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A selection of recently released documentaries on dvd

posted 4 Jun 2013, 04:40 by Julian Whiting   [ updated 4 Jun 2013, 04:41 ]


RECENTLY RELEASED DOCUMENTARIES ON DVDS

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101 GADGETS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (E) 2012        £9.99
    An  attempt to rank the most influential gadgets of the past 200 years and takes a look at the stories behind their creation.
ACOUSTIC ROUTES (E) 1992        LEMAN ,JAN     £14.99
    Story of the influential Scottish folk singer-songwriter Bert Jansch.
AFGHANISTAN: THE GREAT GAME (E) 2012        £15.99
    Rory Stewart tells the story of foreign intervention in Afghanistan from the 19th century to the present day.
AI WEIWEI – NEVER SORRY (15) 2012    KLAYMAN, ALISON    £15.99
    Feature-length documentary about the life and work of Chinese contemporary artist and political activist Ai Weiwei.
BEHIND THE WALL (E) 2011  KELLY, MICHAEL PATRICK        £15.99
     With real-life accounts the film tells the story of  Berlin Wall and the people living on either side of it.
CHRONIQUE D’UN ÉTÉ /CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER (12) FRANCE 1961    ROUCH, JEAN/MORIN, EDGER    £19.99
    Groundbreaking documentary that is a sociopolitical diagnosis of the early sixties in France.
COLOURS OF THE PRISM, THE MECHANICS OF TIME (E) 2011     CAUX,  JACQUELINE    £15.99
    Charts a section of 20th century music including experimental, minimalist, repetitive, postmodern and techno.
THE COMPLETE HUMPHREY JENNINGS: VOLUME 1 – THE FIRST DAYS (PG)  (DUAL FORMAT ED)    £19.99
    Collection of 15 documentary shorts from British filmmaker Humphrey Jennings. The films in this volume were made betweenPost Haste (1934), Locomotives (1934), The Story of the Wheel (1934), Farwell Topsails (1937), Penny Journey (1938), Speaking from America (1938), The Farm (1938), Making Fashion (1938), Spare Time (1939), SS Ionian (1939) The First Days (1939), Spring Offensive (1940), Welfare of the Workers (19400, London Can Take It! (1940).
COMPLETE HUMPHREY JENNINGS COLLECTION, THE: VOLUME TWO: FIRES WERE STARTED (E)  (DUAL FORMAT ED) ( £ 19.99 
    This, the second of three volumes which collect together Jennings’ entire output, gathers five films from 1941-1943 and shows Jennings at the peak of his tragically short but outstanding career. The film are  The Heart of Britain (1941), Words for Battle (1941), Listen to Britain (1941), Fires Were Started (1943) & The Silent Village (1943)
THE COMPLETE HUMPHREY JENNINGS COLLECTION VOLUME 3: A DIARY FOR TIMOTHY (E)     £19.99
    This Dual Format Edition completes the BFI’s acclaimed Complete Humphrey Jennings Collection, making available all the films directed by Britain’s greatest filmmaker available on Blu-ray and DVD. This volume contains – The True Story of Lili Marlane (1944), The Eighty Days(1944), Myra Hess (1945), A Diary for Timothy (1945), A Defeated People (1946), The Cumberland Story (1947), The Dim Little Island (1949) & Family Portrait (1950)
DAVID BOWIE: INSIDE OUT – A RETROSPECTIVE (E)         £24.99
    Triple bill of programmes looking at the career of David Bowie.
DIARY OF A VAMPIRE – THE LEGACY OF BRAM STOKER (E)         £15.99
    Explores the world of Bram Stoker and the mystery behind his horror story ‘Dracula’.
DREAMS FROM MY REAL FATHER (E) 2012    GILBERT, JOEL     £15.99
    A documentary that explores American President Barack Obama’s early life and political ideology.
ELIANE RADIGUE: VIRTUOSO LISTENING (E) 2012        £17.99
    Documentary about French electronic music composer Eliane Radigue. Composing the majority of her works on a single modular synthesizer, Radigue wrote over twenty pieces between 1967 and 2000, after which she began focusing on acoustic instrumental music. Her work was commended by The Spitalfields Summer Music Festival in June 2011.
GUNNIN’ FOR THAT #1 SPOT (12) 2008    YAUCH, ADAM    £15.99
    Basketball documentary directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, following eight top young players as they compete in the first ever ‘Elite 24′ tournament at Rucker Park in New York’s Harlem district and then go on to become millionaires and sports personalities.
HOW WE INVENTED THE WORLD (E)         £14.99
    Five inventions that changed the world. From destructive devices such as guns to communication tools such as mobile phones, the programme looks at the origins of the inventions and how they have altered the world in which we live. The episodes are: ‘Skyscrapers’, ‘Cars’, ‘Aeroplanes’, ‘Mobile Phones’ and ‘Guns’.
INDUSTRIAL REVELATIONS: BEST OF BRITISH ENGINEERING WITH RORY MCGRATH (E)     £14.99
    Rory McGrath explores the stories behind a number of key inventions and visits Ironbridge in Shropshire, the place that labels itself the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’.
JAZZ: A FILM BY KEN BURNS (E) 2011        £49.99
    Ken Burns directs this documentary series chronicling the history of jazz.
KARAJAN: THE SECOND LIFE (E)         £19.99
    Explores the musical vision of the legendary conductor Herbert Von Karajan.
LEONARD COHEN: BIRD ON A WIRE (E) 1972     PALMER, TONY     £8.99    
    Film documenting Leonard Cohen’s 1972 ‘Bird On a Wire’ tour.
LOST FILMS: VIETNAM (E) 2012        £19.99
    History Channel documentary that attempts to provide an insight into the Vietnam War through interviews with 13 people who witnessed the conflict first-hand.
MCCULLIN (15)   2012   MORRIS, D & J        £15.99
    Documentary exploring the work of widely regarded British photojournalist, Don McCullin. Working for The Sunday Times from 1969 to 1984, McCullin gained a unique vantage point from which he could capture his images of war and suffering.  BLU RAY – £19.99
MARINA ABRAMOVIC – THE ARTIST IS PRESENT (15) 2012        £14.99
    The film follows Abramovic as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
MARLENE DIETRICH – THE TWILIGHT OF AN ANGEL (E) 2012  LEEB, DOMINIQUE IN FRENCH         £12.99
    Documentary about the legendary movie star and singer, Marlene Dietrich
MARLEY (15) 2012        MACDONALD, KEVIN        £19.99
    Feature documentary chronicling the life and music of reggae star Bob Marley.
LES MISÉRABLES – FROM BOOK TO STAGE AND SCREEN (E) 2012    £12.99
    Documentary about Victor Hugo’s classic nineteenth-century story and its subsequent adaptations to stage and screen
NAZI TITANIC (E) 2012            £9.99
    Documentary that explores the Nazi’s intention to film the story of the Titanic during World War II. The project was conceived by the Nazi’s chief of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, and was of such a scale that it put a strain on the German war effort.
OBAMA’S AMERICA 2016 (E) 2012  D’SOUZA,DINESH /SULLIVAN, JOHN    £15.99
    Documentary co-written and co-directed by conservative author and commentator Dinesh D’Souza. While comparing and contrasting his own experiences as an Indian-American immigrant to the United States with that of the President, D’Souza argues that Barack Obama’s domestic and foreign policies have been directly influenced by his little known past, and in particular, the views of his ‘anti-colonial’ father.
QUANTUM MIND OF GOD  (E) 2012 GARDINER, P    £15.99
    The programme explores the gap between religious beliefs and the reality of our existence demonstrated by scientific evidence.
THE ROAD: A STORY OF LIFE AND DEATH (PG) 2012    ISAAC, MARC    £15.99
    Marc Isaacs’ documentary which follows a number of people as they attempt to integrate themselves into a  contemporary London setting after leaving their respective homes.
ROOM 237 (15) 2012        ASCHER,  RODNEY         £19.99
    The film looks at  the numerous theories that have arisen over the years about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film ‘The Shining’.
SECRET CITY (E) 2012    CHANAN, MICHAEL        £14.99
    Film about City of London Corporation, it’s anti-democratic system which adheres to ancient laws and  its impact on Britain’s economy.
SHADOWS OF PROGRESS – DOCUMENTARY FILM IN POST-WAR BRITAIN…(15) 1977        £29.99
    A collection of post-war documentaries offering a revealing portrait of Britain’s social, cultural and industrial development throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.
SIDE BY SIDE (15) 2012    KENNEALLY, CHRIS        £15.99
    Explores the ongoing debate between traditional celluloid and digital film.
SOUND CITY (E) 2012    GROHL , DAVE   £11.99
    Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl directs this documentary about Los Angeles’ Sound City Studios which specialised in analog recording.
SPIRA MIRABILIS (E)     CAILLAT, G/JUBAN, P M      £29.99
    A documentary portrait of the young collective of classical musicians known as ‘Spira Mirabilis’, who study, practise and perform concerts without the involvement of a conductor.
THE SPIRIT OF ’45 (E) 2012 LOACH, KEN    £14.99
     An impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society
TOUR DE FRANCE: 2012 – BRADLEY WIGGINS & THE BRITISH INVASION (E) 2012    £23.99
    Highlights of the 2012 Tour de France, won by Bradley Wiggins.
TOWN OF RUNNERS (E) 2012        ROTHWELL, JERRY    £14.99
    The film tells the story of two young girls from a small town in rural Ethiopia as they attempt to run their way into a different life by becoming professional athletes.
VITO (E) 2011        SCHWARZ, JEFFREY        £15.99
    Documentary about gay activist and author of ‘The Celluloid Closet’ Vito Russo. Having died in 1990 from AIDS-related problems, Vito is still held in high regard as one of the forerunners for gay rights in the United States and across the western world.
THE WERETH ELEVEN (E) 2011            CHILD, ROBERT        £24.99
    Docudrama which weaves archive footage, interviews and drama to tell the  tale of eleven African-American soldiers who were executed by the Nazis in one of the lesser known war crimes of WWII.
WEST OF MEMPHIS (E) 2012        BERG, AMY        £19.99    
    The film follows the so called ‘West Memphis Three’ which has over the  last 20 years from a lurid true-crime story into one of the biggest miscarriage of justice in modern US history.
WILD ARABIA (PG) 2012            £19.99
    BBC natural history series exploring the wildlife and cultural heritage of the Arabian Peninsula.
WONDERS OF LIFE (E) 2012        £19.99
    Professor Brian Cox tells the story of the origins and history of life, from the fundamental laws which govern its creation.

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