The Universe: The Mega Collection [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: A&E HOME VIDEO Brand: A&E
Product DescriptionWe once thought ourselves to be at the center of the world, now we know that we are just a small speck in a giant universe.Immerse yourself in an astonishing exploration of space with all five seasons of this epic series from HISTORY. Shot in HD with stunning footage from NASA and packed with state-of-the-art CGI graphics THE UNIVERSE takes viewers on a visually arresting journey across the galaxy to bring the beauty and mysteries of the cosmos a little closer to home. Delve into the cataclysmic events that set the stage for life, and visit sites where Earth s birthing process is still in evidence. Relive astronomical triumphs, from the first crude lenses that were able to magnify celestial bodies to probes that blaze to the most distant planets. See the hottest events in the sky, from colliding celestial bodies to collapsing suns. And venture into the uncharted territory of outer space through the visions, studies, and predictions of scientists and explorers on this journey of cosmic discovery, amazement, and adventure.Now in glorious Blu-Ray, THE UNIVERSE MEGA COLLECTION includes all 63 original episodes of all five seasons of this epic series, plus the feature-length documentary Beyond the Big Bang on 16 discs.Special Features7 Wonders of the Solar System episode in 3DFeature-length documentary: Beyond the Big BangFeaturettes - Meteors: Fire in the Sky, Comets: Prophets of Doom, Ask the Universe, & Backyard Astronomers
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Manufacturer: PBS Model: PBSDBLA600BBR
PROHIBITION, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The film starts with the early history of alcohol in America and examines the 19th-century temperance and progressive movements through the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933. This 6-hour, three part documentary also includes over 2 hours of bonus content. It's hard to comprehend now, but nearly a century ago, Americans were denied both the pleasures and evils of alcohol for a period of almost 14 years--a strange and tumultuous time chronicled in edifying detail in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's Prohibition, a three-part (and three-disc) documentary first broadcast by PBS. Part One, "A Nation of Drunkards," contemplates the lead-up to Prohibition. And a long lead-up it was, as preachers, women alarmed by their husbands' debilitating drunkenness, and others were railing against the evils of drinking nearly 100 years before the 18th Amendment, which banned "the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors," went into effect in January 1920. Calls for temperance in the mid-19th century soon gave way to strident demands for total abstinence, influenced by groups like the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League, along with self-righteous crusaders like Carrie Nation (who wielded a hatchet as she decimated drinking establishments in her home state of Kansas). Once the federal income tax was introduced, ...
Simon Schama's Power of Art
Manufacturer: BBC Home Entertainment Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Beautiful. Fascinating. Emotional. Art is all of the above. But only a few are powerful.Explore the dramatic moments behind the creation of eight masterpieces of painting, sculpture and design.Special Features: Audio Commentaries with Simon Schama, Clare Beavan, David Belton & Andy Serkis Interview with Simon Schama Watching Simon Schama's Power of Art is like taking an Ivy League course in art appreciation, with the folksy but knowledgeable Schama as guide and interpreter. A collection of hour-long films on eight seminal artists and their groundbreaking works, which originally aired on British television, this boxed set is as entertaining as it is enlightening, with Schama doing for Western art what, say, Steve Irwin did for Australian natural history. Eight artists are featured--Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rothko--and each portrait of the artist weaves biography and historical context to help explain the true power of his works. The segment on Van Gogh is, as expected, emotional, yet Schama convincingly portrays Van Gogh as not consumed by madness, but fighting off the episodes with painting. Van Gogh painted one of his most evocative works, Wheat Field With Crows, which even his brother, Theo, recognized was about to put his brother on the artistic map. Yet, as Schama points out, within weeks, Van Gogh had killed himself. "Now why would he want to do that?" Schama muses--and then proceeds to narrate the tormented tale of the answ...
Dior and I
Manufacturer: Paramount Brand: PARAMOUNT - UNI DIST CORP
A thrilling behind the scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand's new Artistic Director. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, director Frederic Tcheng's colorful homage is nothing short of magical.
Civilisation: The Complete Series
Manufacturer: BBC Home Entertainment Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Civilisation: The Complete Series (Repackaged/DVD)The eminent art historian Sir Kenneth Clark was commissioned to write and present an epic examination of Western European culture, defining what he considered to be the crucial phases of its development. Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark would be more than two years in the making, with filming in over 100 locations across 13 countries. The lavish series was hailed as a masterpiece when it was first transmitted in 1969.]]>
Eng. An Empire: Collector Edt
Manufacturer: A&E Entertainment Brand: A & E ENTERTAINMENT Model: 733961256444
The Parthenon. ChichÃ©n ItzÃ¡. The Pyramids. Their scale, complexity, and sheer beauty stand as permanent reminders of the indomitable strength and ingenuity of the human spirit. ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE: THE COLLECTOR S EDITION circles the globe to reexamine history s most magnificent civilizations by surveying the architectural and engineering triumphs they left behind. Beginning more than five-thousand years ago with the mind-boggling construction feats of the ancient Egyptians, the 14 documentaries--including two feature-length specials--in this collection revive the spectacular glory of the past, from the great temples of Greece to the majestic and mysterious Tenochtitlan. Cutting-edge CGI graphics and stunning location footage reanimate the ancient streets of such cities as Carthage and Rome, while expert interviews trace the rise of each empire and the technological achievements that paved the way for their gravity-defying masterpieces.Hosted by Peter Weller, ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE: THE COLLECTOR S EDITION unites each riveting moment of this critically-acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning series to reveal the innovation and infrastructure behind the world s most dazzling empires.This collection features a bonus DVD with four episodes of Where Did It Come From? to see how modern technology s roots trace back to ancient civilizations.BONUS FEATURES: Bonus disc featuring episodes of Where Did It Come From?; Season 1 Behind-the-Scenes Featurette; Egypt Featurettes Inside Look ...
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