It’s Branson! on VHS. Directed by Jonathan Donald. 1999.
From the sealed VHS box cover:
It’s got music. It’s got dance. And it’s got great scenery.
Nestled in the beautiful hills of the Ozark Mountains, far away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, lies a place of great beauty and splendor… a place you’ll never forget. It’s Branson, Missouri and you’re going to see it all.
You’ll enjoy Branson’s greatest sights — amazing Marvel Cave, popular Silver Dollar City, The Branson Scenic Railway, beautiful Dogwood Canyon, historic Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, magnificent Inspiration Tower, picturesque lake Taneycomo, the unforgettable showboat Branson Belle — and more!
And you’ll thrill to performances by Branson’s greatest stars including Andy Williams, Boxcar Willie, Mickey Gilley, Jim Stafford, The Lennon Sisters, The Osmond Brothers, Ray Stevens, The Baldknobbers, Glen Campbell — and more!
So sit back, relax and get ready to enjoy the sights and the stars of America’s favorite entertainment destination — It’s Branson!
Not found on DVD. Replace: It’s Branson on VHS
Manhunter on VHS video. Starring William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina, Tom Noonan, Stephen Lang. Based on the book Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Directed by Michael Mann. 1986.
From the VHS box cover:
Enter the mind of a killer… you might never return.
“It’s just you and me now, sport.”
He knows how to kill you. And how to get away with it. How to silence the family pet, how to break into your house, where and when you sleep. He’s cool. Cunning. Determined. He is also your only hope. Because he’s the detective tracking down an elusive serial killer who strikes when the moon is full.
William L. Petersen stars as Manhunter Will Graham. Graham has an uncanny knack for getting inside the head of his deranged quarry. That’s great for crimefighting. But is it good for Graham? The line between thinking like the killer and being the killer can be a narrow one.
“It’s the best detective story I ever came across,” says screenwriter/director Michael Mann about Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, the novel from which Manhunter was adapted. Mann should know a can’t-miss police thriller when he sees one; he’s the executive producer of Miami Vice and Crime Story. And the Miami Vice style he originated — electrifying visuals, a pulsing soundtrack, music video-inspired editing — is the perfect match for this sleek, frightening film.
Read Hannibal Lecter Book 1: Red Dragon
DVD upgrade: Manhunter (Limited Edition)
Living Free on VHS. Starring Nigel Davenport, Susan Hampshire, Geoffrey Keen. Based on the book by Joy Adamson. Directed by Jack Couffer. 1972.
From the VHS box cover:
The heartwarming story of three lion cubs struggling to survive in one of nature’s most treacherous settings is brought to life in Living Free, the sequel to “Born Free.” Set against the spectacular backdrop of East Africa, this true adventure continues the story of Joy and George Adamson and “Elsa,” the lioness they once raised and set free. Elsa returns to the Adamsons because she is dying. Joy and George are then faced with a painful decision — should they shelter Elsa’s cubs from the dangers of the African wilds, or should they set them free? A touching story of dedication and courage, Living Free confronts the dilemma of letting go or holding on to what you love.
DVD upgrade: Animal Combo Pack: Born Free/Living Free
Read it: Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds
Bob Ross Getting Started With Oil Colors on VHS video. Starring Bob Ross. 1998.
From the VHS cover:
Learn how to paint with the Bob Ross “anyone can paint” method. Learn to use his tools and color to experience “The Joy of Painting.”
Presented in Bob Ross’ own warm and patient style, this “Getting Started” video will take you through the Ross Wet-on-Wet method of painting in oil color. The Wet-on-Wet technique is a very free and expressive way of painting. It’s a great way of fulfilling your dreams of creating beautiful paintings and most importantly, it happens quickly. Bob covers in great detail all the tools he uses from the start — priming the canvas, to the finish — cleaning your brushes. During the video he shows how to create various trees, shrubs, skies, clouds, mountains, water and even a cabin with his unique method of mixing and blending colors directly on the canvas.
DVD upgrade: Bob Ross Getting Started with Oil Colors
Stick with a happy little VHS: Weber Bob Ross Getting Started with Oil Colors [VHS]
Winning Slot Secrets on VHS. Starring David Wilhite. 1988.
From the VHS box:
Now You Have A Fighting Chance
Discover the strategies, tips, and tricks that can earn you a bundle! Let world renowned gaming expert David Wilhite show you how to fight back against those one arm-bandits. Learn what machines to play and what machines to avoid. Learn correct money management. With little money hit big jackpots.
DVD upgrade: Winning Slot Secrets – David Wilhite
Bonus back cover scan:
Original Gangstas on VHS. Starring Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier. With Paul Winfield, Isabel Sanford, Ron O’Neal, Richard Roundtree, Christopher B. Duncan, Dru Down, Shyheim Franklin. Directed by Larry Cohen, Fred Williamson. 1996.
From the VHS box:
It’s time for some respect.
It’s one reunion you don’t want to miss. The top stars of ’70s Black Action films — Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree and Ron O’Neal — take on the hottest new stars on the ’90s as explosive action rips the mean streets of Gary, Indiana. Thirty years ago five friends formed a street gang, the Rebels. But the Rebels — and the rules — have changed. Instead of rocks and bottles, today the gang uses automatic weapons. Now one drive-by killing too many has reunited the original Rebels. But it’s going to take the support of the entire community and one final showdown to reclaim the streets and show today’s Rebels who the real “Original Gangstas” are.
Co-starring Paul Winfield, Isabel Sanford, Christopher B. Duncan and rappers Dru Down, Shyheim, “Original Gangstas” features the year’s hottest rap/R&B soundtrack with music by Luniz, Ice-T, MC REN, the Geto Boys and more.
DVD upgrade: Original Gangstas
Blake Edwards’ S.O.B. on VHS video. Starring Julie Andrews, William Holden. With Marisa Berenson, Larry Hagman, Robert Loggia, Stuart Margolin, Richard Mulligan, Robert Vaughn, Robert Webber, Shelley Winters, Loretta Swit, Rosanna Arquette. Directed by Blake Edwards. 1981.
From the VHS box:
The director who made the panther pink and taught you to count to 10 coins a new term for comedy.
Gobble-gobble! Felix Farmer’s latest film is a colossal turkey — and that sends lots of Hollywood types into action. Agents are called. Lawyers are retained. Press statements are issued. It’s what filmmaker Blake Edwards calls “Standard Operating Bull,” the subject of his gleefully satiric S.O.B.
A long list of notables joins in this convivial sock to Hollywood’s kisser. Julie Andrews is squeaky-clean superstar Sally Miles, married to Felix but living apart in one of their several homes. She’s the key to Felix’s sudden plan to flip his flop into a smash. He wants her to appear topless in a re-shot version of the film.
Sally’s agent says, “No… Maybe… How much?” A medical quack to the stars and a worldly director supply gin as a tonic for frazzled Felix and his equally frazzled press agent. A studio mogul angles for a piece of Felix’s can’t-miss idea. And a hitchhiking waif, studio yes-man and gossipy gadfly provide more tinsel beneath the tinsel.
The dialogue crackles like fat in a fire, the gags range from dead-on deadpan to comedic broadsides, the insights bristle and sting. There’s nothing standard here. S.O.B. is extraordinary.
Buy the DVD: S.O.B.
Or, watch now: S.O.B.