Dungeons & Dragons on VHS video. Starring Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan, Bruce Payne, Marlon Wayans, Thora Birch, Kristen Wilson, Lee Arenberg. Based on the game by Gary Gygax. Directed by Courtney Solomon. 2000.
From the VHS box:
In a world… [obscured by sticker]… diabolical mage who plots to take over the kingdom of Izmer. The Empress Savina fights to return peaceful times to her subjects. Now, the hopes of Izmer rest with Snails, Ridley and the fighters brave enough to help them battle the dark forces of Profion. Dazzling special effects and spellbinding performances conjure up a supernatural film that brings the adventure home to you.
DVD upgrade (with special features): Dungeons & Dragons (New Line Platinum Series)
Double D&D: Dungeons & Dragons / Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God
The Dream Is Alive on VHS. Starring Walter Cronkite, David Leestma, George Nelson, Sally Ride. Directed by Graeme Ferguson. 1985.
From the VHS box:
A Presentation Of The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air And Space Museum And Lockheed Corporation In Association With The National Aeronautics And Space Administration.
The Dream is Alive takes you into space alongside the astronauts on the space shuttle. Share with them the delights of zero gravity while working, eating and sleeping in orbit around the Earth. Float as never before over the towering Andes, the boot of Italy, Egypt and the Nile. Witness firsthand a tension-filled satellite capture and repair and the historic first spacewalk by an American woman.
The Dream is Alive was filmed in the IMAX format and exhibited in IMAX theaters worldwide. This video version is digitally mastered from original 70MM film elements with the sound components specially mixed and mastered to produce the highest quality Dolby Surround soundtrack.
DVD upgrade: The Dream Is Alive (IMAX)
Patrick Stewart Narrates “The Planets” on VHS. Starring Patrick Stewart. Music by Tomita. Directed by Don Barrett. 1993.
From the VHS box cover:
From the moment you hear the rich voice of actor Patrick Stewart, you know you’re in for an adventure. While Stewart is best known as Captain Jean Luc Picard of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” this time he’s our guide on a journey that takes us beyond the world of sci-fi. This time, our space odyssey is real. It’s an enterprise that gives us a window seat from real spacecraft — starships with names like Pioneer, Mariner, Viking, Voyager, Galileo and Magellan. We see an awesome array of NASA images — from lunar sunrises to digital moonscapes, and lava lakes to solar flares. Stewart’s dramatic narration helps us appreciate the mysteries of our universe as we fly over Mars at 200,000 miles per hour, and on through Saturn’s gossamer rings.
“The Planets” cosmic show is made all the more dazzling by the popular music of its soundtrack. The acclaimed electronic musician Tomita has created a modern version of Holst’s classic suite, “The Planets,” and its power fuels the excitement of our trip.
A hit music score, breathtaking vistas and a great voice to guide us — “The Planets” has all the right ingredients. Fascinating, factual and fun, it evokes a wide-eyed sense of wonder in us all.
Upgrade to DVD: Patrick Stewart: Narrates the Planets Epoch 2000
Tomita: The Tomita Planets CD
Holst: The Planets Gustav Holst (Composer), Charles Dutoit (Conductor)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull on VHS. Starring James Franciscus, Juliet Mills, Philip Ahn, Hal Holbrook. From the book by Richard Bach. Directed by Hall Bartlett. 1973.
From the VHS box:
“You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.” Jonathan Livingston Seagull’s words, from the best-selling novel by Richard Bach, bring into sharp focus the intense and extraordinary determination of Jonathan, who envisions another world — one of love, understanding, achievement, hope and individuality. An evocative musical score by Neil Diamond is paramount to the film’s mood.
DVD upgrade: Jonathan Livingston Seagull on DVD
Read the book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition
Spread your wings and fly away (with Neil Diamond): Jonathan Livingston Seagull Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Legends & Dreamers Inspired by Arizona Highways on VHS. Starring Jerry Jacka, Don Collier, Marshal Trimble. Directed by David Majure, Michael Tobias. 1998.
From the sealed VHS box:
The state of Arizona is dreamlike in its beauty, from its water-carved canyons and jewel-like lakes to its fiery sunsets. It is a state of imagination, built by myths, legends and windy tall tales. Come discover the beauty and spirit of this magnificent land.
Join Jerry Jacka, one of Arizona’s most prolific photographers as he shares his artistry and some of his favorite places in Northern Arizona. Travel the state from border to border on horseback; take a ride on the San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad and relive the legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral. Visit picturesque Pleasant Valley with storyteller Marshal Trimble, hear a tale of one of the West’s most notorious feuds and discover why Arizona has always been a destination of legends and dreamers.
Listen to the West: THE JERRY JACKA TRIO RED HOT MAMMA 45 rpm single
Read the West: Arizona Highways, March 1985 (Ghost Towns, Lost Mines) (Vol. 61, No. 3)
More DVDs from Arizona Highways: The Arizona Collection on DVD
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)