New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

May 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


May 18, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Includes photography by Hugo van Lawick in the National Geographic archives.
Looks back at Jane Goodall's career as a primatologist, animal rights advocate, and environmental activist. Comprised of present-day interview segments with Goodall and archival footage of her work studying chimpanzees at Tanzania's Gombe National Park shot by Hugo van Lawick in the 1960s for National Geographic.

Still on the run : the Jeff Beck story

May 16, 2018
[United States] : Eagle Vision, [2018]
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jeff Beck.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Title from disc label.
Jeff Beck is one of the most pioneering and innovative guitar players of rock. This release charts his career from early days learning guitar solos with Jimmy Page, through his band, the Yardbirds, the Jeff Beck Group and his multidimensional solo albums. Beck's interest in both guitar music and hot rods is studied through interviews, and his musical voyage is demonstrated through contributions from many of his fellow musicians and contemporaries.

I am MLK Jr.

May 10, 2018
New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
John Lewis, Carmelo Anthony, Andrew Young, Van Jones, Al Sharpton.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Title from disc label.
Following his journey across the mountaintops and valleys while capturing the Civil Rights Movement at large, the film provides intimate, firsthand insights on Dr. King, exploring moments of personal challenge and elation, and an ongoing movement that is as important today as when Dr. King first shone a light on the plight of his fellow African Americans.

Great escape at Dunkirk

May 4, 2018
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen (16x9).
Title from disc label.
Join archaeologists and divers recovering remains of ships and planes lost during World War II's epic Dunkirk operation. Discover new evidence of the ingenious technology that helped save Allied forces from defeat by the encircling Germans.

Jimi Hendrix : hear my train a comin'

April 23, 2018
New York : Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment, 2013.
1 videodisc (approximately 190 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Footage of and interviews with: Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, Linda Keith, Fayne Pridgon and Colette Mimram.
Title from disc surface.
Originally broadcast on television by PBS as an episode of the television program American Masters in 2013.
Miami Pop Festival: Foxey lady ; Tax free ; Fire ; interviews with festival promoter Michael Lang and engineer Eddie Kramer -- New York Pop Festival: Message to love ; Lover man ; All along the watchtower ; Purple haze ; Voodoo child (slight return) -- Love & Peace Festival: Killing floor ; Spanish castle magic ; All along the watchtower ; Foxey lady ; amateur soundtrack recording recorded by the festival promoters using stage microphones -- Top of the Pops: Purple haze.
Documentary about the life of Jimi Hendrix with previously unseen performance footage and home movies that provides new insight into the musician's personality and genius.

Visions of Germany & Austria

April 23, 2018
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
"As seen on public television" --Cover
Experience the fairy tale beauty, natural wonders, and rich history of southern Germany. Then, journey to Austria, and see the essence of what was called Central Europe's crown jewel. Shot in high definition from a helicopter-mounted camera, each tour invites you to linger, for the total experience of a virtual vacation.

Visions of Israel

April 23, 2018
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Itzhak Perlman.
Title from disc label.
"As seen on public television" --Cover
Take an aerial pilgrimage to Israel, the world's only Jewish state and Holy Land to three major religions. Stunning footage showcases Israel in all its diverse glory. Witness the magnificence of the country's many holy sites, including the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, alongside exotic seaside resorts and the austere beauty of the Judean desert.

Bombshell : the Hedy Lamarr story

April 20, 2018
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees, Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Osborne.
Wide screen.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and '40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII.

The final year

April 20, 2018
[Los Angeles, CA] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Barack Obama, John Kerry, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes.
Title from disc label.
Special interviews: Extended interviews; theatrical trailer.
A chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office.

I am Evel Knievel [videorecording].

April 16, 2018
[New York, NY] : Virgil Films, [2015]
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Evel Knievel, Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Rodriguez, Kid Rock, Gui Fieri.
Title from disc.
Special features: Inspired by Evel; Evel Knievel lives on.
Evel. Not a name that will be forgotten. Not a man that will be forgotten. Hell, he wasn't a man, he was a daredevil. Evel was the original daredevil. He left behind a twisted wreck of a life and a story that can only be told at full speed, straight up, and with no flowery prose. Look back, and look inside. With a cast that includes those who were there, those who wanted to be Evel, and those who became who they are today because of one man.

Neat : the story of Bourbon

April 11, 2018
[Warren, New Jersey : Passion River], [2018]
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Originally produced in 2017.
It is a documentary that dives into the rich and storied world of bourbon. Exploring its colorful history, charismatic characters, and uniquely American process, the film is a celebration of the time, artistry, and relationships that make America's only native spirit.

Last men in Aleppo

April 5, 2018
[New York, New York] : Grasshopper Film, [2018]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Khaled Omar Harrah.
Videodisc release of the motion picture produced in 2017.
Title from disc label.
Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad's breathtaking work, a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage, follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives.

Boston : the documentary

April 4, 2018
[New York, New York]: First Run Features, [2017]
1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Matt Damon.
Wide screen.
Bonus: WBZ world premiere show: interview with director and others at Boston's Wang Theatre.
The history of the Boston Marathon from its humble origins starting with only fifteen runners, to the first female runners, through the tragedy in 2013, and ultimately the triumph of 2014.

Where's daddy? : child support, injustice, and the African American man

April 4, 2018
Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: deleted scenes; Kimmel Center Premier: Q&A session; Kimmel Center Premier: audience reactions; original song from the documentary; trailers.
Originally produced as a documentary in 2017.
Addresses perspectives on the child support system and its specific effects and consequences for black families, with an emphasis on the experience of fathers as participants in the system. Examines legal challenges, social implications, cultural issues, and the emotional impact of navigating the child support system as an African American father.

Godard + Gorin : five films 1968-1971.

March 28, 2018
[United States] : Arrow Academy, 2018.
3 videodiscs (ca. 414 min.) : sound, color, with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Vladimir et Rosa: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin.
Vladimir et Rosa originally released as a motion picture in 1971.
British sounds originally released as documentary in 1970.
disc 1. Un film comme les autres [A film like no other] (100 min.) ; British sounds (aka: See you at Mao) (54 min.) -- disc 2. Le vent d'est [Wind from the East] (95 min.) ; Lotte in Italia (62 min.) -- disc 3. Vladimir et Rosa [ Vladimir and Rosa] (103 min.).
Vladimir et Rosa [Vladimir and Rosa]: A searing and satirical comic-reportage on the trial of the Chicago Eight, featuring Juliet Berto and Godard and Gorin themselves.

Up above my head I hear music in the air : remembering Cincinnati's gospel legends, a documentary

March 28, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 65 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring: The Silvertone Gospel Singers, The Cincinnatians, Ray & Pete Shackleford & The Mighty Gospel Travelers, The Singing Mastermen, The Fabulous Christianaires, The Dynamic Golden Stars, The Dynamic Sons of God, Dr. Phil Brown with Gods Earth, Dec. Shep & Darlene Hilson, P. Ann Everson - Price & Friends, Sjiuana Byers & The Children of God, James McCray Ensemble.
"A Cincinnati legendary black gospel documentary from 1940's-2010, part #2"--Insert.
"A documentary on Cincinnati's legendary black gospel. As I see our gospel legends fade out, they are no longer in the minds of some of us and unknown to others. This music is far too important to just over look and let this era just disappear. Especially for those that have never heard this art to understand it's importance and how it helped shape the world in gospel. These Stella Award, Grammy Award winners and world travelers have represented Cincinnati throughout their journey and built Cincinnati's prominence in the world of gospel doing so. Therefore, I feel this era should be recorded, respected and recognized for all to see, enjoy and never be lost."--Container.

Strad style

March 27, 2018
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2018]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Danny Houck, Razvan Stoica.
Wide screen.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
An unlikely and highly entertaining documentary about a rural Ohio hillbilly with an obsession for 'Stradivari' and all things violin, who, through the magic of social-media, convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world. Fighting time, poverty, and most of all, himself, Danny Houck puts everything on the line for one shot at glory. But really, can he actually make a violin that will look and sound good?


March 23, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 96 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century.

First ladies revealed

March 23, 2018
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 184 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Debora Weston.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
Some used captivating style to boost diplomacy. Some offered compassionate calm in days of war. Some embraced the role they never expected to make a difference. And some seized the role they always dreamed of to blaze a trail.


March 23, 2018
Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Elena Benarroch, Miguel Bose, Liliana Felipe.
Wide screen (1.77:1).
Cover title.
The captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame.

The godfather of British blues ; The turning point

March 20, 2018
[Place of publication not identified] : Eagle Eye Media, ©2004.
1 videodisc (approximately 83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc surface.
As seen on the BBC.
The turning point: the earliest "rockumentary" of John Mayall and his musicians.

Vermeer, beyond time

March 20, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Steve Martin.
wide screen (16x9).
"The life and works of Johannes Vermeer"--Container.
The story explores the life and work of one of the most loved, influential, and well-known artists, Johannes Vermeer. Images from his paintings have become part of our collective imagination and are instantly recognizable. In the new feature documentary, French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Cottet adopts an imaginative and sensitive approach to his subject, focusing on not only his work, but also his family life, including his conversion to Catholicism.

The Grateful Dead movie

March 14, 2018
Los Angeles, CA : Grateful Dead Productions : Marketed by Shout! Factory LLC, 2012.
2 videodiscs (approximately 307 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jerry Garcia ; Grateful Dead.
Disc 1: The Grateful Dead Movie (132 min.) -- Commentary with Susan Crutcher and John Nutt, film editor -- Disc 2. Bonus songs: Uncle John's Band -- Sugaree -- The other one -- Spanish jam -- Mind left body jam -- The other one -- Scarlet begonias -- China cat sunflower -- I know you rider -- Dark star -- Weather report suite -- Visible lyrics option -- "A look back" documentary -- "Making of the animated sequence" documentary -- Making of the DVD documentary -- Television commercial for Mars Hotel album from 1974 -- Multicamera and multitrack audio demonstration -- Photo gallery.
Filmed at San Francisco's Winterland during their 1976 "Steal your face tour", the group performs 19 of their hits.

Small Faces : all or nothing, 1965-1968

March 14, 2018
[San Diego, Calif.] : Reelin' in the Years Productions : in association with Voyage Digital Media, 2010.
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, black and white and color sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Participants: Small Faces (Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones).
Released straight-to-video in 2010.
Bonus features: The complete performances without the interviews, including four songs not seen in the film; the last filmed interview with Ronnie Lane (March 5, 1988); photo gallery, Olympic Studios, London 1967, by Eddie Kramer.
Performances. Whatcha gonna do about it -- I've got mine -- Sha la la la lee -- Plum Nellie/You need loving/Baby please don't go (Marquee Club) -- Hey girl -- All or nothing -- I can't make it -- My way of giving -- Talk to you -- Here come the nice -- Green circles -- Itchycoo park -- I'm only dreaming -- Tin soldier -- Lazy Sunday -- Ogden's nut gone flake -- Song of a baker -- Happiness Stan -- Rollin' over -- The hungry intruder -- The journey -- Mad John -- Happydaystoytown -- The universal.
"Small Faces were one of the most influential rock groups of the sixties. This first official retrospective features 27 complete performances filmed between 1965 and 1968, including nine songs from their legendary masterpiece Ogden's Nut Gone Flake. Archival interviews with Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, along with new interviews with Ian McLagen and Kenney Jones, tell the fascinating story of this underappreciated yet groundbreaking group."--Container.

Travel with kids. Florida

March 12, 2018
[United States] : Equator Creative Media, [2010]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
With the Roberts family.
Title from disc label.
Visit the sunshine state with this all encompassing travel guide from Travel with Kids. From Key West to Orlando and everything in between, come along as the Roberts family takes you on a wild Florida adventure beyond the theme parks. Sure, there are visits to Disneyworld, Wild Animal Kingdom, and more, takes you on a journey discovering manatees, alligators, rocket launches, and Caribbean pirates.

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