Top TV Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

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.
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Cast
David Attenborough
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Director
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TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, British TV, United Kingdom, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, Discovery Channel, BBC, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Galápagos on DVD Galápagos
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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.
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Cast
Tilda Swinton
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Director
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Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic, BBC
Rent Ken Burns: The Civil War on DVD Ken Burns: The Civil War
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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.
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Cast
Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Garrison Keillor, Arthur Miller
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Lost Boys of Sudan on DVD Lost Boys of Sudan
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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.
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Cast
Santino Majok Chuor, Peter Kon Dut
Director
Director
Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Paradise Lost: Child Murders at Robin Hood on DVD Paradise Lost: Child Murders at Robin Hood
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Shedding light on the legal system -- and on the media machine that often demonizes the accused -- this gripping documentary follows the notorious West Memphis Three, a trio of boys arrested for the murders of three children found in a creek bed. Appearing on many critics' year-end Top 10 lists for 1996, this film from directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky also won the National Board of Review's prestigious prize for Best Documentary.
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Cast
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky, Jessie Miskelly, Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Christopher Byers, Steven Branch, Jessie Miskelly Sr., Pam Echols
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Director
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent 9/11 on DVD 9/11
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This heartfelt documentary was created by award-winning French filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet, who simply set out to make a movie about a rookie NYC fireman and ended up filming the tragic event that changed our lives forever. The program includes additional footage and interviews with the heroic firefighters, rescue workers and the Naudet brothers, providing exclusive insight to their extraordinary firsthand experience of the day's events.
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Cast
Director
Director
Jules Naudet, Gedeon Naudet, James Hanlon
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, CBS
Rent Benjamin Franklin on DVD Benjamin Franklin
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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.
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Cast
Colm Feore, Richard Easton, Dylan Baker, Blair Brown, Anthony Cochrane, Peter Donaldson, Roberta Maxwell, Natacha Roi
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Director
Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
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Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, TV Miniseries
Rent 49 Up on DVD 49 Up
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In 1964, a filmmaker interviewed a diverse group of 7-year-olds and vowed to track their lives every seven years. Now, those "kids" are 49 years old. This documentary series reveals how Apted's subjects collectively serve as a microcosm of society.
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Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Suzanne Dewey, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker
Director
Director
Michael Apted
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent Lewis and Clark: The Journey on DVD Lewis and Clark: The Journey
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Sent by President Jefferson to find the fabled Northwest Passage, Lewis and Clark led the most courageous and important expedition in American history. It was the United States' first exploration of the West and one of the nation's most enduring adventures. Journey with them across a breath-taking landscape for an experience that explores the history -- and the promise -- of America.
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Cast
Director
Director
Ken Burns
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries, Family Adventures, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent The Nazis: A Warning from History on DVD The Nazis: A Warning from History
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Through archival footage and interviews with those who survived Adolph Hitler's reign -- including unrepentant Nazis -- this comprehensive documentary series sheds new light on the rise of the Third Reich in Germany. Chapters reveal how the Nazi state compelled ordinary people to commit atrocities, the order and disorder within the German army, and Hitler's propensity for getting his minions to do his work, among other enlightening facts.
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Cast
Samuel West
Director
Director
Laurence Rees, Tilman Remme
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Genres
Documentary, British TV, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent New York on DVD New York
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Hours of magnificent programming chronicle the history of New York City, from its beginning in 1609, through the turbulent years of change in the decades after World War II, to its present status as one of the planet's most important urban centers. Released in 1999 before the iconic Twin Towers were destroyed, this sweeping documentary series shows a New York that has since changed but that -- at its core -- never lost its spirit.
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Cast
David Ogden Stiers
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Director
Ric Burns
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent National Geographic: Guns, Germs and Steel on DVD National Geographic: Guns, Germs and Steel
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After journeying to the four corners of the world to unearth the causes of inequality, professor Jared Diamond came up with a straightforward explanation: People's fortunes hinge on their geography and their contact with guns, germs and steel.
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Cast
Peter Coyote, Jared Diamond
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Director
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven on DVD Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven
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When Seven Up was broadcast in 1964, it broke new ground and became the first segment of a laborious and momentous labor of love: an engrossing chronicle of the lives of 14 students from varied social backgrounds, beginning when they were 7 years old. The first meeting with the group of wide-eyed, innocent children invites viewers to take a look at lives in the making; the follow-up film, 7 Plus Seven, checks in on them 7 years later.
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Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Peter Davies, Suzanne Dewey, Charles Furneaux, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker
Director
Director
Michael Apted, Paul Almond
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent Life in the Undergrowth on DVD Life in the Undergrowth
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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.
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Cast
David Attenborough
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, British TV, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature
Rent Napoleon on DVD Napoleon
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This gripping PBS-produced offering charts the course of this larger-than-life emperor, from his birth on the island of Corsica to his eventual exile on another island, St. Helena. In between, of course, are his military exploits and achievements. Also examined are his undying love for his muse, Josephine, his marriage to an Austrian royal much younger than him and his impressive failure to conquer Russia in an ill-conceived invasion.
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Cast
David McCullough, Napoleon
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Director
David Grubin
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Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Physics: The Elegant Universe and Beyond on DVD Physics: The Elegant Universe and Beyond
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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.
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Cast
Brian Greene
Director
Director
Julia Cort, Joseph McMaster
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Paradise Lost 2: Revelations on DVD Paradise Lost 2: Revelations
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This engrossing documentary revisits the chilling mystery at the heart of HBO's award-winning special, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, profiling a trio of Arkansas teenagers convicted of murdering three 8-year-old boys. In this disturbing yet absolutely fascinating examination of the horrific crime and of the judicial system, directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky bring new insight to the highly controversial case.
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Cast
Director
Director
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, TV Documentaries, HBO, HBO Documentaries
Rent Ken Burns: The War on DVD Ken Burns: The War
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A seven-part series brings World War II to life through the harrowing personal accounts of a handful of soldiers and others from "typical" American towns, recreating visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more.
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Cast
Quentin Aanenson, Adam Arkin, Kevin Conway, Keith David, Josh Lucas
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent The Awful Truth with Michael Moore on DVD The Awful Truth with Michael Moore
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Filmmaker Michael Moore uses ample humor to hammer home his points in this documentary series that exposes corporate, government and societal problems in sometimes-outlandish ways -- like driving a "Sodomobile" through states that criminalize sodomy.
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Cast
Michael Moore
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Director
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics, Political Documentaries
Rent The Life of Birds on DVD The Life of Birds
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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.
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Cast
David Attenborough
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Director
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Genres
TV Shows, British TV, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, United Kingdom, PBS
Rent 42 Up on DVD 42 Up
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Documentarian Michael Apted has been tracking a group of people every seven years since 1964, when the subjects were 7 years old. Now at age 42, the interviewees offer insights as to the progression of their lives, their failures and their successes.
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Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, Suzanne Dewey, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Tony Walker, Susan Sullivan
Director
Director
Michael Apted
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent A History of Britain on DVD A History of Britain
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This fascinating documentary discards timelines and tiresome lineages for a lively look at the personalities and cultures that infuse England's past. Hosted by noted historian Simon Schama, the series travels from India to Ireland, and from the Norman Invasion to the American Revolution, spotlighting the epic themes and towering figures that transformed an island at the edge of the world into the greatest empire on earth.
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Cast
Simon Schama, James Bolam, Bill Paterson, Timothy West, David Threlfall
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, British TV, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Liberty! The American Revolution on DVD Liberty! The American Revolution
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This PBS production showcases the events that led up to the American War for Independence, in comprehensive and sequential order. No stone is left unturned, as everything from the Boston Tea Party to the approval of the U.S. Constitution is explored. The documentary combines narration, reenactments of events, interviews with academics and historians, actors' dramatic readings of letters and diaries written at the time and much more.
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Cast
Roger Rees, Campbell Scott, Terrence Mann, Donna Murphy
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Director
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda on DVD Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda
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A decade after the genocide in which Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 Rwandans, PBS's Frontline series takes a hard look at how such an atrocity occurred through the lens of social, political and diplomatic factors. The program provides firsthand accounts of the situation through interviews with officials, relief workers, U.N. peacekeepers, diplomats and survivors, and explores whether a similar situation could occur again.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Inside the Living Body on DVD Inside the Living Body
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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.
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Cast
Ellie-Jo Brooks, Pam Phillips, Vicky Vautier
Director
Director
Martin Williams
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Mind & Body, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Wild China on DVD Wild China
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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.
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Cast
Bernard Hill
Director
Director
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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, British TV, BBC
Rent Mark Twain on DVD Mark Twain
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Explore the life, work and history of celebrated writer and humorist Mark Twain with this fascinating documentary that draws from a massive amount of material, including thousands of archival photographs. Nearly 20 well-known writers and scholars discuss Twain, shedding light on his extraordinary life and enduring legacy. This exhaustive profile from master documentarian Ken Burns took almost three years to complete.
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Cast
Keith David
Director
Director
Ken Burns
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Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Tesla: Master of Lightning on DVD Tesla: Master of Lightning
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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.
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Cast
Stacy Keach, Elisabeth Noone
Director
Director
Robert Uth
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS
Rent Last Stand of the 300 on DVD Last Stand of the 300
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With factual heft and epic zeal, this informative History Channel documentary chronicles the true story of some 300 Spartan soldiers who held their ground against an onslaught of Persian adversaries -- and inspired director Zach Snyder's hit 300. Digital animation combines with vivid, live-action footage to produce a stirring account of a pivotal battle that would change the course of the Western world.
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Cast
Orion Barnes, TJ Cencula, Brian Danner, Megan Nguyen, Daniel R. Wolfe
Director
Director
David Padrusch
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics, History Channel
Rent 21 Up on DVD 21 Up
Synopsis
In the second follow-up to his film Seven Up, Michael Apted checks in with his original subjects, who are now 21 and dealing with life as adults. Finally grown out of the awkward teenage years, the participants share similar worries and dreams.
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Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Peter Davies, Suzanne Dewey, Charles Furneaux, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker
Director
Director
Michael Apted
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent Founding Fathers on DVD Founding Fathers
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The men (and women) who shaped the formative years of the United States of America did so at great personal risk with little possibility of proportional personal reward. But the men's known political, religious and social beliefs are often only their legendary personas; in this series (originally aired on The History Channel), discover the remarkable, unseen private sides of the men who risked everything for the cause of American independence.
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Cast
Brian Dennehy, James Woods, Beau Bridges, Edward Herrmann, Burt Reynolds, Peter Coyote, Michael York
Director
Director
Mark Hufnail, Melissa Peltier
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent The Universe on DVD The Universe
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Discover the secrets of the universe in this groundbreaking documentary series that pairs animation with fascinating insights on distant planets, asteroids, black holes and other celestial marvels.
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Cast
Erik Thompson
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, Education & Guidance, History Channel, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Ken Burns' America: The Shakers on DVD Ken Burns' America: The Shakers
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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.
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Cast
David McCullough
Director
Director
Ken Burns
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality, Religion & Mythology Documentaries
Rent 28 Up on DVD 28 Up
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Just two years away from turning 30, participants in Michael Apted's documentary series are facing serious questions of identity and purpose, wondering whether they've found their place in the world.
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Cast
Director
Director
Michael Apted
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent Long Way Down on DVD Long Way Down
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Actor friends Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ride again, this time on an epic motorcycle journey from Scotland to South Africa. Their journey includes a stop at the Pyramids, an audience with Rwanda's president and an African wildlife encounter.
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Cast
Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
Director
Director
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Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, TV Reality Programming, British TV, United Kingdom
Rent Frank Lloyd Wright on DVD Frank Lloyd Wright
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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.
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Cast
Director
Director
Ken Burns
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries
Rent The Life of Mammals on DVD The Life of Mammals
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Naturalist David Attenborough hosts this in-depth examination of the most diverse class of life on Earth: mammals, from the smallest shrew to the biggest whales and the most advanced primates.
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Cast
David Attenborough
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Director
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Genres
TV Shows, British TV, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, United Kingdom
Rent 35 Up on DVD 35 Up
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Now in their mid-thirties, Suzi, Andrew, Paul, Bruce and Neil -- five of the 14 subjects filmmaker Michael Apted has followed since they were 7 years old -- grapple with family issues, career fluctuations, emotional distress and more.
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Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Suzanne Dewey, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker
Director
Director
Michael Apted
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent Death in Gaza on DVD Death in Gaza
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Documentarians James Miller and Saira Shah planned to produce an in-depth look at the culture of martyrdom and hate pervading the Middle East. In 2003, they chronicled the lives of three Palestinian adolescents growing up in war-torn Gaza. Miller and Shah also wanted to show the Israeli side of the dispute, but during filming, Miller fell victim to the conflict when Israeli forces killed him. This HBO special relates the tragic story.
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Cast
James Miller, Saira Shah
Director
Director
James Miller
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Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, HBO Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, HBO, TV Documentaries
Rent National Geographic: Inside the Vatican on DVD National Geographic: Inside the Vatican
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Martin Sheen narrates National Geographic's behind-the-scenes peek into the inner workings of the Vatican, one of the most famous, yet mysterious, locales on Earth. With access into the private chapels and papal quarters, no stone is left unturned. For nearly 2,000 years, the Vatican has managed to remain mostly unchanged spiritually and physically as the world has endured repeated wars, famines and political upheavals.
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Cast
Martin Sheen
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Southern Comfort on DVD Southern Comfort
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This moving documentary chronicles the last year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of ovarian cancer, as he and his partner prepare to lead a panel at the annual Southern Comfort conference.
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Cast
Robert Eads, Lola Cola
Director
Director
Kate Davis
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, HBO, HBO Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior / President on DVD Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior / President
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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.
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Cast
Liev Schreiber
Director
Director
Adriana Bosch, Elizabeth Deane
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross on DVD The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross
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Taking on the gargantuan task of chronicling two centuries of conflict, this fascinating documentary begins in 1096 A.D. -- the year Christian soldiers seized the city of Jerusalem from Muslim forces. The program follows the Crusades through the 13th century via a stunning blend of theatrical reenactments, computer-generated imagery and on-location footage. Produced by the History Channel, the show is thought provoking and educational.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, History Channel, TV Documentaries
Rent Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State on DVD Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
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This six-part documentary series tackles one of World War II's -- and history's -- most disquieting and repugnant subjects: the Holocaust and its infamous killing factory, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
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Cast
Samuel West, Linda Ellerbee, Linda Hunt, Horst-Gunter Marx, Klaus Mikoleit
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom, BBC
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.
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Cast
Rita Moreno, Lila Downs
Director
Director
Amy Stechler
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Art & Design, PBS, PBS Documentaries, Painting
Rent Life After People on DVD Life After People
Synopsis
Imagine what Earth would be like without people. ... Based on expert research and featuring Industrial Light and Magic's state-of-the-art imagery, this program reveals what the planet could be like centuries from now, without human inhabitants. Stunning animations present the effect a human-free Earth would have on natural resources, plants and animals. The program also examines the fate of many manmade structures.
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Cast
Director
Director
David de Vries
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries
Rent Christmas Unwrapped on DVD Christmas Unwrapped
Synopsis
Christmas abounds with traditions, from neighborhood carolers to lovingly decorated trees, but from where did all these rituals emerge? This enlightening program looks at the origins of the Western world's most popular Christmas traditions -- from the significance of December 25th and its relationship to winter solstice to the enchanting legend of Santa Claus and Prince Albert's 1841 unveiling of the Christmas tree.
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Cast
Director
Director
Alison Guss
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, History Channel, Christmas
Rent Ken Burns: The West on DVD Ken Burns: The West
Synopsis
Historian and Oscar nominee Ken Burns and his talented team mine vintage photographs, music, maps, letters, newspapers and more to bring to life the struggles and challenges Americans faced in the 19th century as they embarked on westward expansion.
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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 Favela Rising on DVD Favela Rising
Synopsis
Co-directors Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's acclaimed documentary charts the growth of Rio de Janeiro's AfroReggae movement, a grassroots effort to combat the soul-crushing oppression of the city's most notorious slum. Led by former street thug Anderson Sa, the nonviolent program celebrates Afro-Brazilian culture, drawing on hip-hop music and dance to unite the impoverished neighborhood against the ubiquitous drug pushers and corrupt cops.
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Cast
Anderson Sa, Jose Junior
Director
Director
Matt Mochary, Jeff Zimbalist
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Genres
Documentary, HBO Documentaries, TV Documentaries, HBO, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Latin Music, Brazilian Music
Rent Inside the U.S. Secret Service on DVD Inside the U.S. Secret Service
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With unparalleled access to one of the world's most protective and enigmatic government organizations, National Geographic takes you to a place few outsiders have been: inside the United States Secret Service.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
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
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Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV Science & Nature, British TV
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.
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Cast
James Burke
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Director
Genres
Genres
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Beginning with Rome's fall in the fifth century, this History Channel presentation sheds light on the Dark Ages, covering the continent-wide chaos, including raids by Vikings, Vandals and Visigoths, bubonic plague, famine, civil unrest and more. The program takes viewers from the darkest of times to the dawn of a new beginning as the turmoil besieging Europe gives rise to the Crusades, the Enlightenment and the Renaissance.
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Director
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Christopher Cassel
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Rent Scottsboro: An American Tragedy on DVD Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
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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.
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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.
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Eleanor Roosevelt, Alfre Woodard, David McCullough
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Renowned art historian Simon Schama explores the power and passion of art, examining eight of history's most influential works. Follow the progression of artistic vision through the ages, from 17th-century Europe to 1950s New York, with historical reenactments and Schama's trademark storytelling. The program features the in-depth stories behind works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko.
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This landmark "American Experience" episode chronicles the story of 250,000 American teenagers who left their homes to ride freight trains across the country during the Great Depression -- adventures that were borne out of necessity. Interviews with witnesses and rare footage accurately document the emotion and angst of the teens. The soundtrack includes music from various folk artists such as Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, and Brownie McGhee.
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Richard Thomas, C.R. 'Tiny' Boland, Bob 'Guitar Whitey' Symmonds, Charley Bull, James San Jule, Rene Champion, Arvel 'Sunshine' Pearson, Peggy De Hart, Jim Mitchell, John Fawcett, Clarence Lee
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Charlie Wilson was a Texas congressman who became part of an unbelievable stunt in which he helped funnel more than $300 million into a covert effort to fund Afghanistan's war against the Soviet Union. Going beyond the Hollywood dramatization Charlie Wilson's War, this eye-opening film details the whole shocking story of Wilson's involvement in the scheme, along with CIA agent Gust Avrakotos and socialite Joanne Herring.
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Rent Origins: Nova on DVD Origins: Nova
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this program, which examines the origins of the cosmos, including how the Earth was formed, how life on Earth began, the possibility of extraterrestrial life and how the Big Bang produced inhabitable planets. Join the scientists as they try to capture echoes of the Big Bang, pose the question "Do aliens already walk among us?" and dig into dozens of other mind-blowing topics.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Through a tapestry of paintings and sculptures, this documentary explores the life of the Buddha, his quest for serenity and his enlightenment. Insightful interviews shed light on Buddhism and its relevance today.
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Dalai Lama, W.S. Merwin, Richard Gere
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David Grubin
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Narrated by Liev Schreiber, this miniseries highlights momentous events in American history, including the arrival of the Pilgrims, the American Revolution, the Civil War and the incredible lunar landing.
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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.
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Determined to understand the repeating patterns he was finding in nature, French mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot used an early form of computer imagery to produce his own versions, coining the recurring shapes <i>fractals</i>. This installment of the PBS series "Nova" examines the rules of these self-similar patterns and explores the ways these fascinating geometric configurations can be applied in the fields of science, medicine and the arts.
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Rent Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided on DVD Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
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An unlikely couple, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd came from vastly different backgrounds -- he the son of a dirt farmer, she the daughter of wealthy slave owners. This dual biography tells both of their stories. From their childhoods to their marriage, to their years in the White House, this profile touches on their differences of opinion on the Civil War, their marital ups and downs and Mary's fragile state of mind after Lincoln's assassination.
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Driven by idealism and a society in crisis, the French Revolution erupted a little more than a decade after the American Revolution. This vivid documentary brings to life France's bloody 1789 uprising. The quest to stamp out feudalism and to cultivate progressive politics, diplomacy and equality is shown through dramatic reenactments and interviews with historians. Along the way, you'll meet crucial figures like Louis XIV and Napoleon Bonaparte.
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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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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
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In this eye-opening documentary, filmmaker Jamie Johnson examines the gap that exists between America's poor and the 1 percent of the population that controls half the country's wealth. Johnson, himself an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, interviews Milton Friedman, Bill Gates Sr., Steve Forbes and other wealthy men, revealing the enormous social and political effect financial disparity has on America's current state.
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Join actor friends Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman for a 20,000-mile, 115-day motorcycle journey across the world from London to New York. When not fighting the elements or rough terrain, the pair take in local culture around the globe.
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, TV Reality Programming, 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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Rafe Esquith
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Mel Stuart
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Rent Magnetic Storm: Nova on DVD Magnetic Storm: Nova
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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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The remarkable true-life story of electric guitar legend and rock 'n' roll icon Les Paul unfolds in this feature-length documentary that originally aired as part of PBS's "American Masters" series. Chronicling Paul's rise from poverty to eventual rock royalty, the program features interviews from many of his big-name admirers, including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard and Steve Miller.
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Les Paul, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard, Steve Miller, Kay Starr
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Rent The First Year on DVD The First Year
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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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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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Rent Journey to the Edge of the Universe on DVD Journey to the Edge of the Universe
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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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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
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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.
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Keith David
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Rent Newton's Dark Secrets: Nova on DVD Newton's Dark Secrets: Nova
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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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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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Stephen Ives
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With electronic voting machines tabulating more than 80 percent of the ballots cast in America, Seattle grandmother Bev Harris set out to determine the obvious: Do they work? Based on the evidence presented here, the answer is "not really." The picture that emerges as Harris unearths a treasure trove of info about mishandled votes and the inner workings of the machines is that they're not only fallible but also highly vulnerable to hacking.
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Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, this PBS series consists of seven feature-length films that capture the essence of the blues while exploring how the art form so deeply influenced music and people the world over. Offerings include a blend of aural and visual treasures: rare video footage, interviews and unforgettable performances by some of the greatest musicians in the history of the blues.
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B.B. King, Ray Charles, Fats Domino
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Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Mike Figgis, Charles Burnett, Leslie Harris, Marc Levin, Richard Pearce, Wim Wenders
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Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi takes a remarkable journey across the heartland to uncover the religious, cultural and political beliefs of evangelical Christians, including Jerry Falwell, Ted Haggard and best-selling author Joel Osteen. Interviewing both leaders and rank-and-file believers and attending events such as a Christian wrestling match, Pelosi reveals a vibrant subculture whose convictions may surprise and possibly bewilder you.
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Alexandra Pelosi, Jerry Falwell, Ted Haggard, Ron Luce, Joel Osteen
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Alexandra Pelosi
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Based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this three-part PBS documentary series confronts head-on critical concerns about the new interconnected world. The three segments -- "The Battle of Ideas," "The Agony of Reform" and "The New Rules of the Game" -- begin with the dawn of technological change in 1914, taking an in-depth look at globalization and how it will affect our society's future.
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Featuring newsreel footage and filmed testimonials of survivors and historians, this award-winning documentary examines one of history's unforgettable tragedies, the sinking of the <i>Titanic</i> ocean liner, during which more than 1,500 lives were lost. The most complete chronicle of the <i>Titanic</i> disaster ever created, this History Channel special details the origins of the vessel, the ship's doomed voyage and its aftermath.
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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.
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This ambitious, wide-ranging documentary from the History Channel covers Muhammad's revelation, the growth of the Islamic religion and cultural matters that tend to puzzle non-Muslims about the ancient culture. Sacred sites are visited, and scholars such as Khaled About el Fadl are interviewed in this fascinating look at a faith that's held by millions throughout the world, but often misunderstood due to the actions of extremists.
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Considered the most successful warrior in recorded history, Alexander the Great conquered Asia by age 32. His innovative battle tactics remain a topic of endless fascination to scholars and military leaders. Actor Peter Woodward hosts this absorbing documentary that chronicles Alexander's life through ancient historians' narratives, interviews with contemporary scholars, state-of-the-art reenactments and tours of key historical sites.
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Long before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, boxer Jack Johnson became the first African-American to obtain the world heavyweight title. This documentary tracks the life of the trailblazing boxer, from his early days as the son of former slaves to his rise through the ranks of a traditionally all-white sport, culminating with the 39-year-old's achievement of the prestigious title in 1908.
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This startling documentary updates controversial author Erich von Daniken's (<i>Chariots of the Gods</i>) provocative theories about the role of extraterrestrial astronauts in the early development of human civilization. Surprising DNA evidence as well as fresh interpretations of archaeological discoveries from the ancient world support von Daniken's theory that humanity has evolved not in isolation, but with the aid of otherworldly travelers.
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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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Action-packed reenactments dramatize the story of the Roman Empire in this stunning History Channel documentary series, which traces Rome from its beginnings as a struggling republic through centuries of conquest and its eventual demise. Profiles of events and people such as Julius Caesar, Constantine the Great, the Barbarian Invasion and the Invasion of Britain reveal the legacy of the empire's dramatic rise and fall.
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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.
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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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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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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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Rent Cathouse on DVD Cathouse
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Director Patti Kaplan's erotic HBO special -- which spawned several sequels as well as a TV series -- takes a voyeuristic peek inside the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal bordello located just outside of Reno, Nev. The brothel's clientele includes two brothers hoping to fulfill their m&#233;nage &#224; trois fantasy, a mom who brings in her 22-year-old son to lose his virginity, and a pimp looking to coax away one of the working girls, among others.
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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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