all-powerful amulet she wears, which has now garnered the interest of her daughter and her unscrupulous boyfriend. Lenny Bruce stars in Dance Hall Racket, a thriller documenting the efforts of a gangster to steal from an equally slimy counterpart.
The Rifleman: Collection 3 Celebrated director Sam Peckinpah's long-running ABC series, which aired between 1958 and 1963, features Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain, a widower raising his son, Mark (Johnny Crawford), while trying to make a go of it on his ranch in New Mexico in the late 19th century. But everywhere he looks, there are raiders waiting to pounce on his property. Includes 20 episodes with guest stars such as Claude Akins, Royal Dano and John Dehner.
Her Favorite Patient Successful doctor Hedy Fredericks (Ruth Hussey) stops by her childhood home on her way to an important meeting in Chicago and gets sidetracked for far longer than she'd planned by a determined suitor, Air Force pilot Morgan Hale (John Carroll). Hale wants her to stay for good reasons, while Hedy's Uncle "Doc" has his own agenda. The two men concoct a plan to keep her from leaving, which works, but the truth eventually comes out.
Owen Wingrave Shot on location, this version of Benjamin Britten's opera is set in the 1950s. Margaret Williams directs this saga about pacifist Owen Wingrave (Gerald Finley), who disgraces his military family by refusing to serve in the armed forces. The production features Peter Savidge, Hilton Marlton, Ann Dawson, Myfanwy Piper, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Westminster Cathedral Choir Choristers. A bonus film chronicles Britten's life.
Dangerous Assignment United States special agent Steve Mitchell (Brian Donlevy) is constantly on dangerous assignment in this thrilling series that debuted in 1952. His mission: to help save the world from conspiracies designed to erode any democratic strides the American government has made around the world. Watch as Mitchell unravels the Gordian knot of a political assassination in the Middle East, traces the whereabouts of a missing diplomat and more.
The Fighting Phantom Inspired by a story penned by Zane Grey, this adventure-filled film explores the tensions between ranchers in the Wild West and the moneymen who are plotting to make a profit off their land. The ranchers seek the help of the kind and compassionate Wade Benton (Kent Taylor), a fellow landowner, but he winds up the stooge when the sneaky entrepreneurs frame him for their malfeasance. Will he be able to regain his stellar reputation?
The Cisco Kid: Collection 4 That one-of-a-kind "Robin Hood of the Old West," Cisco (Duncan Renaldo), is back with his faithful sidekick and comic foil, Pancho (Leo Carillo), in tow in this vintage Western serial (filmed in color, no less!) from the early 1950s. Set in 1890s New Mexico, the show follows Cisco and Pancho as they fight corruption and seek justice for the victims of bandits, con men and cattle rustlers -- all with panache and humor to spare.
Celebration of Irish Dancing Step into the enthralling world of Irish dancing with this compendium featuring eight groups of dancers. Backing them are some of the Emerald Isle's most beloved Ceili bands, such as the Gallowglass, the Sean Norman Ceili Band, the Dermot O'Brien Quartet, the Siamsa, the Fodhla Ceili Band and others. Many of the hoofers have been lauded worldwide in "Riverdance" and "Lord of the Dance," just two of the popular shows in which they've appeared.
Soldiers Pay Filmmaker David O. Russell's revealing documentary provides insight into the Iraq War through interviews with people from various backgrounds and with differing opinions on America's involvement in Iraq. Shot during the war, the film features interviews with journalists, veterans of the war, politicians, Iraqis who fled to the U.S. to escape Saddam Hussein's regime, psychologists, a Marine general who served in the Gulf War and many others.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble ... and More Magical Tales Award-winning books by the likes of William Steig and Jack Kemp have entertained children all around the world; now, they're brought to life in this collection of modern fairy tales. In "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble," Sylvester learns to wish for the right things; "Princess Furball" has a young royal discovering how to stand for her principles; and in "Possum Magic," a grandmother strikes out to find a magic elixir.
Mega Fix This partisan documentary by Jack Cashill purports to excavate the events that led to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and points a finger at the Clinton administration that preceded the presidency during which the terrorist attacks occurred. Chaining together events such as the Oklahoma bombing, the crash of TWA Flight 800 and the accident that claimed Ron Brown's life, Cashill presents his point of view on the lightning-rod of a subject.
Feng Shui for Dummies Taking the popular "Dummies" patented easy-to-follow approach, this disc gives you a working knowledge of feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of positioning objects in the home in such a way that it helps you live a more peaceful existence. Creating a natural "rhythm" to the home, feng shui looks at how humans and objects interact with each other and strives to create a harmonious balance between them. Create a pleasant and calm living space now!
Weird-Ohs Just a few miles off Route 66 is the crazy town of Weirdsville, where car races are an everyday occurrence and no one's caught dead without a souped-up rally car with a turbo engine and four-wheel drive. Based on the popular crazy car model kits of the 1960s, this computer-animated series follows the wacky adventures of Weirdsville's speed demons Digger, Davey, Wade A. Minute, Portia, Eddie, Daddy O. Chassis and the rest of the gang.
Bullet Ballet After his girlfriend commits suicide with a .38 used only by cops, Goda (Hisashi Igawa) flings himself into an investigation he conducts personally to find out how she got her hands on the weapon in the first place, and whether she truly did turn it on herself. Goda also wants to acquire a gun of his own, a goal that becomes an obsession; when he finally achieves it, all hell breaks loose in this riveting thriller directed by Shinya Tsukamoto.
Lords of the Barrio A bored suburbanite winds up at the top of the mafia's hit list in this thriller. Middle-class Rudy (Morris Perez) wants to escape his daily rut and move to a swankier neighborhood, but isn't willing to wait for a better-paying job. In order to make big bucks fast, Rudy assumes the identity of a slain mobster and takes over the dead man's turf. But a brutal mobster soon learns the truth about Rudy and seeks revenge. Robert Arevalo also stars.
Venus in Furs Inspired by erotica written by Leopold Sacher-Masoch, this film follows the exploits of Severin (André Arend van de Noord) and Wanda (Anne van de Ven), a couple locked in a sadomasochistic exploration of their deepest desires. Although Severin is the more sophisticated one, he wants to surrender to Wanda his physical and emotional life. Despite the mutual consent, their relationship grows increasingly complex, pushing both of them to the brink.
Polymorph: Special Edition In search of a meteorite, a group of interns find way more than they'd bargained for in this hair-raising sci-fi horror flick. After trekking deep into the forest, the students encounter a gang of drug dealers and an extra-terrestrial organism that can transform itself into whomever it comes into contact with. Extras include audio commentary, a making-of documentary, bloopers and more. James L. Edwards, Ariauna Albright and Tom Hoover star.
Hard Hat Harry: Real Life Rescue and Police Cars Join lovable genie Hard Hat Harry and his friends Robbie and Amber as they go behind the scenes to explore the fascinating world of rescue equipment and police cars. Harry hosts this award-winning live-action educational program that takes kids behind the scenes and teaches them how things work. This two-episode volume features one episode on ambulances and fire trucks and one episode on police cars and the brave officers behind the wheel.
Morrissey: Who Put the "M" in Manchester Deep-thinking singer-songwriter Morrissey performs live on his birthday in this 2004 concert video filmed in Manchester, England. The concert follows the release of "You Are the Quarry" and features 22 songs, including "Irish Blood, English Heart," "First of the Gang to Die," "Every Day Is Like Sunday" and "Hairdresser On Fire." Extras include additional concert footage from Morrissey's 2004 Move Festival performance and four music videos.
Hard Hat Harry: Boats and Ships and Airplanes Join lovable genie Hard Hat Harry as he explores the ins and outs of ships and airplanes in this award-winning live-action children's series. Harry hosts this educational program that takes kids behind the scenes and teaches them how things work. This two-episode volume features one episode on boats and ships and another on airplanes, and includes fascinating footage of ocean liners, tugboats, submarines, hovercrafts, jets and more.
Hawmps! Camels invade Texas in this slapstick comedy about a military experiment gone wrong. When the horses of a Texas-based cavalry unit can't take the heat, Howard Clemmons (James Hampton) is charged with testing camels as an alternative. It's a bumpy ride at first, but the soldiers soon grow attached to their humped steeds. Mayhem ensues when the men are ordered to release the camels into the wild. Slim Pickens, Denver Pyle and Jack Elam also star.
Rhythm of the Dance Old and new come together in a heart-pounding performance that combines traditional Irish dances and music with contemporary staging and choreography. Each dance is steeped not only in the Emerald Isle's rich culture and rhythms, but also infused with disco, ballet, jazz and Latin beats. What results is an impressive spectacle that's distinctly Irish yet extraordinarily modern and multidimensional.
Hard Hat Harry: Race Cars and Monster Trucks Join lovable genie Hard Hat Harry as he explores the amazing world of race cars and monster trucks in this two-episode volume of the award-winning children's series. Harry hosts this live-action educational program that takes kids behind the scenes and teaches them how things work. These two episodes feature fascinating footage of Formula One, NASCAR, dragsters, demolition derbies, monster trucks and other exciting racing vehicles.
Darkest Hour: Party Scars & Prison Bars: A Thrashography Go behind the scenes as metal musicians Darkest Hour thrash out their unique brand of frenzied tunes. This DVD features concert footage from the band's world tour, from small underground clubs to large venues. Also includes full-length videos of "The Sadist Nation" and "March to the Killing Rhythm," video clips from the members' prior bands, footage from their very first show in 1995, and interviews with the band, their crew and other bands.
Swimmy ... and More Leo Lionni Stories Writer-illustrator Leo Lionni dives into the depths of the ocean for inspiration. The result is this collection of episodes based on his books -- a charming and whimsical take on undersea life enhanced by animation. Episodes include "Swimmy," in which Swimmy helps a school of fish learn to love swimming; "It's Mine," where frogs learn the value in sharing; "Cornelius," where a crocodile learns to celebrate his unique talents; and more.
Sex Madness A film ahead of its time when it was released in 1938, Sex Madness is a cautionary tale about mindless sex and its permanent consequences, as told through the experience of a woman who gives in to her carnal urges and later finds out that her one night of irresponsibility has given her a lasting "gift": syphilis. The sexually transmitted disease is depicted as a horrible monster -- incurable, disastrous and too high a price to pay for pleasure.
The Essential Sutherland Opera legend Joan Sutherland teams with her husband, conductor Richard Bonynge, for this musical trip down memory lane. Together, they present highlights from 13 of the soprano's unforgettable performances with the Australian Opera, such as "Parigi, O Cara" and "Alle Piu Calde Immagini." Also featured are arias from Sutherland's famed roles as Lucrezia Borgia, Norma, Adriana Lecouvreur and Lucia di Lammermoor.
Hungry I Reunion San Francisco comics of the 1950s, '60s and '70s knew that if they wanted to make it big and show they were ready for fame's klieg lights, they'd have to prove their talent onstage at the Hungry I nightclub. The famous nightspot, a perfect training ground for stand-up, boasts an alumni list that reads like a who's who of comedy, some of whom -- including Lenny Bruce, Bill Cosby and Jonathan Winters -- returned for this hilarious reunion.
Threat of Exposure A beautiful psychotherapist is suspect No. 1 when her patients begin to mysteriously disappear in this thriller. Assigned to investigate Dr. Daryl Sheleigh (Sean Young), detective Badger Weldon (Will Schaub), whose own brother is one of Dr. Daryl's missing charges, poses as a patient. Sheleigh captivates the detective and the two soon become lovers, even as the evidence against Sheleigh continues to build. William Devane also stars.
West of Nevada In this thrilling film directed by Robert Hill, cowboy-for-hire Jim Lloyd (Rex Bell) finds he has a conscience after all when he learns that a banker is targeting poor landowners, jaded prospectors and the powerless Native Americans in his region of Nevada. Normally, money talks for Lloyd, but now he's forced to take sides. If he follows the money, he'll be rich forever, but doing so could mean losing his soul.
Bush Pilot Jack La Rue stars as Red Girard, a bush pilot trying to save his business from being taken over by ruthless rivals. He's also fending off competition for the hand of Hilary (Rochelle Hudson), a schoolteacher wooed by an entrepreneur from the big city. Worried Red will die on the job just like her father, Hilary extracts a promise from him that he'll never carry explosive cargo -- a pact he may not be able to keep if he wants to make any money.
Hal Roach: King of Irish Comedy In his long career as a studio kingpin, Hal Roach worked with the greatest comedians the film world as ever seen, including Laurel & Hardy and Harold Lloyd. Indeed, Roach's sharp eye for talent led to his unearthing an amazing cache of comedic talent and resulted in some impressive movies with none other than Roach at the helm. This disc illustrates Roach's myriad talents and shows why he was regarded as the "king of Irish comedy."
Inner Circle Hardened gumshoe Johnny Strange (Warren Douglas) never thought he'd find himself in this sticky predicament: His secretary (Adele Mara) has fingered him for the murder of an acerbic broadcaster, and he has no idea why she would make up such a heinous lie. Strange must now rely on police investigators (led by William Frawley) to find out her motive for lying, which soon comes tumbling out when they stage a radio play to get her talking.
Simply Ming 2 In this savory collection of episodes that every gourmet will love, Chef Ming Tsai (award-winning chef-owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass.) dishes up a mouth-watering mélange of East-West food. Using Ming's recipes, anyone can create a variety of interesting and fun dishes. The disc includes master recipes, guest chefs, food and wine pairings and side trips. Tsai has received the James Beard Award for Best Chef/Northeast.
Discover Ballroom Dance Banish that "two left feet" excuse forever with this instructional dance video led by former U.K. Pro Ballroom Champions Simon and Heidi Cruwys. The program covers the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot and tango. Each step-by-step lesson is followed by a routine that combines all the steps you just learned. The program also features advice and tips for beginners, including proper warm-up, leading, following, holding and avoiding common mistakes.
Hard Hat Harry: Trucks and Fire Trucks Join lovable genie Hard Hat Harry and his friends Matt and Maia as they explore the amazing world of trucks and fire trucks in this two-episode volume of the award-winning children's series. Harry hosts this live-action educational program that takes kids behind the scenes and teaches them how things work. These two episodes feature fascinating footage of 18-wheelers, big rigs, firehouses, shiny red fire engines and their life-saving equipment.
Speed to Spare This fast-paced drama directed by William A. Berke tracks the exploits of a driver, Cliff Jordan (Richard Arlen), who believes speed is the spice of life. Hired by his friend to lead a fleet of trucks, Jordan burns bridges immediately and raises the ire of Pusher (Ian MacDonald), the employee he replaces. From that point on, Pusher devotes his life to sabotaging Jordan as the two vie for supremacy on and off the road.
Federal Men Criminals, beware: The United States Treasury is hot on the trail of counterfeiters and their ilk in this gripping classic TV series that premiered in 1954. Toting guns and intellectual weaponry, these men (led by a dashing Walter Greaza) head to the coast to help break up a ring of opium smugglers, bust a transportation entrepreneur for falsifying charitable donations on his tax returns, catch bootleggers swilling their contraband and more.
Gary Puckett and the Union Gap Powerhouse singer Gary Puckett heads his band, the Union Gap, with searing vocals that magnify the emotionally charged lyrics of the group's tunes. Watch them perform some of their best hits in this concert video. Included are "I Feel Good About Lovin' You," "Woman, Woman," "I Want to Know What Love Is," "Over You," "This Girl Is a Woman Now," "Lady Willpower," "Young Girl," "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?" and more.
The Double McGuffin Orson Welles narrates this family adventure tale about a group of small-town kids who bring down an international terrorist. The kids discover an assassin's (Ernest Borgnine) plot to kill a foreign prime minister during her speech at their school assembly. The young crime-stoppers inform the police, but they're forced to take matters into their own hands when the cops don't listen. George Kennedy, Elke Sommer and Lisa Welchel also star.
Hard Hat Harry: Trains and Helicopters Join lovable genie Hard Hat Harry as he goes behind the scenes to explore trains and helicopters in this two-episode volume of the award-winning children's series. Harry hosts this live-action educational program that takes kids behind the scenes and teaches them how things work. These two episodes feature fascinating footage of vintage steam locomotives, high-speed bullet trains, Superliners and more.
Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion This 1950s series stars Buster Crabbe as Capt. Michael Gallant, a soldier serving in the Foreign Legion in North Africa whose job is to keep the peace in a land beset by warring tribesmen. His mission is made even more difficult by the isolation deeply felt by his fellow Legionnaires, as well as the day-to-day challenges of living in a region far from the comforts of home. Fuzzy Knight provides comic relief, and Crabbe's son, Cullen, costars.
The Mansion of Madness Claude Brook, Arthur Hansel and Ellen Sherman star in this film, inspired by writer Edgar Allan Poe, about a journalist who enters the doors of the Mansion of Madness, a mysterious institution ruled by a thief named Raul Fragonard. Once there, the journalist realizes he may be in way over his head when he finds himself the lone voice of reason amidst a wild mess of insanity. But backing out now is not an option. …
Sixteen Tongues Scooter McCrae's edgy, erotic sci-fi film tells the story of three pseudo-invalids who converge on a strange hotel and whose lives collide in an explosion of violence. Adrian (Crawford James) is a police detective with skin so seared from a fire that it had to be replaced with flesh from other humans; Ginny (Jane Chase) is an assassin with a strange way of "seeing"; and Alik (Alice Liu) is a techno-genius who's hacking his way into infamy.
Irish Writers A survey of celebrated penmen proves that the Emerald Isle boasts an embarrassment of literary riches, having spawned the likes of James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. This fascinating documentary examines their legacies and gives viewers an unprecedented look at the awe-inspiring regions in Ireland where these writers hailed from or to which they escaped in search of inspiration.
Looking for a Thrill More than 100 musicians and other music biz creatives bear their souls in this compilation of candid interviews. Filmmaker Braden King asks members of the independent music community to dig deep into their hearts to reveal their most intense passions regarding music. Interviewees include Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Björk, Jon Spencer, members of Tortoise and Yo La Tengo, Eleventh Dream Day's Rick Rizzo and Janet Bean, Jon Langford and more.
Hellinger / Holy Terror: Double Feature It's double the chills in this two-film fright-fest. In Hellinger, a young girl is frightened when her father tells the tale of a diabolic demon named, you guessed it, Hellinger. Flash forward 20 years, and that nightmare may be more than just a fairy tale! In Holy Terror, a not-so-innocent nun (who may in fact be a demon) raises holy havoc with a couple of personable young people who rent a house. Both films are directed by Massimiliano Cerchi.
Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed Tetchy comedian Jackie Mason gathers an arsenal of bitingly hilarious new material for this one-man show taped at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre. The master funnyman takes the Great White Way by storm with this performance, mining decidedly modern issues for laughs. In Mason's crosshairs are gay marriage, the latest diet crazes, celebrities gone wild, business-world corruption and, of course, the wacky world of politics.
Boardinghouse Blues This 1948 gem, set in a Harlem boardinghouse run by comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley, portrays the heroic efforts of the "tenants" to prevent the place from closing its doors. To raise funds to keep it running, a motley crew of talented vaudeville performers -- including Una Mae Carlisle, Lucky Millinder and His Band, The Berry Brothers, Bull Moose Jackson, Anistine Allen, Paul Breckenridge and the Lee Norman Trio -- put on one last show-stopper.
Mercy A racist man comes face to face with his demons after his daughter is kidnapped in this thriller. When wealthy lawyer Frank Kramer (John Rubinstein) learns that his daughter (Reah Silver-Smith) has been kidnapped, he agrees to adhere to the perpetrators' wishes. But as he runs from one dangerous 'hood to another to pick up the kidnappers' instructions, he realizes that the criminals want to torture him even more than they want the ransom money.
Good Soldier Schweik 2: Beg to Report, Sir Well-meaning soldier Schweik (Rudolf Hrusinsky) returns in this sequel to the uproarious first film based on Jaroslav Hasek's novel. Europe's own Forrest Gump, Schweik is back in action after causing mayhem galore in the first film. Always ready, willing and able, Schweik ambles through his military days unaware of the serious changes going on about him, successfully wreaking havoc with his superiors and the army despite his good intentions.
Street Fury: Envy Dive into 2005 with an in-depth look at some hot-rods coming your way. Check out the newest aftermarket parts and accessories at the SEMA Las Vegas Show. Take a trip south of the border to the Fast and Furious Tour Mexico for a gander at the international import game. And get a look at the hottest new fashions by Von Dutch, Rocawear and Russell Simmons' Phat Farm. Features Anna Nicole Smith. Jin the MC, Russell Simmons and Gloria Valez.
Man on the Tracks Adapted from J.S. Stawinski's short story, Andrzej Munk's film examines the social and political climate of 1950s Poland. The film tells conflicting stories regarding the death of a train conductor whose body is discovered on the train tracks. Various acquaintances of the dead man offer differing theories as to why and how he died, their individual opinions painting a picture of the unsettled era. Kazimierz Opalinski and Zygmunt Maciejewski star.
Ninja vs. Mafia Mafia hit men and Shanghai's fiercest ninjas mix it up in this action-packed martial arts film. After refusing to pay protection money to a violent group of gangsters, buddies Jack Do and Charlie Woo join an opposing mafia gang. When their boss, Mr. Chung, is killed by the rival gang, Jack and Charlie vow revenge and find themselves in an all-out war against ninjas and mercenaries. Alexander Lou and Silvio Azzolini star.
Guaguasi Set during the Cuban Revolution, this bittersweet tale centers on Guaguasi (Orestes Matacena), a naïve mountain man who joins the rebels and makes it to Havana just as Batista's dictatorship falls. Amidst the political turmoil, Guaguasi falls in love with gorgeous singer Marina (Marilyn Pupo) and finds himself in the middle of a love triangle in a vibrant city filled with uncertainty, excitement and the promise of a better life.
Holiday in Dirt Former Wall of Voodoo front man Stan Ridgway brings his 2002 album "Holiday in Dirt" to video in this compilation of 14 short films by 14 filmmakers, with each film based on a song. Top filmmakers from the music video and art genres contributed, including Phil Harder, Rick Fuller, Steve Hanft, Carlos Grasso, Jim Ludke, Chuck Statler, Katherine Gordon, Simon Blake, Dan Brown, Hernan Barangan, David Roth, Heidi Frier, Charles Bowe and Dave Moe.
Ian Hunter: Strings Attached Hard rock stalwart Ian Hunter serves up musical nuggets from his solo career and his years as a front man for Mott the Hoople. The Trondheim Soloists add a string accompaniment to this live concert in Oslo, Sweden, in 2002. The songs include "Rest in Peace," "All of the Good Ones Are Taken," "I Wish I Was Your Mother," "Twisted Steel," "23A Swan Hill," "Waterlow," "All the Young Dudes," "Irene Wilde" and "Once Bitten Twice Shy."
Dancehall Delinquents Jamaica's hottest dancehall acts are showcased in this party-perfect DVD. Party playaz melt the dance floor with the latest dances, and the hottest dance crews in town show off wicked moves as top performers such as Lady Saw, Buju Banton and Elephant Man ignite the stage with dancehall hits. The disc features 15 dance hits from artists including QT, Donovan Steele & Mr. Lexx, General Degree, Kip Rich, Cobra, Tok, Sizzla and Red Rat.
Once Upon a Forest Abigail the Woodmouse, Edgar the Mole, Russell the Hedgehog and Michelle the Badger live happily in the heart of Dapplewood Forest. But a toxic chemical spill from a nearby construction site threatens the forest and causes Michelle to be ill. Now the others must embark on a perilous mission to bring back medicine from the top of a high mountain. This animated family adventure features the voices of Michael Crawford, Ben Vereen and Elisabeth Moss.