Top PBS Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent No Direction Home: Bob Dylan on DVD No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Synopsis
This exhaustive film biography is a moving tribute to rock legend Bob Dylan by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, featuring never-before-seen footage, rare concert performances and intimate interviews with members of the musician's inner circle.
Cast
Cast
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Mavis Staples, Peter Yarrow, Bob Johnston, D.A. Pennebaker, Al Kooper
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Singer-Songwriters, Classic Rock, American Folk & Bluegrass, Rock & Pop, PBS Documentaries
Rent 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 Lost Boys of Sudan on DVD Lost Boys of Sudan
Synopsis
As orphans living in the midst of civil war, Peter and Santino dealt with dangers like lion attacks and gunfire from militia. But even more daunting are the challenges they face in suburbia after they're chosen to start a new life in America. Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk direct this award-winning documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees throughout their intense journey from their native Africa to the United States.
Cast
Cast
Santino Majok Chuor, Peter Kon Dut
Director
Director
Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Benjamin Franklin on DVD Benjamin Franklin
Synopsis
This compelling PBS miniseries follows Benjamin Franklin's impressive career -- from scientist and revolutionary to founding father and American diplomat -- drawing on Franklin's own writings and those of his contemporaries. The narrative is set against the breathtaking events in which Franklin played a central role: the age of scientific discovery, the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolutionary War and the Constitutional Convention.
Cast
Cast
Colm Feore, Richard Easton, Dylan Baker, Blair Brown, Anthony Cochrane, Peter Donaldson, Roberta Maxwell, Natacha Roi
Director
Director
Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, TV Miniseries
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 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
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
Peter Coyote, Jared Diamond
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Napoleon on DVD Napoleon
Synopsis
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 Daughter from Danang: American Experience on DVD Daughter from Danang: American Experience
Synopsis
This documentary follows an adopted American woman -- one of thousands of Vietnamese children who were separated from their families and flown to America in 1975 -- who gets more than she bargained for when she's reunited with her birth mother. The film emphasizes how much culture, rather than innate physical characteristics, can shape an individual. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Heidi Bub, Mai Thi Kim
Director
Director
Gail Dolgin, Vicente Franco
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Ken Burns: The War on DVD Ken Burns: The War
Synopsis
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.
Cast
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 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
Synopsis
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 Mark Twain on DVD Mark Twain
Synopsis
Explore the life, work and history of celebrated writer and humorist Mark Twain with this fascinating documentary that draws from a massive amount of material, including thousands of archival photographs. Nearly 20 well-known writers and scholars discuss Twain, shedding light on his extraordinary life and enduring legacy. This exhaustive profile from master documentarian Ken Burns took almost three years to complete.
Cast
Cast
Keith David
Director
Director
Ken Burns
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
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 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, Faith & Spirituality, Religion & Mythology Documentaries
Rent Frank Lloyd Wright on DVD Frank Lloyd Wright
Synopsis
Often touted as the most influential and important American architect of all time, Frank Lloyd Wright is the subject of this acclaimed documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns (Baseball, The Civil War). Rare footage and illuminating interviews, along with an in-depth look at Wright's body of work from his 92 years, come together to bring his unforgettable -- and frequently turbulent -- story to life.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ken Burns
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries
Rent Ken Burns: The National Parks... on DVD Ken Burns: The National Parks...
Synopsis
The award-winning documentarian turns his insight and cameras to the history and breathtaking splendor of America's national parks. The words of early naturalists and modern advocates accompany panoramas of Yosemite, Glacier, Redwood and other parks.
Cast
Cast
Peter Coyote, Dayton Duncan, Shelton Johnson, Tuan Luong, Juan Lujan, Nevada Barr, Terry Tempest Williams, William Cronon, Paul Schullery, Alfred Runte, George Takei, Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, Andy Garcia, Sam Waterston
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Education & Guidance, TV Science & Nature, PBS Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, PBS
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, TV War & Politics, Political Documentaries
Rent Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision on DVD Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
Synopsis
In this Oscar-winning documentary, director Freida Lee Mock captures the genius of architect Maya Lin, who vaulted to fame at age 21 when her sparse, modern and controversial design was chosen to memorialize the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C. While many voiced displeasure with her design and Asian heritage, the memorial has become one of the most powerful in the world. The film also highlights Lin's Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala.
Cast
Cast
Maya Lin
Director
Director
Freida Lee Mock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo on DVD The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
Synopsis
Rita Moreno narrates this documentary that chronicles the life of artist Frida Kahlo. The biography reveals Kahlo's story in conjunction with events that defined the times in which she lived and that shaped her life and artwork. Kahlo's tragedies and triumphs are examined, from her childhood through to her debilitating accident, her moving self-portraits, an affair with Russian radical Leon Trotsky and a tumultuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera.
Cast
Cast
Rita Moreno, Lila Downs
Director
Director
Amy Stechler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Art & Design, PBS, PBS Documentaries, Painting
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 Scottsboro: An American Tragedy on DVD Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Synopsis
When two white women accused nine black teenagers of raping them on an Alabama bus in 1931, their claims set off a chain reaction that eventually reached the Supreme Court -- and launched the modern-day Civil Rights movement.
Cast
Cast
Andre Braugher, Frances McDormand, Stanley Tucci, Harris Yulin, Jeffrey DeMunn, Lee Wilkof, Nesbitt Blaisdell, Sam Catlin, Daver Morrison
Director
Director
Daniel Anker, Barak Goodman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV War & Politics, African-American Documentaries
Rent Eleanor Roosevelt: American Experience on DVD Eleanor Roosevelt: American Experience
Synopsis
Admired for expanding the first lady's role in the White House, Eleanor Roosevelt was an early feminist turned contemporary heroine who overcame her share of obstacles -- as evidenced in this installment of "American Experience." With input from biographers Allida Black, Blanche Wiesen Cook and Geoffrey C. Ward -- plus Roosevelt's surviving relatives -- this documentary paints a comprehensive portrait of one of history's most fascinating subjects.
Cast
Cast
Eleanor Roosevelt, Alfre Woodard, David McCullough
Director
Director
Sue Williams
Genres
Genres
Documentary, PBS, TV Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent Simon Schama: The Power of Art on DVD Simon Schama: The Power of Art
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
Allan Corduner, Andy Serkis, Simon Schama
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, PBS Documentaries, United Kingdom, Historical Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting, TV Documentaries, Foreign Regions
Rent Riding the Rails: American Experience on DVD Riding the Rails: American Experience
Synopsis
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.
Cast
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
Director
Director
Lexy Lovell, Michael Uys
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha on DVD The Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
Dalai Lama, W.S. Merwin, Richard Gere
Director
Director
David Grubin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Origins: Nova on DVD Origins: Nova
Synopsis
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this program, which examines the origins of the cosmos, including how the Earth was formed, how life on Earth began, the possibility of extraterrestrial life and how the Big Bang produced inhabitable planets. Join the scientists as they try to capture echoes of the Big Bang, pose the question "Do aliens already walk among us?" and dig into dozens of other mind-blowing topics.
Cast
Cast
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Islam: Empire of Faith on DVD Islam: Empire of Faith
Synopsis
Explore a thousand years of the history and culture of Islam in this stunning documentary. Using the visual techniques of a motion picture, this production re-creates vanished worlds with authentic costumes, full-scale structures, striking stunts and gorgeous locales. From the deserts of seventh-century Arabia to the palaces of the Ottoman Empire, viewers will travel through time for a rare glimpse into the past.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Robert Gardner
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality, Religion & Mythology Documentaries
Rent Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension on DVD Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension
Synopsis
Determined to understand the repeating patterns he was finding in nature, French mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot used an early form of computer imagery to produce his own versions, coining the recurring shapes <i>fractals</i>. This installment of the PBS series "Nova" examines the rules of these self-similar patterns and explores the ways these fascinating geometric configurations can be applied in the fields of science, medicine and the arts.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided on DVD Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
David Morse, Holly Hunter, David McCullough
Director
Director
David Grubin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Ken Burns: Prohibition on DVD Ken Burns: Prohibition
Synopsis
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
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS
Rent The Hobart Shakespeareans on DVD The Hobart Shakespeareans
Synopsis
Mel Stuart's documentary follows Rafe Esquith, a passionate educator who inspires his students from Central Los Angeles to achieve the best that life has to offer. Mixing Shakespeare, Mark Twain and math, and touring his young charges around Washington, D.C., and college campuses, the elementary school teacher makes learning exciting, including having actors Ian McKellen and Michael York visit the class. For the finale, the kids stage a production of "Hamlet."
Cast
Cast
Rafe Esquith
Director
Director
Mel Stuart
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Shakespeare, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Magnetic Storm: Nova on DVD Magnetic Storm: Nova
Synopsis
In this PBS "Nova" documentary, scientists discuss the bewildering causes and effects of the Earth's magnetic field, including the fact that the field appears to have weakened during the last few decades. A group of experts, including physicists and geologists, examine the individual elements that make up the field -- from the molten core to the far reaches of space -- in search of answers to these perplexing questions.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Duncan Copp
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Les Paul: Chasing Sound on DVD Les Paul: Chasing Sound
Synopsis
The remarkable true-life story of electric guitar legend and rock 'n' roll icon Les Paul unfolds in this feature-length documentary that originally aired as part of PBS's "American Masters" series. Chronicling Paul's rise from poverty to eventual rock royalty, the program features interviews from many of his big-name admirers, including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard and Steve Miller.
Cast
Cast
Les Paul, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard, Steve Miller, Kay Starr
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
Rent The First Year on DVD The First Year
Synopsis
This fascinating documentary chronicles the emotional turmoil of five Los Angeles schoolteachers charged with educating inner-city youth, making it clear that the teachers helping these disadvantaged children are <i>real</i> heroes. The First Year, originally aired on PBS stations throughout the country, is helmed by Davis Guggenheim (director of An Inconvenient Truth) and narrated by Elisabeth Shue. Also included is the Guggenheim-directed short "Teach."
Cast
Cast
Georgene Acosta, Genevieve DeBose, Joy Kraft-Watts, Nate Monley, Maurice Rabb, Andrew Glass, Elisabeth Shue
Director
Director
Davis Guggenheim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent The Story of India on DVD The Story of India
Synopsis
Hosted by noted historian Michael Wood, this documentary series explores the many facets of Indian society, including the arts, spiritual traditions, the diverse population, the rising high-tech business community and more.
Cast
Cast
Michael Wood
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Newton's Dark Secrets: Nova on DVD Newton's Dark Secrets: Nova
Synopsis
While pursuing his theories on the universal law of gravitation, scientific genius Isaac Newton was also searching out hidden meanings in the Bible, practicing the hidden art of alchemy and pioneering calculus. Using dramatic scenes starring Scott Handy as Newton, this "Nova" documentary re-creates the unique climate of late 17th century England, where a fascination with science and mathematics coexisted with extreme views on religious doctrine.
Cast
Cast
Scott Handy
Director
Director
Karen Barss
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Ken Burns: Baseball on DVD Ken Burns: Baseball
Synopsis
Documentarian Ken Burns takes a swing at baseball, chronicling the sport's signature people, places and events and its deep-rooted relationship to American culture. The pastime's history unfolds over nostalgic, informative "innings."
Cast
Cast
John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Charles McDowell, George Will, Buck O'Neil, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Red Barber, George Plimpton, Vin Scully, Studs Terkel
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Sports Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Baseball, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Seabiscuit: American Experience on DVD Seabiscuit: American Experience
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
Scott Glenn
Director
Director
Stephen Ives
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Sports Stories, Horse Racing
Rent The Blues: A Musical Journey on DVD The Blues: A Musical Journey
Synopsis
Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, this PBS series consists of seven feature-length films that capture the essence of the blues while exploring how the art form so deeply influenced music and people the world over. Offerings include a blend of aural and visual treasures: rare video footage, interviews and unforgettable performances by some of the greatest musicians in the history of the blues.
Cast
Cast
B.B. King, Ray Charles, Fats Domino
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Mike Figgis, Charles Burnett, Leslie Harris, Marc Levin, Richard Pearce, Wim Wenders
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Blues, Urban & Dance
Rent Commanding Heights on DVD Commanding Heights
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
David Ogden Stiers
Director
Director
William Cran, Greg Barker
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Evolution on DVD Evolution
Synopsis
Covering all facets of the evolutionary process, this comprehensive PBS documentary -- narrated by actor Liam Neeson -- looks at everything from the genesis of Charles Darwin's natural selection theory to the clash between science and spirituality. Via computer animation, dramatic re-creations, film clips and expert interviews, the seven-part series presents a definitive view of how evolution has changed our perceptions of the world.
Cast
Cast
Liam Neeson, Chris Larkin
Director
Director
David Espar, Susan K. Lewis, Alastair Reid, Joel Olicker, Kate Churchill, Richard Hutton, Gail Willumsen, Noel Buckner, Robert Whittlesey
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, PBS Documentaries
Rent Unforgivable Blackness on DVD Unforgivable Blackness
Synopsis
Long before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, boxer Jack Johnson became the first African-American to obtain the world heavyweight title. This documentary tracks the life of the trailblazing boxer, from his early days as the son of former slaves to his rise through the ranks of a traditionally all-white sport, culminating with the 39-year-old's achievement of the prestigious title in 1908.
Cast
Cast
Keith David, Stanley Crouch, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Jack Newfield, Alan Rickman
Director
Director
Ken Burns
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, African-American Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Boxing
Rent Frontline: The Dark Side on DVD Frontline: The Dark Side
Synopsis
This "Frontline" report dissects Vice President Dick Cheney's actions as architect of the war on terror and his scraps with CIA director George Tenet. Interviews with more than 40 key participants shed light on the political infighting.
Cast
Cast
Will Lyman
Director
Director
Michael Kirk
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Between the Folds on DVD Between the Folds
Synopsis
Filmmaker Vanessa Gould embarks on an odyssey into the mesmerizing world of modern origami, where artists and scientists use the ancient practice to craft works of delicate beauty and to model cutting-edge mathematical theories.
Cast
Cast
Dr. Erik Demaine, Eric Joisel, Dr. Robert J. Lang, Vincent Floderer
Director
Director
Vanessa Gould
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Art & Design, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Ages 5-7, PBS, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century on DVD Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century
Synopsis
The experience of viewing art moves from static to dynamic as this PBS series takes its audience into the studios of contemporary American artists to witness their processes, hear their thoughts and see their art outside a gallery setting. With each episode focused on a single theme, viewers are treated to everything from sculptor Jeff Koons on the topic of fantasy to photographer Cindy Sherman on transformation.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting, Sculpture, PBS
Rent Journey of Man on DVD Journey of Man
Synopsis
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?
Cast
Cast
Spencer Wells
Director
Director
Clive Maltby
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries
Rent American Experience: The Mormons on DVD American Experience: The Mormons
Synopsis
Documentarian Helen Whitney directs this fascinating PBS presentation exploring the history and influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States whose reach extends worldwide. Touching on all aspects of this complex and sometimes controversial religion, Whitney gains access to Mormon archives and captures candid interviews with church supporters, opponents and historians.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Helen Whitney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, TV 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
Director
Barbara Sonneborn
Genres
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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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Terry Sanders, Freida Lee Mock
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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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Jentri Anders, Hardy Frye, John Gage, Todd Gitlin, Susan Griffin, David Hilliard, Barry Melton, Suzy Nelson, Ruth Rosen
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Mark Kitchell
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Fascinating and heart-wrenching in its attention to detail, this in-depth documentary, which first aired on public television in 1983, unfolds in all its painful glory the American military b&#234;te noire that is Vietnam. The show chronicles the country's failed efforts to install an anti-Communist government, a losing battle almost from the moment it started as soldiers grappled with unfamiliar terrain, guerrilla tactics, murky politics and more.
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Strengthen your brain with this unique program developed by a group of top neuroscientists headed by Dr. Michael Merzenich of the University of California at San Francisco. By following along with the exercises included, viewers can stimulate development and growth within their brains. Narrator Peter Coyote also explains the origins of Dr. Merzenich's groundbreaking work and the results of his findings.
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Peter Coyote
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Director
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Mind & Body, Healthy Living, PBS Documentaries, PBS
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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
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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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Ken Burns
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
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"Nova" explores the mystery behind a sunken German U-boat submarine discovered off the coast of New Jersey some 50 years after World War II. Follow the divers in their six-year quest to learn the submarine's history. The team aims to uncover how the sub ended up at the bottom of the ocean so close to American soil. When the investigation points to Nazi code breakers, the divers head to Germany to present some revised World War II history.
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Director
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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
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Rent Cosmos on DVD Cosmos
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Renowned astronomer and author Carl Sagan explores the mysteries of the universe in this award-winning series, presenting fascinating and controversial insights into astronomy, biology, religion, evolution and more. With a focus on mankind's place in the grand scheme, universally speaking, Sagan takes viewers on an educational intergalactic journey through topics such as the Big Bang theory, early civilizations, purported UFO abductions and more.
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Carl Sagan
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Director
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TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Fox
Rent The Donner Party: American Experience on DVD The Donner Party: American Experience
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From the PBS series "American Experience" comes this documentary about a harrowing struggle for survival. Like many others with the pioneering spirit, the Donner party headed west for California in 1846, following their American Dream. Hitting difficult terrain and weather, they were forced into some of the most excruciating survival techniques known to man, and their name became synonymous with their hardship ... and their curse.
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David McCullough, J.D. Cannon, Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Donal McCann, George Plimpton, Eli Wallach, Frances Sternhagen, Lois Smith, Paul Roebling, Gene Jones
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Ric Burns
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This Sundance Special Jury Prize-winning documentary examines the hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican workers, a crime that catapulted a Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. For nearly a year, filmmakers Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini lived in Farmingville, N.Y., recording the stories of residents, day laborers and activists battling one another over the American Dream.
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Carlos Sandoval, Catherine Tambini
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Rent Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial on DVD Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
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With this episode, the popular "Nova" series examines the trial of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, a controversial legal battle sparked by a group of science teachers who refused to comply with an order to teach intelligent design. Through scene re-creations, interviews and expert testimony, the program presents the arguments of both sides and illuminates the conflict that thrust the people of Dover into the worldwide spotlight.
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Rent American Experience: Truman on DVD American Experience: Truman
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This installment of "American Experience" explores the surprising political success of an against-all-odds public figure. As an unknown politician from Missouri, Harry S. Truman suddenly found himself in office as the most powerful man in America.
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David McCullough, Jason Robards
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Rent Chicago: City of the Century on DVD Chicago: City of the Century
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This look at the ingenuity that built Chicago -- once little more than a marshland that had been ravaged by fire -- uses archival footage and photos along with interviews to offer a fascinating history of the Midwest's signature city. This program is also an unflinching and enlightening portrait of a mighty city whose architecture, crime and labor relations were greatly influential in shaping America.
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David Ogden Stiers
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Austin Hoyt
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Dogs Decoded: Nova on DVD Dogs Decoded: Nova
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Man's best friend has much to tell us about ourselves, as witnessed by this "Nova" episode that highlights recent scientific revelations about the genetic makeup of dogs, and the implications of those revelations for humans. The program also examines the bond between man and dog, and demonstrates how in the safety of human-controlled spaces, dogs have evolved into a staggering array of canine creatures.
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Director
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Rent American Experience: Alexander Hamilton on DVD American Experience: Alexander Hamilton
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Brian F. O'Byrne portrays Alexander Hamilton, America's first treasury secretary and the second most influential person in young America after George Washington, in this insightful documentary. Here, his life and death are explored in detail. The oftentimes controversial Hamilton founded the Coast Guard, saved the new republic from bankruptcy, founded what would become Wall Street and helped develop the Constitution.
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Brian F. O'Byrne, Karl Walling
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Rent In Search of Ancient Ireland on DVD In Search of Ancient Ireland
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Head to the Emerald Isle for this intriguing history lesson, spanning centuries from the first Irish and the reign of the Vikings in Dublin to how the English took over the country. The series is presented in three parts. "Heroes" looks at the legendary warriors and rulers of Erin; "Saints" explores the importance of Christianity in the nation; and "Warlords" covers the constant battles upon the land and the development of the Vikings.
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent The Vikings: Nova on DVD The Vikings: Nova
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While they're often portrayed in movies and history books as horned-helmeted barbarians, this fascinating installment of "Nova" reveals the Vikings to have been more civilized than we give them credit for. Startling new research from historians indicates that the 8th century Norsemen were, in fact, also shrewd merchants, accomplished artisans and superbly creative when it came to feats of nautical engineering.
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Empires: Peter and Paul on DVD Empires: Peter and Paul
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This PBS-TV production examines the life of Peter and Paul and how they weathered persecution as they led the rise of Christianity, born thousands of years ago when Jesus preached his word and was nailed to the cross for it.
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Salome Jens
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Director
Margaret Koval
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries
Rent Triumph of the Nerds on DVD Triumph of the Nerds
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Robert X. Cringely's in-depth look -- via this 1996 PBS series -- examining the rise of Silicon Valley giants from nerd-dom to success is exacting in detail, providing an impressive history of personal computing. All three installments ("Impressing Their Friends," "Riding the Bear" and "Great Artists Steal") invite viewers into the lives of modern movers and shakers such as Microsoft's Bill Gates and Apple's Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
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Robert X. Cringely, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak
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Rent To the Moon: Nova on DVD To the Moon: Nova
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The mission was impossible. The odds were astronomical. The results were spectacular. "Nova" shares the fascinating inside story behind "one giant leap for mankind." This expanded two-hour special shares vivid recollections of astronauts and legendary flight directors, as well as many of the unsung heroes of the Apollo missions. Rare interviews and amazing footage capture America's full-throttle effort to be the first to the moon.
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Director
Director
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Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Everest: The Death Zone on DVD Everest: The Death Zone
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PBS's "Nova" chronicles a scientific study of high-altitude physiology, gauging a group of Himalayan climbers' physical and mental changes as they set out to conquer Mount Everest -- the very pinnacle of Earth. Jodie Foster narrates as the "Nova" camera crew captures Everest's simple but stunning splendor. The drama reaches a gripping climax during the descent, when the fate of a desperately ill climber hangs in the balance.
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Cast
Jodie Foster
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Director
David Breashears
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, Science and Nature Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Frontline: Is Walmart Good for America? on DVD Frontline: Is Walmart Good for America?
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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.
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Cast
Hedrick Smith, Edna Bonacich, Ray Bracy, Gary Gereffi, Tom Hopson, Jon Lehman, Nelson Lichtenstein, Brink Lindsey, Alan Tonelson
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Director
Rick Young
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, Miscellaneous Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Empires: Martin Luther on DVD Empires: Martin Luther
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Rabble-rouser or secular saint? The man who revolutionized the Christian church in the 16th century and became the father of Protestantism was probably a little bit of both. This historical look at Martin Luther originally aired on British television (and on PBS in the United States) and serves as a wonderful educational primer of a fascinating religious epoch.
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Cast
Director
Director
James Hawes
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip on DVD Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip
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Ken Burns's documentary celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first transcontinental road trip, one undertaken for the flimsiest of reasons: a $50 wager. In 1903, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson started up his Winton in San Francisco; sixty-three days later, he arrived in New York City. Burns captures Jackson's pioneering spirit using photos, letters and footage from a road trip he and his crew take to retrace Jackson's journey.
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Tom Hanks
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Director
Ken Burns
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Documentary, TV Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Lawrence of Arabia: Battle for Arab World on DVD Lawrence of Arabia: Battle for Arab World
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This engrossing investigative documentary produced by PBS digs deep into the life of the controversial Thomas Edward Lawrence, known in many circles as a British spy during the Arab Revolt of the early 1900s. Dubbed "Lawrence of Arabia," he was renowned for his undercover deal-making and espionage work that helped shaped the Arab region into its present incarnation.The program presents a fascinating portrait through interviews and reenactments.
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Cast
Thomas Edward Lawrence
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Ken Burns' America: Brooklyn Bridge on DVD Ken Burns' America: Brooklyn Bridge
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Master documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is the genius behind this film that chronicles the history of New York City's fabled Brooklyn Bridge. Traversing the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge stands graceful and tall, often prominently featured in many a book and movie. Listen as such literary luminaries as Arthur Miller and Kurt Vonnegut discuss the magic of this landmark.
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Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Julie Harris, Paul Roebling, David McCullough
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Ken Burns
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Cracking the Code of Life: Nova on DVD Cracking the Code of Life: Nova
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ABC "Nightline" correspondent Robert Krulwich lends a lighthearted touch to genetic science in this provocative two-hour "Nova" special that takes you inside the amazing, complex and contentious race to decode the human genome. Now armed with the genetic code, medical pioneers are making astonishing breakthroughs that will change medicine as we know it. Could these discoveries eventually lead to cures for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's?
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Robert Krulwich
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Director
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent American Experience: FDR on DVD American Experience: FDR
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"American Experience" explores the transformative effect that Franklin Delano Roosevelt's persona and policies had on the modern presidency. Born into wealth, he became a hero to the American everyman with Depression-era reforms.
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Cast
David McCullough
Director
Director
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent The Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars on DVD The Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars
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The Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military airmen, were known for their heroics during World War II. Away from the front, they fought a different battle -- one that was less bombastic but just as insidious: racism. These pioneering soldiers proved to America and the rest of the world that one's race has no bearing on one's ability to protect, serve and defend a nation. This PBS documentary recounts the challenges the men faced.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, TV War & Politics, African-American Dramas
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With contributions from a team of noted historians, archeologists and biblical scholars, this thought-provoking "Nova" documentary explores the history behind the creation of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. Drawing on more than 100 years of archeological discoveries and centuries of biblical examination, the program addresses many of the questions whose answers have long eluded the religious and scientific communities.
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Cast
Director
Director
Gary Glassman
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Genres
Documentary, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Ken Burns' America: Huey Long on DVD Ken Burns' America: Huey Long
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The world of American politics has long been peopled with interesting characters -- but few of them have been more colorful than Huey P. Long. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns captures the charisma that made Long the people's politician, the "Kingfish." This documentary explores Long's life as a child, his ascent to power and his assassination in 1935.
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Cast
Huey Long, David McCullough, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., I.F. Stone, Robert Penn Warren
Director
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Ken Burns
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, Biographical Documentaries, PBS 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."
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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 The Miracle of Life: Nova on DVD The Miracle of Life: Nova
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While birth is an everyday occurrence, each birth is the culmination of one of nature's most complex and mysterious processes, as examined here in this documentary that takes viewers on an incredible voyage through the human body as new life begins. A breakthrough in science and cinematography, the images of photographer Lennart Nilsson presents a spectacular look at a microscopic world of beautiful colors and forms that lie deep inside us.
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Cast
Director
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Lennart Nilsson
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Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Bees: Tales from the Hive: Nova on DVD Bees: Tales from the Hive: Nova
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Explore the inner workings of a beehive in this fascinating episode of the popular public television series "Nova," which explains how and why these hardworking insects manufacture honey and the lengths they'll go to protect it. Fascinating close-up footage captures some of the most important moments in a bee's life cycle, including a fight to the death between two rival queens and a drone mating with a queen while flying at top speed.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Ken Burns' America: The Statue of Liberty on DVD Ken Burns' America: The Statue of Liberty
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The history of the Statue of Liberty is filled with complicated logistics and touching anecdotes, and filmmaker Ken Burns presents an Oscar-nominated portrait of this great lady. Follow her life, from her creation by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdo, through her painstaking construction and accident-prone dedication in 1886. Interviews with ordinary Americans reveal a deep understanding of the unique place the statue holds in our hearts.
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David McCullough
Director
Director
Ken Burns
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Secret Files of the Inquisition on DVD Secret Files of the Inquisition
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In 1998, the Vatican opened its centuries-old archives of the Inquisition, the longest and most notorious suppression in religious history. Those documents inspired this four-part PBS documentary, which re-creates the true stories of victims. From medieval France to mid-19th-century Europe, the series gathers commentary from an esteemed cadre of experts, including Vatican official Rev. Joseph A. Di Noia and historian David Gitlitz.
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Cast
Colm Feore, David Gitlitz, Rev. Joseph A. Di Noia
Director
Director
David Rabinovitch
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Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, Historical Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent A Walk to Beautiful on DVD A Walk to Beautiful
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In Ethiopia, a country with few hospitals and even fewer roads that lead to them, three women are on a journey to rebuild their lives after suffering devastating losses in childbirth. When the women survive but their babies do not, they are summarily shunned by their families. Now, they must make their way to a hospital in Addis Ababa, where they hope to receive treatment for fistula, a condition caused by obstructed labor during childbirth.
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Mary Olive Smith, Amy Bucher
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Rent Theodore Roosevelt: American Experience on DVD Theodore Roosevelt: American Experience
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While he projected unflappable confidence on the outside, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt suffered from a barrage of personal demons -- yet his inner turmoil never kept him from success. This installment of the "American Experience" series examines family letters and diaries, authentic film footage and rare interviews with distant relatives to reveal a fascinating figure whose unique brand of ambition would make him unforgettable.
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Cast
Theodore Roosevelt
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent The War That Made America on DVD The War That Made America
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Actor Graham Greene -- an Oneida Indian whose ancestors fought in the French and Indian War between France and Britain -- narrates this gripping four-part documentary series exploring the conflict's effect on fanning the flames of colonial dissent. The conflict ultimately led to the American Revolution. The lavish production stages key episodes from the war in a dramatic retelling of a pivotal period in U.S. history.
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Cast
Graham Greene, David Morse, Ed Brigadier, Charles David Richards, Jeff Monahan, John F. Carroll, Chris Davenport, Bob Elkins
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Rent American Experience: Influenza 1918 on DVD American Experience: Influenza 1918
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In March 1918, scores of fit young soldiers poured into an Army hospital in Kansas. Their complaints of fever, sore throat and headache marked the first signs of a flu epidemic that would quickly ravage the nation. By year's end, the flu would kill nearly 700,000 Americans -- more than all U.S. combat deaths in that century combined. Interviews with survivors shed light on this horrifying and strangely forgotten chapter in history.
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Linda Hunt
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Robert Kenner
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Documentary, PBS Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Cracking the Maya Code on DVD Cracking the Maya Code
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The cryptic hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya civilization have fascinated -- and puzzled -- many brilliant minds for years. Traveling deep into the jungles of Central America, "Nova" follows the struggles of these tenacious code breakers. The long road to discovery includes an interview with David Stuart, whose startling breakthrough made just after high school helped make him the youngest-ever recipient of the MacArthur "genius" grant.
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David Stuart
Director
Director
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Life's Greatest Miracle: Nova on DVD Life's Greatest Miracle: Nova
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Scientists have traveled to outer space and to the deepest recesses of the Earth to unearth the mysteries of nature and science, but few frontiers are as difficult to explain as a mother's womb, a small universe that's rife with question and wonder. How does it nourish and grow a human being through nine months of pregnancy? "Nova"'s team of researchers makes the most of high-tech instruments to take a peek into the nine-month evolution of life.
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John Lithgow
Director
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Lennart Nilsson
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Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent American Experience: The Orphan Trains on DVD American Experience: The Orphan Trains
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In the 1850s, thousands of homeless children roamed New York City streets in search of food and shelter. Moved by their suffering, a young minister named Charles Loring Brace founded the Children's Aid Society. The charitable group sent the children on trains to rural areas, where families would take in the orphans. By 1929, more than 150,000 neglected children had made such journeys. Their remarkable stories live on in this moving documentary.
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Director
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Rent Strange Days on Planet Earth on DVD Strange Days on Planet Earth
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Actor Edward Norton narrates this thought-provoking National Geographic series that gets to the bottom of the most vexing environmental mysteries. Segments explore the global spread of disease, the indispensable role of predators and other topics.
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Edward Norton
Director
Director
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Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Blue Gold: World Water Wars on DVD Blue Gold: World Water Wars
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Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, this award-winning documentary from director Sam Bozzo posits that we're moving closer to a world in which water -- a seemingly plentiful natural resource -- could actually incite war. As water becomes an increasingly precious commodity, corrupt governments, corporations and even private investors are scrambling to control it which leaves everyday citizens fighting for a substance they need to survive.
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Malcolm McDowell
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Sam Bozzo
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Rent Frontline: The Warning on DVD Frontline: The Warning
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A detailed look at the roots of America's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, this "Frontline" documentary exposes why government officials refused to regulate emerging derivatives markets that later ruined global financial systems. Director Michael Kirk focuses special attention on the intriguing story of Brooksley Born, the head of a little-known regulatory agency who fought in vain for the increased oversight of derivatives sales.
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Cast
Will Lyman, Jim Gilmore, Brooksley Born, Gary Gensler, Michael Greenberger, Arthur Levitt, Joseph Stiglitz
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Michael Kirk
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