BattleBots Beginnings

BattleBots Beginnings on VHS. Starring Unknown. Directed by Unknown. 2001.

BattleBots Beginnings on VHS. Starring Unknown. Directed by Unknown. 2001.

From the VHS box:

Long Beach California 1999

Before BattleBots became known to millions of fans, before the rest of the world met killer robots like Tazbot, Ziggo, and Mechadon, a group of dedicated robot builders and a few thousand loyal fans gathered in Long Beach, California to make history.

This action-packed highlight video is an intense look at the adrenaline-amped world of robotic combat. In the arena known as the BattleBox, only one thing matters — Kicking Bot!

You’ll meet the robots and their builders to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to build and repair these remote controlled machines known as BattleBots. You’ll have a Pit Crew’s perspective as the robots wage war, all of them competing for the coveted Giant Nut trophy.

Enjoyed by all generations, this sport has inspired thousands of viewers to design and build their own robots.

Welcome to BattleBots!

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Another State Of Mind

Another State of Mind on VHS. Starring M. Otis Beard, Dennis Danell, Brent Liles, John Macias, Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris, Mike Ness. Directed by Adam Small, Peter Stuart. 1982.

Another State of Mind on VHS. Starring M. Otis Beard, Dennis Danell, Brent Liles, John Macias, Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris, Mike Ness. Directed by Adam Small, Peter Stuart. 1982.

From the VHS box cover:

Under the makeup. Over the edge. An incredible journey through the underground.

Featuring Social Distirtion, Youth Brigade, Minor Threat and a 10,000 mile, 25 city adventure.

In the summer of 1982, video/filmmakers Peter Stuart and Adam Small came upon a large-scale project which immediately captured their imagination: The Better Youth Organization of Los Angeles was planning a North American tour — eleven assorted punks traveling across the country in a broken down school bus. It was a chance to explore and document the punk rock community more extensively than ever before.

On August 17, 1982, armed with one production assistant, Stuart and Small set off in their rental truck on this journey through the underground.

For six weeks and ten thousand miles, they recorded the adventures of the two touring bands — Youth Brigade and Social Distortion. More than just concert footage, this film documents the rich collection of characters in and around the tour, and the hardships and dangers of life on the road.

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The Dream Is Alive

The Dream Is Alive on VHS. Starring Walter Cronkite, David Leestma, George Nelson, Sally Ride. Directed by Graeme Ferguson. 1985.

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.

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Patrick Stewart Narrates The Planets

Patrick Stewart Narrates "The Planets" on VHS. Starring Patrick Stewart. Music by Tomita. Directed by Don Barrett. 1993.

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.

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Tomita: The Tomita Planets CD

Holst: The Planets Gustav Holst (Composer), Charles Dutoit (Conductor)







Legends and Dreamers Inspired by Arizona Highways

Legends & Dreamers Inspired by Arizona Highways on VHS. Starring Jerry Jacka, Don Collier, Marshal Trimble. Directed by David Majure, Michael Tobias. 1998.

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)

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Aldous Huxley: The Gravity of Light

Aldous Huxley: The Gravity of Light on VHS. Documentary starring Jean Houston, Judy Klassen, David Odhiambo. Directed by Oliver Hockenhull. 1996.

Aldous Huxley: The Gravity of Light on VHS. Starring Jean Houston, Judy Klassen, David Odhiambo. Directed by Oliver Hockenhull. 1996.

From the VHS cover:

“…I DON’T WANT COMFORT. I WANT GOD, I WANT POETRY, I WANT REAL DANGER, I WANT FREEDOM, I WANT GOODNESS, I WANT SIN.” — Aldous Huxley

Oliver Hockenhull’s mesmerizing, multi-layered, mind altering exploration of the approaching millennium, hypnotically viewed through the intellect and the life of one of this century’s most prophetic thinkers: Aldous Huxley.

In “Aldous Huxley: The Gravity of Light” Huxley’s social prophecies and cultural criticisms take on a renewed resonance as Hockenhull weaves together rare archival footage, with self-reflective dramatic essays and extravagant visual effects to create an exhilarating, mescaline inspired journey that aggressively questions our presumptions and preconceptions about society, sex, religion, psychoactive drugs, and the perils of technological progress.

It’s a brave new look at our Brave New World that you will never forget.

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Nostradamus

Nostradamus on VHS. Starring ? Directed by ? 1988.

Nostradamus on VHS. Starring ? Directed by ? 1988.

From the box:

His Predictions Are Accurate — And Frightening!

He foretells of… the end of the world… war in the Mideast… the big earthquake… the new antichrist… disaster in space… assassinations… and more. You Must See For Yourself!

Nostradamus. His name has resounded through the centuries — shadowed in legend and mystery. Who was this amazing 16th century mystic who accurately predicted future world events more than 400 years before they happened? These unbelievable predictions include the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon, the rise of Adoplh Hitler, The Kennedy assassinations and Man’s Walk on the Moon! Future predictions include what most experts feel is the most unnerving one of all, the nuclear annihhilation of the world as we know it.

Hod did Nostradamus do it? Within this remarkable story, we are able to explore the true essence of Nostradamus and his mysteries, and in doing so, possibly determine mankind’s future destiny on this planet.

Hiroshima… Nostradamus foretold of a day when a new weapon would “make the sun appear double…” Man had at last harnessed the awesome power of the stars.

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