Thursday, October 31, 2013

OSS 117

Nest of Spies

Lost in Rio

Nest of Spies 50243-D 
Secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117 who in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau somehow succeeds in spite of his ineptitude. After a fellow agent is murdered, Hubert is ordered to take his place.
Special features include making of featurette, gag reel, deleted scenes.
Gaumont presente; une coproduction Mandarin Films, Gaumont, M6 Films; scenario, Jean-Francois Halin; produit par Eric et Nicolas Altmayer; un film realise par Michal Hazanavicius. 
Cinematography, Guillaume Schiffman; editor, Renald Bertrand; music, Ludovic Bource, Kamel Ech Chekh.
Jean Dujardin, Bernce Bejo, Aure Atika, Philippe Lefebvre, Constantin Alexandrov, Said Amadis, Laurent Bateau, Claude Brosset.

French dialogue with optional English subtitles.

Lost in Rio 59612-D 2010 97 minutes
The pride of French intelligence, Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath (code name OSS 117) has a new mission that takes him to Bossa Nova Brazil of the 1960s. Teaming up with a sexy Mossad agent, he has to capture a Nazi blackmailer with a embarrassingly long list of World War II French collaborators.
A Mandarin Cinema/Gaumont/M6 Films co-produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer' screenplay and dialogue by Jean Francois Halin and Michel Hazanavicius; directed by Michel Mazanavicius.
Cinematography, Gullaume Schiffman; original music, Ludovic Bource.
Based on the novels OSS 117 by Jean Bruce
Jean Dujardin, Louise Monot, Rudiger Vogler, Alex Lutz, Reem Kherici

French dialogue with optional English subtitles.

Smooth and debonair, stand back Powers and Bond. ~Mike

Girls will be Girls

Follow the hysterical triumphs and pitfalls of three women on different rungs of the Hollywood ladder as they try to claw their way into the spotlight-- even if it means clawing at each other!

A wonderfully, bright, colorful and funny movie.  ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 50698-D

Four Lions

A whip-smart, laugh-out-loud comedy that takes aim at the war on terror. Follow five clueless buffoons as they plan to strike a blow on their own turf, showing that while terrorism is supposed to be about ideology, it can also be about idiots.

A very well done film. Very funny however in a way sad. ~Mike

Released in 2010
Askwith Media Library 54187-D 102 minutes

Putney Swope

A comical satire which charts the rise and fall of a Madison Avenue ad agency previously controlled by Whites and is taken over by Blacks who are dedicated to the downfall of the White Establishment. The picture is mostly a parade of vignettes, dealing with people and campaigns of the advertising world.
Bonus features: Interview with Robert Downey, Sr. commentary by Robert Downey, Sr.

A very, very sarcastic movie. It's a fantastic portrayal of the insanity of Madison Ave. Putney Swope becomes the establishment. The film is in black and white for a reason. ~Mike 

Askwith Media Library 43345-D

Phantom of the Paradise

An outrageous horror-rock comedy cult movie and satire on the music business. A freak accident leaves a meek rock composer horribly disfigured. He hides his face beneath an eerie mask and haunts the Paradise Theatre, seeking revenge.

Wonderfully entertaining. ~Mike

Released in 1974
Askwith Media Library 54291-D

The Guard

An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

A quirky Irish "Buddy" film. The Guard, Brendan Gleeson, is an Irish police officer who puts honesty above all else while executing his duties. Don Cheadle in the role of the FBI agent. While corruption takes hold these two will risk their lives to stop the drug-dealers. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56854-D 96 minutes 2011

Danny Deckchair

Danny is an average guy who uses gags and pranks to liven up his blue-collar life. While his friends watch helplessly from below, Danny accidentally ends up taking off in a deck chair strapped to giant helium-filled balloons. He decides to start a whole new life in the town where he crash-lands. That is until his old life catches up him.

Lots of fun. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 39038-D

Millennium Actress (Sennen joyu)

Past and present collide as a film director discovers a mysterious key that unlocks the secrets of a legendary actress who vanished at the height of her career.

The story is very sweet, love through out the decades. Wonderful use of flash forward and flash backward. One of my favorites. ~Mike

Released in 2003
Askwith Media Library 36731-D

Summer Wars (Xia ri da zuo zhan)

Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has - until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiance at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI.

One of the best (animes) to come along in a while, so futuristic it looks like tomorrow. A very good commentary on social networking. ~Mike

Released in 2009
Askwith Media Library 53399-D 120 minutes


A Hungarian animated musical. Very fast and fun movie if you have the interest for over the top "street" inspired lifestyle and music. Edgy, detailed animation with excellent music.
Directed by Áron Gauder
Written by Máriusz Bari and Viktor Nagy

The production quality is outstanding. The music Hungarian Hip-Hop ~Mike

Askwith Media Library Number 40476-D
Released 2004 Hungary 2007 USA

Sita Sings the Blues

An animated reinterpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana blends the stories of Sita, a goddess separated from her husband Rama, and Nina, an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

Dazzling ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 51666-D


Fletcher Munson, a corporate drone and speechwriter for a New Age guru, discovers he has a doppelganger in the crazed dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. A deranged comedy of confused identity, doublespeack and intrigue. Starring director Steven Soderbergh.
"Inspired by rumors, bald-faced lies, and half-remembered dreams"

I loved the rhythm of the dialog. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 37291-D

Female Comedy Teams (PAL Region 2)

Two disc set, released in PAL format. Will play on your computer, may not play on your DVD player unless you have the European format.
Feed 'em and Weep 1928 Anita Garvin & Marion Byron
Anita & Marion take a temporary job as waitresses in Max's diner, next to a train station. When the train stops off, pandemonium erupts when the passengers fill the diner and all want meals immediately.

A Pair of Tights 1929 Anita Garvin & Marion Byron
Two girls are invited by one of the girls boy-friend's tight boss for dinner. On the way they stop for a cheap ice-cream...

...and many more.
Early American film female comedy duos from the 1920s and 1930s. Wonderful. ~Mike
Released in 2010 Germany PAL Format
Askwith Media Library 55503-D

Soul of the Game

No video preview available

The film features the story of three famous baseball players of the 40s, when for the first time a black player took the field.

A look into the personal lives of the three great baseball players, Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and Josh Gibson, on the eve of signing the first black baseball player to the major league. ~Mike

HBO Pictures; Mike Medaovy Production, Gary Hoffman Productions, a film by Kevin Rodney Sullivan; producer, Robert A. Papazian; screenplay writer, David Himmelstein; story, Gary Hoffman; director Kevin Rodney Sullivan. 
Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson, Edward Hermann, Blair Underwood.

English, French or Spanish dialogue, English, French and Spanish subtitles; Closed-captioned. 

Askwith Media Library 56055-D 1996 97 minutes 

There's Always Tomorrow

A successful toy manufacturer is highly rated at the factory but is ignored and bypassed at home by his wife and children. He sparks a relationship with an old flame but is soon found out by his son.
Special features: "Days with Sirk", a 61-minute documentary from 2008 featuring rare 1982 footage with Sirk ; original theatrical trailer ; original 1956 dialogue and continuity script (as an on-disc pdf) ; 40-p. booklet featuring an essay by Andrew Klevan, excerpts from a 1977 interview with Sirk, and rare production stills.
This film is perfect in its technical aspects; cinematography, script, pacing and editing. The outstanding quality of Sirk and the production crew take us to the time and family and do not release us until the credits roll. Sirk is the master of the melo-drama.
The story is a slap in the face of the spoiled youth of and wandering desires of men in America. As the drama unfolds our victims fall prey to situations they mostly developed in their minds, it takes Barbara Stanwyck's Norma Vale a strong independent woman to restore the family.
Special features: "Days with Sirk", a 61-minute documentary from 2008 featuring rare 1982 footage with Sirk; original theatrical trailer; original 1956 dialogue and continuity script (as an on-disc pdf); 40-pages booklet featuring an essay by Andrew Klevan, excerpts from 1977 interview with Sirk, and rare production stills.
Universal International presents; screenplay by Bernard C. Schoennfeld; based on a story by Ursula Parrott; produced by Ross Hunter; directed by Douglas Sirk. Director of photography, Russell Metty; editor, William M. Morgan; music, Joseph Gershenson.
Barbara Stanwyck, Fred McMurray, Joan Bennett, William Reynolds, Pat Crowley, Gigi Perreau.

This film is as pertinent today as it was in 1956. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 52077-D (Region 2 DVD) 81 minutes 1956 

Patriot Guard Riders

Soldier down, kickstands up

Documents the work of the Patriot Guard Riders, a 200,000-member motorcycle group whose members act as honor guards at funerals for American soldiers killed in action and shield the families of the fallen from protests staged by the hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church. 

Wall Fly Films; directed by Ellen Frick.

One group full of contempt for its fellow citizens and country, another group trying to honor and respect the peace of families whose loved ones were killed in battle and a government that doesn't know how to respond. Westboro still has contempt, Patriot Guard still rides and the Government passed a no protest law within a certain distance of the funerals. It's up to you to decide how you feel about each side of the issue. This is an American tragedy. ~Mike


Askwith Media Library 57044-D 2011 73 minutes

Fear of a Black Hat (NWH)

A filmmaker infiltrates rap band NWH in this HipHop-umentary comedy.

This film is a lot of fun, however there is suggested violence, drug use, a little nudity and profanity (okay a lot of profanity). The concept is a "homage" to Rob Reiner's gem This is Spinal Tap. Everyone in this film is a stereotype, representing the worst or at least the less than good of their particular group. It is very humorous and made with a sense of fun. ~Mike
Special features include: director's commentary; 14 deleted scenes; "ridiculous interviews"; 12 music videos; original trailers. 
Director of photography, John Demps Jr.; editor, Karen Horn; costume designer, Stuart Blatt. 
Rusty Cundieff, Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawernce, Kasi Lemmons, Howie Gold.

Askwith Media Library 38174-D 88 minutes 1992

Car 54 where are you?

The series follows the misadventures of NYPD officers Gunther Toody and Francis Muldoon in the fictional 53rd precinct in the Bronx, assigned to Patrol Car 54.Toody was short, stocky, nosy, not very bright, and lived with his loud, domineering wife Lucille. Muldoon, a shy bachelor who lived with his mother, was very tall, quiet, and more intelligent.

Starring Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne. Beatrice Pons, Al Lewis, Charlotte Rae, Paul Reed, Hank Garrett.
This was one of the standards of situation comedy during the early 1960s on television. All of the actors are familiar faces from many film and television productions. The humor is very well executed.

Askwith Media Library 53645-D Season One 1961-62
Askwith Media Library 57475-D Season Two 1962-63

Get a Life

Un-Special Non-Anniversary Edition

"Get a life" features the surreal and happily delusional character of Chris Peterson. As a 30-year old "professional paperboy", he lives with his perennially pajama-clad parents and involving himself in various bizarre exploits while continually ignoring life's realities.

disc 1. season one. Terrror on the Hell Loop 2000; The prettiest week of my life; Dadicus; A family affair; Pile of death; Paperboy 2000 -- disc 2. season one. Driver's license; The sitting; Bored straight; Zoo animals on wheels; Roots; The counterfeit watch story; Chris vs. Donald -- disc 3. season one. Chris wins a celebrity; Houseboy 2000; Married; Camping 2000; The construction worker show; The big city; Neptune 2000 -- disc 4. seasons one & two. The one where Chris and Larry switch lives; Psychic 2000; Chris moves out; Larry on the loose; Meat Locker 2000; Health Inspector 2000; Chris gets his tonsils out -- disc 5. season two. Prisoner of love; Chris becomes a male escort; Girlfriend 2000; Chris' brain starts working; Bad fish; SPEWEY and me --disc 6. season two. 1977-2000; Clip show. 
Bonus features; a conversation with executive producer/co-creator David Mirkin and writer/producers Steve Pepoon and Jace Richdale; Get A Life 2012 featurette with James L. Brooks, Judd Apatow and Peter Chemin; special commentary with psychologist Dr. Wendy Walsh analyzing Chris Petersn's mental issues; alternate audio version without laugh track on select episodes; commentary on every episode; Paleyfest 2000! featuring David Mirkin, Elinor Donahue, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robin Riker, Charlie Kaufman, Bob Odenkirk, Steve Pepoon and Jace Richdale.

Created by Chris Elliott, Adam Resnick, David Mirkin; writers/producer, Steve Pepoon, Jace Richdale.
Chris Elliott, Robin Riker, Elinor Donahue, Bob Elliott, Sam Robrads, Taylor Fry, Brady Bluhm, Brian Doyle-Murray

Chris Elliott is the master of the creepy (in a weird neighbor or strange family member sort of way), awkward and uncomfortable comedy. He could be considered to be the predecessor to comedians like Will Ferrell and Kevin Smith. The humor is uncomfortable and in the finest Chris Elliott way everyone hates him and he is totally oblivious to it. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58548-D
The show ran from 1990- 1992
6 videodiscs 840 min

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising

A parody of fantasy films and the adventure gaming community, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is a hilarious romp through the world of sword and sorcery -- in this case, a world of exploding peasants, giant house cats, and undead roast turkeys.

I approached this film with the "oh no" this might be another Scott Pilgrim movie. I didn't have high expectations. Within about 15 minutes I found myself really enjoying this movie. It's fun, funny and a parody of a gamers lifestyle. It's made by gamers with a sense of humor and not just for gamers. ~Mike
A Matt Vancil Film; producers, Jeff Madsen, Tish Lopez, Don Early; written and directed by Matt Vancil

Askwith Media Library 58650-D 105 minutes 2011


Two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, the evening becomes quite chaotic as the parents become increasingly childish.

Based on the play, Le dieu de carnage by Yasmina Reza. Screenplay, Yasmina Reza and Roman Polanski; directed by Roman Polanski; prodced by Said Ben Said.
Starring Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly.

This is a very good adaptation of the play. Every parent can relate to this topic. The all-star cast pulls it off masterfully. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58005-D 80 minutes 2012


"Now available for the first time, experience the complete series hailed as the most frightening ever created for television. Horror legend Boris Karloff guides you through 67 unforgettable episodes of suspense, murder, and relentless terror from the minds of such masterful writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Block, and Cornell Woolrich."

The technical expertise and acting quality is almost impossible to match. Experience the master craftsmen of film and television practicing their trade. Each episode is introduced by the great Boris Karloff. Exceptional! ~Mike
Originally broadcast on television in 1960-1962. DVD release 2010.
Askwith Media Library 52973-D 14 DVDs 56 hours

Taafe Fanga (Skirt Power)

A griot in present day Mali tells a story about women in an 18th century Dogon village. Fed up with male arrogance, one captures a powerful Albarga mask and terrorizes the men into assuming traditional women's roles. The humorous results convince everyone that women should be respected as complementary, yet equal, to men if society as a whole is to advance.

This film is a joy and a very funny comedy about assumed roles for men and women. Production quality is outstanding and the scenery is beautiful. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 53327-D 95 minutes 1997

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Twilight's Last Gleaming

A Colonel in the United States Air Force, and three other convicts, escapes from a military prison. The four men take cover at a nuclear base and proceed to hold America hostage.

The description above is probably not the best for this film. This film is based on the idea of the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned about in his farewell address of 1961. There are some great topics within this film that are as pertinent today as they were in 1977. This film has an all-star cast with Charles Durning as the President.  ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58979-D 146 minutes 1977

Iron Sky

At the end of World War II the Nazis set up a secret project on the Dark Side of the Moon where over the next seven decades they create a space fortress and flying saucers.

I don't think I would ever say a film about Nazis could be wonderful unless it is a production by Mel Brooks. For shock value and almost decent production value this film is wonderful. It is over the top in American pop culture. Everyone in this film fits a stereotype. However "Nazis on the Moon?". If you have a taste for the absurd and don't mind some insults thrown at you from the screen than what more can be said, enjoy the movie. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58966-D 93 minutes 2012  

Jack the Giant Killer

In this version of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack rescues the beautiful princess from the giant as well as an array of witches, dragons and sea monsters-- each the magical creation of the evil Pendragon.
Director of photography, David S. Horsley; film editor, Grant Whytock; music, Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter; screenplay by Orville H. Hampton and Nathan Juran ; an Edward Small production; directed by Nathan Juran.

The stop-motion effects and the other filmic special effects make this a marvel and a joy to watch. It is quite intense and may not be suitable for viewers under ten or so. With two headed giants, a lizard octopus and my favorite some sort of burning, flying demon it is a joy. The story is a little campy but the special effects cannot be beat for 1962. Jim Danforth did the effects and they look like something by Ray Harryhausen. Jim Danforth stands alongside of Harryhausen in stop-motion animation. ~Mike

Askwtih Media Library 59013-D 94 minutes 1962

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

This is a documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. Follows Ai "from the close of the 2008 Beijing Olympics (for which he helped design the acclaimed 'Bird's Nest' stadium) to his arrest and 81-day detention in 2011".

Everyone who stands up against the state takes a risk. Sometimes the risks are great sometimes not. In China I'd say the risks are great. Suppressing the voice of the people is certainly important to modern nation states, either China or elsewhere. All of those who stand up against the various forms of oppression are very brave. Ai is one who stood up. However, now, we cannot know his status. We can only hope for the best. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 2012 91 minutes
DVD 58939-D
Blu-ray 58921-B 

Masters of Russian Animation

Mountain of Dinosaurs


A collection of award-winning animated short films by Russia's world-renowned directors and artists.
Films by Jove in association with Soyuzmultfilm.

The quality of the production is outstanding. There is a mixture of stop motion animation, incredible artwork and live action mixed media. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 2 hours per disc
Volume 1 42899-D
Volume 2 43637-D
Volume 3 43636-D  

Volume 4 43635-D   

The Green Hornet (Original serial and TV series)

The ultimate set for Green Hornet collectors. This special edition contains the two feature films: "The green hornet" (1974), and Fury of the dragon (1976) along with all 26 Green Hornet episodes from 1966-1967, and all 13 Green Hornet Serial episodes from 1940. It also contains a rare interview with Bruce Lee, a documentary on the "Black Beauty" car, classic Green Hornet Trailers, a bonus short film, and the two Batman/Greenhornet crossover episodes. All in all, over 22 hours of material spread out on 4 dual layer DVD-9 discs.
Disc 1. The Green Hornet (1974) -- Fury of the dragon (1976) -- Documentary "The Black Beauty" (2000, 14 min.) -- Rare interview with Bruce Lee.
Disc 2. Batman/Green Hornet crossover 1: "A piece of the action" - Batman/Green Hornet crossover 2: "Batman's satisfaction - Green Hornet pilot episode, "The silent gun" - Green Hornet short film [(2006)] - Green Hornet episodes (1966): The silent gun -Give 'em enough rope - Programmed for death - Crime wave -- The frog is a deadly weapon - Eat, drink and be dead - Beautiful dreamer, part 1 -Beautiful dreamer, part 2 - The ray is for killing.
Disc 3. Green Hornet episodes (1966-1967) ; The preying mantis - The hunters and the hunted - Deadline for death -- The secret of the Sally Bell - Freeway to death - The Hornet and the firefly - Seek, stalk and destroy - Corpse of the year, part 1 - Corpse of the year, part 2 - Ace in the hole - Bad bet on a 459-silent - Trouble for Prince Charming - Alias The Scarf - Hornet save thyself - Invasion from outer space, part 1 -- Invasion from outer space, part 2.
Disc 4. Green Hornet movie serial episodes (1940, b&w): The tunnel of terror - The thundering terror - Flying coffins - Pillar of flame - The time bomb - Highways of peril - Bridge of disaster - Dead or alive - The Hornet trapped - Bullets and ballots - Disaster rides the rails - Panic in the zoo - Doom of the underworld.

Green Hornet (1974) and Fury of the Dragon (1976): Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner
Green Hornet (short film, 2006): Manu Lanzi (Green Hornet), Patrick Vo (Kato)
Green Hornet movie serial episodes (1940): Gordon Jones (Green Hornet), Keye Luke (Kato), Wade Boteler, Anne Nagel
Title and contents from container, some credits from IMDb.   

This is an outstanding collection for fans and those who might want to know more about the Green Hornet. The 1940s serials and movies are great but nothing can compare to the 1960s TV show with Bruce Lee. Mr Lee was truely amazing. He played this part as a serious character. There is a short interview with him where he demonstrates some of his moves. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57587-D 

The last days of Zeugma and Apamea

No photo or preview available

"This program captures the feverish work of the multinational rescue archaeology team that excavated low-lying areas of Zeugma and key portions of Apamea before inundation by the Birecik Dam, in Turkey".
Narrated by Lemmy Constantine; archaeological expert, Catherine Abadie-Reynal; Photography by Eric Genillier; editor, Giles Perru; orginal music Benoit Urbain  

The mosaics and architecture are amazing. The flooding of this area is truly a loss to mankind. The film asks: Since it was known for 2o years that this dam would flood the area and it would make all of the artifacts unreachable, why was such a short time allowed to investigate the site? This was a Middle Eastern society that was a central hub for trade early in our collective ancient history. ~Mike 

Askwith Media Library 58824-D 53 minutes

Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes & Discoveries

No photos or previews available

Explores how science and technology has advanced art historical knowledge at the National Gallery in London since 1934 when a Scientific Department was first established at the Gallery.

Narrated by James Heard

Askwith Media Library 60550-D 2010 release

A Song is Born

This hilarious and high-spirited musical stars Danny Kaye as a professor of high-brow music who inadvertently becomes involved with a sensual saloon singer (Virginia Mayo) and a crooked criminal gang.
Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Hugh Herbert, Steve Cochran, J. Edward Bromberg, Felix Bressart, Ludwig Stossel, O.Z. Whitehead, Ester Dale, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrng, Lionel Hampton, Charlie arnet, Mel Powell, Buck and Bubbles, Page Cavanaugh Trio, Golden Gate Quartet, Russo and the Samba Kings

Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo what more needs to be said.

Askwith Media Library 56444-D Release date 1947 113 minutes

Soul Kitchen

"Soul Kitchen" is Zinos Kazantsakis's restaurant in a working-class neighborhood of Hamburg. The food is mostly frozen, unceremoniously zapped in the microwave, or thrown into a vat of bubbling grease. He loves his restaurant and his girlfriend Nadine, even when she leaves him for an assignment in China. On a whim, Zinos hires an out-of-work three-star chef, lets his ex-con brother Ilias spin records, and soon Soul Kitchen is reborn as Hamburg's newest hot spot. There is also a slipped disc, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking waitress, a scheming real-estate developer, a Turkish "physio-healer," and a high stakes poker game in the mix. But the film is not about food, or love, but about family, life and human relationships, with a lingering nostalgia for a time when eating out implied getting dead drunk, stuffing one's face with cholesterol and kissing across the table.
Special Features: Trailer (2 min.): Making of "Soul Kitchen" [featurette] (35 min.); IFC Previews (7 min.)
Producer Klaus Maeck, Fatih Akin; Director Fatih Akin
Cinematographer Rainer Klausmann; editor Andrew Bird; costume designer Katrin Aschendorf; music supervisor Klaus Maeck, Pia Hoffmann
Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bieibtreu, Pheline Roggan, Anna Bederke, Mirol Unel, Dorka Gryllus, Wotan Wilke Mohring, Lucas Gregorowicz, Demir Gokgol, Cem Akn, Marc Hosemann, carn Striebeck, Ugur Ycel, Udo Kier, Monica Bleibtreu

In German with optional subtitles in English, English SDH or Spanish

Askwith Media Library 58936-D Release Date 2009

The Story of Math

No Preview Available

Disc 1 - Episode 1 - The language of the universe, Episode 2 - The Genius of the East, Disc 2 - Episode 3 - The frontiers of space ; Episode 4 - To infinity and beyond ; Bonus disc - The Music of the primes.
Presented by Marcus Du Sautoy.

Askwith Media Library 59954-D 2009

Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, based on the story of a disfigured musical genius who lives under the Paris Opera House lives and uses music to win the love of a beautiful opera singer.

Release Date 2012
Askwith Media Library 58551-D 

The Intouchables

An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust, and human possibility. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street-smart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.
Written and Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache
Produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun. 
Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet  

In French, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish, Closed-captioned.

Askwith Media Library 59673-D Release Date 2011 112 minutes

The World of Chemistry

No Preview Available

Journey through the exciting world of chemistry with Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann as your guide. The foundations of chemical structures and their behavior are explored through computer animation, demonstrations, and on-site footage at working industrial and research labs.
disc 1. 1. World of chemistry; 2. Color ; 3. Measurement: the foundation of chemistry ; 4. Modeling the unseen; 5. A matter of state; 6. The atom; 7. The periodic table; 8. Chemical bonds -- disc 2. 9. Molecular architecture; 10. Signals from within; 11. The mole; 12. Water; 13. The driving forces; 14. Molecules in action -- disc 3. 15. The busy electron; 16. The proton in chemistry; 17. The precious envelope; 18. The chemistry of the earth; 19. Metals; 20. On the surface - disc 4. 21. Carbon; 22. The age of polymers; 23. Proteins: structure and function; 24. The genetic code; 25. Chemistry and the environment; 26. Futures.

Askwith Media Library 60110-D 1990

Teach Me Different

Professor Sally L. Smith demonstrates simple techniques used to guide learning disabled children to academic success.

Successful strategies for teaching children who learn differently

Producer, director Randall Blair

Closed Captioned

Askwith Media Library 42616-D 2001 
2 DVDs 3 hours, 42 mnutes

ADHD in adults

This video contains interviews with adults who suffer from the disorder and describes symptoms. Russell Barkley details his new theory of ADHD, which explains why these adults have difficulty making adjustments in their lives.
Produced, written by Kevin Dawkins; Coordination Producer, Sharon Panulla



Presents proven and effective strategies and accommodations to help students with ADHD, learning disabilities and other related disorders become successful in classroom settings.
Executive Producer, Robert M. Hanson; Associate Producer, Nancy R. Cassone
Presenter, Sandra Rief

This is the best one I have seen so far. ~Mike

The Glass Key

Intricate mystery about a slightly corrupt politician, accused of murder, who solicits his right-hand man (Ladd) to hunt down the real killer. As he searches Ladd must endure a brutal beating from gangsters, the annoying hindrance of the police and the beguiling advances of his boss' fiance.
Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Bonita Granville, Richard Denning, Joseph Calleia.

Outstanding performances by everyone. William Bendix just about steals the movie with his over the top portrayal of an extremely violent henchmen. ~Mike

1942 Release 
Released as part of a TMC DVD Collection "Dark Crimes" including Phantom Lady and The Blue Dahlia 

Bush Mechanics (The Original)

No trailer available
Yuendumu men travel about the bush by car and rely on sheer ingenuity and resourcefulness to fix up their many mechanical problems.

Outstanding and some great ideas on ways to make your car run with very limited resources. ~Mike

Released in 1998 30 minutes

Pina Dance, dance otherwise we are lost

Originally conceived as a collaboration between filmmaker Wim Wenders and choreographer Pina Bausch, Pina ultimately turned into a tribute to Bausch following her death in 2009. Consists primarily of performances of Bausch's works by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with brief interviews with Bausch and members of the dance group.

One of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time. ~Mike

Released in 2011 103 minutes

Bei chu shou de ren sheng (The rest of My Life is for Sale)

"A 23-year-old girl opens an online shop selling 'the rest of her life.' In her own words posted on the Website: 'It's your right to arrange my life, and it's my duty to serve you. I'll fulfill your wishes. I'll take pictures of the process and put them on my Website so all people will know how I live with your arrangements.' The price for her life? $1 US for 8 minutes, $3 US for an hour, and $15 US for a day. ... She undertakes a myriad of requests, from bringing cat food to an old woman who takes care of 200 vagrant cats, to collecting 100 pictures of 100 smiling men for a girl's birthday. From the day she opened shop, this girl has been living 2 separate lives, one is her reality, the other, her virtual world."

Director Liu Shuo, Fei Youming 
Producer, Richard Liang 
Produced for The Asian Pitch.

Released in 2010 52 minutes

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Trailer (w/French Subtitles)

Martin Scorsese introduces a special screening of the recently restored "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" at the BFI, London. 30th November 2011.

It is considered by many to be the finest British film ever made. A stirring masterpiece like no other. The indelible General Clive Candy barely survives four decades of tumultuous British history (1902 to 1942), only to see the world change irrevocably before his eyes. Blimp is both moving and slyly satirical, an incomparable film about war, love, and aging.
Special features: Digital master from the Film Foundation's 2012 4K restoration, with uncompressed monoaural soundtrack; Audio commentary featuring director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese; Video introduction by Scorsese; A profile of "The life and death of Colonel Blimp" (documentary from 2000); Restoration demonstration; Optimism and sheer will (a 2012 interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell); Stills gallery (featuring rare behind-the-scense production stills); David Low's Colonel Blimp (gallery tracing the history David Low's original Colonel Blimp cartoons). Booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell.

Released in 1943 163 minutes

The Kids are All Right

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. They have two teen-aged children, Joni, who is Nic's biological child, and Laser, who is Jules' biological child. A big-hearted, sexy and uproariously funny movie that combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth.

It's listed as a comedy but I don't think it is. It's a very good film about a lesbian couple and the situations that arise when their children decide to contact their biological father. In some ways the film doesn't provide much depth about the donor. Since he has such a large impact in the film he could have been fleshed out a little more. However there are some very basic messages about love and commitment which are driven home in this film. I liked it but there are some serious weak points.

Released 2010 107 minutes

Alive Day Memories (Home from Iraq)

A look at the physical and emotional cost of war through soldiers' memories of their "alive day," the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq. Actor James Gandolfini interviews ten soldiers about their memories, their feelings on their future, and more.

Directed byJon Alpert
Ellen Goosenberg Kent
StarringJames Gandolfini
Dexter Pitts
Theme music composerWendy Blackstone
Peter Fish
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English

Producer(s)Jon Alpert
CinematographyJon Alpert
Matthew O'Neill
Editor(s)Paula Heredia
Running time57 minutes
Production company(s)Attaboy Films

Heartbreaking and inspirational. A must see film. ~Mike

Released in 2007 57 minutes

Halo Legends

This anthology contains seven episodes, 10-15 minutes each, exploring the origin and historical events of the Halo universe and various characters inhabiting the world. Each episode was created by a separate prominent Japanese anime director.

Directed by
  • Frank O'Connor
  • Joseph Chou
Produced by
  • Bonnie Ross
  • John Ledford
Written byJohn Powell
  • Studio 4°C
  • Production I.G
  • Casio Entertainment
  • Toei Animation
  • Bones
  • Bee Train
  • Warner Bros.
  • 343 Industries
Distributed byWarner Home Video
Release date
  • February 16, 2010
Running time
120 minutes
  • Japan
  • United States
  • Germany
  • English
  • Japanese
  • German
Box office$8.3 million (DVD sales)


For non Halo gamers like me this was a fine introduction to the game and back story of the Halo Universe. I think it will be appreciated by fans also. ~Mike