The TV series Soul Train was HOT in the 70s. This influential musical variety show featured every major name in R&B, soul and pre-Hip-Hop. Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha—they were all on. With polyester pantsuits, giant afros & fancy footwork, the Soul Train dancers introduced disco moves to the masses and brought soul superstars into American living rooms. This 9-disc set contains over 130 performances, plus 3-hours of interviews & extras.
Scotch snobs might turn up their noses at Kevin Kosar’s short-and-to-the-point little book, Whiskey: A Global History. Mainly they take issue with the use of the “e” in spelling whiskey. Whatever. If your whiskey ego isn’t that well developed, you’ll appreciate this extensively researched hardcover that succinctly summarizes all the fundamental facts about whiskey you ever wanted to know.
When a movie is set in prison, you usually know what you’re getting into. Not the case with this one. Actor Tahar Rahim plays Malik, a young convict forced into killing and further crimes by the pressures of prison gangsters. Scamming his way through his sentence, Malik eventually ends up as the central player in a struggle for prison power between French, Corsican & Arab gangs.
The steady release of new Star Wars products has been ongoing for over 30 years. It might never stop. You may wonder what (if any) of this stuff is something you need. This disk set is. No matter what your collection looks like, this new boxed-set on Blu-ray is essential. It features all six Star Wars live-action movies, plus over 30 hours of extra DVD material.
This story is neither pulp nor fiction. But after reading it, you might wish it was. The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival is real. Set in Siberia in the 1990s, a greedy and desperate poacher tangles with the wrong tiger. Award-winning author, John Vaillant, creates a masterful narrative connecting this chilling tale to politics, history and the classic struggle between man and beast. Update: Word is that Darren Aronofsky & Brad Pitt are teaming up to put this tale on the big screen.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a great creep. As Truman Capote, he won an Oscar. In 2009’s Doubt, he was nominated for another. He’s up to his patented smarmy style in this 80s-era story of compulsive (and dangerous) gambling. During the day, he’s a putz assistant bank manager – after hours, he’s a hardcore gambling addict. When his habit gets too big to fund, he turns to the closest source of capital: the bank. Embezzlement begins and so does Mahowny’s undoing. It’s a sick and tragicomic look into the seedy world of gambling. Are you in?
You like bikes. Cafés, chops, street trackers, customs … they’re all good. Bike EXIF is the place you’ll find your daily dose of cycle culture and 2-wheeled perversion. They’ve made a great calendar of the year’s best bikes. Sorry, there are no bikini-clad vixens, but there are also no OC Choppers. It’s a fair trade if you ask us. Just this once.
Even if you agree that neither Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien are even the least bit funny, you might still get a kick out of this exposé chronicling the battle between the two late night goofs. This book by TV expert, Bill Carter, reveals the mysterious backstory of television politics & pop-cultural chaos that unfolded when network bosses tried to change the schedule …
We sincerely hope you’re too young to remember watching this show. Rocky & Bullwinkle were a 60s phenomena: an adventuresome squirrel and a dim-witted moose who fought villains. Like most good cartoons, the adult humor was written to go right over the kid’s heads. And it did, making the series classic. This boxed set gives you 5 seasons of zany adventure—that’s over 90 episodes—plus a heap of special material.