New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Free to rock : [how rock & roll brought down the Wall]

February 23, 2018
Pottstown, PA : MVD Visual, [2017]
2 videodiscs (56 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator: Kiefer Sutherland ; participants: Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Elton John, Metallica, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Wide screen.
Bonus features: a 123 minute film called Rockin' the Kremlin: outtakes & original stories behind the making of Free to Rock.
The social history of how western rock music spread like a virus across the Iron Curtain, becoming the symbol of freedom under the Soviet regime. And how it helped end the Cold War.

Steve McQueen : American icon

February 19, 2018
Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Greg Laurie, Barbara Minty McQueen, Stan Barrett and Mel Gibson; narrator, Gary Sinese.
Title from disc label.
Special features: Two extended inteviews with Mel Gibson and Barbara Minty McQueen; special message from Pastor Greg Laurie; behind the scenes look at the original Bullit car.
An avid fan of the actor, and owner of a replica of McQueen's car in the classic film Bullitt, Pastor Greg Laurie hits the road in his mint Mustang, traveling the country in search of the true, untold story of McQueen's redemption-filled final chapters.

Harold and Lillian : a Hollywood love story

February 16, 2018
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Harold Michelson, Lillian Michelson, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola, Danny DeVito.
Special features: Deleted scenes; Lillian's life lessons; Harold's film school seminar : camera angle projection; Storyboarding "The graduate" (short film); U.S. theatrical trailer.
16x9 wide screen (1.78:1).
"Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian, even if they don’t recognize the names. Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversation with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this deeply engaging documentary from Academy Award-nominated director Daniel Raim offers both a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of the unknown talents that help the films we love."--Back cover.

Go, Tigers! [videorecording]

February 16, 2018
New York : Distributed by New Video, [2002]
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dave Irwin, Ellery Moore, Danny Studer.
Special features: Deleted scenes, interview with Chris Spielman, complete 1951 "Touchdown Town" archive news reel, "Where are they now" update with photos, Massillon Hall of Champions Gallery, previously unreleased Go Tigers! trailers, original music from Go Tigers! by Katrina Carlson, filmmaker biography.
Special features: Deleted scenes -- Interview with NFL football star and Massillon native Chris Spielman -- Complete 1951 "Touchdown town" archive news reel -- "Where are they now" update with exclusive photos -- Massillon Hall of Champions Gallery -- Previously unreleased "Go Tigers!: trailers -- Original music from "Go Tigers!" by Katrina Carlson -- Filmmaker biography -- Interactive menus -- Scene selection.
Welcome to Massillon, Ohio, where high school football is nothing short of religion. For the 33,000 people who live there, football is life--a veritable "cradle to grave" experience that begins in the maternity ward where coaches make visits to scout future linebackers, and ends in a customized football casket emblazoned with the Tigers mascot. On the heels of a losing year, the Tigers risk losing football in Massillon altogether, as an upcoming vote on a new tax levy is the only thing that will prevent massive budget cuts and the elimination of the football program.

I am Sam Kinison

February 16, 2018
New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sam Kinison, Charlie Sheen, Corey Feldman, Joe Rogan, Bob Saget, Ted Nugent, Bill Burr, Bill Kinison.
Title from disc label.
16:9 wide screen.
The film looks at the over-the-top stand-up comedian that took the world by storm in the late '80s and early '90s before his tragic and untimely death.

Aida's secrets

February 13, 2018
[Chicago, Illinois] : Music Box Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Title from disc label.
In this moving documentary, the discovery of records from WWII sparks a family's quest for answers as two brothers separated as babies reunite with each other and their elderly mother, who hid more from them than just each other.

The arctic expedition : a historic journey to find the truth

February 13, 2018
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2018]
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
The historic Arctic expedition put climate change on the map. Over 250 scientists from 26 countries searching for the truth. The historic and dangerous journey will be remembered for decades to come.

Rebels on pointe

February 9, 2018
[Brooklyn, New York] : [Distributed by] Icarus Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced by Adobe Productions International, 2017.
Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams and family, this film is the first-ever documentary film celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The notorious all-male, drag ballet company was founded over 40 years ago in New York City on the heels of the Stonewall riots, and has a passionate cult following around the world. The film juxtaposes intimate behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, engaging character driven stories, and dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan.

Last days of Jesus

February 9, 2018
[Arlington, Va.] : PBS Distribution, [2017]
1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.) sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Chris MacPherson ; commentators, Helen Bond, Simcha Jacobovici, Joan Taylor, James Tabor, Barrie Wilson, Tom Holland, Darius Arya, Israel Hershkovitz.
Based in part on the book The lost gospels: decoding the ancient text that reveals Jesus' marriage to Mary the Magdalene, by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson.
The final week of Jesus's life, known as Holy Week, stands at the very center of Christianity. This documentary includes both historical reenactments of Jesus's last days and commentary by historians.

The real animals of Peter Rabbit

February 8, 2018
London : BBC, [2018]
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by David Attenborough.
Title from disc.
With gentle eyes, alert ears, and white-flashed tail, a small furry body hops disarmingly into our affections. Underground, in sand dune, hedgerow, or on clifftop, the secrets of rabbit society at peace and war are revealed.

I called him Morgan

January 26, 2018
1 videodisc (91 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Billy Harper, Jymie Merritt, Bennie Maupin, Larry Reni Thomas, Wayne Shorter, Paul West, Charli Persip, Albert Tootie, Heath Ron St. Clair, Larry Ridley, Al Harrison, Lena Sherrod, Jerry Schultz, Judith Johnson.
In February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This feature documentary by filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together.

Searching for Augusta : the forgotten angel of Bastogne

January 26, 2018
©℗2016, ©2017
1 videodisc (ca. 75 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Joe Ashley ; with Martin King, Col. Robert C. Campbell, Don Naftulin.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
Based on the book: The forgotten angel / Martin King and Michael Collins.
"[This movie] follows the story of Augusta Chiwy, a black Belgian nurse whose volunteer service in a US Army 10th Armored Division medical aid station during World War II's battle of the Bulge exemplifies the best of the human spirit in the worst of times. This incredible story begins with two nurses, Renee LeMaire and Augusta Chiwy, as they treat patients in the Bastogne aid station. Renee was killed on Christmas Eve and became famous as the Angel of Bastogne. Augusta's story was lost to history for 65 years, until military historian and author Martin King searched for her in Brussels. Augusta Chiwy's story is one of courage, compassion, and great individual heroism in the face of bigotry and racial discrimination."--Back cover.


January 25, 2018
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dina Buno, Scott Levin.
Widescreen (1.78:1).
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
Dina's getting married in a few weeks and there's still so much to do. She has to move her boyfriend, Scott, from his parents' house to her apartment, and settle him in to only the second home he's ever had, all while juggling his schedule as an early morning Walmart door greeter. She has to get her dress, confirm arrangements with the venue, and make peace with her family, who remain nervous for their beloved Dina after the death of her first husband.

Black wings

January 25, 2018
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 51 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
For early aviators, conquering the forces of gravity was a daunting challenge. But black aviators had an additional challenge - conquering the forces of racism. Meet the men and women who took to the skies throughout the 20th century, proving to a segregated nation that skin color doesn't determine skill level.

Eight films by Jean Rouch.

January 24, 2018
4 videodiscs : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from container.
"Deluxe 4-disc set ; HD digital restorations" -- Back cover of container.
Disc 1. Mammy water -- (1956, 19 min.) ; The mad masters -- (1956, 29 min.) -- Moi, un noir -- (1959, 74 min.) -- Disc 2. The human pyramid -- (1961, 93 min.) -- The lion hunters -- (1967, 81 min.) -- Disc 3. Jaguar -- (1967, 93 min.) -- Little by little (1971, 96 min.) -- Disc 4. The punishment -- (1964, 64 min.) -- Jean Rouch, the adventerous filmmaker / Laurent Védrine (2017, 55 min.).
"Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Beginning in 1955 with his most controversial film The Mad Masters, through 1969's darkly comic Little by Little, these films represent the most sustained flourishing of Rouch's practice of "shared anthropology," a process of collaboration with his subjects. Astonishing on their own terms, now restored and released for the first time, Eight films by Jean Rouch is essential for anyone interested in better understanding the development of ethnography and the cross-currents of colonialism and post-colonial social change in Africa, as well as documentary film practice, film history, and world cinema as a whole. Included in this box set are eight newly restored films on four discs and a new documentary about Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema, Jean Rouch, "the Adventurous filmmaker" -- Icarus Films website.

What now? Remind me = E agora? Lembra-me

January 24, 2018
[New York, New York] : Cinema Guild, 2014.
1 videodisc (164 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Joaquim Pinto.
Special features: Three short films by Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel: The keeper of herds (2013) (3 min.), Pig of a story (2007) (4 min.), Sol menor (2007) (7 min.); theatrical trailer.
While undergoing a year of experimental drug treatments for HIV and hepatitis C, Portuguese filmmaker Joaquim Pinto looks back at his life in cinema, at his friendships and loves, and at the mysteries of art and nature.

National bird

January 24, 2018
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced as a documentary film in 2016.
Bonus features: Deleted & extended scenes -- Theatrical trailer.
The harrowing journey of three U.S. military veterans who became whistleblowers, determined to break the silence surrounding America's secret drone war. Tortured by guilt for their participation in the killing of faceless terror suspects, and despite the threat of being prosecuted, these three veterans offer an unprecedented look inside this secret program to reveal the haunting cost of America's global drone strikes.

Hollywood's greatest screen legends

January 22, 2018
4 videodiscs (approximately 12 hrs., 13 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc labels.
"50 of the best actresses & actors of all-time"--Container.
disc 1. Katharine Hepburn ; Bette Davis ; Audrey Hepburn ; Ingrid Bergman ; Greta Garbo ; Marilyn Monroe ; Elizabeth Taylor ; Judy Garland ; Marlene Dietrich ; Joan Crawford ; Barbara Stanwyck ; Claudette Colbert -- disc 2. Gracy Kelly ; Ginger Rogers ; Mae West ; Vivien Leigh ; Gloria Swanson ; Olivia DeHavilland ; Rita Hayworth ; Lauren Bacall ; Sophia Loren ; Jean Harlow ; Lana Turner ; Julie Andrews ; Ava Gardner -- disc 3. Humphrey Bogart ; Cary Grant ; James Stewart ; Fred Astaire ; Henry Fonda ; Clark Gable ; James Cagney ; Spencer Tracy ; Errol Flynn ; Gary Cooper ; Gregory Peck -- disc 4. John Wayne ; Laurence Olivier ; Gene Kelly ; Orson Welles ; Kirk Douglas ; James Dean ; Burt Lancaster ; Jack Lemmon ; Paul Newman ; Sidney Poitier ; Robert Mitchum ; Edward G. Robinson ; William Holden.
"Enjoy this timeless documentary collection that pays tribute to the greatest Hollywood screen legends of all time. Featuring 25 male and 25 female stars of the silver screen, go in-depth on their lives and careers as we honor these Tinseltown treasures."--Container.

Why are we fat?

January 18, 2018
Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2016]
1 videodisc (129 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Simon Gault.
Title from disc label.
Obesity is the biggest health crisis on the planet. This documentary explains the reasons for rapid weight gain and looks at what people can do about it.

Earth : one amazing day

January 18, 2018
London : BBC Earth, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Robert Redford ; Mandarin language narrator, Jackie Chan.
Title from disc label.
Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands to exotic jungles. Breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close with a cast of unforgettable characters. Told with humor, intimacy and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendor.


January 18, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 85 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Jeremy Seifert
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2013.
Special features: Bonus interviews -- trailer -- short film: "The scarecrow".
"Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can't gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family's table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?--Film's website.


January 18, 2018
1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Beniamino DiGirolamo, Tatuso Kawamoto, Yves Schutz, Pauline Gagnon, Christophe Grojean.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2013.
Nikolaus Geyrhalter delivers stunning images from inside the immense large hadron collider, the world's largest laboratory for particle physics, operated by world-renowned research organization CERN. Featuring interviews with the leading experts who operate this gigantic machine, the film provides fascinating insights into this complex experimental research institution.

City of trees

January 15, 2018
[Warren, NJ : Passion River Films], [2015]
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring: Charles Holcomb, Michael Samuels, Steve Coleman, James Magruder, Brian Rodgers, Karen Loeschner.
Title from disc label.
During the Great Recession, joblessness exceeds twenty percent East of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. This documentary follows the intimate stories of Charles, Michael, and James, three long-term unemployed residents struggling to gain employment through 'shovel ready' green projects. When stimulus dollars run out, short term idealism clashes with day-to-day survival in the struggle to find a sense of purpose and place in a recovering economy.

VA : the human cost of war

January 11, 2018
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution, [2018]
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ric Burns.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
A broad look at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, examining the organization's history, leadership, structure, funding and relationship to veterans. The film chronicles, in depth and often in wrenching detail, the workings of this crucial but at times beleaguered American institution.

Architects of denial

December 20, 2017
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Widescreen (1.85:1).
Bonus feature: interviews with Montel Williams and Dean Cain.
Though both the historical and modern-day persecution of Armenians and other Christians is relatively uncovered in the mainstream media and not on the radar of many average Americans, it is a subject that has gotten far more attention in recent years. It was during and after World War I that the Ottoman Empire carried out the systematic mass murder of what is estimated by many to be 1.5 million Christian citizens, most of them Armenian, but also Greek and Assyrian Christians.

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