New DVD & Blu-Ray Releases
Eight episodes from season five are featured in a two-disc set. 5 3/4 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5. 1 Master Audio. **8 episodes on 2 discs. 5 3/4 hrs.**
Frank and compelling survey of the challenges faced by young women in the developing world circles the globe to tell the stories of nine girls, each having to deal with a culture where, for females, education isn't a priority and expectations are low. Their bond, however, comes through an unshaken belief in a path to empowerment through learning. 103 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Portuguese, French; featurette; outtakes; behind-the-scenes footage.
St. Croix-born point guard Kevin Sheppard's pursuit of a pro career had taken him all over the planet, but nothing had prepared him for when he signed to play the 2008-2009 season with a.s. Shiraz of the Iranian Super Basketball League. His immersion into an unknown culture, and the revelations he finds from the locals and his teammates, make for an arresting viewing experience. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English and Persian; Subtitles: English; bonus short "City Bomber" (1995). In Persian and English with English subtitles.
Controversial, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone turns his eye to the complex history of the United States of America with this provocative 12-part documentary series (including two unaired) from Showtime. Drawing on archival materials from around the world, Stone paints a fresh portrait of the country's pivotal decision-making moments from World War II to the Obama administration, arguing that the nation's sole superpower status has given rise to an "empire." Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; interview. 12 chapters on 4 discs. 11 2/3 hrs.
Three History Channel programs explore the exploits of the legendary seafarers known as the Vikings. First, the "Biography" episode "Leif Ericson: Voyages Of A Viking" (1995) focuses on Ericson's Norse settlement in Newfoundland; the "Digging For The Truth" installment "The Vikings: Voyage To America" (2005) follows author/explorer Josh Bernstein on an amazing voyage through Scandinavia, Iceland, and Greenland; and the "Cities Of The Underworld" program "Viking Underground" (2008) reveals the mysterious pagan tombs to be found below Dublin, Ireland. 135 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).