Descriptive Video Tape Catalog
(Updated May 2012)
Family and Children
When lonely ten-year-old Elliott meets a lovable alien who just wants to find a way home, the lives of both are changed by a friendship that knows no earthly bounds. Rated PG. 1982. DV 134.
Edison: The Wizard of Light
In 1893, Thomas Edison is obsessed by a vision: “What if I could do for the eye what my favorite invention, the phonograph, does for the ear?” Jack, a twelve-year-old boy who crashes into the lab while fleeing a truant officer, becomes an apprentice to Edison and shares the adventure, the late hours and the energy of the world’s greatest inventor as he creates the first motion pictures. Not Rated. 1998. DV 389.
In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission while his dogs fight for survival. Rated PG. 2006. DV 571.
Einstein: Light to the Power of 2
An unlikely meeting of minds occurs when Albert Einstein helps Lannie, a twelve-year-old African-American girl, whose poor grades in school are due to her teacher’s prejudice. Lannie’s earnestness renews Einstein’s spirit and in return he gives Lannie an incredible gift: an awareness of her potential. Not Rated. 1997. DV 390.
John Wayne and Robert Mitchum play the gunfighter and the sheriff who join forces to clean up a dirty town. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. 1967. DV 33.
Enable: People with Disabilities and Computers
Join the Flying Karamazov Brothers as they introduce you to people who are using the personal computer to allow them to get back into the rhythm of life. You will see that with the help of the personal computer, people with disabilities are working, creating, communicating, and juggling the activities of life. The second version is described. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 263.
The English Patient
During World War II, American Allies care for a mysterious stranger rescued from a fiery plane crash. As the mystery of his identity is slowly revealed, an incredible tale of passion, intrigue and adventure unfold. Winner of nine Academy Awards in 1997. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Kristen Thomas, Juliette Binoche, and Willem Dafoe. Contains violence, strong language, and sexual situations. Rated R. 1996. DV 156.
The music hall is losing its audience to television. But comic Archie Rice is positive he can turn the tide with one more big show at the Wintergarden. Stars Laurence Olivier. Not Rated. 1960. DV 296.
Based on a true story, Julia Roberts stars as Erin Brockovich, a feisty young mother who fought for justice any way she knew how. She convinces an attorney to hire her, and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation. The two begin an incredible fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees. Contains strong language. Rated R. 2000. DV 269.
Esther and the King
In 440 B.C. the king of Persia chooses for his queen a lovely Judean girl named Esther, and thereby earns the undying enmity of his ambitious cousin and chief minister, Haman. Haman plots to get rid of them both and then massacre the despised Judeans. Joan Collins and Richard Egan star in this Biblical tale about the power of faith, love and virtue. Not Rated. 1960. DV 449.
Eyes on the Prize II
An exploration of the American civil rights movement as it transformed America from 1964 to 1985. Four video set. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 35.
The Fall of the Roman Empire
This historical epic is a smart, handsome spectacle of the decadence, corruption, and intrigue that tears apart the greatest empire the world has seen. Recently remade as Gladiator, this version of the epic story stars Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, and Mel Ferrer. Not Rated. 1964. DV 391.
The Fallen Idol
With his parents away, young Philip is delighted to spend more time with his best friend and hero, Baines the butler, even though it means putting up with the butler’s ill-tempered wife. But when he sees Mrs. Baines die at the end of a jealous fight with her husband, the boy is torn between his conscience and his desire to protect his hero. Not Rated. 1948. DV 392.
A Farewell to Arms
An adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel, set against the brutal backdrop of World War I, about the passionate romance between an American ambulance corpsman and a beautiful English nurse. Stars Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. Not Rated. 1932. DV 297.
Glenn Close portrays the vengeful "other woman" whose obsessive love for Dan Gallagher, played by Michael Douglas, leads to terror. Closed Captioned. Contains violence, strong language, and explicit sex. Rated R. 1987. DV 36.
Father of the Bride
One day, George's daughter is in pigtails, shooting baskets in the back yard, and all is right with the world. The next day, she's talking about this fabulous man she's going to marry. Steve Martin stars as the bride's over-reacting father and Martin Short as the very strange, yet hilarious wedding coordinator! Closed Captioned. Rated PG. 1991. DV 37.
Father’s Little Dividend
A young and radiant Elizabeth Taylor is expecting, to the anxious concern and delight of her father Spencer Tracy. Not Rated. 1951. DV 298.
In this very funny romantic comedy, Ben Wrightman meets workaholic Lindsey Meeks who finds him sweet and charming. They hit it off, and that winter, Ben spends every waking hour with Lindsey. But with the arrival of summer, Lindsey discovers Ben's strong obsession with the Boston Red Sox. Stars Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. Contains sexual situations and strong language. Rated PG-13. 2005. DV 550.
Field of Dreams
An Iowa farmer, heeding a voice only he hears, plows under his crops to build a baseball diamond that will become the "home field" to an all-star team of long-gone players. Part sports drama, part fantasy and part father-son story, this is an adaptation of W.P. Kinsella's novel "Shoeless Joe". Stars Kevin Costner. Closed Captioned. Rated PG. 1989. DV 39.
Johnny Depp stars as "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie in this drama chronicling the events that inspired the playwright's timeless tale of the boy who never grew up. After encountering a beautiful widow and her four young sons, he quickly becomes enamored with the family. While dealing with his wife's growing resentment, Barrie struggles to bring his literary vision to life. Also stars Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman and Julie Christie. Rated PG. 2004. DV 545.
Set in the Bronx in the early 1960s, Five Corners deals with the effects of the release from prison of the neighborhood psycho who is free to once again stalk the woman of his dreams. The neighborhood tough guy who rescued her last time has decided to become a pacifist working for civil rights and refuses to lift his hand in violence. Stars John Turturro, Jodie Foster, and Tim Robbins. Contains graphic violence, strong language, and sexual situations. Rated R. 1988. DV 450.
The Flu/The Human Body: Assignment Discovery
The Flu shows how a virus affects the human body and how the body’s immune system prepares itself for battle.
The Human Body explores how different parts of the body work together to provide protection, support, and movement. 2 tapes. Not Rated. DV 499.
Fly Girls: The American Experience
The story of the more than one thousand women who signed up to fly with the United States military during World War II. Not Rated.
The Flying Deuces
Laurel and Hardy join the Foreign Legion, but it's not as much fun as they might have thought. Sinister Charles Middleton is the commander and he means business! One of the wildest airplane sequences ever filmed makes this old-time comedy a real treasure. Not Rated. 1939. DV 393.
Tom Hanks stars as the simple-minded but good-hearted Forrest, whose life is a series of accidental encounters with the memorable people and pivotal events of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Endearing mix of comedy and drama and the winner of six Oscars including Best Picture, Director and Actor. Contains violence and sexual situations. Closed Captioned. Rated PG-13. 1994. DV 41.
The 40 Year Old Virgin
This is an engaging tale of a 40-year-old virgin named Andy who is looking for true love. On his quest, with help from his friends, he finds himself involved in a series of amusing escapades as he tries speed dating, is propositioned by his female manager, and even gets his chest waxed. Stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jane Lynch and Catherine Keener. Contains explicit sex and strong language. Rated R. 2005. DV 549.
Fred Roger's Heroes: Who’s Helping America's Children?
In his PBS special for adults, Fred Rogers ventures out to neighborhoods beyond his own to uncover some true-to-life heroes and the extraordinary changes they are effecting in their communities. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 181.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Ninny, a spry octogenarian, forms an unexpected friendship with a dowdy housewife with whom she shares a liberating story about two women who lived half-a-century ago. Starring Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. Contains violence and strong language. Rated PG-13. 1991. DV 143.
The Front Page
Can an ace reporter give up the scoop of a lifetime for the sake of love and marriage? Not if his manipulative editor has anything to do with it. This riotous look at the newspaper world was nominated for three Academy Awards. Stars Adolphe Menjou and Pat O’Brien. Not Rated. 1931. DV 299.
Frosty the Snowman
This animated classic tells the story of a magical hat that accidentally brings a jolly snowman to life and causes marvelous adventures. Closed Captioned. Rated G. 1969. DV 42.
A Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife escapes from prison, and while being pursued by an unrelenting U.S. Marshal, tries to prove his innocence. Starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Closed Captioned. Contains violence. Rated PG-13. DV 182.
The Full Monty
In this hilarious heartfelt comedy, six unemployed men, inspired by a touring group of male strippers, decide they can make a small fortune by putting on their own striptease. Contains strong language and nudity. Closed Captioned. Rated R. 1997. DV 164.
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