Most widely held works by Discovery Networks
Brazil revealed ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 348 libraries worldwide
Discover Brazil through the eyes of its people and explore the surrounding beaches, jungles, and landscaping mountains that make this land so vibrant. A country built on belief, unlike any other, where tradition and transformation live together.
Australia revealed ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 336 libraries worldwide
Take an epic adventure with intimate insight into the big, bold, and tenacious country of Australia. In the vast interior, a man transforms the struggle to survive into a game of pathos and humor; on the coast, a naval cadet dreams of a place in the sophisticated navy of the world's largest island; in the tropical North, a couple preserves a storehouse of culture over 40,000 years old; along the Gold Coast, a woman competes to win against nature's colossal waves; across the entire continent, one man dares to build the longest fence in the world to protect the people from the wild.
Understanding the universe ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 226 libraries worldwide
Join astronomers and astrophysicists as they probe light years beyond the Milky Way. This video employs graphic models and computer animation to illustrate some of the most complex cosmology theories of all time.
The prince ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 195 libraries worldwide
A study of Niccolò Machiavelli's book, The prince. This video compares the crumbling of medieval order of Machiavelli's time with modern politics and includes interviews with Henry Kissinger, Senator Gary Hart, Roger Masters, Riccardo Bruscagli and others. Includes reenactments from Machiavelli's life, period artwork, and location footage.
Walden ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 185 libraries worldwide
A study of Henry David Thoreau's book, Walden. Walden captures the essence of transcendentalism, emphasizing the importance of spirituality over materialism. The video traces Thoreau's life from his troubled childhood to the peace he found on the shores of Walden Pond. Includes interviews with Don Henley of the Eagles, founder of the Walden Woods Project, and former president Jimmy Carter who reveal the power that Thoreau's thinking still exerts today.
In the company of whales ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 183 libraries worldwide
Explores the watery domain of the whales, their intelligence and gracel. Photographed in 15 locations around the world.
The Great Gatsby ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 179 libraries worldwide
A study of F. Scott Fitzgerald's book, The great Gatsby. Gatsby explores the uniquely American possibilities that allow individuals to remake themselves. Though set in the 1920s, the novel's focus on the worship of money and power, of youth and success, make it as relevant now as when it was written. Includes re-enactment footage intercut with scenes from the 1974 film Gatsby, starring Robert Redford. Interviews with experts and dramatic narrative explore the complexity of the novel's characters.
The Interpretation of dreams ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and Chinese and held by 170 libraries worldwide
A study of Sigmund Freud's book, The interpretation of dreams. Through a series of dream sequence reenactments, this program reveals the complexities of the human condition which Freud scrutinized. It also attempts to decipher Freud's chart of the unconscious and examines Freud's life story.
The Odyssey ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
"This DVD offers an introduction to one of the Western world's first action-adventure stories. Take a look at the Greek myths and The Odyssey's lessons of morality."--Container.
Don Quixote ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 140 libraries worldwide
A study of Cervantes' tragi-comic novel Don Quixote which explores themes of social criticism, religious reflection, individualism, and idealism. Recounts the adventures of Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza in dramatic re-enactments filmed on location in Spain. Modern commentary by comedians and former New York governor Mario Cuomo, reveal why the work has remained popular and relevant for four hundred years.
Plato's Republic ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
Plato's Republic has intrigued, provoked, appalled and inspired readers since he wrote it in Athens 2,400 years ago. Plato has been called the father of philosophy, the first feminist, a revolutionary amd the original idealist. His concepts of psychology, logic and politics are dramatized with scenes from The Republic, including the Allegory of the Cave, and explained by scholars and experts.
The crocodile hunter. Crocodiles of the revolution ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 133 libraries worldwide
"After a violent revolution ends in East Timor, Steve Irwin arrives on a special mission-- to save two of the largest reptiles in the world"--Container.
Galileo's "Dialogue ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 128 libraries worldwide
A study of Galileo's Dialogue in which he asserted that the Earth was not the center of the universe. Galileo was jailed for heresy for contradicting the traditional teachings of the medieval Church. The video traces the background of the Dialogue, from the Copernican view that the sun is the center of the universe, to the trial of Galileo before the Holy Office. The profound conflicts between science and theology unfold in dramatic re-enactments.
Last of the czars ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 124 libraries worldwide
The Romanov family ruled Russia for 300 years; an imperial empire that crumbled in 1918 when Lenin-backed revolutionaries toppled Nicholas II in a violent upheaval. Before their world came crashing down, the Romanovs-- Nicholas, Alexandra and their five children--enjoyed a life shrouded in mystery. But with the recent downfall of the Soviet Union, information has come to light, ending generations of speculation. Rare, never-before-seen film footage, actual letters, czarist-era survivor interviews, photos, and other rare items give a finely-detailed look at Russia's most dramatic era.
The fall of Saigon ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 116 libraries worldwide
The fall of Saigon is chronicled with rare news footage and eyewitness accounts from both sides of the conflict. Now, twenty years later, former President Ford and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger offer a new perspective on the U.S. role in the chaotic evacuation.
The crocodile hunter Steve's story ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 113 libraries worldwide
"Here's your chance to get inside the adrenaline-charged head of Steve Irwin, star of Animal Planet's The crocodile hunter"--Container.
Understanding cities ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 109 libraries worldwide
Looks at cities past and present with a focus on issues of transportation, electricity, light, water, sewage, and trash. Examines differences between cities that have evolved over time and planned cities. Cities profiled include New York City, Portland, Ore., London, Teotihuacan, and Brasilia.
Out of the wild the Alaska experiment ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 106 libraries worldwide
Nine ordinary Americans have volunteered to participate in an incredibly unique experiment. They will be flown in, dropped off, and stranded deep in the heart of Central Alaska. Their goal is to make it back to civilization, alive! Includes eight episodes.
The Lynchburg story ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 105 libraries worldwide
This film charts the history of the American eugenics program under which 80,000 inmates in state institutions have been compulsorily sterilized. In Virginia between 1905 and 1972, several thousand children deemed by the state as unfit to reproduce were taken from their families and forced to live in the Lynchburg Colony. Victims recall their experiences of beatings, solitary confinement and other abuses.
Understanding bacteria ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 103 libraries worldwide
"How do benign bacteria work? How are infectious bacteria fought? And how are scientists adapting both types of bacteria to good - or evil - uses? This program answers those questions through the observations and insights of Stanley Falkow, Fred Tenover, and other specialists. The role of E. coli in digestion, the relationship between H. pylori and ulcers, medical waste, the exploitation of anthrax as a weapon, and the discovery of extraterrestrial bacteria are all considered." -- Container.
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