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Language-Learning Tools for Kids
The statistics supporting bilingual education are hard to argue with—improved problem-solving and social skills as well as higher test scores mean that foreign languages set kids up for success across the board. The sweet spot for second language...
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Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe
Now available on DVD for the first time, the biographical documentary "Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe" has been released through exclusive collaboration with Upper Playground. The painter, muralist, graffiti artist, and graphic novelist...
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Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season 1
Can you name the early '90s TV show that featured appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Sheen, Meg Ryan, Malcolm McDowell, Phyllis Diller, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Taylor? Pop-culture aficionados will recognize...
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Oscilloscope DVD Subscription Giveaway
by Ariston Anderson Like a cheese-of-the-month club, Beastie Boy turned indie film mogul Adam Yauch's new subscription service delivers 10 new releases from his own Oscilloscope Laboratories to your doorstep over the course of a year. Calling...
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The State Complete Series: Interview with David Wain
Over 15 years since debuting as MTV's first foray into sketch comedy, "The State: The Complete Series" is finally a reality. After more than a decade of starts and stalls, the cult-classic will be available 14 July 2009 as a five-disc...
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Russell Brand in New York City: Extended & Uncensored
The most eloquent filthy mouth to hit the comedy scene, revolutionary Russell Brand has slowly but surely charmed his way from London to Hollywood—his ruminative witticisms and attitudinal haircut leading the way. The "Russell Brand in...
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Cinema16: World Short Films DVD
Other than regulars on the film fest circuit, few have the chance to see the types of short films from around the world assembled on the recent DVD "Cinema16: World Short Films." Thanks to the folks at Cinema16, film fans can now watch...
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Four Newly-Released Chris Marker Films
By Michael Talbott Every self-respecting cinephile has most certainly seen the haunting 1962 "La Jetée," Chris Marker's new-wave meets sci-fi classic of post-apocalyptic Paris time travel, but few outside film students and obsessive...
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Across the Great Divide
The two most iconic Australian bands of the past decade—Silverchair and Powderfinger—joined forces recently on a joint Australia-wide tour of monumental proportions. And when we say monumental, we mean playing everywhere from "Darwin...
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Wild Style: DVD and Book Giveaway
Wooden acting and choppy production quality aside (we think it's part of its charm), when "Wild Style" was produced in 1982 the movie-going public was barely aware of the burgeoning hip hop scene sprouting up in the decaying urban centers...
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CD-R with Braille
CDs and DVDs not only look alike, but also feel alike. Imagine not being able to see the words "CD" or "DVD" printed on the disc. How would you know what it was? You wouldn't! To help blind consumers, Japan's Mitsubishi...
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David Lynch Giveaway
In the past year David Lynch released his epic experimental film Inland Empire (shot entirely on mini-DV), wrote a book on transcendental meditation called Catching the Big Fish (and inaugurated an annual conference on the subject) and debuted...
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Five Art DVD Magazines
The format of these DVDs vary but the content is consistent: collaborations between musicians, artists, directors and designers that often feature experimental and innovative styles and techniques. Here are five our favorites. Reline 2 is the second...
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Edward Burtynsky: China
Edward Burtynsky photographs a world changing for the purposes of industrial development. His most recent book, China, is a glimpse into the massive social and economic transformation currently underway as China tries to join the ranks of more industrialized...
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Five Best Films of 2006
It wasn't tough to come up with five great films from the past year, but I realized while making this list that I didn't have to go through an arduous elimination process in order to narrow it down to such a small number. Though there...
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Second Run DVD
Issuing their first releases little more than a year ago, the U.K.-based Second Run DVD has rapidly become the most exciting label around. Eschewing the canonical focus of industry giants like Criterion, in just fifteen months this upstart company...
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The Double Life of Véronique
Another stunning set from Amazon. by Michael Talbott
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Kissology Winner
Congratulations to Robb B. the lucky CH reader who is the winner of our Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977 DVD Box Set giveaway. Robb (pictured center), a Kiss fan since age five, has even signed autographs as Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley. The Kissology...
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Yoga in Bed
Last week I ran into Edward Vilga, one of my favorite yoga teachers, on the subway. He generously gave a me a copy of his "Yoga in Bed" DVD to check out. Yesterday morning it was raining so hard that there was no way I was going to go to...
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Disc Hub
Do you like to leave your current favorite CDs out for easy playback and quick visual reference? The Disc Hub lets you have a more controlled mess and less damage to your discs by gently holding them in neoprene lined slots. Alex de Rouvray designed...
DESIGN
5inch Disc Hubs
These great little hubs come from the CD / DVD / Accessory shop, 5inch. They're a super clean and simple way to store your discs inside a book, or on any surface you want to stick them to. 5inch has fab CD designs and really cool cases, as well...
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Fun Blank CDs and DVDs
5 Inch is a little Chicago design shop with fantastic blank disc art and innovative little cases.
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