Top Science and Nature Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Facing Darkness on DVD Facing Darkness
Synopsis
As the Ebola pandemic was sweeping across West Africa in the spring of 2014, one organization was willing to step up and fully commit its people and resources to provide comfort, compassion, and care to the hurting people of Africa … all in the Name of Jesus. But when the deadly virus infected its own medical personnel, including Dr. Kent Brantly, the epic crisis truly hit home for Samaritan's Purse and its leader Franklin Graham.
Cast
Cast
Franklin Graham, Kent Brantly, Amber Brantly, Writebol Nancy
Director
Director
Arthur Rasco
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent An Inconvenient Truth on DVD An Inconvenient Truth
Synopsis
Former Vice President Al Gore wages a passionate campaign -- not for the White House, but for the environment -- in this Oscar-winning documentary. Laying out the facts of global warming, Gore urges audiences to act before it's too late.
Cast
Cast
Al Gore
Director
Director
Davis Guggenheim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent March of the Penguins on DVD March of the Penguins
Synopsis
Award-winning photographer Luc Jacquet takes documentary film to new heights -- and depths -- with his first feature film, a stunning insider's look at the life of emperor penguins living in one of the cruelest climates on the planet. The product of more than a year of filming on the Antarctic ice, this Oscar-winning documentary reveals never-before-captured footage of the penguins' underwater life and explores their steadfast quest for monogamy.
Cast
Cast
Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk, Morgan Freeman
Director
Director
Luc Jacquet
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Food, Inc. on DVD Food, Inc.
Synopsis
Drawing on the nonfiction books Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma, director Robert Kenner's provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the food industry's detrimental effects on human health and the environment.
Cast
Cast
Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin
Director
Director
Robert Kenner
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Food Stories, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food & Wine, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Planet Earth: The Complete Collection on DVD Planet Earth: The Complete Collection
Synopsis
Narrated by David Attenborough, this Emmy-winning series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between, exploring the planet's most fascinating wildlife and challenging environments.
Cast
Cast
David Attenborough
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, British TV, United Kingdom, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, BBC, Discovery Channel, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Earth on DVD Earth
Synopsis
Fueled by dazzling high-definition photography and stunning locations around the world, this nature documentary captures three animal families in action over the course of a year, showing how the sun influences behavior and migratory patterns.
Cast
Cast
James Earl Jones
Director
Director
Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, United Kingdom, Disney, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, Disneynature
Rent What the #$*! Do We Know!? on DVD What the #$*! Do We Know!?
Synopsis
When she's thrust from her mundane life into an unfamiliar world, Amanda must develop an all-new perception of her surroundings and the people she interacts with in this quirky film that explores neurological processes and quantum uncertainty.
Cast
Cast
Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, John Ross Bowie, Robert Bailey Jr., Barry Newman, Larry Brandenburg
Director
Director
William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Spiritual Mysteries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries
Rent The Cove on DVD The Cove
Synopsis
A group of activists and filmmakers travels to the small village of Taiji, Japan, to secretly obtain footage of a heavily guarded operation that captures and kills scores of dolphins to use as meat.
Cast
Cast
Richard O'Barry, Joe Chisholm, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Charles Hambleton, Simon Hutchins, Kirk Krack, Isabel Lucas, Hayden Panettiere, Roger Payne, John Potter
Director
Director
Louie Psihoyos
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill on DVD The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Synopsis
This poignant documentary chronicles the true story of a modern-day St. Francis of Assisi, a homeless San Francisco street musician by the name of Mark Bittner who adopts a flock of wild parrots as he searches for meaning in his life. With a surprise ending that left festival audiences cheering, director Judy Irving's film celebrates urban wildness -- human and avian -- and links parrot antics to human behavior.
Cast
Cast
Mark Bittner
Director
Director
Judy Irving
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Winged Migration on DVD Winged Migration
Synopsis
Amazing cinematography propels this Oscar-nominated documentary that provides a hypnotic, bird's-eye view of the grueling semiannual migrations of various avian species as they make their way across vast distances to more moderate climates.
Cast
Cast
Philippe Labro, Jacques Perrin
Director
Director
Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, France
Rent Arctic Tale on DVD Arctic Tale
Synopsis
Set amid the rapidly changing Arctic wilderness, this saga of survival follows the epic struggle of a tenacious young walrus and a polar bear. Queen Latifah narrates the journey of Seela the walrus and Nanu the polar bear from birth through maturity.
Cast
Cast
Queen Latifah
Director
Director
Sarah Robertson, Adam Ravetch
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Encounters at the End of the World on DVD Encounters at the End of the World
Synopsis
Filmmaker Werner Herzog takes you on a wild and woolly journey to the South Pole in this Oscar contender -- from the National Science Foundation's headquarters on Ross Island to some of Antarctica's most remote and dangerous terrain.
Cast
Cast
Werner Herzog
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent In the Shadow of the Moon on DVD In the Shadow of the Moon
Synopsis
David Sington and Christopher Riley's acclaimed documentary reveals the history of the Apollo space program through interviews with the brave astronauts who lived through a paradigm-shifting chapter in world history. Devoted to President John F. Kennedy's goal of sending a man to the moon, the NASA project pushed the envelope of what was humanly possible. But the program also experienced several failures, one of which resulted in tragedy.
Cast
Cast
Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Alan LaVern Bean, Harrison Schmitt, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Michael Collins, Charles Duke, John F. Kennedy
Director
Director
David Sington
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Deep Sea: IMAX on DVD Deep Sea: IMAX
Synopsis
Narrated by Academy Award nominees Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and produced by the makers of the IMAX movie Into the Deep, this stunning film is an exploration of the world beneath the sea and its bizarre and exotic inhabitants. From translucent jellyfish to giant octopuses to scorpion fish, viewers will be introduced to a host of unique creatures, all completely dependent on one another for their survival.
Cast
Cast
Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet
Director
Director
Howard Hall
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Oceans on DVD Oceans
Synopsis
This documentary examines the vital role water plays in human existence and the cause-and-effect interplay between oceans and the environment. Shot on location around the world, the film dives beneath the surface with stunning underwater photography.
Cast
Cast
Lancelot Perrin, Manolo Garcia, Pierce Brosnan
Director
Director
Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, Disney, Disneynature
Rent IMAX: Hubble on DVD IMAX: Hubble
Synopsis
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this awe-inspiring documentary that takes viewers on a visually stunning IMAX 3-D journey to explore the faraway galaxies viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope in its travels throughout the cosmos. During the mission, astronauts walk in space, contend with successes and setbacks, view nebulae and galaxies, observe the birth of a star, witness a powerful supernova and much more.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, K. Megan McArthur, Scott D. Altman, Michael T. Good, John M. Grunsfeld, Gregory C. Johnson, Michael J. Massimino, Andrew J. Feustel
Director
Director
Toni Myers
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Galápagos on DVD Galápagos
Synopsis
Explore the fascinating world that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution with this visually stunning documentary from the BBC, narrated by Tilda Swinton. Created by volcanoes and located about 600 miles west of Ecuador, the isolated Galápagos Islands form an environment that supports a diversity of life not found anywhere else on earth. Learn about the history of the area, the amazing creatures that live there and Darwin's experiences on the islands.
Cast
Cast
Tilda Swinton
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic, BBC
Rent Born to Be Wild: IMAX on DVD Born to Be Wild: IMAX
Synopsis
Filmed in IMAX, this documentary captures the unique and intimate connections that developed between two scientists and two species -- orangutans and elephants -- as the men worked to save the orphaned beasts and return them to the wild.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Freeman, Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick
Director
Director
David Lickley
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed on DVD Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Synopsis
Hosted by Ben Stein, this controversial documentary examines how pro-intelligent design scholars and scientists are often chastised, fired or denied tenured positions by those who believe in Darwin's theory of evolution. Nathan Frankowski's film explores how scientists who believe in God are oppressed and how the acceptance of Darwinism might have played a role in the formation of the Nazi regime.
Cast
Cast
Ben Stein, Jason Collett, Hector Avalos, Paul Zachary Myers, Anderson Cooper, Doug Axe, David Berlinski, Walter Bradley, Bruce Chapman, Daniel Dennett
Director
Director
Nathan Frankowski
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality
Rent The Future of Food on DVD The Future of Food
Synopsis
Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia's eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation's smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Deborah Koons
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash on DVD A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
Synopsis
In this straight-from-the-headlines documentary, award-winning filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack examine the world's dependency on oil and the impending chaos that's sure to follow when the resource finally runs dry.
Cast
Cast
Wade Adams, Abdul Samad Al-Awadi, Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi, Roscoe Bartlett, Robert Bottome, Colin J. Campbell, Marcello Colitti, Alberto Quirós Corradi, Mir-Babajev Mir-Jusiv Fazilogli, Daniele Ganser
Director
Director
Basil Gelpke, Raymond McCormack, Reto Caduff
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Chimpanzee on DVD Chimpanzee
Synopsis
Spinning documentary footage into family-friendly fare, this Disneynature film follows an orphaned chimp named Oscar on his quest to find a home. In the end, he finds a new family in the unlikeliest of places.
Cast
Cast
Tim Allen
Director
Director
Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Animal Tales, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, Disney, Disneynature
Rent Alaska: Spirit of the Wild: IMAX on DVD Alaska: Spirit of the Wild: IMAX
Synopsis
Narrated by Oscar winner Charlton Heston, this documentary gives viewers an unprecedented look at the beauty and danger of the Alaskan wild by setting its cameras in the middle of a powerful caribou stampede and a quiet wolf pack hunt. Amazing sights abound, from frolicking polar bears to the spectacular Aurora Borealis, providing viewers with a unique look at one of the most difficult places in the world for life to survive and flourish.
Cast
Cast
Charlton Heston
Director
Director
George Casey
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, IMAX, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Under the Sea: IMAX on DVD Under the Sea: IMAX
Synopsis
Dive in and explore some of the most captivating and complex underwater ecosystems in the world -- including those found off the South Australia coast, the Indo-Pacific region and New Guinea -- with this visually stunning IMAX documentary. Helmed by Howard Hall, the arresting film brings viewers face to face with many of the planet's most fascinating creatures and examines the impact global climate change has had on the world's oceans.
Cast
Cast
Jim Carrey
Director
Director
Howard Hall
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Forks Over Knives on DVD Forks Over Knives
Synopsis
Focusing on research by two food scientists, this documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of animal-based and modern processed foods have led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Lee Fulkerson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Science and Nature Documentaries, Healthy Living, Food & Wine, Mind & Body
Rent Coral Reef Adventure on DVD Coral Reef Adventure
Synopsis
By way of IMAX technology, be transported below the ocean's surface to an amazing underwater world, as explorers Howard and Michele Hall dive on a coral reef in the pristine waters of the South Pacific. With Jean-Michel Cousteau, deep reef scientist Richard Pyle and Fijian diver Rusi Vulakoro, the team explores and captures on film one of the most beautiful places on Earth ... in all its fragile splendor. Liam Neeson provides narration.
Cast
Cast
Howard Hall, Michele Hall, Liam Neeson, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Rusi Vulakoro, Richard Pyle
Director
Director
Greg MacGillivray
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX, Education & Guidance, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent GasLand on DVD GasLand
Synopsis
In this Oscar-nominated documentary, director Josh Fox journeys across America to examine the negative effects of natural-gas drilling, from poisoned water sources to kitchen sinks that burst into flames to unhealthy animals and people.
Cast
Cast
Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon, Aubrey K. McClendon, Pat Fernelli, Ron Carter, Jean Carter, Norma Fiorentino, Debbie May, Mike Markham, Marsha Mendenhall, Dave Neslin
Director
Director
Josh Fox
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent The 11th Hour on DVD The 11th Hour
Synopsis
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary on the global environmental crisis paints a portrait of a planet at risk while also offering some exciting and radical solutions for making life on earth sustainable. Tapping the brains of leading scientists and thinkers -- including Stephen Hawking and Mikhail Gorbachev -- the film ultimately delivers a hopeful message: Our planet may be in crisis, but that doesn't mean it's too late change.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mikhail Gorbachev, Stephen Hawking, Dr. Andrew Weil, Wangari Maathai
Director
Director
Nadia Conners, Leila Conners Petersen
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent King Corn on DVD King Corn
Synopsis
In Aaron Woolf's thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America's Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation's most-grown and most-subsidized grain and follow their crop into the U.S. food supply.
Cast
Cast
Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney
Director
Director
Aaron Woolf
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Nature's Most Amazing Events on DVD Nature's Most Amazing Events
Synopsis
Experience the planet's most incredible natural phenomena in this breathtaking Discovery Channel documentary series, which chronicles spectacular seasonal events such as the Okavango Delta floods in Botswana and the British Columbia salmon run. Time-lapse and macro photography from land, sea and air captures images of exquisite landscapes and their exotic animal inhabitants, including lions, wildebeests, polar bears, sharks and dolphins.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Life in the Undergrowth on DVD Life in the Undergrowth
Synopsis
In this landmark five-part documentary, renowned naturalist David Attenborough uncovers a microscopic hidden world bustling with life and death, where remarkable creatures live on a grand scale -- despite their diminutive size. Thanks to astounding technological advances, you'll get up close and personal with antler moths, cicadas, desert locusts, glowworms, silk-spinning spiders and a swarm of other invertebrates.
Cast
Cast
David Attenborough
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature
Rent Physics: The Elegant Universe and Beyond on DVD Physics: The Elegant Universe and Beyond
Synopsis
Brian Greene, a Columbia University physics professor and best-selling author of <i>The Elegant Universe</i>, hosts this fascinating exploration of string theory, beginning with an overview of general physics concepts. Greene then moves on to a straightforward and visually stimulating explanation of the more recent string theory that unites relativity and quantum mechanics. A profile of Einstein and an explanation of his theory of relativity are included.
Cast
Cast
Brian Greene
Director
Director
Julia Cort, Joseph McMaster
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Whales: An Unforgettable Journey: IMAX on DVD Whales: An Unforgettable Journey: IMAX
Synopsis
You'll experience stunning close encounters with marine mammoths -- including humpbacks, orcas, blue whales, right whales and dolphins -- in this awe-inspiring adventure, originally made for IMAX theaters. The film makes viewers feel like scuba divers swimming just inches from the amazing sea creatures. Ably narrated by Patrick Stewart, the documentary features breathtaking visuals and underwater audio.
Cast
Cast
Patrick Stewart
Director
Director
David Clark, Al Giddings, Roger Payne
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Project Nim on DVD Project Nim
Synopsis
Oscar-winning filmmaker James Marsh peers inside the landmark 1970s experiment for an unflinching look at Nim, the chimp whom scientists raised as human and taught sign language to prove that apes can communicate like humans.
Cast
Cast
Herbert Terrace, Stephanie LaFarge, Jenny Lee, Laura-Ann Petitto, Joyce Butler, Bill Tynan
Director
Director
James Marsh
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent Life on DVD Life
Synopsis
Television icon Oprah Winfrey narrates this fascinating Discovery Channel nature program that captures the vibrancy of animal behavior via spectacular high-definition footage filmed over the course of four years. The result is an ever-changing landscape of the beautiful and the bizarre -- from a breathtaking swarm of fruit bats flying across the evening sky to a curious mole that uses bubbles to smell its underwater prey.
Cast
Cast
Oprah Winfrey
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Science & Nature
Rent Blue Planet: IMAX on DVD Blue Planet: IMAX
Synopsis
Our big, blue marble is as fragile as it is beautiful. That's the message in this IMAX offering that focuses on Earth from a vantage point 200 miles above, where few have had the opportunity to observe the planet. Highlights include a computer-animated segment about the San Andreas Fault, a time-lapse thunderstorm sequence and the breathtaking opening section, which shows Earth's horizon moving slowly from the bottom of the screen to the top.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ben Burtt
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Galapagos: IMAX on DVD Galapagos: IMAX
Synopsis
This IMAX documentary follows Carole Baldwin, a marine biologist from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, on an astonishing expedition to the Galapagos Islands, a world that is constantly evolving.
Cast
Cast
Kenneth Branagh, Carole Baldwin
Director
Director
Al Giddings, David Clark
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, IMAX, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Aliens of the Deep on DVD Aliens of the Deep
Synopsis
Joined by a squad of NASA scientists and marine biologists, director James Cameron trains his lens on volcanic vents deep in the ocean, where cameras uncover a slew of unthinkable creatures -- from stomachless, 6-foot worms to sightless crabs.
Cast
Cast
Dr. Anatoly M. Sagalevitch, Genya Chernaiev, Victor Nischeta, Pamela Conrad, Dr. Arthur 'Lonne' Lane, Dr. Jim Childress, Dijanna Figueroa, Michael Henry, Kevin Hand
Director
Director
James Cameron, Steven Quale
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Flow: For Love of Water on DVD Flow: For Love of Water
Synopsis
From both local and global perspectives, this documentary examines the harsh realities behind the mounting water crisis. Learn how politics, pollution and human rights are intertwined in this important issue that affects every being on Earth. With water drying up around the world and the future of human lives at stake, the film urges a call to arms before more of our most precious natural resource evaporates.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Irena Salina
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Inside the Living Body on DVD Inside the Living Body
Synopsis
Take a fascinating journey inside the bizarre world of a living human being with this compelling documentary from National Geographic, where microscopic cameras and other state-of-the-art technologies reveal perspectives that will blow your mind. Tracking the body of a female from infancy to old age, viewers will observe the digestion of a meal, the development of the cardiac system and other mesmerizing aspects of the body's inner workings.
Cast
Cast
Ellie-Jo Brooks, Pam Phillips, Vicky Vautier
Director
Director
Martin Williams
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Mind & Body, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Wild China on DVD Wild China
Synopsis
This six-part series uncovers some of the most exotic and uncharted natural habitats hidden within the vast and diverse topography of China, including Yunnan's forests, the Tibetan plateau, the Silk Road and the Mongol steppes.
Cast
Cast
Bernard Hill
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, Science and Nature Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, Education & Guidance, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, BBC, British TV
Rent Blackfish on DVD Blackfish
Synopsis
This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum -- who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity -- and questions the safety and humaneness of confining these intelligent creatures.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural 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 The Greatest Places: IMAX on DVD The Greatest Places: IMAX
Synopsis
Journey to seven of the most amazing places on Earth without leaving the comfort of home, courtesy of dazzling IMAX footage. Sights include the mighty gush of the Amazon River; the foreboding icebergs of Greenland; the towering beauty of Iguazu Falls; the undulating sand dunes of the Namib Desert; the watery maze of the Okavango Delta; the diverse wildlife of Madagascar; and the indescribable majesty of Tibet.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Mal Wolfe
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Roving Mars on DVD Roving Mars
Synopsis
While we may be decades away from putting a human on Mars, this engrossing IMAX adventure produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Frank Marshall offers a sneak peek at what it will be like when we do. With director George Butler serving as your guide, you'll walk the rugged terrain of the red planet's surface via the panoramic eyes of Spirit and Opportunity, the twin robotic rovers sent into space in 2003.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
George Butler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX, Disney
Rent 180° South on DVD 180° South
Synopsis
Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard's freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out -- in 2007, by boat -- to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia -- a region that's still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.
Cast
Cast
Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Keith Malloy, Makohe, Timmy O'Neill, Jeff Johnson
Director
Director
Chris Malloy
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Surfing & Boardsports
Rent The Botany of Desire on DVD The Botany of Desire
Synopsis
While visiting places like Peru, Kazakhstan and Amsterdam, learn from author Michael Pollan as he explains the natural history of apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes and describes how common plants such as these deftly manipulate human desires. Based on Pollan's best-selling book, this documentary encourages viewers to look at the world from a vastly different perspective and improve their relationships with nature.
Cast
Cast
Michael Pollan, Frances McDormand
Director
Director
Michael Schwarz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent The Living Sea: IMAX on DVD The Living Sea: IMAX
Synopsis
Meryl Streep narrates this Oscar-nominated documentary, which explores the world's oceans, traveling to Palau, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Alaska, Nova Scotia and the Red Sea. Celebrating the vast variety of life and activity found in the exotic depths, The Living Sea takes viewers face to face with creatures such as humpback whales, golden jellyfish and giant clams, illuminating the deep's mysteries with stunning cinematography.
Cast
Cast
Judith Connor, William Hamner, Rainos M. Hayes, Steven K. Katona, Richard Marsh, Laura Martin, Stephanie K. Martin, James A.R. McFarlane, Bruce Robison, Meryl Streep
Director
Director
Greg MacGillivray
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Education & Guidance, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, IMAX
Rent African Cats on DVD African Cats
Synopsis
Samuel L. Jackson narrates this Disneynature documentary set on the plains of the African savanna, where tight-knit animal families of lions and cheetahs reveal themselves to be a lot like the rest of us.
Cast
Cast
Samuel L. Jackson
Director
Director
Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Disney, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, Disneynature
Rent The Beautiful Truth on DVD The Beautiful Truth
Synopsis
This documentary follows the journey of Garrett Kroschel, an animal-loving teenager raised in Alaska who, after reading a book by Dr. Max Gerson, is inspired to investigate its premise that diet can cure cancer and other diseases. Garrett travels across the country, visiting with physicians, scientists and cancer survivors to discuss Gerson Therapy -- and Gerson's claim that the medical industry has suppressed natural cancer cures for years.
Cast
Cast
Charlotte Gerson, Garrett Kroschel, Howard Straus
Director
Director
Steve Kroschel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Healthy Living, Mind & Body
Rent In the Womb on DVD In the Womb
Synopsis
Revolutionary ultrasound imaging techniques allow this two-hour National Geographic documentary to enter the wondrous world of a human fetus -- inside the womb -- as viewers follow the incredible journey of a growing embryo from its inception. Beginning as a single-celled organism to the outset of brain activity to the first heartbeat, soon the baby's senses start developing, leading to a grand finale that's a real eye opener.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, National Geographic
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 Hidden Hawaii: IMAX on DVD Hidden Hawaii: IMAX
Synopsis
This is not your garden-variety vacation package! Using cameras that seem to soar and swoop, the IMAX crew forays into the lush expanse of America's 50th state. Watch as kayakers brave chancy waves then traverse a 3,000-foot cliff to pollinate a rare flower. From aerial shots of molten riverbeds to the jagged peaks of volcanic craters, few photo opportunities are overlooked.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Robert Hillman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, IMAX, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Sacred Planet on DVD Sacred Planet
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Get ready to journey to some of the world's most remarkable places, including old-growth forests in British Columbia, glaciers in Alaska, tropical jungles in Borneo and the remote deserts of Namibia.
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Cast
Robert Redford
Director
Director
Jon Long
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, IMAX
Rent To the Arctic on DVD To the Arctic
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Meryl Streep narrates this touching chronicle of a mother polar bear and her 7-month-old cubs, who band together to survive the Arctic wilderness amidst an array of snow-white challenges.
Cast
Cast
Meryl Streep
Director
Director
Greg MacGillivray
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent The Last Lions on DVD The Last Lions
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Narrated by actor Jeremy Irons, this thrilling documentary follows an African lioness named Ma di Tau as she and her cubs flee a devastating fire, then struggle to live in new territory amidst dangerous predators and a lethal pride of rival lions. Besides being a harrowing tale of survival, this film from directors Dereck and Beverly Joubert illuminates the urgent plight of all Africa's lions, whose population has reached dangerously low levels.
Cast
Cast
Jeremy Irons
Director
Director
Dereck Joubert
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Chasing Ice on DVD Chasing Ice
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Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a record of the world's changing glaciers, compressing years into seconds to illustrate how these ice mountains are disappearing at a breathtaking rate.
Cast
Cast
James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Adam LeWinter, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone, Jeff Orlowski, Sylvia Earle, Dennis Dimick, Jason Box, Tad Pfeffer
Director
Director
Jeff Orlowski
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries
Rent Earth: The Biography on DVD Earth: The Biography
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From the BBC comes this momentous documentary that uses satellite images and compelling narration to chart our planet's intriguing history, exploring Earth's unique and diverse features while stressing the importance of protecting it for the future. Combining time-lapse photography and computer-generated imagery, the video shows how our world -- forged by volcanoes, the atmosphere, glaciers and oceans -- has teetered between disaster and renewal.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, British TV
Rent No Impact Man on DVD No Impact Man
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A family embarks on a year-long project to reduce their net footprint by using no electricity, producing no trash and giving back to the world. No Impact Man presents the severe lifestyle changes that come with altering their entire existence.
Cast
Cast
Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin
Director
Director
Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Connections 1 on DVD Connections 1
Synopsis
How did a test of gold's purity in 500 B.C. lead to the invention of the atomic bomb? James Burke, host of this beloved 1978 TV documentary series, makes this and other beguiling connections between history and science. Combing through 12,000 years of history, this Sherlock Holmes of science finds clues that led to various modern inventions. Burke's droll humor, careful reenactments and stirring use of classical music helped to make this a BBC hit.
Cast
Cast
James Burke
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, United Kingdom, TV Documentaries, Foreign Regions
Rent For All Mankind on DVD For All Mankind
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Director-journalist Al Reinert sifted through 6 million feet of film and 80 hours of interviews with astronauts to deliver an Oscar-nominated documentary chronicling the American space program and its rush to put a man on the moon.
Cast
Cast
Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, Buzz Aldrin, Russell L. Schweickart, Alan LaVern Bean, Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr., Virgil I. Grissom
Director
Director
Al Reinert
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Magnificent Desolation on DVD Magnificent Desolation
Synopsis
Featuring CGI renditions of the lunar landscape and previously unreleased NASA footage, this IMAX documentary takes viewers on an out-of-this-world journey to the moon to stand alongside the astronauts who've walked upon its surface.
Cast
Cast
Tom Hanks, Brandy Blackledge, Aaron White, Andrew Husmann
Director
Director
Mark Cowen
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Island of Lemurs: Madagascar on DVD Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
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Oscar winner Morgan Freeman narrates this visually stunning chronicle of the lives of lemurs in Madagascar, where pioneering scientist Patricia Wright has studied their behavior for more than 25 years.
Cast
Cast
Patricia Wright, Morgan Freeman
Director
Director
David Douglas
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Crude on DVD Crude
Synopsis
Joe Berlinger's provocative documentary explores the ongoing battle waged by 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorans and their lawyers against Chevron for dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Amazon, a catastrophe dubbed the "Amazon Chernobyl."
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Cast
Director
Director
Joe Berlinger
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Sharkwater on DVD Sharkwater
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Documentarian Rob Stewart dives into shark-filled seas to disprove fear-based stereotypes and raise awareness of the world's dwindling shark population. But he ventures into dangerous waters when he battles shark poachers in this award-winning film. With renegade conservationist Paul Watson, Stewart exposes the criminal and highly profitable harvesting of shark fins, risking his life and facing a corrupt court system for his efforts.
Cast
Cast
Rob Stewart, Paul Watson, Patrick Moore
Director
Director
Rob Stewart
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Cosmic Voyage: IMAX on DVD Cosmic Voyage: IMAX
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Produced with support from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, this Oscar-nominated IMAX film mixes groundbreaking computer animation with cutting-edge science to give us a sweeping view of the universe. A "cosmic zoom" extends from the surface of the Earth to the largest observable structures of the universe, and then back down into the subnuclear realm -- a guided tour across 42 orders of magnitude! Morgan Freeman narrates.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Freeman
Director
Director
Bayley Silleck
Genres
Genres
Documentary, IMAX, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Space Station: IMAX on DVD Space Station: IMAX
Synopsis
Some 220 miles above Earth lies the International Space Station, a one-of-a-kind outer space laboratory that 16 nations came together to build. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this extraordinary structure in this spectacular IMAX film. Viewers will blast off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Russia for this incredible journey -- IMAX's first-ever space film. Tom Cruise narrates.
Cast
Cast
Tom Cruise, Janet Lynn Kavandi, Susan J. Helms, James M. Kelly, Leroy Chiao, Scott E. Parazynski, Michael J. Bloomfield, Brian Duffy, Charles Owen Hobaugh, Marsha Ivins
Director
Director
Toni Myers
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Blockbusters, IMAX
Rent Journey to the Edge of the Universe on DVD Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Synopsis
This National Geographic program takes you on an epic, uninterrupted voyage through the cosmos, beginning on Earth and traveling outward through the solar system and the Milky Way, past distant galaxies and to the very limits of the universe. Images from the Hubble telescope and innovative computer graphics make possible the single, long traveling shot that comprises this journey, and unobtrusive narration explains the sights along the way.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, National Geographic
Rent The Photographers on DVD The Photographers
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Often letting the works speak for themselves, this compelling documentary looks into the lives of veteran <i>National Geographic</i> photographers and the grueling work that goes into their award-winning images.
Cast
Cast
Keith David
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent The Unforeseen on DVD The Unforeseen
Synopsis
Robert Redford and Terrence Malick executive produce director Laura Dunn's vivid examination of unchecked development at the expense of environmental sustainability, specifying the Barton Springs aquifer of Austin, Texas, as case in point. The documentary draws on archival footage and interviews with Redford, former Gov. Ann Richards, lobbyist Dick Brown and Austin land developer Gary Bradley to contemplate the true cost of the American Dream.
Cast
Cast
Robert Redford, Willie Nelson, Ann Richards, Gary Bradley, Judah Folkman, William Greider
Director
Director
Laura Dunn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Island of the Sharks: IMAX on DVD Island of the Sharks: IMAX
Synopsis
This magnificent expedition that takes you 300 miles off the west coast of Costa Rica to the remote animal sanctuary of Cocos Island, where the amazing underwater world shelters some of the ocean's most feared and misunderstood predators. Jump right in with manta rays, barracudas, giant sea turtles, porpoises and hundreds of sharks. One riveting scene, a favorite of viewers, features a male blenny searching for a mate.
Cast
Cast
Linda Hunt
Director
Director
Howard Hall
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
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 Home on DVD Home
Synopsis
Award-winning photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand directs this breathtaking ode to planet Earth, an aerial voyage that captures the interdependence of the world's ecosystems -- and the bruises left behind by human indifference. From the agricultural revolution to our ever-increasing reliance on oil, narrator Glenn Close examines the changes that have wreaked havoc on our home, urging viewers to preserve the Earth's remaining natural treasures.
Cast
Cast
Glenn Close
Director
Director
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Stress: Portrait of a Killer on DVD Stress: Portrait of a Killer
Synopsis
The serially overworked already know that stress is a near-constant fixture in modern-day living. But to what degree is stress affecting our bodies -- and is there any way to healthfully combat it? With a focus on the work of Stanford University neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, this National Geographic program looks at the latest science to see what researchers are learning about this insidiously silent killer.
Cast
Cast
Robert Sapolsky
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Healthy Living, Mind & Body, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Revolution OS on DVD Revolution OS
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For the past two decades, a group of computer hackers, neocommunists and entrepreneurs has been gradually undermining Microsoft's monopoly and fundamentally changing the way software is developed and owned -- a revolution that resulted in the Linux operating system and the Open Source movement. This fascinating documentary explores the OS movement's origins and depicts the grassroots nature of Linux and OS as they march into the mainstream.
Cast
Cast
Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Larry Augustin, Bruce Perens, Michael Tiemann, Brian Behlendorf, Frank Hecker, Chris DiBona, Nick Moffitt, Donnie Barnes, Rob Malda, Marc Merlin
Director
Director
J.T.S. Moore
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Grand Canyon: Hidden Secrets: IMAX on DVD Grand Canyon: Hidden Secrets: IMAX
Synopsis
The awe-inspiring beauty and riveting history of the Grand Canyon are the focus of this sprawling IMAX documentary, which features gorgeous footage, some taken from high above by cameras mounted on an ultralight aircraft. Also included are recreations of historical events (for example, the 1869 Powell Expedition). The film provides a fascinating study of one of North America's most breathtaking natural wonders.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Kieth Merrill
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, IMAX, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa: IMAX on DVD Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa: IMAX
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In this spectacular program, join a diverse group of trekkers -- demonstrating courage as well as endurance -- when they journey to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro -- the world's highest free-standing mountain at 19,340 feet above sea level. As the climbers pass through Africa's beautiful, very rugged terrain and extreme conditions (five climate zones!), their expedition becomes an adventure of the human spirit.
Cast
Cast
Heidi Albertsen, Roger Bilham, Jacob Kyungai, Hansi Mmari, Audrey Salkeld, Nicole Wineland-Thomson
Director
Director
David Breashears
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX, Sports Documentaries, Extreme Snow & Ice Sports, Mountaineering & Climbing, Sports Stories
Rent Mystery of the Nile: IMAX on DVD Mystery of the Nile: IMAX
Synopsis
By following expedition leaders Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown on a grueling, 114-day journey down the world's most dangerous river, Spanish filmmaker Jordi Llompart captures the first successful attempt in history to travel the Blue Nile from source to sea. Along the way, the intrepid explorers and their crew encounter all manner of intimidating obstacles, including treacherous rapids, a well-armed militia and a cranky crocodile.
Cast
Cast
Gordon Brown, Pasquale Scaturro
Director
Director
Jordi Llompart
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
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 Antarctica: IMAX on DVD Antarctica: IMAX
Synopsis
An underwater ballet involving penguins is just the tip of the iceberg in this in-depth look at the frozen continent of Antarctica. Aerial views of enormous glacial peaks and marine dives through crystalline caverns give viewers a complete tour of this amazing region. Through the words of early Antarctic explorer Robert Scott, the program also imparts what a grueling challenge it can be to brave such an unforgiving yet magnificent landscape.
Cast
Cast
Alex Scott
Director
Director
John Weiley
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Sweetgrass on DVD Sweetgrass
Synopsis
As much a work of cultural anthropology as it is a documentary, this unique film traces the path of a family of Montana sheepherders as they drive their flock down from the treacherous and beautiful Absaroka Beartooth mountain range.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, France
Rent Happy People: A Year in the Taiga on DVD Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Synopsis
Venerated documentarian Werner Herzog teams with director Dmitry Vasyukov for this observant look at life along the River Yenisei in northern Russia, where the industrious inhabitants of a rural village truly live off the land.
Cast
Cast
Werner Herzog
Director
Director
Dmitry Vasyukov, Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries
Rent The White Diamond on DVD The White Diamond
Synopsis
In this penetrating documentary about the nature of obsession, Dr. Graham Dorrington, a visionary scientist and aeronautics expert, has designed a helium-filled airship for the purpose of exploring the Guyanese rainforest canopy. But Dorrington's motivations are not entirely scientific: A friend's death -- which occurred years earlier during a similar experiment -- still haunts him, driving him to atonement. Werner Herzog directs.
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Cast
Werner Herzog
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Science and Nature Documentaries, Germany, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Regions
Rent Life in Cold Blood on DVD Life in Cold Blood
Synopsis
David Attenborough hosts this compelling documentary series that explores the world of reptiles and amphibians, using amazing new technology that gives viewers a real inside look at these creatures' lives. A co-production between BBC and Animal Planet, the show follows a variety of cold-blooded creatures all over the world, examining the individual behavior and complex societies of these fascinating animals.
Cast
Cast
David Attenborough
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent The Brain Fitness Program on DVD The Brain Fitness Program
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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.
Cast
Cast
Peter Coyote
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Mind & Body, Healthy Living, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent 2012: Science or Superstition on DVD 2012: Science or Superstition
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Directed by filmmaker Nimrod Erez, this captivating documentary explores the widely debated prediction that -- based on the ancient Mayans' Long Count Calendar -- the world will end in the year 2012. Collecting input from noted authors, anthropologists and professors, Erez and company strive to determine if the calendar portends a time of great spiritual transformation -- or the complete and utter destruction of mankind.
Cast
Cast
Anthony F. Aveni, Walter Cruttenden, Benito Venegas Duran, Graham Hancock, John Major Jenkins, Lawrence E. Joseph, Jim Marrs, Alonso Mendez, Daniel Pinchbeck, Douglas Rushkoff, Alberto Villoldo, John Anthony West
Director
Director
Nimrod Erez
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries
Rent Vanishing of the Bees on DVD Vanishing of the Bees
Synopsis
This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. It's a phenomenon with a name -- Colony Collapse Disorder -- but no explanation or solution exists.
Cast
Cast
Ellen Page, Simon Buxton, Maryann Frazier, David Hackenberg, Michael Pollan, Dennis Van Engelsdorp
Director
Director
George Langworthy, Maryam Henein
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent A Brief History of Time on DVD A Brief History of Time
Synopsis
This engrossing film focuses on the life and work of world-famous cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who possesses a brilliant mind despite suffering near total paralysis from ALS. Based on his best-selling book, the film focuses partly on his theories and partly on his daily life and interviews with friends and family.
Cast
Cast
Stephen Hawking
Director
Director
Errol Morris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent The Dream Is Alive: IMAX on DVD The Dream Is Alive: IMAX
Synopsis
Narrated by American broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, this documentary takes viewers on an exciting journey over the Earth as it chronicles mankind's accomplishments in the realm of space exploration. The program highlights the space shuttle, from its design and construction to life onboard the craft. It also presents a behind-the-scenes picture of the astronauts' daily activities and the rigorous training they undergo before traveling.
Cast
Cast
Walter Cronkite, David Leestma, George Nelson, Sally Ride
Director
Director
Graeme Ferguson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Hyperspace on DVD Hyperspace
Synopsis
Impressive computer-generated graphics and animations of stars, comets, nebulae, black holes, wormholes and distant galaxies are featured in the six half-hour episodes of this visually stunning documentary about space. Narrated by actor Sam Neill, the program presents an array of thought-provoking facts and theories about the birth of a star, the beginning of life on Earth and everything in between.
Cast
Cast
Sam Neill
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, British TV, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, Science and Nature Documentaries, BBC
Rent Into the Deep: IMAX on DVD Into the Deep: IMAX
Synopsis
Narrated by Kate Nelligan, this fascinating IMAX documentary filmed off the coast of Southern California dazzles, entertains and mesmerizes as it journeys to an enchanting underwater world of swaying kelp forests and glowing coral. Swim nose-to-nose with colorful garibaldi, starfish and sharks; play tag with sea lions; and observe the rarely seen behavior of the creatures of the eternal undersea night.
Cast
Cast
Kate Nelligan
Director
Director
Howard Hall
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Secret Yosemite on DVD Secret Yosemite
Synopsis
Yosemite is America's most frequently visited national park, but much of it remains untamed. Thanks to this National Geographic documentary, viewers can venture into Yosemite's spectacular wilderness to marvel at natural wonders tourists never see. The journey through nearly 700,000 acres features breathtaking waterfalls, giant sequoias, the towering El Capitan rock formation and the park's wild denizens, including black bears, bats and foxes.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic, Education & Guidance, Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
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