New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

September 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Reagan show

September 21, 2017
[United States] : Gravitas Ventures, [2017]
1 videodisc (74 min.) : sound, color, black &white ; 4 3/4 in.
Ronald Reagan.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
It is an all-archival documentary about the original performer-president's role of a lifetime. Teasing apart the spectacle at the heart of finger-on-the-button global diplomacy, the film follows Ronald Reagan's rivalry with charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, tracing how the Communicator-in-Chief uses his public relations chops to overcome Soviet mistrust, the objections of a skeptical press corps and the looming threat of WW III.

Score : a film music documentary

September 21, 2017
[United States] : Gravitas Ventures
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, Quincy Jones.
This is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives.
Bonus features: Director's commentary ; Interview with James Cameron ; Bear McCreary rocks the Hurdy Gurdy ; Harry Gregson Williams at the piano ; Trailer.
It brings Hollywood's elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world's most international music genre: the film score. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on.


September 21, 2017
New York, New York : Virgil Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Lady Gaga.
Wide screen (1.78).
"How much of your own life are you willing to risk"--Container.
Laura Poitras returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, the film is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high-stakes election year and its controversial aftermath.

Stray dog

September 21, 2017
Oley, Pennsylvania : Bullfrog Films, [2014]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring the Hall and Padilla-Soriano families.
A portrait of a motorcycle-riding, freedom-loving, Vietnam veteran cast in the mold of an outlaw biker. The film follows Stray Dog as he caravans on his Harley with fellow vets to pay tribute to their fallen brothers at the Vietnam Memorial. Meanwhile, back home in southern Missouri where he owns and operates an RV Park populated by a community on the margins, he forges a new life of domesticity with his Mexican wife Alicia.

David Lynch : the art life

September 18, 2017
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Lynch.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Special features: New interview with codirector Jon Nguyen; Plus: a new essay by critic Dennis Lim.
An absorbing portrait of the artist, as well as an intimate encounter with the man himself. From the privacy of his home and painting studio in the Hollywood Hills, a candid Lynch conjures people and places from his past, from his boyhood in Idaho and Virginia to his experiences at art school in Boston and Philadelphia to the beginnings of his filmmaking career in Los Angeles; in stories that unfold like scenes from his movies.

Monkey business : the adventures of Curious George's creators

September 18, 2017
Warren, NJ : Passion River, [2017]
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Sam Waterston.
Title from disc.
The documentary explores the lesser-known tale of George's creators, Hans and Margret Rey. Years later, having heard that Hans was wasting his artistic talents as a bookkeeper in Rio, Margaret traveled to Brazil to persuade him to marry her and do something creative together. Arriving in New York as refugees, they started their life anew and over the next three decades, they created a classic that continues to touch the hearts and minds of children around the world.

The music of strangers : Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

September 18, 2017
[New York, New York] : The Orchard, [2017]
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc.
Over the past sixteen years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music's ability to blur international boundaries, blend disparate cultures, and inspire hope for artists and audiences.

Roaring abyss

September 12, 2017
[Astoria, NY] : Indiepix Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
Ethiopia has over eighty different cultures. With live recordings of music, this film is a voyage of discovery across mountains, deserts, and forests to find the lastinterpreters of traditional Ethiopian music. A search for authenticity which is ncreasingly being pushed aside by electronics and mainstream culture.

Buena Vista Social Club : adios

September 8, 2017
Los Angles, CA : Broad Green Pictures, [2017]
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Manuel 'Guajiro' Mirabal, Guajirito Mirabal, Ibrahim Ferrer.
Title from disc label.
Revisit with the remaining original members of the Buena Vista Social Club and explore their contribution to the unknown history of Cuba.

Abacus : small enough to jail

September 8, 2017
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
Acclaimed director Steve James tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves, and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community, over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Germans & Jews : [history is the memory of a people]

September 8, 2017
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Subtitle from container.
Today, Europe's fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader of Europe as they embrace hundreds of thousands of refugees. This development couldn't have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores Germany's transformation as a society, from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many and we realize that the two people are inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust. Germans and Jews is at once uncomfortable and provocative, unexpected and enlightening.

Barnegie Hall

September 8, 2017
Holland, Ohio : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2017]
2 videodiscs (391 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Host and performer, Verlon Thompson.
Title from disc.
13 episodes on 2 DVDs.
Veteran songwriter and guitar virtuoso Verlon Thompson interviews and performs with some of the most inspiring and talented musicians in the world.

Born in China

September 6, 2017
Burbank, California : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., 2017.
1 videodisc (approximately 79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by John Krasinski.
Title from disc.
Venturing into the wilds of China, it captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.

Festival : [folk music at Newport, 1963-1966]

September 1, 2017
[United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in.
Joan Baez, Horton Barker, Fiddler Beers, Johnny Cash, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul And Mary, Pete Seeger.
Title from disc label, subtitle from container.
Aspect ratio, 1.33:1.
From 1963 to 1966, Murray Lerner visited the annual Newport Folk Festival to document a thriving, idealistic musical movement as it reached its peak as a popular phenomenon. Shooting in gorgeous black and white, Lerner juxtaposes performances with snapshot interviews with artists and their fans, weaving footage from four years of the festival into an intimate record of a pivotal time in music, and in American culture at large.

A farmer's road

September 1, 2017
1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Leslie Cooperband, Wes Jarrell, Alisa Demarco, Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard, Paul Virant.
This disc is a recorded DVD and may not play in all DVD players or drives.
DVD release of the 2015 motion picture.
"Two PhD soil scientists trade the security of academic tenure at a world-renowned research institution for the relentless challenges and economic uncertainty of operating a Grade A goat dairy and farmstead creamery in central Illinois. Using milk from their herd of Nubian and LaMancha goats, Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell, proprietors of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, produce artisan goat milk cheese, gelato, and cajeta, which are showcased during bi-weekly slow food dinners on the farm. The film follows them over a four-year period capturing the transformation of a previously cash grain landscape into diversified perennial crops and livestock while they strive to embody the core principles of sustainability -- environmental stewardship, economic viability, and social responsibility. As they engage with the community at farmer's markets, on-site dinners and breakfasts, and agricultural assemblies, their mission to educate the public about the benefits of locally-sourced small-farm products is literally changing the American food system one meal at a time" -- Container.

Ashton Harrison : the road to 24

August 31, 2017
[United States] : Soundview Media Partners, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 59 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ashton Harrison, Tom Long, John Doonan.
Title from disc.
Aston Harrison is a Georgia girl. She loves her family, has a soft spot for rescue dogs, and oh yes...she's also a professional race car driver routinely hitting wicked speeds! Join her as she negotiates the male-dominated world of professional racing with her signature pink roll cage in this fusion of Mazdar racing history and her personal journey.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars : the motion picture

August 29, 2017
Burbank, CA : Warner Music Group
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansy.
Special features: Commentary by director D.A. Pennebaker and music producer Tony Visconti ; liner notes by Pennebaker -- DVD ROM section includes calendar, screen saver, desktop pictures, desktop icons and weblinks.
"The Ziggy Desktop Themes work best for Win 98/2000/NT/XP"--ReadMe.Doc on DVD-ROM.
Songs. Hang on to yourself -- Ziggy Stardust -- Watch that man -- Wild eyed boy from Freecloud -- All the young dudes -- Oh! You pretty things -- Moonage daydream -- Changes -- Space oddity -- My death -- Cracked actor -- Time -- The width of a circle -- Let's spend the night together -- Suffragette City -- White light/white heat -- Rock 'n' roll suicide.
David Bowie's last performance as Ziggy Stardust, his androgynous alter ego, shot in 1973.

Seasons = Les saisons

August 29, 2017
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Program content: ©2015.
Optional music & effects only audiotrack.
Extra features: Behind the seasons : behind the scenes -- Filmmaker panel discussion from LA premiere -- The orchestra of Seasons -- Production featurettes -- Animated image gallery -- Theatrical trailer.
After traveling the world alongside migrating birds and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground: the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age.

The champions

August 29, 2017
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD release of the 2015 motion picture.
Special features: Deleted & extended scenes -- Theatrical trailer.
Examines the fate of pit-bulls rescued from NFL quarterback Michael Vick's much-publicized dog-fighting operation. Originally believed by authorities to be too dangerous to be permitted to continue living, the dogs were eventually transferred to an animal shelter in Utah for rehabilitation.

To be a Miss

August 25, 2017
[Warren, New Jersey] : Passion River, [2017]
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
A feature-length documentary journey that takes the viewer through the inner workings of Venezuela's beauty factory, exploring the hopes and dreams of young models as they strive to become the next Miss Venezuela. Following three central protagonists, the film exposes the risks and rewards associated with this multi-billion dollar industry while showing how nationalism, personal ambition, and the influence of mass media have transformed the lives of ordinary women in the country.

Becoming Warren Buffett

August 25, 2017
Burbank, CA : distributed by Warner Home Video
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Widescreen (Aspect ratio, 16:9)
Title from disc label.
The story of the legendary investor who started out as an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska and ended up becoming one of the richest men in the world.

Beware the Slenderman

August 25, 2017
[New York, New York] : HBO Home Box Office, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
16:9 wide screen.
Chilling look at the infamous case in which two twelve-year-old girls in Wisconsin stabbed their friend nineteen times, claiming they were paying tribute to the popular, fictional Internet legend 'Slenderman.'

Citizen Jane : battle for the city

August 25, 2017
[Orland Park, IL] : MPI Home Video, [2017]
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
It is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably, no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects.

Risky drinking

August 25, 2017
1 videodisc (approximately 83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
The cautionary documentary investigates the stages and risks of alcohol abuse, chronicling the lives of several Americans who struggle to keep their drinking habits under control.

Notes on blindness

August 25, 2017
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrators: John M. Hull, Marilyn Hull.
Wide screen (2.35:1)
Audio options include enhanced version of soundtrack.
Documents theologian John Hull's experience of going blind in 1983, when he began recording a diary on audiocassette.

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