Top PBS movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Downton Abbey on DVD Downton Abbey
Synopsis
Exposing the snobbery, backbiting and machinations of a disappearing class system, this series chronicles the comings and goings of the upper-crust Crawley family and their assorted servants.
Cast
Cast
Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Rose Leslie, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Dramas, British TV, PBS
Rent Prime Suspect on DVD Prime Suspect
Synopsis
Jane Tennison, a London homicide detective, finds her perps in the highest echelons of power while combating entrenched sexism on the job, trying to manage a rocky personal life and overcome her own self-doubts.
Cast
Cast
Helen Mirren
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, TV Dramas, British TV, PBS
Rent Sherlock on DVD Sherlock
Synopsis
In this updated take on Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved mystery tales, the eccentric sleuth prowls the streets of modern-day London in search of clues. At his side -- though hobbling -- is flatmate Dr. John Watson, fresh from the war in Afghanistan.
Cast
Cast
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Loo Brealey, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Dramas, TV Crime Dramas, TV Mysteries, British TV, British TV Dramas, BBC, PBS
Rent Ken Burns: The Civil War on DVD Ken Burns: The Civil War
Synopsis
This documentary masterpiece from Ken Burns depicts the strategies and action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of generals, field soldiers, politicians, heroes and a beleaguered president.
Cast
Cast
Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Garrison Keillor, Arthur Miller
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent The Railway Children on DVD The Railway Children
Synopsis
Set at the turn of the 20th century, The Railway Children tells the story of three Edwardian children and their mother who move to a country house in Yorkshire after their father is mysteriously taken away by the police. The children become fascinated by a nearby railroad, waving to passengers daily and befriending some of the travelers -- one old gentleman in particular. Can he help solve the mystery of their missing father?
Cast
Cast
Jemima Rooper, Jack Blumenau, Clare Thomas, Jenny Agutter, Michael Kitchen, Gregor Fisher, Richard Attenborough
Director
Director
Catherine Morshead
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, Family Dramas, Book Characters, Made-for-TV Movies, PBS, British TV Dramas, British TV
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 Masterpiece Mystery!: Wallander on DVD Masterpiece Mystery!: Wallander
Synopsis
In a picturesque and once-peaceful province of southern Sweden, disillusioned police inspector Kurt Wallander probes a shocking spate of baffling murders whose victims include a cab driver, an elderly couple and a bird watcher.
Cast
Cast
Kenneth Branagh, Sarah Smart, Jeany Spark, Sadie Shimmin, Tom Hiddleston, Richard McCabe, David Warner, Tom Beard, Polly Hemingway
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Crime Dramas, TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, British TV, 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 American Mystery! Coyote Waits on DVD American Mystery! Coyote Waits
Synopsis
According to old Navajo lore, "Coyote is always out there waiting, and Coyote is always hungry." Produced by Robert Redford, this thriller with a slightly supernatural bent stars Wes Studi and Adam Beach as tribal cops Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The pair tries to uncover the truth about the death of a fellow detective, Delbert Nez, whom they believe may have been killed by someone other than the obvious. Could it be the mysterious Coyote?
Cast
Cast
Adam Beach, Candice Castello, Jimmy Herman, Gary Kanin, Wes Studi, Sheila Tousey, Mark Kilburn, Alex Rice, Graham Greene
Director
Director
Jan Egleson
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Dramas Based on the Book, Mystery, PBS, Made-for-TV Movies, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
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 The Life of Birds on DVD The Life of Birds
Synopsis
David Attenborough's documentary series is the definitive film exploration of Earth's most colorful creatures: birds. Researchers traverse the globe, exploring 42 countries and examining more than 300 species.
Cast
Cast
David Attenborough
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, United Kingdom, PBS
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.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Insp. Lynley: Pursuit of the Proper Sinner on DVD Insp. Lynley: Pursuit of the Proper Sinner
Synopsis
A former detective's daughter is murdered in a rural town with a near-endless supply of suspects in this episode of the BBC series based on the popular whodunit novels of Elizabeth George, which focus on two New Scotland Yard investigators. The contrasting backgrounds of partners Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and Barbara Havers (Sharon Small) make them an unlikely pair, but put them together and there's no mystery they can't solve.
Cast
Cast
Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage, Timothy West, Sorcha Cusack, Simon Williams, Jack Deam
Director
Director
Sebastian Graham Jones
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, British TV, BBC, PBS, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent A Thief of Time on DVD A Thief of Time
Synopsis
Another adaptation (from PBS's "Mystery!" series) of Tony Hillerman's best-selling suspense novels centers on Native American culture and the detective work of Navajo tribal police Joe Leaphorn (Wes Studi) and Jim Chee (Adam Beach). This time, the pair investigates the disappearance of an archaeologist digging at an ancient Indian burial ground. In addition to evidence of poaching, the sleuths discover that supernatural avengers may be involved.
Cast
Cast
Adam Beach, Kelly Byars, Wes Studi, Sheila Tousey, Peter Fonda, Graham Greene
Director
Director
Chris Eyre
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Mystery, Dramas Based on the Book, Made-for-TV Movies, PBS, TV Mysteries, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent Inspector Lynley: A Cry for Justice on DVD Inspector Lynley: A Cry for Justice
Synopsis
Based on the popular whodunit novels of Elizabeth George, this BBC series partners two New Scotland Yard investigators whose contrasting backgrounds make them an unlikely pair. But put them together, and there's no mystery they can't solve.
Cast
Cast
Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage, Jenny Agutter, Tim Frances, Terence Harvey
Director
Director
Alrick Riley
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, British TV, BBC, PBS, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
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 Inspector Linley Mysteries: Limbo on DVD Inspector Linley Mysteries: Limbo
Synopsis
The remains of Lynley's (Nathaniel Parker) godson turn up near an Italian villa, years after his disappearance. Lynley heads to Italy to support the boy's family, but when he's accused of a new murder, he calls on Havers (Sharon Small) to help identify the real killer. With few clues to go on, the partners attempt to connect the recent murder with that of Lynley's godson.
Cast
Cast
Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Paul Hickey, Shaun Parkes, Sam Cox, Barbara Wilshere
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, British TV, BBC, PBS, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Inspector Lynley: If Wishes Were Horses on DVD Inspector Lynley: If Wishes Were Horses
Synopsis
Based on the popular whodunit novels of Elizabeth George, this BBC series partners two New Scotland Yard investigators -- Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and Barbara Havers (Sharon Small) -- whose contrasting backgrounds make them an unlikely pair. But put them together, and there's no mystery they can't solve. In "If Wishes Were Horses," a noted criminal profiler turns up dead, and Lynley takes it personally.
Cast
Cast
Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage, Ruth Arnold, Jemma Redgrave, Barbara Flynn
Director
Director
Alrick Riley
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, British TV, BBC, PBS, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Inspector Lynley: A Traitor to Memory on DVD Inspector Lynley: A Traitor to Memory
Synopsis
Based on the popular whodunit novels of Elizabeth George, this BBC series partners two New Scotland Yard investigators -- Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and Barbara Havers (Sharon Small) -- whose contrasting backgrounds make them an unlikely pair. But put them together, and there's no mystery they can't solve. In "A Traitor to Memory," a woman's tragic past leads the detectives to an obvious suspect with motives that just don't add up.
Cast
Cast
Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage, David Calder, Anthony Higgins, David Burke, Michael Culkin, Patrick Kennedy
Director
Director
Brian Stirner
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, British TV, BBC, PBS, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Inspector Lynley: Know Thine Enemy on DVD Inspector Lynley: Know Thine Enemy
Synopsis
In this Series 6 episode, Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and Havers (Sharon Small) investigate the disappearance and death of a teen girl. The case turns urgent when another schoolgirl goes missing and the partners learn it's likely she's in the hands of a sexual predator. Working overtime to catch the culprit before another innocent victim dies, Lynley and Havers zero in on a married couple. James D'Arcy and Honeysuckle Weeks guest star.
Cast
Cast
Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Paul Hickey, Shaun Parkes, Sam Cox, Barbara Wilshere, Honeysuckle Weeks, James D'Arcy
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, British TV, BBC, PBS, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
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 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 Rebecca on DVD Rebecca
Synopsis
This Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel stars Emilia Fox as a young, middle-class girl who meets aging aristocrat Maxim De Winter as he's still grieving over his wife, Rebecca, who died a year earlier. The two impulsively decide to get married and enjoy a blissful romance -- until they return to Maxim's estate and the new Mrs. De Winter finds that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone there. Diana Rigg co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Emilia Fox, Charles Dance, Faye Dunaway, Diana Rigg, Tom Chadbon, Geraldine James, Denis Lill, Ian McDiarmid, Kelly Reilly, Timothy West, Lucy Cohu, Anthony Bate, Jonathan Cake, John Horsley
Director
Director
Jim O'Brien
Genres
Genres
Drama, Mystery, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, PBS, Made-for-TV Movies, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Street Fight on DVD Street Fight
Synopsis
This unfliching documentary follows upstart politician Cory Booker's campaign to unseat 16-year incumbent Sharpe James in the 2002 mayoral election in Newark, N.J. As Booker gathers steam, the local political machine aims to ensure his defeat.
Cast
Cast
Cory Booker, Sharpe James
Director
Director
Marshall Curry
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS, Social & Cultural 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 Skinwalkers on DVD Skinwalkers
Synopsis
In this PBS American Mystery! feature, Navajo Tribal Officer Jim Chee (Adam Beach) and Lt. Joe Leaphorn (Wes Studi) are hot on the trail of a series of puzzling murders that immerse them in the spine-tingling, mystical world of Navajo witchcraft. Up against the clock, Chee and Leaphorn search desperately for the connection between the murders -- which occurred 120 miles apart. The film is adapted from Tony Hillerman's best-selling novel.
Cast
Cast
Adam Beach, Wes Studi, Michael Greyeyes, Alex Rice, Sheila Tousey, Noah Watts, Saginaw Grant, Jon Proudstar, Misty Upham
Director
Director
Chris Eyre
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Mystery, Supernatural Thrillers, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Made-for-TV Movies, Dramas Based on the Book, PBS
Rent Masterpiece Classic: Small Island on DVD Masterpiece Classic: Small Island
Synopsis
When Hortense (Naomie Harris) leaves her native island of Jamaica and lands in 1948 London, she dreams of making a better life for herself and expanding her social opportunities. Instead, she's confronted with racism and life's harsh realities. One of the harshest is her marriage of convenience to a man (David Oyelowo) she doesn't love. John Alexander directs this televised adaptation of Andrea Levy's award-winning novel.
Cast
Cast
Naomie Harris, Hugh Quarshie, David Oyelowo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Wilson, Shaun Parkes, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ashley Walters, Mark David, Eoin Macken
Director
Director
John Alexander
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, 20th Century Period Pieces, PBS, United Kingdom
Rent Call the Midwife on DVD Call the Midwife
Synopsis
Set in the 1950s, this period drama based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth follows new midwife Jenny Lee and the other midwives and nuns working in a nursing convent in an impoverished section of London's East End.
Cast
Cast
Jessica Raine, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Miranda Hart, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Bryony Hannah, Laura Main, Cliff Parisi, Vanessa Redgrave
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Dramas, British TV, British TV Dramas, 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 Under the Greenwood Tree on DVD Under the Greenwood Tree
Synopsis
Adapted from Thomas Hardy's novel, this charming tale follows schoolteacher Fancy Day, who returns to the bucolic hamlet of Melstock to look after her ailing father. To no one's surprise, three disparate suitors are soon courting the young beauty.
Cast
Cast
Keeley Hawes, James Murray, Richard Leaf, Tony Haygarth, Steve Pemberton, Ben Miles, Tom Georgeson, Terry Mortimer, Jane Wheldon
Director
Director
Nicholas Laughland
Genres
Genres
Drama, British TV, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, PBS, BBC, Made-for-TV Movies
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 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) on DVD Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)
Synopsis
The complete works of Shakespeare -- 37 plays -- are frenetically performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company in 90 minutes, including an adaptation of "Hamlet" with sock puppets and "Titus Andronicus" staged as a cooking show.
Cast
Cast
Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor
Director
Director
Paul Kafno
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Spoofs and Satire, PBS
Rent A Rather English Marriage on DVD A Rather English Marriage
Synopsis
When their wives die on the same day in the same hospital room, two aging British World War II vets -- upper-crust Reggie (Albert Finney) and retired milkman Roy (Tom Courtenay, in a BAFTA-winning performance) -- become unlikely roommates in Reggie's mansion. Their friendship blossoms until gold-digging Liz (Joanna Lumley) enters the picture with her sights set on Reggie in this beautifully acted Masterpiece Theatre comedy-drama.
Cast
Cast
Albert Finney, Joanna Lumley, Tom Courtenay, Katie Carr, John Light, Rosamund Pike
Director
Director
Paul Seed
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Made-for-TV Movies, United Kingdom, PBS
Rent Miss Marple Mysteries: A Pocketful of Rye on DVD Miss Marple Mysteries: A Pocketful of Rye
Synopsis
Beloved dowager detective Miss Marple (Joan Hickson) unravels one of famed mystery writer Agatha Christie's most popular brainteasers. After London financier Rex Fortescue (Timothy West) is poisoned, more murders ensue. The clues point to an old nursery rhyme, but before Miss Marple can even begin putting the pieces together, she must rush in to save her protégé, Gladys (Annette Badland).
Cast
Cast
Joan Hickson, Annette Badland, Frances Low, Merelina Kendall, Frank Mills, Beau Daniels, Jon Glover, Peter Davison, Timothy West, Tom Wilkinson
Director
Director
Guy Slater
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, TV Dramas, BBC, PBS, British TV, United Kingdom
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 Cadfael: One Corpse Too Many on DVD Cadfael: One Corpse Too Many
Synopsis
During one investigation, Cadfael finds a suspicious dead body at the site of a recent execution that was ordered by the king. With the local sheriff by his side, he uncovers data that soon carves out the identity of the murderer. Originally airing on television, this first installment of the mysteries based on a novel by Ellis Peters follows a cleric who solves murders in 12th century Shrewsbury Abbey.
Cast
Cast
Derek Jacobi, Peter Copley, Maggie O'Neill, Richard Henders, Albie Woodington, Marlene Sidaway, Jeremy Young, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman
Director
Director
Graham Theakston
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, PBS, United Kingdom, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, Foreign Regions
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 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 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 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.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
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, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality
Rent Doctor Zhivago on DVD Doctor Zhivago
Synopsis
As political turmoil rumbles through Russia, Doctor Zhivago is trapped in a love triangle between his wife and his mistress. Meanwhile, the Bolshevik Revolution will change all their lives forever in this miniseries remake of the classic 1965 film.
Cast
Cast
Keira Knightley, Sam Neill, Hans Matheson, Sam MacLintock, Bill Paterson, Celia Imrie, Daniella Byrne, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniele Liotti, Anne-Marie Duff, Maryam d'Abo, Kris Marshall
Director
Director
Giacomo Campiotti
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom, PBS
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.
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Cast
Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Conway, Peter Coyote, Blythe Danner, Paul Giamatti, Tom Hanks, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, John Lithgow, Josh Lucas, Amy Madigan, Carolyn McCormick, Oliver Platt, Campbell Scott
Director
Director
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Beloved dowager detective Miss Jane Marple (Joan Hickson) unravels one of famed mystery writer Agatha Christie's most popular brainteasers in this made-for-TV whodunit. Miss Marple's case begins as guests are participating in a party game called "murder." But when Rudi Scherz (Tim Carrington), a waiter at the local hotel, suddenly collapses and is pronounced dead, everyone present quickly realizes this is no game.
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Joan Hickson, Tim Carrington
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Director
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TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, TV Dramas, BBC, PBS, British TV, United Kingdom
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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."
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Cast
Rafe Esquith
Director
Director
Mel Stuart
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Genres
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Beloved dowager detective Miss Marple (Joan Hickson) unravels one of mystery writer Agatha Christie's most popular brainteasers. Miss Marple's case begins when a pleasant country morning is marred by the discovery of a corpse in the home of Col. and Mrs. Bantry. When suspicion falls on the colonel, astute octogenarian Miss Marple sets out to prove his innocence, and she traces the girl's orgins to a seaside village.
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Cast
Joan Hickson, Gwen Watford, Moray Watson, Valentine Dyall, Karin Foley, Raymond Francis, Ian Brimble, Sarah Whitlock, Frederick Jaeger, David Horovitch, Trudie Styler
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Silvio Narizzano
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TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, British TV, BBC, PBS, United Kingdom
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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.
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Cast
Director
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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."
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Cast
Georgene Acosta, Genevieve DeBose, Joy Kraft-Watts, Nate Monley, Maurice Rabb, Andrew Glass, Elisabeth Shue
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Davis Guggenheim
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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.
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Michael Wood
Director
Director
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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.
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Scott Handy
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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."
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Cast
John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Charles McDowell, George Will, Buck O'Neil, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Red Barber, George Plimpton, Vin Scully, Studs Terkel
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During the American Depression, one spectacular horse provided the troubled nation with unbridled joy -- and provided some with a nice cash payout. Seabiscuit was one of the most popular and talented thoroughbreds ever to race.
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Scott Glenn
Director
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Stephen Ives
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Sports Stories, Horse Racing
Rent Masterpiece Classic: Any Human Heart on DVD Masterpiece Classic: Any Human Heart
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This poignant miniseries follows the impossibly adventurous life of Logan Mountstuart, a man who rubs elbows with Ernest Hemingway and other luminaries as he works by turns as a novelist, a British naval intel officer and a revolutionary.
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Cast
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Rent Cadfael: The Devil's Novice on DVD Cadfael: The Devil's Novice
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In this popular PBS mystery series, Derek Jacobi (Gladiator) stars as the sleuthing 12th-century monk Cadfael. Once a sailor and adventurer, Cadfael has settled into a religious life at the Shrewsbury Abbey, where he flourishes as the resident gardener and amateur detective. In this episode, when a young man turns up at Shrewsbury Abbey wanting to join as a novice, Cadfael suspects his motives. Murder ensues and a dark family past is uncovered.
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Cast
Derek Jacobi, Eoin McCarthy, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Julian Glover, Ian McNeice
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Herbert Wise
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TV Shows, PBS, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
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When a prominent groom (Norman Eshley) turns up dead on the eve of his wedding, 12th-century English monk and amateur sleuth Brother Cadfael (Derek Jacobi) is on the case. The guardian of the lovely -- but reluctant -- bride-to-be (Tara Fitzgerald) has also been killed, and questions surface about the groom's secret last-minute mission. Originally seen on the PBS series "Mystery!" this British drama co-stars Peter Copley and Michael Culver.
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Cast
Derek Jacobi, Mark Charnock, Sean Pertwee, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman, Julian Firth, Albie Woodington, Danny Dyer, Sarah Badel, Norman Eshley, Tara Fitzgerald
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The timeless photographs of Ansel Adams have made him one of the most recognized and admired names in art. This intimate look at the man and his work details his position as a staunch environmentalist and how his art reflected his strong worldview. David Ogden Stiers narrates this profile produced for the PBS series "American Experience," which was directed by Emmy-winning documentarian Ric Burns.
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Ansel Adams, David Ogden Stiers
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Ric Burns
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Genres
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As the cuddly red character on "Sesame Street," Elmo has helped kids everywhere discover the fun side of learning. He continues with this lesson on all the cool things children can do with their hands, feet and much more.
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Elmo, Muppets
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Director
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Genres
Children & Family, Education & Guidance, Kids' TV, Ages 0-2, Ages 2-4, PBS
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In this popular PBS mystery series, Derek Jacobi stars as the sleuthing 12th-century monk Cadfael. In this episode, a mob accuses an itinerant juggler of murder. While the frightened young man hides at the abbey, Cadfael works to discover the truth.
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Cast
Derek Jacobi, Peter Copley, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Albie Woodington, Rosalie Crutchley, Toby Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Maria Miles
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TV Shows, PBS, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
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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.
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Will Lyman
Director
Director
Michael Kirk
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
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In this popular PBS mystery series, Derek Jacobi (Gladiator) stars as the sleuthing 12th-century monk Cadfael. In this episode, Cadfael is confronted by the haunting murder of a young nun and the shocking truth of his own past.
Cast
Cast
Derek Jacobi, Eoin McCarthy, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Valentine Pelka, Amelia Shankley, Ronan Vibert
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Malcolm Mowbray
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TV Shows, PBS, United Kingdom, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, Foreign Regions
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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.
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Cast
Dr. Erik Demaine, Eric Joisel, Dr. Robert J. Lang, Vincent Floderer
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This superb PBS docudrama chronicles Catherine the Great, a minor 18th-century German princess who married into Russia's royal family and brought her adopted country into the modern world. Wedding the successor to the Russian throne at age 16, Catherine governed Russia for 34 years after fomenting a coup and ousting her husband. Her ambitious foreign policy and advancement of Western reforms greatly bolstered Russia's position on the world stage.
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Cast
Director
Director
John Paul Davidson
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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.
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Director
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Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) faces one of his most baffling cases when an overbearing American businessman turns up stabbed to death aboard the <i>Orient Express</i>, a pan-European train that becomes stuck in a snowdrift en route from Istanbul. With no help available from the outside, Poirot must rely on his famous "little grey cells" to ferrett out the killer. Philip Martin directs this adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie whodunit.
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Cast
David Suchet, Eileen Atkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Chastain, Sam Crane, Marie-Josée Croze, Serge Hazanavicius, Barbara Hershey, Toby Jones, David Morrissey
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Philip Martin
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Genres
TV Shows, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, TV Dramas, British TV, PBS
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The origins of humankind are put under the microscope of this riveting PBS documentary film in which geneticists, historians, anthropologists and other theorists try to trace the beginnings of the human race. Could the seed, in fact, have begun with a man in Africa who roamed the Earth tens of thousands of years ago? Or have scientists merely found yet another descendant of a prehistoric predecessor?
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Cast
Spencer Wells
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Clive Maltby
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In this popular PBS mystery series, Derek Jacobi stars as the sleuthing 12th-century monk Cadfael. In this episode, Cadfael's past collides with his present when the widow of a murdered landowner turns out to be the monk's own childhood sweetheart.
Cast
Cast
Derek Jacobi, Sean Pertwee, Michael Culver, Peter Copley, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Terrence Hardiman, Aubrey Richards, Bernard Gallagher, Albie Woodington, Sophie Lawrence, Jonny Lee Miller
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TV Shows, PBS, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent American Experience: The Mormons on DVD American Experience: The Mormons
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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.
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Cast
Director
Director
Helen Whitney
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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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Director
Terry Sanders, Freida Lee Mock
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A saint's bones inspire adoration, visions and ultimately murder when a group of monks from Shrewsbury Abbey seeks to excavate the holy relics in this episode of the mystery series starring Derek Jacobi as the sleuthing 12th-century monk Cadfael. Once an adventurer, Cadfael has settled into a religious life at Shrewsbury Abbey, where he flourishes as an amateur detective. The mystery surrounding the saint's remains puts Cadfael to the test.
Cast
Cast
Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Anna Friel, John Hallam, Nick Patrick, Stephen Moyer
Director
Director
Rick Stroud
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TV Shows, PBS, TV Mysteries, United Kingdom, British TV, British TV Dramas, Foreign Regions
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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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Cast
Peter Coyote
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Mind & Body, Healthy Living, PBS Documentaries, PBS
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In this popular PBS mystery series, Derek Jacobi stars as the sleuthing 12th-century monk Cadfael. In this installment, a young monk courting a pretty widow dies, and Cadfael must discover the link between his death and another murder.
Cast
Cast
Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Kitty Aldridge, Graham McGrath, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Sarah Badel
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Rick Stroud
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TV Shows, PBS, TV Mysteries, United Kingdom, British TV, British TV Dramas, Foreign Regions
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An unwed pregnant girl confesses her sins to Father Ailnoth, but the coldhearted priest refuses her absolution. The girl is found dead under suspicious circumstances -- and she isn't the only one who meets an untimely end.
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Cast
Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Adam Bareham, Sean Chapman, Tom Georgeson, Niven Boyd
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TV Shows, PBS, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
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In this popular PBS mystery series, Derek Jacobi (Gladiator) stars as the sleuthing 12th century monk Cadfael, who sets off to work when two merchants at the local fair are found dead after villagers at the fair disobey the authorities. Once a sailor and adventurer, Cadfael has settled into a religious life at Shrewsbury Abbey, where he flourishes as an amateur detective while attempting to solve intriguing cases like this one.
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Cast
Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Eoin McCarthy, Richard Clifford, Roger Ashton-Griffiths
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Herbert Wise
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TV Shows, PBS, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
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Based on the Henry James novella, this ghost story follows a young governess (Jodhi May) hired as a caretaker for two lovely children living at the remote country estate of a quirky bachelor (Colin Firth). But her seemingly pleasant job is turned upside down when she begins to suspect that the evil spirits of former staff members possess the youngsters. Soon, it becomes clear that she's the only hope for reclaiming their troubled souls.
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Cast
Jodhi May, Pam Ferris, Colin Firth, Joe Sowerbutts, Grace Robinson, Jason Salkey, Caroline Pegg, Jenny Howe
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Director
Ben Bolt
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Genres
Thrillers, Supernatural Thrillers, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Made-for-TV Movies, United Kingdom, PBS, Period Pieces, Foreign Regions, Dramas Based on the Book
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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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Cast
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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Ross Poldark rides again in a swashbuckling new adaptation of the hit series that helped launch Masterpiece in the 1970s. Aidan Turner stars as Captain Poldark, who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolution to find that his fighting days are far from over. Feeling betrayed by everything he loves, Ross must rebuild his life, embarking on a risky business venture and finding love where he least expects it.
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Cast
Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Kyle Soller, Heida Reed, Philip Davis, Tristan Sturrock
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Director
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TV Shows, PBS, British TV Dramas, TV Dramas
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In this popular PBS mystery series, Derek Jacobi (Gladiator) stars as the sleuthing 12th-century monk Cadfael. In this episode, a relic removed during a flood disappears, and Cadfael must find the link between its disappearance and a robbery.
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Cast
Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, George Irving, Richard Lintern, Anthony Green, Natasha Pyne, Louise Delamere
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Ken Grieve
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TV Shows, PBS, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
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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
Director
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Genres
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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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Cast
Keith David, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch
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Director
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Once a sailor and adventurer, Cadfael has settled into a religious life at the Shrewsbury Abbey, where he flourishes as the resident gardener and amateur detective. In this episode, Cadfael finds a body in a sack and sets out to unravel the mystery.
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Cast
Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Lee Ingleby, Natasha Little, Anthony Green
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Ken Grieve
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TV Shows, PBS, United Kingdom, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, Foreign Regions
Rent Elmo's World: Families, Mail & Bath Time on DVD Elmo's World: Families, Mail & Bath Time
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Sesame Street's lovable, furry red monster, Elmo, invites young viewers to explore three subjects of enormous interest to kids. First up: What makes a family? Elmo looks at all sorts of families and talks about the joy of being part of one.
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Cast
Elmo, Muppets
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Director
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Children & Family, Education & Guidance, Kids' TV, Ages 0-2, Ages 2-4, PBS
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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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Cast
David McCullough, J.D. Cannon, Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Donal McCann, George Plimpton, Eli Wallach, Frances Sternhagen, Lois Smith, Paul Roebling, Gene Jones
Director
Director
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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Director
Director
Carlos Sandoval, Catherine Tambini
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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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Cast
David McCullough, Jason Robards
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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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Director
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Rent Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy on DVD Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
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In this thrilling miniseries set in the near future, math whiz Stephen Ezard returns to his native England to attend his brother's funeral and soon gets swept up in a conspiracy that involves the country's invasive, Big Brother-type government.
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Cast
Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Carlyle, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley, Eva Birthistle, Geraldine James, Tom Fisher, James Lance, San Shella, David Harewood
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In this popular PBS mystery series, Derek Jacobi (Gladiator) stars as the sleuthing 12th century monk Cadfael. Once a sailor and adventurer, Cadfael has settled into a religious life at the Shrewsbury Abbey, where he flourishes as the resident gardener and amateur detective. In this episode, a female corpse is found, and villagers think it's the wife of a local potter, who puts his fate in Cadfael's sleuthing hands.
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Cast
Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Terrence Hardiman, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Gregor Truter, Mel Martin, Anthony Green
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Director
Mary McMurray
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TV Shows, PBS, British TV, British TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
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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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Cast
Director
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS, 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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Cast
Salome Jens
Director
Director
Margaret Koval
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