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The Little Prince



Nomad: The Warrior

“a handsome, sprawling story set in the early 18th century about a real-life descendant of Genghis Khan who is destined to unite Kazakhs tribes against invaders…[into] what will eventually become Kazakhstan…full of impressive horsemanship, swordplay, and terrific stunts. But it’s the film’s obvious sense of pride in its historically-based story about the creation of a united people that ultimately proves moving”.  — Amazon Editorial Reviews

The Power of One

“an intriguing story of a young English boy named P.K. and his passion for changing the world. Growing up he suffered as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. Soon orphaned, he was placed in the care of a German national named Professor von Vollensteen (a.k.a. “Doc”), a friend of his grandfather. Doc develops P.K.’s piano talent and P.K. becomes “assistant gardener” in Doc’s cactus garden. It is not long after WWII begins that Doc is placed in prison for failure to register with the English government as a foreigner. P.K. makes frequent visits and meets Geel Piet, an inmate, who teaches him to box. Geel Piet spreads the myth of the Rainmaker, the one who brings peace to all of the tribes. P.K. is cast in the light of this myth. After the war P.K. attends an English private school where he continues to box. He meets a young girl, Maria, with whom he falls in love. Her father, Professor Daniel Marais, is a leader of the Nationalist Party of South Africa. The two fight to teach the natives English as P.K.’s popularity grows via the myth. Maria is killed. P.K. looses focus until he sees the success of his language school among the tribes. He and Guideon Duma continue the work in hopes of building a better future for Africa”.  — Amazon Editorial Reviews

 My Trip to Al-Qadea

“Chronicles fundamentalist Islam’s rise to power and explores Wright’s struggle to maintain his objectivity as a journalist writing about Islamic terror.  — The Internet Movie Database

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

“Ten years in the making, this award-winning documentary was filmed during a remarkable nine journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. CRY OF THE SNOW LION brings audiences to the long-forbidden “rooftop of the world” with an unprecedented richness of imagery… from rarely-seen rituals in remote monasteries, to horse races with Khamba warriors; from brothels and slums in the holy city of Lhasa, to the magnificent Himalayan peaks still traveled by nomadic yak caravans. The dark secrets of Tibet’s recent past are powerfully chronicled through riveting personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images never before assembled in one film. A definitive exploration of a legendary subject, TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION is an epic story of courage and compassion”.  — Amazon Editorial Reviews. The DVD’s Special Features section includes a collection “Bonus Footage” offering rarely seen events such as “Summer In Kham…Amazing horse races and behind the scenes…glimpses of rarely visited Eastern Tibet” & “Sakya Masked Dances…Ritual and pageantry at one of Tibet’s most spectacular monasteries”.

Fly Away Home

“a 13-year-old girl…goes to live with her estranged, eccentric father (Jeff Daniels) following the death of her mother. At first she’s withdrawn and reclusive, but finds renewed happiness when she adopts an orphaned flock of baby geese and, later, teaches them to migrate using an ultralight. Sensitively directed and stunningly photographed, the movie has flying sequences that are nothing short of astonishing [based on the true story on-going work of Operation Migration (CraneCam    TrikeCam    Field Journal)]”.  — Amazon Editorial Reviews

8 Below

“it’s the canine stars who steal the show in Eight Below, a terrific live-action adventure…Based on a true story…and focuses on a dog-sled guide at an Antarctic research station…who is forced by a severe storm to abandon eight beloved sled dogs for the duration of a harsh Antarctic winter. Left to fend for themselves, the rugged and resourceful dogs encounter danger at every turn, surviving for nearly six months while Walker and his closest colleagues …join forces to mount a daring rescue mission…director Frank Marshall brings an abundance of natural splendor…to spectacularly arctic locations in Norway, Greenland and Canada…it’s the remarkable dogs (six Siberian huskies and two malamutes) who make Eight Below so thoroughly entertaining”.  — Amazon Editorial Reviews


“ambitious adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning Herman Hesse’s classic novel about the dual nature (the spiritual vs. the physical) of man and his eternal internal struggle to find peace within himself. This exciting version employs animation, special effects, camera trickery, color synthesizers, superimpositions, and fast and slow motion to convey the complex inner life of the aging tortured writer (Max Von Sydow) who encounters the beautiful muse and alter-ego (Sanda) on his journey of self”.  — Amazon Editorial Reviews

Circle of Iron

“unusual blend of fantasy, martial arts adventure, and Zen mysticism that should please cult-movie collectors and action aficionados with a taste for the offbeat. The bland but serviceable…lone warrior…sets out to find the mysterious Book of All Knowledge. He faces numerous physical challenges on his journey, chief among them David Carradine in four roles (including a half-man, half-monkey), as well as numerous philosophical conundrums”.  — Amazon Editorial Reviews

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

“While setting a milestone in the progress of digital filmmaking, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow resurrects a nostalgic fantasy world derived from a wide variety of vintage inspirations. It’s a dazzling dream for anyone who appreciates the look and feel of golden-age sci-fi pulp magazines, drawing its unique, all-digital design from such diverse sources as Howard Hawks adventures, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Buck Rogers, Blackhawk comics, The Third Man, cliffhanger serials, and the action-packed Indiana Jones franchise…guaranteed to inspire digital dreamers everywhere, suggesting a paradigm shift in the way CGI-dominated movies are made. It’s a giddy adventure for the young and young-at-heart, in which ace pilot “Sky Captain” Joe Sullivan…and intrepid reporter Polly Perkins…must save the world from a mad scientist whose vision of the future has tragic implications for all humankind…the method of its creation is nothing less than revolutionary”.  — Amazon Editorial Reviews

Dante’s Peak

“a volcano expert from the U.S. Geological Survey, and…the mayor of a cozy Washington State town perched beneath a volcano that’s about to blow. Telltale signs are everywhere, so evacuation must be carried out immediately. Of course, not everybody’s eager to leave, and even some of [the volcano expert’s] colleagues think his alarm is premature. This sets the stage for massive ash clouds, rivers of raging mud and molten rock, flattened forests, and death-defying escapes by [the volcano expert & mayor], and some (but not all) of [the mayor’s] family, friends, and townsfolk…you’ll find Dante’s Peak to be (if you’ll pardon the pun) a total blast”.  — Amazon Editorial Reviews

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