Monday, February 1, 2010

New Releases - February 2010

New Fiction Audiobooks
New Free DVDs
New Rental DVDS


Death of a Gentle Lady
by M. C. Beaton

Sword of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Remarkable Creatures
by Tracey Chevalier

Hidden Empire
by Orson Scott Card

Pirate Latitudes
Michael Crichton

Day After Night
by Anita Diamant

Shades of Grey
by Jasper Fforde

by Julie Garwood

The Honor of Spies
by W. E. B. Griffin

Divine Misdemeanors
by Laurell K. Hamiliton

Deeper Than the Dead
by Tami Hoag

I, Sniper
by Stephen Hunter

Swan Thieves
by Elizabeth Kostova

Fired Up
by Jayne Ann Krentz

Nanny Returns
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Vanishing Act
by Fern Michaels

by Douglas Preston

Altar of Eden
by James Rollins

Noah's Compass
by Anne Tyler

Hollywood Moon
by Joseph Wambaugh

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily
by Lauren Wilie


Children Free DVDs
Frontline (PBS series)
National Geographic
Non-Fiction DVD Reserves
Television Series


Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
(Kaze no tani no Naushika)
(dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1984, 116 minutes)


Lost In Austen

Painted Lady
(dir. Julian Jarrold, 1997, 198 minutes)
Helen Mirren stars in this British mystery series that plunges viewers into the murky underworld of the art trade.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles (BBC Video)

Wuthering Heights (Masterpiece Theatre, 2009)


Keeping Your Job: Self Management Skills
Money Matters
Networking Your Way to a New Job
Starting Fresh: Finding a Job with a Trouble Background
The Road to Success: Stories of Career Satisfaction in Popular Fields
You're Fired!: The Ten Quickest Ways to Lose YOur Job and How to Avoid Them
You're Hired!: Skills You Need to Get the Job You Want

Children Free DVDs

Discovery School - Slavery, Society, and Apartheid

Italian for Kids

Mack made Movies


The Ascent of Money: Boom and Bust
(Adian Pennick, UK, 2008)

Big Rig
(dir. Doug Pray, USA, 2007, 95 min.)

A portrait of modern America as seen through the eyes of long-haul truck drivers - the people who know this country via America's highway system. Gives a new appreciation for the industry that drives this country.
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The British Empire in Color
(producer Lucy Carter, UK, 2008, 147 minutes)

BAFTA and Peabody award-winning British TV series documenting the complexities, contradictions, and legacies of the British Empire, from the Partition of India to the handover of Hong Kong; includes rare footage and eyewitness accounts chronmicling the decline of a once vast power.
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Crossing Arizona
(dir. Dan DeVivo and Joseph Mathew, USA, 2006, 75 minutes)
With Americans on all sides of the issue up in arms and Congress embroiled in a knock-down-drag-out policy battle over how to move forward, this videodisc shows how we got to were we are today, heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the Arizona desert.

Dark Days
(dir. Marc Singer, USA, 2000, 94 minutes)

Documentary about a community of homeless people living in a train tunnel beneath Manhattan. Depicts a way of life that is unimaginable to most of those who walk the streets above: in the pitch black of the tunnel, rats swarm through piles of garbage as high-speed trains leaving Penn station tear through the darkness. For some of those who have gone underground, it has been home for as long as 25 years.
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(Brian Wu & Mary Wareham, USA, 2005, 67 minutes)
A contemporary and provocative view of the forces challenging the achievement of a mine-free world.

Encounters at the End of the World
(dir. Werner Herzog, 2009, 101 minutes)
Doc about the people who live in Antartica.

The End of America
(dir. Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern, USA, 2008, 73 minutes)

Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement
(dir. Alex Jones, USA, 2007, 139 minutes)

For the New World Order, a world government is just the beginning. Once in place they can engage their plan to exterminate 80% of the world's population, while enabling the "elites" to live forever with the aid of advanced technology. For the first time, crusading filmmaker Alex Jones reveals their secret plan for humanity's extermination.

Facing the Habit
(dir. Magnolia Martin, USA, 2007, 50 minutes)

Award-winning documentary tells the story of Dave, a former stockbroker/millionaire whose life has spiraled out of control due to his heroin addiction. In his desperate quest to become clean, Dave agrees to undergo treatment with ibogaine, an experimental substance derived from the West African root Iboga, which has recently been reported to cure drug addiction. Facing the Habit is an intimate look into the life of the addict, as Dave's life is revealed before, during, and after the treatment.

Facing Sudan
(dir. Bruce David Janu, USA, 90 minutes)

Over the last 20 years, millions have died in Sudan. A civil war devastated the South and currently a genocide is occurring in the western region of Darfur. 'Facing Sudan' is the story of ordinary individuals, moved into action by the events in Sudan. Ordinary people can do extraordnary things, even in Sudan.
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The Fog of War
(dir. Errol Morris, USA, 2003, 95 minutes)

Food Matters
(James Colquhoun, Australia, 2009, 80 minutes)
A hard-hitting, fast-paced look at our current state of health, uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide "Sickness Industry."

Garbage Warrior
(Oliver Hodge, UK, 2007, 86 minutes)

Hearts of Darkness
(Fax Bahr, Eleanor Coppola, George Hicklelooper, USA, 1991, 96 minutes)

In the Mirror of Maya Deren
(dir. Martina Kudlacek, 2003, 103 minutes)
Documentarian Martina Kudlacek weaves excerpts from Deren's films with observances from acolytes and contemporaries such as Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas - and an original score by John Zorn - to document the artist considered one of the most important and innovative American avant-garde filmmakers.

(dir. Mark Woollen, USA, 2006, 85 minutes)

Joyce to the World

Explores the global phenomenon known as "Bloomsday" celebrated every year on June 16th, the day that James Joyce's novel Ulysses takes place.
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Prayer of Peace: Relief & Resistance in Burma's War Zones
(USA, 28 minutes)
Inside Burma's war zones with relief workers aiding oppressed villagers.

Kicking It
(dir. Susan Koch and Jeff Werner, USA, 2008, 98 minutes)

Kicking It chronicles the lives of seven players from across the world taking a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country at the Cape Town 2006 Homeless World Cup.
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Traces the stories of five female support soldiers who served in Iraq in various capacities - mechanic, supply clerk, engineer - and ultimately became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Together, these women's experiences illuminate the emotional and psychological effects of war from a uniquely female perspective.

On the Line
(2008, 52 minutes)
A bold new look at the movement to shut down the School of the Americas and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.

(dir. Jessica Yu, USA, 2007, 90 minutes)

"Character is fate" in this riveting and provocative documentaryexploring the psychological transformation of the modern character. Inspired by Greek drama, Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu weaves together the stories of four men consumed by personal odysseys - a notorious former German terrorist, an evangelical minister who comes out of the closet, a bank robber turned journalist, and a kung-fu fanatic who becomes a stay-at-home dad and author.
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The Singing Revolution
(dir. James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty, USA, 2006, 97 minutes)
The Estonian Revolution.

Standard Operating Procedure
(dir. Errol Morris, USA, 2008, 116 minutes)

First revealed to the world through impromptu photographs taken by U.S. soldiers stationed within the facility, this documentary investigates the story and causes behind the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

Taxi To the Dark Side
(dir. Alex Gibney, USA, 2007, 106 minutes)

This investigation into the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities, and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process, won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Takes an in-depth look at the case of Afghan taxi driver Dilawar, who was suddenly detained by the U.S. military one afternoon and died in his Bagram prison cell five days later.

They Killed Sister Dorothy
(dir. Daniel Junge, USA, 2008, 93 minutes)
Saving the rainforest is a dangerous mission.

(dir. James Toback, USA, 2009, 90 minutes)


We Loved Each Other So Much
(dir. Jack Jansen, 2003, 80 minutes)
Stories of Beirut and the music of Fairuz. In Arabic with English subtitles.

What Black Men Think

What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann
(dir. Steven Cantor, USA, 2006, 80 minutes)

Young @ Heart
(dir. Stephen Walker, USA, 108 minutes)
Young at Heart Chorus is based in Northampton, Massachusetts. See the final weeks of rehearsal for the group, whose average age is 81 and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate. Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs that range from James Brown to Coldplay. The group has toured Europe and sung for royalty. Now they are focusing on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town.


Maya Deren - Experimental Films
Includes: Meshes of the Afternoon; At Land; A Study in Choreography; Ritual in Tranfigured Time; Meditation on Violence; The Very Eye of Night

Foreign DVDs

Angry Harvest (Bittere Ernte)
(dir. Agnieszka Holland, West Germany, 1985, 101 minutes)

Agnieszka Holland directs this provocative World War II story that is both a character study and a mesmerizing cat and mouse game between a Polish Catholic farmer and a Jewish woman who has escaped a train bound for the Nazi death camps. Leon Wolny (Armin Mueller-Stahl) is a devout Catholic who lives in solitude, yearning for the company of a woman. When he stumbles across Rosa Eckert (Elisabeth Trissenaar) trying to steal food from him, he discovers that she has nowhere else to turn. Excited by her presence, Leon hides her in his cellar, at first as a favor, then against her will, and again as a man who has fallen in love for the first time. Each individual's strict religious beliefs spark intense debates, highlighting their extreme differences, yet their desperation keeps them together, eventually forging a strong emotional bond. Holland's film is a deeply engaging intellectual thriller, which pits two extremely opposing individuals against each other in a battle of wits, sanity, and emotion, featuring outstanding performances by Rainer Werner Fassbinder regulars Stahl and Trissenaar; the film was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Antonio Gaudi
(dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan, 1984, 72 minutes)

Less a documentary than a visual poem, Teshigahara's Antonio Gaudi takes viewers on a tour of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi's truly spectacular architecture, including his still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona.

(dir. Joseph Cedar, Israel, 2007, 126 minutes)

The story of a group of Israeli soldiers stationed in an outpost prior to the withdrawal of forces from Lebanon in 2000. The film was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Film in 2008.

The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret)
(dir. Eran Kolirin, Israel, 2007, 87 minutes)

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town. Winner of over 35 international film awards.

Capricious Summer
(dir. Jiri Menzel, Czechoslavakia, 1968, 74 minutes)
From the director of Closely Watched Trains and I Served the King of England.

Commissar (Komissar)
(dir. Aleksandr Askoldov, Russia, 1967, 105 minutes)

Klavdia Vavilova is a Red Army commissar, a woman warrior who accidentally puts herself ahead of the needs of the Revolution - by getting pregnant. She stays with a Jewish family to give birth and is softened somewhat by the experience of family life. Its depiction of Soviet anti-Semitism and the personal side of political struggle got the film banned until 1988; this is its first release on DVD.

The Counterfeiters
(dir. Babette Schroder, Germany, 2007, 99 minutes)
Winner Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film 2007.

Le Deuxieme Souffle (Second Wind)
(dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1966, 144 minutes)

Gustave Manda (Lino Ventura, Army of Shadows), a powerful mobster known to his friends and enemies as simply "Gu," has escaped from prison. He fully intends to meet up with his sister, set up an escape plan, and get out of the country. It shouldn't be too difficult. Gu is a smart guy, and the odds are considerably in his favor. Before Gu has an opportunity to leave, he is confronted with a distraction. One of his old friends offers Gu 40 million dollars to help out with a complicated heist. Lured in by the promise of many millions to retire with, Gu agrees and gets ready to take on one last job.

Do You Remember Dolly Bell?
(dir. Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia, 1981, 110 minutes )
A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young prostitute and he falls in love with her.

Le Doulos (The Finger Man)
(dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1962, 108 minutes)

Burglar Maurice Faugel has just finished his sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre, a receiver, and steals the loot of a break-in. He is also preparing a house-breaking, and his friend Silien brings him the needed equipment. But Silien is a police informer - or is he? A movie whose "all characters are two-faced, all characters are false", according to director Jean-Pierre Melville.

The Edukators (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei)
(Hans Weingartner, Germany, 2004, 127 minutes)

Three rebellious young people with a mind to turn the greed of capitalism on its head break into private homes and rearrange the furniture, attempting to make the wealthy aware of their materialistic lives.

(dir. Tony Gatlif, France, 2004, 104 minutes)

Beautifully-filmed road movie with long musical sequences. Zano and Naïma are a young Parisian couple, both of them with Algerian origins, but both of them have been violently wrenched from their families and their roots in different ways and feel discontent with their lives. One morning, Zano suggests they make a trip to Algeria – on foot. It’s a long way across France and Spain to get to their destination, but the journey they make within themselves is even greater. On paper, there would seem to be little to distinguish Exiles from hundreds of similar road-movies about rootless characters searching for meaning in their lives, but in the hands of Tony Gatlif – a French national of gypsy and Algerian descent himself - the rather schematic storyline of a journey towards self-discovery becomes something rather more personal and vital.

Generale Della Rovere
(dir. Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1959, 132 minutes)

I Served the King of England
(Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále)
(dir. Jiri Menzel, Czech Republic, 2006, 120 minutes)

From the director of Closely Watched Trains and Capricious Summer comes this story about a young man who grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young prostitute and he falls in love with her.of a young restaurant worker does whatever it takes to become a millionaire, only to realize that by accomplishing his goal he has wound up in prison.

I've Loved You So Long
(Il y a longtemps que je t'aime)
(dir. Philippe Claudel, France, 2008, 117 minutes)

A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.

Let the Right One In
(Lat den ratte kommen in)
(dir. Tomas Alfredson, Sweden, 2008, 15 minutes)

"Best. Vampire movie. Ever." - Washington Examiner

Life According To Agfa (Ha-Chayim Al-Pi Agfa)
(dir. Assi Dayan, Israel,1992, 100 minutes)
The film takes place in Tel Aviv, much of it in a fictitious local pub called Barbie, a satirical nickname for a famous Israeli mental health institution. The pub's name hints at the characters and the events which occur in the pub and which befall its owner (Daliah), the employees and customers. The plot unfolds with a streak of violence which takes a surprising turn.

Live and Become (Va, vis et deviens)
(dir. Radu Mihaileanu, France, 2005, 140 minutes)

In 1980 the black Falashas in Ethiopia are recognised as genuine Jews. In turn they are secretly carried to Israel. The day before the transport the son of a Jewish mother dies. In his place and with his name (Schlomo) she takes a Christian 9-year-old boy. Upon arrival this second mother dies. Schlomo is adopted by a good family but remains depressed until he secretly sends a letter to his real mother.

The Pope's Toilet
(dir. Cesar Charlone & Enrique Fernandez, Uruguay, 97 minutes)


The Secrets (Ha-Sadot)
(dir. Avi Nesher, Israel, 2007, 120 minutes)
Two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing.


Story of Women
(dir. Claude Chabrol, France, 1988, 108 minutes)

(dir. Raphael Nadjari, Israel, 2007, 95 minutes)

Times and Winds

When Father Was AWay On Business
(Otac na sluzbenom putu)
(dir. Emir Kusturica, Yugolavia, 1985, 136 minutes)

Without Witness
(Nikita Mikhalkov, Russia, 1983)

(dir. Ondrej Trojan, Czech Republic, 2003, 150 minutes)
A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia.

Frontline (series)



Cosmic Voyage


The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show, 1969-1971

Gospel According to Al Green

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

The Pyongyang Concert
The New York Philharmonic's February 2008 trip to North Korea to perform in the capital city is captured in this DVD which includes the concert performance as well as the documentary "Americans in Pyongyang."

Woodstock: 3 Dyas of Peace and Music (Director's Cut)
2-Disc 40th Annivesary Edition

National Geographic

Birth of Civilization
Dogtown: New Beginning
Herod's Lost Tomb
Stress: Portrait of a Killer

Non-Fiction DVD Reserves

The Bielski Brothers (History Channel)
Brewed in America (History Channel)
Budgeting Basics
China Inside Out: New World Power, Old World Politics
Cola Wars (History Channel)
Depression: Out of the Shadows

80 Metres Below the Summit
Amazonia Vertical Artic Extreme
Healing Cancer
Mysterious Mamberamo
Nova Guinea Pururambo
OMO: A Journey to the Primaeveal Age

Empower Yourself: Saying No to Sexual Harassment
Learn the Essentials of Piano with Talc Tolchin (series)
Personal Finance Series: Money Matters - Mastering Basic Money Management
Landing a Job in the Trades
Landscape Plant Selection, Soil Preparation & Planting
Like Money in the Bank
Public Speaking Made Easy
Sexual Harassment: Serious Business
Standard Deviants (series) - Finance Program 3: Money Management

Nova (series)
The Bible's Buried Secrets: Beyond Fact or Fiction
The Big Energy Gamble
The Spy Factory
A Walk To Beautiful


The Eternal Maria Callas


King Lear
(Broadway Theatre Archives)
Stars James Earl Jones

King Lear
(Royal Shakespeare Company)
Stars Ian McKellen

Richard III
(Laurence Olivier, UK, 1955, 158 minutes)

Television Series

History Detectives: Season 5, Episode 501


Monarchy 2

Stories from the Vaults - Season 1
(Smithsonian Channel series hosted by Tom Cavanaugh)
Host Tom Cavanagh takes viewers beyond the exhibit halls on an insider's tour of private rooms, high tech vaults, and cutting-edge labs of the Smithsonian, revealing some of the amazing artifacts and rarely-seen treasures that visitors can't see.

*** *** NEW RENTAL DVDS ***
Children Rental DVDs


Duck You Sucker
Forbidden Kingdom
G.I. Joe
Inglourious Basterds
(dir. Quentin Tarantino, USA, 2009, 153 minutes)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Children Rental DVDs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Hannah Montana, The Movie
Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience, Extended Movie


Charlie Barlett

The Confessions of a Shopaholic

Drill Bit Taylor

Finding Amanda

Ghost Town

Harold and Kumar Go To Guantanamo Bay

He's Just Not That Into You

Last Chance Harvey

Miss Petigrew Lives for a Day

The Promotion

Purple Violets

Run Fatboy Run

Son of Rambow

Step Brothers

Soul Men

Swing Vote

The Ugly Truth

What Just Happened

You'll Never Get Rich

Zack and Miri



Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Children of Huang Shi

A Clockwork Orange

Deep Cover


The Fall

Funny Games
(dir. Michael Haneke, 2007, 112 minutes)

The Girlfriend Experience

The Greatest Story Ever Told



If These Walls Could Talk

Johnny Got His Gun

Just for Life

Last Templar

The Long Goodbye

(Kathryn Bigelow & Monty Montgomery, 1982, 82 minutes)
Willem Defoe's film debut

The Man in the Glass Booth
(dir. Arthur Hiller, USA1975, 117 minutes)

Married Life

Memory Keepers

Mutiny on the Bounty


My Sister's Keeper

The Neverending Story

New York City Serenade

Not Easily Broken

Nothing To Lose

The Other Man

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Revolutionary Road

Romeo and Juliet

The Soloist




Wendy and Lucy
(dir. Kelly Reichardt, USA, 2008, 80 minutes)
Michelle Williams stars in the acclaimed mumblecore indy hit.


Drag Me To Hell
(dir. Sam Raimi, USA, 2009, 99 minutes)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956)
Night of the Living Dead
Paranormal Activity
Season of the Witch (aka Hungry Wives)
The Strangers


Sabotage (Hitchcock)
Spellbound (Hitchcock)
Young and Innocent (Hitchcock)


Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2-Disc Special Edition)
(dir. Ridley Scott, 1982, USA)

Event Horizon

Soylent Green

Star Trek
(dir. J.J. Abrams, USA, 2009)


X-Men Origins, Wolverine