These three DVDs from the worlds of sports, music and literature were recently added to our collection and caught our attention:
Jordan Rides the Bus
In 1993 Michael Jordan stunned everyone by leaving the game of basketball and joining a minor league baseball team. This documentary examines this time in Jordan’s life and career, and how the tragic loss of his father impacted his decision to pursue a lifelong ambition and play baseball. Bonus features: director’s statements; extended interviews; Michael Jordan baseball highlights (796.397 JOR)
If you missed this on PBS, here’s your chance to watch the American Masters film that “takes an
intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono, and their son, Sean, spent living
in New York City during the 1970s. Featuring never-before-heard studio
recordings and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and home
movies.” You can also listen to related podcasts online. (B LENNON)
Seeker’s Guide to Harry Potter
Learn more about the underlying themes and symbolism found in the Harry Potter books by J.K.
Rowling as researched by Dr. Geo Trevarthen, an academic from the University of Edinburgh with expertise in Celtic Shamanism. (823.914 ROW)
Morning Glory is a delightful romp through a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into producing a morning TV news show. Think Matt and Meredith but with co-hosts
Colleen Peck (charming Diane Keaton) and Mike Pomeroy (grumpy Harrison Ford)
who clearly despise each other, but must feign compatibility for rating’s sake. These two are brought together by a vivacious Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) who has landed her dream job producing a heavyweight morning show, but must up the ante by asking her hosts to undertake some hilarious stunts and outrageous interviews to gain market share.
Picture Keaton making nice with various zoo animals with the
predictable outcome that only working with the unpredictable can bring. Picture Ford who has been a peer of Brokaw and Rather, viewing the obligatory jolly weatherman riding a roller coaster with a camera strapped to his headgear.
Make no mistake, despite the star power of Ford and Keaton,
this movie belongs to McAdams whose sheer optimism and determination sparkle in
every scene. Will Becky be able to force a truce between Colleen and Mike and
put Daybreak back on top? Will hard news and frivolous stunts ever win the loyalty of morning viewers? Who knows, but Morning Glory will have you smiling and longing for your remote control and your cup of joe.
(Note: this movie is currently on order and can be placed on hold using the “My Account” feature or by contacting Reference & Information Services.)
Get a jump on some notable new nonfiction DVDs we are just adding to the collection:
Great Epochs of European Art shows selected pieces of
architecture, sculpture and painting filmed on location throughout Europe.
Great Migrations from National Geographic takes
viewers around the world on the arduous journeys millions of animals undertake
to ensure the survival of their species.
Growing Green Schools gives an in-depth look at how to
create a sustainable school, from buildings that are eco-friendly to cost
savings, and how having an environmental curriculum can have a beneficial
effect on a student’s over all well-being.
President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office National Geographic
follows Pete Souza, the President’s Photographer inside the Obama White House. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Vietnam – A Retrospective This documentary recaps the
conflict that spanned five presidencies, and a war that incited numerous riots,
protests and instituted a draft that will never be forgotten.
Non-Fiction DVD Selector