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12.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Released after the accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, at a time when Ronald Reagan escalated the arms race with the Soviet Union, The Atomic Caf� was a film in opposition. The documentary on American psychology in the first decade after the bombing of Hiroshima, exploring how the U.S. government sold its nuclear policy and how the public responded, was compelling propaganda for t...
12.14.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
It may have been Alistair Cooke�s finest hour, the cream of PBS� �Masterpiece Theatre� in the golden years of high-tone British imports. �The Jewel in the Crown,� among the greatest TV mini series ever produced, is out now as a four-DVD set. The 1984 Granada Television program was condensed and adapted from Paul Scott�s The Raj Quartet, the literary classic of the UK�s endgame in India fr...
12.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
If nothing else, the new version of The Day the Earth Stood Still spurred the reissue of the original 1951 film as a two-DVD Special Edition. The second disc includes interesting bonus material, especially a biography of screenwriter Edmund North, who narrowly escaped being blacklisted for his politics during the McCarthy era. North was a war veteran and pacifist who made much of his career sc...
11.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
A fly landed on the brow of Julius Caesar in the �Studio One� production of Shakespeare�s play. And then it flew away before Caesar could blink. At least I think that�s what happened in the 1955 program for CBS, preserved in shadowy black and white on a fascinating DVD set, the �Studio One Anthology.� Like most every play in the series, Julius Caesar was performed live in the studio with ...
11.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
America wanted to be one nation under a groove during the Bicentennial Year and in music, George Clinton worked hard to make the dream a reality. In 1976 Clinton, already an R&B veteran, reached a career peak at the helm of Parliament Funkadelic. The Mothership Connection Live 1976, out now on DVD, is an audio-visual record of a concert by the funky touring band at its peak. Aided by elab...