Architecture & Engineering Movies on DVD
Taking decades to complete and resulting in thousands of deaths during its creation, the Panama Canal provides a valuable shipping link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and stands as one of history's most remarkable engineering achievements. This "Nova" documentary chronicles the fascinating stories behind the canal's construction with rare photos, film footage, and interviews. Narrated by David McCullough. 60 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
From Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara ("Woman in the Dunes") comes a sensual documentary look at the unique and haunting works of 19th-century Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. The innovative Catalan's organic blending of Gothic and Art Nouveau predated the surrealists and influenced the art of Picasso, Miro, and Dali. 72 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; bonus shorts; featurette; interview; theatrical trailer. Two-disc set. In Japanese with English subtitles.
How do the tenets of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths manifest themselves in architecture? This fascinating documentary examines significant structures from all three religions in an exploration of how the sacred qualities of each are brought out in their construction. The program includes insights from priests, rabbis, and imams as they discuss the importance of each building toured. 155 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Author David Macaulay hosts this five-disc series that details the designing and construction of some of the largest and most sublime structures built by modern man. Included in the set are "Bridges," "Dams," "Domes," "Skyscrapers" and "Tunnels." 327 min. total. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Explore the dazzling architecture of medieval cathedrals in this "Nova" program that celebrates the grandeur of these immense houses of worship. As many of these structures weaken to the point they might collapse, engineers team up with art historians and scientists to unravel the secrets of their construction in order to preserve their impressive beauty. 60 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
Marvel at engineering feats from around the world in this compilation of Discovery Channel programs! Profiling impressively constructed and innovative stadiums, skyscrapers, underground cities, and more, this collection features episodes from the series "Extreme Engineering" and "Build It Bigger," plus the TV-movies "Engineering The Impossible" (2002) and "Impossible City" (2008). 3 2/3 hrs. total. Standard/Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
Enter the psyche of proto-Fascist Italian poet Gabriele d'Annunzio with this compelling documentary tour of the Villa Cargnacco, a multi-room residence integral to the structure of the Vittoriale, a state museum the artist spent nearly two decades designing. Meant to provide a welcoming environment for a writer with its vast collection of books and curios, the early 20th-century locale provides endless fascination. 52 min. Standard; Soundtrack: German; Subtitles: English; bonus footage. In German with English subtitles.
Sure to provoke curiosity and interest from anyone concerned about environmental issues, this fascinating series of programs explores what goes into designing a "green-friendly" building in the modern age. All six episodes--including "The Green Apple," "Green for All," "The Green Machine," "Gray to Green," "China from Green to Red," and "Deeper Shades of Green"--are included. 180 min. total. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
How did ancient civilizations achieve such sophisticated feats of architectural engineering without the technology enjoyed by modern man? This riveting series from the History Channel reveals the magnificent ingenuity of antiquity's most audacious engineering artisans. All 12 documentaries in the series--including "Greece," "The Aztecs," "The Maya: Death Empire," "Napoleon: Steel Monster," and "Da Vinci's World"--are included in a four-disc set. 9 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; featurette.
How did ancient civilizations achieve such sophisticated feats of architectural engineering without the technology enjoyed by modern man? This riveting series from the History Channel reveals the magnificent ingenuity of antiquity's most audacious engineering artisans. All 12 documentaries in the series--including "Greece," "The Aztecs," "The Maya: Death Empire," "Napoleon: Steel Monster," and "Da Vinci's World," plus the feature-length specials "Rome: Engineering an Empire" and "Egypt: Engineering an Empire" and four episodes from the series "Where Did It Come From?"--are included in a seven-disc set. 16 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; featurettes.
How did ancient civilizations achieve such sophisticated feats of architectural engineering without the technology enjoyed by modern man? This riveting series from the History Channel reveals the magnificent ingenuity of antiquity's most audacious engineering artisans. All 12 documentaries in the series--including "Greece," "The Aztecs," "The Maya: Death Empire," "Napoleon: Steel Monster," and "Da Vinci's World," plus the feature-length specials "Rome: Engineering an Empire" and "Egypt: Engineering an Empire"--are included in a six-disc set. 12 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; featurettes.
How did they do it? Without the advanced technologies ubiquitous in the modern age, the seemingly miraculous Colosseum, Chartres Cathedral, and Great Pyramid of Giza were built employing the surprising means studied in this enlightening three-part documentary series from National Geographic. Learn how slavery, innovative architecture, and royal decrees all played a part in these astonishing feats of engineering bravado. Soundtrack: English. Two-disc set.
Episodes include "Widening the Panama Canal," "Boston's Big Dig," "Building Hong Kong's Airport," "Tunneling Under the Alps," "Iceland Tunnels," "Container Ships," "Oakland Bay Bridge," and "Venice Flood Gates." 5 3/4 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo. **8 episodes on 2 discs. 5 3/4 hrs.**
Episodes include "Tokyo's Sky City," "Transatlantic Tunnel," "Subways in America," "Bridging the Bering Strait," "Turning Torso," "Millau Verdict," "Biggest Warship," and "Big Easy Rebuild." 5 3/4 hrs. total on two discs. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo. **8 episodes on 2 discs. 5 3/4 hrs.**
Never formally educated as an architect, American original Bruce Goff began his apprenticeship at age 12, developing a style that stood far apart from most of his 20th-century contemporaries. Primarily seen through a series of filmed filmed photographs, Heinz Emigholz's unusual documentary reveals Goff's controversial creations in detailed images of 62 separate buildings. The absence of explanatory commentary allows viewers to interpret Goff's singular work for themselves. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: German stereo; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; biographies; "making of" featurette. In German with English subtitles.
Can revolutionary architecture change the human future? This visually stunning documentary examines some of the most spectacular structures built from the outset of the 20th century to the cutting-edge designs imagined by modern visionaries. Includes looks at Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes; the Palais Bulles in France; prefabricated apartments by Moshe Safdie, created using Lego-like modules; designs for "functionalist" cities by Le Corbusier; and more. 52 min. Soundtrack: English; bonus film "Kochuu" (2003).
Renowned for its opulent construction and immeasurable extravagances, William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon is toured in this entertaining documentary. Built in 1919, the California mansion fictionalized as Xanadu in "Citizen Kane" boasted palatial gardens, bejeweled pools, lavishly appointed interiors, and a mind-boggling private collection of antique artworks. John Forsythe narrates. 60 min. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Was it actually "the costliest monument a man has ever built to himself"? The astonishing, ostentatious inspiration for the fictional Xanadu estate of "Citizen Kane," William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon was a private kingdom constructed in 1919, home to the media mogul and one of the largest residences ever built. This episode of "America's Castles" takes you inside the legendary mansion, even affording glimpses of areas kept off-limits to the public. 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.
Take a tour of California's incredible Hearst Castle, built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and inspired by his many trips to European castles. From the mansion's priceless furnishings to magnificent gardens, pools and walkways, this IMAX program shows you a real-life enchanted castle. Narrated by John Gavigan. 51 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Constructed over a five-year period at the height of the Great Depression, Hoover Dam rises over 700 feet above the mighty Colorado River it was built to tame and stands as a marvel of modern engineering. Follow the project through rare newsreel footage and interviews, and learn how it changed the face of the Southwest, in this "American Experience" presentation. 56 min.
Named after U.S. President Herbert Hoover (who was instrumental in its building), the Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel with a colorful history. The perils faced by laborers toiling in oppressive heat were often enormous, and in this revealing documentary, their astonishing work is chronicled along with other fascinating anecdotes about the mammoth dam bordering Arizona and Nevada. 45 min. Soundtrack: English.
From New York's Hearst Building to London's Swiss Re Tower to Berlin's Reichstag, this documentary girdles the globe to explore the life and works of iconic architect Norman Foster. The humble beginnings and ceaseless personal and professional curiosity of the "Mozart of modernism" are artfully explored and supplemented with the observation of collaborators and admirers. 80 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
A fascinating documentary that explores the marvelous achievements of the famed architect who helped shape the 20th century. Le Corbusier's revolutionary ideas took him from the hills of France to the Himalayas. 46 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Facing personal turmoil in the U.S., renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright embarked on an ambitious project in Japan: the six-year effort to construct Tokyo's Imperial Hotel. By the time the building was completed in 1923, Wright's unparalleled influence had extended to his Japanese colleagues. This documentary chronicles Wright's unique relationship with Japan. Film historian Donald Richie narrates, performing as the voice of Wright. 126 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Taking an unconventional approach to relating the life and work of Swiss civil engineer Robert Maillart, this documentary by Heinz Emigholz focuses on up-close examinations of Maillart's extraordinary bridges, which revolutionized the use of reinforced concrete. Both praised and criticized by peers for his achievements, Maillart occupies a unique place in the world of architecture. 114 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English, German; Subtitles: English; biography; interviews.
BBC journalist Andrew Marr is your guide for this tour of five of the world's largest cities. This beautifully photographed documentary program follows Marr to London, Dhaka (in Bangladesh), Tokyo, Mexico City, and Shanghai, exploring both the everyday and the extraordinary sights and sounds of each bustling metropolis, from the luxuries of the upper classes to the blight found in the slums. 172 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH); biographies.
Two-disc collection of episodes from the National Geographic series includes "Mega Plane," which profiles the mammoth C-5 Galaxy, used to transport supplies to Iraq; "Inside a Super Casino," revealing the outer and inner workings of Atlantic City's Borgata; "Ekati Diamond Mine," which takes a look at Canada's first such mine, located in the Northwest Territories; and Holland's "Super Port" in Rotterdam is explored, the destination for some of the world's most impressive ships. Soundtrack: English.
More than a century after his passing, the efforts and craft of pioneering urban landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted continue to be enjoyed and cherished by communities across North America. This enlightening program provides perspectives on how this visionary developed NYC's Central Park and many other public landmarks. Kerry Washington narrates. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
The life and works of German-born American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are the focus of this stylish documentary. Peers such as Rem Koolhaas, Elizabeth Diller, Phyllis Lambert, Joseph Fujikawa, and Dirk Lohan provide valuable insights on the 20th-century master's accomplishments, which include New York's Seagram Building and the Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago. 57 min. Soundtracks: French Dolby Digital stereo, English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus footage. In French; no subtitles/Dubbed in English.
Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has created many outstanding works, including the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto, and the Guggenheim Heritage Museum in Las Vegas. His outreach, however, extends beyond the architecture community as Koolhaas is also a writer, filmmaker, and social commentator. This portrait celebrates Koolhaas' wide range of work and his ability to communicate through a variety of mediums. 97 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; interviews.
Desperately in need of renovation, the influential prairie-style home designed in 1902 by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright was at last rescued with a five-year restoration effort by its new owners. Follow the fascinating endeavor with this remarkable chronicle featuring commentary by architectural historian H. Allen Brooks. Soundtrack: English.
This unusual documentary from writer/director Heinz Emigholz celebrates the style of Austrian-American architect Rudolf Schindler. Featuring a mostly static series of images focused on 40 Schindler houses in Los Angeles, the film reveals many subtleties hidden in the designer's sharply formal and modern ideas. 99 min. Standard; Soundtracks: German, English; Subtitles: English; bonus footage. In German with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.
Called the "father of modernism," Chicago-based architect Louis Sullivan is the subject of this documentary that showcases the majesty of eight banks he designed for small towns throughout the heartland of America. Collectively known as the "Jewel Boxes," the construction of the ornate buildings helped cement Sullivan's reputation as a true master of merging form and function. 90 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English, German; bonus film "The Whitman Project" (2007).
It was a huge gamble, but one that paid off handsomely for the engineers and construction teams responsible for building the new Clark Bridge, which boasts a spectacular and innovative variation on the classic suspension bridge design. Spanning the Mississippi River from Alton, Illinois, the magnificent structure was completed in four years, and this incredible "Nova" program shows you just how the high-risk feat was accomplished. 113 min. Soundtrack: English.
Soaring high above the heights of conventional skyscrapers, modern "super skyscrapers" such as New York's One World Trade Center and One57, London's Leadenhall Building, and the Shanghai Tower are showcased in this four-part documentary program. In each episode, the challenges of constructing one of these cutting-edge buildings are explored, along with fascinating information about the design and safety features that make them so ambitious and impressive. 4 hrs. on two discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
While the world engages in debates over whether or not the universe has an "intelligent designer," there's little doubt in anyone's mind that there are many humans making modern life possible with their own well-crafted creations. This illuminating documentary series surveys a variety of things we take for granted, from office furniture to apartment buildings, with in-depth profiles of skilled engineers and influential designers. <
In part profiling the "father of California Modern Architecture," praised by Time magazine in 1949 as being second only to Frank Lloyd Wright, this documentary shares the story of how famous architect Richard Neutra came to befriend Lone Pine resident Richard Oyler and design his desert town family home. Enjoy a tour of the remarkable house, plus interviews with Oyler, L.A. real estate agent Crosby Doe, and actress Kelly Lynch (co-owner of the home with her husband at the time of production). 46 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; deleted scenes; featurette.
Three-disc set includes the programs "38 Ton Engine," "Boeing 767," "Nuclear Turbine," "High Voltage Power Line," "Mississippi River Fix," and five more. 7 2/3 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo. **10 episodes on 3 discs. 7 2/3 hrs.** NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.
Three-disc set includes the programs "Columbia River Dam," "Satellite Launch," "Atom Smasher," "Extreme Heights," "Cruise Ship Overhaul," and six more. 9 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; bonus footage. **11 episodes on 3 discs. 9 hrs.**