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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Excalibur on VHS. Starring Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson. With Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart. Based on the Arthurian legends written by Sir Thomas Malory. Directed by John Boorman. 1981.
From the box:
Forged By A God. Foretold By A Wizard. Found By A King.
All the elements of Sir Thomas Malory’s classic Le Morte Darthur are here: Arthur (Nigel Terry) the boy king, removing the magical sword Excalibur from the stone and setting out to unite the land; the valorous Knights of the Round Table, sworn to the chivalric ideals of truth, courage and purity of heart, but decaying into drunkenness and squabbling; the gallant attempt to restore honor by seeking out the Holy Grail, the cup used by Christ during the Last Supper; and the wizard Merlin (Nicol Williamson) and temptress Morgana (Helen Mirren), medieval alchemists who use their powers to affect the course of human events… but are powerless to prevent the old pagan gods of wood and stream from giving way to the new gods of logic and science.
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L.A. Story on VHS. Starring Steve Martin. With Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant, Marilu Henner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patrick Stewart. Directed by Mick Jackson. 1991.
From the box:
Something Funny Is Happening in L.A.
Steve Martin is Harris Telemacher, a wacky television weatherman, who thinks his life is perfect, except for an erratic relationship with a style-conscious girlfriend (Marilu Henner). Then, one bright and smoggy L.A. day, an electronic freeway sign changes his life, when its advice leads him into a frivolous romance with a young and beautiful blonde (Sarah Jessica Parker) and ultimately, to true love with the woman of his dreams (Victoria Tennant).
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