New documentary releases on dvd for December 2014

BLACKFISHBLACKFISH (E) 2013 COWPERTHWAITE, GABRIELA £17.99

Documentary which aims to expose the truth about killer whales being held in captivity for the benefit of a multi-billion dollar sea park industry. In 2010, captive killer whale Tilikum killed his trainer Dawn Brancheau in front of horrified onlookers at the Sea World park in Orlando, Florida. Despite being linked to another two human deaths, Tilikum is still being held at the park due to the value of his sperm.

COMETCOMET – UNSEEN IMAGES FROM THE ARCHIVES (E) 2014 £34.99

The story of world’s first jet airliner which was produced by British manufacturer de Havilland and made its first flight in 1949. The footage includes archive material of the Comet and contributions from those who flew the aircraft.

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LIFE STORYDAVID ATTENBOROUGH: LIFE STORY (PG) 2014 £22.99

This wildlife programme charts the lives of various animals on our planet, chronicling their differing journeys from birth to adulthood, each from their own unique perspective. Each episode focuses on one stage of the animals’ lives, depicting the struggles they face in the quest to reach adulthood and the duty to continue their bloodline if they are successful in overcoming the odds and reaching parenthood.

DETROPIADETROPIA (E) 2012 EWING,H/GRADY, R £15.99

Three working residents of Detroit, video blogger Crystal Starr, nightclub owner Tommy Stephens and United Auto Workers local President George McGregor, each give their own view on the decline of the city and its potential hopes for a radically different future.

They attempt to illustrate how Detroit has changed from the fastest growing city in the world in 1930 to the present day where its inhabitants are striving to save it from becoming a victim of the harsh political and economic times in post-industrial America.

HOCKNEY (15) 2014 WRIGHT, RANDALL £19.99

With unprecedented access to his private archive of photographs and film the film sets about creating a homage to the artist, his life and his work.

KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESSTHE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS (PG) 2013 JAPAN £19.99

Documentary about Japanese film company Studio Ghibli and three of the men behind its success – directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki. The film provides insight into the studio’s success by following the men at work for a year during the production of Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ (2013) and Takahata’s ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’ (2013) and capturing them in conversation with their teams.

LIVE FROM SPACELIVE FROM SPACE (E) 2014 £19.99

Dermot O’Leary following the crew of the International Space Station. Broadcast live from the ISS itself and the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, the programme follows astronauts Rick Mastracchio, Koichi Wakata and Mike Hopkins who share their everyday experiences of living and working in space.

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MEDIEVAL DEADMEDIEVAL DEAD (E) 2014 3 DISCS £34.99

The programme examines the skeletal remains of humans who lived during the Middle Ages and, using archaeological science, creates dramatic reconstructions of true stories from the era. The episodes are: ‘Last Stand at Visby’, ‘The Mysterious Woman of Tadcaster’, ‘The Defenders of Masterby’, ‘Richard III’s Lost Chapel’, ‘Disease and Pestilence’ and ‘Agincourt – The Hidden Dead’.

 

A Spell to Ward Off the DarknessA SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS (15) 2013 RUSSELL, B/RIVERS, B £22.99
Documentary following an unnamed man through three significant events in his life. The journey begins with the man on a small island in Estonia then follows him as he moves to the Finnish wilderness and then finally on to the scene of a concert in Norway where he is performing as singer and guitarist of a black metal group. Robert A.

The directors explore the ways in which we shape our space in society while trying to remain true to ourselves.

VIETNAMVIETNAM: A HISTORY (E) 2014 3 DISCS £34.99

The film details how the conflict escalated and how the 1968 Tet Offensive forced the American government to reassess their position and withdraw their troops due to a loss of public support.

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WE ARE THE GIANTWE ARE THE GIANT (15) 2014 BARKER, GREG £17.99

Film-maker Greg Barker speaks to a number of people involved in ‘Arab Spring’ focussing on specific areas of interest, including Libya, Bahrain and Syria.

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WINCONSIN RISING (E) 2014 MAYFIELD, SAM £11.99

Documentary about protests for worker’s rights. In 2011 the largest worker’s protests in American history took place after Republican Governor Scott Walker proposed that state employees should lose their collective bargaining rights in the workplace. This is the story of the outraged workers who took to the streets in anger and occupied the State House as a symbol of their discontent, protesting for days for what they viewed as an undoing of eight decades of struggle to obtain worker’s rights.

DVD available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/documentaries

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