New on DVD: The History of Film, Evolution of Man and The Avenging Angel


 Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy (2009) starring John Turturro Dollar for the Dead (1998) with Emilio Estevez, William Forsythe  Mankind- The Story of All of Us (2012) 
Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy (2009)  Dollar for the Dead (1998) Mankind: The Story of All of Us (2012) 


George Washington (1984)

 This epic look at the life of “The Father of His Country” follows Washington from his Virginia boyhood to his military heroics in the French and Indian Wars and his command of the colonial forces during the American Revolution. Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke Astin, Jaclyn Smith, Hal Holbrook, and Robert Stack star in the stirring TV mini-series.

The Avenging Angel (1995)

In this exciting made-for-TV historical adventure, Tom Berenger plays Miles Utley, a Mormon called on in childhood to protect religious leader Brigham Young. When he gets older, Utley finds his allegiance to Young questioned after he becomes the focus of a conspiracy plot. Charlton Heston co-stars as Young; with James Coburn.

Two for Texas (1997)

Saddle up for rousing adventure with this tale of two convicts (Kris Kristofferson and Scott Bairstow) who escape from a bayou prison and wind up joining Sam Houston’s Texas Volunteer Army and fighting alongside him at the Alamo.  Tom Skerritt, Irene Bedard also star.

Dollar for the Dead (1998)

This salute to spaghetti westerns showcases Emilio Estevez as a gunslinger who teams with ex-Confederate soldier William Forsythe in a search for gold. The two find themselves pursued by rancher Howie Long, who believes Estevez has killed his son, and Union and Spanish soldiers. Ed Lauter and Joaquim de Almeida also star; written and directed by Gene Quintano (“Comin’ at Ya!”).

ATF (1999)

In the aftermath of the disastrous raid upon the Branch Davidian compound, a troubled Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent (Amy Brenneman) goes on a quest for redemption by accepting a deep-cover infiltration assignment within another controversial cult. Gripping made-for-TV actioner co-scripted by Patricia Cornwell also stars Kathy Baker, Keith David, Mark Boone Junior, and William Richert.

Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy (2009)

Actor John Turturro explores his maternal homeland of Sicily in this intimate documentary that reveals many surprises about the island’s unique traditions. Indulging in fond memories of his late mother, Turturro also undertakes a tutoring in storytelling from a local puppeteer and observes preparations for the rituals surrounding the Day of the Dead.

Anita (2009)

Set in 1994 Buenos Aires, this sensitive drama from Argentina explores the condition of Down’s syndrome by way of the title character (played by Alejandra Manzo), who is separated from her caregiving mother (Norma Aleandro) after a horrible bombing takes place. Left to her own devices, Anita moves through the city and discovers she has the resources to look after herself.  Luis Luque, Leonor Manso co-star.

From Time to Time (2009)

From “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes comes this family fantasy drama about a 13-year-old boy (Alex Etel) dispatched to live with his grandmother (Maggie Smith) in her old house for the Christmas holidays. When her tween guest discovers a ghostly portal of time travel inside the estate, he unlocks generations of family secrets. Timothy Spall, Hugh Bonneville, and Carice van Houten co-star in this adaptation of Lucy M. Boston’s 1958 children’s novel “The Chimneys of Green Knowe.”

Beloved (2011)

In this stylish musical drama, Ludivine Sagnier and Catherine Deneuve share the role of Madeline, a woman whose romantic entanglements over the course of 30 years are portrayed. While the youthful Madeline of the 1960s (played by Sagnier) becomes a prostitute and marries a client, the three-decades “wiser” woman (now Deneuve) begins a steamy extramarital affair as her daughter woos a gay man. Michel Delpech, Milos Forman, and Chiara Mastroianni co-star.

The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)

From the zoetrope to the digital revolution, this 15-part British documentary program retraces the thrilling evolution of cinema around the world. Historian Mark Cousins leads this in-depth journey through film history, which blends 110 years’ worth of fascinating facts with references to 1,000 films, plus appearances by renowned industry talents Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Claudia Cardinale, Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Lars von Trier, and many others.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

In their fourth feature film, Manny, Diego, and Sid experience plenty of fun and excitement as their continent is set adrift. Using a massive iceberg as a ship, they sail towards a new world and encounter pirates and sea creatures. Meanwhile, their acorn-obsessed pal, Scrat, embarks on his own seabound adventure. With the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah.

Ted (2012)

From “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane comes this hilarious and raunchy comedy. Ever since he was a little boy, John Bennett’s (Mark Wahlberg) best pal has been Ted (voiced and motion-captured by MacFarlane), a stuffed bear who was magically brought to life. Now a grown man, John finds his friendship with Ted–who’s become a vulgar and obnoxious lout–might cost him his relationship with the beautiful Lori (Mila Kunis). With Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi.

Mankind: The Story of All of Us (2012)

Zooming out to encompass an even broader canvas, this engrossing follow-up to 2010’s “America: The Story of Us” reaches back in time to the evolution of the “cradle of civilization” in Mesopotamia and then marches forward towards the discovery of America. Viewers are exposed to the awe-inspiring journey of humanity through the centuries of peril and triumph in programs boasting stunning visuals and enlightening insights. Narrated by Josh Brolin.

Age of the Hobbits (2012)

In a long-forgotten era, a wild tribe of miniature hominids is preyed upon by a race of dragon-riding cannibals. After a final raid leaves the free members at a precious few, they recruit human hunters to help free their fellows and ensure their survival.  Gripping fantasy actioner stars Christopher Judge, Bai Ling, Sun Korng.

Backwards (2012)

Failing to qualify for the Olympics a second time leads rower Abi Brooks (Sarah Megan Thomas) to abandon her squad for a high school coaching position. There, she is reunited with a former boyfriend (James Van Der Beek) and faced with the new, daunting challenge of moving forward with her life just as she appears to be focused on looking back. Engrossing romantic drama co-stars Glenn Morshower, Wynn Everett.

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