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121. Biography - Donald Trump - Deal
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121. Biography - Donald Trump - Deal Maker
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He is a modern Midas who has elevated the business of deal-making toan art form and came to epitomize a glitzy, greedy era, only to see his fortune and famethreatened by changing times.By the age of 40, Donald Trump was one of New York'smost successful real estate developers.The epitome of '80s glamour, he had a highprofile wife, a lavish lifestyle and public adulation.But as the decade ended, it seemedthat his luck went with it.Here is the story of his incredible rise, decline and improbablerebirth as a mogul for the '90s.It is a fascinating look at the life and times of the manwhose name has become a symbol of wealth and status Donald Trump. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Donald Trump Rules!!
This A&E Biography of the reknowned dealmaker and mult-millionaire and possibly billionaire Donald Trump Rules.It's a must see!!I hope he supports legalized gambling in my economically depressed state of West Virginia!! ... Read more


122. Pandemic - Facing AIDS
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We are all too familiar with the statistics. In the last 20 years, HIV/AIDS has spread across barriers and affected people in every corner of the world. A total of 40 million people worldwide are currently infected with the HIV virus, and that number is g ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars PANDEMIC - A global look at AIDS
Rory Kennedy has done an outstanding job depicting the human face of AIDS in some of the world's most severely afflicted countries. You cannot come away from this film without an added awareness of the scope of this disease and the lives affected by it. It is not, however, a horribly depressing film. While Kennedy has painted a very real picture, she also focuses on the successes now possible with effective prevention, testing, and treatment. Human tenaciousness is alive in every segment and the film balances hope and despair beautifully. I found it riveting and moving - made all the more haunting by Philip Glass's music. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pandemic: Facing A.I.D.S.
This documentary is defintely well worth it. an Eye-Opener in every sense of the word and with the combination of Philip Glass's once again beautiful score writing and facts about the virus, one is not cannot walk away unmoved.

5-0 out of 5 stars If it wasn't for this film¿
We would still have our heads in the sand about this epidemic. We learn how some people became victims, what their familiies thought, who it affected besides themselves, how the world views AIDS. It is really an eye-opener and you will not be able to walk away without your sensitivity to the situation being heightened. The viewer will learn a lot about world history and be faced with a reality that is far from the common. ... Read more


123. NOVA: Crash of Flight 111
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124. Biography - Bill Gates: Sultan of Software
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4-0 out of 5 stars The emphasis on the personal side of Gates
Without a doubt, Bill Gates will go down in history as one of the most influential people of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In this tape, he is rightfully compared to industry titans such as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and John Rockefeller. Each of these people led an industry that was essential to the development of the American economy. Certainly, computing should also be included in this category.
Although some of the events in the life of Microsoft are covered, the majority of the minutes are devoted to the personal life of Bill Gates. He was born into a wealthy family where competition was an essential activity, and it is clear that this is where he acquired his intensely competitive nature. It is hardly a surprise that Trey, which was his nickname, was at times difficult to handle. While he was fortunate in that he was able to work with computers at an early age, it is unreasonable to call him lucky. Clearly, even as a child he exhibited extraordinary vision, something that he retains as he reaches middle age. This is the primary reason why Gates was able to achieve much of his success. All indications are that he is a devoted family man as well. He is shown with his wife and child and there is no question that he is a doting dad.
While all this is interesting on the human level, that is not why we are interested in biographies of Gates. Our interest in him is due to his leadership of Microsoft, a company both admired and reviled. Nearly everyone in industrialized countries is affected by the decisions made by the Microsoft leadership, so we are interested in his business activity and how those decisions are made. This is where the tape is the weakest, as we do not learn enough about the professional side of Gates.
However, overall the tape is worth viewing. We are all the consequences of our childhood and so, to understand Gates and what he is, we start by looking at how he was raised. To out-compete someone, you need to learn about their personal characteristics and from this tape, you can learn some of the fundamentals of the richest person in the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Informative Viewing
This video contains most everything one needs to know to have a basic understanding of the Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates. It chronicles his entire life to the date of filming. My favorite part was the heartfelt interviews with the father of the genius. What Bill Gates has accomplished with his life, is pretty amazing for a man still fairly young. The big question that looms over most of the philanthropic world, is what is Bill Gates going to do with the rest of his life? Possible answers to that question are addressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Inspirational
I thought this was a very inspirational riches to extreme riches book on Bill Gates. Interviews from everyone except Bill Gates on Gates and Microsoft; from the beginning to the present release date. There were a lot of traditional Microsoft euphemisms, but good nonetheless.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of spin but worth the price
As with most of the "Biography" series they put a heavy spin on their reporting. Luckily it favors the subject. This starts off with grandparents and works their wan down to almost this minute. The pictures and other visuals form living locations and friends help you understand what goes into making the Microsoft Empire.

Unfortunately it makes you thing that Microsoft and IBM who were both latecomers to the micro computer field, are the only players in the microcomputer business. In reality IBM was a latecomer and had their machines manufacturing farmed out because they had no expertise. They approached Digital Research for the operating system, as CP/M from Digital Research was the universal operating system for ALL small computers.

You may want to look up books on CP/M before viewing this tape. One book is "CP/m and the Personal Computer" ASIN: 0201103559. Anyway They Digital Research did not trust IBM. So IBM or Bill purchased a CP/M work alike knockoff from a person down the street. Ever sense the original purchase they have incorporated UNIX work alike code to change this MSDOS system to a single user UNIX work alike. ... Read more


125. Biography - William Shakespeare: Life of Drama
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3-0 out of 5 stars Maybe not.
After whetting our appetites with the observation that little is known about the man behind the plays, the A&E team provides a bland, surprisingly unengaging "5-act" biography of William Shakespeare. As the story proceeds, the producers rely more and more on quotations from the plays rather than on any "extrinsic" evidence. The result is a program that confirms what we already knew, or should have known, all along--the life of William Shakespeare is at best a mere footnote to the life of the plays themselves. Credit the producers for not indulging in this series' customary approach and sensationalizing the records (by claiming Shakepeare was really Queen Elizabeth, etc.). On the other hand, teachers and students of Shakespeare, as well as fans of the Bard, may find it difficult to justify an investment of money in a video this slight when, say, Olivier's "Henry V" or Branagh's "Much Ado About Nothing" are available at a comparable price.

3-0 out of 5 stars Heads Up for High School Teachers
As a high school teacher, I found the visuals appealing and representative of the period in which Shakespeare lived. However, I ultimately decided against showing the video in class as it states without substantiation that Shakespeare was involved in a homosexual affair with his patron, the earl of Southampton. I suppose someone has taken the style of writing Shakespeare used in his encomiums to his patron as expressions of sexual ardor rather than the sycophantic flattery which was typical in an age when artistic types were looking for deep pockets to support their career. The Bard may have been "kissing up," as we would say nowadays, but it's doubtful it was in the sense the commentator used. I personally didn't feel it was worth opening that can of worms in our introductory lessons, but depending on one's purpose, others might choose otherwise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the time allotted
At the outset let me correct a typo in your own review -- Shakespeare's only son was named Hamnet (after a friend of the family) and not Hamlet, the title character of one of his more famous plays.

I am currently reading the three-volume set of sixty essays entitled "William Shakespeare -- His World, His Work, His Influence". The perspective this gives is that it is impossible to fully appreciate the individual and his efforts without a good feel for the environment in which he worked. That said, this video biography is, in my view, about as good a job as can be done in 50 minutes.

There is really more than enough material for a documentary series. Ken Burns, are you out there?

5-0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare is a genius
Because of Shakespeare, I am Advanced Placement Literature. I have read all his works and enjoyed them thoroughly. This Bio of him, as with all the others on A&E, is wonderful. He is the best playwrite of the 17th century.

5-0 out of 5 stars William Shakespear
William shakespear is one of the 20th century's greatest writers. Know world wide he is recognized for many great plays and many pieces of art. ... Read more


126. Full Frame Documentary Shorts Vol 2
Director: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
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Another omnibus of notable documentary featurettes, culled from entries in the Full Frame film festival. There are some excellent items here; perhaps the strongest emotional pull comes from the half-hour Album, Barbara Bird's melancholy presentation of her family's Super-8 home movies. Commentary from Bird's now-grown family members casts a disenchanted pall over the happy images of youth. Have You Seen This Man? introduces us to New York conceptual artist Geoff Lupo, who uses telephone-pole ads to peddle individual toothpicks and crackers (to strangely enthusiastic buyers/collectors). Nutria packs everything you'd want to know about an unpleasant rodent infesting Louisiana wetlands into 15 minutes, while Iwo Jima: Memories in Sand is a fairly standard history lesson. Meanwhile, the arty Crowfilm suggests poetic mediation rather than documentary. The disc is not quite as buoyant as the first volume in this series, but there's strong work on display. --Robert Horton ... Read more


127. Thomas Jefferson
Director: Ken Burns
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Revered as the author of the Declaration of Independence, the most sacred document in American history, yet condemned as a lifelong owner of slaves, Thomas Jefferson remains the enigma that is America. Part One: A young Thomas Jefferson from the Virginia wilderness is transformed by the fire of the Enlightenment into his country's most articulate voice for human liberty. Torn between serene family life at Monticello and his passion for politics, Jefferson suffers heartrending personal loss, even as he gives voice to a new era of democratic government. He then journeys to Paris as U.S. Minister to France for George Washington and supports the rising French Revolution. Part Two: Returning from France, Jefferson strives to preserve the new, fragile American government and helps create the first political party through his bitter struggles with the Federalists. As third President of the United States, he doubles the size of the county with the Louisiana Purchase, but faces controversy and scandal, finally retiring to his beloved Monticello. His last years are spent founding the University of Virginia and re-establishing his friendship with John Adams. By the end of his remarkable life, he had advanced the cause of religious, political, and intellectual freedom everywhere and had changed the course of human events. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Good First Start
This Ken Burns film is a good introduction to Thomas Jefferson. It is a remarkable overview of one of the most controversial figures in American history, touching on most of the well known discussions about him, such as, what heretofore were thought to be Sphinx-like, enigmatic characteristics. As this was made several years ago, however, you need to be bring yourself up to date. For example, on the Sally Hemings issue, DNA first was pitched by some as evidence that Jefferson fathered Hemings' children, but currently, it has actually served as proof that he almost certainly did not father Hemings' children. And on Jefferson's enigmatic, Sphinx-like characteristics, a new work by a previously unknown author/researcher by the name of Norman Thomas Remick titled "West Point: Character Leadership Education, A Book Developed From The Readings And Writings Of Thomas Jefferson" is a completely unique approach to understanding Thomas Jefferson that dispels the prior alleged "enigma" and brings Thomas Jefferson into clear focus. It's a must read after watching Ken Burns' wonderful DVD for all who are interested in Jefferson and what it is to be an American.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Ken Burns' triumph...
Six years ago this three hour biography of America's third president was telecasted for the first time on PBS. It should be retelecasted annually on July 4th as part of the annual celebration of the nation's independence.

Gore Vidal and George Will, at the opposite ends of the political spectrum, are among the historians and commentators that appear, reflect and illuminate on the life and ideas of the most contradictory of America's founders.

Like most, if not all, of Ken Burns' productions, "Thomas Jefferson," the program's script/narration is its most distinctive and memorable feature.

I only wish a text of program's script accompanied the DVD.

The appearance and commentary by Black historian John Hope Franklin provides appropriate balance to the program that tends to applaud Jefferson the man, his achievements and contributions.

The fact that Jefferson didn't free his slaves, and/or regularly had sexual intercourse with one of his slaves seem to me easily understood, considering his life and times. I'm not the least bit shocked, and my admiration of Jefferson is not diminished by these facts and/or speculations.

Every American should regularly be introduced to this giant of the American Experience.

"Thomas Jefferson: A Film By Ken Burns" should be every collection of quality DVD documentaries, and shown and studied in all American History classes.

I hope that PBS continues to release all of Ken Burns' productions on DVD.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ken Burns PBS documentary of the great American enigma
This 1996 two-part documentary by Ken Burns provides an introduction to the man who was the third President of the United States but did not feel the position was worth mentioning on his tombstone. When he was 33 years old Thomas Jefferson wrote one of the most famous and important lines in the history of the entire world in the Declaration of Independence and over the next half-century of his life accomplished enough to warrant being on the nickel, Mt. Rushmore, and, ironically given his ability to embrace contradictory positions in his life's work, the $2 bill.

Burns begins the documentary with an anecdote which is the 19th century equivalent of JFK's quip to a 1962 dinner for 49 Nobel laureates that it was "the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House-with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." But the primary focus is on the inherent paradoxes of the man who could write the Declaration of Independence but own slaves, write about their unpleasant body odor, and avoided emancipating them. The charges continue in kind: Jefferson denounced the idea of political parties yet founded the first one, denounced the moral bankruptcy of Europe but enjoyed the gilded Paris salons, deplored a centralized government and then became the chief executive of the nation and doubled its size by buying the Louisiana Purchase.

The thesis of this documentary appears right before Jefferson's name appears at the end of the introduction: "He remained a puzzle, even to those who thought they knew him best, embodied contradictions common to the country whose independence it fell to him to proclaim in words whose precise meaning Americans have debated ever since." The key point here is not just that Jefferson is an enigmatic figure but that his paradoxes are those written in the soul of the nation. It was not until Abraham Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg in November of 1863 that America finally accepted the proposition that "all men are created equal," but it was Jefferson who wrote the proposition. The gap between his vision and his actual achievement as a human being is arguably a defining element of the American spirit.

Do I think that Jefferson fathered children by Sally Hemmings? Yes, I do; the fact that she turned out to be the half-sister of his late wife Martha, along with his promise to Martha on her deathbed that he would never remarry, seems a compelling rationale to explain his behavior, although I would never confuse seeking physical comfort with love. Why did Jefferson never free his slaves? That is the question that will never be known for sure (there is at least enough DNA evidence to show that the Hemmings children were fathered by a Jefferson, whether Thomas or one of his relatives, perhaps his brother Randolph). My best guess at this point would be that he was afraid of what would happen to his slaves if they were freed and sent off into the world out of the reach of his protection. That his economic problems were such that the slaves were sold off after his death is but another contradiction in the long line of those that defined his life.

By now we are as familiar with the method of a Ken Burns documentary the same way we know the conventions of a situation comedy, romance novel, or rock 'n' roll song. The camera studies historic engravings and paintings before shifting to contemporary film taken in all four seasons of Jefferson's Monticello home and other key places from his life. The documentary was written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Jefferson's words are spoken by actor Sam Waterston with Ossie Davis providing the narration. Blythe Danner does the voice of Martha Jefferson, whom she played in the film version of the musical "1776." Many of those who have followed Burns' work will no doubt find much of the music familiar and be reminded from time to time of "The Civil War" and "Baseball."

If there is a failing in this documentary it is that it has trouble doing full justice to Jefferson's words, which in the final analysis are his greatest legacy and testament. The problem is that Jefferson usually wrote on large pieces of paper and the camera cannot capture an entire line, forcing it to rely time and again on showing us a few choice words and phrases. Yet there is no denying the power of those words or of seeing them written in Jefferson's own hand.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to this vital founding father
Given the amount of bashing Thomas Jefferson has taken it is hard to get people today to understand the extremely high regard in which he was held just a few decades ago. This very interesting program examines Jefferson in a way that clearly communicates his human limitations while still getting across what is so important and special about him. Of course, some of his detractors won't like the praise given here while some of those who revere Mr. Jefferson will find the criticisms at least irritating.

However, I believe these battling opinions have led to an even worse condition. Jefferson is too much ignored in our schools. I believe this series can help our children gain additional understanding and appreciation for this vital Founding Father without resorting to worship. It is worth viewing more than once.

5-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Inferior to the Best of Burns - Still Very Good
An excellent and informative overview of Jefferson's life, though occasionally dull and somewhat lacking the power and immediacy of 'The Civil War' and 'Baseball'. Footage is gorgeous, per the usual by the Burns team.

Reveals Jefferson as a very complex character who perhaps cannot be fully understood by history (let alone by his peers). Perhaps overly focused on the slavery issue in Jefferson's life, especially towards the end, but perhaps this is fair as the contradictory Jefferson displays both intellectual forwardness and the fixed attitudes of the plantation owner.

A small complaint, but Sam Waterston's voice as Jefferson bugs me since I believed he defined himself as Lincoln in 'The Civil War'. He does a solid job, however. Highly recommended documentary on American history. ... Read more


128. Nova - Cancer Warrior
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Imagine cancer as a highly manageable disease. Imagine treatment with few side effects. Imagine a revolution in medicine. As a young doctor, Dr. Judah Folkman proposed that tumors cannot grow beyond the size of a pinhead without a network of blood vessels to nourish them. He also believed if the blood supply was blocked, the tumor couldn’t grow to become life threatening. Folkman shares his controversial hypothesis as well as the frustrating roadblocks on the way to developing a potentially breakthrough cancer therapy. And hear the personal stories of courageous cancer patients participating in clinical drug trials. Special features include: access to the Cancer Warrior companion Web site; chapter search; English audiotrack and English subtitles (CC); and Dolby sound. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!
Fascinating, clear, compelling story of a dedicated scientist and a radical new way to treat cancer. Everyone touched by cancer should see this film. ... Read more


129. WTC - The First 24 Hours
Director: Étienne Sauret
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Beginning with the North Tower afire and billowing dense smoke, and ending with the vast expanse of ash-brown debris the following morning, WTC: THE FIRST 24 HOURS documents "ground zero" in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Tr ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars 38 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
Having lost a family memeber on one of the planes that hit the WTC, I was ready to completely be moved by this film. I rented it because I thought the silence of it would really show the true essence of the loss we've all endured; no mindless commentary on something that no human can ever really explain. However, this film, although somewhat interesting, just showed the buildings still left standing, ground zero and dust and debris. There was no depth or real sense of why we were seeing the same shots over and over. The "extended version" was more of the same, except it showed one of the towers going down. The point of the film was to show the first 24 hrs after the attack but that's simply all it does-it does not produce any emotion or show the real human impact. All those fire people were around and instead of following a team of them,etc instead we see the same empty blown out windows and dust. For the year of crying I have done for losing a family member on a flight, this film did not even evoke one tear.

1-0 out of 5 stars Silent Video
I did not like this video because there was no narration to tell about what was going on. So of course there were no facts given, just like looking at photos with no names, etc. I will be more careful when I order next time.

2-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I was responsible for buying this video for a middle school Social Studies class. What a mistake! Imagine teenagers sitting through this film....and besides, why try to make "art" from what is surely one of the most tragic disasters in our history? It may be my fault that I missed the fact that this was not a conventional documentary, and it may have cinematic merits (judging from the Sundance festival blurb), but as supplemental instruction: teachers and students, beware!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Unbiased Eye
You see, this documentary does something that most network news channels are afraid to explore... it displays raw film with raw audio as recorded on-scene in real-time. No sugar-coated interpretations, although the average television viewer might find it difficult to think for themselves; to explore their own thoughts in the chilling silence. Around the city during and after the WTC event, you hear the planes, the crowds, the firefighters, the police, the sirens, car alarms, screams, footsteps, and... the silence. No voice-over commentators, no colorful on-screen titles, nothing but it.

2-0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING
The events of September 11, 2001 are long gone. When I first heard about this tape and began to watch it I expected a moving documentary that would give further insight on that tragedy. I was disappointed. An important element was missing from the tape and that element was human intereaction.

WTC:The first 24 Hours shows footage of the World Trade Center during the aftermath of its collapse. Your eyes along with the cameraman will witness a ball of flame encompassing the building. Then you wade through the debris and see police, paramedics and firemen begin the tasks of trying to put things back in order. Your eyes are assaulted by the surrounding devestation.

The shots of the collapse and workers are fine but they are just that;random shots. The lack of narration through the printed or oral word makes it difficult to grasp how one photo relates to the other. As the camera moved from one spot to another you would wonder just where you were in the center.

If you are looking for raw footage of the the WTC collapse then this is an excellent film. If you desire more interpretation of what happened and want to focus on the men and women who worked through the tragedy, I would recommend that you try some other video. ... Read more


130. National Geographic - Tsunami: Killer Wave
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4-0 out of 5 stars Educative but excludes the Latest Tsunami Attack
This movie tells about the origin and creation of killer Tsunami waves and about the destruction caused by them in the past on Hawai, Japan and some places of U.S. It tells about the cause of Tsunami i.e an under sea earthquake due to collision of tactonic plates and thus displacing a great amount of water that runs to the shores with superspeeds and causes destructions on coastal areas. The concept is good and well picturised. The only thing missing is that it does not have the coverage of latest Tsunami that hit Sri Lanka, India Etc. ... Read more


131. Biography - Evita: The Woman Behind the Myth
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5-0 out of 5 stars *Fantastic* Biography
Personally, I love this biography. I first watched it about two years ago. I think that A&E could not have done a better job at doing this video. It is such a good video that I bought it from amazon.com yesterday. If you are intersted in learning about Eva Peron then I suggest watching this biography.

4-0 out of 5 stars Admirable attempt, impossible objective: Evita is all myth!
"Around no historical figure in modern times are there such complicated myths as those that exist around the figure of Eva, second wife of Juan Peron, best-known by the affectionate diminutive, Evita." So begins the book EVITA: THE REAL LIFE OF EVA PERON. The author, Marysa Navarro, is interviewed in this video and adds, "(Evita) was the woman who invented her own myth, and she was very good at it, because she was an actress, a radio actress. She knows how to pretend to be something other than what she is." So the implication is clear, anyone hoping to remove the myths, and see the woman behind the myths, is going against Evita's wishes. And this is a formidable opponent. Evita was a genius. A genius that, unfortunately, this video (and none I have yet seen) cannot fully encompass.

Robert D. Crassweller, in his book PERON AND THE ENIGMAS OF ARGENTINA, notes that, "(Evita's) brief and dazzling years were so successful because, in good part, she was so profoundly of the ethos . . . but it was the ethos of the old Hispanic Creole tradition . . . (pp. 248)." He further notes that, "All Hispanic life seemed to be concentrated in a series of distant opposites held in very uneasy tension. The vastly rich and the totally poor; the highest of religious ideals and the lowest of conniving practices; unquestioning loyalty and foul treachery . . . a society of disjointed dualisms, lacking any continuum (pp. 27)." The author argues that understanding this concept of extremes, so counter to Anglo-Saxon sensibilities, is key to understanding Hispanic culture. Since Evita lived in and embodied Hispanic culture, any biography of her that does not take this into account is doomed to fall short of an enlightened depiction of her. And that is what happens with this video.

Don't get me wrong; this is an interesting video. What is most interesting about this video is the wide range of people who are interviewed, most of them authors, but a few friends and admirers. These include: a photographer from Evita's modeling days, film star Libertad Lamarque, Tomas Eloy Martinez (author of SANTA EVITA), Lillian Guardo (friend who accompanied Evita on her tour of Europe), historian Felix Luna, and Maria Elena Warner (resident of the "Evita City" housing district, which Evita founded). This wide range of commentators, some pro-Evita and some not, is wonderful. Unfortunately, no one is really given a very long time to talk. It really leaves you wanting more.

Somewhat irritating is the fact that while this video succeeds in dispelling certain myths about Evita (such as the belief that she helped free Peron from jail in 1945, thus ushering him into his first presidential term), it reinforces others. The most notable re-told myths being: the idea that Evita had Libertad Lamarque "blacklisted" from working in Argentine cinema ("Libertad left Argentina for Mexico in 1946... Since the Mexican movie industry was in better shape . . . Libertad Lamarque's films were always shown in Argentina, and she came back frequently to see her family." EVITA: THE REAL LIFE OF EVA PERON, pp. 202); the assertion that Peron was a fascist ("Peronism was not fascism. Some of Peronism's adherents had a fascist outlook and mentality . . . But all this was relatively superficial. No fascist society was ever erected on a mass base of laboring and dispossessed hordes. In its own description, Peronism rejected the Fascist parallel. It was more intimately grounded in the national history and ethos than was any European fascism." PERON AND THE ENIGMAS OF ARGENTINA, pp. 220). Thus this video claims by its title to dispel myths, but it really just perpetuates some.

Interesting and eerie is the fact that never-before-shown footage of Evita's embalmed corpse is included. Evita had been dead several decades at this point, and yet her corpse is perfectly preserved like Lenin's. Unsettling to the North American observer, such an attitude toward death could be seen in light of the "Hispanic preoccupation with death and with the splendor and dignity associated with it (PERON AND THE ENIGMAS OF ARGENTINA, pp. 248)." Again, this cultural distinction is not mentioned by the narrator.

Not surprisingly, it is Madonna herself who seems to grasps the most important aspect of Evita's life and personality: the tradition of polarization. "I became sort of obsessed with her," Madonna confesses in a very brief sound bite, "People I talked to were either completely for her or completely against her. That fascinated me. I wondered, 'What's the truth in all this?'" That 'is' the truth about Evita, that a polarized culture created polarized myths about a polarized woman. For some she is a saint, for others the devil. For those with no concept of the polarities of Hispanic culture, she is destined to be an enigma. Unfortunately, this documentary largely overlooks this vital ingredient.

Most memorable about this video are the statements made my Antonio Cafiero, Peron's Minister of Commerce: "When you put together the combination of being a woman, and being fanatic for a cause, you have an explosion the size of an atom bomb. THAT was Eva Peron." The more gentle quote by Mr. Cafiero being, "She is the symbol of the eternal struggle, the fight of the poor and disinherited who want more dignity in their lives. People don't forget that." Indeed, this year marks the 50th anniversary of her death, and here I sit writing a review for a biography of her . . .

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
If anyone buys this video with the idea of learning the truth about Eva Peron's life, he'll be disappointed. Unfortunately, it appears the producers of "Biography" simply accepted the misinformation that Webber/Rice used for their production. It was interesting to see real life film of scenes that were reproduced in the movie. Otherwise, the video is very disappointing. If one wants to know about the real Evita, look for a good book. Considering how little research seems to have gone into the production of this biography, I'll be slower in accepting what I see in other A&E Biography segments.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring Biography!
This special went into the myths of this remarkable Fascist leader.And showed her rise to power.Showing photos of her in her sexy prime as a young girl in Buenos Aires to her rise as the myth as we know her. Telling her short life story in a respectable manner. Bravo,Eva! May your life not be forgotten as we approach the new Century...

5-0 out of 5 stars To sum it up short; this movie was the bomb!
Antonio, Madonna, my to favirote moviestars. At first I admit, I didnt understand. Second time I didnt. Third time is the charm. I wept, I cheered, I laughed. Now I find the CD always playing in my room, and posters covring my walls. ... Read more


132. Biography - Albert Einstein (A&E DVD Archives)
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133. Biography - Edgar Allan Poe: The Mystery of Edgar Allen Poe
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"Gr. 5 Up...spacious format; a wide variety of poems; and colorful, interpretive illustrations...."--SLJ. "The format is admirable: a handsome sampler of poems, with a short introductory essay, unfamiliar words briefly defined in footnotes, and a few prefatory sentences for each poem to establish context and aid interpretation. 13 of Poe's more accessible poems appear here, including `The Raven,' `The Bells,' `Eldorado,' and `Annabel Lee.'...concludes with passages from short stories that highlight Poe's mastery of prose....Cobleigh provides atmospheric art: an arresting picture of `The Raven,' a cadaverous ghoul in `The Bells,' and a depiction of the narrator of `The Tell-Tale Heart' as a deranged Wee Willy Winky."--Kirkus Reviews. ". . . creepy, unnerving, chilling, and fascinating. . ."--Buzz Weekly.48 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 10.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful Overview of an American Writer
The legend of Edgar Alan Poe is far from the reality, as we learn in A & E's Biography series documentary of his life. The much misunderstood author is given a fair look in this 50 minute overview. They bring us the sad, broken Poe, stumbling through lectures and readings, but they also show us a good man who loved literature and wanted to succeed as a writer.

Any student of Poe has been inundated with macabre, morbid tales of involving dead women, drug abuse and affairs. What is disregarded by early biographers are the facts between the tales. He crafted stories with careful excellence, depending on technique, and not the lack of sobriety. He drew from his personal life, but also fabricated complex fantasies that became the model for Stephen King, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and others. His poetry caught the attention of European greats like Charles Baudelaire and Mihaly Babits, who, in turn, translated Poe's works for the world.

We see where Poe lived an, and hear not only from his literary works, but his letters and the writings of those who knew him. We are able to attain a sense that Poe was not a monster only brooding in his woes, but a family man who longed to remain with Virginia, who lived with, as he wrote in "Annabel Lee," "no other thought than to love and be loved by me."

The affect of the tragedies which surrounded him are explored, from his poor relationship with his adoptive father to the many deaths of loved ones, lost to tuberculosis. Many men would have been enfeebled to write, but Poe took his sadness and expressed it as literary art.

I fully recommend "Biography - Edgar Allan Poe." His life has the legendary elements of scandal and addiction, but to know Poe better, it is important to learn beyond the cliches like "master of the macabre." This video does that.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
I learned a lot! Really happy with this purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Basil Rathbone's readings of Poe stories
When read by Basil Rathbone, these Poe stories are better heard than read -- if that is possible. The many other available readings of Poe stories (and poems) appear risible by contrast. Rathbone's reading of "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a nuanced lurch through Hell that should not be missed by anyone for whom literature has any meaning whatsoever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
this is a good collection for younger readers who have not been intoduced to poe- there are side notes that define the out-of-date words and a summary at the beginning of each story excert/poem. There are illustrations for each piece of work as well that help younger persons visualize as well. ... Read more


134. Biography - Pope John Paul II: Statesman of Faith
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Subtitled Statesman of Faith, this 46-minute documentary detailsthe surprising history of the man who became the first Polish Pope. Toughened by the tragedy of losing his entire family, Karol Wojtyla was a young acting student when the Nazis invaded his Polish city. Old friends and colleagues describe how that event eventually turned him toward an underground seminary and how, amid the war and the resulting Communist takeover, Wojtyla evolved into an inspiring figure who led youth groups, published a book on sexuality, and became a rising academic. When the Vatican chose him to replace Pope JohnPaul I, it was with provocation of the Soviet Union in mind. This A&EBiography takes viewers through the new Pope's successful efforts to help end Communism and convince Catholics to celebrate conservative moral values.Included with the expected footage of the Pope amongst international throngs,there is graphic footage of the 1981 attempt on his life and candid photos ofhis 50th class reunion held at the Vatican. --Kimberly Heinrichs ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Pillar of Faith
This video tells the story of a man devoted to God.Pope John Paul's life documents the struggle of a Christian also devoted to the teachings of the Catholic church, and how he reconciled these teachings to become a world leader within the church.The interviews with his friends were very interesting, showing that they recognized his special qualities very early.As our world struggles with great problems, it is good to see how one man has chosen to confront them.I recommend this video for any public or private library.

4-0 out of 5 stars Real life look at a great man
This is an excellent overview of the life of JohnPaul II.It is a great teaching tool to show people a real life view.It is amazing to see where this man came from and the hard life he endured to get to where he is now.The only drawback is that there are many interviews with people who are, attimes, very difficult to understand because of their thick accents.Irecommend this for Junior high and older students and all Catholic adults,non-Catholics alike will enjoy the tape! ... Read more


135. The Awful Truth - The Complete Second Season
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Elvis Costello once sang, "I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused." One gets the feeling that it is the exact opposite with Michael Moore. In this sophomore season of his subversively funny, albeit short-lived, Bravo series The Awful Truth, the working class hero operates under the basic-cable radar to rail against politics as usual and to expose what he calls your "basic, everyday, run of the mill evil corporations." The Awful Truth was anything but comfort television, as witness the episode "Compassionate Conservative Night," in which "Team Dow" and "Team Nasdaq" engage in such contests as "Dunk the Homeless" and "Pie the Poor." In another segment, Moore launches an orange day-glow wallet exchange program after a spate of shootings in which police mistook African American victims' wallets for firearms. Moore makes hay with the 2000 presidential election. In one audacious segment, he offers his support to any candidate who will jump into the Awful Truth's portable mosh pit. George W. Bush's response, "Go find real work," made its way into Fahrenheit 9/11. Only Alan Keyes is game, incurring attacks by the other candidates during a televised debate. In this series' version of a Very Special Episode, Moore presents a short film he directed, "The Choice," in which Moore runs a Ficus plant against an unopposed candidate for the New Jersey House of Representatives.

Throughout the season, Moore plants the seeds that will pollinate in his two controversial cross-over theatrical documentaries. Anticipating Bowling for Columbine, one segment takes aim at the NRA with the introduction of a new gun mascot, Pistol Pete, a costumed weapon, who is summarily tossed out of a Las Vegas gun show, NRA headquarters, and our nation's capitol. Moore also turns up the temperature on then-Texas Governor George W. Bush in a segment that pits the man who would be president against his brother Jeb to see which of their respective states, Texas or Florida, will prevail in the number of executions. For a brief and shining moment, the revolution was televised. At 30 minutes an episode, The Awful Truth remains swift (or Swiftian) satire. For fans, this two-disc set will complete the Moore manifesto, and give more ammunition to his critics. --Donald Liebenson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Moore at the top of his game
I was really surprised by how funny the second season of TAT was. The best shows are in the beginning (when he still had money). I loved the segment where he brings a portable mosh pit to all of the presidential canditates. Also hilarious was running ficus the potted plant for congress (He gives you oxygen; can YOUR congressman do that?). It's too bad this show is stuck on bravo this should be on prime time network tv. If only Americans had as good taste as the Brits.

4-0 out of 5 stars More Moore
Chances are, if you're considering this DVD purchase, then you're familiar with Michael Moore. The renegade filmmaker behind Roger and Me returns for the second season of his Emmy-nominated documentary TV show "The Awful Truth." It ran on Bravo! in the summer of 2000, and Moore returns to his familiar Times Square setting for more of his guerilla-style harassment of all things nasty.

Moore's satirical fist knows no friends: he takes stabs at both major political parties (note to Conservatives: just because he bashes you doesn't mean he doesn't bash Liberals, too!), goes after screwy judicial systems, the mainstream media, religious nutjobs, and even himself. Some of his stunts include driving a taxi in New York that refuses to pick up white people, sending a pimp to Congress (to make the point that politicians who whore out votes in exchange for campaign contributions are "hos"), importing Iraqi gas and selling it for 60 cents a gallon, and a new short film: Ficus, in which he runs a ficus plant for an uncontested Congress nomination (and, by all counts, WINS). This season is much more hit-and-miss than the first season, with some episodes, like the pimp, worth watching over and over, while others are pretty darn boring. But, all in all, there's certainly enough here to justify this 2-disc set.

The video is presented in crisp full-frame, which makes sense because most of it was shot digitally. The sound mix is a strong DD 2.0, standard TV-show fare - there isn't enough here to really rock the old subwoofer anyway, and the mix is more than adequate. The only extras are some Bookie segments that didn't appear on TV, and Michael Moore's commentary on four of the episodes. His commentary is hilarious and informative, which is generally what I'd expect from Mike. The only disappointment is that Awful Truth episodes ran 60 seconds longer in the UK, and it would have been cool to see that extra footage, but hey, it's a minor complaint.

So sit back, pop in this DVD, and get ready to think. Rather than succumb to the fallacies of those he satirizes, by offering easy, cookie-cutter, bumper-sticker answers, Moore is content raising questions and letting us work through them on our own. It's a sign of maturity, intellect, and a true desire to change the world: people are more apt to work for themselves when they figure out the answers to problems on their own, instead of listening to MSNBC, chubby radio talk-show hosts, or the 700 club for the "cheat-sheet" solutions. It's refreshing, and well worth your time. But beware: you might get a little ticked off when you learn the Awful Truth.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful indeed.
Here we're treated to a second season of ramblings from the paranoid narcissist Moore. I recommend purchasing the second season of The X-Files instead, because although it's also loaded with conspiracy theories, it's more based in fact than Moore's self-indulgent propaganda and also much more entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Michael Moore at its finest
Looking at all the formats in which Moore expresses himself (bestselling books, web, feature-length documentaries) I think the 30 minutes in-your-face style of "The Awful Truth" is the one that suits him the best. Given too much time, Moore tends to get serious and preachy, and I think that weakens his acidic irony. The second season of the "Awful Truth" is definitely where his opinions shine the brightest.

Watching the entire second season, every episode had at least one segment that was both hilariously funny, thought-provoking, informative, and sometimes even very sad. This is not just a cliché: Moore does indeed provide fine humor and food for thought at the same time.

Even more edifying, Moore seems, throughout the season, to actually make a difference. He prevents mexican maids from being expelled from the country in an act of vengeance for trying to start a union, for instance, or he turns his parodic statement on candidates running unopposed into a country-wide vote drive for plants.

Early in season 2, Moore confronts George W. Bush, then Republican candidate, trying to convince him to jump in a mosh pit. Bush's answer is stunning: "Why don't you get a real job." Watching "The Awful Truth", it's embarassing how Bush and other people could think this is not real work: it's political satire with a real message, and it's more relevant that the pandering that 'real' journalists serve every day on the news.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funniest comedy I have ever seen
I almost died from laughter. If you want to avoid a cardiac arrest, please do not buy these DVD's. The funniest scenes:

1) A man in a giant gun costume is sent to a gun show and a gun dealer remarks that "this is great, it gives kids something to relate to".

2) When Jeb Bush is confronted and given "advice" on how to execute more people so he can out do his brother in Texas.

3) John McCain states "I feel like I'm Luke Skywalker trying to get out of the Death Star".

4) Women in lingerie are sent to confront an oil executive.

5) A man in a giant chicken costume is sent to confront a pesticide executive.

6) A government official is confronted by a man (with a rubik's cube) who failed to become a police officer because he achieved a high score result. They hand him a new test result which now proves that he is in fact not too smart - whereby the official then proceeds to tear up the new result.

7) A montage which depicts George Bush as a recipient of Affirmative Action since he achieved a C average in high school, then enters Yale where he achieved E and D averages. ... Read more


136. Chop Socky - Cinema Hong Kong
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For anyone interested in the origins of martial-arts action films, Chop Socky provides a perfect introduction the historic milestones, important films, and famous figures in "Cinema Hong Kong." Co-produced by the Independent Film Channel for original broadcast in 2004, this hour-long documentary offers a smart, in-depth survey of Hong Kong's wuxia film legacy and its vibrant influence on global cinema, from its earliest roots in Beijing Opera and the monastic rituals of Chinese Shaolin monks to Quentin Tarantino's tribute to Hong Kong action in Kill Bill, Vol. 2. All of the bases are covered, from Hong Kong cinema's first martial-arts hero (Wong Fei Hung) to the balletic choreography of Chang Che, the "one-punch" impact and immortal charisma of Bruce Lee, and the evolution of kung-fu comedy as epitomized by Jackie Chan. Most of the surviving masters of Hong Kong cinema are included in informative (and subtitled) interviews, including John Woo, Jet Li, Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, and Lar Kar-Leung, who provides a fascinating survey of martial-arts weaponry. The Hong Kong technique of editing-in-camera is thoroughly demonstrated in a multi-screen sequence, and abundant film clips provide tantalizing samples of the genre's classic films, including King Hu's Come Drink with Me and Dirty Ho, cited here as Hong Kong cinema's "one true masterpiece." Engaging and expertly comprehensive, Chop Socky could turn almost anyone into a Hong Kong action enthusiast. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more


137. Biography - Thomas Edison
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138. Baadasssss Cinema - A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films
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What a great treat to find so many beloved icons in Isaac Julien's excellent documentary about blaxploitation cinema: actors Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, and Gloria Hendry, among others, as well as directors Gordon Parks and Melvin Van Peebles. Through their piercing perspectives, plus commentary by the likes of film critic Elvis Mitchell and (of course) cult aficionado and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, Baadasssss Cinema makes a persuasive argument that 1970s blaxploitation was both an American achievement and a temporary fix for Hollywood's then-economic doldrums. Julien gracefully leads viewers on a tour of blaxploitation's aesthetic and social roots, including a desire by African American audiences to see black protagonists stand up to power. Baadasssss Cinema also explains the appeal of warhorse movie genres--gangster films, horror--to the blaxploitation industry, discusses African American ambivalence in the '70s toward the films' new racial stereotypes, and makes sense of blaxploitation's commercial burnout once Hollywood got hold of the formula. --Tom Keogh ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Informative, but 2 short
At one point in this documentary, Fred(Hammer)Williamson makes a great point about the term "Blaxploitation". "Who was being exploited?", he asks. The black actors were getting paid and finally getting starring roles in movies and the black audiences were finally getting their own action heroes. He also points out that the term "Blaxploitation" came surprisingly not from the white media but rather from black journalists and organizations like the NAACP who accused these movies of glamorising pimps and drug dealers(which some of them did) and reinforcing negative stereotypes of the black community. There are plenty of film clips and some nice interviews but some major ommissions. Where's Ron (Superfly) O'Neal, where's Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes,Max(The Mack) Julien? Did they refuse to be interviewed? Also, the only people interviewed about the impact and influence of this genre are filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and film critic Elvis Mitchell. Where's John Singleton, the Hughes Brothers or some rappers like Ice-T? This documentary is too short(about an hour long) and just skimmed the surface of this beloved genre and left me wanting a lot more. Thank God I only rented it and didn't actually purchase it. I give it three stars because it is informative, entertaining and because at least someone actually made a documentary about these cool, funky, baaadasssss classics!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for what it suggested but it missed more
this is the kind of Dvd I was excited about because I love the films during that time period alot.there was so much going on that isn't fully told on this disc.you need 2-3 discs to tell the whole story&even then you are bound to leave something out because there was so many other details that came into play.these Films saved Hollywood back then until the BlockBuster films like Jaws,Star wars,etc... came along.Many actors&actress's from these films didn't get a fair shot in other films.the Cosmetic 80's downplayed this era as well.but thanks to the Hip-Hop Movement these films&Creative forces got a Bigger lift than ever.so many Great Talents that haven't gotten there full due to this day.

5-0 out of 5 stars A FASCINATING DOCUMENTARY FILLED WITH GUILTY PLEASURES
"BaadAsssss Cinema" is not your usual dry, academic documentary. While the arrangement of material seems pretty random and scattershot, the clips are priceless as historical artifacts of the times and the prevailing social attitudes. The debate as to the potential racist tracts implicit and explicit in the movies is wisely avoided, and the importance of black visibility of any kind supersedes any moral judgment here. The place of blaxploitation films of this period in the overall history of Hollywood is examined very closely, with surprising results. If we are to believe it, these films saved Hollywood studios in the '70s --- only to have the studios themselves turn their back on black artists a decade later. However, political and financial debates about art only get in the way. What we really have here is a delicious compendium of scenes and interviews from one of America's most beloved cult genres. Pam Grier, the greatest Black Mamma of them all, is fascinating as she discusses the beginnings of her prodigious career. Melvin Van Peebles, one of the few black artists to retain complete control of his films, discusses his seminal "Sweet Sweetback's BaadAsssss Song," arguably the first film in the genre. Isaac Hayes, composer and actor and "South Park" scion, talks about the groovy music essential for these movies. Richard Roundtree, Gloria Hendry and Fred Williamson all discuss the trials and triumphs of black performers creating, for the first time, a complete black identity on film. Quentin Tarantino,looking strangely pale, displays his goofy charm as he waxes rhapsodic about his first experience as a child attending his first black exploit film. These movies have been called the original guilty pleasure, and they are all enormously fun. This documentary shows a great cross-section of the movies and the artists, retaining all of the energy, action, comedy and sex we associate with these movies. Although it may be less fun yelling back at your television set alone than being part of a crowd on a Saturday night, Superfly, Shaft and all them guys (and their gals) still pack a wallop. (Submitted by staff member Stephen J. Finn)

2-0 out of 5 stars Uneven Attempt
Being a fan of the blaxploitation genre, I was excited to hear about the DVD release of BaadAssss Cinema. However, upon viewing it, I became very disappointed. First, let me start off by saying that the 56-minute running time does not justify the price being charged for this DVD. Second, this title is anything but a bold look at 70's blaxploitation films. The documentary is organized by years, which doesn't work well. It would have been more interesting and flowed better if it were organized by different styles of blaxploitation films, such as gangster films or horror films, or films featuring strong female leads. The documentary focuses almost exclusively on films starring people who were interviewed, such as Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Quentin Tarantino, and Melvin Van Peebles. A lot of time is devoted to Sweet Sweetback's BaadAsssss Song, Shaft, and Pam Grier's Foxy Brown and Coffy. There's no denying that these films played a pivotal role in the blaxploitation movement, but why isn't Dolemite included? Is it because Rudy Ray Moore wasn't interviewed? The documentary is astonishingly shortsighted. No mention is made of movies like Abby, the black rip-off of The Exorcist, or Darktown Strutters, or even the Shaft sequels for that matter. Were they left out because the filmmaker thought they were an embarrassment to the genre, or because they are too obscure for the target audience? Lastly, most people interviewed feel that the blaxploitation movement died out around 1976, so the remaining years of the 70's are left out. The only two post 1976 films featured are Original Gangstas and Jackie Brown, both made in the 90's. There is so much missing from this documentary, and the only people who will benefit from it are blaxploitation completists and people new to the genre. If you're looking for information on black cinema of the 1970's, I suggest the book "What It Is...What It Was!The Black Film Explosion of the '70s in Words and Pictures." Unlike BaadAssss Cinema, it features articles with insight and interviews that matter (ironically with many of the same people interviewed in BaadAsssss Cinema). Overall, BaadAssss Cinema fails to make the blaxploitation movement seem important. ... Read more


139. National Geographic - Air Force One
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National Geographic takes you on an exclusive tour inside Air Force One, part luxury hotel, part super-secret military command post. From its beginnings with President Roosevelt making a secret wartime flight in 1943 - to the historic flight that returned President Kennedy's body to Washington after his assassination - to the closing months of the Clinton administration, Air Force One takes you through the history of the world's most powerful plane. Features exclusive interviews with Presidents George W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best inside look at Air Force One
This video is up to date and shows you Air Force One like never before. I am a TV news photographer and have covered Air Force One many times. This was a great way to see what goes on inside and behind the scenes. Great job National Geographic!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Video
This is a fantastic video on Air Force One. They have done a great job getting access. A little too much was shown I think
that could hurt the security of the President

4-0 out of 5 stars Flying White House.
During President Clintons state visit to NZ last year nothing seemed to define the imperial US presidency more than his arrival in his personal jet-a modified boeing 747 no less.
It was not so much the plane itself, grand as it was but also the preceding paraphenalia of accompanying aircraft bearing personal security and bulletproof limousines. The entire apparatus of presidential security was on the move. For every visible SS agent their were 4 in the background. Waiting and watching....for anything.
Even The Queen is now relegated by her own government to the first class cabins of british airways, alas. Not to mention the mothballing of her private yacht. It says a lot for a nations head of state in what conveyance they choose to travel the globe.

I was impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the crew designated to work in AF1-although a certain servility is required their downright obsequiousness seemed to be a job requirement. From the captain even to the lowliest steward, to be seen and not heard. Do not speak unless spoken to. To some a reminder of the Nixon years.
The obligatory escorted tour through a plane only a few are priveleged to see up close-the plush carpets the spacious interiors and conference rooms and secretarial offices echoed a businesslike atmosphere, and everywhere the presidential seal as if anyone would forget who the main passenger was. If it lacked the luxurious interiors and gold fittings of the Sultan of Brunei's own 747 no-one noticed. Besides such extravagance would seem garish and gaudy. The might of the US industrial military complex was enough to offset any hint of that.
The brief history of previous presidential aircraft did seem to concentrate of the Kennedy years more so than those preceding and following, otherwise it was informative-showing us old newsreels of Eisenhower and Truman and even FDR's one overseas trip during the war-to Casablanca. The triumphant times-Nixons 1974 trip to China and the sad times.The familiar picture of LBJ taking the oath in the cabin of AF1-Jacqui and Lady bird beside him that sad day in Dallas so many years ago.

Finally we must spare a thought for Bill Clinton, now a private citizen who out of all the perks of office must have enjoyed this one the most, as any political leader would have. During his eventful 8 years in office the president seemed to be constantly filmed arriving somewhere in presidential state-stepping of alone as protocol dictated- with the familiar blue fusilage behind him like some imperial backdrop. I now sympathise with his current circumstances-Poor Bill travelling 1st class on a commercial airliner just isnt the same.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Documentary with exciting details!!
'National Geographic - Air Force One' is a wonderful documentary that lets you see all the inside information of Air Force One. The film shows you how the Presidential Plane has changed over the years from FDR to George W. Bush! The viewer is told about how the plane is maintained and what the crew does to make it fit for the President! You get chills just seeing the greatness of the most technologically advanced plane in the world! Also included in this documentary are interviews with former President's talking about their experiences onboard Air Force One. This is a must see for everyone that is informational as well as exciting! ... Read more


140. National Geographic's Tigers of the Snow
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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Tigers of the Snow presents the beautiful one-hour program on these endangered animals from award-winning wildlife filmmaker Mark Stouffer; plus the bonus never-before-released half-hour program entitled Tiger's Eye; Siberian Tiger facts; an assortment of tiger photographs in the Photo Gallery; a map of the tigers' range in Siberia; a Siberian Tigers interactive trivia quiz; and trailers of other related National Geographic programs. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not much!
There was not very much footage of the tigers here. It looks like the fillmakers spent a lot of time in some town in Siberia, which is apparently a lot like white trash America. So instead of feeling taken away, I felt like I was taken back to the Ohio. Also, the scientists spend lot of time looking for tigers or avoiding seeing the tigers so they don't get eaten. And not much time actually running with the tigers.
There is one really cool part about hunting tigers from a helicopter (with dart guns to put radio trackers on them.) They should make a video game out of that part.
I think the whole idea of a nature documentary about one animal sounds good on paper, but it works a lot better to watch a documentary about a geographic region - you get more variety in your movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars They Must Survive
This video is heart wrenching. All the effort that goes into saving these magnificant cats, and it's likely too late. Human greed is the worst enemy any species can face, and the Siberian Tiger is in the crosshairs now.

A world without these Tigers will be a poorer place indeed. Blake's words, once so potent, will only echo hollow in the ears of generations to come who can only see Tigers on TV, or in captivity. What that says about humankind is undeniable, we are truly inept (or uncaring) when managing the resources of this planet, myself included.

The biggest and most powerful of all cats, these Siberian beauties are so majestic. What gorgeous footage of these mammoth cats in action. Take a good, close look at your kitty and you will see the same fire smouldering in those attentive eyes. Lets save these magnificant animals!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Professional Job. Tigers to be rescued.
This dvd has been filmed under very difficult circumstances but, still, can convey the feeling of geographical remoteness, resourceless cientific crusades and endangered wonders, such as the cats shown here. Nevertheless, the video quality, though not bad at all, might have been improved if done with IMAX cameras, such as it has been done with whales or sharks. Anyhow, the information provided and some shots, like the helicopter chases or the tiger cub at it's den, make this documentary worthwhile.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tiger of the Snow
One of the best video on tiger especially on the Siberian Tiger, the largest big cat of them all. Too bad they are extremely endangered. This is definitely the best tiger video. The DVD also include Tiger's Eyes, a half an hour show on Bengal Tigers.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great video for the classroom
"Tigers of the Snow" is a great video for the classroom. It has an acceptable balance of scientific study with awesome footage of tigers. No question that my college-bound biology students saw the application of science occurring out in the field. Better yet though, my remedial 16 year old science students were totally captivated by most parts of this video, especially the experiment in tiger territorality. I rarely show videos in Biology; this one is worth the time. ... Read more


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