New DVD & Blu-Ray Releases
Take a revealing look at the production of the 1974 independent film "The Last Affair" with this humorous and often touching documentary. Having secured financing to make the picture on the condition that graphic sex scenes will be included, the Chicago filmmakers run into quirky and awkward situations galore as they go rogue, eliminate the hardcore material, and aim for something more mainstream, while the invited documentary filmmakers observe all. 67 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; interview; theatrical trailer.
Three-disc set includes "The Magic Of Flight," "Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag," and "Legends Of Flight."
What would the planet look like if the human species were to vanish? The chilling possibilities are explored in the History Channel's "Mega Disasters" episodes "Mega Freeze" (2006), revealing how climate change could wreak catastrophic changes in America, and "Mega Drought" (2007), which dramatizes how global warming could prolong devastating droughts. The provocative documentary "Life After People" (2008) employs spectacular visual effects to depict the astonishing changes that would sweep across the landscape in a chilling--and possible--future. And "After Armageddon" (2010) employs footage of Hiroshima and post-Katrina New Orleans to assist speculation on how mankind might react during an even greater disaster. 4 2/3 hrs. total on three discs. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Three-disc set includes "Greece: Secrets Of The Past," "Mummies: Secrets Of The Pharaohs," and "Arabia."
He's racked up better than half a century as a leading light of the American counterculture, and the life, times, and triumphs of poet, publisher, and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti are strikingly limned in this documentary effort. Observations from contemporaries at the birth of the Beat Generation, as well as celebrated admirers, are shared in this expansive portrait. 79 min. Soundtrack: English.
The final 14 episodes of the eighth season are featured in a four-disc set. 10 1/4 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus footage. **14 episodes on 4 discs. 10 1/4 hrs.**
Over the long course of the 1980s--when AIDS infection was solely regarded as a gay man's problem...and a death sentence--activists struggled ceaselessly to alter public perception and push politicians and pharmaceutical concerns towards the development of solutions. This documentary weaves copious archival footage for a comprehensive and moving chronicle of a determined battle for survival. 109 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
In a more health-conscious era, lots of us claim that we strive to eat organic. Some of us actually understand what the term means. This documentary looks to clarify the definition, explain the benefits of organic versus non-organic food, and shed light on the big dollars at stake for farmers seeking organic certification from the USDA. 82 min. Soundtrack: English.
Since his 1982 conviction for the slaying of a Philadelphia police officer, he has been the flashpoint of angry debate between those who believe him justly tried and those that think him railroaded by a racist system. This documentary looks at the pervasive influence, even from death row, that journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal has wielded in arenas of thought on capital punishment and American justice. 120 min. Soundtrack: English; featurettes.
Brad Pitt narrates this urgently relevant six-part documentary series exploring the status of the world's health care activities. From Pasteur's groundbreaking discoveries to the modern scourges of West Nile Virus and AIDS, the series demonstrates the need for a better health care infrastructure for the entire planet. Episodes include "Disease Warriors," "Rise of the Superbugs," "Delivering the Goods," "Deadly Messengers," "Back to the Basics," and "How Safe Are We?" 5 1/2 hrs. total on two discs. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
How and why did the Neanderthals die out? In this installment from the PBS series "Nova," the discovery of 49,000-year-old Neanderthal bones--some of which bear evidence of cannibalism--in the mountains of northern Spain offers surprising and controversial clues in a key chapter of humanity's development. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
Within two months of their arrival in America in 1832, 57 Irish immigrants hired to lay railroad track in eastern Pennsylvania were all dead. The recent discovery of secret files and the men's final resting place prompted the forensic investigation followed in this documentary. Learn if the workers were, as claimed, victims of a cholera outbreak, or if anti-immigrant violence led to murder. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
Beginning in the late 1960s, African-American society received a dose of Asian discipline, embracing kung fu and the martial arts through training schools and pop culture. See how shared experiences in the two cultures helped shape the evolution of black martial arts in the U.S. and the Caribbean, and hear from four African-American kung fu masters (including actor Ron Van Clief), in this fascinating documentary. 60 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
With this charming "Nature" program viewers can learn much more about the common deer than they can from watching "Bambi"...or from seeing them cautiously amble out in their backyards. In order to get a one-of-a-kind perspective on the hidden lives of these animals, scientists equip them with night-vision cameras and GPS devices to track their activities whenever they disappear from view. 60 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
Or literally, "Long Live the Antipodes"--land masses located on diametrically opposite sides of the planet. Life and landscapes on four such matched pairs--Argentina and China, Chile and Russia, Botswana and Hawaii, and New Zealand and Spain--are memorably and magnificently juxtaposed to striking effect in this remarkable documentary effort. 108 min. Soundtrack: English.