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Best Media 2014: Best Video

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Digitally restored classic films—domestic and foreign—and television miniseries, especially crime dramas, reign amid fewer but notable documentaries in LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list.

For All Audiences: the LGBT Experience, the Aftermath of 9/11, Holocaust Histories, Plus Fast Scans | Video Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Interviews with men and women elected to public office who are openly LGBT, the life and work of Noam Chomsky, one of the backstories of September 11, 2001, the fate of Jewish children in Belgium who escaped the Holocaust.

Clayton’s Innocents, the Life of Ray Mancini, the Roosevelts, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews

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An “adult ghost story”; former lightweight boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini; the private and public lives of the extraordinary Roosevelt family; a portrayal of the indomitable human spirit.

Sculptor Calder, Voices of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Christie’s Poirot, the Latest Fast Scans | Video Reviews

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An introduction to one of America’s most important modern artists, whose influential body of work is so often reduced to only his mobiles; a vision of the “very complex historical narrative” that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Classic Drama, Where Dreams Come True, A Portrait of Faithfulness and Freedom, Plus New Trailers | Video Reviews

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Libraries can expand their film offerings in a hurry and at a good price with Acorn’s Classic Drama Collection, Greasepaint spends less time on jokes and pratfalls and more on what it means to be a family.

Controversial Issues, Architectural Innovation, Beatlemania, Fast Scans, & More | Video Reviews

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After Tiller is an important, sensitive, clear-eyed look at doctors and clinics in the center of the antiabortion movement, a forthright and thought-provoking look at a contentious issue, an iconic mid-century modern masterpiece.

Elaine Stritch, Women’s Health, Coney Island History, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews

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Not a tribute but an excellent warts-and-all revelation of a massive talent and ego, a revolutionary way of doing business and an odyssey of female empowerment, the first eight titles in Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics line make their high-def debuts

Cold War History, the Life of Ward, Trials of Ali, plus Fast Scans & Trailers | Video Reviews

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An engaging examination of the influence of Western TV, an overdue reminder of what remains singular about Lynd Ward, a fascinating look into how Ali overcame prejudice through the courage of his convictions, and much more

Bob Fosse’s Masterpiece, Peter O’Toole’s Last Act, Halle Berry’s New Look, & More | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray

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Fosse’s musical, lots of drama, and Cuarón’s Y tu Mamá También.

Bio of AA’s Bill Wilson, a New Season of Call the Midwife, Top Indie & Foreign Picks, & More | Video Reviews

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A powerful production of the story of AA cofounder Bill W., fans will be delighted to reunite with the midwives and Anglican nuns of London’s East End, real-life Elvis impersonator John ­McInerny delivers a powerful performance

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