New documentaries on DVD

December 8, 2021

These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Widescreen (1.78:1)

Bonus features: Includes extended interviews!

Twenty years ago, a group of artists left Marvel Comics to create their own company⁵ a company that continues to influence mainstream comics and culture to this day. Image Comics was more than just a publisher. It was a response to years of creator mistreatment, and it changed comics forever.

Title from disc label.

If there's one artist who defines what pop and rock music should be better than any other, that artist simply has to be David Bowie. Having now been in the business close to fifty years, this completely unique performer, composer and maverick music maker has charmed and delighted almost everybody who has ever heard his records.

1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.

Featuring, Glen Campbell, Kim Campbell, Ronald Petersen.

Extra features: "I'm not gonna miss you" music video; Volunteers of American PSA; "I'll be me Alzheimer's fund PSA".

They thought it would last five weeks. Instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a "Goodbye Tour."

1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


The first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.

Commentators, Michele Josue, Judy Shepard, Dennis Shepard.

Revisits the much-publicized case of Matthew Shepard, the young man tortured and killed in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming for being gay. Family and friends recount Shepard's life and the circumstances surrounding his murder.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair, Steve Ferrone, Scott Thurston, Stan Lynch, Howie Epstein) ; interviews with Eddie Vedder, Rick Rubin, Roger McGuinn, Dave Grohl, Johnny Depp, Jeff Lynne, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, and others.

Released to DVD, Oct. 2008.

Bonus performances: Too much ain't enough (1978) ; The waiting (with Eddie Vedder) (2006) ; Mystic eyes (2006) ; Liner notes, by Warren Zanes, and full credits on container insert.

"Tracking Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from their Gainesville beginnings to their 30th anniversary celebration, Runnin' Down a Dream is the hard-hitting account of a band that became a family and, along the way, left a body of work that is among the richest deposits in American musical history"-Container.


Originally produced in 2014.

Includes trailer.

Incorporates user-generated content to follow a 31-day scavenger hunt that took place in October, 2013, on the streets of New York City at the hands of Banksy, a British street artist.

Interviewees, George Harrison, Anupam Kher, Russell Simmons and others ; narrator, Anupam Kher.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.

Includes excerpts from the writings and lecures of Paramahansa Yogananda.

An unconventional biography about the Hindu swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920's.

1 videodisc (ca. 55 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Features interviews and other rare footage. Contains no recordings by David Bowie.

Container indicates running time of 64 min.

Most famous for his alter-ego, the ostentatious, androgynous 'Ziggy Stardust', Bowie has continually reinvented his music and image. He has had numerous top ten hits in the U.S. and U.K., most notably China Girl; Space Oddity; Under Pressure; and more. Told through archive interviews (originally thought lost) and rare and unseen footage, a worthy addition to any Bowie collection. Items genuinely unseen and never before shown on DVD including film from the ITN archive.

1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

Ariel Hsing, Michael Hsing, and Lily Zhang.

Originally released in 2014.

Bonus features: Extended and deleted scenes, biographies.

Inside a cramped gym, the clacking sounds of hollow plastic balls whirling at 80 mph are punctuated by exclamations of victory and bitter cries of defeat. Welcome to the hidden world of competitive ping pong. Three fiercely committed teenagers battle their way through the world of elite table tennis. With devoted parents by their side, they have traded normal teenage life for a chance to represent their country on the world₂s biggest athletic stage: the Olympics.

1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

Jimmy Bennett, Hunter King, Luke Jaden Sawicki.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.

Sophomore year has been a nightmare for Jessica Burns. Relentlessly harassed by her former friend Avery Keller, Jessica doesn't know what she did to deserve the abuse from one of South Brookdale High's most popular and beautiful students. But when a shocking event changes both of their lives, a documentary film crew, a hidden digital camera, and the attention of a reeling community begin to reveal the powerful truth.

1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Videodisc release of the 2014 documentary motion picture.

Bonus features include bonus scenes, deleted scenes and a photo gallery.

Documentary film that follows the true-life story of a group of Jewish-American pilots who, in 1948, become members of Machal and flew as volunteers from abroad for Israel in its War of Independence.

Greg Louganis, Ron O'Brien, Kyle David Pierce.

A refreshingly candid documentary film that follows four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis over three years as he struggles with financial security and reunites with the sport he once dominated but not welcomed in. The threat of losing his house during the recent financial crisis forces Louganis to re-evaluate the choices, relationships, and missed opportunities of his career.

Featuring Marian McPartland, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patrice Rushen, Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston, Ina Ray Hutton, Lil Hardin Armstrong, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, and many more.

Originally produced in 2011.

Includes commentary by Judy Chaikin and Michael Greene, film trailer, and never before seen stores: On the road with the diva jazz orchestra ; Mary Lou Williams - the lady who swung the band ; Jennifer Leitham - making the changes ; Another great day in Harlem.

The award-winning documentary film tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The many first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.

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