Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Visitor


Here is the acclaimed horror/sci fi cult classic, an intergalactic warrior battles alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.
Director, writer, Guilio Paradisi ; writer, Luciano Comici, Ovido Assonitis, Rober Mundi.
Cinematography, Enno Guarnieri; editing, Roberto Curi; music, Franco Micalizzi.
Shelley Winters, Peter Nero, Joanne Nail, John Huston, Lance Henriksen, Glenn Ford, Mel Ferrer, Paige Conner

Askwith Media Library 63143-D 1979 108 minutes

Askwith Media Library 63146-B
Blu-ray Special Features include: interviews with Lance Henriksen, Luciano Comici, Enno Guarnieri, trailers.

Saving Mr. Banks

When P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney's desire to bring her beloved character, Mary Poppins to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario's concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers' reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.
Bonus features: Deleted scene: Nanny Song.
Disney presents; a Ruby Films/Essential Media and Entertainment production; in association with BBC Films and Hopscotch Features ; a John Lee Hancock film; produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer; written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith; directed by John Lee Hancock.
Music, Thomas Newman; costume designer, Daniel Orlandi; film editor, Mark Livolsi; production designer, Michael Corenblith; director of photography, John Schwartzman.
Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, B. J. Novak.

English, dubbed French and dubbed Spanish language tracks (5.1 Dolby Digital); French, Spanish and Chinese subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH); English descriptive audio track for people with visual disabilities (DVS) (2.0 Dolby Digital).

Probably the best cast for a film. They all played the parts to perfection. Emma Thompson demonstrated a professionalism that when you see it you know your are watching a master crafts-person. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 63103-D (DVD)  63122-B (Blu-ray) 2013 125 minutes

Wild, Wild Planet

The way-out '60s meet the far-out 21st century in a psychedelic sci-fi head trip. Villains from the uberpowerful Corporations think they've found a way to defeat their rivals, the United Democracies: send robot minions to kidnap UD citizens, shrink them down to suitcase size and transport them to a planetoid for hideous human experiments. But a fearless rescue team is on the way!
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production; original screenplay by Ivan Reiner; produced by Joseph Fryd and Antonio Margheriti; directed by Anthony Dawson.
Tony Russell, Lisa Gastoni, Massimo Serato.

Askwith Media Library 62103-D 1965 93 minutes 

Warner Archive Collection
"This disc is expected to play back in DVD video "play only" devices, and may not play back in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives."

The Nano Revolution

"The Nano Revolution: It's a universe where scientists explore matter on a scale 80,000 times smaller than a human hair. Nanotechnology promises groundbreaking solutions to the most serious problems that threaten our future, but it's also a realm that poses serious philosophical, political and ethical questions."
Produced & directed by Takahiro Hamano, Tetsuya Itano; series producers, Michael Allder (CBC), FM Morrison (CBC), Takahiro Hamano (NHK), Olivier Julien (ARTE/Docside); scientific advisor, James Gimzewski; written by Takahiro Hamano, Akiko Nakano.

Narrator, David Suzuki; featuring Dr. James Gimzewski.
The Great David Suzuki. ~Mike

Originally broadcast as an episode of the CBC television series The Nature of things in October 2011.

Episode 1, Welcome to Nano City 63093-D 45 minutes Introduction -- The nano computer -- Security -- Confident and cautious.
"The invisible revolution of nano technology is already at work in our lives ... In this first episode Professor Jim Gimzewski from UCLA introduces us to the world of nanomaterials: to photocatalytic coatings that coat walls and windows, so they automatically clean themselves, and to a manmade nano fibre that is stronger yet lighter than steel. The episode then explores nano's potential role as invisible intelligence in security devices and the impact of ultimate miniaturization, and networking in computers. In Korea, we meet scientists who are working on nano-electronic tags [RFIDs] that will revolutionise the tracking of consumer goods. Japanese physicist Dr. Masakazu Aono is one of the world's leading nanomaterials scientists, and he is now collaborating with Professor Jim Gimzewski in an extraordinarily ambitious project - that seems closer to science fiction than contemporary science - the building of artificial neural systems."--The Nature of things website.

Episode 2, More than human? 63095-D 45 minutes Introduction -- Targeted delivery -- Regeneration -- Enhanced humans.
"Here again, nanotechnology is promoted as an enabling technology. Nano devices can provide a way to automate routine laboratory tests. They can deliver active treatment directly to affected cells, and that means fewer side effects with increased efficiency. Dr. Chad Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at North Western University and he shows how with the new diagnostic devices a single sample allows doctors to do multiple tests. At the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard, we learn how nano devices can be used to destroy specific cancer cells. Through nanotechnology, the practice of medicine is evolving from treating disease and illness to a practice that is predictive, personalized, and pre-emptive. There is a medical future where permanent nano-devices can roam the body to monitor, and provide early diagnosis and take action against diseases. Nanotechnology is a powerful tool for advancing tissue engineering and stem cell therapy. Significant results have been obtained in creating artificial functioning interfaces between nerve fibers and electronic contact electrodes. This opens the way to control prosthetics and all kinds of implants."--The Nature of things website.

Episode 3, Will nano save the planet? 63094-D 45 minutes Introduction -- Water -- Nano ecosystems -- The nano contribution.
"In the third episode of The Nano Revolution ... we meet scientists who believe that nanotechnology may be the key to overcoming the biosphere's environmental problems. Dr. Vicki Colvin from Rice University field tests a simple low cost technique that could help the developing world clean arsenic out of contaminated ground water. The University of Toronto's Professor Ted Sargent outlines his research into nano solar cells that would make solar power cheaper and more efficient by capturing the sun's infrared rays. Professor Peter Dobson from Oxford University describes how adding cerium oxide in nano form to diesel fuel can make it both more efficient and clean up emissions. At the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Dennis O'Carroll demonstrates nano remediation of contaminated soil. But are we creating pollutants that are more dangerous than the ones we already have? What happens when nano-structured materials decay? The episode also visits Duke University in North Carolina, where Professor Mark Wiesner's team is investigating the possible environmental impact of silver nanoparticles already being used as anti-bacterial in consumer products. So, will nanotechnology save the Earth's environment? Or will it provide another way in which humans can harm nature?"--The Nature of things website.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Century of Self


Four programs describing the psycho/social issues affecting 20th century consumerism against the backdrop of the development of Freudian psychology.
Part 1. The Happiness machines. Explores the emotional connection to consumerism and the psychological motivation of desires over needs through the historical context of the early 20th century; the use of propaganda and the promotion of Freudian ideologies. The work of Edward L. Bernays, public relations specialist and nephew of Freud, is discussed -- Part 2. The Engineering of consent.  Post-WWII growth of psychoanalysis in America. Comments on the work of Ernest Dichter -- Part 3. There is a policeman inside all our heads, he must be destroyed. 1960's questioning of Freudian principles, liberation of feelings vs. suppressing primitive animal instincts -- Part 4. Eight people sipping wine in Kettering: "Satisfaction of individual feelings and desire is our highest priority." How politicians in Britain and America create, control and respond to this idea.
Written and produced by Adam Curtis.
Videorecording of the 2002 BBC series, Century of the Self, Programmes 1-4.
Each segment: 59 minutes.

Askwith Media Library 46753-D 

Wonders of the Solar System

Explores some of the most amazing features of our very own solar system, how the forces of nature carved out beauty and order from the chaos of space, how our home planet doesn't sit in magnificent isolation but is intimately connected with the rest of the solar system, and how these connections have created the haven we call Earth.
Special features include 2 Horizon programs hosted by Brian Cox: What on earth is wrong with gravity and Do you know what time it is?
Disc 1. Empire of the sun (written & directed by Gideon Bradshaw) -- Order out of chaos (written & directed by Michael Lachmann) -- The thin blue line (written & directed by Chris Holt); Disc 2. Dead or alive (written & directed by Paul Olding) -- Aliens (written & directed by Michael Lachmann); Disc 3. Horizon documentaries: What on earth is wrong with gravity? (2008, written & directed by Paul Olding; camera, Paul Jenkins; editor, Doug Bryson) -- Do you know what time it is? (2008, directed & produced by Paul Olding; camera, Christopher Titus King; editor, Doug Bryson).
2 entertain Video Ltd.; BBC Productions; A BBC/Science Channel co-production; executive producer, Andrew Cohen; series producer Danielle Peck.
Directors of photography, Kevin White, Paul Jenkins, Christopher Titus King; film editors, Darren Jonusas, Gerard Evans, Martin Johnson, Louise Salkow, Lee Sutton; original music, Sheridan Tongue.
Presented by Brian Cox.

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.

Askwith Media Library 2008 55507-D 3 discs 293 minutes DVD,  56325-B 2 discs 293 minutes Blu-ray  

Connections -James Burke

Askwith Media Library 1978 33824-D, 33825-D, 33826-D, 33827-D, 33828-D 
A series presenting science as a detective story illustrating the connections between events of the past and inventions of the future. Part 5: Traces the connection between medieval astrology, ancient Greek medical manuscripts, the need for precise measuring devices and the invention of such things as the telescope, forged steel and interchangeable machine parts. Part 6: Details many of the changes in building construction and energy usage which occurred when the climate of Europe changed dramatically.
Pt. 1. The trigger effect (52 min.) -- Pt. 2. Death in the morning (52 min.)

Connections 2 43634-D 1996 5 discs 92 minutes each
James Burke back tracks the fascinating links between technological invention, social history, economics, and, well, everything.
Disc 1. Revolutions; Sentimental journeys; Getting it together; Whodunit? -- Disc 2. Something for nothing ; Echoes of the past; Photo finish; Separate ways -- Disc 3. High time; Deja vu; New harmony; Hot pickle -- Disc 4. The big spin; Bright ideas; Making waves; Routes -- Disc 5. One word; Sign here; Better than the real thing; Flexible response.

Connections 3 43633-D 2003 5 discs 104 minutes each
Explores the origins and effects of those inventions that shape our modern world.
Disc 1. Feedback; What's in a name -- Disc 2. Drop the apple; An invisible object -- Disc 3. Life is no picnic; Elementary stuff -- Disc 4. A special place; Fire from the sky -- Disc 5. Hit the water; In touch.
Writer/producer, James Burke; director, John Black.

"English subtitles"