New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

May 26, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

American epic

May 25, 2017
[Arlington, VA] : PBS Distribution, [2017]
2 videodiscs (approximately 310 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Robert Redford.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
disc 1. The big bang ; Blood & soil ; Out of the many, the one --disc 2. The American epic sessions.
From executive producers T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford and Jack White, this is the story of early American recorded music when the musical strands of a nation first combined to spark a cultural renaissance that forever transformed the future of music and the world. Also includes a feature-length film of in-studio sessions, with leading contemporary artists recording early American music on a restored 1920s recording machine.

The story of J.R.R. Tolkien : master of the rings

May 25, 2017
Chicago, IL : Questar, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 2 hr.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Prescilla Tolkien, Father John Tolkien, J. R. R. Tolkien.
Title from disc label.
From his early life to his experiences in World War I to his insightful gaze at the enormous tidal forces of World War II, we gain a new perspective of his creativity in language and storytelling on an epic scale.

Seed : the untold story

May 25, 2017
1 videodisc (approximately 94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona LaDuke and Raj Patel.
Widescreen (16:9).
Bonus features : One-hour version; extra scenes; theatrical trailers.
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 percent of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

Murder rap : inside the Biggie and Tupac murders.

May 24, 2017
[Brooklyn, NY] : FilmRise, ©2016.
1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Features Tupac Shakur, Mike Tyson, Snoop Dogg, Kidada Jones, Quincy Jones.
Videodisc of the original 2015 motion picture.
Based on the book "Murder rap : the untold story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur murder investigations" by Greg Kading.
Murder rap -- September 7th, 1996 -- March 7th, 1997 -- Labyrinth -- Duane "Keffe D" Davis -- Interview -- Sean "Puffy" Combs -- Las Vegas -- Aftermath -- Wardell "Poochie" Fose.
The inside story behind the Biggie and Tupac murder investigations is laid bare using police case files, taped confessions never before shown on film, and interviews with lead detective Greg Kading and other witnesses.

Shake the dust

May 24, 2017
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2017]
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Karim Lokwa.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: Deleted scenes; Making of; Trailer.
Documentary that tells the stories of break dancers from conflicted third-world communities around the globe.

Marinoni : the fire in the frame

May 19, 2017
[Montréal, Québec] : Tekno, [2016?]
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Giuseppe Marinoni.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman. But after years hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him. Today, at age 75, Marinoni is back in top shape, and decided to attempt the world hour record for his age group, all on a bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago.

A small good thing

May 19, 2017
New York, NY : Kino Lorber
1 videodisc (72 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Tim Durrin, Sean Stanton, Pete and Jen Salinetti, Shirley Edgerton, Mark Gerow.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Bonus features: Deleted scenes; Trailer.
Follows several people in Western Massachusetts who share a deep desire to have more meaning in their lives, a closer bond with their families and communities, and a connection to themselves and the natural world.

Keep quiet

May 18, 2017
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2017]
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Csanad Szegedi.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
An anti-Semitic far right politician's astonishing transformation after finding out he is Jewish.

The war room

May 18, 2017
[New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2012]
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Bill Clinton, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala, Bob Boorstin, Michael Donnilon, Jeff Eller, Stan Greenberg, Mandy Grunwald, Harold Ickes, Mickey Kantor, Mary Matalin, Mitchell Schwartz.
Originally released as a documentary in 1993.
Accompanying booklet includes an essay Being there by Louis Menard.
The 1992 presidential election was a triumph not only for Bill Clinton but also for the new breed of strategists who guided him to the White House and changed the face of politics in the process. For this thrilling, behind-closed-doors account of that campaign, the filmmakers closely followed the brainstorming and bull sessions of Clinton's crack team of consultants. Fleet-footed and entertaining, this is a vivid document of a political moment whose truths still ring in our ears.

John Bunyan : the people's pilgrim

May 15, 2017
Worcester, PA : Vision Video, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 50 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Presented by Andrew Harrison.
The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan, is one of the most famous and influential works of English literature. Since its first publication in 1678, it has never been out of print and is reported to have sold more copies than any other book except for the Bible. But who was the man behind this great work? This docudrama reveals the story of John Bunyan's life, his personal struggles, his triumphs, and his remarkable legacy. The uneducated son of a tinker, Bunyan survived the horrific English Civil War only to be jailed during an era of great religious persecution. From his jail cell Bunyan wrote his great allegory of the Christian life. -- publisher's description.

They call us monsters

May 15, 2017
[United States] : BMP Films, [2016]
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Juan, Jared, and Antonio, all between fourteen and sixteen, face decades in prison. To pass the time, they sign up for a screenwriting class and collaborate on a short film about their lives, including Juan's unrequited love for his childhood friend, Abigail. Halfway through the class, Antonio returns to juvenile court and gets released with time served. Back home, he struggles to avoid the same patterns that first got him locked up. Meanwhile, the realities of Jared and Juan's crimes set in.

Victorian slum house

May 8, 2017
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2017]
2 videodiscs (approximately 300 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Host, Michael Mosley.
Wide screen (16 x 9)
Title from disc label.
disc 1. 1860s ; 1870s ; 1880s -- disc 2. 1890s ; 1900s.
In this landmark living history series, a Victorian tenement in the heart of London's East End has been painstakingly brought back to life. Host Michael Mosley joins a group of 21st century families as they move in and experience the tough living and working conditions of the Victorian poor.

I am not your negro

May 3, 2017
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson ; featuring James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Dick Cavett, Ray Charles, George W. Bush.
Widescreen (16x9, 1.85)
Based on James Baldwin's unfinished book, "Remember this house."
Master documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. A journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.

Harry and Snowman

May 3, 2017
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a documentary in 2015.
Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck that was bound for the glue factory. Harry paid 80 dollars for the horse and named him Snowman, and in less than two years, the team went on to win the triple crown of snow jumping, beating the nation's top pedigree horses and wealthiest socialites.

Poured : a lesson in D.I.Y.

May 3, 2017
1 videodisc (29 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: Bonus montage (over 8 min. of Bridge skating); teaser; trailer; Poured drinking game.
Originally produced as a documentary film in 2014.
With the full support of the Mayor and City Hall, a group of skateboarders in northern Kentucky manage turning their guerilla-style, do-it-yourself, ramp-building project into the community's first public skatepark. Profiles the "Bridge" skatepark located in Newport, Kentucky.

Mifune : the last samurai

April 26, 2017
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Keanu Reeves ; interviewees, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese.
Wide screen.
Inspired by the book Samurai : hyoden Mifune Toshio, by Michiko Matsuda.
A new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made sixteen remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood's breakthrough, A Fistful of Dollars.


April 26, 2017
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Sergei Polunin.
Anamorphic wide screen (1.78:1).
Special features: Deleted scenes -- Trailer.
Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.

Merchants of doubt

April 26, 2017
Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2015]
1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
With Stanton Glantz, Helmut Wakeham, Sam Roe, Patricia Callahan, James Hansen, John Passacantando, Bill O'Keefe, Naomi Oreskes, Fred Singer, Bob Inglis, Jamy Ian Swiss.
Inspired by the book Merchants of doubt, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway.
Follows several for-hire scientific experts that are regularly featured in the media speaking about threats to the public from various environmental and man-made events.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds : one more time with feeling

April 26, 2017
℗2016, ©2017
2 videodiscs (122 min.) : sound, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Special features: 3 exclusive short films, Boredom, Do you pray, Snowman.
Originally released as a documentary in 2016.
Musical selections : Jesus alone -- Girl in amber -- Magneto -- Anthrocene -- I need you -- Distant sky -- Skeleton tree -- Deep water.
Andrew Dominik's One More Time with Feeling is a black-and-white documentary which chronicles the creation of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' album 'Skeleton Tree'. Originally a perfomance based concept, the film evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Also features live performances by the band in the studio.

Before the flood

April 20, 2017
Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox, [2017]
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Leonardo Dicaprio.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Bonus features: 5 thing to know about the warming Arctic; Deleted scenes.
A documentary presenting a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions individuals and society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on this planet.

Two black men a week

April 18, 2017
New York, NY : Shami Media, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 49 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Every week, at least two black men are murdered by the police force in the United States of America.


April 17, 2017
[United States] : FilmRise, [2017]
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dominic Rodriguez, Gary Matthews, Samuel 'Uncle Kage' Conway.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
Approaching a community beset by so many rumors and misconceptions is no easy task. Presented here is a whistleblower film that oscillates between the fantastic and the unusual, with moments of awe and wonder slapped against harsh reality. Delight in infiltrating the fun and sometimes dark secrets of an escapist group. Whether or not you've heard of furry fandom, this documentary transcends its bizarre premise to tell a universal story of identity and community.

Buena Vista Social Club

April 13, 2017
[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in..
Buena Vista Social Club.
Wide screen (1.77:1).
Originally released as a documentary in 1999.
Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba's brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected brush with world fame.

John Lewis : get in the way

April 11, 2017
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
Follow the courageous journey of John Lewis, a civil rights hero, congressional leader, and human rights champion whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years. The son of sharecroppers, Lewis grew up in the segregated South and rose from Alabama's Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill. His humble origins have forever linked him to those whose voices often go unheard.


April 11, 2017
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Three years after the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, CT that took the lives of twenty elementary school children and six educators on December 14, 2012, the small New England town is a complex psychological web in the wake of yet another act of mass killing at the hands of a disturbed young gunman.

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