Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Abel Raises Cain

Abel raises Cain is an unprecedented glimpse into the life and bizarre career of Alan Abel, the infamous underground media prankster. In this loving portrait of an eccentric father, Alan's daughter, Jenny, tells her firsthand account of what it was like growing up with a prankster.
Special features: audio commentary; Powerball hoax featurette; bonus scenes; Howard Hughes hoax footage; "Fallacy of creative thinking" lecture (1969).
Crashcourse Documentaries presents; a film by Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett; written, directed & edited by Jenny Abel, Jeff Hockett.
Alan Abel, Jeanne Abel.
Camera, Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett ; music by Alan Abel.

English with optional English SDH subtitles.

Mirlyn Catalog 63779-D 2007 82 minutes

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What's Up, Doc?

Four red plaid travelling cases-- one of each belonging to a befuddled Iowa musicologist, a strange but bright young woman, a rich matron and a suspicious fellow-- are mixed up at a San Francisco hotel, with hilarious results.
Special features: cast & crew bios ; scene specific commentary by Barbra Streisand; commentary by director, Peter Bogdanovich; Featurette: "Screwball comedies-- remember them?"; theatrical trailer; awards; interactive menus ; scene access.
Warner Bros. Pictures; produced by Peter Bogdanovich; screenplay by Buck Henry, David Newman & Robert Benton; story by Peter Bogdanovich; directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
Associate producer, Paul Lewis; director of photography, Laszlo Kovacs; music arranged & conducted by Artie Butler.
Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton, Sorrell Booke, Michael Murphy, Madeline Kahn.

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

Mirlyn Catalog 43709-D 1972 94 minutes

Garcon (Waiter)

(Trailer not available)

"Waiter tells the story of Edgar (Alex van Warmerdam), a waiter with a flair for the unfortunate. His wife is sick, his girlfriend Victoria (Ariane Schluter) is overly possessive, customers at work constantly bully him and his neighbours make his life impossible.
Fed up with the way his life is going, Edgar goes to the house of Herman (Mark Rietman), the scriptwriter who invented Edgar and is currently writing his story. Edgar complains about the events in his life that keep getting worse and begs for some positive events in his life, including a decent girlfriend. Herman decides to create Stella (Line Van Wambeke), but soon Edgar realises that Stella will only complicate his life more. Meanwhile Herman is pestered by his pushy girlfriend Suzie (Thekla Reuten), who constantly tries to change the script. Driven to insanity by Edgar and Suzie constantly trying to interfere with his story, Herman decides to make the story more extreme and violent..." Wikipedia
Special features: Making off featurette.
Graniet Film in co-production with La Parti Production and Vara; written, produced and directed by Alex van Warmerdam.
Alex van Warmerdam, Ariane Schluter, Jaap Spijkers, Mark Rietman, Thekla Reuten.

In Dutch with English subtitles.

Mirlyn Catalog 63956-D 2006 96 minutes

High Anxiety

In this manic spoof of Hitchcock, a neurotic psychiatrist becomes the new head of a sanitarium and is caught up in kidnapping, murder, and mistaken identity.
Twentieth Century Fox presents a Mel Brooks film; produced and directed by Mel Brooks; written by Mel Brooks.
Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman.

English, Spanish or French dialogue with optional English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.

Mirlyn Catalog 41726-D 1977 94 minutes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mimar Sinan the Architect

Not the trailer for the film. But very good information

"The architect who goes beyond the times"
"The great 16th century architect Mimar Sinan rose from humble beginnings to become chief architect to the Ottoman ruler Süleyman the Magnificent."
Featured works by Mimar Sinan, the genius of Ottoman architecture (500 known buildings he designed during his amazing career).
Gift of Hon. Fatih Yıldız, Consul General of Turkey in Chicago.
Kenan Işık ; director, Mustafa Aksay.
İstanbul: Doku Film

Mirlyn Catalog 59892-D 2010 72 minutes

For Love of Liberty: The Story of American Black Patriots

"From the Revolution to the Civil War, from the World Wars to present day fighting in Afghanistan, this inspiring epic saga of African American military sacrifices dramatically, and for all time, sets the record straight ". "5 1/2 hours of rare bonus material; A remarkable true story - George Lucas" -- Cover.
Halle Berry, Colin Powell, and Morgan Freeman. Other contributors includ John Amos, Angela Bassett, Tom Berenger, Avery Brooks, Roscoe Lee Browne, LeVar Burton, Chris Cooper, Barry Corbin, Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Michael Clarke Duncan, Charles S. Dutton, Robert Duvall, James Garner, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, John Goodman, Louis Gossett Jr., Isaac Hayes, Dule Hill, Ice-T, Kris Kristofferson, Eriq LaSalle, Delroy Lindo, Jesse L. Martin, Harold Perrineau Jr., Jonathan Pryce, Alan Rickman, Cliff Robertson, Susan Sarandon, Ron Silver, Donald Sutherland, Larenz Tate, Robert Townsend, Glynn Thurman, Blair Underwood, Courtney B. Vance, Isaiah Washington, and Alfre Woodard.
A film by Frank Martin.
"Based on the 4-hour documentary film by Frank Martin, broadcast on Public Television".
"A special, 25-minute college educational presentation designed for classroom use".
Sponsored by the US Army, USBank, Ford, State Farm Insurance, and mpt.

Mirlyn Catalog 54302-D 2009 3 discs 6 hours

Friday, August 8, 2014

Aashiqui 2: Love Makes Life Live

Aashiqui 2 is a love story centering around the turbulent relationship between musicians Rahul and Arohi, a relationship which is affected by Rahul's issues with alcohol abuse and temperament.
Gulshan Kumar & Mahesh Bhatt present; produced by Mukesh Bhatt, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar; directed by Mohit Suri.
Music, Jeet Ganguly, Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari.
Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Shaad Randhawa.

In Hindi with English subtitles.

Mirlyn Catalog 63656-D 2013 132 minutes

The Best Offer

When a mysterious heiress asks famed but unscrupulous art appraiser and auctioneer Virgil Oldman to evaluate her late parents' collection yet remains forever unseen behind closed doors, it ignites a spark of curiosity in the normally austere Virgil that soon grows into an all-out obsession. Before long everything in Virgil's carefully constructed life threatens to come apart as he delves ever further into the world of intrigue surrounding his enigmatic employer.
Director, Giuseppe Tornatore.
Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess.

Mirlyn Catalog 60018-D 2014 131 minutes

Le Week-End

Long-married British couple Nick and Meg are revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. Diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness, and even deeper regret. An invitation from Nick's old friend Morgan, an amusingly eccentric American academic, soon leads them to a hopeful vision of what their marriage might still become.
Special features: Feature commentary with director Roger Michell and producer Kevin Loader; A Weekend in Paris: making Le week-end; Includes interviews with Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi; "How to do 'The Madison'" dance tutorial; Illustrations by Jane Webster; Theatrical trailer.
Music Box Films, Film4, BFI, Curzon Film World present; a Free Range Film; in association with Le Bureau; a film by Roger Michell; produced by Keving Loader; written by Hanif Kureishi; directed by Roger Michell.
Editor, Kristina Hetherinton; production designer, Emmanuelle Duplay; director of photography, Nathalie Durand.
Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Oliy Alexander, Judith Davis.

In English; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH).

Mirlyn Catalog 63675-D 2013 93 minutes

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blue Eyed and A Class Divided with Jane Elliott

For over 30 years Jane Elliott has been America's most highly acclaimed diversity trainer. Her powerful and controversial "blue eyed/brown eyed" exercise has had a life-changing impact on thousands in schools, corporations and government. The original "Blue eyed," the definitive record of her technique, proved so powerful that it has been made into three separate versions so it can be conveniently used in any setting.
30-minute blue-eyed (the most concise version) / producers, Claus Strigel, Bertram Verhaag (30 min.) -- Essential blue-eyed / trainer's ed., with debriefing with Jane Elliott) / producers, Claus Strigel, Bertram Verhaag (90 min.) -- Blue-eyed (original version) / producers, Claus Strigel, Bertram Verhaag (93 min.) -- [Blue eyed] Trainer's manual (suggestion for using "blue eyed" in diversity training programs).

California Newsreel.

Mirlyn Catalog Blue Eyed 38794-D 2004

Mirlyn Catalog A Class Divided 38797-D Originally broadcast Mar. 26, 1985 on the television program: Frontline.

Murder Spies and Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story

"While many thought the presidential elections in 2000 and 2004 were flawed, when the voting was over, one man found himself at the wrong end of a smoking gun. This is the true story of computer programmer Clint Curtis who, in 2000, claims he was asked by present day Congressman Tom Feeney (R) FL, to create vote-rigging software for Florida's electronic voting machines."

Earthworks Films presents a Patty Sharaf film; directed by Patty Sharaf; produced by John Sharaf, Patty Sharaf, Maria Florio.
Director of photography, ; editors, Tim Baldini ... [et al.].
Featuring, Brad Friedman, Clint Curtis, Bob Fitrakis, Gore Vidal, Mavis Georgalis, Harri Hursti, Cynthia McKinney.

Mirlyn Catalog 63661-D 2008 68 minutes

Kurtlar vadisi: Irak

Feature film that uses as a starting point the real-life capture and detention of 11 Turkish special forces soldiers and 13 civilians by American soldiers in the northern Iraqi town of Sulaymaniyah, an action that became infamous in Turkey as the "Hood Incident." Alemdar, a former Turkish intelligence agent, sets out to Iraq with several colleagues to avenge the death by suicide of a friend who was humiliated in the incident.
Produced by Pana Film; yönetmen Serdar Akar; yapimci Raci Şaşmaz; senaryo Raci Şaşmaz, Bahadir Özdener.
Director, Serdar Akar; producer, Raci Şaşmaz; script, Raci Şaşmaz, Bahadir Özdener; director of photography, Selahattin Sancakli; editing, Kemalettin Osmanli; original music, Gökhan Kirdar.
Necati Şaşmaz (Polat Alemdar), Billy Zane (Sam William Marshall), Ghassan Massoud (Abdurrahman Halis Kekuki), Bergüzar Korel (Leyla), Gürkan Uygun (Memati), Kenan Ç̈oban (Abdülhey), Erhan Ufak (Erhan), and Gary Busey (The Doctor).

Primarily Turkish, with some segments in English, Arabic, and Kurdish; optional English subtitles.

Mirlyn Catalog 63735-D 2006 122 minutes