New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

December 2, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


December 1, 2016
[New York, NY] : Film Movement, [2016]
1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Hockney.
Title from disc label.
Special features: Director's commentary.
A portrait of David Hockney, legendary artist and an early icon for LGBTQ and AIDS activism.

Backstreet Boys : show 'em what you're made of

December 1, 2016
[Place of publisher not identified] : MVD visual, [2015]
1 videodiscs (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson.
Originally produced in 2014.
Documentary: "Shot over the span of two years as the band prepared for their 20th anniversary re-launch, chronicles their entire career journey up to the making of their 2013 album and their subsequent world tour."--Container.

Breaking a monster : the story of Unlocking the Truth

November 30, 2016
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alec Atkins, Malcom Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins.
Title from disc label.
Extras: deleted scenes; photo gallery.
Bonding over their love of music, three grade schoolers from Brooklyn, Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse, and Jarad Dawkins, spend their weekends playing heavy metal/speed punk in Times Square as "Unlocking the Truth." After the band achieves internet fame, the boys are confronted with the realities that come with being rock stars. The documentary chronicles their first year, as the band enters the very adult world of touring, managers, and a $1.8 million record contract.

City of Gold

November 30, 2016
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Jonathan Gold.
Special feature: Trailer.
Jonathan Gold pulls back the curtain on the perceived superficiality of Los Angeles to show viewers a genuine and vibrant world where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic doorway to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America.

Eat that question : Frank Zappa in his own words

November 30, 2016
1 videodisc (approx. 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Full screen (1.33:1).
Interviews and performances, rare and never-before-seen historic footage of Frank Zappa's 30-year career.

Bayou Maharajah

November 23, 2016
[United States] : Cadiz Recording Company, [2016]
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
James Booker.
Widescreen (1.78:1).
DVD release of the 2013 motion picture.
Explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who Dr. John described as 'the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.' Lily Keber's roller coaster portrait traces Booker's life from his early years as a chart-topping child prodigy, to his star-studded years touring and playing as a sideman, through his outrageous solo career in America and Europe.

Sentimental reflections [videorecording] : America's heritage in story, scenery and song.

November 16, 2016
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Time for school, 2003-2016

November 16, 2016
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
16x9 wide screen.
Time for School puts a human face on a global crisis, by following five children in five countries, from their first days of school through the next twelve years as they try to get a basic education. Told primarily from the point of view of the children and their families.

Minimalism : a documentary about the important things

November 11, 2016
[S.l.] : Catalyst, [2016]
1 videodiscs (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
How might your life be better with less? Minimalism examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life--families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker--all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.

Miss Sharon Jones!

November 8, 2016
1 videodisc (95 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.
Container title.
The inspirational story follows soul queen Sharon Jones during the most courageous year of her life as she battles life-threatening illness and triumphantly returns to center stage.

Journey of dreams

November 7, 2016
Pottstown, PA : MVD Visual, [2016]
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Extras (40 min.): Interviews and rare photos.
The Boston-born 'Low Rock' band Morphine blazed like a comet across the international music scene in the 1990s, rising from local small clubs to indie and major label record deals, high and wide critical acclaim, and packed shows until its singer, songwriter and inventive two-string bassist Mark Sandman died of a heart attack onstage at an Italian music festival on July 3, 1999 at age 46.

Hillary's America : the secret history of the Democratic Party

November 7, 2016
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Dinesh D'Souza.
Title from disc label.
"Based on the books Stealing America and Hillary's America by Dinesh O'Souza"--Container.
The truth about Hillary Clinton and the history that has been kept secret of the Democratic Party.

David Suchet : being Poirot

October 28, 2016
[United States] : Distributed by RLJ Entertainment, Inc., ©2014.
1 videodisc (approximately 62 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Suchet, Stanley Tucci.
DVD; 16:9 widescreen; Dolby Digital stereo.
Bonus: Interviews with David Suchet on Poirot (18 min.) and with Agatha Christie's grandson, Mathew Prichard (33 min.).
After 25 years playing one of television's most beloved characters, David Suchet explores why fans have always gravitated towards the great Hercule Poirot. Suchet shares his experience of portraying the iconic detective as camera crews follow his preparations and join him on set for the final, emotional days of filming. He also returns to Agatha Christie's summer home in Devon--where he met the author's family after first being cast as Poirot--and visits Belgium to explore Poirot's roots and learn what Belgians think about one of their most famous fictional sons. Hosted by Stanley Tucci, this is a must-see documentary for all Poirot fans.

What happened, Miss Simone?

October 25, 2016
New York, NY : Eagle Vision, [2016]
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 audio disc ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally released in 2015.
Features: bonus interviews.
CD. I loves you Porgy -- Don't let me be misunderstood -- I put a spell on you -- Strange fruit -- Sinnerman -- Mississippi Goddam -- Little girl blue -- Don't smoke in bed -- My baby just cares for me -- Lilac wine -- Black is the color of my true love's hair -- Night song -- Nobody knows you when you're down and out -- Feeling good -- Ne me quitte pas.
Profiles the life and career of American singer Nina Simone.

Dogs on the inside

October 24, 2016
1 videodisc (67 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen (16:9)
Program content: ©2013.
"Dogs on the Inside follows the relationships between abused stray dogs and prison inmates working towards a second chance at a better life. In an attempt to re-build their confidence and prepare for a new life outside, these prisoners must first learn to handle and care for a group of neglected strays. This heart-warming story reconfirms the timeless connection between man and dog, showing the resiliency of a dog's trust and the generosity of the human spirit in the unlikeliest of places."--Container.

Almost holy

October 14, 2016
Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Gennadiy Mokhnenko.
Special features: filmmaker commentary; deleted scenes; behind the scenes: attack on our crew; Wild moose visual montage.
Originally produced in 2015.
Gennadiy Mohknenko is a Ukrainian pastor who fights against child homelessness by abducting street kids. His tough love approach has made him a hero to some and a lawless vigilante to others. Can this self-appointed savior save his city?

Life, animated

October 14, 2016
Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Owen Suskind.
Title from disc label
Based on the book by Ron Suskind.
A coming-of-age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship, and brotherhood.

Take me to the river

October 14, 2016
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator: Terrence Howard.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2014.
Bonus features: Historic interview featuring Snoop Dogg with Stax legend William Bell; Be like me--the unseen session video featuring the legendary Bar-Kays with platinum-selling 8Ball and MJG; How I wrote the iconic song "I'll take you there" featuring Stax legend Al Bell.
Documentary celebrating the intergenerational, interracial, and undeniable influence of Memphis, Tennessee on American culture and its music, bringing together award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians for a one-of-a-kind musical project and following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album. Features Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, North Mississippi All-Stars, and others.

Building Star Trek

October 12, 2016
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"A new documentary about a series ahead of its time"--Container.
Against the backdrop of two ambitious projects: rebuilding the bridge and restoring the original USS Enterprise model, a who's who of astronauts, engineers, writers, innovators, as well as the series' stars come together to explore the visionary universe of Star Trek, revealing how one little television show has truly, boldly gone where no show has gone before.

The first Monday in May

October 6, 2016
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Andrew Bolton, Anna Wintour.
Title from disc surface.
Special features: Deleted scenes ; Interview with director Andrew Rossi ; Theatrical trailer ; Also from Magnolia Home Entertainment.
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art introduces a new fashion exhibition with a gala event every year on the first Monday of May. A grand fashion and cultural exhibit fundraiser for the museum's Costume Institute, the event is attended by A-list celebrities. The film gives a behind-the-scenes look at the the exhibition "China: Behind the Looking Glass," conceived and organized by Met curator Andrew Bolton in 2015, and the Met Gala marking the exhibition's opening.

Royal wives at war

October 6, 2016
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Emma, Davies, Gina McKee; narrated by Richard Harrington
Title from disc surface.
A new look at Britain's abdication crisis of 1936. In a series set in 1967, Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson look back at the dramatic events, which led to King Edward VIII giving up the throne for the woman he loved. Combining drama reconstructions, archives, and interviews, follow the intimate and moving story of two strong women drawn into a bitter feud over their husbands.

Cinema's exiles : from Hitler to Hollywood

October 6, 2016
1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Sigourney Weaver.
Program content: ©2007; broadcast as a PBS television documentary in 2009.
When Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, one of his first actions was to ban Jews from working in that country's film industry, praised as the most creative cinema in the world. Men and women who had made landmarks of movie history fled their homeland in the ensuing months and years. Many went to Hollywood. This compelling documentary traces the experiences of the exiles who took refuge in Hollywood, and examines their impact on both the German and the American cinemas. In Germany they had created ground-breaking pictures such as The Cabinet Of Dr Who, Caligari, The Blue Angel and M-The Murderers Among Us. In Hollywood, their influence ranged from the horror genre and film noir, to comedy and drama. With their lush compositions, they changed the role of music in the motion picture. They even made Westerns. Included amongst more than 800 film professionals who escaped to Hollywood in the years between 1933 and 1939 were actors Felix Bressart, Hedy Lamarr and Peter Lorre; directors Fritz Land, Henry Koster, Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnerman ; composers Frederick Hollander, Hans Salter and Franz Waxman and cinematographer Rudy Mate. Not every exile found success in Hollywood. Most never regained the fame they had known in Europe.

Is the man who is tall happy?

October 6, 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry.
Special features: Animating Noam Chomsky (making of); Democracy Now! interview; DOC NYC Q&A; Huffington Post live interview; trailer.
"An animated conversation with Noam Chomsky"--Container.
An animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language.

I am Big Bird : the Caroll Spinney story

October 4, 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Debra Spinney, Jerry Nelson, Emilio Delgado, Dr. Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Joan Ganz Cooney.
Originally produced in 2014.
Extra features include deleted scenes.
For 46 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon.

Presenting Princess Shaw

September 28, 2016
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Samantha Montgomery, Ophir Kutiel.
Special features: Princess Shaw video and clips; Additional music; Theatrical trailer.
Princess Shaw placed her dreams on YouTube. Then they became a reality. This is the extraordinary true story of an aspiring musician down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a magical collaboration that would bring her music to a whole new audience.

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