Top Documentary movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent An Inconvenient Truth on DVD An Inconvenient Truth
Synopsis
Former Vice President Al Gore wages a passionate campaign -- not for the White House, but for the environment -- in this Oscar-winning documentary. Laying out the facts of global warming, Gore urges audiences to act before it's too late.
Cast
Cast
Al Gore
Director
Director
Davis Guggenheim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent March of the Penguins on DVD March of the Penguins
Synopsis
Award-winning photographer Luc Jacquet takes documentary film to new heights -- and depths -- with his first feature film, a stunning insider's look at the life of emperor penguins living in one of the cruelest climates on the planet. The product of more than a year of filming on the Antarctic ice, this Oscar-winning documentary reveals never-before-captured footage of the penguins' underwater life and explores their steadfast quest for monogamy.
Cast
Cast
Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk, Morgan Freeman
Director
Director
Luc Jacquet
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Super Size Me on DVD Super Size Me
Synopsis
Director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as the proverbial guinea pig. For one month, Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald's fare.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Spurlock, Bridget Bennett, Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, Alexandra Jamieson, Dr. Stephen Siegel
Director
Director
Morgan Spurlock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories
Rent Inside Job on DVD Inside Job
Synopsis
Featuring in-depth interviews with financial experts and insiders, this sobering, Oscar-winning documentary presents in comprehensive detail the pervasive and deep-rooted Wall Street corruption that led to the global economic meltdown of 2008.
Cast
Cast
Jonathan Alpert, Matt Damon, Daniel Alpert, William Ackman, Sigridur Benediktsdottir, Ben Bernanke, Willem Buiter, George W. Bush, Brigadier General John Campbell, Satyajit Das, Jerome Fons, Barney Frank, Timothy Geithner, Alan Greenspan
Director
Director
Charles Ferguson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Sicko on DVD Sicko
Synopsis
Michael Moore sets his sights on the plight of the uninsured in this Oscar-nominated documentary that uses his trademark humor and confrontational style to ask the difficult questions and get to the truth behind the health-care crisis.
Cast
Cast
Michael Moore
Director
Director
Michael Moore
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Religulous on DVD Religulous
Synopsis
Politically provocative talk show host Bill Maher skewers the current state of organized religion in this hot-button documentary, making stops in Jerusalem, the Vatican and other holy destinations.
Cast
Cast
Bill Maher, Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda, Tal Bachman, Dean Hamer, Jonathan Boulden, Francis Collins
Director
Director
Larry Charles
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Fahrenheit 9/11 on DVD Fahrenheit 9/11
Synopsis
Michael Moore's hard-hitting documentary addresses the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, outlining the reasons the United States became a target for hatred and terrorism and criticizing President George W. Bush's response to the attacks.
Cast
Cast
Michael Moore
Director
Director
Michael Moore
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Blockbusters
Rent Born into Brothels on DVD Born into Brothels
Synopsis
Documentarians Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman offer a humorous and heartfelt portrayal of the resilience of children and the magic of art to transform the lives of young people living in the brothels of Sonagchi, Calcutta.
Cast
Cast
Zana Briski
Director
Director
Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Photography
Rent Food, Inc. on DVD Food, Inc.
Synopsis
Drawing on the nonfiction books Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma, director Robert Kenner's provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the food industry's detrimental effects on human health and the environment.
Cast
Cast
Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin
Director
Director
Robert Kenner
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Food Stories, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food & Wine, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent God Grew Tired of Us on DVD God Grew Tired of Us
Synopsis
After raising themselves in the desert along with thousands of other "lost boys," Sudanese refugees John, Daniel and Panther have found their way to America, where they experience electricity, running water and supermarkets for the first time.
Cast
Cast
Panther Bior, John Bul Dou, Daniel Abol Pach, Nicole Kidman
Director
Director
Christopher Dillon Quinn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Who Killed the Electric Car? on DVD Who Killed the Electric Car?
Synopsis
Amid a volatile climate of ever-changing gas prices, this documentary delves into the short life of the GM EV1 electric car -- a fuel-efficient auto that was once all the rage in the mid-1990s and now has fallen by the roadside.
Cast
Cast
Martin Sheen, Peter Horton, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Phyllis Diller, Alexandra Paul, Ed Begley Jr., J. Karen Thomas, David Freeman, Colette Divine, Chelsea Sexton
Director
Director
Chris Paine
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Waiting for Waiting for "Superman"
Synopsis
Dynamic documentarian Davis Guggenheim weaves together stories about students, families, educators and reformers to shed light on the failing public school system and its consequences for the future of the United States.
Cast
Cast
Geoffrey Canada, Michelle Rhee, Bill Strickland, Randi Weingarten, Daisy Esparza, Bianca Hill, Anthony Black
Director
Director
Davis Guggenheim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Bowling for Columbine on DVD Bowling for Columbine
Synopsis
Famed filmmaker and left-wing political humorist Michael Moore tackles America's obsession with firearms in this Oscar-winning documentary centered on the Columbine High School massacre of 1999.
Cast
Cast
Michael Moore, Marilyn Manson, Charlton Heston, Dick Clark, Matt Stone, John Nichols
Director
Director
Michael Moore
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room on DVD Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Synopsis
Based on the book of the same name by Peter Elkin, director Alex Gibney's documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the powerful energy company whose downfall forever changed the landscape of the business world.
Cast
Cast
Peter Coyote, John Beard, Jim Chanos, Dick Cheney, Carol Coale, Gray Davis, Reggie Dees II, Joseph Dunn, Max Eberts, Peter Elkind, David Freeman, Philip Hilder, Al Kaseweter, Bethany McLean, Amanda Martin-Brock
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Capitalism: A Love Story on DVD Capitalism: A Love Story
Synopsis
Filmmaker Michael Moore (Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11) takes on capitalism's roots, the floundering U.S. economy, and 2008's global financial meltdown and subsequent bank bailout in this rousing documentary. Combining stories about those who suffer most from Corporate America's greed and insatiable thirst for profits and the people most responsible for myriad crises, Moore embarks on another shocking fact-finding rampage.
Cast
Cast
Michael Moore
Director
Director
Michael Moore
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Earth on DVD Earth
Synopsis
Fueled by dazzling high-definition photography and stunning locations around the world, this nature documentary captures three animal families in action over the course of a year, showing how the sun influences behavior and migratory patterns.
Cast
Cast
James Earl Jones
Director
Director
Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, United Kingdom, Disney, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, Disneynature
Rent Man on Wire on DVD Man on Wire
Synopsis
Philippe Petit captured the world's attention in 1974 when he walked across a high wire between New York's Twin Towers. This Oscar winner for Best Documentary explores the preparations that went into the stunt as well as the event and its aftermath.
Cast
Cast
Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix, David Forman, Alan Welner, Mark Lewis, Barry Greenhouse
Director
Director
James Marsh
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Michael Jackson's This Is It on DVD Michael Jackson's This Is It
Synopsis
Featuring rehearsal footage, backstage action and interviews, this compelling documentary follows pop superstar Michael Jackson during the days leading up to his untimely death as he prepares for a series of 50 sold-out London shows.
Cast
Cast
Michael Jackson, Kenny Ortega, Orianthi Panagaris, Mekia Cox, Darryl Phinnessee, Tyne Stecklein, Charles Klapow, Judith Hill, Alex Al
Director
Director
Kenny Ortega
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Rock & Pop, Pop
Rent Grizzly Man on DVD Grizzly Man
Synopsis
Renowned nonfiction director Werner Herzog chronicles the tragic and untimely death of outdoorsman Timothy Treadwell, who devoted his life to studying grizzly bears living in the Alaskan wilderness -- only to be brutally mauled by one.
Cast
Cast
Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Franc G. Fallico, Warren Queeney, Willy Fulton, Sam Egli, Marnie Gaede, Marc Gaede, Larry Van Daele
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries
Rent The Fog of War on DVD The Fog of War
Synopsis
This Oscar-winning documentary traces former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's career from government to the World Bank; but his work during the Vietnam War -- examined through archival footage and interviews -- is the real highlight.
Cast
Cast
Robert McNamara
Director
Director
Errol Morris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent The Corporation on DVD The Corporation
Synopsis
Filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott explore the genesis of the American corporation, its global economic supremacy and its psychopathic leanings, with social critics like Noam Chomsky and Milton Friedman lending insight in this documentary.
Cast
Cast
Mikela J. Mikael, Noam Chomsky, Milton Friedman, Michael Moore
Director
Director
Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent What the #$*! Do We Know!? on DVD What the #$*! Do We Know!?
Synopsis
When she's thrust from her mundane life into an unfamiliar world, Amanda must develop an all-new perception of her surroundings and the people she interacts with in this quirky film that explores neurological processes and quantum uncertainty.
Cast
Cast
Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, John Ross Bowie, Robert Bailey Jr., Barry Newman, Larry Brandenburg
Director
Director
William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Spiritual Mysteries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries
Rent The Cove on DVD The Cove
Synopsis
A group of activists and filmmakers travels to the small village of Taiji, Japan, to secretly obtain footage of a heavily guarded operation that captures and kills scores of dolphins to use as meat.
Cast
Cast
Richard O'Barry, Joe Chisholm, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Charles Hambleton, Simon Hutchins, Kirk Krack, Isabel Lucas, Hayden Panettiere, Roger Payne, John Potter
Director
Director
Louie Psihoyos
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Jesus Camp on DVD Jesus Camp
Synopsis
Operated by pastor Becky Fisher, the Kids On Fire School of Ministry aims to indoctrinate children into a Christian movement that blends political activism with religion. This documentary follows three kids at the controversial summer camp.
Cast
Cast
Becky Fischer, Lou Engle, Ted Haggard, Mike Papantonio
Director
Director
Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Good Hair on DVD Good Hair
Synopsis
Chris Rock hops around the world going from beauty salons to science labs to comb through the mystery of African American hair. Rock contemplates the purpose and application of a weave as well as women's self-esteem and their locks.
Cast
Cast
Chris Rock, Raven-Symoné, Maya Angelou, Eve, Meagan Good, Ice-T, KRS-One, Al Sharpton, Nia Long
Director
Director
Jeff Stilson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Murderball on DVD Murderball
Synopsis
Rugby-playing quadriplegics compete for the Paralympic gold medal in this documentary about an amazing sport -- and the strong-willed athletes who participate in full-contact rugby using specially designed wheelchairs.
Cast
Cast
Mark Zupan, Keith Cavill, Andy Cohn, Scott Hogsett, Joe Soares, Bob Lujano
Director
Director
Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent This Film Is Not Yet Rated on DVD This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Synopsis
Kirby Dick's provocative documentary investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films, revealing the organization's underhanded efforts to control culture. Dick questions whether certain studios get preferential treatment and exposes the discrepancies in how the MPAA views sex and violence. Interviewees include John Waters, Darren Aronofsky, Maria Bello, Atom Egoyan and more.
Cast
Cast
Darren Aronofsky, Maria Bello, Mary Harron, Matt Stone, Kimberly Peirce, John Waters, Kevin Smith, Atom Egoyan
Director
Director
Kirby Dick
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill on DVD The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Synopsis
This poignant documentary chronicles the true story of a modern-day St. Francis of Assisi, a homeless San Francisco street musician by the name of Mark Bittner who adopts a flock of wild parrots as he searches for meaning in his life. With a surprise ending that left festival audiences cheering, director Judy Irving's film celebrates urban wildness -- human and avian -- and links parrot antics to human behavior.
Cast
Cast
Mark Bittner
Director
Director
Judy Irving
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent The Aristocrats on DVD The Aristocrats
Synopsis
More than 100 funny people (including big stars and lesser-known talents) tell the same raunchy vaudeville joke -- with about 100 different results -- in director-comedian Paul Provenza's outrageously foul-mouthed documentary.
Cast
Cast
Chris Rock, Mario Cantone, Lewis Black, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Rickles, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Andy Dick, Sarah Silverman, Trey Parker, Carrie Fisher, Phyllis Diller, Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Hank Azaria, Gilbert Gottfried, Jason Alexander, Judy Gold, Eddie Izzard, Penn & Teller, Bill Maher, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Pollak, Paul Reiser, Bob Saget
Director
Director
Paul Provenza
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Babies on DVD Babies
Synopsis
Documentary filmmaker Thomas Balmes charts the simultaneous early development of four babies from different parts of the world, illustrating what makes human life unique, similar and precious wherever it occurs.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Thomas Balmes
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Pregnancy & Parenting, France
Rent The Secret on DVD The Secret
Synopsis
An assembly of writers, philosophers and scientists share The Secret, a principle that reputedly brought success to Plato, da Vinci and other greats and that can empower viewers to attain success in their own careers, relationships and health.
Cast
Cast
Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, John Assaraf, Loral Langemeier, Marie Diamond, Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Bob Doyle, Mike Dooley, Lisa Nichols
Director
Director
Drew Heriot, Sean Byrne, Marc Goldenfein, Damian McLindon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Mind & Body
Rent Spellbound on DVD Spellbound
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated entry documents the intense experience of the National Spelling Bee as seen through the eyes of eight young spellers, with viewers glimpsing the kids' private lives as they train for and compete in the ultimate cerebral showdown. While they try to keep their eyes on the $10,000 prize, their personal stories illuminate their quirks, their obsessive study habits and their alternately heartbreaking and inspiring family dynamics.
Cast
Cast
Harry Altman, Ashley White, Angela Arenivar, Emily Stagg, Ted Brigham, Nupur Lala, April DeGideo, Neil Kadakia
Director
Director
Jeffrey Blitz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Why We Fight on DVD Why We Fight
Synopsis
Through personal stories of soldiers, government officials, scholars, journalists and innocent victims, this documentary examines the political and economic interests and ideological factors, past and present, behind American militarism.
Cast
Cast
John S.D. Eisenhower, John McCain, Gore Vidal, Chalmers Johnson, Graydon Carter, William Kristol, James G. Roche, Richard Perle
Director
Director
Eugene Jarecki
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent The Tillman Story on DVD The Tillman Story
Synopsis
Pat Tillman's family comes forward to tell the real story about what happened on April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan when the pro football player-turned-U.S. soldier was killed by friendly fire and not the Taliban, as first reported. Amir Bar-Lev's documentary pieces together the Tillmans' search for the truth, how they exposed a military cover-up that led to top-ranking officers and called to the carpet the likes of Donald Rumsfeld.
Cast
Cast
Pat Tillman, Donald Rumsfeld
Director
Director
Amir Bar-Lev
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Mad Hot Ballroom on DVD Mad Hot Ballroom
Synopsis
Ballroom dancing goes from lame to cool for a group of New York City students in this insightful documentary, which follows a group of 11-year-olds as they learn to dance old-school styles including the merengue, rumba, tango, foxtrot and swing. Candid interviews capture the kids' initial reluctance at learning ballroom dance and their transformation into serious competitors determined to win a citywide competition.
Cast
Cast
Heather Berman, Emma Therese Biegacki, Paul Daggett, Graciela Daniele, Pierre Dulaine, Tara Devon Gallagher, Brian David Cange, Madeleine Hackney, Rodney Lopez, Victoria Malvagno
Director
Director
Marilyn Agrelo
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Latin & Ballroom Dance, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Winged Migration on DVD Winged Migration
Synopsis
Amazing cinematography propels this Oscar-nominated documentary that provides a hypnotic, bird's-eye view of the grueling semiannual migrations of various avian species as they make their way across vast distances to more moderate climates.
Cast
Cast
Philippe Labro, Jacques Perrin
Director
Director
Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, France
Rent Catfish on DVD Catfish
Synopsis
When gifted 8-year-old artist Abby contacts young photographer Nev through Facebook, he's intrigued. He gradually becomes involved with her family, even falling for her older sister -- until he realizes something's not quite right.
Cast
Cast
Yaniv Schulman, Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, Melody C. Roscher, Angela Wesselman-Pierce
Director
Director
Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Arctic Tale on DVD Arctic Tale
Synopsis
Set amid the rapidly changing Arctic wilderness, this saga of survival follows the epic struggle of a tenacious young walrus and a polar bear. Queen Latifah narrates the journey of Seela the walrus and Nanu the polar bear from birth through maturity.
Cast
Cast
Queen Latifah
Director
Director
Sarah Robertson, Adam Ravetch
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Control Room on DVD Control Room
Synopsis
This documentary peers into the controversial and often dangerous operations of the Al Jazeera news network, an outlet that's become the most accepted informational resource in the Arab community -- even though it often enrages its own people. Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim gains extraordinary access to Al Jazeera journalists and examines the risks they confront on a daily basis by simply doing their jobs.
Cast
Cast
Josh Rushing, Samir Khader, Hassan Ibrahim, Deema Khatib, Tom Mintier, David Shuster
Director
Director
Jehane Noujaim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Encounters at the End of the World on DVD Encounters at the End of the World
Synopsis
Filmmaker Werner Herzog takes you on a wild and woolly journey to the South Pole in this Oscar contender -- from the National Science Foundation's headquarters on Ross Island to some of Antarctica's most remote and dangerous terrain.
Cast
Cast
Werner Herzog
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price on DVD Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
Synopsis
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes aim at the corporate giant that's come to symbolize big business in America -- Wal-Mart -- blasting the box-store Goliath for allegedly paying substandard wages, skimping on employee benefits and gutting communities.
Cast
Cast
Don Hunter, Jon Hunter, Jeremy Hunter, Matt Hunter, Johnny Faenza, Frank Mormino, John Bruening, Tom Glassburner, Weldon Nicholson, Al Norman
Director
Director
Robert Greenwald
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Maxed Out on DVD Maxed Out
Synopsis
With sobering facts, this thought-provoking documentary unveils the consequences of Americans' collective addiction to plastic debt -- including its contribution to the vanishing of a once-robust middle class. Investigating personal debt, the U.S. government's out-of-control national debt and those who prey on the poor, this film explores the staggering financial burden people live with every day, which has driven some to extreme action.
Cast
Cast
Louis C.K., Chris Barrett
Director
Director
James D. Scurlock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Buck on DVD Buck
Synopsis
Master horseman Buck Brannaman, inspiration for The Horse Whisperer, reveals details of his troubled childhood and how our communication with our animal companions can teach us lessons about how we relate to fellow human beings.
Cast
Cast
Buck Brannaman, Robert Redford
Director
Director
Cindy Meehl
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent No End in Sight on DVD No End in Sight
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated documentary from filmmaker (and former Brookings Institution fellow) Charles Ferguson examines the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the subsequent occupation by President George W. Bush and his administration. Featuring detailed analysis and exclusive interviews with central players, the film pulls no punches as it chronicles the twists and turns America took on the path to war.
Cast
Cast
Campbell Scott
Director
Director
Charles Ferguson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Grey Gardens on DVD Grey Gardens
Synopsis
Documentary pioneers the Maysles brothers (Gimme Shelter) capture poignant moments in the lives of Jackie O's quirky relatives -- Edith Bouvier Beale, aka Big Edie, and her middle-aged daughter, Little Edie -- at their decaying estate, Grey Gardens. The ladies shut out their bleak present by recalling richer times and lost loves, and while Little Edie confides that she'd like to leave, the camera captures an enduring co-dependency.
Cast
Cast
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Edith Bouvier Beale
Director
Director
Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Searching for Sugar Man on DVD Searching for Sugar Man
Synopsis
Decades after Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez disappeared following the commercial failure of his two critically praised records in the 1970s, two fans from South Africa, where Rodriguez was a huge hit, try to track down their idol.
Cast
Cast
Sixto Rodriguez, Steve Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore, Dan Dimaggio, Jerome Ferretti, Steve Rowland, Willem Möller, Craig Bartholomew-Strydrom, Ilse Assmann
Director
Director
Malik Bendjelloul
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Singer-Songwriters, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop, United Kingdom
Rent Wordplay on DVD Wordplay
Synopsis
From the masters who create the mind-bending diversions to the tense competition at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, Patrick Creadon's documentary reveals a fascinating look at a decidedly addictive pastime. Creadon captures New York Times editor Will Shortz at work, talks to celebrity solvers -- including Bill Clinton and Ken Burns -- and presents an intimate look at the national tournament and its competitors.
Cast
Cast
Will Shortz, Merl Reagle, Tyler Hinman, Trip Payne, Al Sanders, Ellen Ripstein, Jon Delfin, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, Amy Ray, Emily Saliers, Daniel Okrent, Mike Mussina, Bob Dole, Bill Clinton
Director
Director
Patrick Creadon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Hobbies & Games, Miscellaneous Hobbies & Games
Rent Waltz with Bashir on DVD Waltz with Bashir
Synopsis
In this quasi-documentary -- which won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film -- director Ari Folman uses vivid animation to depict his struggle to unlock suppressed memories from his Israeli army service during the 1982 Lebanon War.
Cast
Cast
Ari Folman, Ori Sivan, Ronny Dayag, Shmuel Frenkel, Zahava Solomon, Ron Ben-Yishai, Dror Harazi, Mickey Leon, Yehezkel Lazarov
Director
Director
Ari Folman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Animation for Grown-ups, Military Documentaries, Military & War Dramas, Historical Documentaries, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, Hebrew Language, Israel
Rent Into the Arms of Strangers on DVD Into the Arms of Strangers
Synopsis
Filmmaker Mark Jonathan Harris's Oscar-winning documentary tells the story of an underground railroad -- the Kindertransport -- that saved the lives of more than 10,000 Jewish children at the dawn of World War II. Through interviews and archival footage, the survivors movingly recount being taken from their families and sent to live with strangers in the relative safety of England. Judi Dench narrates.
Cast
Cast
Judi Dench
Director
Director
Mark Jonathan Harris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent In the Shadow of the Moon on DVD In the Shadow of the Moon
Synopsis
David Sington and Christopher Riley's acclaimed documentary reveals the history of the Apollo space program through interviews with the brave astronauts who lived through a paradigm-shifting chapter in world history. Devoted to President John F. Kennedy's goal of sending a man to the moon, the NASA project pushed the envelope of what was humanly possible. But the program also experienced several failures, one of which resulted in tragedy.
Cast
Cast
Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Alan LaVern Bean, Harrison Schmitt, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Michael Collins, Charles Duke, John F. Kennedy
Director
Director
David Sington
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent The U.S. vs. John Lennon on DVD The U.S. vs. John Lennon
Synopsis
David Leaf and John Scheinfeld's provocative documentary -- produced in collaboration with Yoko Ono -- examines John Lennon's growing involvement in antiwar efforts from 1966 to 1976 and the U.S. government's attempts to silence him.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Restrepo on DVD Restrepo
Synopsis
Author Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington spent a year embedded with the Second Platoon in Afghanistan, chronicling the hard work, fear and brotherhood that comes with repelling a deadly enemy in this Oscar-nominated documentary.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion on DVD Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion
Synopsis
Ten years in the making, this feature-length documentary was filmed during nine remarkable journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal, chronicling the dark secrets of Tibet's recent past through interviews, personal stories and archival images.
Cast
Cast
Ed Harris, Tim Robbins, Shirley Knight, Edward Edwards, Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen
Director
Director
Tom Peosay
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries
Rent Deep Sea: IMAX on DVD Deep Sea: IMAX
Synopsis
Narrated by Academy Award nominees Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and produced by the makers of the IMAX movie Into the Deep, this stunning film is an exploration of the world beneath the sea and its bizarre and exotic inhabitants. From translucent jellyfish to giant octopuses to scorpion fish, viewers will be introduced to a host of unique creatures, all completely dependent on one another for their survival.
Cast
Cast
Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet
Director
Director
Howard Hall
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Young@Heart on DVD Young@Heart
Synopsis
Coldplay, the Clash and Jimi Hendrix will never sound the same once you've heard the Young@Heart chorus, a group of Massachusetts senior citizens who thrill audiences worldwide with their unusual -- and unusually poignant -- covers of rock songs. Stephen Walker's humane and heartwarming documentary, which premiered at Sundance in 2008, follows the elderly ensemble as they prepare their latest show for public performances.
Cast
Cast
Joe Benoit, Helen Boston, Louise Canady, Elaine Fligman, Jean Florio, Len Fontaine, Stan Goldman, Jeanne Hatch, Eileen Hall, Donald Jones
Director
Director
Stephen Walker, Sally George
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rock & Pop
Rent Oceans on DVD Oceans
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This documentary examines the vital role water plays in human existence and the cause-and-effect interplay between oceans and the environment. Shot on location around the world, the film dives beneath the surface with stunning underwater photography.
Cast
Cast
Lancelot Perrin, Manolo Garcia, Pierce Brosnan
Director
Director
Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, Disney, Disneynature
Rent Super High Me on DVD Super High Me
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Determined to find out the true effects of cannabis on the human body, stand-up comedian and former Stoner of the Year Doug Benson chronicles his experience as he avoids pot for a month and then consumes massive amounts of the drug for 30 days.
Cast
Cast
Doug Benson, Bob Odenkirk, Graham Elwood, Greg Proops, Rob Huebel, Rob Riggle, Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman
Director
Director
Michael Blieden
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Tyson on DVD Tyson
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Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson has spent a lifetime generating controversy inside and outside the boxing ring, and in this insightful and emotional documentary, he discusses his background, reveals his motivations and analyzes his many mistakes.
Cast
Cast
Mike Tyson
Director
Director
James Toback
Genres
Genres
Sports & Fitness, Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Boxing
Rent Baraka on DVD Baraka
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Accompanied by diverse world music -- without any dialogue -- this mesmerizing visual study conveys the relationship between humans and the environment, with images ranging from the daily devotions of Tibetan monks to views of the Hong Kong skyline.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ron Fricke
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Experimental
Rent Capturing the Friedmans on DVD Capturing the Friedmans
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A family in crisis is "captured" through home video in this searing documentary about the Friedmans, an upper-middle-class family who found their world turned upside down when father and son were charged with child molestation in 1987. The media inundated the airwaves with coverage of the alleged crime, but some of the best footage -- seen here publicly for the first time -- was shot by the Friedman family members themselves.
Cast
Cast
Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman
Director
Director
Andrew Jarecki
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent IMAX: Hubble on DVD IMAX: Hubble
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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this awe-inspiring documentary that takes viewers on a visually stunning IMAX 3-D journey to explore the faraway galaxies viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope in its travels throughout the cosmos. During the mission, astronauts walk in space, contend with successes and setbacks, view nebulae and galaxies, observe the birth of a star, witness a powerful supernova and much more.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, K. Megan McArthur, Scott D. Altman, Michael T. Good, John M. Grunsfeld, Gregory C. Johnson, Michael J. Massimino, Andrew J. Feustel
Director
Director
Toni Myers
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Exit Through the Gift Shop on DVD Exit Through the Gift Shop
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Filmmaker Thierry Guetta's project to chronicle the underground world of street art takes a fascinating twist when he meets elusive stencil artist Banksy, who turns the project around to film Guetta while he reinvents himself as a street artist.
Cast
Cast
Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Thierry Guetta, Rhys Ifans, Space Invader, Jay Leno, Joshua Levine
Director
Director
Banksy
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent The Last Days on DVD The Last Days
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Directed by James Moll and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, this powerful, Oscar-winning documentary recounts the harrowing stories of five Hungarian Jews who endured the horrors of the holocaust and the reign of Adolf Hitler. In addition to the testimonials of the Hungarian subjects, the heart-wrenching film also includes accounts from U.S. soldiers who participated in the liberation of the Nazi death camps in 1945.
Cast
Cast
Renee Firestone, Bill Basch, Randolph Braham, Alice Lok Cahana, Tom Lantos, Warren Dunn, Dario Gabbai, Katsugo Miho
Director
Director
James Moll
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Devil's Playground on DVD Devil's Playground
Synopsis
When Amish teens turn 16, they have the opportunity to venture out in the "Devil's Playground" (the Amish's term for the outside world) and indulge in 21st-century vices such as drinking and smoking -- a period called "Rumspringa." This documentary tracks 18-year-old Faron's struggle to reconcile his drug addiction with his deeply ingrained desire to live his parents' Amish life. But ultimately, committing to the church will be his decision.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Lucy Walker
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality, Religion & Mythology Documentaries
Rent Galápagos on DVD Galápagos
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Explore the fascinating world that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution with this visually stunning documentary from the BBC, narrated by Tilda Swinton. Created by volcanoes and located about 600 miles west of Ecuador, the isolated Galápagos Islands form an environment that supports a diversity of life not found anywhere else on earth. Learn about the history of the area, the amazing creatures that live there and Darwin's experiences on the islands.
Cast
Cast
Tilda Swinton
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic, BBC
Rent Dark Days on DVD Dark Days
Synopsis
Documentarian Marc Singer trains his camera on a group of homeless people who live in an abandoned New York City railroad tunnel. At night, they retreat underground, where they have a sense of community that many surface dwellers would envy.
Cast
Cast
Marc Singer
Director
Director
Marc Singer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Step into Liquid on DVD Step into Liquid
Synopsis
Zigzagging from the waters off the coast of Ireland to Da Nang in Vietnam and Oahu's ripping North Shore, this documentary profiles the diverse and fascinating characters who have devoted their lives to catching the perfect wave.
Cast
Cast
Ken Collins, Alex Knost, Laird Hamilton, Dan Malloy, Dave Kalama, Jesse Brad Billauer, Shawn Barron, Mike Parsons, Taj Burrow, Rochelle Ballard, Layne Beachley, Brad Gerlach, Chris Malloy, Darrick Doerner, Keala Kennelly, Keith Malloy, Mike Waltze, Rob Machado, Peter Mel, Jim Knost
Director
Director
Dana Brown
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Surfing & Boardsports, Extreme Sports, Sports Stories
Rent The September Issue on DVD The September Issue
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Director R.J. Cutler's documentary offers a rare look inside Vogue as the fashion magazine's influential editor, Anna Wintour, and creative director, Grace Coddington, produce the highly anticipated September issue.
Cast
Cast
Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Charles Churchward, Oscar de la Renta, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Philip Lim, Coco Rocha, Mario Testino, Isabel Toledo, Vera Wang, Grace Coddington, André Leon Talley, John Galliano
Director
Director
R.J. Cutler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Style & Beauty
Rent Born to Be Wild: IMAX on DVD Born to Be Wild: IMAX
Synopsis
Filmed in IMAX, this documentary captures the unique and intimate connections that developed between two scientists and two species -- orangutans and elephants -- as the men worked to save the orphaned beasts and return them to the wild.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Freeman, Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick
Director
Director
David Lickley
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Dave Chappelle's Block Party on DVD Dave Chappelle's Block Party
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Comedian extraordinaire Dave Chappelle hosts this remarkable block party shot in Brooklyn, N.Y., featuring performances by Kanye West, Mos Def, The Roots, the reunited Fugees and many others.
Cast
Cast
Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Mos Def, The Roots, Fugees, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu
Director
Director
Michel Gondry
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rap & Hip-Hop, Contemporary R&B, Urban & Dance
Rent Justin Bieber: Never Say Never on DVD Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
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In this high-energy musical documentary, teen singing sensation Justin Bieber provides personal snapshots from throughout his career, starting with his first set of drums and culminating with scenes from his triumphant 2010 concert tour.
Cast
Cast
Justin Bieber, Boys II Men, Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston, Ludacris, Jaden Smith, Usher, Pattie Mallette
Director
Director
Jon M. Chu
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Pop, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent The Last Waltz on DVD The Last Waltz
Synopsis
Director Martin Scorcese captures the legendary final concert by The Band, staged at San Francisco's Winterland arena on Thanksgiving Day 1976. Along with revealing interviews, the concert footage features Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.
Cast
Cast
The Band, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Outfoxed: Murdoch's War on Journalism on DVD Outfoxed: Murdoch's War on Journalism
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Filmmaker Robert Greenwald delivers a no-holds-barred documentary on Rupert Murdoch's Fox News cable channel, which has been criticized in certain quarters as running a "race to the bottom" in television news. Featuring interviews with a range of media experts, the film offers an in-depth look at the dangers of burgeoning corporations that take control of the public's right to know and explores Murdoch's ever-expanding media empire.
Cast
Cast
Jeff Cohen, Bob McChesney, David Brock, Jeff Chester, Chellie Pingree, Eric Alterman, Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, George W. Bush
Director
Director
Robert Greenwald
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Anvil! The Story of Anvil on DVD Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Synopsis
Formed by two 14-year-olds in the 1970s, heavy metal band Anvil influenced other acts, such as Anthrax and Metallica. This documentary joins Anvil's now middle-aged founders as they cope with obsoleteness and try to end their careers on a high note.
Cast
Cast
Anvil, Robb Reiner, Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Slash, Lars Ulrich, Tom Araya, Lemmy Kilmister, Scott Ian
Director
Director
Sacha Gervasi
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Hard Rock & Heavy Metal, Rock & Pop
Rent Everest: IMAX on DVD Everest: IMAX
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Noted climber David Breashears leads an IMAX crew to the top of Mount Everest and provides the first 360-degree view from Earth's highest peak. Along the way, the group faces avalanches, scarce oxygen, hazardous ice walls and a deadly snowstorm.
Cast
Cast
Liam Neeson
Director
Director
Stephen Judson, David Breashears, Greg MacGillivray
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Mountaineering & Climbing, Blockbusters, IMAX
Rent It Might Get Loud on DVD It Might Get Loud
Synopsis
Guitar greats Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White discuss their own musical styles, eventually meeting up to play each others' songs: Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying," U2's "I Will Follow" and the White Stripes' "Dead Leaves and Dirty Ground."
Cast
Cast
Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Link Wray
Director
Director
Davis Guggenheim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Modern & Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop, Blues
Rent Cocaine Cowboys on DVD Cocaine Cowboys
Synopsis
This penetrating documentary from director Billy Corben pulls out all the stops to explore the many dimensions of Miami's cocaine-trafficking boom of the 1980s, as told by the smugglers, cops and average citizens who were there. The film is an unflinching study of Miami's most notorious and lethal vice -- from how the drug was moved and its financial impact on the city to the havoc and violence that followed in its wake.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Billy Corben
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent No Direction Home: Bob Dylan on DVD No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Synopsis
This exhaustive film biography is a moving tribute to rock legend Bob Dylan by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, featuring never-before-seen footage, rare concert performances and intimate interviews with members of the musician's inner circle.
Cast
Cast
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Mavis Staples, Peter Yarrow, Bob Johnston, D.A. Pennebaker, Al Kooper
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Singer-Songwriters, Classic Rock, American Folk & Bluegrass, Rock & Pop, PBS Documentaries
Rent Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed on DVD Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Synopsis
Hosted by Ben Stein, this controversial documentary examines how pro-intelligent design scholars and scientists are often chastised, fired or denied tenured positions by those who believe in Darwin's theory of evolution. Nathan Frankowski's film explores how scientists who believe in God are oppressed and how the acceptance of Darwinism might have played a role in the formation of the Nazi regime.
Cast
Cast
Ben Stein, Jason Collett, Hector Avalos, Paul Zachary Myers, Anderson Cooper, Doug Axe, David Berlinski, Walter Bradley, Bruce Chapman, Daniel Dennett
Director
Director
Nathan Frankowski
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality
Rent The King of Kong on DVD The King of Kong
Synopsis
When Steve Wiebe got laid off, he turned to the classic arcade game Donkey Kong for solace; soon, he challenged Billy Mitchell's long-standing record score. So began the bitter rivalry that lies at the heart of this curiously compelling documentary.
Cast
Cast
Billy Mitchell, Steve Wiebe, Walter Day, Todd Rogers, Steve Sanders, Brian Kuh, Roy Shildt, Doris Self, Nicole Wiebe, Mark Alpiger
Director
Director
Seth Gordon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Triumph of the Underdogs
Rent Ken Burns: The Civil War on DVD Ken Burns: The Civil War
Synopsis
This documentary masterpiece from Ken Burns depicts the strategies and action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of generals, field soldiers, politicians, heroes and a beleaguered president.
Cast
Cast
Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Garrison Keillor, Arthur Miller
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent The Bridge on DVD The Bridge
Synopsis
Over the span of a year, cameras capture tormented souls trying to kill themselves by leaping from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, underscoring the landmark's rep as the world's most popular suicide destination.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Eric Steel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Frost Nixon: Watergate Interviews on DVD Frost Nixon: Watergate Interviews
Synopsis
In this edited collection of interviews, tenacious British journalist David Frost conducts his now-famous 1977 talk with Richard Nixon in which the former president candidly discusses the Watergate scandal and its aftermath. Additional footage includes Frost's reflections on the interview and his reaction to "Frost/Nixon," the Tony-winning stage play and subsequent film inspired by his history-making work.
Cast
Cast
Richard Nixon, David Frost
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries
Rent Dogtown and Z-Boys on DVD Dogtown and Z-Boys
Synopsis
Legendary skateboarder Stacy Peralta directed this fast-paced, award-winning documentary that focuses on the Z-Boys of Venice Beach, Calif., who revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s when they infused surfing techniques into the sport. Credited with founding skating culture as we know it, these young, innovative guys became legends in the field, and the depth of their influence is still felt in a variety of sports -- and society -- today.
Cast
Cast
Jay Adams, Bob Biniak, Paul Constantineau, Shogo Kubo, Jim Muir, Peggy Oki, Stacy Peralta, Sean Penn
Director
Director
Stacy Peralta
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Skateboarding, Extreme Sports, Sports Stories
Rent Riding Giants on DVD Riding Giants
Synopsis
Those who can't get enough of point breaks and "shooting curls" will appreciate this comprehensive look at the history of surfing, from its origins as a tiny subculture to its widespread resurgence -- and surfers' ongoing obsession with the sport. Stacy Peralta (who also helmed the acclaimed skateboard documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys) directs this critically lauded opener to the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll, Jeff Clark, Dave Kalama, Brian L. Keaulana, Titus Kinimaka, Darrick Doerner, Gabrielle Reece, Kelly Slater
Director
Director
Stacy Peralta
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Water Sports, Surfing & Boardsports, Sports Documentaries, Extreme Sports, Sports Stories
Rent 2016: Obama's America on DVD 2016: Obama's America
Synopsis
Conservative best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza questions where America will be in 2016 if President Barack Obama were to serve a second term, and hypothesizes about how Obama's past will influence his politics over the next four years.
Cast
Cast
Dinesh D'Souza
Director
Director
Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Future of Food on DVD The Future of Food
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Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia's eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation's smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Deborah Koons
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent Deliver Us from Evil on DVD Deliver Us from Evil
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated documentary investigates the life pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady and exposes corruption that allowed him to abuse countless children. Victims' stories and a disturbing interview with O'Grady offer a view into his troubled mind.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Amy Berg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Rize on DVD Rize
Synopsis
Former commercial photographer and music video director David LaChapelle delves into the "krumping" culture in South Central Los Angeles, capturing the unbelievable gyrations of dancers with moves so quick that they warrant a special disclaimer.
Cast
Cast
Tommy the Clown, Larry Berry, Dragon, La Niña, Miss Prissy, Kevin Scott Richardson, Lil C., Tight Eyez
Director
Director
David LaChapelle
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Hip-Hop & Contemporary Dance, Dance
Rent Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on DVD Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral
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Matt Damon narrates this documentary chronicling Howard Zinn's commitment to social change through archival materials, commentary from Zinn and interviews with contemporaries Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker, among others.
Cast
Cast
Howard Zinn, Matt Damon, Daniel Berrigan, Alice Walker, Tom Hayden, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Marian Wright Edelman
Director
Director
Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Gonzo on DVD Gonzo
Synopsis
Always ready to hurl himself into the heart of the action, journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson was fearless as well as reckless. This admiring documentary looks beyond his wild antics to focus on the pluck and principles that made him a success. Home movies, audiotapes and unpublished materials offer added insight into a complex cult figure renowned for his love of sex, drugs and alcohol. Johnny Depp narrates.
Cast
Cast
Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Sonny Barger, Tom Wolfe, Sondi Wright, Jimmy Carter, Pat Buchanan, George McGovern, Ralph Steadman, Douglas Brinkley, Jann Wenner
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Rivers and Tides on DVD Rivers and Tides
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This astonishing documentary from Thomas Riedelsheimer shadows renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy as he creates works of art with ice, driftwood, leaves, stone, dirt and snow in open fields, beaches, rivers, creeks and forests. With each new creation, he carefully studies the energetic flow and transitory nature of his work. The film won the Golden Gate Award Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the 2003 San Francisco International Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Andy Goldsworthy
Director
Director
Thomas Riedelsheimer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Sculpture, Art & Design
Rent 20 Feet from Stardom on DVD 20 Feet from Stardom
Synopsis
Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of backup vocalists, weaving together interviews with legendary singers with the voices that support them.
Cast
Cast
Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega
Director
Director
Morgan Neville
Genres
Genres
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Rent Taxi to the Dark Side on DVD Taxi to the Dark Side
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Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) directs this Best Documentary Oscar winner that uses interviews, news footage and firsthand reports to examine the Bush administration's policy on torture. The film focuses on the case of an Afghan taxi driver who picked up three passengers and never returned home. Instead, he wound up dead at the Bagram Air Base, killed by injuries inflicted by U.S. soldiers.
Cast
Cast
Brian Keith Allen
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Roger & Me on DVD Roger & Me
Synopsis
In this blistering, satirical documentary, ex-journalist Michael Moore gives a personal account of the tough times in his hometown of Flint, Mich., after the General Motors plant was closed in the mid-1980s. The film revolves around Moore's dogged attempts to gain an interview with Roger Smith, the elusive and well-insulated head of GM and the man responsible for massive layoffs that eliminated more than 30,000 jobs and left the town destitute.
Cast
Cast
Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Pat Boone, Anita Bryant, Ronald Reagan, Bob Eubanks
Director
Director
Michael Moore
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Buena Vista Social Club on DVD Buena Vista Social Club
Synopsis
In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the group's gigs in Amsterdam and New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music -- but also the musicians' life stories.
Cast
Cast
Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rueben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, Joachim Cooder, Amadito Valdés
Director
Director
Wim Wenders
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Afro-Cuban & Latin Jazz, Latin Music
Rent The Devil and Daniel Johnston on DVD The Devil and Daniel Johnston
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In his second film, former commercial director Jeff Feuerzeig tackles the documentary format, introducing the world to Daniel Johnston -- a reclusive musical genius now in the throes of manic depression. Blending up-to-date footage with home movies, archival material and rare audio, Feuerzeig creates a dizzying -- and heartbreaking -- portrait of a man whose inner demons are taking over, one delusion at a time.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Johnston
Director
Director
Jeff Feuerzeig
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries
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This captivating DisneyNature documentary follows two mother brown bears as they raise cubs amid the splendor of the Alaskan wilderness. Over the course of a year, the cubs play in the snow, learn how to fish and elude a predatory wolf pack.
Cast
Cast
John C. Reilly
Director
Director
Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Genres
Genres
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Rent The Heart of the Game on DVD The Heart of the Game
Synopsis
Attending predominantly white Roosevelt High because her mother thinks she'll have better opportunities under the school's successful coach, gifted black hoopster Darnellia Russell puts herself -- and her coach -- through the wringer. Shot in a suburban Seattle high school over a seven-year period, director Ward Serrill's stirring documentary explores the complicated relationship between gender, race and organized sports.
Cast
Cast
Darnellia Russell, Bill Resler, Joyce Walker, Ludacris
Director
Director
Ward Serrill
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Basketball, Sports Stories, Sports Documentaries, African-American Documentaries
Rent Standing in the Shadows of Motown on DVD Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Synopsis
Director Paul Justman's music-infused documentary chronicles the reunion of the Funk Brothers -- the anonymous backup group that from 1959 to 1972 provided the music for nearly every hit produced by Berry Gordy's famous Motown Records.
Cast
Cast
Andre Braugher, Earl Van Dyke, Joe Hunter, Johnny Griffith, Eddie Willis, Joe Messina, Robert White, Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin, Richard 'Pistol' Allen, Uriel Jones, James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt, Jack Ashford, Eddie 'Bongo' Brown, Ben Harper, Chaka Khan, Tom Scott, Martha Reeves, Bootsy Collins, Montell Jordan, Gerald Levert, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Joan Osborne, Rudy Robinson
Director
Director
Paul Justman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Classic R&B/Soul, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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