New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

April 11, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Russia's open book : writing in the age of Putin.

April 10, 2014
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Host, Stephen Fry.
Title from web page and disc surface.
Tells the story of America and Europe's love of Russian literature and introduces audiences to a new generation of Russian writers. With readings by host Stephen Fry, this program features writers such as Dmitry Bykov, Mariam Petrosyan, Zakhar Prilepin, Anna Starobinets, Vladimir Sorokin and Lyudmila Ulitskaya.

Urgh! [videorecording] : a music war

April 10, 2014
Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [2010]
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1982.
Includes trailer.
Driven to tears (the Police) -- Back in flesh (Wall of Voodoo) -- Danced (Toyah Willcox) -- Health fanatic (John Cooper Clarke) -- Enola Gay (Orchestral Manoevres) -- I'm on fire (Chelsea) -- Ain't this the life (Oingo Boingo) -- The puppet (Echo & the Bunnymen) -- Foolish I know (Jools Holland) -- Respectable street (XTC) -- Total eclipse (Klaus Nomi) -- Where's Captain Kirk? (Athletico Spizz 80) -- We got the beat (Go Go's) -- Bleed for me (Dead Kennedys) -- Ku Klux Klan (Steel Pulse) -- Down in the park (Gary Numan) -- Bad reputation (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) -- Model worker (Magazine) -- My beach (Surf Punks) -- Offshore banking business (the Members) -- Come again (Au Pairs) -- Tear it up (the Cramps) -- Valium (Invisible Sex) -- Birdies (Pere Ubu) -- Uncontrollable urge (Devo) -- Nothing means nothing anymore (the Alley Cats) -- Cheryl's going home (John Otway) -- He'd send in the army (Gang of Four) -- Homicide (999) -- Shadowline (the Fleshtones) -- Beyond and back (X) -- Sign of the cross (Skafish) -- Madame Medusa (UB40) -- Roxanne ; So lonely (the Police) -- Aria (Klaus Nomi).
Filmed in 1980 at a variety of locations and venues, this documentary presents 30 different performances nonstop, featuring both well-known and lesser-known bands, and captures some of the emerging New Wave and punk acts of the day.

Winged planet : an earth flight film

April 4, 2014
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video.
1 videodisc (approximately 94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by David Tennant.
"BBC Earth."
State-of-the-art technology and innovative techniques show the world from an amazing aerial perspective. Viewers can fly along with snow geese dashing through Monument Valley and New York City. Watch Macaws racing through the rainforest, vultures soaring miles above the earth, and more.


April 2, 2014
[London?] : BBC Video, [2014]
2 videodiscs (360 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, David Tennant.
Title from web page.
Narrated by David Tennant, this exhilarating adventure was filmed over four years and forty countries with help from camera-carrying birds, drones, paragliders and remote-countrol microflight planes. This wondrous aerial spectacle will make your spirits soar!

When Jews were funny

March 28, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2013]
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Rodney Dangerfield, Gilbert Gottfried, Marc Maron, Shecky Greene.
Title from disc surface.
Special features: Shecky calls Jack; Name that tune; "Kennina Hurra"; Shecky Mania; Jewish joke medley.
Insightful and often hilarious, it surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borscht Belt to the present, ultimately exploring not just ethnicity in the entertainment industry, but also the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish. Popular comedians from the past and present provide an abundance of surprising opinions and witty humor.

An unreal dream : the Michael Morton story

March 28, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2013]
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Special features: SXSW preiere highlights; highlights from for DA Ken Anderson's "Court of inquiry" and subsequent plea deal; news on serial killer Mark Alan Norwood's trial & verdict; festival Q&A with director Al Reinert, Michael Morton, and pro bono attorney John Raley; "Whispering hope" music video from the soundtrack to "An unreal dream".
In 1986 Michael Morton's wife Christine is brutally murdered in front of their only child and Michael is convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, estranged from his son, he has years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate. Though he is virtually invisible to society, the innocence Project and Michael's pro bono attorney spend years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene.

Legacy of Jesus : the bloodline of the Nazarene

March 26, 2014
1 videodisc (213 min) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Researchers include Hugh Montgomery, Tim Wallace-Murphy, Dan Green, Philip Gardiner.
Duration on container: 230 min.
The real bloodline : the sacred teachings of Tim Wallace-Murphy ; the truth behind the da Vinci code (56 min.) -- God kings: the descendents of Jesus traced through the Odonic and Davidic dynasties (ca. 73 min.) -- The murder of Mary Magdalene : genocide of the holy bloodline (ca. 83 min).
"The information revealed in this presentation comes from the scholars that provided the core knowledge for Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci code.' It is this core knowledge which has become legendary in the world of the illuminati and conspiracy theorists..."--Container.

Wale : the greatest story never told

March 25, 2014
1 videodisc (50 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Rebecca Smith.
Title from container.
"Wale is one of the most passionate talents in hip hop. His introspective lyrics, and unpredictable delivery, are a reflection of his creative genius. He's been through tragedy, betrayal, and controversy. In this exclusive documentary we chronicle the life of one of the most misunderstood figures in hip hop. Wale!"--Back cover.

Five days in September [videorecording] : the rebirth of an orchestra

March 25, 2014
[Toronto] : Rhombus Media, c2005.
1 videodisc (72 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Renée Fleming ; Emanuel Ax ; Yo-Yo Ma ; Peter Oundjian, conductor ; Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
"The inner workings of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra during the opening days of its first season with maestro Peter Oundjian."--Container.

Who needs affordable housing in Greater Cincinnati [videorecording]

March 24, 2014
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Affordable Housing Advocates, c2013.
1 videodisc (13 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Alicia B. Townsend.
Includes "Discussion Guide" sheet to be utilized by teachers, housing advisers, urban planners, youth and community agencies, public housing departments, church groups and community councils.
Explores the myths and realities of affordable housing.

Alice's ordinary people [videorecording]

March 21, 2014
Evanston, Ill. : Imagine Video Productions, c2012.
1 videodisc (ca. 56 min.) : sd., col. & b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
"Shorefront collects, preserves and educates people about Black history on Chicago's suburban North Shore"--Container.
This documentary features Alice Tregay, an ordinary Chicago woman who stood up in injustice in her community.

Let the fire burn [videorecording]

March 19, 2014
[New York] : Zeitgeist Films, c2013.
1 videodisc (approx. 95 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Videodisc release of the motion picture produced in 2013.
Extra features: Michael Ward interviews -- Director Q&A -- Theatrical trailer.
Comprised of found footage and sound bites, Let the fire burn describes the conflict between the Black Power group MOVE and the people and city government of Philadelphia, culminating in the armed standoff of May 13, 1985, in which one police officer and eleven MOVE members were killed, ending when Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on the row house that served as MOVE headquarters.

The house I live in

March 18, 2014
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Nannie Jeter, David Simon, narrators.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Extras: Overcrowding; Self soothing; Private prisons; Jury nulification; Work defines us.
For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than 20 states, it captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels, the dealer to grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, revealing profound human rights implications.

Britten's children

March 17, 2014
1 videodisc (90 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Various artists.
"'A brave and beautiful film' The Times"--Container.
Children and childhood fascinated Britten throughout his life and inspired some of his greatest music. John Bridcut's compelling film sheds light on the composer's own inner child through interviews with several of Britten's former companions and muses, including his 'Young Apollo', Wulff Scherchen, and David Hemmings, the first boy to play Miles in The Turn of the Serew.

Britten's endgame

March 17, 2014
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
John Bridcut, narrator ; with various artists.
Liner notes by John Bridcut (7 pages) inserted in container.
As he withdrew from the public eye in his later years, Britten re-dedicated himself to composition with an intensity that defied his failing health. Featuring contributions from a host of friends and collaborators, John Bridcut's documentary examines the autobiographical impulses behind masterpieces including Death in Venice and the Third String Quartet, tells the inside story of Britten's battle with heart disease and reveals his "late period" as one of the twentieth century's bravest artistic achievements.

The Beatles : [dvd] the first U.S. visit.

March 17, 2014
Hollywood, CA : EMI/Capitol, p2003.
1 dvd (81 min.) : sd., b&w ; 12 cm.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1994.
Features: director commentary, making of featurette.
Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #1). All my loving -- Till there was you -- She loves you -- I want to hold your hand -- Washington Coliseum. I saw her standing there -- I wanna be your man -- She loves you -- Ed Sullivan Show (Miami). From me to you -- This boy -- All my loving -- Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #2). Twist and shout -- Please, please me -- I want to hold your hand.
Footage from the Beatles arrival in the United States.

The pervert's guide to cinema. Parts 1, 2, 3 [videorecording]

March 13, 2014
[London] : P Guide, c2006.
1 videodisc (150 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Presented by Slavoj Žižek.
Part one (49 min.) -- Part two (55 min.) -- Part three (46 min.).
"A film about cinema itself, with close readings of some of the most intriguing and celebrated films in cinema history. Serving as guide is the charismatic Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek, who delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves. Structured in three parts, the Pervert's Guide To Cinema offers an introduction to Žižek's ideas on fantasy, reality, sexuality, subjectivity, form and desire. In a striking visual leap, director Sophie Fiennes immerses Žižek into the scenes he discusses. Whether he is unraveling the films of David Lynch, or overturning everything you thought you knew about Hitchcock, Žižek illuminates the screen with his passion, intellect and unfailing sense of humour"--Container.

Eminem : the Marshall plan.

March 11, 2014
2 videodiscs (144 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Eminem, interviewee ; additional participants.
Title from container.
"This set is not sanctioned by Eminem."--Container.
"It's now almost 20 years since the artist formerly known as Marshall Mathers III entered the music industry and changed the face of rap almost overnight. Two decades on Eminem is back with what promises to be a return to the raw form of his early records and live shows when he was unafraid, dangerous and yet knew exactly who to offend and where to draw the line. This two disc set traces the history of Eminem's career by way of, firstly a DVD documentary covering his rise to the top of the entertainment business, and a second disc overflowing with video interviews with the man himself, taken from across his career to date and during which he tells it like it was and how it is and comes over with full honesty, proper intelligence and often, a - perhaps unexpected - wisdom, although rarely without at least a hint of the subtle humour that has shadowed most of his output."--Publisher's description.

Puppy party [videorecording]

March 11, 2014
[Burbank, Calif.] : LongNeedle Entertainment LLC ; [Dallas, Tex.] : Distributed by NCircle Entertainment, c2009.
1 videodisc (ca. 70 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator Eric Schwartz ; music Dana Kaproff.
Using footage of puppies, teaches facts about more than 25 dog breeds.

The age of enlightenment [videorecording]

March 10, 2014
San Francisco, CA : Cerebellum, [2008]
1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator: Greg Heimer.
This disc is a recorded DVD and may not play in all DVD players or drives.
The "Enlightenment", which began in France, spread to other countries in Europe and then to America, shifted thinking from reliance on the Church to self-reliance. It fostered a change from blind faith to inquiring minds. It encouraged the investigation of new ideas. It gave fuel to both the French and American Revolutions. The Enlightenment may not have left physical evidence behind, like the pyramids of Egypt or the Coliseum of Rome, but it has left an intellectual heritage which is unquestionable in its importance. It is a period of history intrinsically French in its origins but predominately American in its impact. Scholars of the Enlightenment from Yale University and UCLA share their insights in this video.

Sick birds die easy

March 7, 2014
1 videodisc (circa 87 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 sound disc (51 minutes : digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Special features: filmmaker and apocalypse commentaries ; alternative and deleted scenes ; the Tatayo Collection ; behind the scenes featurette ; offical storyboard/online ; making of the apocalypse commentary ; official teasers and trailers.
Accompanying compact disc includes the soundtrack to the film by Sam Martin.
"Exploring white privilege, magical realism, and the apocalypse, Director Nik Fackler takes a drug addled conspiracy theorist, an entitled musician, and an American film crew into the jungles of Africa, searching for Iboga, a potent psychedelic plant said to have the ability to heal addiction. What initially begins as a trip towards enlightenment, becomes a hilarious attempt at maintaining sanity." -- MVD Visual website.

Drake [videorecording] : started from the bottom

March 7, 2014
New York : Meldose Media, 2013.
1 videodisc (ca. 86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Rececca Smith ; Drake.
The gifted child that paved his way to becoming a rap legend. His unwavering work ethic has allowed him to sell over five million albums worldwide. He has received numerous nominations and awards from the music industry, and is considered one of the top MC's of all time. He has been through beefs, tragedy, betrayal, adversity, and major scrutiny.

Our fires still burn [videorecording] : the Native American experience

March 6, 2014
[Michigan] : Audrey Geyer/Visions, c2013.
1 videodisc (57 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"This exciting and compelling one hour documentary DVD invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the U.S. Midwest. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society." --Back of container.


March 5, 2014
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ed Stoppard, Henry Goodman ; Samuel West, narrator of documetary.
Title from container.
Originally produced for television in 2011.
The remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped turn the tide of the Second World War. Instead of receiving accolades, he faced terrible persecution. In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide. He was only 41 years old.

Herman's house [videorecording]

March 4, 2014
[New York] : First Run Features, 2012.
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Herman Wallace, Jackie Sumell.
Special features include: bonus videos ; filmmaker biography ; film gallery.
The injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art are explored in Herman's House, a feature documentary that follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and one of America's most famous inmates as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project.

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