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An audience of 38.9 million was recorded during its premiere in September 1990. It set a record for the highest rated PBS series broadcast, which stands today. Now fully restored to achieve the highest definition for optimal picture quality, the release coincides with the 25th anniversary of the original broadcast. The series has been honored with more than 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild, People's Choice Award, Peabody Award, duPont-Columbia Award, D.W. Griffith Award and the Lincoln Prize, among dozens of others.
200,000 years ago our ancestors took their first steps on the African savanna. Today, seven billion of us live across the planet. How did we beat the odds and spread from continent to continent? The series is a global detective story that traces the arrival of the first Homo sapiens on five continents.
Filmed on location at palaces and other places of historical significance - Anne Boleyn's childhood home at Hever Castle to the great buildings of Hampton Court, Lambeth Palace and The Tower of London - the documentary provides five historians' expert commentary on the reality of life under King Henry VIII interspersed with sumptuous dramatic reconstructions of key events that shaped the period.
Daniel and his family love spending time outside in their neighborhood: going for walks, playing with friends such as Katerina Kittycat and Prince Wednesday, and enjoying the world around them. In the grr-ific stories included on this DVD, Daniel learns about safety at the beach and visits the Enchanted Garden to pick strawberries. And when a windstorm makes a mess of the neighborhood playground, Daniel and his friends and neighbors work together to clean up and make it ready for play again.
James Norton stars as the handsome, jazz-loving vicar, with Robson Green as his law-enforcement ally, Inspector Geordie Keating. Also starring are Morven Christie as Amanda Kendall, Sidney's first love and soul mate; Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs. Maguire, the vicar's morally judgmental landlady; Al Weaver as Leonard Finch, the church's new assistant curate; and German actress Pheline Roggan as Hildegard Staunton, the strikingly beautiful widow of the series' first victim.
Global hip-hop superstar, actor and filmmaker RZA reprises his role as the enigmatic blacksmith Thaddeus in this explosive sequel to the 2012 action-adventure The Man with the Iron Fists. Inspired by classic kung-fu films, The Man with the Iron Fists 2 Blu-ray and DVD are packed with exciting bonus material including a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and commentary.
Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten star as a group of childhood friends pulled off the crime of the century: kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the heir of the Heineken beer empire (Anthony Hopkins). The shocking capture--by gunpoint on the streets of Amsterdam--resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual. It was truly the perfect crime until they got away with it.
2015 Academy Award Nominee For Best Documentary Feature: During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while the few U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, American officers on the ground found themselves faced with a moral dilemma: whether to follow official policy and evacuate U.S. citizens and their dependents only, or to ignore orders and evacuate the men, women, and children they had come to value and love in their years in Vietnam.
This fun-filled DVD includes five birthday-themed adventures, the first of which, 'Happy Birthday, Dog,' features a surprise party for WordWorld's friendly canine. Can Frog get the C-A-K-E safely to Dog's party without ruining the surprise? Also included on this DVD is 'Bugs to the Rescue!' In this story Ant builds Bear a hot-air balloon for her birthday. When Dog accidentally floats away in the B-A-L-L-O-O-N, Ant gets help from other insect WordFriends to save the day.
Directed by Academy Award® award Barry Levinson, the film features Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Nina Arianda, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin, Dan Hedaya and Kyra Sedgwick. Based on Phillip Roth's final novel is the story of over-the-hill stage actor Simon Axler and his struggles to find his passion for life again. Near his breaking point, he finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian Pegeen Stapleford, but as their relationship heats up Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful Pegeen.
Film and theater luminaries, including Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, Suzan-Lori Parks and Phylicia Rashad, share their stories of the career- and life-changing experience of bringing August Wilson's rich theatrical voice to the stage. Wilson's sister Freda Ellis, his widow and costume designer Constanza Romero, as well as friends, colleagues and scholars trace Wilson's influences, creative evolution, triumphs, struggles and quest for cultural determinism before his untimely death from liver cancer.
The thriller set in a rural Appalachian community where it has been haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre is based on the 2006 novel of the same title by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash. David Burris directs the talented cast that includes Noah Wyle, Jeremy Irvine, Haley Joel Osment and Minka Kelly.
This program is a compelling documentary that details the complexities and challenges of the ten-year, four-million-mile journey of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Spacecraft Rosetta as it chased down and landed on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in a history-making feat. The idea behind Rosetta's mission was breathtaking as was the daunting list of challenges that faced the ESA team in its planning and execution.
Hovering just off camera on the set of 'Downton Abbey' is the man who watches the actors' every move. The director? No, it's the historical advisor, Alastair Bruce, guaranteeing that the behavior above stairs and below stairs is true to the period of 1900s Britain. A treat for 'Downton Abbey' fans or anyone who loves history, this program goes behind the scenes during the filming of Season 5 with Bruce to explore the elaborate code of conduct that governed British life.
Professor Henry Louis Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, continues his journey into the past to illuminate the familial histories of 29 of today's most recognizable names in sports, music, film, television, theatre, and literature. Each episode takes viewers on a journey through layers of ancestral history, uncovering familial secrets and sharing life-altering discoveries that ultimately reveal an intimate bond that links each individual's story together.
In each episode, host Pete Evans, one of Australia's top celebrity chefs, author and restaurateur, travels to a new location in the U.S. to challenge local chefs to join him in spur-of-the moment 'culinary jams' to create in one day a feast in an exciting location. Culinary guest stars include renowned chefs Jacques Pepin, Marcus Samuelsson, Anita Lo, Larry and Marc Forgione, Jonathan Waxman, Andy Ricker, Jeffrey Saad, and more.
That rare and beautiful thing: an intelligent show about cooking. This Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted chef and restaurateur Magnus Nilsson.
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