New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

May 22, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Nicholas & Alexandra : the letters

May 21, 2019
[Arlington, VA] : PBS Home Video, [2019]
1 videodiscs (approximately 100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Presented by Suzannah Lipscomb.
Widescreen (16x9)
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
Ever since their brutal murders one hundred years ago, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Empress Alexandra, have fascinated the world. Through the couple's politically damning, sexually intimate, and personally revealing letters, this two-part docudrama, presented by historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, explores Nicholas and Alexandra's complex love story and the couple's role in the lead-up to the Russian Revolution of 1917, which led to their eventual brutal and tragic executions.

Lady you shot me : the life and death of Sam Cooke

May 21, 2019
Marina del Rey, Calif. : Vision Films, 2019.
1 videodisc (72 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sam Cooke, John Antonelli, Denise Dowse, Bill Gardner, Zelda Sands, Al Schmitt, Eugene Jamison.
Title from container.
Originally produced for television in 2018.
Sam Cooke, the most influential black pop star of his time, was shot dead at the young age of 33 in a seedy motel in South Los Angeles at the height of his music career. Uncover the mystery surrounding the death of The King of Soul, civil rights activist, and writer of such songs as "(What a) Wonderful World," "Twistin' the Night Away," and "Chain Gang" and who contributed to the rise of the world's best-known soul icons.

Apollo 11

May 15, 2019
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Joan Ann Archer, Janet Armstrong.
Widescreen (2.20:1).
Special features: Apollo 11: Discovering the 65mm; trailer.
From director Todd Douglas Miller comes a cinematic event 50 years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, the film takes viewers straight to the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission, the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names.

Nobody knows : the untold story of black Mormons

May 15, 2019
[Place of publication not identified] : Nobody Knows, [2009]
1 videodisc (73 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Lowell Deo.
Chapters : Beginnings -- Jane Manning James -- Slavery -- Divisions -- The movement -- Genesis group -- Hints of change -- Revelation -- Challenges remain -- Truth & reconciliation -- Let us break bread together -- Credits.
"There has been a continuous African American presence in the LDS Church from its earliest days. Until the 1850s, some Black converts were even ordained to the Mormon priesthood. This documentary discusses that little-known legacy. It also confronts the hard issues which surfaced during the 1960s, when the Civil Rights Movement drew attention to the Church's priesthood restriction. That restriction was lifted in 1978, which opened the door for an influx of new Black Mormon pioneers."--Container.

They shall not grow old

May 14, 2019
Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (99 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Special feature: The making of They Shall Not Grow Old.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2018.
Through the lens of auteur Peter Jackson, anything can become magical. Although the First World War took place a century ago, Jackson's determination has brought it back to life once again. With brilliant cinematic techniques, as well as an appreciation for those who fought these unbelievably difficult battles, Jackson brings this forgotten world into bold relief. His extraordinary talent captures the madness and sheer scale of what was to become one of our great modern tragedies as human beings.

Route 66 : ktsch and mythical

May 9, 2019
Holland, Ohio : Dreamscape Media, Llc, [2018].
1 videodisc (approximately 64 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Take a road trip on board an old 1976 AMC Matador Brougham station wagon to investigate the famous Route 66, which is full of interesting stops and historical importance!

Shoah. Four sisters

May 9, 2019
Beverly Hills, CA : EOne Films, [2019]
2 videodiscs (273 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2018.
A continuation of director Claude Lanzmann's award-winning documentary masterpiece, comprised of interviews conducted with four women who survived the Holocaust, each finding herself improbably alive after war's end. It is presented as a two-part theatrical release.


May 1, 2019
[Universal City, CA] : Focus World, ©2012. ©2012
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Darsteller: Jon Gnarr.
Videodisc release of the documentary produced in 2010.
When Icelandic actor, stand-up comic and radio shock-jock Jón Gnarr decides to found the mock-serious Best Party and run for mayor of Reykjavik in order to ridicule the status quo who were in charge when his country went into economic free-fall, little did he know how the voting republic would react to him.

I am Richard Pryor

April 24, 2019
1 videodisc (ca. 91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Richard Pryor, Sandra Bernhard, Ron De Blasio, Dr. Todd Boyd, Michael Epps, Tiffany Haddish, Henry Jaglom, Howie Mandel, Thom Mount, Jennifer Lee, Pryor, Ishmael Reed, Scott Saul, Michael Schultz, Greg Tate, Lily Tomlin, Rocco Urbisci, Jimmie Walker.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2019.
The legendary performer and iconic social satirist transcended race and social barriers by delivering his honest irreverent and biting humor to America's stages and living rooms until his death at 65. Featuring an iconic comedic cast of historians, activists and artists who provide a unique brushstroke into the complex world of Pryor, the film dives deeply into the psyche of a comedic genius whose mother was a prostitute, father a pimp, and grandmother a madam.

Margaret : the rebel princess

April 18, 2019
[United States] : PBS Distribution, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen (16x9).
Originally broadcast on the PBS network.
Princess Margaret's life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed the Western world during the 20th century. With sumptuous archival materials and revealing interviews, the series follows Margaret's life as she redefined the image of the modern princess, showing how her character combined the rebellious force of modernity with a respect for tradition.

Boss : the black experience in business

April 18, 2019
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Tamara Tunie.
The documentary seeks to illuminate, educate, and inform by examining more than 150 years of African-American men and women, from those bound by bondage to moguls at the top of multi-million-dollar empires.

Piripkura : the last two survivors

April 18, 2019
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Com Rita Tupi-Kawahib, Pakyî, Tamandua, Aripã Karipuna e Jair Candor.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
"The last two surviving members of the Piripkura people, a nomadic tribe in the Mato Grasso region of Brazil, struggle to maintain their indigenous way of life amidst the region's massive deforestation." -- container

Anote's ark

April 16, 2019
New York, NY : First Run Features, [2018]
1 videodisc (77 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Anote Tong, Tiemeri Tiare, Ato Raatati Garstang, Berenike Temarawa.
Wide screen.
"The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. President Anote Tong races to find options, from mass migration to building underwater cities. But as the water grows higher, many citizens are already seeking safe harbor overseas, leaving behind 4000 years of Kiribati culture"--Container.


April 16, 2019
[New York, NY] : Oscilloscope Pictures, 2018.
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Beau Bridges, Jeff Bridges, Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Ben Foster.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Special features: Feature length audio commentary; The cutting-room floor; behind the scenes reel; theatrical trailer.
Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce.

Garry Winogrand : all things are photographable

April 16, 2019
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2019]
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, black and white, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Geoff Dyer, Jeffrey Fraenkel, Susan Kismaric, Laurie Simmons, Matthew Weiner, Garry Winogrand.
Wide screen.
Originally produced in 2018.
A documentary about an important American still photographer who captured New York City in the 1960s (his work there is said to have influenced the TV show Mad Men) and later the West in Texas and Los Angeles.

If you're not in the obit, eat breakfast

April 16, 2019
1 videodisc (approximately 86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Hosted by Carl Reiner ; starring Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks, Dan Buettner, Kirk Douglas, Fyvush Finkel, Irving Fields, Stan Harper, Norman Lear, Stan Lee, Patricia Morison, Jerry Seinfeld, George Shapiro, Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Van Dyke, Betty White.
Title from disc label.
"This disc is expected to play back in DVD video "play only" devices and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives"--Container.
95-year-old Carl Reiner engages other nonagenarians and some folks over 100 in discussions of personal experiences and insights into aging and living a happy and rewarding life.

Andre the giant

April 9, 2019
Stamford, CT : WWE Home Video, [2019]
1 videodisc (180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Andre The Giant, Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner.
Wide screen.
Originally produced in 2018.
From HBO Sports, WWE, JMH Films, and Ringer Films comes a documentary examining the life and career of one of the most beloved legends in WWE history. The ambitious, wide-ranging film explores Andre₂s upbringing in France, his celebrated WWE career and his forays into the entertainment world. It includes interviews with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, family members, and more.


April 8, 2019
New York, NY : First Run Features, [2018]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Elizabeth Moynihan, James Patterson.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, did not just live in the twentieth century, he strode across it, a colossus of ideas and a man of deeds. He was an influential intellectual and sociologist, policy specialist, ambassador and long-serving senator. Fifteen years after his death, as the nation sinks further into hyper-partisanship and politics has become dominated by the frenzy of social media, the first feature length documentary about his life captures Moynihan as never before.

The gospel according to André

April 8, 2019
[Los Angeles, CA] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Andre Leon Talley, Manolo Blahnik, Naomi Campbell, Sean Diddy Combs, Cindy Crawford, Divine, Tom Ford, Whoopi Goldberg.
Title from disc label.
Andre Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it's difficult to imagine a time when he wasn't defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack's intimate portrait takes viewers on an emotional journey from Andre's roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of the times.

Mission to the sun.

April 3, 2019
1 videodisc (approximately 43 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 inches.
Title from disc label.
"Almost 100 million miles from Earth, a tiny spacecraft the size of a small car hurtles closer to the sun than any man-made object has ever been, at a speed faster than any man-made object has ever traveled, defying the almost unimaginable heat and deadly radiation of our closet star." -- Container.

Sharkwater extinction

April 2, 2019
[United States] : Freestyle Digital Media, [2019]
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally released in 2018.
It is a thrilling, action-adventure journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the billion dollars illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it. It is Stewarts third film following his multi-award-winning features. It dives into the often violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade. Shark finning is still rampant, shark fin soup is still being consumed, and endangered sharks are now also being used to make products for human consumption.

Sentimental reflections [videorecording] : America's heritage in story, scenery and song.

March 27, 2019
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Among wolves

March 25, 2019
Pottstown, PA : MVD Visual, [2019]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Branko Lijovic, Željko Kristo, Bosko Krzelj, Tomislav Mglica and Sestra Martina Katovic.
Title from disc surface.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
The Wolves are no ordinary motorcycle club as revealed in this gorgeous, surprisingly intimate documentary of trauma and survival. Still struggling after the Bosnian War, the Wolves organize a charity for their town and defend the threatened herd of wild horses they first met on the front line. Out there, with the horses, they confront their past and reclaim that territory as a space for healing.

The world before your feet

March 25, 2019
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2019]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Matt Green.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2018.
There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City, and for the past six years, Matt Green has been walking them all, every street, park, cemetery, beach, and bridge. It's a five-borough journey that stretches from the barbershops of the Bronx to the forests of Staten Island, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, with Matt amassing a surprisingly detailed knowledge of New York's history and people along the way.

On her shoulders

March 15, 2019
Brooklyn, NY : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2018]
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Murad Ismael, Nadia Murad, Amal Clooney, Ki-Moon Ban.
Wide screen.
Special features: Interview with Alexandria Bombach; theatrical trailer.
At only twenty-three years old, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad's life is a dizzying array of important undertakings, from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches and an endless succession of one-on-one meetings with top government officials.

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