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    • Black history [videorecording] : a retrospective
      Black history [videorecording] : a retrospective
      Cine-O-Matic, Inc.
      Features the life, culture, and accomplishments of some of the most influential African Americans in history from the United States. From the oppression and hardship during the time of the Civil War to civil rights movements that paved the way to this country's first African-American president. A definitive retrospective of Black history in America.
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    • American moments
      American moments

      Through reenactment, witness Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone. Come to appreciate his prophetic vision of how the telephone would transform the world and get to know the man behind the invention, a man who spoke out against injustices and was highly respected, hard-working, and charitable. Then, leap forward through the decades to see the telephone connect a nation.
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    • American moments. Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
      American moments. Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

      A brand new series that explores the greatest achievements in American history in the context of the time period, incorporating archival footage that captures the monumental events of yesteryear. A biographical sketch of the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt celebrates this great man's life from his entry into politics in 1910 to his unprecedented election to four terms as President of the United States.
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    • Great speeches then and now
      Great speeches then and now

      Explore the greatest orators throughout history and relive their most memorable speeches, both for the brilliance of their words and for how they defined that particular moment in history. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama are the focus in the first volume. Their words are truly inspirational both then and now. Onscreen pop-up facts add context, deeper understanding, historical perspective and fun trivia to keep young viewers engaged.
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    • Noah and the great ark
      Noah and the great ark
      History.
      The truth behind one of the greatest stories of all time. A collection of three documentaries examines the legend, and the science, of history's most famous biblical hero and the Ark.
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    • A brief history of time [videorecording[
      A brief history of time [videorecording[
      directed by Errol Morris.
      Errol Morris (The Fog of War) turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris's documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking's body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination.
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    • The hidden fortress = Kakushi-toride no san-akunin
      The hidden fortress = Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

      A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one. A general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director's most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas's Star Wars. Delivers Kurosawa's trademark deft blend of wry humor, and breathtaking action.
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    • Bridegroom [videorecording]
      Bridegroom [videorecording]
      A Virgil Films presentation
      Shane Bitney Crone's plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years is killed and his family refuses him from attending the funeral.
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    • Forks over knives [videorecording]
      Forks over knives [videorecording]
      Monica Beach Media presents
      This documentary "examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods"--Container.
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    • Informant
      Informant
      a film by Jamie Meltzer
      A portrait of a radical left-wing activists turned FBI informant, Brandon Darby. In 2005, Darby was an anti-government activist from Austin who became an overnight hero through his relief efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans. In 2008, Darby was shockingly implicated in the arrests of two protesters, Bradly Crowder and David McKay, over a plot to attack police with Molotov cocktails at the Republican National Convention. This documentary delves into the complicated and mysterious life of Brandon Darby through carefully constructed reenactments and incisive interviews with those involved firsthand- who often directly challenge and contradict one another's version of events- to create a penetrating look at the "paranoia-filled American political divide."
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    • One direction
      One direction

      This program unleashes all the highs of the band's turbo-charged fame. From five individual hopeful singers taking part in Simon Cowell's British X Factor, the boys of One Direction have defied the odds, and their critics, by becoming the hottest British boy band in the world.
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    • Soul food junkies [videorecording]
      Soul food junkies [videorecording]
      a film by Byron Hurt
      Filmmaker Byron Hurt looks at the past and future of soul food, covering its roots in Western Africa, its incarnation in the American South, and the role it plays in the health crisis in the African American community. Examines the socioeconomics of the modern American diet, and how the food industry profits from producing cheap calories while healthy options remain expensive and hard to find.
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    • Twenty feet from stardom [videorecording]
      Twenty feet from stardom [videorecording]
      Radius TWC
      They are the voices behind the greatest rock, pop and R&B hits of all time, but no one knows their names. Now, in this award-winning documentary, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background (backup) singers as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and more. Includes behind-the-scenes footage, vintage live performances, and interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, and Bette Midler.
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    • Vinylmania : when life runs at 33 revolutions per minute
      Vinylmania : when life runs at 33 revolutions per minute
      Stefilm
      A trip into the grooves, a documentary about an object that has never lost its soul: the vinyl record. An epic love story, the film is filled with fascination characters and internationally recognized artists including Philippe Cohen Solal, Winston Smith, Peter Saville, and DJ Kentaro. Set in eleven different cities worldwide, the director sets out on a global road trip to find out what role vinyl records play in the 21st century.
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    • My changing life. Boys
      My changing life. Boys

      As a youngster move towards, into, and through puberty, many important changes will take place in his body. Once these changes have been completed, they will create his new and unique identity as an adult. Learning to accept these physical changes as "normal" will foster an acceptance of self.
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    • My changing life. Girls
      My changing life. Girls

      As a youngster move towards, into, and through puberty, many important changes will take place in her body. Once these changes have been completed, they will create her new and unique identity as an adult. Learning to accept these physical changes as "normal" will foster an acceptance of self.
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    • Pompeii [videorecording] : the doomed city
      Pompeii [videorecording] : the doomed city
      A&E Networks Television, the History Channel.
      The Real Story from History, looks at one of the world's most devastating natural disasters and projects what would happen if Mt. Vesuvius erupted again today. Many scientists believe we are playing with fire and that Vesuvius will erupt soon, and question how the now three million residents could escape. In 79 AD Vesuvius exploded, burying the city of Pompeii and other Roman towns along the Bay of Naples beneath layers of ash and pumice, killing thousands.
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    • The Vikings
      The Vikings

      Includes three stories. The Vikings: Voyage to America features a Viking ship sailing from Scandinavia to Newfoundland, proving that their expert maritime skills enabled them to reach America 500 years before Columbus; Leif Ericson: Voyages of a Viking, furthers the trail of the Vikings in America revealing Ericson's ancient settlement site in Newfoundland; Viking Underground goes deep below Dublin, Ireland to discover pagan burial tombs, tunnels, burial crypts and an underground river.
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    • Perennial vegetable gardening
      Perennial vegetable gardening
      with Eric Toensmeier.
      "In this DVD, a culmination of workshops recorded in Mexico, Florida, and Massachusetts, plant specialist Eric Toensmeier introduces gardeners to more than 100 species of little-known and underappreciated plants. Toensmeier explains how to raise, tend, harvest, and cook with plants that yield great crops and culinary satisfaction."--Container.
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    • The legislative branch and our constitution.
      The legislative branch and our constitution.

      Learn how our bicameral Congress, the legislative branch, was created. Understand why two houses were created in order to guarantee equal representation for all citizens. This program shows, in detail through colorful graphics and footage, how laws are proposed, passed or vetoed.
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    • The crash reel [videorecording]
      The crash reel [videorecording]
      HBO Docementary Films
      The epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Kevin Pearce and Shaun White is documented in this exhilarating ride into the world of extreme snowboarding. With both practicing more and more breathtaking and dangerous tricks leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, everything suddenly changes for Kevin when a horrific crash leaves him fighting for his life. When he recovers, all he wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear it could kill him.
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    • Pride and perseverance : the story of the negro leagues
      Pride and perseverance : the story of the negro leagues
      produced by Major League Baseball Productions
      The history of the Negro Leagues is often a forgotten part of baseball history. And despite its popularity and wealth of talent was not well documented. The film sheds light on this period and shows how it laid the groundwork for today's African-American players in Major League Baseball.
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    • McConkey
      McConkey
      Red Bull Media House in association with Matchstick Productions
      A heartfelt documentary film about extreme skier, Shane McConkey. The legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor, he inspired countless lives.
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    • Youngstown boys [videorecording]
      Youngstown boys [videorecording]
      directors, Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.
      Explore the class and power dynamics in college sports through the parallel interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel. Both emerged from the working-class city of Youngstown, Ohio and eventually joined for a magical season at Ohio State University in 2002 that produced the first national football championship for the school in over 30 years.
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    • WrestleMania XXVI [videorecording]
      WrestleMania XXVI [videorecording]
      World Wrestling Entertainment.
      The biggest event of the year comes to the desert when WrestleMania XXVI explodes in Arizona! Every member of the WWE universe has eagerly anticipated WrestleMania and the biggest Superstars of WWE up their game when they perform on sports entertainment's grandest stage. Stars include: Shawn Michaels, Big Show, Undertaker, Triple H, Chris Jericho, John Cena, Edge, The Miz, and others. Contains all new Hall of Fame inductee interviews, and best matches.
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    • WWE extreme rules 2012 [videorecording]
      WWE extreme rules 2012 [videorecording]
      World Wrestling Entertainment.
      WWE goes EXTREME in this high octane pay-per-view event. Each of the matches have special stipulations as WWE Superstars battle for high profile championships and pride. The 2011 edition featured Street Fights, Steel Cage Matches, Strap Matches and more extreme antics. Who knows what lengths the Superstars of Raw and SmackDown will go to top last year's event?
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    • WWE TLC. 2010
      WWE TLC. 2010

      Carnage reigns supreme at WWE TLC! It's a pay-per-view event that legalizes the use of tables, ladders, and chairs. Last year's event saw three championships defended in a Ladder Match, a Chair Match, and a Tables Match, as well as a mayhem-fueled main event that saw all three elements when D-Generation X and Jeri-Show battled for the Unified Tag Team Championship in a TLC Match. The pressure will be on the Superstars of Raw and SmackDown to up the ante at this year's production of WWE TLC.
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    • The best of WWE in your house [videorecording] : pay-per-view classics 1995-1999
      The best of WWE in your house [videorecording] : pay-per-view classics 1995-1999
      WWE Entertainment.
      A collection of pay-per-view professional wrestling matches in which the top superstars in WWE settle their scores.
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    • The Rock [videorecording] : the epic journey of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
      The Rock [videorecording] : the epic journey of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
      World Wrestling Entertainment presents.
      In the exciting buildup to Wrestle Mania XVIII, fans can, for the first time ever on DVD, relive the exciting life and times of the Rock. Packed with brand new interviews as well as a selection of the Rock's biggest career-spanning bouts, moments, and promos, this DVD set will electrify every member of Team Bring It.
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    • Anger management. Volume 3 [videorecording]
      Anger management. Volume 3 [videorecording]
      directors, Gerry Cohen [and others].
      Charlie is a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patient regulars each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at the state prison. Charlie thrives on the chaos in his life while still battling his own anger issues.
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