What better sequel to 1900 HOUSE-–modern family, Victorian home-–than a prequel? In THE FRONTIER HOUSE, three 21st-century families hit Montana, circa 1880-–no off-screen conveniences, set, or cast trailers, just their great-grandparents' world, a thinking man's Survivor. Based on the sweeping success of PBS' 1900 House, producer Simon Shaw applies the same standards of accuracy and authenticity to this imaginative sequel, giving viewers a glimpse into frontier America during the years proceeding the 1882 Homestead Act when land out West was "free for the taking." Appropriately billed a "docu-soap," Frontier House is part of PBS' House Series, blending documentary and reality programming as three modern American families test their grit and resourcefulness during a five month immersion as pioneers in the Montana Territory. The Clune, Glenn, and Brooks families' daily lives are recorded and condensed into six one-hour episodes chronicling the hardships and, in some cases, humor of building cabins, planting gardens, digging outhouses, chopping wood, and tending livestock—all while bearing the strain of close familial living and neighborly interdependence necessary for survival. While the film's bickering between families grows wearisome, narrator Kathryn Walker provides a historical context, explaining that such squabbles were typical of homesteading communities. PBS deserves kudos for its meticulous and painstaking commitment to the highest caliber of credibility, employing a team of historic preservation specialists to attend to every detail of the series. Highlights include the touching, actual wedding of Nate and Kristen Brooks, and a compelling "Making Of" bonus feature that caps the overall effort with charm and appeal. (Ages 8 and older) Lynn Gibson
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Emmy-award nominated Cesar Millan has an uncanny ability to rehabilitate problem dogs of all shapes and sizes. With the major success of his hit show on National Geographic Channel and DVD, Cesar has captured the national spotlight as America's favorite dog expert. Each episode of the Dog Whisperer documents the remarkable transformations that take place under Cesar's guidance by teaching and helping dogs and their owners achieve happier lives together.
THE MANOR HOUSE takes a fascinating look at the grand British class system of the early 1900s. Resembling prior cultural-reality series THE 1900 HOUSE and FRONTIER HOUSE, this unique series includes three distinct classes: aristocratic family, upper servants, and lower servants, who must act according to etiquette, not just the rigors or technical realities of the time. Nineteen contemporary Britons were selected from 8,000 applicants.
Manufacturer: Lions Gate
Brand: LIONS GATE HOME ENT.
If "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" is the Brady Bunch of reality shows, Kim Kardashian is the Marcia. Sexy, self-assured, and totally sweet, the Beverly Hills bombshell-slash-stylist with the famous friends and to-die-for derriere has weathered her share of scandals. Yet she's thrilled to be letting it all hang out as the cameras capture her blended family in action.
Manufacturer: The Weinstein Company
Supermodel Heidi Klum returns to Lifetime as she hosts the hit reality series where aspiring fashion designers compete for a chance to break into the industry. Season 8 is loaded with new challenges and episodes are longer than ever. Features guest judges Selma Blair, Betsey Johnson, Kristen Bell and January Jones.
In this final season, America's favorite housemates all return to their home away from home in Seaside Heights, NJ. The house dynamic is headed into unchartered territory as their lives outside the Shore take off in exciting new directions. While things are definitely a little bit different this time when the cast hits the boardwalk, their trademark hilarity and family dysfunction remain the same.
Manufacturer: Animal Planet
Brand: Meerkat Manor - Season 1 DVD Flower the Meerkat
Triumph and mishap, comedy and tragedy - everything a good story needs, but this one is different, it stars a group of wild meerkats in South Africa. This ground-breaking thirteen part series records the daily lives of a group of meerkats known as "The Whiskers". Using state of the art camera technology above and below ground, and by tracking the group's movements 24 hours a day, the series paints a dramatic picture of a year in their highly complex and social lives. From viscous fights with rival gangs to infighting within the group, snake attacks, births of two dozen pups, and tragic deaths, "Meerkat Manor" includes animal behavior never recorded before. With characters that would be more at home in a real life soap opera, their entangled lives make for addictive viewing. MEERKAT MANOR is All My Children meets Wild Kingdom. The show is narrated by Sean Astin of "Lord of the Rings" and"24."
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Brand: 20TH Century Fox
Bad boys bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Filmed on location with the support of local law enforcement, this popular reality show is now heading into its 21st season. This is your chance to look back as police from various regions and departments pursue, restrain and arrest some of the worst low-lives and dumb criminals ever caught on camera. 2 DVDs. 1989-2008/color/6 hrs., 28 min/R.
Manufacturer: CBS Home Entertainment
Brand: CBS Home Entertainment
Survivor: Panama, the twelfth season in the series, takes place in the Pearl Islands off the hazardous coast of Panama. The tribes are divided four ways, according to age and gender - the Viveros (young men), La Mina (older men), Bayoneta (young women), and Casaya (older women). - creating a game that is equal parts men vs. women as it is wisdom vs. youth. After two of the tribes are dissolved, a “schoolyard pick” forces the castaways to reveal their allegiances and favorites. Reviving the twist originally introduced in Survivor: Palau, this season features “exiles”. Every week one member from the losing tribe is banished to a separate island and given only a machete, a flint and a pot of non-sanitized water to survive the harsh landscape. Despite its dangers, banishment has its perks because somewhere on exile island is the hidden immunity idol. The tension mounts when a medical emergency brings one castaway’s dreams of winning to an abrupt and dramatic end. Discover who will take their place as the sole survivor in this 5-disc DVD set.When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.