New Arrivals - DVDs
Before Marv Albert, Bob Costas, and Mike Breen, there was Marty Glickman. The documentary chronicles the life and career of Glickman, a Jewish-American athlete turned broadcaster who pioneered many of the techniques, phrases, and programming innovations that are commonplace in sports reporting today. A multi-sport athlete with blistering speed, he was a teammate of Jesse Owens on the 1936 U.S. Olympic track team.
"Muslim belief and tradition specifies that there should be no depictions of God or the Prophet Muhammad. In religious contexts, this constraint on what artists can depict extends to human figures and other living creatures as well. These prohibitions have inspired a rich visual culture based on calligraphy, Arabesque floral designs, and geometry, all of which feature strongly in the art and design found throughout the Muslim world, including mosques. With the help of fine art and religious experts, host Rageh Omaar traces the effect of these beliefs over the centuries on the art and artists of the Islamic world and considers why depictions of pilgrims taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have become part of the accepted tradition of Islamic art, including in work exhibited at the British Museum"--From publisher description.
Follow Steve Burrows and the Time Scanners team as they travel to Egypt. Using groundbreaking laser technology to scan the pyramids, they find out how these buildings evolved from simple mud-brick structures to some of the most impressive buildings in the world, and reveal secrets previously unknown.
An uplifting documentary featuring five severely wounded veterans from the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, with injuries ranging from burns to multiple amputations, embarking on an exciting new mission: stand-up comedy. With help from their own comedy writer mentors, and coaching from A-List comedians: Zach Galifianakis, Bob Saget, B.J. Novak, and Lewis Black, they were guided in creating their own personal standup routines and fine-tuned until ready to perform at LA's top comedy clubs.
The largest masonry dome on earth, Florence's cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is a masterpiece of ingenuity and a source of mystery. Historians and engineers have long debated how its architect kept the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. bricklayers will help build an experimental, mini-Duomo, using period tools and techniques.
Examines the role played by the American evangelical movement and the International House of Prayer megachurch in the state-sanctioned persecution of homosexuals in Uganda.
From its hot molten core to the mega sized waves battering its coast, Hawaii is an untamed and very wild bit of paradise that continues to transform itself and challenge expectations.
Using exclusive interviews and spanning half a decade, The Cheshire Murders reveals the shocking police failures and untold personal dramas behind the notorious rape-arson-homicide case that shook Cheshire, Connecticut, in the summer of 2007. In this quiet bedroom suburb, Jennifer Petit and her two daughters, age eleven and seventeen, were killed in a home invasion gone horribly wrong; husband and father William Petit was the only member of the family who escaped alive.
NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in their hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of violent deaths of victims unearthed in bogs. A new theory suggests that they were ritually murdered kings, slain to assure the fertility of land and people.
Beginning in Istanbul, Ian Wright visits the Suleymaniye Mosque to experience the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire and learn about its ambitious Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent and his ambitions to expand the Ottoman Empire West into Europe. Then after a quick dip in the world's largest thermal lake in Hungary his journey ends in Vienna, home of Mozart and Sigmund Freud, and also where he discovers how crucial the city's bakers were to surviving the Ottoman siege in 1683.
To separate fact from fear, Nova teams with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to uncover the science behind the great white's hunting instincts. With shark populations plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people, and sharks.
"In this unique and highly intimate documentary, ten American couples-- filmed in the comfort of their own beds-- openly discuss romance, sex, trust, and love, revealing what makes their relationships tick. Featuring a rich cross-section of people and brimming with genuine emotion and honesty, the touching and funny Americans In Bed spotlights some of the many reasons people come together-- and grow apart"--Container.
FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media, and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers. Here is a powerful examination of the evolving and complicated relationship between teens and the companies that are increasingly working to target them.
Justine Shapiro follows the Blue Ridge Parkway, journeying to Tennessee and the city of Nashville. She visits its famous country music sites and the old plantation home of US President, Andrew Jackson. Justine then hits the legendary Route 66, stopping at a giant cattle auction in Oklahoma City. She then joins the 'Trail of Tears' memorial walk for Native Americans before crossing the Texas Panhandle into Arizona where she visits the world's best preserved meteor crater.
Using the latest technology, Steve Burrows and his team of laser-scanning experts explore seventeenth-century St. Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London, unveiling the engineering challenges faced by its creators in the time of Charles II.
A vivid mosaic of personalities and conflicting points of view that emerges as a portrait of an America yearning for solace and meaning in the modern world. An exploration of Christianity in every faction of American life, from the bread line to the yoga studio, from the humble churches of snake handlers to the mega churches of the ex-urbs. Christian cowboys, bikers and musicians, comedians, surfers and cage-fighters, they are all doing it for Christ.
Follows a pioneering American team's ground-breaking attempts to decipher the legendary explorer's last diary. By digging out these forgotten pages, they began an incredible journey inside the mind of this extraordinary 19th-century adventurer. The original pages contain a secret, hidden until now: is it possible that Livingstone, a crusader for the abolition of slavery, worked with slaves?
Explore the heart of the Amazonian rainforest, celebrate Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, visit the glaciers of Patagonia, scale volcanoes, wander through the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and the Lost City of the Tayrona, trek to Angel Falls or tango till dawn in Buenos Aires! Globe Trekker's Ultimate South America three-DVD Set offers all these experiences and more!
A ferocious, funny, and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend still belting out Sondheim numbers at age 87, the documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner both on stage and off. The film captures her immeasurable charm, acerbic wit, and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane.