Historical Documentaries - Blu-ray Movie Genres

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WWII in HD (2009) [TV]

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WWII in HD - - 2011-05-15
2012-09-21
WWII in HD 2010-01-26 2010-01-26 2011-05-15
2012-09-21

The History Channel presents this epic documentary that chronicles the deeply personal stories of soldiers, sailors, journalists, nurses and others who served in the front lines of the European and Pacific theaters of World War II. Weaving hours of rare, pristinely restored color footage with diaries, interviews and other first-hand accounts, this series recounts the global sweep of the war as experienced by those who were there.

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The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

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The Times of Harvey Milk - 2004-06-08 -

Harvey Fierstein narrates this documentary by Rob Epstein about San Francisco's most colorful -- and tragic -- political figure: Harvey Milk, a staunch fighter for gay rights who helped forge a presence for the city's gay community in city hall. Milk became the first openly gay member of San Francisco's combative city council. But his life, along with Mayor George Moscone's, was cut short by infamous fellow politico Dan White.

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Man on Wire (2008)

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Man on Wire - 2008-12-09 2014-02-01

The Wonder of It All (2007)

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The Wonder of It All 2009-09-22 2009-09-08 2010-04-02
2012-02-29

Join Buzz Aldrin, Edgar Mitchell, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan and other astronauts who have walked on the moon as they reflect upon their outer space training routines, historical missions, groundbreaking achievements, personal dreams and more. Featuring many rare photos from the astronauts' personal collections, this documentary also explores the huge impact space travel had on the heroes' families.

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Waltz with Bashir (2008)

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Waltz with Bashir 2009-06-23 2009-06-23 -

Ken Burns: Prohibition (2011) [TV]

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Ken Burns: Prohibition 2013-03-14 2011-10-04 -
Ken Burns: Prohibition - - 2013-07-01

Ken Burns's fascinating multipart documentary examines the history of alcohol in America, including the events leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol, and the repeal of Prohibition.

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Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl (2012) [TV]

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Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl - 2012-12-18 2013-07-01

This TV miniseries chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains -- followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s -- nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.

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In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

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In the Shadow of the Moon 2010-08-10 2008-02-12 -

David Sington and Christopher Riley's acclaimed documentary reveals the history of the Apollo space program through interviews with the brave astronauts who lived through a paradigm-shifting chapter in world history. Devoted to President John F. Kennedy's goal of sending a man to the moon, the NASA project pushed the envelope of what was humanly possible. But the program also experienced several failures, one of which resulted in tragedy.

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No Place on Earth (2012)

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No Place on Earth 2013-08-20 2013-08-20 2013-09-27

Nanook of the North (1922)

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Nanook of the North - 1999-02-18 -

In what's considered the first documentary ever made, director Robert Flaherty's landmark film grippingly chronicles the often-brutal relationship between humans and nature's unforgiving elements. Over the course of a year, the movie's subjects -- Inuit Nanook and his family -- must hunt, fish and build an igloo to survive in the pristine but inhospitable environs of Canada's frigid Hudson Bay region.

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The Gatekeepers (2012)

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The Gatekeepers 2013-07-09 2013-07-09 -

Meet six leaders of Israel's secret service, the Shin Bet, which has dealt with conflict amid the quest for peace for nearly 50 years. For the first time, these men discuss the challenging truths and consequences of their counterterrorism mission.

a.k.a. שומרי הסף
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American Experience: JFK (2013) [TV]

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JFK presents a fresh look at an enigmatic man who remains one of the nation's most beloved and mourned leaders, John F. Kennedy. It offers a new perspective on his private life, his relationship with his wife, his close connection to his brother, Robert, and his bond with his father. JFK also reevaluates his strengths and weaknesses in the Oval Office as he navigated some of the most explosive events of the mid-twentieth century.

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Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

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Ghosts of the Abyss - 2004-04-27 -

Academy Award-winning director James Cameron returns to the site of his greatest inspiration: the legendary wreck of the Titanic. Accompanied by a crew of historical experts, filmmakers and scientists, Cameron explores the wreckage inside and out.

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Victory at Sea (1952)

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Victory at Sea - 2003-09-30 -

Leonard Graves narrates this gripping 26-part documentary, which debuted in 1952, about World War II and how it was waged from all fronts -- on the ground, from the skies and, most of all, on the sea. Extensive black-and-white footage of the battles and remarkably balanced commentary take viewers right to the front lines.

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Vietnam in HD (2011) [TV]

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Vietnam in HD - 2012-01-31 -

Using rare footage remastered in high definition, this intense documentary relates the stories of those who experienced the war in Vietnam firsthand, including a Marine, a reporter, the wife of a high-ranking POW and an Army nurse.

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The Men Who Built America (2012) [TV]

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Meet the titans who forged the foundation of modern America and created the American Dream. This series shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the U.S., a nation in chaos after the Civil War.

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Comic Book Confidential (1988)

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Comic Book Confidential - - 2011-02-01
2013-05-01

Ron Mann's documentary explores how comic books were elevated to pop art and bore witness to cultural phenomena with the help of legendary creators such as Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, William Gaines, Bill Griffith and Stan Lee. The film traces the medium from its ultrapatriotic beginnings -- with pages filled with superheroes fighting for truth, justice and the American way -- and shows how it evolved into sophisticated, complicated, readable art.

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Apocalypse: World War II (2009)

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Apocalypse: World War ll - 2011-03-29 -

Actor Martin Sheen narrates this compelling six-part documentary that uses rarely seen archival and amateur film footage -- once deemed "unfit for civilians to see" -- to tell the story of World War II in a way that it's never been told before. Segments cover the rise of the Nazi party, the fall of Dunkirk, the battle of Britain, Pearl Harbor and the Pacific arena, the liberation of France, and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

a.k.a. Apocalypse - La seconda guerra mondiale
Apocalypse: La 2e guerre mondiale
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How the Earth Changed History (2010)

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Iain Stewart hosts this fascinating exploration of Earth's long history. But instead of highlighting humankind's influence on the planet, the program looks at the planet itself and how changes in climate and geology have affected humankind. With the aid of stunning HD camerawork, the series paints a vibrant picture of our world -- and the often-unseen role it can play in determining our activities.

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The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross (2005)

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The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross 2009-09-01 2005-12-26 -

Taking on the gargantuan task of chronicling two centuries of conflict, this fascinating documentary begins in 1096 A.D. -- the year Christian soldiers seized the city of Jerusalem from Muslim forces. The program follows the Crusades through the 13th century via a stunning blend of theatrical reenactments, computer-generated imagery and on-location footage. Produced by the History Channel, the show is thought provoking and educational.

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Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (2007)

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Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs: IMAX 2009-11-03 - 2012-09-01

This IMAX documentary opens the lid on the tombs of the pharaohs for an in-depth look at the meaning behind the mystery of the mummies.

a.k.a. Momies: Les Secrets des Pharaohs
Mummie - I segreti dei Faraoni
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America: The Story of Us (2010) [TV]

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America: The Story of Us 2010-09-14 2010-09-14 2011-05-15
2012-09-21
America: The Story of Us - - 2011-05-15
2012-09-21

Experience American history like never before with this television miniseries that highlights such momentous events as the arrival of the Pilgrims, the American Revolution, the Civil War and the incredible lunar landing. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, this comprehensive look into the true character of the United States and its people interweaves cutting-edge animation, insightful interviews and dramatic re-creations.

a.k.a. Die Geschichte Amerikas: Die Biografie einer Nation
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Arabia (2010)

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Arabia: IMAX - - 2012-09-01

Helen Mirren narrates this sweeping exploration of Arabian culture and history that's driven by stunning IMAX cinematography.

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The Magic of Flight (1996)

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The Magic of Flight: IMAX 2009-05-05 2000-06-27 2011-08-01
2012-08-01

From the Wright brothers' first rudimentary experiments at Kitty Hawk to the rigorous training of today's U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, this mind-boggling documentary deftly navigates the history of aviation. Cameras mounted on planes' bellies, noses and cockpits provide an up-close view of what the amazing flying machines are capable of as well as the camerawork necessary to capture it on film. Tom Selleck narrates.

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Clash of the Gods: Season 1 (2009) [TV]

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Clash of the Gods - 2010-03-30 -

Dive deep into the sacred realm of the ancients with this History Channel documentary series that recounts and examines the mythologies of Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and other lands, including tales of Greece's king of gods, Zeus. Revealing how these stories continue to shape Western thought and culture, the program also explores the trials of mighty Odysseus, the terrible fate of Medusa, and the legends of other gods, heroes and monsters.

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