Top Miscellaneous Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

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 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 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 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 Inside Deep Throat on DVD Inside Deep Throat
Synopsis
Featuring interviews with the stars, this fascinating documentary examines the goings-on behind the porn film that grew to become an icon, Deep Throat, which made more money than its producers anticipated and ignited a sexual and social revolution.
Cast
Cast
Dennis Hopper, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, John Waters, Erica Jong, Harry Reems, Linda Lovelace, Gerard Damiano
Director
Director
Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent American Movie on DVD American Movie
Synopsis
In this documentary that won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, director Chris Smith chronicles aspiring filmmaker Mark Borchardt's battle to finish his horror flick Coven despite a lack of just about everything, including money and common sense.
Cast
Cast
Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels
Director
Director
Chris Smith
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Thinking XXX on DVD Thinking XXX
Synopsis
Adult-film stars bare their souls about their careers and their celebrity in this behind-the-scenes look at the making of photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's book <i>XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits</i>. Along with footage of Greenfield-Sanders as he shoots the portraits for his revealing tome, the film also captures candid conversations about the porn industry with authors, artists and cultural experts.
Cast
Cast
Sunrise Adams, Briana Banks, Belladonna, Seymore Butts, Christy Canyon, Chloe, Nina Hartley, Chad Hunt, Heather Hunter, Jesse Jane
Director
Director
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, HBO Documentaries, HBO
Rent Lost in La Mancha on DVD Lost in La Mancha
Synopsis
Filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe chronicle the making of a movie that was never actually completed in this documentary about Terry Gilliam's repeated (and repeatedly failed) attempts to bring the story of Don Quixote to the big screen. In the end, it seems Gilliam's passionate project -- which starred Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort -- metamorphosed into the impossible dream.
Cast
Cast
Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort, Vanessa Paradis, Bernard Bouix, Rene Cleitman, Benjamin Fernandez, Tony Grisoni, Philip A. Patterson, Nicola Pecorini, Gabriella Pescucci, Jeff Bridges
Director
Director
Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent The Greatest Movie Ever Sold on DVD The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Synopsis
Intrepid filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) directs this bitingly ironic documentary, which scrutinizes the pervasive marketing, advertising and product placement practices that have become standard in the entertainment industry.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Spurlock, Ben Silverman, Brett Ratner, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Antwan "Big Boi" Patton
Director
Director
Morgan Spurlock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show on DVD Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show
Synopsis
Ride along with actor-comedian Vince Vaughn as he drives his Wild West Comedy Show -- a 30-day stand-up tour featuring comedians Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst and Sebastian Maniscalco -- more than 6,000 miles across the country. This chronicle of each performance also includes interviews, behind-the-scenes antics and interludes with Vaughn and special guests Jon Favreau, Justin Long and Peter Billingsley.
Cast
Cast
Vince Vaughn, Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jon Favreau, Dwight Yoakam, Peter Billingsley, Keir O'Donnell, Justin Long
Director
Director
Ari Sandel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work on DVD Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Synopsis
This all-access documentary chronicles a year in the life of Joan Rivers, following the legendary comedian from her posh Manhattan apartment to business meetings and media appearances while revisiting the dramatic highs and lows of her past.
Cast
Cast
Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Larry A. Thompson, Don Rickles, Bari Pearlman, Patrick Alparone, Edgar Cooper Endicott
Director
Director
Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The Kid Stays in the Picture on DVD The Kid Stays in the Picture
Synopsis
Based on the 1994 autobiography of film producer Robert Evans, this documentary follows Evans's career as he went from fresh-faced clothing executive to Hollywood actor to Paramount executive to legendary producer (Marathon Man, Chinatown). We also follow Evans through a cocaine controversy, into disreputation and low times, and finally to his comeback producing several 1990s films. Evans himself provides the narration.
Cast
Cast
Robert Evans
Director
Director
Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Katy Perry: Part of Me on DVD Katy Perry: Part of Me
Synopsis
Pop star Katy Perry is captured on and offstage in this revealing diary of her California Dreams Tour, featuring her Los Angeles performances. The film shares the air of glamour and fun that radiates from this talented and unique artist.
Cast
Cast
Katy Perry, Adam Marcello, Casey Hopper, Patrick Matera, Max Hart, Joshua Moreau, Lauren Allison Ball, Tasha Layton, Leah Adler, Lockhart Brownlie
Director
Director
Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Rock & Pop, Pop, Ages 11-12
Rent Hearts of Darkness on DVD Hearts of Darkness
Synopsis
It's Francis Ford Coppola vs. natural catastrophe, crazy actors, the Philippine government and crushing self-doubt in this unbelievable account of the making of the 1979 classic Apocalypse Now. Behind-the-scenes location footage is combined with candid 1990 interviews of cast and crew members; the result is a fascinating portrait of a director plunged into the very obsession he sought to portray on film.
Cast
Cast
Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, Sofia Coppola, George Lucas
Director
Director
Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Biographical 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 Exporting Raymond on DVD Exporting Raymond
Synopsis
"Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Philip Rosenthal writes, directs and stars in this fish-out-of-water documentary that chronicles his attempts to adapt his hit sitcom for Russian television.
Cast
Cast
Philip Rosenthal, Stanislav Duzhnikov, Anna Frolovtseva, Boris Klyuyev, Konstantin Naumochkin, Aleksandr Zhigalkin
Director
Director
Philip Rosenthal
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures on DVD Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
Synopsis
Stanley Kubrick's frequent collaborator and brother-in-law, Jan Harlan, offers a fascinating inside look at the genius behind such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket and Dr. Strangelove. Narrated by Tom Cruise, the documentary features interviews with family members as well as colleagues, including Jack Nicholson, Nicole Kidman, Malcolm McDowell, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and more.
Cast
Cast
Stanley Kubrick, Tom Cruise, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker, Peter Ustinov, Steven Spielberg, Sydney Pollack, Woody Allen, Alex Cox, Shelley Duvall, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Modine
Director
Director
Jan Harlan
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Overnight on DVD Overnight
Synopsis
Lose yourself in this riveting documentary that chronicles the rise and ignoble fall of Troy Duffy, a bartender whose script for The Boondock Saints was picked up by Miramax bigwig Harvey Weinstein and made into a film. Like a freight train careening out of control, the arrogant Duffy -- once considered Hollywood's new wunderkind -- burns all his bridges, alienating his colleagues, his friends and his long-suffering brother, Taylor.
Cast
Cast
Troy Duffy, Taylor Duffy, Jerry O'Connell, Willem Dafoe, Mark Wahlberg, Patrick Swayze, Billy Zane, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sean Patrick Flanery, John Goodman, Ron Jeremy, Billy Connolly
Director
Director
Tony Montana, Mark Brian Smith
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Jodorowsky's Dune on DVD Jodorowsky's Dune
Synopsis
In the mid-1970s, director Alejandro Jodorowsky was determined to make a film version of Dune, Frank Herbert's landmark science-fiction novel. This documentary recounts Jodorowsky's efforts to gather a crew and find funding for the project.
Cast
Cast
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Brontis Jodorowsky, Richard Stanley, Devin Faraci, Drew McWeeny, Gary Kurtz, Nicolas Winding Refn, Amanda Lear
Director
Director
Frank Pavich
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Ram Dass: Fierce Grace on DVD Ram Dass: Fierce Grace
Synopsis
Spiritual guru Ram Dass attempts to recover from a stroke, which he dubs "fierce grace," in this documentary produced and directed by Mickey Lemle, a close friend of Dass for decades. Dass, author of the lauded <i>Be Here Now</i>, was felled so severely by the illness that he became paralyzed -- but in true Ram Dass fashion, he saw it as a reason to look death in the face.
Cast
Cast
Ram Dass, Hugh Romney, William Alpert, Rosemary Woodruff Leary, Timothy Leary, Larry Brilliant, Abby Reyes, Mark Matousek, Bhagavan Das
Director
Director
Mickey Lemle
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Biographical Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Inspirational Biographies, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski on DVD My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski
Synopsis
Take a closer look at the tempestuous-yet-legendary pairing of two creative giants of the film industry: Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski. Their love-hate relationship yielded five films, including Aguirre, The Wrath of God -- as well as independently, simultaneously hatched plans to murder each other. Rage, trust, betrayal, destruction; truth really <i>is</i> stranger than fiction.
Cast
Cast
Klaus Kinski, Werner Herzog, Claudia Cardinale, Eva Mattes, Beat Presser, Baron v.d. Recke, Benino Moreno Placido, Jason Robards, Mick Jagger
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Germany, Foreign Regions
Rent Waking Sleeping Beauty on DVD Waking Sleeping Beauty
Synopsis
Walt Disney Studios veteran Don Hahn directs and produces this documentary that shines a light on Disney animation work during the 1970s, '80s and '90s -- from the team's humble beginnings at CalArts to the box office triumph of The Lion King. In exploring the works of that era, the film illuminates the careers of top animators of the time, including John Lasseter, Brad Bird, John Musker, Ron Clements and many others.
Cast
Cast
Ron Clements, Roy Disney, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Peter Schneider, Rob Minkoff, Michael Eisner, Lisa Keene, George Scribner, Gary Trousdale, Don Hahn, Tim Burton, Robert Zemeckis, John Lasseter, Don Bluth, Henry Selick, Alan Menken, Roger Allers, Tim Rice, John Musker
Director
Director
Don Hahn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired on DVD Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Synopsis
This penetrating documentary explores the tumultuous events of director Roman Polanski's personal life, including the murder of his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and the controversial sex scandal that prompted him to flee the United States for France.
Cast
Cast
Roman Polanski, Samantha Geimer, Robert Towne, Mia Farrow
Director
Director
Marina Zenovich
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie on DVD The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie
Synopsis
A documentary film crew follows veteran stand-up comic Patton Oswalt (of "The King of Queens" fame) and fellow "alternative comics" Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford and Zach Galifianakis on the Comedians of Comedy Tour. Along with performance clips, the film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the comedians and the challenges of presenting material that isn't necessarily for the masses -- and of playing rock venues rather than the usual comedy clubs.
Cast
Cast
Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, Zach Galifianakis
Director
Director
Michael Blieden
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Show Business: The Road to Broadway on DVD Show Business: The Road to Broadway
Synopsis
Go behind the scenes of four of the biggest shows of the 2003-04 theater season and find out what it takes to make it on Broadway -- from the auditions to opening night to the season-ending Tony Awards. This documentary highlights the ups and downs of various Broadway musicals, including the smash hit "Wicked." The stories behind these big productions are full of amazing struggles and successes that rival the splendor of the Broadway shows themselves
Cast
Cast
Boy George, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Tony Kushner, Harrison Chad, Rosie O'Donnell, John Lithgow
Director
Director
Dori Berinstein
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Contemporary Stage Musicals, Show Tunes
Rent Air Guitar Nation on DVD Air Guitar Nation
Synopsis
If your bedroom has become too small a stage for your air guitar antics, take inspiration from the competitors featured here as they battle their way from the inaugural U.S. Air Guitar Championship to the world championship in Oulu, Finland. Along the way, filmmaker Alexandra Lipsitz documents the fierce rivalries that develop as would-be rock legends vie for top honors in technical accuracy, stage presence and "airness."
Cast
Cast
Dan Crane, David S. Jung, Zac Munro, Peter Cilella, Gordon Hintz, Angela Shelton
Director
Director
Alexandra Lipsitz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Best Worst Movie on DVD Best Worst Movie
Synopsis
Most people don't set out to produce a horrible film, so how exactly does it happen? This documentary about 1989's Troll 2 -- often referred to as the "worst movie in history" -- attempts to answer that question.
Cast
Cast
George Hardy, Claudio Fragasso, Margo Prey, Jason Steadman, Darren Ewing, Michael Stephenson
Director
Director
Michael Stephenson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Autism: The Musical on DVD Autism: The Musical
Synopsis
Filmed over a six-month period, Tricia Regan's inspiring, Emmy-nominated documentary captures the transformation of five autistic children as they develop and rehearse "The Miracle Project," an original musical about autism. Supported by their families and led by educator and coach Elaine Hall (whose son is in the production), the kids slowly develop social skills as they learn to work with one another. For some, the metamorphosis is nothing short of amazing.
Cast
Cast
Elaine Hall
Director
Director
Tricia Regan
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, HBO Documentaries
Rent Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders: The Movie on DVD Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders: The Movie
Synopsis
During the 1970s, British glam rocker David Bowie's gender-bending style had a huge impact on popular culture. Widely known for his unique rock-and-roll characters and alter egos, Bowie put on a legendary live show. Director D.A. Pennebaker captures Bowie's most famous character -- Ziggy Stardust, the rock star from Mars -- as he performs for the last time. At the time, many thought this 1973 London show would be Bowie's swan song as well.
Cast
Cast
David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansy, Angela Bowie
Director
Director
D.A. Pennebaker
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Classic Rock, Must-See Concerts, Rockumentaries, Rock & Pop
Rent Burden of Dreams on DVD Burden of Dreams
Synopsis
This feature-length documentary from filmmaker Les Blank paints a riveting portrait of megalomaniacal German director Werner Herzog as he worked against almost insurmountable odds in the Amazon jungle to craft his epic movie Fitzcarraldo. Besides capturing the seemingly hexed production's myriad adversities, Blank's camera exposes Herzog as a man obsessed with his art and pressed to the brink of insanity to see his cinematic vision fulfilled.
Cast
Cast
Werner Herzog, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Mick Jagger, Klaus Kinski, Miguel Angel Fuentes, José Lewgoy , Thomas Mauch, Paul Hittscher, David Perez Espinosa
Director
Director
Les Blank
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, The Criterion Collection
Rent Visions of Light on DVD Visions of Light
Synopsis
Motion picture photography, or cinematography, gets its due in this documentary. This film features DP (director of photography) camerawork in movies from the 1930s to the end of the 20th century, including looks at Citizen Kane and The Conformist and clips from more than 100 other films. Thanks to interviews with some celebrated DPs, movie fans learn about the changes in film with each new invention, including sound, color and widescreen.
Cast
Cast
Gordon Willis, Greg Toland, William Fraker, Vittorio Storaro
Director
Director
Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Art & Design, Photography
Rent Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars on DVD Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Synopsis
This stunning documentary captures the triumphant story of six musicians who escaped the horrific violence of Sierra Leone's civil war, landed in a West African refugee camp and formed a band that would go on to travel the world. An unbelievable testament to the human spirit, the refugees' journey exemplifies the power of music. Directed by Zach Niles and Banker White, this film was honored by the American Film Institute in 2005.
Cast
Cast
Efuah Grace Ampomah, Abdul Rahim Kamara, Reuben Koroma, Francis John Langba
Director
Director
Zach Niles, Banker White
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, African Music, World Music, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Twilight in Forks on DVD Twilight in Forks
Synopsis
Filmmaker Jason Brown takes his cameras to Forks, Wash., to examine how the town inspired author Stephenie Meyer to use this remote, rain-drenched hamlet for the setting of <i>Twilight,</i> her runaway best-selling book about teenage vampires. Paying special attention to the spiritual and mystical heritage of the residents, Brown also tours landmarks, speaks with locals about the effect the Twilight books and movies have had on their lives, and more.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Jason Brown
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries
Rent 8: The Mormon Proposition on DVD 8: The Mormon Proposition
Synopsis
Filmmaker and ex-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints member Reed Cowan examines that church's nationwide efforts to prevent the legalization of gay marriage -- including California's Proposition 8, which was passed by voters in 2008. Confidential church documents, statements by high-ranking church officials and other sources detail 30 years of efforts to turn back gay rights, particularly by the Mormon-sponsored National Organization for Marriage.
Cast
Cast
Dustin Lance Black, George Takei, Hal Sparks, Gavin Newsom, Darren Curtis, Carol Lynn Pearson, Rocky Anderson, Ruben Israel, Emily Pearson, Mark Leno
Director
Director
Reed Cowan, Steven Greenstreet
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent David Cross: Let America Laugh on DVD David Cross: Let America Laugh
Synopsis
Let America Laugh is a video tour diary from comedian David Cross's 2002 tour (the same tour on which his smash-hit comedy album "Shut Up, You F***ing Baby!" was recorded). Hijinks and hilarity ensue as we follow Cross on the road, where he interacts with family, friends, fans, promoters, interviewers and many others using the gentle, nurturing brand of humor (not!) for which he's internationally known and loved.
Cast
Cast
David Cross, Bob Kaliban, Michelle Maryk
Director
Director
Lance Bangs
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet #*%$#@!! on DVD Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet #*%$#@!!
Synopsis
Comedian Richard Pryor may have multiple sclerosis, but as the title of this eponymous disc says, he ain't dead yet. And he invited a few friends -- including Dave Chappelle and Jamie Foxx -- to celebrate that fact. Whoopi Goldberg, D.L. Hughley and George Lopez also witness Pryor as he plays host for the get-together, which originally aired on Comedy Central and features clips of his concert appearances, recordings and excerpts from his diary.
Cast
Cast
Richard Pryor, Mario Cantone, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, Margaret Cho, Mos Def, Jamie Foxx, Whoopi Goldberg
Director
Director
Billy Grundfest
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent My Date with Drew on DVD My Date with Drew
Synopsis
Mesmerized by actress Drew Barrymore, 27-year-old filmmaker Brian Herzlinger sets out to ask her for a date in this chronicle of his quest to meet the girl of his dreams. Ordinary-guy Herzlinger and his crew tackle the task of getting face time with the busy star, but it's not easy. Before he can ask the object of his desire on a date, Herzlinger must get through Barrymore's entourage of publicists, agents, producers and assistants.
Cast
Cast
Brian Herzlinger, John Mann, Lily Rains, Corey Feldman, Drew Barrymore, Eric Roberts, Jenna Lewis, Lauren Hays, Jon Gunn, Bill D'Elia, George DelHoyo, Allison Burnett
Director
Director
Jon Gunn, Brian Herzlinger, Brett Winn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Kurt & Courtney on DVD Kurt & Courtney
Synopsis
Director Nick Broomfield chronicles Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, the grunge icon who died in 1994 at age 27. The film charts his rise to fame, his drug-addled relationship with Courtney Love and the conspiracy theories surrounding his death.
Cast
Cast
Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love
Director
Director
Nick Broomfield
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Rockumentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Conan O'Brien Can't Stop on DVD Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Synopsis
Following his unplanned and highly publicized departure from NBC, exiled talk show host Conan O'Brien decides to take his show on the road. This documentary captures that uproarious tour as well as O'Brien's dramatic break with his ex-employers.
Cast
Cast
Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino, Scott Healy, Mike Merritt, James Wormworth, Jerry Vivino, Mark 'Love Man' Pender, Richie 'La Bamba' Rosenberg
Director
Director
Rodman Flender
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Frontline: Is Walmart Good for America? on DVD Frontline: Is Walmart Good for America?
Synopsis
This PBS series dares to pose a question: Is one of America's biggest corporations actually ruining the economy? Marching across the nation, the big-box chain brings jobs and much-needed retail options to many towns. But, as a major purveyor of goods, the company's also hacked away at manufacturing jobs stateside, since the bulk of its products are made in China. Here, "Frontline" examines two cities profoundly affected by the Walmart movement.
Cast
Cast
Hedrick Smith, Edna Bonacich, Ray Bracy, Gary Gereffi, Tom Hopson, Jon Lehman, Nelson Lichtenstein, Brink Lindsey, Alan Tonelson
Director
Director
Rick Young
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, Miscellaneous Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Divine Trash on DVD Divine Trash
Synopsis
Director John Waters has shocked the general public with films such as Mondo Trasho, Pink Flamingos and Hairspray. Now, director Steve Yeager makes the Baltimore-born filmmaker and celebrator of all things trashy the subject of a documentary. The film includes interviews with Waters himself and features conversations with his parents and other family, psychologists, a film curator and even the parents of Waters's creative muse, Divine.
Cast
Cast
John Waters, Divine, Steve Buscemi, Jim Jarmusch, Mink Stole
Director
Director
Steve Yeager
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The Great American Songbook on DVD The Great American Songbook
Synopsis
Sparkling performances by Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Al Jolson, the teenage Dorothy Dandridge and the flash-dancing Nicholas Brothers light up this great documentary that originally aired on educational television. Using rare and never-before-seen footage, singer-pianist and musical historian Michael Feinstein hosts an informative look at the composers and lyricists who wrote America's standards from the 1890s through the mid-1950s.
Cast
Cast
Michael Feinstein, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Al Jolson, Dorothy Dandridge, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra
Director
Director
Andrew J. Kuehn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Classic Movie Musicals, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story on DVD Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story
Synopsis
In this documentary, filmmaker Sarah Townsend chronicles the winding path that cross-dressing British comic Eddie Izzard has taken on his journey from showbiz obscurity to the heights of international stardom on the stage and silver screen. Interspersed with revealing personal moments, home movies and plenty of performance clips, Izzard himself reflects on the relentless determination that has seen him through the up and downs of his career.
Cast
Cast
Eddie Izzard, Melvin Altwarg, Shamgar Amram, Mick Andrew, Rob Ballard, Andrew Boxer, Caroline Chignell, George Clooney, Wayne Forester, Harold Izzard, Mick Perrin, Andre Vincent, Robin Williams
Director
Director
Sarah Townsend
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent Trumbo on DVD Trumbo
Synopsis
After failing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, successful screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted in Hollywood. This documentary details Trumbo's life through personal letters, interviews and archival footage.
Cast
Cast
Dalton Trumbo, Joan Allen, Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Nathan Lane, Josh Lucas, Liam Neeson, David Strathairn, Donald Sutherland
Director
Director
Peter Askin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Performance Art & Spoken Word, Theater Arts
Rent Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project on DVD Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
Synopsis
Renowned director John Landis offers up a portrait of legendary comedian Don Rickles (in an Emmy-winning role) by blending clips of Rickles's appearances at the Dean Martin celebrity roasts and on "The Tonight Show" with footage from his stand-up routine and interviews. A slew of celebrities -- including Martin Scorsese, Christopher Guest, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Sidney Poitier and Clint Eastwood -- offer their insights on the man known as "Mr. Warmth."
Cast
Cast
Don Rickles, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Sidney Poitier, Clint Eastwood, Harry Dean Stanton, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Christopher Guest, Sarah Silverman, Tom McDermott, John Landis, Richard Lewis
Director
Director
John Landis
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, HBO Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Inside the Actors Studio: Robin Williams on DVD Inside the Actors Studio: Robin Williams
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Comedic madman Robin Williams joins unflappable host James Lipton in one of the most-watched episodes of this program famous for its in-depth interviews with the biggest names in show business. Before long, Williams is off and running (literally, at times), but between his wild antics, the soul of a genuinely gifted artist shines through. This program contains scenes not shown in the broadcast version of this episode.
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Cast
Robin Williams, James Lipton
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Broadway: The American Musical on DVD Broadway: The American Musical
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Julie Andrews hosts this comprehensive chronicle of the American musical that captures a century of Broadway through interviews, archival footage, personal writings, newsreels and home movies. Florenz Ziegfeld, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim are just a few of the featured icons, along with dozens of musicals -- from "Porgy and Bess" to "Chicago."
Cast
Cast
Julie Andrews
Director
Director
Michael Kantor
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Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Contemporary Stage Musicals, Classic Stage Musicals, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Thin Man Collection: Alias Nick and Nora on DVD Thin Man Collection: Alias Nick and Nora
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With palpable onscreen chemistry, William Powell and Myrna Loy teamed for 14 films (including the popular "Thin Man" detective series) -- the most prolific pairing in Tinseltown history. They delighted audiences around the globe as Loy's aplomb and refined style proved the perfect match for Powell's polished manners and finely honed sense of humor. This documentary chronicles the magical Hollywood duo's private lives and extensive careers.
Cast
Cast
William Powell, Myrna Loy
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Girl 27 on DVD Girl 27
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Author-screenwriter David Stenn investigates a notorious Hollywood scandal more than 65 years after it occurred, a rape case involving Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio execs and an underage dancer who refused to stay silent. Hired along with 120 other young girls to entertain MGM salesmen at a stag party in 1937, Patricia Douglas was violently raped and brought a landmark lawsuit against her attackers -- then mysteriously disappeared.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
David Stenn
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The Cutting Edge: Magic of Movie Editing on DVD The Cutting Edge: Magic of Movie Editing
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While actors and directors certainly are instrumental in making a movie memorable and weaving story lines together, it's the film editor who strings the scenes into a seamless, artistic whole. This fascinating movie, narrated by Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, unmasks the mystery of film editing with the help of such fine examples of the art form as Birth of a Nation, The Battleship Potemkin and Bullitt.
Cast
Cast
Quentin Tarantino, Sean Penn, Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, George Lucas, Rob Cohen, Ridley Scott, Wes Craven, Zach Staenberg
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Director
Wendy Apple
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Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Private Dicks: Men Exposed on DVD Private Dicks: Men Exposed
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Filmmakers Thom Powers and Meema Spadola (director of the similarly fashioned Breasts: A Documentary) turn their cameras on men young and old, gay and straight, virginal and sexually experienced to expose the truth about sex, masculinity and male vulnerability. Baring their souls -- and, in many cases, their bodies -- a disparate group of men reveals what's on their minds when it comes to their genitalia.
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Cast
Alan Abel, Jonah Falcon, Calvin Lom, Lexington Steele
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Director
Meema Spadola, Thom Powers
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Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Looking for Richard on DVD Looking for Richard
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Oscar winner and renowned thespian Al Pacino searches for a way to channel Shakespeare's flawed hero in this self-effacing documentary that faithfully chronicles what went on behind the scenes when "Richard III" was revived for the New York stage.
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Cast
Al Pacino, Penelope Allen, Gordon MacDonald, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Conway, Madison Arnold, Vincent Angell, Harris Yulin, Timmy Prairie, Landon Prairie
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Director
Al Pacino
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Genres
Documentary, Special Interest, Shakespeare, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Theatrical Performances, Theater Arts
Rent Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look... on DVD Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look...
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Celebrity photographer Michael Grecco journeys to Las Vegas to capture candid behind-the-scenes images of adult film stars at the American porn industry's premier trade show, with the goal of compiling portraits for his coffee-table book.
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Cast
Joanna Angel, Grand Maitre de Valmont, Jenna Jameson, Jesse Jane, Sunny Lane, Mary Carey
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Director
Michael Grecco
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Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Room 237 on DVD Room 237
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Exploring various theories about hidden meanings in Stanley Kubrick's classic film The Shining, this fascinating documentary presents fans' and conspiracy theorists' ideas about messages regarding genocide, government conspiracy and history.
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Cast
Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Jay Weidner
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Director
Rodney Ascher
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Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent e-Dreams on DVD e-Dreams
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Capturing the highs and lows of the dot-com frenzy, e-Dreams chronicles the dramatic growth and devastating decline of a unique Internet start-up, Kozmo.com, and the fate of its co-founders, Joseph Park and Yong Kang. These two young investment bankers developed one simple, great idea -- online shopping with one-hour delivery -- and quit their prestigious jobs to funnel what little savings they had into their Internet brainchild.
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Cast
Joseph Park, Yong Kang, Gerry Burdo, Christian Cabanero, Iana Hansen, Jonathan Landau, Kenneth Li, Howard Schultz
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Director
Wonsuk Chin
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Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The Ascent of Money: The Financial History on DVD The Ascent of Money: The Financial History
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British historian and author Niall Ferguson explains how big money works today as well as the causes of and solutions to economic catastrophes in this extended version The Ascent of Money documentary. Through interviews with top experts, such as former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and American currency speculator George Soros, the intricate world of finance, including global commerce, banking and lending, is examined thoroughly.
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Cast
Niall Ferguson, George Soros, Robert Zoellick, Paul Volcker
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Director
Adrian Pennick
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Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Career & Finance
Rent Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession on DVD Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
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Founded in 1974 and based in Los Angeles, the Z Channel was the nation's first pay-cable station, preceding HBO or Showtime. At its pinnacle in the early 1980s, it served only 100,000 viewers, but nonetheless inspired and influenced the movie industry with its eclectic fare, securing a unique place in film history. IFC Films and director Xan Cassavetes celebrate the Z Channel and its founder, Jerry Harvey, with this captivating documentary.
Cast
Cast
Robert Altman, Quentin Tarantino, Jacqueline Bisset, James Woods, Henry Jaglom, Jim Jarmusch, Alexander Payne, Alan Rudolph, Theresa Russell, Penelope Spheeris, Paul Verhoeven, Vilmos Zsigmond, F.X. Feeney
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Director
Xan Cassavetes
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Trekkies 2 on DVD Trekkies 2
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Star Trek fans continue the mission to create an ideal world in this sequel to the popular cult documentary, which catches up with many loyal fans from the first film, showcases Trekkie charity work and captures the passion of Trekkie tribute bands.
Cast
Cast
Denise Crosby
Director
Director
Roger Nygard
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent 2012: Mayan Prophecy on DVD 2012: Mayan Prophecy
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According to the ancient Mayan calendar, the last day of history will be Dec. 21, 2012. This provocative documentary looks at the doomsday prophecy and the attention it has received -- and asks whether the 2012 date is really about the "end." Instead, the filmmakers suggest, humankind may be on the verge of a complete transformation in its nature, and 2012 will mark the beginning of a whole new historical cycle.
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Cast
Philip Coppens, Geoff Stray
Director
Director
Philip Gardiner
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Spiritual Mysteries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Double Dare on DVD Double Dare
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With being thrown off buildings an occupational hazard, professional stuntwomen Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell (the stunt doubles of Wonder Woman and Xena, respectively) would seem well-equipped for any challenges Hollywood might dish out. But finding roles -- and respect -- in a male-dominated field can prove more harrowing than dodging punches. Amanda Micheli directs this fascinating glimpse into the feminine side of a traditionally macho pursuit.
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Cast
Jeannie Epper, Zoë Bell, Lynda Carter, Lucy Lawless, Eurlyne Epper, Ken Howard, Terry Leonard, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg
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Director
Amanda Micheli
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends on DVD Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends
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Director Bruce Ricker and executive producer Clint Eastwood toast the storied career of legendary crooner Tony Bennett in this documentary tribute packed with live performance clips, archival footage and celebrity interviews. Featured personalities from Bennett's remarkable life and times include Mel Brooks, Martin Scorsese, Harry Belafonte, Don Rickles, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.
Cast
Cast
Tony Bennett, Anthony Hopkins, Christina Aguilera, Danny Bennett, Alec Baldwin, Alan Bergman, Harry Belafonte, Marilyn Bergman, Mel Brooks, Bill Charlap, Stephen Holden, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Arthur Penn, Jonathan Schwartz, Martin Scorsese, Don Rickles
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Director
Bruce Ricker
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Jazz & Easy Listening, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop
Rent Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour on DVD Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour
Synopsis
Joined by director Ric Esther Bienstock, master prestidigitation team Penn Jillette and Teller trek around the world to determine the origins of magic and examine how the art form has influenced and been changed by different traditions and cultures. The pair analyzes routines from far-flung places across the globe such as India and Egypt, at once wowed by the tricks and, as befitting renowned magicians, taking notes for future performances.
Cast
Cast
Penn Jillette, Teller, Penn & Teller
Director
Director
Ric Esther Bienstock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Magic & Illusion, TV Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Easy Riders, Raging Bulls on DVD Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
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Based on former <i>Premiere Magazine</i> writer Peter Biskind's best-seller about moviemaking during the tumultuous, golden era of the 1970s, this film offers insightful comments from many of the luminaries who did their best work during that decade. Included among the high points are the scandals that rocked so many careers. Narrated by William H. Macy, with comments from Martin Scorsese, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss and many others.
Cast
Cast
Arthur Penn, John Milius, William H. Macy, Richard Dreyfuss, Margot Kidder, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Hopper, Ellen Burstyn, Cybill Shepherd, Paul Schrader
Director
Director
Kenneth Bowser
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Corman's World on DVD Corman's World
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B-movie maestro Roger Corman is celebrated in this star-packed documentary. While trafficking in movies featuring lots of blood, violence and nudity, Corman nonetheless managed to tackle issues like race and sexism with his independent features. Luminaries including Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Robert De Niro and Jonathan Demme offer their reflections on the legacy of this purveyor of thrills and chills.
Cast
Cast
Roger Corman, Jonathan Demme, Robert De Niro, Peter Fonda, Ron Howard, Jack Nicholson, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, William Shatner, Quentin Tarantino
Director
Director
Alex Stapleton
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent One Six Right: The Romance of Flying on DVD One Six Right: The Romance of Flying
Synopsis
This documentary tells the history of the busiest airport for general aviation, California's Van Nuys Airport. Featuring interviews with flight enthusiasts Sydney Pollack, Tony Bill and Lorenzo Lamas, the film looks back on the beginnings of the airport and reveals the ongoing struggle to keep it open. Stunning aerial photography and a moving score add to the excitement and romance of exploring the skies.
Cast
Cast
Sydney Pollack, Lorenzo Lamas, Hal Fishman, Paul Moyer, Desiree Horton, Tony Bill
Director
Director
Brian Terwilliger
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Pretty as a Picture: Art of David Lynch on DVD Pretty as a Picture: Art of David Lynch
Synopsis
Blessed with an imaginative style, director David Lynch has created dreamlike films such as Eraserhead and Blue Velvet. This documentary includes interviews with Mel Brooks and Lynch's friends and workmates. Throughout, Lynch comes across like an off-kilter Mr. Rogers far removed from his neighborhood. Lynch is shown on the set of the film Lost Highway and in Prague with Angelo Badalamenti, his frequent musical collaborator.
Cast
Cast
David Lynch, Patricia Arquette, Mel Brooks, Robert Blake, Balthazar Getty, Bill Pullman, Dean Stockwell, Angelo Badalament
Director
Director
Toby Keeler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The American Nightmare on DVD The American Nightmare
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In this documentary, horror film masterminds such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper and George Romero provide commentary on how the creation of their films in the 1960s and '70s helped meld audiences' visions of today's horror films. Fascinatingly, they also shed light on what served as inspirations for their horror flicks. Movies explored include Halloween, Last House on the Left, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more.
Cast
Cast
John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Savini, George A. Romero, John Landis, Adam Lowenstein, Tobe Hooper, David Cronenberg, Tom Gunning, Carol J. Clover
Director
Director
Adam Simon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris on DVD La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris
Synopsis
Captured by renowned documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, the lives of the men and women that comprise world-famous Opéra national de Paris reveal an unending devotion to their craft and a passion for the dance that is unequaled. Wiseman provides an intimate behind-the-scenes view of rehearsals, performances and ephemeral moments of the dancers, choreographers and others that make up the creative troupe inside the Palais Garnier.
Cast
Cast
Nicolas Le Riche, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Agnès Letestu
Director
Director
Frederick Wiseman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance
Rent Not Quite Hollywood on DVD Not Quite Hollywood
Synopsis
Explore the unofficial history of Australian cult film with this provocative documentary on the "Ozploitation" flicks of the 1970s and '80s. Filmmaker Mark Hartley explores the violence, sex and nudity rampant during this period of lax restrictions. Jam-packed with film clips, poster art and international advertisements, the film also features anecdotes from numerous celebrities about this dynamic period in Australian cinema.
Cast
Cast
Phillip Adams, Christine Amor, Glory Annen, Victoria Anoux, Ian Barry, Briony Behets, Steve Bisley
Director
Director
Mark Hartley
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Australia/ New Zealand, Foreign Regions
Rent Go Tigers! on DVD Go Tigers!
Synopsis
In the blue-collar Ohio town of Massillon, the most important thing is high school football -- and the frenzy around the local team, the Tigers, is almost cult-like. Former Massillon resident Kenneth Carlson's documentary follows the three stars of the 1999 Tigers team as they deal with problems such as personal injuries and the pressures of their economically depressed town's high expectations.
Cast
Cast
Dave Irwin, Ellery Moore, Danny Studer
Director
Director
Kenneth A. Carlson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Football, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Sports Stories
Rent American: The Bill Hicks Story on DVD American: The Bill Hicks Story
Synopsis
Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks's legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic's comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century, and few are more deserving of this in-depth biographic treatment.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Booth, John Farneti, Bill Hicks, Lynn Hicks, Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks, Andy Huggins, David Johndrow, James Ladmirault, Dwight Slade
Director
Director
Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy on DVD Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
Synopsis
As Freddy Krueger is reborn for a new generation, it's time to return to where it all began. Join star Heather Langenkamp for a rare journey down Elm Street, with film clips, rare photos, storyboards, and more treasures from the entire series. Cast and crew discuss their deepest nightmares, making the series and its impact on pop culture. Among the interviewees is Wes Craven himself, who reveals his inspiration for Freddy and the original film.
Cast
Cast
Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Renny Harlin, Ronny Yu, John Saxon, Alice Cooper, Monica Keena
Director
Director
Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Cult Horror
Rent Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me on DVD Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Synopsis
Still refreshingly caustic at 87, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch looks back on her life and career in this feature-length portrait composed of candid reflections, rare archival footage and testimonials from her dearest friends.
Cast
Cast
Elaine Stritch, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, Cherry Jones, Nathan Lane, Harold Prince, John Turturro, George C. Wolfe
Director
Director
Chiemi Karasawa
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Side by Side on DVD Side by Side
Synopsis
Keanu Reeves produced and narrates this engaging documentary about the history of digital cinema technology and its vast impact on the movie industry. Despite the digital takeover, many fans still embrace the unique qualities of celluloid film.
Cast
Cast
Keanu Reeves, James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, Christopher Nolan, George Lucas, Walter Murch, Danny Boyle, Lars von Trier, Joel Schumacher, Barry Levinson
Director
Director
Chris Kenneally
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Biography: Harry Potter Kids on DVD Biography: Harry Potter Kids
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For Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, getting cast as the three stars of the enormously popular Harry Potter films meant much more than landing a big role: It transformed them into global icons. This episode of "Biography" traces the trio's journey from ordinary schoolchildren to students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and reveals how the movies have changed their lives.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey on DVD Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
Synopsis
Beloved by millions of children, Elmo is an international icon. But few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary follows Clash's remarkable career as a puppeteer.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg
Director
Director
Constance Marks
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The Spaghetti West on DVD The Spaghetti West
Synopsis
This fascinating documentary from the Independent Film Channel traces the history of the spaghetti Western, a genre that got its name because most of the movies were produced by Italian film studios. Relying on clips from memorable oaters such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars -- as well as interviews with key actors, directors and fans -- this presentation celebrates the cult films whose influence continues to endure.
Cast
Cast
Ferdinando Baldi, Enzo G. Castellari, Alex Cox, Sergio Donati, Clint Eastwood, Sergio Leone, Tomás Milián, Ennio Morricone, Franco Nero, Sergio Sollima
Director
Director
David Gregory
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Classic Westerns
Rent His Name Was Jason on DVD His Name Was Jason
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Exploring the legacy of a villain who's fueled a franchise for nearly 30 years and is on a first-name basis with horror fans everywhere, this documentary pays tribute to Jason Voorhees, the hockey-masked star character of the Friday the 13th films. Hosted by special effects legend Tom Savini, the film includes movie clips, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with actors, filmmakers and devotees.
Cast
Cast
Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kane Hodder, Seth Green, Greg Nicotero, James Roday, Amy Steel
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Halloween
Rent America's Heart and Soul on DVD America's Heart and Soul
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Patriotism has rarely looked as heartfelt as in this documentary by filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg that captures everyday Americans from all walks of life -- from a Vermont dairy farmer to a Colorado horse wrangler, a Chicago boxer to a Florida aerobatic pilot -- talking about what they love best about America. In doing so, Schwartzberg showcases the diversity, vibrancy and excitement of the country's 50 states and their residents.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Louis Schwartzberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon on DVD Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
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Mike Myers turns documentarian with this film on his friend, legendary manager Shep Gordon, whose client list ranged from Blondie to Alice Cooper. The film mixes Gordon's own reminiscences with those from Michael Douglas, Sly Stallone and more.
Cast
Cast
Shep Gordon
Director
Director
Mike Myers
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Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Monty Python's Almost the Truth on DVD Monty Python's Almost the Truth
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The legacy of British comic royalty Monty Python -- whose irreverent and influential brand of humor tickled the ribs of millions -- is explored in this Emmy-nominated documentary highlighted by interviews with the surviving Python members.
Cast
Cast
Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Pageant on DVD Pageant
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In this fascinating and fabulous documentary, go behind the scenes as 52 men don makeup, wigs, gowns, heels and perfectly placed padding to vie for one crown. They all may be masters at the art of illusion, but only one will be Miss Gay America.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ron Davis, Stewart Halpern-Fingerhut
Genres
Genres
Documentary, LGBT, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Reel Injun on DVD Reel Injun
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This engrossing documentary reveals the film industry's effect on the experiences of North American native people in the United States and Canada, who've been depicted in movies in a variety of ways -- many of them wildly inaccurate.
Cast
Cast
Adam Beach, R. Michael David, Clint Eastwood, Chris Eyre, Charlie Hill, Jim Jarmusch, Sacheen Littlefeather, Russell Means, John Trudell, Robbie Robertson, Wes Studi
Director
Director
Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Scott Walker: 30 Century Man on DVD Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
Synopsis
Documentarian Stephen Kijak pays tribute to the influential but enigmatic Scott Walker, an artist who shunned pop stardom for a relatively reclusive existence in which he rarely released new music -- but when he did, it was unbelievable. And though they may not be familiar with Walker, even the most casual music fans are bound to recognize the names of those he influenced, including Brian Eno, Radiohead and David Bowie.
Cast
Cast
Scott Walker, David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, Ute Lemper, Lulu, Johnny Marr, Sting, Marc Almond
Director
Director
Stephen Kijak
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema on DVD Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema
Synopsis
Through interviews with a host of gay and lesbian producers, directors and actors -- including John Waters, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant and more -- directors Lisa Ades and Lesli Klainberg explore the roots of queer cinema. Along the way, this thoughtful documentary examines the cultural, political and social influences that have shaped the way stories depicting gay life have found their way into films over the last 50 years.
Cast
Cast
Wilson Cruz, Alan Cumming, Arthur Dong, Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, Jane Lynch, Heather Matarazzo, John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Musto, B. Ruby Rich, Guinevere Turner, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, John Waters
Director
Director
Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg
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Genres
Documentary, LGBT, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Big Rig on DVD Big Rig
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Filmmaker Doug Pray travels coast to coast to chronicle life on the road with America's long-haul truckers in this engaging documentary featuring candid interviews that reveal the passions and colorful personalities of these heroes of the highways.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Doug Pray
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The Turandot Project on DVD The Turandot Project
Synopsis
This documentary from director Allan Miller takes you behind the scenes with conductor Zubin Mehta as he stages the Puccini opera "Turandot" in two decidedly different locations: Florence, Italy, and Beijing, China. The film focuses primarily on the unexpected areas of dramatic interest and conflict that opened up when the production, initially scheduled only for Florence, was given official permission to be remounted in Beijing.
Cast
Cast
Zubin Mehta, Yimou Zhang
Director
Director
Allan Miller
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Classical Music
Rent They Came to Play on DVD They Came to Play
Synopsis
Director Alex Rotaru profiles the devoted musicians entered in the 2007 International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, Texas, where any nonprofessional pianist over the age of 35 can fulfill their dreams by shining onstage. Some are classically trained, others are self-taught, but all have "real jobs" -- ranging from dentist to physicist to pro tennis player -- and are avid artists with a lifelong passion for music.
Cast
Cast
Henri Robert Delbeau, Mark Fuller, Clark Griffith, Ken Iisaka, Slava Levin, Drew Mays, Suzanna Perez, Richard Rodzinski
Director
Director
Alex Rotaru
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Classical Music
Rent The People vs. George Lucas on DVD The People vs. George Lucas
Synopsis
Building a balanced but spirited case without taking sides, filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe sets up the decades-old conflict between Star Wars creator George Lucas and his legions of passionate fans in this "participatory documentary."
Cast
Cast
Gary Kurtz, Neil Gaiman, David Prowse, Anthony Waye, Sandy Lieberson, Joe Leydon, Chris Gore, Joe Nussbaum, Dale Pollock, Glenn Kenny
Director
Director
Alexandre O. Philippe
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent This Is Not a Film on DVD This Is Not a Film
Synopsis
When the Iranian government banned director Jafar Panahi from making a film for 20 years, he titled his next project This Is Not a Film. The resulting documentary covers a day in Panahi's life as he reflects on his unhappy situation.
Cast
Cast
Jafar Panahi
Director
Director
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Iran
Rent The Last Mogul on DVD The Last Mogul
Synopsis
For more than half a century, MCA president Lew Wasserman controlled Hollywood. This documentary reveals the story behind the movie mogul's rags-to-riches journey, from his Mafia ties to his role in Ronald Reagan's political career.
Cast
Cast
Robert Evans, Suzanne Pleshette, Alan Ladd Jr., Jimmy Carter, Peter Barton, Dominick Dunne, Richard D. Zanuck, Jack Valenti, Michael Ovitz, Larry King, Sydney Pollack
Director
Director
Barry Avrich
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Andy Kaufman: Hollywood / Breakfast on DVD Andy Kaufman: Hollywood / Breakfast
Synopsis
Eccentric comedian Andy Kaufman stunned the world when he announced he was following a lifelong dream to become a professional wrestler. These two features focus on Andy's obsessively strange and short career in the ring. But just what was he thinking when he decided to trade humor for headlocks? Friends Robin Williams, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza and Bob Zmuda are still trying to figure it out.
Cast
Cast
Andy Kaufman, Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Hart, Marilu Henner, Robin Williams, Tony Danza, Freddie Blassie
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
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