Monarchy Complete Collection
Manufacturer: Athena Brand: PBS
Â â€œDelightful and informativeâ€ â€”San Francisco Chronicle See this U.K. broadcast edition with episodes not seen on PBS documenting a 1,500-year history of power, passion and glory. Over more than a millennium, the British monarchy has survived brutality, betrayal, and bloodshed to emerge as the oldest functioning political institution in Europe. Join eminent historian David Starkey (The Six Wives of Henry VIII) as he probes the personalities of the men and women who wore the crown. Meet the Anglo-Saxon king Offa, who ruled more like a mafioso than a monarch; Henry VIII, who cultivated celebrity like a modern rock star; and Victoria, who remade the monarchy into the model of middle-class morality. Through it all, visit the very sites where history happened: Hastings, Bosworth Field, the Tower of London, and more. In this captivating 16-part series, Starkey advances a unifying narrativeâ€”the dynamic tension between authoritarian order and rule by consent of the governedâ€”that makes Britain unique among the worldâ€™s nations. An honorary fellow at Cambridge University and a member of Londonâ€™s Society of Royal Antiquaries, David Starkey (CBE) has taught history at the London School of Economics, written more than a dozen books, and presented many acclaimed television documentaries.
The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club
Manufacturer: Nick Spark Productions LLC
Winner of an Emmy and multiple film festival awards including Best Documentary Film and Audience Awards in 2010, The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club is a fun-filled documentary romp through the life of one of the most colorful and accomplished female pilots of the early 20th Century. Florence ''Pancho'' Barnes was the first woman stunt pilot in Hollywood in 1929 and shattered Amelia Earhart's air speed record in 1930. In the 1940's and 50's, Pancho entertained the greatest test pilots in the world, the men with the right stuff at the infamous ''Happy Bottom Riding Club'' guest ranch near Edwards Air Force Base. When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 in 1947, he partied with Pancho. A friend of the fast and the famous, Pancho Barnes was a swaggering, forceful, ill-behaved woman whose exploits and accomplishments are truly the stuff of legend. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and film footage and interviews with many of Pancho's friends including astronaut Buzz Aldrin and famed test pilots Bob Cardenas, Bob Hoover and Chuck Yeager, The Legend of Pancho Barnes is an unforgettable, exciting, and poignant romp through aviation history. Narrated by Tom Skerritt, with Kathy Bates as the voice of Pancho Barnes. This multi-award-winning film has screened throughout the United States on public television (PBS), in Australia, and in nearly a dozen film festivals. Celebrated within the aviation community, it was spec...
Black in Latin America
Manufacturer: PBS Brand: Unknown
In a style similar to ""Wonders of the African World"", Skip Gates will travel to places in Latin America where Africa has touched the continent with lasting cultural results to explore what happens when African and Hispanic worlds meet.
Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: FilmRise Brand: Film Rise
By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood. He was the King of Cool and the worldâ€™s most notorious ladiesâ€™ man. Hot off the back of classics like â€œThe Thomas Crown Affairâ€ and â€œBullitt,â€ the racing fanatic began production of his passion project, â€œLe Mans,â€ centered on the 24-hour car race in France. But the infamously troubled production was plagued with financial troubles, on-set rivalries and the starâ€™s own personal issues. This documentary film interweaves stunning, newly discovered footage and McQueenâ€™s private recordings with original interviews to reveal the true story of how this cinema legend would risk everything in pursuit of his dream. Official Selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.This Blu-ray edition includes additional interviews with Steve McQueen's friends, family and colleagues and an exclusive interview with three-time Le Mans Winner, Allan McNish.
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