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Bloody good fun, all of them!
Niall Ferguson, internationally acclaimed author and historian, brings us the highly-anticipated documentary series Civilization: The West and the Rest with Niall Ferguson. Named by Time as one of their top 100 most influential people, Ferguson investigates the influence of the West and its hold over the rest of the world since 1500 A.D.
The way people live, or aspire to live , is unmistakably an invention of the West. Throughout the world, more and more humans eat a Western diet, wear Western clothes and live in Western housing. The religion exported by the West, Christianity, is still followed by a third of mankind.
But are we living through the beginning of the end of the West’s ascendancy?
In this remarkable series, Ferguson explains how by juxtaposing the West and “the Rest,” we can uncover the keys–the six killer applications–of Western ascendancy: Competition, Science, Democracy, Medicine, Consumerism and Work Ethic. These keys may hold the real explanation of how, for roughly five centuries, a clear minority of mankind managed to secure the lion’s share of the Earth’s resources.
The world’s biggest car show is back for another exhilarating season of stars, cars and adventures with Top Gear 18. Join Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May as they visit India in their attempt to promote British trade armed only with three old cars, a badly behaved lawnmower and a trouser press. They also drive supercars across Italy, make a movie car chase, re-invent the mobility scooter, get soaking wet in track day cars, go motor racing for less than the cost of playing golf, explore the Chinese car industry, immerse themselves in the world of NASCAR and (our fave segment) drive a brand new Ferrari through a snow field. Stars behind the Reasonably Priced Car include Ryan Reynolds, Matt LeBlanc, Slash, Matt Smith,and Michael Fassbender. There are carloads of nonus features, including Top Gear (US) Season 2 Episode 1, a welcome from hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May and behind-the-scenes featurettes of LeBlanc driving a McLaren and Fassbender driving a McLaren and Richard does Nascar. A three disc box set that will drive you into pleasure.
Fish rain from the skies. A curse by an ancient god. A mysterious new computer leads to a run-in with aliens. Just a day with friends.
Created and produced by award-winning writer Russell T Davies, the final season of the exciting action-adventure children’s series, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Fifth Season, follows the exploits of school friends Luke, Clyde and Rani, who team up with Sarah Jane Smith, investigative journalist and former companion to The Doctor, to examine strange and mysterious events. The series is a spinoff of the long-running science fiction favorite, Doctor Who, and has gripped young audiences across the world.
Season Five finds Sky the Starchild, was given to Sarah Jane to look after, settling into Sarah Jane’s home on Bannerman Road as she discovers her own telekinetic powers. The final season continues the fast and funny recipe of action, drama and special effects, even as it features the final performances of Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith. Bonus features include: Goodbye Bannerman Road–Remembering Elisabeth Sladen, a tribute with contributions from those who worked closely with her, including the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith.
Who doesn’t love Dr. Who? BBC America introduces two new sets:
Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death Special Edition
By the late 21st century, mankind has become totally dependent on T-Mat to transport people, food and medicines around the world. When the system breaks down, Earth is soon crippled by global shortages. Traveling to the relay station on the moon, the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and his companions discover the horrific truth: the Ice Warriors have hijacked T-Mat and intend to claim the planet for themselves. Can the Doctor defeat the Martians before Earth is smothered in deadly fungus, and the human race is condemned to extinction? This digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes audio commentary with actors Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, director Michael Ferguson and script editor Terrance Dicks; Lords of the Red Planet history of the Ice Warriors featurette; Sssowing the Ssseedsss behind the scenes featurette; as well as many other bonus features.
Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks
The TARDIS is dragged down a time corridor, forcing the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) to materialize in a disused part of London in 1984. The corridor links Earth with a battle cruiser in the future that contains the Doctor’s oldest enemy–the Daleks. Having lost the war with the Movellans, only one person can now help the evil race. With shocking consequences for the Doctor, it is time for the Daleks to resurrect their creator Davros (Terry Malloy). This digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes audio commentary with actor Terry Malloy, writer Eric Saward and visual effects designer Peter Wragg; additional audio commentary with actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and director Matthew Robinson; alternate 4-part version of the story; Come In Number Five retrospective of the Fifth Doctor presented by David Tennant; as well as many other bonus features.