Top Historical Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

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
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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
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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.
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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 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 The Last Days on DVD The Last Days
Synopsis
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 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 When the Levees Broke on DVD When the Levees Broke
Synopsis
Spike Lee commemorates the people of New Orleans with a four-hour epic documentary that not only recounts the events of late August 2005 but asks why they unfolded the way they did in the first place. Weaving interviews with news footage and amateur video, Lee uses the film to give meaningful voice to the people who were left behind. With a detached and unsentimental eye, he delivers a poignant account of a major moment in recent U.S. history.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent 9/11 on DVD 9/11
Synopsis
This heartfelt documentary was created by award-winning French filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet, who simply set out to make a movie about a rookie NYC fireman and ended up filming the tragic event that changed our lives forever. The program includes additional footage and interviews with the heroic firefighters, rescue workers and the Naudet brothers, providing exclusive insight to their extraordinary firsthand experience of the day's events.
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Cast
Director
Director
Jules Naudet, Gedeon Naudet, James Hanlon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, CBS
Rent Lewis and Clark: The Journey on DVD Lewis and Clark: The Journey
Synopsis
Sent by President Jefferson to find the fabled Northwest Passage, Lewis and Clark led the most courageous and important expedition in American history. It was the United States' first exploration of the West and one of the nation's most enduring adventures. Journey with them across a breath-taking landscape for an experience that explores the history -- and the promise -- of America.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ken Burns
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Family Adventures, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent The Nazis: A Warning from History on DVD The Nazis: A Warning from History
Synopsis
Through archival footage and interviews with those who survived Adolph Hitler's reign -- including unrepentant Nazis -- this comprehensive documentary series sheds new light on the rise of the Third Reich in Germany. Chapters reveal how the Nazi state compelled ordinary people to commit atrocities, the order and disorder within the German army, and Hitler's propensity for getting his minions to do his work, among other enlightening facts.
Cast
Cast
Samuel West
Director
Director
Laurence Rees, Tilman Remme
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent I Have Never Forgotten You on DVD I Have Never Forgotten You
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Richard Trank's documentary relays the remarkable story of architect turned Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. After losing nearly 90 family members in the Holocaust and surviving a death camp, Wiesenthal helped track down more than 1,000 war criminals.
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Cast
Simon Wiesenthal, Ben Kingsley, Nicole Kidman
Director
Director
Richard Trank
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Judaica
Rent Nanking on DVD Nanking
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This harrowing documentary chronicles what became known as the "rape of Nanking," a World War II-era tragedy in which more than 200,000 Chinese citizens were murdered and tens of thousands were raped at the hands of Japanese soldiers.
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Cast
Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz, Mariel Hemingway, Chris Mulkey, Jürgen Prochnow, Sonny Saito, Graham Sibley, Mark Valley, Robert Wu, Woody Harrelson
Director
Director
Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Jonestown: The Life.... of Peoples Temple on DVD Jonestown: The Life.... of Peoples Temple
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How could one man -- Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones -- persuade 900 people to commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid in the jungles of Guyana? This penetrating portrait of the demented preacher attempts to answer that question. Using never-before-seen footage and audio accounts of two Jonestown survivors, documentarian Stanley Nelson paints a chilling picture of a social experiment gone horribly awry.
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Cast
Director
Director
Stanley Nelson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent New York on DVD New York
Synopsis
Hours of magnificent programming chronicle the history of New York City, from its beginning in 1609, through the turbulent years of change in the decades after World War II, to its present status as one of the planet's most important urban centers. Released in 1999 before the iconic Twin Towers were destroyed, this sweeping documentary series shows a New York that has since changed but that -- at its core -- never lost its spirit.
Cast
Cast
David Ogden Stiers
Director
Director
Ric Burns
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent National Geographic: Guns, Germs and Steel on DVD National Geographic: Guns, Germs and Steel
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After journeying to the four corners of the world to unearth the causes of inequality, professor Jared Diamond came up with a straightforward explanation: People's fortunes hinge on their geography and their contact with guns, germs and steel.
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Cast
Peter Coyote, Jared Diamond
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent The Times of Harvey Milk on DVD The Times of Harvey Milk
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Harvey Fierstein narrates this documentary by Rob Epstein about San Francisco's most colorful -- and tragic -- political figure: Harvey Milk, a staunch fighter for gay rights who helped forge a presence for the city's gay community in city hall. Milk became the first openly gay member of San Francisco's combative city council. But his life, along with Mayor George Moscone's, was cut short by infamous fellow politico Dan White.
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Cast
Harvey Fierstein
Director
Director
Rob Epstein
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, LGBT, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Napoleon on DVD Napoleon
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This gripping PBS-produced offering charts the course of this larger-than-life emperor, from his birth on the island of Corsica to his eventual exile on another island, St. Helena. In between, of course, are his military exploits and achievements. Also examined are his undying love for his muse, Josephine, his marriage to an Austrian royal much younger than him and his impressive failure to conquer Russia in an ill-conceived invasion.
Cast
Cast
David McCullough, Napoleon
Director
Director
David Grubin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent The Weather Underground on DVD The Weather Underground
Synopsis
Lili Taylor narrates this documentary that tells the story of the rise and fall of the controversial group of idealistic young people who tried to violently overthrow the U.S. government in the 1960s and '70s.
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Cast
Billy Ayers, Kathleen Cleaver, Bernadine Dohrn, Brian Flanagan, David Gilbert, Todd Gitlin, Naomi Jaffe, Mark Rudd, Laura Whitehorn, Lili Taylor, Pamela Z
Director
Director
Sam Green, Bill Siegel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent My Architect: A Son's Journey on DVD My Architect: A Son's Journey
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Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn examines the life and career of his father, architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974), whose work included the Salk Institute and the Parliament and Capitol Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Among other surprising facts, the Oscar-nominated film reveals that the elder Kahn died of a heart attack in a Penn Station bathroom, unidentified and broke despite having been one of the century's most influential visionaries.
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Cast
Louis I. Kahn, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, Frank O. Gehry
Director
Director
Nathaniel Kahn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent One Day in September on DVD One Day in September
Synopsis
In 1972, eight Palestinian terrorists interrupted the Munich Olympics by taking 11 Israeli athletes hostage. Michael Douglas narrates this Oscar-winning documentary about the siege and subsequent failed rescue attempt. The film features historical footage as well as new interviews with surviving terrorist Jamal Al-Gashey and various officials detailing how the German police botched the rescue operation, leading to the death of all 11 hostages.
Cast
Cast
Michael Douglas
Director
Director
Kevin MacDonald
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Sports Stories, Sports Documentaries, Olympics & Other Games, Crime Documentaries
Rent The Art of the Steal on DVD The Art of the Steal
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A gripping tale of intrigue and mystery in the art world, this film traces the history of the Barnes collection of Post-Impressionist paintings, which was worth billions and became the subject of a power struggle after the 1951 death of the owner. Dr. Albert Barnes collected 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos and many other valuable paintings. But the political wrangling over the collection eventually led to its division.
Cast
Cast
Albert Barnes
Director
Director
Don Argott
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Painting
Rent Ken Burns: The War on DVD Ken Burns: The War
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A seven-part series brings World War II to life through the harrowing personal accounts of a handful of soldiers and others from "typical" American towns, recreating visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more.
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Cast
Quentin Aanenson, Adam Arkin, Kevin Conway, Keith David, Josh Lucas
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Beyond the Gates of Splendor on DVD Beyond the Gates of Splendor
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This documentary tells the extraordinary story of five American missionaries who, in 1956, were killed in Ecuador by the indigenous Waodani tribe. After the murders, family members of the slain men take up the missionaries' work with the Waodani.
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Cast
Steve Saint, Carmela, Dawa, Dayumae, Frank Drown, Kathy Saint Drown, Elisabeth Elliot Gren, Dave Howard, Kimo, Olive Fleming Liefeld, Christopher Maleki, Marilou McCully
Director
Director
Jim Hanon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries
Rent The Most Dangerous Man in America on DVD The Most Dangerous Man in America
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Revisiting a pivotal point in American history, this documentary chronicles Pentagon insider Daniel Ellsberg's daring endeavor to leak top-secret government papers that disclosed shocking truths about the Vietnam War and Nixon's presidency.
Cast
Cast
John Dean, Daniel Ellsberg, Patricia Ellsberg, Richard Falk, Max Frankel, Mike Gravel, Morton Halperin, Egil "Bud" Krogh, Howard Zinn
Director
Director
Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent A History of Britain on DVD A History of Britain
Synopsis
This fascinating documentary discards timelines and tiresome lineages for a lively look at the personalities and cultures that infuse England's past. Hosted by noted historian Simon Schama, the series travels from India to Ireland, and from the Norman Invasion to the American Revolution, spotlighting the epic themes and towering figures that transformed an island at the edge of the world into the greatest empire on earth.
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Cast
Simon Schama, James Bolam, Bill Paterson, Timothy West, David Threlfall
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Liberty! The American Revolution on DVD Liberty! The American Revolution
Synopsis
This PBS production showcases the events that led up to the American War for Independence, in comprehensive and sequential order. No stone is left unturned, as everything from the Boston Tea Party to the approval of the U.S. Constitution is explored. The documentary combines narration, reenactments of events, interviews with academics and historians, actors' dramatic readings of letters and diaries written at the time and much more.
Cast
Cast
Roger Rees, Campbell Scott, Terrence Mann, Donna Murphy
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda on DVD Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda
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A decade after the genocide in which Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 Rwandans, PBS's Frontline series takes a hard look at how such an atrocity occurred through the lens of social, political and diplomatic factors. The program provides firsthand accounts of the situation through interviews with officials, relief workers, U.N. peacekeepers, diplomats and survivors, and explores whether a similar situation could occur again.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Life and Debt on DVD Life and Debt
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Director Stephanie Black's documentary examines how policies of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other aid organizations have altered the Jamaican economy over the past 25 years, leaving the locals to struggle in poverty. Author Jamaica Kincaid narrates passages from her book on the topic, <i>A Small Place</i>, with Belinda Becker to a reggae soundtrack that includes songs by Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Mutubaruka and Peter Tosh.
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Cast
Jamaica Kincaid, Belinda Becker, Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Mutubaruka, Peter Tosh
Director
Director
Stephanie Black
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent The Gatekeepers on DVD The Gatekeepers
Synopsis
Meet six leaders of Israel's secret service, the Shin Bet, which has dealt with conflict amid the quest for peace for nearly 50 years. For the first time, these men discuss the challenging truths and consequences of their counterterrorism mission.
Cast
Cast
Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri, Avraham Shalom
Director
Director
Dror Moreh
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Hebrew Language, Israel
Rent Tesla: Master of Lightning on DVD Tesla: Master of Lightning
Synopsis
Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, the person truly responsible for developing AC power transmission and radio, is the focus of this scientifically accurate documentary, which is based on historical evidence gathered over several years. Through rare visual materials and autobiographical writings, the program sheds light on the often misunderstood genius who had no formal science training yet rivaled contemporaries such as Thomas Edison.
Cast
Cast
Stacy Keach, Elisabeth Noone
Director
Director
Robert Uth
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS
Rent Last Stand of the 300 on DVD Last Stand of the 300
Synopsis
With factual heft and epic zeal, this informative History Channel documentary chronicles the true story of some 300 Spartan soldiers who held their ground against an onslaught of Persian adversaries -- and inspired director Zach Snyder's hit 300. Digital animation combines with vivid, live-action footage to produce a stirring account of a pivotal battle that would change the course of the Western world.
Cast
Cast
Orion Barnes, TJ Cencula, Brian Danner, Megan Nguyen, Daniel R. Wolfe
Director
Director
David Padrusch
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics, History Channel
Rent The Celluloid Closet on DVD The Celluloid Closet
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Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this acclaimed documentary takes its name from Vito Russo's groundbreaking book. The filmmakers examine the subtext of more than 100 Hollywood movies -- including Spartacus, Rope and Thelma and Louise -- and chart the cinematic journey of lesbian and gay characters. Film clips are paired with director, producer and actor interviews featuring, among others, Gore Vidal, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.
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Cast
Tony Curtis, Lily Tomlin, Harvey Fierstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon
Director
Director
Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Genres
Genres
LGBT, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Hearts and Minds on DVD Hearts and Minds
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This Academy Award-winning documentary casts a sharp eye toward the U.S. government's costly all-out effort during the Vietnam War. Director Peter Davis uses war footage, newsreels, speeches and interviews to make a compelling argument against war.
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Cast
Georges Bidault, Clark Clifford, George Coker, Kay Dvorshock, Daniel Ellsberg, Randy Floyd, J. William Fulbright, William C. Westmoreland
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent 4 Little Girls on DVD 4 Little Girls
Synopsis
Director Spike Lee uses this feature-length documentary to tell the story of the 1963 bombing of an Alabama African-American church -- an event that took the lives of four young girls and became a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle. Lee's film examines the crime and its perpetrators as well as the four young victims (as described by friends and families). It also includes interviews with noted civil rights activists and journalists.
Cast
Cast
Maxine McNair, Wamo Reed Robertson, Dianne Braddock, Chris McNair, Helen Pegues, Queen Nunn, Arthur Hanes Jr., Howell Raines, Harold McNair, Carole C., Smitherman
Director
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, African-American Documentaries
Rent Bonhoeffer on DVD Bonhoeffer
Synopsis
This poignant documentary traces the life of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was one of the first to speak up against Adolph Hitler throughout Hitler's rise to power. Bonhoeffer organized the Confessing Church, the only structured revolt against Hitler, and turned to his roots as a devout Christian for the strength to take a political stand for Jews everywhere.
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Cast
Klaus Maria Brandauer, Martin Doblmeier, Richard Mancini, Adele Schmidt, Eberhard Bethge, John de Gruchy, Geffrey Kelly, Desmond Tutu, Ruth Alice von Bismarck
Director
Director
Martin Doblmeier
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality, Inspirational Biographies
Rent The Rape of Europa on DVD The Rape of Europa
Synopsis
Joan Allen narrates this documentary that chronicles 12 years of the Nazis' pillaging works of art throughout Europe and the international effort to locate, protect and return millions of valuable treasures. The film traces the story of art lovers and everyday heroes who tried to thwart the looting Nazis and reveals how experts from Europe and the United States are working to recover priceless works of art missing or hidden for decades.
Cast
Cast
Joan Allen
Director
Director
Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham, Bonni Cohen
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent Steal a Pencil for Me on DVD Steal a Pencil for Me
Synopsis
Director Mich&#232;le Ohayon's moving documentary chronicles the unshakeable romance between Jack Polak and Ina Soep of Amsterdam, who met and fell in love despite their deportation to Nazi concentration camps during the war. As they corresponded with love letters composed on any scrap of paper they could find, the couple's blossoming relationship coincided with the horrors of the Holocaust and their internment in Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen.
Cast
Cast
Jack Polak, Ina Soep
Director
Director
Michele Ohayon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Judaica
Rent Founding Fathers on DVD Founding Fathers
Synopsis
The men (and women) who shaped the formative years of the United States of America did so at great personal risk with little possibility of proportional personal reward. But the men's known political, religious and social beliefs are often only their legendary personas; in this series (originally aired on The History Channel), discover the remarkable, unseen private sides of the men who risked everything for the cause of American independence.
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Cast
Brian Dennehy, James Woods, Beau Bridges, Edward Herrmann, Burt Reynolds, Peter Coyote, Michael York
Director
Director
Mark Hufnail, Melissa Peltier
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent The Trials of Henry Kissinger on DVD The Trials of Henry Kissinger
Synopsis
This documentary based on a book by Christopher Hitchens paints former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a warmonger responsible for military cover-ups in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor, as well as the assassination of a Chilean leader in 1970.
Cast
Cast
Henry Kissinger, William Safire, Alexander Haig, Seymour Hersh, Christopher Hitchens, Brian Cox
Director
Director
Eugene Jarecki
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Ken Burns' America: The Shakers on DVD Ken Burns' America: The Shakers
Synopsis
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns directs this look at the unique religion and the peaceful and productive pastimes the Shakers practice on a daily basis. In this engrossing exploration of a little-known part of American culture, Burns brings to life the history, politics, and dynamic personalities that made the Shaker phenomenon possible -- and that make it symbolic of all that America is and was.
Cast
Cast
David McCullough
Director
Director
Ken Burns
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality
Rent Constantine's Sword on DVD Constantine's Sword
Synopsis
This documentary examines the history of anti-Semitism in the Catholic Church and the link between the U.S. military and the Christian right. From Constantine's reign in the fourth century to today's evangelical base at the Air Force Academy.
Cast
Cast
Liev Schreiber, Eli Wallach, Natasha Richardson
Director
Director
Oren Jacoby
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries
Rent National Geographic: Inside the Vatican on DVD National Geographic: Inside the Vatican
Synopsis
Martin Sheen narrates National Geographic's behind-the-scenes peek into the inner workings of the Vatican, one of the most famous, yet mysterious, locales on Earth. With access into the private chapels and papal quarters, no stone is left unturned. For nearly 2,000 years, the Vatican has managed to remain mostly unchanged spiritually and physically as the world has endured repeated wars, famines and political upheavals.
Cast
Cast
Martin Sheen
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, National Geographic, TV Documentaries
Rent Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior / President on DVD Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior / President
Synopsis
Ulysses S. Grant was one of America's most paradoxical leaders. The greatest hero of the Civil War, Grant was a brilliant military strategist who rose from obscurity to George Washington's former rank. Propelled into the White House by his battlefield success, Grant lacked the political skills to deal with reconstructing the South and managing the nation's rapidly expanding economy, and his life after the White House was filled with disaster.
Cast
Cast
Liev Schreiber
Director
Director
Adriana Bosch, Elizabeth Deane
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross on DVD The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross
Synopsis
Taking on the gargantuan task of chronicling two centuries of conflict, this fascinating documentary begins in 1096 A.D. -- the year Christian soldiers seized the city of Jerusalem from Muslim forces. The program follows the Crusades through the 13th century via a stunning blend of theatrical reenactments, computer-generated imagery and on-location footage. Produced by the History Channel, the show is thought provoking and educational.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, History Channel, TV Documentaries
Rent Fidel on DVD Fidel
Synopsis
This documentary by director Estela Bravo takes a look at the political and social impact the immensely powerful Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has had on the world during the 40-plus years he's been in power. Through interviews with politicians (Nelson Mandela, Arthur Schlesinger), friends (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), and other cultural experts (Alice Walker), Fidel's personality and work are explored and discussed.
Cast
Cast
Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, Vlasta Vrana, Harry Belafonte, Sydney Pollack, Ted Turner, Alice Walker, Nelson Mandela, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Angela Davis
Director
Director
Estela Bravo
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State on DVD Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
Synopsis
This six-part documentary series tackles one of World War II's -- and history's -- most disquieting and repugnant subjects: the Holocaust and its infamous killing factory, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Cast
Cast
Samuel West, Linda Ellerbee, Linda Hunt, Horst-Gunter Marx, Klaus Mikoleit
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom, BBC
Rent America: Imagine the World Without Her on DVD America: Imagine the World Without Her
Synopsis
What would the world look like if America never existed? Dinesh D'Souza, best-selling author and creator of 2016: OBAMA'S AMERICA, explores this fascinating question in this stirring, thought-provoking documentary.
Cast
Cast
Russell W. Reed,  John Koopman,  Tina Fortune
Director
Director
John Sullivan
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Christmas Unwrapped on DVD Christmas Unwrapped
Synopsis
Christmas abounds with traditions, from neighborhood carolers to lovingly decorated trees, but from where did all these rituals emerge? This enlightening program looks at the origins of the Western world's most popular Christmas traditions -- from the significance of December 25th and its relationship to winter solstice to the enchanting legend of Santa Claus and Prince Albert's 1841 unveiling of the Christmas tree.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Alison Guss
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, History Channel, Christmas
Rent Ken Burns: The West on DVD Ken Burns: The West
Synopsis
Historian and Oscar nominee Ken Burns and his talented team mine vintage photographs, music, maps, letters, newspapers and more to bring to life the struggles and challenges Americans faced in the 19th century as they embarked on westward expansion.
Cast
Cast
Peter Coyote, Philip Bosco, Murphy Guyer, Jimmy Smits, John Trudell, Eli Wallach, Adam Arkin, Jason Robards, Peter Gallagher, Arthur Miller, Hector Elizondo, George Plimpton, Charlie McDowell, Tim Sampson, Tantoo Cardinal
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Grass on DVD Grass
Synopsis
Narrated by actor and pot activist Woody Harrelson, this slick and snappy documentary chronicles the history of marijuana use and prohibition from the early 1900s through modern day. Biased toward legalization in tone, the clever if subjective film reveals the absurdity of government anti-grass tactics. Comic Tommy Chong also lends his voice to this informative and amusing illustration of how one substance among many has created such a clamor.
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Cast
Woody Harrelson, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, Ronald Reagan, Robert Mitchum, John Lennon, John F. Kennedy, Timothy Leary, George Bush Sr., Yoko Ono, Cab Calloway, Richard Nixon, Nancy Davis, Jerry Garcia
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Wildest Dream on DVD The Wildest Dream
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When Conrad Anker finds the body of George Mallory on Mount Everest 75 years after Mallory's death, Anker becomes obsessed with learning whether the man determined to become the first to reach the mountain's summit actually met his goal before dying. Narrated by Liam Neeson, this visually spectacular documentary also features the voices of Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson and Hugh Dancy.
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Cast
Conrad Anker, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Leo Houlding, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Hugh Dancy
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Anthony Geffen
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Rent Connections 1 on DVD Connections 1
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How did a test of gold's purity in 500 B.C. lead to the invention of the atomic bomb? James Burke, host of this beloved 1978 TV documentary series, makes this and other beguiling connections between history and science. Combing through 12,000 years of history, this Sherlock Holmes of science finds clues that led to various modern inventions. Burke's droll humor, careful reenactments and stirring use of classical music helped to make this a BBC hit.
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James Burke
Director
Director
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, United Kingdom, TV Documentaries, Foreign Regions
Rent The Dark Ages on DVD The Dark Ages
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Beginning with Rome's fall in the fifth century, this History Channel presentation sheds light on the Dark Ages, covering the continent-wide chaos, including raids by Vikings, Vandals and Visigoths, bubonic plague, famine, civil unrest and more. The program takes viewers from the darkest of times to the dawn of a new beginning as the turmoil besieging Europe gives rise to the Crusades, the Enlightenment and the Renaissance.
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Director
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Rent Simon Schama: The Power of Art on DVD Simon Schama: The Power of Art
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Renowned art historian Simon Schama explores the power and passion of art, examining eight of history's most influential works. Follow the progression of artistic vision through the ages, from 17th-century Europe to 1950s New York, with historical reenactments and Schama's trademark storytelling. The program features the in-depth stories behind works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko.
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Cast
Allan Corduner, Andy Serkis, Simon Schama
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Director
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Rent The Mysteries of Egypt: IMAX on DVD The Mysteries of Egypt: IMAX
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Filmed in the IMAX format, this grand adventure presents a detailed look at the wonders left behind by an ancient civilization. Omar Sharif narrates as breathtaking aerial views of the pyramids and the Nile Delta soar across the screen. Thanks to the format, viewers feel like they're right inside the ancient structures, walking the dusty corridors and approaching a pharaoh's burial chamber.
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Rent Riding the Rails: American Experience on DVD Riding the Rails: American Experience
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This landmark "American Experience" episode chronicles the story of 250,000 American teenagers who left their homes to ride freight trains across the country during the Great Depression -- adventures that were borne out of necessity. Interviews with witnesses and rare footage accurately document the emotion and angst of the teens. The soundtrack includes music from various folk artists such as Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, and Brownie McGhee.
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Cast
Richard Thomas, C.R. 'Tiny' Boland, Bob 'Guitar Whitey' Symmonds, Charley Bull, James San Jule, Rene Champion, Arvel 'Sunshine' Pearson, Peggy De Hart, Jim Mitchell, John Fawcett, Clarence Lee
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The True Story of Charlie Wilson's War on DVD The True Story of Charlie Wilson's War
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Charlie Wilson was a Texas congressman who became part of an unbelievable stunt in which he helped funnel more than $300 million into a covert effort to fund Afghanistan's war against the Soviet Union. Going beyond the Hollywood dramatization Charlie Wilson's War, this eye-opening film details the whole shocking story of Wilson's involvement in the scheme, along with CIA agent Gust Avrakotos and socialite Joanne Herring.
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Cast
Frank V. Gaide, Michelle Ashley, Melanie Morgan
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent The Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha on DVD The Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha
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Through a tapestry of paintings and sculptures, this documentary explores the life of the Buddha, his quest for serenity and his enlightenment. Insightful interviews shed light on Buddhism and its relevance today.
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Cast
Dalai Lama, W.S. Merwin, Richard Gere
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Director
David Grubin
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Rent America: The Story of Us on DVD America: The Story of Us
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Narrated by Liev Schreiber, this miniseries highlights momentous events in American history, including the arrival of the Pilgrims, the American Revolution, the Civil War and the incredible lunar landing.
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Cast
Danny Webb, Liev Schreiber, James Meigs, Al Sharpton, H.W. Brands, Annette Gordon-Reed, Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Michael Douglas, Colin Powell, Richard Machowicz, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Michael Strahan, John Lasseter, David Baldacci
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Nick Green, Marion Milne, Andrew Chater, Jenny Ash, Clare Beavan, Renny Bartlett
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Documentary, TV Miniseries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided on DVD Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
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An unlikely couple, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd came from vastly different backgrounds -- he the son of a dirt farmer, she the daughter of wealthy slave owners. This dual biography tells both of their stories. From their childhoods to their marriage, to their years in the White House, this profile touches on their differences of opinion on the Civil War, their marital ups and downs and Mary's fragile state of mind after Lincoln's assassination.
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Cast
David Morse, Holly Hunter, David McCullough
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Director
David Grubin
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent The French Revolution on DVD The French Revolution
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Driven by idealism and a society in crisis, the French Revolution erupted a little more than a decade after the American Revolution. This vivid documentary brings to life France's bloody 1789 uprising. The quest to stamp out feudalism and to cultivate progressive politics, diplomacy and equality is shown through dramatic reenactments and interviews with historians. Along the way, you'll meet crucial figures like Louis XIV and Napoleon Bonaparte.
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Cast
Director
Director
Doug Shultz
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics, History Channel
Rent Ken Burns: Prohibition on DVD Ken Burns: Prohibition
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Ken Burns's fascinating multipart documentary examines the history of alcohol in America, including the events leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol, and the repeal of Prohibition.
Cast
Cast
Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Conway, Peter Coyote, Blythe Danner, Paul Giamatti, Tom Hanks, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, John Lithgow, Josh Lucas, Amy Madigan, Carolyn McCormick, Oliver Platt, Campbell Scott
Director
Director
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Documentary, TV Miniseries, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS
Rent Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony on DVD Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony
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The struggle to eradicate apartheid in South Africa has been chronicled over time, but no one has addressed the vital role music plays in this challenge. This documentary by Lee Hirsch recounts a fascinating and little-known part of South Africa's political history through archival footage, interviews and, of course, several mesmerizing musical performances.
Cast
Cast
Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, Duma Ka Ndlovu, Sibongile Khumalo, Vusi Mahlasela, Thandi Modise, Sifiso Ntuli, Sibusiso Nxumalo, Dolly Rathebe, Lindiwe Zulu
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Lee Hirsch
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, African Music, World Music
Rent Last Days in Vietnam on DVD Last Days in Vietnam
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This documentary recounts the Vietnam War's final days, when unexpected roadblocks threatened the evacuation of America's South Vietnamese allies. Witnesses and rare footage reveal the heroism and sacrifice that played out amid the chaos.
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Cast
Director
Director
Rory Kennedy
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Seabiscuit: American Experience on DVD Seabiscuit: American Experience
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During the American Depression, one spectacular horse provided the troubled nation with unbridled joy -- and provided some with a nice cash payout. Seabiscuit was one of the most popular and talented thoroughbreds ever to race.
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Cast
Scott Glenn
Director
Director
Stephen Ives
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Sports Stories, Horse Racing
Rent Friends of God:...Alexandra Pelosi on DVD Friends of God:...Alexandra Pelosi
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Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi takes a remarkable journey across the heartland to uncover the religious, cultural and political beliefs of evangelical Christians, including Jerry Falwell, Ted Haggard and best-selling author Joel Osteen. Interviewing both leaders and rank-and-file believers and attending events such as a Christian wrestling match, Pelosi reveals a vibrant subculture whose convictions may surprise and possibly bewilder you.
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Cast
Alexandra Pelosi, Jerry Falwell, Ted Haggard, Ron Luce, Joel Osteen
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Alexandra Pelosi
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, HBO
Rent Commanding Heights on DVD Commanding Heights
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Based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this three-part PBS documentary series confronts head-on critical concerns about the new interconnected world. The three segments -- "The Battle of Ideas," "The Agony of Reform" and "The New Rules of the Game" -- begin with the dawn of technological change in 1914, taking an in-depth look at globalization and how it will affect our society's future.
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Cast
David Ogden Stiers
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Director
William Cran, Greg Barker
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Wonderful/ Horrible Life: Leni Riefenstahl on DVD Wonderful/ Horrible Life: Leni Riefenstahl
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By directing propaganda films such as Triumph of the Will for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party, Leni Riefenstahl became one of the most controversial filmmakers of all time. This engrossing documentary explores her legacy and association with Hitler. Riefenstahl, who at various points in her life was also a dancer, actress and photographer, defends herself and her actions, making no apology for her glorification of the loathsome German leader.
Cast
Cast
Leni Riefenstahl, Adolf Hitler
Director
Director
Ray Muller
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Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany, Political Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Battle of the Bulge: Deadliest Battle on DVD Battle of the Bulge: Deadliest Battle
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A must-see for World War II history buffs, this documentary melds first-person narratives, historical footage and modern interpretation to tell the story of the Nazi army's push through a thin line of American soldiers in the winter of 1944 and 1945. Army veterans and historians recount the Germans' surprise attack through thick fog into Belgium, which created a bulge in Allied lines and left more than 70,000 casualties in its path.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement on DVD Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement
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Filmmaker Alex Jones details his theory that once the global elite have firmly cemented the "new world order," they'll hold onto their power by exterminating 80 percent of the population and enslaving the rest. Jones explores the faction's rumored plan to use advanced technology to live forever; the imminent collapse of the United States; the formation of the North American Transportation Control Grid; and the activities of the Bilderberg Group.
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Cast
Jim Tucker, Daniel Estulin, Michael Coffman, Alex Jones, Arthur Peterson, Ron Paul, Hank Gilbert, James Wolfensohn, David Rockefeller
Director
Director
Alex Jones
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Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Titanic: The Complete Story on DVD Titanic: The Complete Story
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Featuring newsreel footage and filmed testimonials of survivors and historians, this award-winning documentary examines one of history's unforgettable tragedies, the sinking of the <i>Titanic</i> ocean liner, during which more than 1,500 lives were lost. The most complete chronicle of the <i>Titanic</i> disaster ever created, this History Channel special details the origins of the vessel, the ship's doomed voyage and its aftermath.
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Cast
Director
Director
Edith Becker, Melissa Peltier
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent The True Story of Alexander the Great on DVD The True Story of Alexander the Great
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Considered the most successful warrior in recorded history, Alexander the Great conquered Asia by age 32. His innovative battle tactics remain a topic of endless fascination to scholars and military leaders. Actor Peter Woodward hosts this absorbing documentary that chronicles Alexander's life through ancient historians' narratives, interviews with contemporary scholars, state-of-the-art reenactments and tours of key historical sites.
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Cast
Peter Woodward, Michael Cardelle, Frantz Widmaier, Ross Seymour, Chad Bishop, Jamie Walsh
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Jim Lindsay
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent Ancient Aliens on DVD Ancient Aliens
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This startling documentary updates controversial author Erich von Daniken's (<i>Chariots of the Gods</i>) provocative theories about the role of extraterrestrial astronauts in the early development of human civilization. Surprising DNA evidence as well as fresh interpretations of archaeological discoveries from the ancient world support von Daniken's theory that humanity has evolved not in isolation, but with the aid of otherworldly travelers.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent Amazing Grace on DVD Amazing Grace
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Behind the classic hymn "Amazing Grace" is the fascinating story of its unlikely author, John Newton, a onetime slave ship captain who converted to evangelical Christianity. The stories behind this enduring song and four others are presented here. The tunes include Horatio Spafford's "It Is Well with My Soul," Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber's "Silent Night," Carl Boberg's "How Great Thou Art" and Joseph Scriven's "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Inspirational Music, Faith & Spirituality, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire on DVD Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire
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Action-packed reenactments dramatize the story of the Roman Empire in this stunning History Channel documentary series, which traces Rome from its beginnings as a struggling republic through centuries of conquest and its eventual demise. Profiles of events and people such as Julius Caesar, Constantine the Great, the Barbarian Invasion and the Invasion of Britain reveal the legacy of the empire's dramatic rise and fall.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent In Search of Beethoven on DVD In Search of Beethoven
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Phil Grabsky, award-winning director of In Search of Mozart, lenses this feature length, in-depth look at Ludwig van Beethoven, which features new insights into the composer's life and music, and excerpts from more than 60 live performances.
Cast
Cast
Roger Norrington, Claudio Abbado, Ronald Brautigam, Hélène Grimaud, Vadim Repin, Janine Jansen, Lars Vogt, Emanuel Ax, Juliet Stevenson, David Dawson, Jonathan Biss, Alban Gerhardt, Ilona Schmiel, Gianandrea Noseda, Riccardo Chailly, Fabio Luisi, Frans Brüggen
Director
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Phil Grabsky
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Classical Music, United Kingdom
Rent The Ritchie Boys on DVD The Ritchie Boys
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This compelling documentary recounts the story of 10 Jewish intellectuals who were expelled from Nazi Germany, only to return during World War II to use their intimate knowledge of the country to wreak psychological havoc on Hitler's Nazi forces. Trained at Maryland's Camp Ritchie, these German refugees were a strange sight in the U.S. Army, but their contributions to the war effort were heroic and invaluable.
Cast
Cast
Hans Peter Hallwachs, Guy Stern, Werner Angress, Hans Spear, Victor Brombert, Richard Schifter, Philip Glaessner, Morris Parloff, Fred Howard, Rudy Michaels, Si Lewen
Director
Director
Christian Bauer
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Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Judaica
Rent Journey of Man on DVD Journey of Man
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The origins of humankind are put under the microscope of this riveting PBS documentary film in which geneticists, historians, anthropologists and other theorists try to trace the beginnings of the human race. Could the seed, in fact, have begun with a man in Africa who roamed the Earth tens of thousands of years ago? Or have scientists merely found yet another descendant of a prehistoric predecessor?
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Spencer Wells
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Clive Maltby
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Rent Shanghai Ghetto on DVD Shanghai Ghetto
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Actor Martin Landau narrates this riveting documentary about Shanghai's little-known Jewish ghetto, settled in the 1930s by Jews who fled Nazi Germany. The filmmakers head to Shanghai with two ex-residents, who relate tales of life in the squalid enclave. Through interviews, letters, archival and modern-day footage, and family photos, the saga chronicles the survivors' escape, relocation, life in Shanghai and ultimate exodus to the United States.
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Martin Landau
Director
Director
Dana Janklowicz-Mann, Amir Mann
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Judaica
Rent Forgiving Dr. Mengele on DVD Forgiving Dr. Mengele
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During the Holocaust, Eva Mozes Kor and her twin sister, Miriam, were selected for a series of horrifying genetic experiments at the hands of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. Ironically, because of these experiments, the girls were able to survive Auschwitz; much of their family did not. In this documentary, Kor returns to Auschwitz on a quest to heal her wounds with an astonishing and controversial act of forgiveness.
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Cast
Eva Mozes Kor
Director
Director
Bob Hercules, Cheri Pugh
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Regret to Inform on DVD Regret to Inform
Synopsis
Venturing to Vietnam 20 years after her husband's death, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn finds a landscape filled with the psychological remnants of war in this film about the common ground shared by widows on both sides of the conflict. Filled with archival footage, breathtaking visions of modern Vietnam and tragic stories from American and Vietnamese women who lost their husbands to war, this Oscar-nominated documentary details an unforgettable journey.
Cast
Cast
Barbara Sonneborn, Xuan Ngoc Nguyen
Director
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Barbara Sonneborn
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Documentary, PBS Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Return with Honor: American Experience on DVD Return with Honor: American Experience
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Oscar-winning filmmakers Freida Lee Mock and Terry Sanders present the stories of the brave American fighter pilots who were shot down over North Vietnam and survived torture, solitary confinement and other harrowing experiences as prisoners of war. Among other honored veterans, the documentary features Everett Alvarez, the first American pilot captured by the Vietnamese, who was held captive for eight-and-a-half years.
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Cast
Tom Hanks, James Stockdale, John McCain, Everett Alvarez
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Rent Berkeley in the Sixties on DVD Berkeley in the Sixties
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University of California, Berkeley, alumni recount how their quiet school became the epicenter of 1960s campus activism, starting with the free speech movement and evolving into organized opposition to the Vietnam War. The students also championed civil rights, the women's movement and the Black Panther party. Archival footage is interwoven with present-day interviews and songs by the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez and Jefferson Airplane.
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Cast
Jentri Anders, Hardy Frye, John Gage, Todd Gitlin, Susan Griffin, David Hilliard, Barry Melton, Suzy Nelson, Ruth Rosen
Director
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Mark Kitchell
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Rent National Geographic: Inside North Korea on DVD National Geographic: Inside North Korea
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Disguised as a medical coordinator, National Geographic correspondent Lisa Ling gains access into North Korea and gives viewers a powerful glimpse inside one of the most restrictive countries in the world. Through personal accounts and exclusive footage, Ling exposes the difficulties North Koreans face while living in such an oppressive regime, coping with poverty, hunger and the lack of civil liberties.
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Lisa Ling
Director
Director
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Genres
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Rent War Made Easy on DVD War Made Easy
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Based on Norman Solomon's revealing book and narrated by actor Sean Penn, this documentary exposes the government's and the media's purported history of deceiving the American people and leading the nation into war after war. Using archival footage of past presidents and media correspondents -- including the revered Walter Cronkite -- the film sheds light on propaganda and draws parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq wars.
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Cast
Walter Cronkite, Sean Penn, Norman Solomon, Phil Donahue, Spiro Agnew, Christiane Amanpour
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Rent The People Speak on DVD The People Speak
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Inspired by historian Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States," a slate of top performers takes the stage to recreate the voices of American history's most eloquent dissenters, many of whom are excluded from traditional history books. The words of slaves, authors, politicians, poets, protesters and others come to life, courtesy of a cast that includes Don Cheadle, Sean Penn, Sandra Oh, Marisa Tomei, Benjamin Bratt and many more.
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Cast
Marisa Tomei, Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, Sandra Oh, Matt Damon, Eddie Vedder, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Benjamin Bratt, Jackson Browne, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle
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This four-part PBS series chronicles American slavery, emphasizing its economic importance, examining how slaves from various cultures dealt with their environments, and uncovering the horrors that slaves experienced during the Civil War. With narration by Morgan Freeman, the program features interviews with expert scholars who offer fresh perspectives, and re-creations depict the true stories of individual slaves.
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Morgan Freeman
Director
Director
Dante J. James
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Rent Ken Burns' America: The Congress on DVD Ken Burns' America: The Congress
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Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns directs this look at the most important and least understood branch of American government -- the U.S. Congress. The film takes an in-depth look at the popularly elected Legislative branch of our government and explores how it functions, outlining its past and present strengths and weaknesses. You'll also learn about some of its famous historical figures, as well as contemporary members and events.
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David McCullough, David Broker, Cokie Roberts, Alistair Cooke
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Rent WWII: The Lost Color Archives on DVD WWII: The Lost Color Archives
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Determined researchers scoured the world for color film shot during World War II and unearthed shots of Nazi rallies honoring Adolf Hitler, combat footage from across Europe and the Pacific, and scenes of liberated concentration-camp prisoners. The crisp color images bring vivid life to historical events typically conveyed in the distancing shades of black and white. Journalist Roger Mudd introduces each episode of this History Channel series.
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Roger Mudd
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Rent Nostradamus: 2012 on DVD Nostradamus: 2012
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In this captivating History Channel documentary, filmmakers collaborate with noted scientists, professors and field experts to separate facts from fiction surrounding the fateful day of December 21, 2012. From the Egyptians to the Hopi Indians, the ancient Mayans to the Masonic Brotherhood, modern-day prognosticators to the doomsday legend Nostradamus, this date has long been prophesied as a date of global transformation.
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Rent Ken Burns: Jazz on DVD Ken Burns: Jazz
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Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns celebrates jazz, the "most American art form," by following its substantial growth and development over the decades -- from its origins in blues and ragtime through its evolution into swing, bebop and fusion.
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Keith David, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch
Director
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Rent Pompeii: The Last Day on DVD Pompeii: The Last Day
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Take a step back in time via this engrossing program and visit the fabled "vanished city" on its last day, when Vesuvius erupted in a 24-hour reign of terror that covered the ancient town with tons of volcanic ash and mummified many inhabitants.
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Cast
Alisdair Simpson, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jim Carter, Jonathan Firth, Rebecca Clarke, Inika Leigh Wright, Martin Hodgson, Rachel Atkins, Robert Whitelock, Chad Shepherd
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Peter Nicholson
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