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Criminal Justice Resources: Feature Films

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Looking for clips about crime? Here is a selection of criminal justice feature films available in the MSU Main Library Digital and Multimedia Center, the MSU College of Law Library, and the Library of Michigan.

If you search Our Online Catalog using the word videorecording or feature film in addition to crime, gangs, etc., you may be able to find additional films available in either the MSU Main Library, the MSU College of Law Library, or the Library of Michigan Library in downtown Lansing. If you desire, you can modify your search to Main Library only.

Other subject terms include:

Child sexual abuse -- drama

Detective and mystery films

Detective and mystery plays

Murder -- Investigation -- drama

Police -- drama

Police films

Prostitution -- drama

Sex offenders -- drama

Film Noir

Welcome to Film Noir.  Expressionistic crime dramas of the 40s and 50s: tough cops and private eyes, femme fatales, mean city streets and deserted backroads, bags of loot and dirty double-crossers.  Courtesy of the Internet Archive.

Documentary Films

If you are interested in Documentary Films, click here or on the tab at the top.

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Feel free to recommend your favorite documentary or feature film for acquisition by the library. 

Better yet the Library will be happy to accept donations and they are tax deductible too!

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Selected Feature Films, A

All movies are in the MSU Digital Multimedia Center, 4 West, unless otherwise noted.

10 to Midnight / the Cannon Group, Inc. presents ; a Golan-Globus production, for City Films Limited ; a J. Lee Thompson film ; written by William Roberts ; produced by Pancho Kohner, Lance Hool ; directed by J. Lee Thompson. Kinjite (forbidden subjects) / Cannon Entertainment presents a Golan-Globus production ; a J. Lee Thompson film ; produced by Pancho Kohner ; written by Harold Nebenzal ; directed by J. Lee Thompson.  [Cherry Hill, NJ] : TGG Direct, c2012.  1 DVD  videodisc (201 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection AR2 D0152289 VideoDVD : Charles Bronson plays a tough L.A. cop whose daughter is stalked by a cunning sex-killer. Kinjite (forbidden subjects): ...Charles Bronson is a vice squad veteran forced to battle his own racial prejudices when he's assigned to track down a young, Japanese girl enslaved by a vicious child prostitution ring.

12 Angry Men (1957) /  United Artists ; story and screenplay by Reginald Rose ; produced by Henry Fonda and Reginald Rose ; directed by Sidney Lumet.    Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment Inc., c2001.   1 DVD videodisc (ca. 96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.T75 T84 2001  VideoDisc.  Also available in on DVD in MSU Law Library Reserve Video T : Depicts a jury of men who must decide the fate of a teenage boy who has murdered his abusive father. The jurors are from all walks of life, and bring with them their own opinions, prejudices, fears, and personal demons.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

12 rounds [videorecording] / Fox Atomic presents, in association with WWE Studios ; a Mark Gordon Company production ; a Renny Harlin film ; produced by Mark Gordon, Josh McLaughlin, Michael Lake ; written by Daniel Kunka ; directed by Renny Harlin.  Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2009.  1 Blu-ray videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection CT1 D0111079 Blu-ray Video or CU9 D0111902 VideoDVD : When New Orleans police detective Danny Fisher stops a brilliant thief from getting away with a multimillion-dollar heist, the thief's girlfriend is accidentally killed. After escaping from prison, the criminal matermind enacts his revenge, taunting Danny with 12 rounds of near-impossible puzzles and tasks that he must somehow complete to save the life of the woman he loves.

The 39 Steps (1935)  / Gaumont-British Picture Corporation.  South Plainfield, N.J. : Congress Video Group, c1985.  1 VHS videocassette (80 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. PN1997 .T347 1985 Videocassette : A young Canadian makes the acquaintance of an international spy. When he finds her murdered in his flat, he takes over her mission and is pursued across Scotland by both the police and a dangerous spy ring. A detective and mystery film.

48 hrs (1982)  / Paramount Pictures presents a Lawrence Gordon production ; a Walter Hill film ; written by Roger Spottiswoode ... [et al.] ; produced by Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver ; directed by Walter Hill.  Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Video, 1983.  1 VHS videocassette (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PN1997 .A1545 1983 Videocassette : Nolte is a rough-edged cop after two vicious cop-killers. He can't do it without the help of smooth and dapper Murphy, who is serving time for a half-million dollar robbery. Both pursue their separate goals--Nolte wants the villains and Murphy wants his money and some much-needed female companionship.  Features Eddie Murphy.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

Absolute power  / Castle Rock Entertainment presents a Malpaso production.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1997.  2 laserdiscs (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in.  PN1995.9.S87 A27 1997 Video (12 inch) disc : He was where he shouldn't have been and saw what he shouldn't have seen. Now, who will believe the word of a career thief and ex-con? Who will trust Luther Whitney when he says he saw a woman killed and that the man responsible for her death is the President of the United States?  Cast : Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris.

The Accused /  Paramount Pictures Corporation. 1 VHS videocassette (110 min., color) Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c1989.  MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO A : A fiercely independent woman is gang raped, then battles the legal system twice, going after both her attackers and the onlookers whose cheering fueled and encouraged the assault.

Action Jackson (1988) / written by Robert Reneau ; directed by Craig R. Baxley ; Silver Pictures.  Irvine, Calif. : Lorimar, 1988.  1 12-inch videodisc (LaserVision CLV) (96 min.) : sd., col.  PN1995.9.D4 A38 1988 Video (12 inch) disc : Carl Weathers is Detroit police sergeant Jericho Action Jackson. He's pitted against the brutal thugs of ruthless auto tycoon Peter Dellaplane, who's out to murder his way to political power. Jackson's also involved with Dellaplane's beautiful wife Patrice -- and his exotic mistress Sydney.

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) / Universal ; a Paramount release.  Universal City, CA : Universal, c1999.  1 DVD videodisc (109 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1997.P79 H5 1999 VideoDVD : Horror melodrama in which a woman disappears after spending the night in an isolated motel which adjoins an eerie Victorian mansion, inhabited by a disturbed young man and his mother.  Cast : Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Janet Leigh.

Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1942) / Universal Picture Company and Skirball production ; produced by Jack H. Skirball ; directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures, [2006]  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 108 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.D4 S4733 2006 VideoDVD : Joseph Cotten stars as Uncle Charlie, a calculating and charming killer who hides out in his relatives' small hometown. There, he befriends his favorite niece and namesake, Young Charlie. But she begins to suspect he may be the famed Merry Widow murderer. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as the psychopathic killer plots the death of his young niece to protect his secret.  Cast : Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Patricia Collinge, Henry Travers, Wallace Ford, Hume Cronyn.

Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief  (1955) / a Paramount Pictures ; directed by Alfred Hitchcock ; screenplay by John Michael Hayes.  Los Angeles, Calif. : Paramount, c2000.  1 VHS videocassette (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.S87 T6 2000 Videocassette : A retired American jewel thief living on the French Riviera seeks to prove his innocence by exposing the burglar who has been imitating his technique.  Cast : Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams.

Ambushed / Absentee Productions inc. ; directed by Giorgio Serafini.  Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2013?]  1 DVD videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. ROVI Movie Collection AR9 D0158530 VideoDVD : In the frenetic underbelly of Los Angeles, Agent Maxwell closes in on an international cocaine smuggling operation run by criminal mastermind Vincent Camastra. When Agent Beverly Royce goes undercover with the drug dealers and finds herself deeper then she can handle. The case becomes personal for Maxwell who has to combat ruthless killers and dirty cops, in an all-out action-filled finale to bring the criminals to justice.

American Gangster  / Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment present in association with Relativity Media ; a Brian Grazer production ; produced by Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott ; written by Steven Zaillian ; directed by Ridley Scott.  Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2007.  1 Blue Ray DVD videodisc (2 hr., 38 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.G3 A44 2008 Blu-ray VideoDVD : Frank Lucas is a crime boss armed with ruthless, streetwise tactics and a strict sense of honor. Through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, Lucas comes to rule the inner-city drug trade.  Cast : Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Armand Assante, John Oritz, John Hawkes, Rza.

American History X  / New Line Cinema presents a Turman-Morrissey Company production ; a Tony Kaye film.  S.l.] : New Line Home Entertainment, 2001.  Schaeffer Law Library Reserve VIDEO A : Derek Vinyard, the charismatic leader of a group of young white supremacists, lands in prison for a brutal, hate-driven murder. Upon his release, ashamed of his past and pledging to reform, Derek realizes he must save his younger brother, Danny, from a similar fate. A groundbreaking controversial drama about the tragic consequences of racism in a family.

American Hustle / Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures present an Atlas Entertainment production ; produced by Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle ; written by Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell ; directed by David O. Russell.    Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2013.  1 videodisc (approximately 138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.M23 A447 2014 Video-DVD : A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation. American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Carmine Polito is the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the cons and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.   Loosely based on the ABSCAM bribery scandal, 1980.

American Me /  Universal Pictures.  Universal City, Calif. : MCA Universal Home Video, c1992. 1 VHS videocassette (125 min.)  PS627.G3 A5 1992 Videocassette : Actor-turned-director Edward James Olmos set out to spread the word against the destructiveness of gang violence with this 1992 gritty drama. Set in the barrios of East Los Angeles, he attempts to cover 30 years in the life of a family with strong gang ties. This brutally realistic story may not intentionally glorify violence, but it offers no answers. (Olmos actually shot the prison scenes in Folsom, which explains their harsh reality.) Great performances though, especially by Olmos and William Forsythe. Olmos plays a gang leader released from prison who is finally in touch with himself, only to realize it is too late. The one major problem with this well-intentioned flick is that it is rated R for violence, nudity, and profanity. Therefore, the kids who most need its message are not, in theory, the ones who will see it.
[Gangs -- Drama]

Anatomy of a Murder  / screenplay by Wendell Mayes ; produced and directed by Otto Preminger ; Carlyle Productions, Inc.  Burbank, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [1986]  1 VHS videocassette (ca. 161 min.) : b&w  PS3533.O32 A5 1986 Videocassette : A courtoom drama of premeditated murder as a jealous army lieutenant pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his beautiful wife.

And Justice For All (1979) / Columbia Pictures ; Valerie Curtin, Bary Levinson, writers ; Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer, producers ; Norman Jewison, director.  Burbank, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1993.  1 VHS videocassette (ca. 120 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.L39 A53 1993 Videocassette : A young lawyer battles not only one-on-one injustice in the courts, but the whole system as well.  Cast : Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg.

Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) / a Warner Bros.-First National Picture.  Santa Monica, CA : Turner Entertainment Co. [and] Warner Home Video, 2000.  1 VHS videocassette (97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.G3 A54 2000 Videocassette  : Two childhood friends grow up and go their separate ways--one a criminal and the other a parish priest. Rocky Sullivan returns to his old neighborhood to find his lawless life style idolized by the young hoodlums there. Jerry Connelly, the parish priest sees his hard work turn unavailing because of Rocky's corruptive influence.   Cast : James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, the "Dead End" Kids.

Anthony Mann's Film Noir Masterpieces  : T-Men (1947) ; Raw Deal (1948)Thomasville, GA : Roan Group, 1997.  2 videodiscs (ca. 171 min.) : sd., b&w ; 12 in.  PN1995.5.F54 T25 1997 Video (12 inch) disc : (1) T-Men: Two U.S. Treasury agents go undercover to infiltrate the ranks of a notorious counterfeiting ring known as the Vantucci Gang. (2) Raw deal: The tale of a framed gangster's quest for vengeance after he busts out of prison with help from his girlfriend.

The Apostle (1997)/ October Films presents a Butchers Run Films production ; written and directed by Robert Duvall ; produced by Rob Carliner.  New York : USA Home Entertainment, c1999. 1 DVD videodisc (134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.R4 A6 1999 VideoDVD : A gifted, charismatic Southern preacher, loved by his community, is secretly plagued by the darker side of human desire and rage. When he commits a crime of passion, he is forced to run from the law and set out on a new mission: to find the road to redemption.

The Apostle  / October Films presents a Butcher's Run Films production ; produced by Rob Carliner ; written and directed by Robert Duvall.  Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, c1998.  1 VHS videocassette (134 min.) : sd., col ; 1/2 in.  PN1995.9.R4 A6 1998 Videocassette   Also available on VHS in the MSU College of Law Library : A gifted, charismatic Southern preacher, loved by his community, is secretly plagued by the darker side of human desire and rage. When he commits a crime of passion, he is forced to run from the law and set out on a new mission: to find the road to redemption.

The asphalt jungle / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; produced by Arthur Hornblow, Jr. ; screenplay by Ben Maddow, John Huston ; directed by John Huston.  [United States] : Turner Entertainment Co. : Warner Home Video, [2004]  1DVD  videodisc (112 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.F54 A87 2004 VideoDVD : An aging criminal is released from prison and decides to assemble the old gang to go on one last heist. Based on the book by W.R. Burnett.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford  (2007) / a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Virtual Studios ; a Scott Free/ Plan B production ; Alberta Film Entertainment ; produced by Jules Daly, Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt, Ridley Scott, David Valdes ; screenplay by Andrew Dominik ; directed by Andrew Dominik.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (159 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.W4 A873 2008 VideoDVD : Everyone in 1880s America knows Jesse James. He's the nation's most notorious criminal and is being hunted by the law in 10 states. He's also the land's greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. No one knows of Robert Ford, at least not yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. He befriends Jesse and rides with his gang. And if that doesn't bring Ford fame, he will have to find a deadlier way. Friendship becomes rivalry and the quest for fame becomes obsession.

Selected Feature Films, B

Bad Boys (1995) / Columbia Pictures ; story by George Gallo ; screenplay by Michael Barrie & Jim Mulholland and Doug Richardson ; produced by Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer ; directed by Michael Bay.  Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c2000.  1 DVD videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9 .A3 B33 2000 VideoDVD : A cheerfully over-the-top action film, Bad Boys is notable chiefly for the rapport between its two stars, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, as two Miami cops on the trail of a drug kingpin as they try to protect a witness (Tea Leoni). Smith is the swinging bachelor and Lawrence the family man, and both must juggle their personal lives as they baby-sit the one chance they have to recover a stolen drug shipment, save their jobs, and take down the drug dealer. While the film is almost always implausible and its story is something seen many times before, director Michael Bay (The Rock) keeps things moving stylishly and at a feverish pace, as Smith and Lawrence prove themselves a terrific comic pairing. Their odd couple banter flies at a faster clip than the bullets and explosions, and becomes the best reason to see this hyperbolic but entertaining action flick.

Bad Lieutenant  / LT Productions, Inc.  [Van Nuys, Calif.] : LIVE Home Video, 1993.  1 VHS videocassette (ca. 96 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PN1995.9.P57 B33 1993 Videocassette : He's a gambler, a thief, a junkie, a killer, and a cop. Now he's investigating the most shocking case of his life, and as he moves closer to the truth, his self-destructive past is closing in. Cast : Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderone, Leonard Thomas, Robin Burrows, Frankie Thorn, Victoria Bastel, Paul Hipp.

Bad Santa (2003) / Dimension Films presents a Triptych Pictures production, a Terry Zwigoff film ; produced by John Cameron, Sarah Aubrey, Bob Weinstein ; written by Glenn Gicarra & John Regua ; directed by Terry Zwigoff.  [United States] : Dimension Home Video ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2004], c2003.  1 DVD videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.C55 B337 2004 VideoDVD  : Instantly qualifying as a perennial cult favorite, Bad Santa is as nasty as it wants to be, and there's something to be said for comedy without compromise. The Coen brothers conceived the basic idea and served as executive producers, but it's director Terry Zwigoff  who brings his unique affinity for losers and outcasts to the twisted tale of Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton), a hard-drinking, chain-smoking, foul-mouthed sexaholic safe-cracker who targets a different department store every holiday season, playing Santa while he cases the joint with his dwarf elf-partner Marcus (Tony Cox). With comedic support from Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, Cloris Leachman, and John Ritter in his final film, Thornton milks the lowbrow laughs with a slovenly lack of sentiment, warming Bad Santa's pickled heart just enough to please a chubby misfit (Brett Kelly, hilariously deadpan) who may or may not be mentally challenged. As dry as an arid martini and blacker than morning-after coffee, Bad Santa is an instant cure for yuletide schmaltz, and if you think this appropriately R-rated comedy is suitable for kids, your parenting skills are no better than Willie's.  Included because of glimpses of Mall security management.

Badlands / Warner Bros. ; Pressman-Williams presents a Jill Jakes production ; written, produced and directed by Terrence Malick.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, ©1973, ©2010.  1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Film Collection CW9 D0127196 VideoDVD : In Fort Dupre, South Dakota, in 1959, twenty-five-year-old garbageman Kit Carruthers and his fifteen-year-old girlfriend Holly Sargis go on the run after killing Holly's father. On their way towards the Badlands of Montana they leave a trail of murders.

The Badlanders / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents an Arcola production ; screenplay by Richard Collins ; produced by Aaron Rosenberg ; directed by Delmer Daves.   Turner Entertainment ; Santa Monica, Calif. : distributed by MGM Home Entertainment, c1999, 1958.  1 VHS videocassette (83 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.W4 B335 1999 Videocassette : Two ex-convicts and a happy-go-lucky dynamite expert set out to steal $200,000 in gold ore from underneath the noses of their enemies.

Batman and Robin  / [presented by] Warner Bros. ; written by Akiva Goldsman ; produced by Peter MacGregor-Scott ; directed by Joel Schumacher.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1997.  1 VHS videocassette (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Special Collections Comic Art Collection (noncirculating) PN1997.B275 B3 1997 Videocassette : Following Val Kilmer's portrayal of the caped crusader in Batman Forever, the fourth Batman feature stars George Clooney under the pointy-eared cowl, with Chris O'Donnell returning as Robin the Boy Wonder. This time the dynamic duo is up against the nefarious Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who is bent on turning the world into an iceberg, and the slyly seductive but highly toxic Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), who wants to eliminate all animal life and turn the Earth into a gigantic greenhouse. Alicia Silverstone lends a hand as Batgirl, and Elle McPherson plays the thankless role of Batman/Bruce Wayne's fiancée. A sensory assault of dazzling colors, senseless action, and lavish sets run amok, this Batman & Robin offers an overdose of eye candy, but it is strictly for devoted Bat-o-philes.  Cast : Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Elle MacPherson.

Batman Begins (2008) / Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Legendary Pictures a Syncopy production, a film by Christopher Nolan ; produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, Larry Franco ; story by David S. Goyer ; screenplay by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer ; directed by Christopher Nolan.  Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2008]  1 Blu-ray videodisc (140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.B298 B376 2008 Blu-ray VideoDVD : Batman Begins discards the previous four films in the series and recasts the Caped Crusader as a fearsome avenging angel. That's good news, because the series, which had gotten off to a rousing start under Tim Burton, had gradually dissolved into self-parody by 1997's Batman & Robin. As the title implies, Batman Begins tells the story anew, when Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) flees Western civilization following the murder of his parents. He is taken in by a mysterious instructor named Ducard (Liam Neeson in another mentor role) and urged to become a ninja in the League of Shadows, but he instead returns to his native Gotham City resolved to end the mob rule that is strangling it. But are there forces even more sinister at hand?   ...Co-written by the team of David S. Goyer (a veteran comic book writer) and director Christopher Nolan (Memento), Batman Begins is a welcome return to the grim and gritty version of the Dark Knight, owing a great debt to the graphic novels that preceded it. It doesn't have the razzle dazzle, or the mass appeal, of Spider-Man 2 (though the Batmobile is cool), and retelling the origin means it starts slowly, like most "first" superhero movies. But it's certainly the best Bat-film since Burton's original, and one of the best superhero movies of its time. Bale cuts a good figure as Batman, intense and dangerous but with some of the lightheartedness Michael Keaton brought to the character. Michael Caine provides much of the film's humor as the family butler, Alfred, and as the love interest, Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek) is surprisingly believable in her first adult role. Also featuring Gary Oldman as the young police officer Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as a Q-like gadgets expert, and Cillian Murphy as the vile Jonathan Crane.

Batman Forever  (1995) / Warner Bros. presents a Tim Burton production ; a Joel Schumacher film ; story by Lee Batchler & Janet Scott Batchler ; screenplay by Lee Batchler & Janet Scott Batchler and Akiva Goldsman ; produced by Tim Burton and Peter MacGregor-Scott ; directed by Joel Schumacher.  Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, 1995.  1 VHS videocassette (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.B298 B373 1995 Videocassette  : DA Harvey Dent is hideously scarred down one side, by an acid attack. The result is 2 personalities and 2 faces. Ideal qualifications for a politician you might think, but Two-face's only policy is vengeance on Batman. He teams up with Edward Nygma, a technical wizard who invents a brain-sucking TV and adopts the alto-ego of The Riddler. MEANWHILE ... in the circus, Dick Grayson witnesses his acrobat family plummet earthwards and get a taste for sawdust. Two-face is to blame but Dick trades his anger for a rubber suit and becomes Robin. Two bad guys, two good guys and 8 personas....  When Tim Burton and Michael Keaton announced that they'd had enough of the Batman franchise, director Joel Schumacher stepped in (with Burton as coproducer) to make this action-packed extravaganza starring Val Kilmer as the caped crusader. Batman is up against two of Gotham City's most colorful criminals, the Riddler (a role tailor-made for funnyman Jim Carrey) and the diabolical Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), who join forces to conquer Gotham's population with a brain-draining device. Nicole Kidman plays the seductive psychologist who wants to know what makes Batman tick. Boasting a redesigned Batmobile and plenty of new Bat hardware, Batman Forever also introduces Robin the Boy Wonder (Chris O'Donnell) whose close alliance with Batman led more than a few critics to ponder the series' homoerotic subtext. No matter how you interpret it, Schumacher's take on the Batman legacy is simultaneously amusing, lavishly epic, and prone to chronic sensory overload.  Cast : Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle.

Batman  : The Movie (1966) / Twentieth Century Fox ; a William Dozier production.  Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.B298 B374 2001 VideoDVD   A non-circulating copy is available in Special Collections : Holy camp site, Batman! After a fabulously successful season on TV, the campy comic book adventure hit the big screen, complete with painful puns, outrageous supervillains, and fights punctuated with word balloons sporting such onomatopoeic syllables as "Pow!," "Thud!," and "Blammo!" Adam West's wooden Batman is the cowled vigilante alter ego of straight-arrow millionaire Bruce Wayne and Bruce Ward's Robin (a.k.a. Dick Grayson, Bruce's young collegiate protégé) his overeager sidekick in hot pants. Together they battle an unholy alliance of Gotham City's greatest criminals: the Joker (Cesar Romero, whooping up a storm), the Riddler (giggling Frank Gorshin), the Penguin (cackling Burgess Meredith), and the purr-fectly sexy Catwoman (Lee Meriwether slinking in a skin-tight black bodysuit). The criminals are, naturally, out to conquer the world, but with a little help from their unending supply of utility belt devices (bat shark repellent, anyone?), our dynamic duo thwarts their nefarious plans at every turn. Since the TV show ran under 30 minutes an episode (with commercials), the 105-minute film runs a little thin--a little camp goes a long way--but fans of the small-screen show will enjoy the spoofing tone throughout.   Cast : Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin.

A better life / produced by Jami Gertz ... [et al.] ; screenplay by Eric Eason ; directed by Chris Weitz.  Santa Monica, CA : Summit Entertainment, 2011.  1 DVD videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.F35 B488 2011 VideoDVD : Carlos Galindo, an illegal immigrant and single father, works hard to reconnect with his teenage son and keep him out of a local gang.

Better Luck Tomorrow / Hudson River Entertainment, Cherry Sky Films, Day O Productions, a Trailing Johnson production, a film by Justin Lin ; MTV Films ; producers, Julie Asato, Ernesto M. Foronda, Justin Lin ; writers, Ernesto M. Foronda, Justin Lin, Fabian Marquez ; director, Justin Lin.  Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2003.  1 DVD videodisc (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.H45 B48 2003 VideoDVD : A group of seemingly "perfect" high-school buddies lead double lives. They fly high in a world of petty crime and material excess - a free-wheeling lifestyle that soon takes a downward spiral, leading to an unexpected, violent end.  Cast : Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang, Roger Fan, John Cho, Karin Anna Cheung, Jerry Mathers.

The Big Bounce  / directed by Alex March.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2004. 1 DVD videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3562.E55 B652 2004 VideoDVD : Together with a tough young drifter named Jack Ryan, hedonistic Nancy Hayes plans her private revenge on a former lover by stealing a fifty-thousand-dollar payroll.  Cast : Ryan O'Neal, Leigh Taylor-Young, James Daly.

The Big Easy (1986) / Kings Road Entertainment Inc. [United States] : Trimark Home Video , [1998?]  1 VHS videocassette (100 min.) : sd., col.; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.S87 B54 1998 Videocassette : A criminal's murder triggers a bloody gangland drug war. A saucy blend of New Orleans nightlife, romance and suspense.

The Big Heat (1953) / Columbia Pictures Corporation ; director, Fritz Lang ; producer, Robert Arthur ; screenplay, Sydney Boehm.  Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2001. 1 DVD videodisc (89 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  PS3525.A236 B54 2001 VideoDVD : An honest police sergeant risks his life and his job when his investigations lead to the exposure of the crime syndicate that controls the city administration.

The Big Sleep (1946)  / Warner Bros. ; a Howard Hawks production.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2000.  1 DVD videodisc (230 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. PS3505.H3224 B52 2000 VideoDVD : L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe takes on a blackmail case and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues and the spoiled rich.  Cast : Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone.  Detective and mystery film.

Birthday Girl / Miramax Films and FilmFour in association with Mirage Enterprises ; producers, Steve Butterworth, Diana Phillips ; writers, Tom Butterworth, Jez Butterworth ; director, Jez Butterworth.  Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2002], c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.S87 B57 2002 VideoDVD : Internet love connections and mail-order brides rarely ever work out, and John should have known. Having never been lucky in love and tired of waiting for the perfect woman to come along, John decides to take his chances and orders a mail-order bride from Russia. At first, things seem perfect even though Nadia doesn't speak much English. But when Nadia's 'cousins' unexpectedly arrive to celebrate her birthday, John is drawn into their web of corruption and crime.

Black Caesar (1973).  Los Angeles, CA : Orion Home Video, 1998.  1 VHS videocassette (96 min.) PN1995.9.N4 B55333 1998 Videocassette : Fred Williamson is "imposing, tough and unflappable" as a street kid who muscles his way into the big time mob racket.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

Blood in Blood Out : Bound by Honor / produced by Taylor Hackford & Jerry Gershwin ; screenplay, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone, Floyd Mutrux ; directed by Taylor Hackford. Burbank, CA : Hollywood Pictures Home Video, 2000. 1 DVD videodisc (190 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.M49 B55 2000 VideoDVD : Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman) directed this 1993 epic about Chicano gang wars in the California prison system and the differing and tragic paths of three boyhood friends. Half-brothers Paco and Cruz grow up with their cousin Miklo in Chicano Los Angeles, and each in turn is influenced by their violent environment and the prevalence of drugs on their streets. Cruz becomes an artist but winds up tragically addicted to heroin, while Miklo serves time for murder and Paco becomes a cop, setting the stage for a confrontation between the two when Miklo is released from prison. The film strives for an epic feel but takes too long to set up its interweaving stories. It is notable, however, for some fine acting on the part of Benjamin Bratt and Damian Chiapa, as well as smaller roles by Billy Bob Thornton, Ving Rhames and Delroy Lindo. Its depictions of life in the California prison system are harrowing and powerful, and serve as the centerpiece of this urban drama.

Blood Simple (1985) / Universal ; Ted and Jim Pedas and Ben Barenholtz present a River Road production ; directed by Joel Coen ; produced by Ethan Coen ; written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.  Universal City, CA : Universal, c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1997 .B673 2001 VideoDVD : A jealous husband hires a detective to murder his wife and her lover.  Cast : John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M. Emmet Walsh.

Blood work / Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; a Malpaso production ; screenplay by Brian Helgeland ; produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2010.  1 DVD videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection CV6 D0122076 VideoDVD : Retired FBI agent Terry McCaleb attempts to discover the identity of a serial killer.

Blow / New Line Cinema presents a Spanky Pictures/Apostle production, a Ted Demme film ; producers, Ted Demme, Joel Stillerman, Denis Leary ; writers, David McKenna, Nick Cassavetes ; director, Ted Demme.  [United States] : New Line Home Entertainment : Warner Home Video, c2001 (2008 released)  1 Blue Ray DVD videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1997.2 .B56 2008 Blu-ray Video DVD  : Based on the true story of George Jung. This is an uncompromising look at the rise and fall of the man who became the largest importer of Colombia cocaine to the United States in the 1970's.  Cast : Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Jordi Molla, Cliff Curtis, Max Perlich, Miguel Sandoval, Ray Liotta.

Blue Steel [United States] : First Independent, 1988.  1 VHS videocassette (VHS) (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PN1995.9.P57 B55 1988 Videocassette : A rookie cop is unaware the man she falls in love with is also the serial killer who is stalking her.  Cast : Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown, Elizabeth Peña, Louise Fletcher.

Blue Velvet (1986) / De Laurentiis Entertainment Group ; screenplay by David Lynch ; produced by Fred Caruso ; directed by David Lynch. Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, c2002. 1 DVD videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1997 .B676 2002 VideoDVD : David Lynch peeks behind the picket fences of small-town America to reveal a corrupt shadow world of malevolence, sadism, and madness. From the opening shots Lynch turns the Technicolor picture postcard images of middle class homes and tree-lined lanes into a dreamy vision on the edge of nightmare. After his father collapses in a preternaturally eerie sequence, college boy Kyle MacLachlan returns home and stumbles across a severed human ear in a vacant lot. With the help of sweetly innocent high school girl (Laura Dern), he turns junior detective and uncovers a frightening yet darkly compelling world of voyeurism and sex. Drawn deeper into the brutal world of drug dealer and blackmailer Frank, played with raving mania by an obscenity-shouting Dennis Hopper in a career-reviving performance, he loses his innocence and his moral bearings when confronted with pure, unexplainable evil. Isabella Rossellini is terrifyingly desperate as Hopper's sexual slave who becomes MacLachlan's illicit lover, and Dean Stockwell purrs through his role as Hopper's oh-so-suave buddy. Lynch strips his surreally mundane sets to a ghostly austerity, which composer Angelo Badalamenti encourages with the smooth, spooky strains of a lush score. Blue Velvet is a disturbing film that delves into the darkest reaches of psycho-sexual brutality and simply isn't for everyone. But for a viewer who wants to see the cinematic world rocked off its foundations, David Lynch delivers a nightmarish masterpiece. Cast : Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Dean Stockwell.

Boardwalk Empire. The Complete First Season  (Blu-ray).  [United States] : Home Box Office, [2012]  5 Blu-ray videodiscs (733 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1992.77 .B65 2012 Blu-ray VideoDVD Season 1  discs 1-5 (Also available as part ot the ROVI Movie Collection) : In fine (and bloody) style, HBO's Boardwalk Empire returns to 1920 when the ban on booze led to a syndicate of bootleggers and smugglers. Created by Sopranos scribe Terence Winter and coproduced by director Martin Scorsese, the story centers on Atlantic City treasurer Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi), who schemes in private while preaching temperance in public (Mark Wahlberg and Tim Van Patten also serve as producers). Jimmy (Michael Pitt, Buscemi's Delirious costar), a war veteran, acts as his right-hand man, while zealous Agent Van Alden (Michael Shannon) and refined mobster Arnold Rothstein (A Serious Man's Michael Stuhlbarg) represent significant threats to his enterprise....Nucky's other associates include his sheriff brother Eli (Shea Whigham), sexpot girlfriend Lucy (Paz de la Huerta), and distributor Chalky (The Wire's Michael K. Williams). If Nucky has little regard for law and order, his soft side emerges in his dealings with Irish immigrant Margaret (Kelly Macdonald, excellent), who segues from abused wife to kept woman. As Nucky puts it, "I try to be good. I really do." After he sends Jimmy away a spell, his sidekick joins forces with Al Capone (Stephen Graham, Public Enemies) and disfigured vet Richard Harrow (Jack Huston), abandoning his son, common-law wife Angela (Aleksa Palladino), and mother Gillian (Gretchen Mol), who has a fling with Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza)....Inspired by Nelson Johnson's book, Boardwalk Empire takes a Deadwood-like approach to history by combining characters both factual and fictional with blue language and ladies without brassieres. Winter, who won an Emmy for The Sopranos episode Pine Barrens, takes liberties with the historical record, but the series never claims to represent the truth and nothing but--which is only fitting when everyone's hiding secrets. If the entire ensemble deserves praise, Buscemi rules the show as thoroughly as Nucky rules the city.

Boardwalk Empire, The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)   [United States] : HBO Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2012.  5 discs.  733 minutes.  PN1992.77.B657 2012 Blu-ray VideoDVD Season 2 discs 1-5 (Also available as part ot the ROVI Movie Collection): Atlantic City, 1921. In a city whose fortunes have soared in the wake of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in “the world’s playground.” Though the 1920 election is over, Nucky finds himself the target of a federal investigation for vote tampering – and an insurrection by those he counted among his closest allies. Steve Buscemi stars in the hit drama series that charts the continued rise of organized crime at the dawn of the Prohibition.

Boardwalk Empire, The Complete Third Season. (Blu-ray).  [United States] : Home Box Office, [2012]  Rovi Film Collection AD1 D0159691 Blu-ray Video  discs 1-5 : One of HBO’s signature shows, this one-hour drama chronicles the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi), Atlantic City’s undisputed czar at a time when Prohibition proved to be a major catalyst in the rise of organized crime in America. Picking up 16 months after Season 2 ended, Season 3 begins on New Year’s Eve 1922-23. The Roaring ‘20s are about to start; though the economy is booming, alcohol has become scarce, competition is fierce, and gangster violence is heating up. Amidst this backdrop, Nucky, whose marriage to Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) has become a sham after she signed away his highway windfall to the church, faces new competition in the person of Gyp Rosetti (new cast member Bobby Cannavale), who builds a new strategic bulkhead between New York and Atlantic City in an effort to siphon off Nucky’s alcohol business. The conflict brings out the best and worst in Nucky, who proves his brutal mettle in a series of violent encounters – including a climatic facedown with Gyp in the Season 3 finale. New and familiar faces also undergo compelling metamorphoses as the 12 new episodes of Boardwalk Empire unfold.

Boiler room [United States] : Blue Laser Films, [2004], ©2004.  1 DVD videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection CL9 D0039991 VideoDVD  : "The boiler room is at the center of this cautionary tale of greed, ambition and sleaze. After being busted once by the cops, this unscrupulous group of telemarketers hatch an even bigger scam; this time they will bilk millions out of their elderly targets. But sex, drugs and fast living begin to take their toll. A postal inspection of their team of con-men has ensued, and the Attorney General (Joe Estevez) is closing in on them once and for all."

Bonnie and Clyde  / Warner Bros. Pictures ; a Tatira-Hiller production ; written by David Newman & Robert Benton ; produced by Warren Beatty ; directed by Arthur Penn.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [1997]  1 DVD videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col., double sided ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.G3 B66 1997 VideoDVD : Serial bank robbers, sometime lovers and folkloric heroes Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) barrel across Depression-ravaged America on a shooting spree that ends in a deadly rain of bullets and tragedy. Directed by Arthur Penn, this stylish and sexy film shattered the mold when it came to crime pics, layering comedy onto mayhem and youthful criminality. Gene Wilder makes his first film appearance here.  Cast : Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons.

The Border (1982) / a Universal-RKO Picture ; an Efer Production ; a Tony Richardson film ; produced by Edgar Bronfman, Jr. ; written by Deric Washburn and Walon Green ; directed by Tony Richardson. Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Video, [2004]  1 DVD videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1997.2 .B672 2004 VideoDVD : Jack Nicholson is a member of the U.S. Border Patrol who moves with his materialistic wife (Valerie Perrine) to a small Texas town. There, his new colleagues try to pull him into the web of corruption that runs through the local department and he's tempted, because the illicit cash will help pay the bills that his charge-happy wife is running up. But his conscience gets the better of him when he gets involved in a case of a young Mexican woman whose baby is stolen to be sold for adoption. Nicholson simmers, stews, and eventually explodes. The superior cast includes Perrine, Harvey Keitel, and Warren Oates. 

Borderline    Farmington Hills, Mich. : CBS/Fox Video, c1983.  1 Beta videocassette (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1997 .B64 1983 Videocassette : A contemporary human action drama depicts the plight of illegal Mexican aliens and the problems of the U. S. Border Patrol in protecting them from exploiters.

Bordertown (2006)  / ThinkFilm and Capitol Films ; produced by Simon Fields, Jennifer Lopez, Gregory Nava ; written and directed by Gregory Nava.  [New York, N.Y.] : ThinkFilm, 2008.  1 DVD videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1997.2.B673 B673 2008 VideoDVD : Based on actual events, a Chicago reporter travels to Juárez, Mexico to investigate a series of rapes and murders of women who work at American-owned factories.  Cast : Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, Sonia Braga, Maya Zapata.

Bottle Rocket  / Columbia Pictures presents a Gracie Film production.   Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1998, c1996.  1 DVD videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.C55 B677 1998 VideoDVD :  "Three best friends try to escape their suburban boredom through a life of crime. But these bickering, bumbling thieves are no match for the local 'godfather,' who leads them into the biggest heist of their careers"

Boulevard Nights (1979) / Warner Bros. Pictures ; a Tony Bill/Bill Benenson production ; directed by Michael Pressman ; produced by Bill Benenson ; written by Desmond Nakano.  Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment : Warner Bros. Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2009.  1 DVD-R videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.M49 B68 2009 VideoDVD : From executive producer Tony Bill (The Sting, Taxi Driver) comes a gritty and groundbreaking look at Los Angeles gang life in the city's Mexican-American barrios, a powerful forerunner to such later movies as Colors and Menace II Society. Raymond Avila (Richard Yn?iguez) is an ex-gang member trying to build a future. Kid brother Chuco (Danny De La Paz) is a sullen low-rider still caught up in the life. Despite their differences, their family bond is strong. But that bond is violently tested when rivals challenge Chuco's gang - and ignite a neighborhood war. Experience a movie judged "honest, authentic, dramatic and effective" by the Los Angeles Times' Charles Champlin.

Boyz 'n the Hood (1991) / Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ; written and directed by John Singleton ; produced by Steve Nicolaides.  Burbank, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1998, c1991.  1 DVD videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.N4 B699 1998 VideoDVD  A 12-inch disc version is also available : John Singleton, at the age of 23, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his debut film, Boyz N the Hood. The film stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Basset, Ice Cube, and Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. in his first starring role in a feature film. Gooding plays Tre Styles, a teenager growing up in South Central Los Angeles. His father, Furious (Fishburne), is divorced and living away from Tre and his mother (Basset), but he's still involved in Tre's upbringing, teaching him the values of right and wrong and responsibility. Meanwhile, Tre's childhood buddies Ricky (Morris Chestnut) and Doughboy (Ice Cube) are living their lives in terms of the epidemic of violence and poverty that has plagued their neighborhood. Ricky, a talented football player, strives to get a full athletic scholarship to college. If only his SAT scores were higher. Doughboy lives a life full of crime but still remains true to his friends. The obstacles that these three young men come across result in dire consequences, devastatingly avoidable and inevitable at the same time. Boyz N the Hood is a landmark film beyond its commercial success, presenting a portrait of South Central in the late '80s and early '90s as painted by Singleton (who grew up in that neighborhood), achieving accuracy and dramatic resonance in this story of at-risk youth. Cast : Larry Fishburne, Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Morris Chestnut.

Brubaker  / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Beverly Hills, Calif. : Fox Video, [1995], c1980. 1 VHS videocassette (131 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PN1995.9.P68 B78 1995 Videocassette : Based on the true story of a reform warden who risks his life to replace brutality and corruption with humanity and integrity in a state prison farm.
[Prisons -- United States -- Drama]
[Prison violence -- United States -- Drama]
[Criminals -- Rehabilitation -- Drama]

Brute Force  / Mark Hellinger Productions ; directed by Jules Dassin ; produced by Mark Hellinger.  [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2007]  1 DVD videodisc (98 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.P68 B787 2007 VideoDVD VideoDVD & Booklet  : Originally released as a motion picture in 1947 by Universal-International Pictures. Joe Collins, along with his fellow inmates, live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins's dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains? Note Special features include: audio commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini; a new interview with Paul Mason, author of Capturing the Media: Prison Discourse in Popular Culture; theatrical trailer; stills gallery.
[Prisons -- Drama]
[Prisons -- Officials and employees -- Drama]
[Prison films]

Bugsy  / TriStar Pictures Inc. A Mulholland Productions/Baltimore Pictures Production.  Burbank, CA : ColumbiaTriStar Home Video, [1992], c1991  1 VHS videocassette (135 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.G3 B84 1992 Videocassette : Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was a ruthless mobster who had it all, and then met a woman who wanted more. Their love affair was passionate, tempestuous and ultimately tragic.  Cast : Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna.

Bullitt (1968) / Warner Bros./Seven Arts ; a Solar production ; screenplay by Harry Kleiner & Alan R. Trustman ; directed by Peter Yates.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video ; Hong Kong : Era Home Entertainment, [1997?]  1 DVD videodisc (114 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.D4 B855 1997 VideoDVD : Bullitt (McQueen) is to keep the star witness, Johnny Ross out of sight and out of danger for 48 hours. But before the night is out, the witness is dying of gunshot wounds in a San Francisco hospital. Cast : Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Duvall, Don Gordon, Simon Oakland, Norman Fell.

The Burning Bed  / produced by Carol Schreder ; teleplay by Rose Leiman Goldemberg ; directed by Robert Greenwald.  Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2004.  1 DVD (ca. 95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.W6 B83 2004 VideoDVD : Tells the true story of Francine Hughes, a battered housewife who was prosecuted in 1977 for dousing her abusive husband with gasoline and setting him on fire as he slept.

Selected Feature Films, C

Caged Heat  / [presented by] New World Pictures ; producers, Roger Corman, Evelyn Purcell ; written and directed by Jonathan Demme.  [S.l.] : Concorde-New Horizons Corp., c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (79 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.P68 C34 2001 VideoDVD : Petty criminal Wilson is thrown into the penal hell of Connorville. Here she must fight against ruthless inmates and even more cruel, corrupt and depraved officials to survive. Eventually she forms an uneasy friendship with two hardened inmates who are seeking escape, money and revenge.

Casino (Blu-ray) /     1 Blu-ray videodisc (2 hr., 59 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in PN1995.9.M23 C37 2008 Blu-ray VideoDVD : Director Martin Scorsese reunites with members of his GoodFellas gang (writer Nicholas Pileggi; actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Frank Vincent) for a three-hour epic about the rise and fall of mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein (De Niro), a character based on real-life gangster Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. (It's modeled after on Wiseguy and GoodFellas and Pileggi's true crime book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas.) Through Rothstein, the picture tells the story of how the Mafia seized, and finally lost control of, Las Vegas gambling. The first hour plays like a fascinating documentary, intricately detailing the inner workings of Vegas casinos. Sharon Stone is the stand out among the actors; she nabbed an Oscar nomination for her role as the voracious Ginger, the glitzy call girl who becomes Rothstein's wife. The film is not as fast paced or gripping as Scorsese's earlier gangster pictures (Mean Streets and GoodFellas), but it's still absorbing. And, hey--it's Scorsese!

The Chamber / Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment ; directed by James Foley ; produced by John Davis, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard ; screenplay by William Goldman, Chris Reese.  Universal City, Calif.] : MCA Universal Home Video, c1997.  1 VHS videocassette (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PS3557.R5355 C472 1997 Videocassette :  Idealistic young attorney Adam Hall (O'Donnell) takes on the death row clemency case of his one-time Klansman grandfather, Sam Cayhall (Hackman). With just 28 days before the execution, Adam sets out to retrace the events leading to the crime for which Sam was convicted. As the impending death sentence looms closer, Adam works quickly to uncover the family's history for any hidden clues. In a white-knuckle series of twists and turns, Adam discovers deceptions and dark secrets that ultimately lead him to the startling truth.

Changeling [ (Blu-ray) (2008)] / Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment present in association with Relativity Media, a Malpaso production ; produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Robert Lorenz ; written by J. Michael Straczynski ; produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.  Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2009]    1 DVD videodisc (142 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.D4 C436 2009 Blu-ray VideoDVD : Clint Eastwood’s mastery as a director, established over the past decade and a half with Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, and others, continues with Changeling, a 2008 offering based on a shocking but all-too-true story about child abduction and police corruption in 1920s Los Angeles. Single mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie, excellent in a role with somewhat limited parameters) finds her 9-year-old son, Walter, missing when she returns home from work one day. She files a report with the Los Angeles Police Department, an outfit that was wildly unpopular at the time (in his regular radio broadcast, a crusading pastor played by John Malkovich decries the force as "violent and corrupt," adding that "our protectors are our brutalizers"). When a child roughly matching Walter’s description turns up in Illinois five months later, the LAPD, intent on salvaging its tattered reputation, is only too eager to claim that he is Collins’ missing child. Little matters that he’s three inches shorter, is circumcised (Walter wasn’t), and fails to pass muster with Walter’s dentist, schoolteacher, and others; the cops, in particular the odious Captain J.J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan), insist that the mistake is Christine’s, not theirs. What follows is almost too nightmarish to believe--except that it actually happened. Exasperated by Collins’ continued claim that "Walter" is a fraud, they trot out a doctor to reinforce the bogus ID, declare her unfit as a mother, and finally have her committed to a local psychopathic ward. Through it all, Collins, bolstered by the pastor and thousands of outraged Angelenos, refuses to sign a document that would exonerate the police for their egregious error. As for Walter, it’s only when the LAPD’s seemingly only honest detective (Michael Kelly) takes matters into his own hands that the grisly mystery of the child’s fate begins to be solved. That would have been a good place for the film to conclude, too. Unfortunately, it goes on for more than another half hour, with innumerable false endings that add nothing to the story and could just as easily have been summarized with a few sentences before the final credits. That flaw aside (and it’s a major one), Changeling is a powerful film, with a realistic period feel, a wonderfully muted vibe and color palette, and an understated score by Eastwood himself.

Charlie Chan in London (1934) / presented by Twentieth Century Fox ; produced by John Stone ; directed by Eugene Forde. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2006, p1934.  1 DVD videodisc (79 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.C37 L66 2006 VideoDVD : "Just as Chan (Warner Oland) is packing to go home after solving a case in London, a lovely young woman, Pamela Gray (Drue Leyton), begs him to solve another case: her brother Paul is on death row for a crime, Pamela says, he didn't commit. Moreover, Paul's defense lawyer (Raymond Milland), who happens to be Pamela's fiancé, doesn't even believe Paul is innocent. With only three days to uncover the truth, CHAN spends the weekend at an English country manor with all the suspects -- while they hunt a fox, he hunts for the real killer"

Charlie Chan in Paris / Fox Film presents ; produced by John Stone ; directed by Lewis Seiler ; screen play, Edward T. Lowe and Stuart Anthony.  Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2006]  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 71 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.C37 P37 2006 VideoDVD :  Ostensibly on vacation in Paris, Charlie Chan investigates multiple murders and counterfeiters involved with a prominent bank. The prime suspect, a scruffy war veteran, appears to have been in three places at once, but he has an alibi for each crime.

Chinatown  / a Long Road Productions ; a Paramount Pictures presentation.  [United States : Pioneer Video, c1991]  2 Laserdisc videodiscs (131 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in. PN1995.9.D4 C47 1991 Video (12 inch) disc  1-2 : With a suspicious, porcelain-skinned femme fatale (Faye Dunaway) bankrolling his snooping, private eye J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble. Meanwhile, his financier harbors a nasty family secret. Director Roman Polanski reimagines 1930s Los Angeles with an onionlike story that reveals itself one complex layer at a time in this classic neonoir.  Cast : Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, John Huston.  Also available on DVD and VHS.

Collateral (2004) / a Parkes/MacDonald production, a Darabont/Fried/Russell production, a Michael Mann film, a Dreamworks Pictures and Paramount Pictures presentation ; produced by Michael Mann, Julie Richardson ; written by Stuart Beattie ; directed by Michael Mann.  [United States] : DreamWorks Home Entertainment ; Universal City, CA : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Video, c2004.  2 DVD videodiscs (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1997.2 .C65 2004 VideoDVD : Vincent is a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game. Max is a cabbie with big dreams looking for his next fare. This fateful night, Max becomes Vincent's collateral, and will transport him on his next mission - one night, five stops, five hits and then a perfect getaway. Together, Vincent and Max find themselves in a non-stop race against time. With the LAPD and the FBI after them, they each become dependent on the other to survive.  Cast : Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, Irma P. Hall, Barry Shabaka Henley.

The Collector  (1965) / Columbia Pictures ; produced by Jud Kinberg and John Kohn ; directed by William Wyler. Burbank, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2002.  1 DVD  videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.H6 C655 2002 VideoDVD : A mild-mannered butterfly collector takes a turn to the sinister when he "collects" a new specimen -- a beautiful woman.

Cool Hand Luke   /  Warner Bros. Pictures ; a Jalem production ; screenplay by Donn Pearce and Frank R. Pierson ; produced by Gordon Carroll ; directed by Stuart Rosenberg.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [1997]. 1 DVD videodisc (127 min., color)  PS3566.E18 C66 1997 VideoDVD  : Set in the southern United States, Luke is caught cutting off parking meters and is sentenced to the "chain gang."
[Prisoners -- United States -- Drama]
[Feature film]

Con Air (1987) / Touchstone Pictures presents a Jerry Bruckheimer production ; produced by Jerry Bruckheimer ; written by Scott Rosenberg ; directed by Simon West. Burbank, CA : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2008.   1 Blu-ray videodisc (ca. 115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.P68 C66 2008 Blu-ray VideoDVD : Nicolas Cage, sporting a disconcerting mane of hair, is a wrongly convicted prisoner on a transport plane with a bunch of infamously psychopathic criminals, including head creep Cyrus the Virus (John Malkovich), black militant Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames), and serial killer Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi, making the most of his pallid, rodent-like qualities). Naturally, the convicts take over the plane; meanwhile, on the ground, a US marshal (John Cusack) and a DEA agent (Colm Meaney) try to figure out what to do. As is the postmodern way, the movie displays a self-consciously ironic awareness that its story and characters are really just excuses for a high-tech cinematic thrill ride. Best idea: the filmmakers persuaded the owners of the legendary Sands Hotel in Las Vegas to let them help out with the structure's demolition by crashing their plane into it.

Crime of the Century / HBO Pictures in association with Astoria Productions.  New York, NY : HBO Home Video, [1996]  1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.T75 C74 1996 VideoDVD; also available on VHS : PN1995.9.T75 C74 1996 Videocassette : The kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby caused a public outpouring of rage and grief. It so angered a nation that in the desperate hunt for justice, an equally shocking crime may have been committed. Was Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the man who was tried, convicted and executed for the kidnapping, innocent as he claimed?

Crossing Lines. Season one / writers, Edward Allen Bernero, Rachel Anthony, Oliver Hein-Macdonald, Christopher Smith ; director, Daniel Percival.  [United States] : Tandem Productions, [2013]  3 videodiscs (480 min.) : Blu-ray, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  Available as part of the ROVI Movie Collection : Tapping into the charter of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to mandate a special crime unit to investigate serialized crimes that cross over borders, hunt down criminals and bring them to justice, a global FBI is born. Carl Hickman is a wounded New York cop pulled from the edge by a group of unlikely saviors, Michael Dorn, an inspector in the ICC, and Louis Daniel, the head of an elite cross-border police unit charged with hunting down the world's most brutal criminals.

The Crow (1994) / Miramax/Dimension Films in association with Entertainment Media Investment Corp.  [U.S.] : Miramax ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Video, [2001]  2 DVD videodiscs (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.A3 C769 2001 VideoDVD  1-2 : Catch the explosive, action-packed hit that thrilled moviegoers and dazzled critics everywhere! Brandon Lee (RAPID FIRE) plays Eric Draven, a young rock guitarist who, along with his fiancee, is brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals. Exactly one year after his death, Eric returns -- watched over by a hypnotic crow -- to seek revenge, battling the evil crime lord and his band of urban thugs, who must answer for their crimes. Loaded with intense, nonstop action and a hot #1 hit soundtrack, THE CROW delivers exhilarating, fast-paced entertainment!  The Crow set the standard for dark and violent comic-book movies, but it will forever be remembered as the film during which star Brandon Lee (son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee) was accidentally killed on the set by a loaded gun.

Selected Feature Films, D

Dark Knight (2008) / Legendary Pictures ; DC Comics ; Syncopy ; Warner Bros. ; director, Christopher Nolan.  [United States] : Warner Home Video, [2008]  2 Blu-ray videodiscs (153 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.B298 D37 2008 Blu-ray VideoDVD  1-2 : The Dark Knight arrives with tremendous hype (best superhero movie ever? posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger?), and incredibly, it lives up to all of it. But calling it the best superhero movie ever seems like faint praise, since part of what makes the movie great--in addition to pitch-perfect casting, outstanding writing, and a compelling vision--is that it bypasses the normal fantasy element of the superhero genre and makes it all terrifyingly real. Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) is Gotham City's new district attorney, charged with cleaning up the crime rings that have paralyzed the city. He enters an uneasy alliance with the young police lieutenant, Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), and Batman (Christian Bale), the caped vigilante who seems to trust only Gordon--and whom only Gordon seems to trust. They make progress until a psychotic and deadly new player enters the game: the Joker (Heath Ledger), who offers the crime bosses a solution--kill the Batman. Further complicating matters is that Dent is now dating Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal, after Katie Holmes turned down the chance to reprise her role), the longtime love of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. ...In his last completed role before his tragic death, Ledger is fantastic as the Joker, a volcanic, truly frightening force of evil. And he sets the tone of the movie: the world is a dark, dangerous place where there are no easy choices. Eckhart and Oldman also shine, but as good as Bale is, his character turns out rather bland in comparison (not uncommon for heroes facing more colorful villains). Director-cowriter Christopher Nolan (Memento) follows his critically acclaimed Batman Begins with an even better sequel that sets itself apart from notable superhero movies like Spider-Man 2 and Iron Man because of its sheer emotional impact and striking sense of realism--there are no suspension-of-disbelief superpowers here. At 152 minutes, it's a shade too long, and it's much too intense for kids. But for most movie fans--and not just superhero fans--The Dark Knight is a film for the ages.

Dark Passage  / First National Pictures, Inc., Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. ; producer, Jerry Wald ; screenplay, Delmer Daves ; director, Delmer Daves.  [Culver City, Calif.] : Warner Home Video, c2003.  1 DVD videodisc (106 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.M27 D36 2003 VideoDVD : Vincent Parry, a man unjustly accused of murdering his wife, escapes from San Quentin and sets out to clear his name; but, he needs the help of someone he can trust. He finds both help and love in Irene, a San Francisco artist who is convinced he's innocent. Cast : Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead, Tom D'Andrea, Cliff Young, Douglas Kennedy, Rory Mallinson, Housley Stevenson.
[Fugitives from justice -- Drama]

Dead Man Walking 1995) / Polygram Filmed Entertainment presents a Working Title/Havoc production ; produced by Jon Kilik, Tim Robbins and Rudd Simmons ; written and directed by Tim Robbins.  Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2005.  1 DVD videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  HV8699.U5 P742 2005 VideoDVD : Matthew Poncelet is the convicted killer of two teenage lovers, preparing to end his life on death row. In response to a letter, Sister Helen Prejean visits Matthew and finds herself face-to-face with a killer who still pleads his innocence. When the date is set for his execution death by lethal injection, Poncelet asks Sister Helen to be his spiritual advisor and she agrees, little knowing the outrage that will follow her decision.  Cast : Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, R. Lee Ermey, Lois Smith.
[Capital punishment -- Religious aspects -- Drama]

The Dead Pool / Warner Bros., Inc.  Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c1989.  1 videodisc (LaserVision) (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in.  PN1995.9.D555 D43 1989 Video (12 inch) disc : San Francisco detective Harry Callahan has become famous and finds his name lumped in with other celebrities who have become victims of an underground betting pool.  Cast : Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Liam Neeson, Evan Kim.

Dear white people / Lionsgate Roadside Attractions and Code Red present ; in association with Homegrown Pictures ; produced by Angel Lopez, Ann Le, Lena Waithe ; producer, Julia Lebedev, Effie T. Brown ; written, produced, and directed by Justin Simien.  Santa Monica, California : Lionsgate, 2015.  1 DVD videodisc (approximately 109 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.   PN1995.9.C55 D417 2015 VideoDVD  : A sharp and funny comedy about a group of African-American students as they navigate campus life and racial boundaries at a predominately white college. A sly, provocative satire about being a black face in a white place.

Death Wish  / Dino De Laurentiis presents a Paramount release ; screenplay by Wendell Mayes ; produced by Hal Landers and Bobby Roberts ; director and co-producer, Michael Winner.  Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2006. 1 DVD videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3557.A715 D432 2006 VideoDVD : In this explosive story of revenge and urban violence, Charles Bronson plays Paul Kersey, a bleeding-heart liberal who has a change of opinion after his wide and daughter are violently attacked by a gang of thugs in their apartment. His daughter is raped, and his wife is raped and murdered. Bronson then turns vigilante as he stalks the mean streets of New York on the prowl for muggers, hoodlums and the like. Death Wish is a violent, controversial film that is frank and original in its treatment of urban crime and the average citizen's helplessness in dealing with it. Herbie Hancock wrote the musical score. And watch for a young Jeff Goldblum in his film debut as one of the thugs.

The Defiant Ones (1958) / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; produced and directed by Stanley Kramer ; written by Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith.  Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (96 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.P68 D44 2001 : This 1958 variation on Huck Finn's adventures with Jim finds a white convict (Tony Curtis) chained to a black convict (Sidney Poitier) as they both escape their captors. With each man literally stuck with the other, racial conflicts take a back seat to survival. Directed by Stanley Kramer (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), the film's obvious consciousness-raising is mitigated by a pair of raw performances from the stars, memorable appearances by Lon Chaney Jr. and Cara Williams, and Kramer's strong storytelling abilities. The award-winning script was cowritten by blacklisted writer-actor Nedrick Young.  Best Picture, 1958.

Déjà Vu  / Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present a Scott Free Productions ; a film by Tony Scott ; produced by Jerry Bruckheimer ; written by Bill Marsilii & Terry Rossio ; driected by Tony Scott.  Burbank, CA : Touchstone Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2007.  1 DVD videodisc (126 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.S87 D45 2007 VideoDVD : A ferry filled with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families is blown up in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. BATF Doug Carlin is brought in to assist in the recovery of evidence from the massive investigation, and gets attached to an experimental FBI surveillance unit. The unit uses technology to directly look back in time a little over four days into the past. While tracking down the bomber, Carlin gets an idea in his head: would it be possible to use the device to actually travel back in time and not only prevent the bombing but also the murder of a local woman whose truck was used in the bombing?

The Departed (2006 / Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Plan B/Initial Entertainment Group/Vertigo Entertainment production in association with Media Asia Films ; produced by Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, and Graham King ; screenplay by William Monahan ; directed by Martin Scorsese.   Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2007]  1 Blu-ray videodisc (151 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.S87 D4737 2007 Blu-ray VideoDVD : Rookie cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) grew up in crime. That makes him the perfect mole, the man on the inside of the mob run by boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). It's his job to win Costello's trust and help his detective handlers (Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen) bring Costello down. Meanwhile, SIU officer Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) has everyone's trust. No one suspects he's Costello's mole. How these covert lives cross, double-cross and collide is at the ferocious core of the widely acclaimed The Departed. Martin Scorsese directs, guiding a cast for the ages in a visceral tale of crime and consequences. This is searing, can't-look-away filmmaking: like staring into the eyes of a con - or a cop - with a gun.

Dick Tracy  / Touchstone Pictures presents in association with Silver Screen Partners IV ; written by Jim Cash & Jack Epps, Jr. ; produced and directed by Warren Beatty.  Burbank, Calif. : Touchstone Home Video, [1990]  1 VHS videocassette (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PN1997.5 .D45 1990 Videocassette : G-man Dick Tracy battles top crime figure The Lame One in San Francisco.  Cast : Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Glenne Headly, Mandy Patinkin, Charles Durning, Paul Sorvino, William Forsythe, Dustin Hoffman, Dick Van Dyke, Michael J. Pollard, Estelle Parsons, James Tolkan, Kathy Bates.

Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)   / starring Boris Karloff ; Ralph Byrd. [Dunellen, N.J.] : Digiview Productions, 2004, 1947. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 66 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1997.5 .D455 2004 VideoDVD : A gang of criminals, which includes a piano player and an imposing former convict known as 'Gruesome', has found out about a scientist's secret formula for a gas that temporarily paralyzes anyone who breathes it. When Gruesome accidentally inhales some of the gas and passes out, the police think he is dead and take him to the morgue, where he later revives and escapes. This puzzling incident attracts the interest of Dick Tracy, and when the criminals later use the gas to rob a bank, Tracy realizes that he must devote his entire attention to stopping them.  Cast : Boris Karloff, Ralph Byrd, Anne Gwynne.

Dillinger (1973) / Samuel Z. Arkoff presents ; an American International Picture ; produced by Buzz Feitshans ; written and directed by John Milius.  Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2009.  1 DVD videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  HV6248.D5 D555 2009 VideoDVD : From the writer of Apocalypse Now comes an electrifying crime saga about one of the most notorious gangsters of the 1930s. Starring Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman and Richard Dreyfuss, Dillinger sets the screen ablaze with explosive shootouts, daring escapes and magnificent performances. Bank robber John Dillinger (Oates) has become a folk hero to the people ofDepression-era America, capturing their imaginations with the exploits of his outlaw "super-gang." But time may be running out for Dillinger's violent band of fugitives; the FBI's finest agent (Johnson) is on the case, and his pursuit won't end until every member of the gang is behind bars...or dead! Charged with heartstopping action and riveting drama, Dillinger is an unforgettable experience hailed as nothing less than "brilliant"

Dirty Harry / Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Malpaso Company production ; screenplay by Harry Julian Fink & R.M. Fink and Dean Riesner ; story by Harry Julian Fink & R.M. Fink ; produced and directed by Don Siegel.  Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2008], ©2008.  1 DVD videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.D555 D56 2008 VideoDVD    : A violently inclined San Francisco police inspector is the only cop who is able to arrest a rooftop sniper. When the man is released through lack of evidence, he takes private revenge.  Cast : Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santori, John Vernon, Andy Robinson, John Larch, John Mitchum.

Dog Day Afternoon  / Artists Entertainment Complex ; produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand ; screenplay by Frank Pierson ; directed by Sidney Lumet.  [United States] : Warner Bros, c1975. 1 VHS videocassette (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.C68 D65 1975 Videocassette : To get money for his gay lover's sex-change operation, Sonny (Al Pacino) -- who's married with kids -- teams up with Sal (John Cazale) to rob a New York bank on a scorching-hot summer day. The stickup goes awry when the press gets wind of the circus sideshow-esque story. Chris Sarandon, Charles Durning and James Broderick co-star in this classic Sidney Lumet-directed film based on an actual event from the 1970s. Based on a magazine article by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore.

Down for life / Slate of Eight presents ; in association with 1211 Entertainment [and others] ; directed by Alan Jacobs ; written by Alan Jacobs & Trina Calderón ; produced by Scott William Alvarez.  [Hawthorne, Calif.] : Xenon Studios, [2012]  1 DVD videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.   PN1995.9.G29 D69 2012 VideoDVD : Based on an award-winning New York Times article, "Down for Life" depicts a single, fateful day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang leader in Watts, as she struggles to survive.... Encouraged by her English teacher to apply for a writing program in Iowa, Rascal hopes to use the material from her life to write her way out of Watts".

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / Adolph Zukor presents ; scenario by Clara S. Berlanger ; Famous Players-Lasky Corporation ; a Paramount Artcraft picture ; directed by John S. Robertson.  New York : Kino Video, c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (79 min.) : si., col. tinted ; 4 3/4 in. PR5485 .A12 2001 VideoDVD : Dr. Jekyll, an idealistic London doctor, has a weakness for experiments which take him to the boundaries of human consciousness and experience. When Sir George Carew, father of the girl Jekyll loves, accuses him of being afraid of temptation, he finds a drug which allows him to separate the evil side of his personality from the good; as Edward Hyde, he embarks upon a career of crime.

Dredd  / director, Pete Travis ; writer, Alex Garland ; producers, Andrew Macdonald,  Allon Reich.  [United States] : Lionsgate, [2013]   1 videodisc (ca. 96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in  PN1995.9.A3 D74 2013 VideoDVD : Though few moviegoers queued up to see it, Pete Travis's Dredd is, like its titular hero, a tough, effective piece of action machinery with a single purpose: to fill the screen with as much eye-popping visual mayhem as possible. Based on the iconic British comic series Judge Dredd, which was previously adapted as the 1995 Sylvester Stallone vehicle of the same name, Dredd hews closer to its source material in its depiction of a postapocalyptic world reduced to anarchy and the police force known as the Judges, who try, convict, and execute criminals in one fell swoop. Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings) is terrifically effective as Dredd, a monosyllabic force of nature dispatched to halt the manufacture of an addictive and disorienting narcotic called "Slo-Mo" by the vicious drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). With judge-in-training Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) in tow, Dredd works his way up Ma-Ma's 200-story tower stronghold, facing off against her minions as well as corrupt Judges in a barrage of elaborately violent action set pieces. Much of what sets Dredd apart from other comic book and science fiction-action features--the obsessive, brutal focus of its protagonist and the relentlessly bleak environment of the film's setting, Mega City-One--may also be off-putting for viewers who appreciate some grey areas or levity in their entertainment (though that's not to say that Dredd doesn't have its own flinty sense of humor). But Travis's approach should appeal to both fans of the original comic as well as those who favor a vision of the future on the darkly dystopian side, à la Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop and John Carpenter's Escape from New York. Karl Urban acquits himself well to Dredd's steely single-mindedness, expressing an unyielding sense of righteousness in a helmet that obscures nearly all of his features; Thirlby and Headey are also fine as strong, forthright female characters on either side of Dredd's moral compass. The single-disc Blu-ray includes both the standard and 3-D versions of the film, with the latter option avoiding some of the vertigo-inducing effects of digital 3-D while also offering the best showcase for the extraordinary "Slo Mo" sequences. Extras include a solid, introductory featurette on the history of the Dredd character via interviews with, among others, its creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, and an overview of the picture's visual effects and 3-D process with cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. A brief motion comic outlines the back story for Ma-Ma, while the remainder of the supplements are devoted to electronic press kit coverage of the set design and Dredd's array of equipment, among others. A digital copy and UltraViolet stream/download round out the disc..

Selected Feature Films, E-F

The Element of Crime / Janus Films ; Per Holst Filmproduction. [Irvington, N.Y.?] : Criterion Collection, c2000. 1 DVD videodisc (104 min., color)
PN1995.9.D4 E55 2000 VideoDVD : Originally released as a motion picture in 1984. Stig Björkman's 52 minute docutmentary, Tranceformer: a portrait of Lars von Trier (1997) with optional English subtitles ; theatrical trailer. The story of an exiled ex-cop who returns to his old beat to catch a serial killer preying on young girls. Set in Germany, the film is shot in sepia tones with brilliant blue flashes.

Enemy of the State (1998) / Touchstone Pictures ; Jerry Bruckheimer Films ; a Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer production in association with Scott Free Productions ; a film by Tony Scott ; produced by Jerry Bruckheimer ; written by David Marconi ; directed by Tony Scott.  Burbank, Calif. : Touchstone Home Video : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2006.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 132 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.A3 E54 2006 Blu-ray VideoDVD : Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) is a lawyer with a wife and family whose happily normal life is turned upside down after a chance meeting with a college buddy (Jason Lee) at a lingerie shop. Unbeknownst to the lawyer, he's just been burdened with a videotape of a congressman's assassination. Hot on the tail of this tape is a ruthless group of National Security Agents commanded by a belligerently ambitious fed named Reynolds (Jon Voight). Using surveillance from satellites, bugs, and other sophisticated snooping devices, the NSA infiltrates every facet of Dean's existence, tracing each physical and digital footprint he leaves. Driven by acute paranoia, Dean enlists the help of a clandestine former NSA operative named Brill (Gene Hackman), and Enemy of the State kicks into high-intensity hyperdrive.

The Enforcer (1976) / produced by Robert Daley ; directed by James Fargo. Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c1987.  Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c1987. PN1995.9.D555 E55 1987 Video (12 inch) disc  : San Francisco detective Harry Callahan and his female partner track down psychopathic hoodlums terrorizing the city.  Cast : Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Bradford Dillman, Tyne Daly.

The Execution of Raymond Graham[S.l.] : Hearst Entertainment ; New York, NY : GoodTimes Home Video, c1995.  1 VHS  videocassette (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PN1995.9.J8 E93 1995 Videocassette : Based on a true story, this film is a gripping account of the desperate attempt of a family and lawyers to keep a convicted killer from being executed.

The Family (1973) / story by Dino Maiuri, Massimo de Rita ; directed by Sergio Sollima ; produced by Harry Colombo, George Papi.  New York, NY : Keepers Home Video, c1993.  1 VHS videocassettes (84 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1997 .A87 1993 Videocassette : As a New Orleans hit man who resists joining the mob, Bronson initiates an all out war on the syndicate and its boss.

Fargo / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment in association with Working Title Films ; produced by Ethan Coen ; written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ; directed by Joel Coen. Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2000. 1 DVD videodisc (98 min., color)  PN1997 .F347 2000 VideoDVD : A midwestern policewoman investigates a series of brutal and interconnected crimes. Steadily, she tightens the net on the killers and their accomplices in a kidnapping scheme gone wildly wrong.

A Few Good Men  (1992) / Columbia Pictures ; Castle Rock Entertainment ; screenplay, Aaron Sorkin ; producers, David Brown, Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman ; director, Rob Reiner.  Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 138 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1997 .F483 1992 VideoDVD Also available in VHS : Cruise stars as a brash Navy lawyer who's teamed with a gung-ho litigator in a politically-explosive murder case. Charged with defending two Marines accused of killing a fellow soldier, they are confronted with complex issues of loyalty and honor - including its most sacred code and its most formidable warrior.  Cast : Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Bacon, James Marshall, J.T. Walsh, Kiefer Sutherland, Wolfgang Bodison, Michael DeLorenzo.

Fight club  / Fox 2000 Pictures and Regency Enterprises present a Linson Films production ; screenplay by Jim Ohls ; produced by Art Linson, Cean Chaffin, Ross Grayson Bell ; directed by David FincherBeverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [1999]  2 DVDs (139 min.) : col., sd. ; 4 3/4 in.  PS3566.A4554 F54 1999 VideoDVD  : When a ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a soap salesman channel their aggresion into therapeutic "fight clubs", an eccentric woman gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Firelight / Hallmark Hall of Fame productions in association with AKW Passion Projects, Blackbird Fly Entertainment, MBK Entertainment ; produced by David A. Rosemont ; written by Ligiah Villalobos ; directed by Darnell Martin. [United States] : Hallmark Hall Of Fame, c2012.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1992.77 .F57 2012 VideoDVD : This movie opens with a couple of young people running to escape from the police after committing a robbery. When the escape doesn't go as planned the story follows the experiences of the 17-year-old girl involved as she is incarcerated. She enters the corrections facility very angry and withdrawn. She faces the choice of joining forces with one of two very contrasting women who reach out to her for very different reasons. She is torn between the gang leader who will smuggle letters for her to and from her boyfriend, but expect things in return, or the captain of "Crew 9"--a group of prisoners who have earned the right to go out of the facility and fight fires. The captain is an intelligent young woman who made a serious mistake 3 years before and is paying dearly for it. We observe these young women as they decide what they want out of life and how they must take responsibility for their actions. They are encouraged and gently guided by a caring counselor, who truly believes in them. This isn't a sugar-coated story. There is anger, bullying, hate, shame, disappointment, death, and tension. Somehow it is all portrayed without straying from family-appropriate language. Along with all of the things portrayed from the harder side of life, we also see courage, hope, loyalty, caring, forgiveness and renewal. You see the despair lift as these young women begin to believe in themselves and become accountable for what they make out of their own lives.

Foxy Brown / Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; American International ; produced by Buzz Feitshans ; written and directed by Jack Hill.  Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2001, ©1974.  1 DVD videodisc (1 hr., 31 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.A3 F699 2001 VideoDVD : Foxy Brown goes undercover to breakup a crime ring headed by Miss Katherine, who keeps a male harem of violent strong men, along with a stable of female prostitutes. Foxy is sexy, and angry, as she avenges the death of her boyfriend, betrayal by her brother, and her own rape and beating, in this urban vigilante drama about drugs, prostitition, political corruption, and family meltdown.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

Fracture / New Line Cinema presents a Castle Rock production ; a Charles Weinstock production ; a Gregory Hoblit film ; produced by Charles Weinstock ; screenplay by Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers ; directed by Gregory Hoblit. United States] : New Line Productions ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2009]  1 Blu-ray videodisc (113 min.) : sd., color ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection CT2 D0109775 Blu-ray Video : Also  http://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b11192688~S39aavailable as DVD.     D.A. Willy Beachum believes a conviction is a slam dunk. Ted Crawford brutally murdered his wife and calmly waited for the police to arrest him with the weapon and a signed confession. Beachum searches for the truth as the case completely unravels.

The French Connection  / 20th Century Fox ; a Philip D'Antoni production in association with Schine-Moore Productions ; screenplay by Ernest Tidyman ; produced by Philip D'Antoni ; directed by William Friedkin.  Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2001.  2 DVD videodiscs (ca. 104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3563.O644 F7 2001 VideoDVD  videodvd 1-2 : Two New York City narcotics detectives learn of a scheme to smuggle a large quantity of heroin inside an automobile being shipped from France.  Cast : Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle  / Paramount Pictures Corporation presents a Paul Monash production, a Peter Yates film ; produced by Paul Monash ; screenplay by Paul Monash ; directed by Peter Yates.  [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2009]  1 DVD videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.  PS3558.I356 F7 2009 VideoDVD :  World-weary and living hand to mouth, small-time gunrunner Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle woks on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he's forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) / Dimension Films presents A Band Apart in association with Los Hooligans productions ; produced by Gianni Nunnari, Meir Teper ; screenplay by Quentin Tarantino ; directed by Robert Rodriguez.  [S.l.] : Dimension Home Video ; Burbank, Calif. : distributed by Buena Vista Home Video, [2000?] 2 DVD videodiscs (ca. 108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.V3 F766 2000 VideoDVD  DVD 1-2 : After kidnapping a father and his two kids, the Gecko brothers head south to a seedy Mexican bar to hide out in safety. But when they face the bar's truly notorious clientele, they are forced to team up with their hostages in order to make it out alive.  Cast : Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin, Fred Williamson, Salma Hayek.

From Hell / 20th Century Fox ; Underworld Pictures ; produced by Don Murphy and Jane Hamsher ; screenplay by Terry Hayes and Rafael Yglesias ; directed by the Hughes brothers.  Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2002]  1 VHS videocassette (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Special Collections, Comic Art PN6737.M6 F73 2002 Videocassette :  In 1888 London's Whitechapel slums, poor women like Mary Kelly and her friends walk the streets for a living. When the streetwalkers begin to be murdered one by one, it attracts the attention of Inspector Abberline, who takes a personal interest in the case, and Mary Kelly. Now he must use his psychic abilities to stop the most notorious serial killer in history--Jack the Ripper--before Mary is killed.  Cast : Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Richardson, Jason Flemyng, Lesley Sharp, Susan Lynch.

The Fugitive  / A Keith Barish/Arnold Kopelson Production; an Arnold David Film. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 1993. 2 videodiscs (131 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in. PN1995.9.A265 F84 1993 Video (12 inch) disc 1-2
VHS version available in MSU Law Library Reserve :  The Fugitive is on the run! Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones race through the breathless manhunt movie based on the classic TV series. Ford is prison escapee Dr. Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife and determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime. Jones (1993 Academy Award and Golden Globe winner as Best Supporting Actor) is Sam Gerard, an unrelenting bloodhound of a U.S. Marshal. They are hunted and hunter. And as directed by Andrew Davis (Under Siege), their nonstop chase has one exhilarating speed: all-out. So catch him if you can. And catch an 11-on-a-scale-of-10 train wreck (yes, the train is real), a plunge down a waterfall, a cat-and-mouse jaunt through a Chicago St. Patrick's Day parade and much more. Better hurry. Kimble doesn't stay in one place very long!

Selected Feature Films, G

Gang War  / Million Dollar Productions, Inc. ; produced by Clifford Sanforth ; written by Walter Cooper and Lewis Sherman ; directed by Leo C. Popkin. Burbank, CA : Hollywood's Attic, 1996. 1 VHS videocassette (65 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.N4 G36 1996 Videocassette  : Classic battle between 2 gangs for control of the juke box machines in Harlem.

Gangs of New York (2002) / Miramax Films presents a Martin Scorsese picture an Alberto Grimaldi production ; producers, Alberto Grimaldi, Harvey Weinstein ; screenplay writers, Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan ; director, Martin Scorsese.  Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2002.  1 Blu-ray videodisc (ca. 166 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.I67 G36 2008 Blu-ray VideoDVD : In 1846, waves of Irish immigrants poured into the New York neighborhood of Five Points. "Billy the Butcher" bands his fellow "Native Americans" into a gang to take on the Irish gang "The Dead Rabbits," organized by Priest Vallon. After an bloody clash Vallon is dead and his son ends up in a brutal reform school. In 1862, that boy returns to seek vengeance against the man that killed his father. Cast : Leonardo Dicaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson.

Généalogies d'un Crime = Genealogies of a Crime  / Strand Releasing presents a film by Raoul Ruiz ; a production of Gemini Films ; Canal+ and Centre National de la Cinematographie with the support of Procirep ; produced by Paulo Branco ; screenplay by Raúl Ruiz and Pascal Bonitzer ; directed by Raúl Ruiz.  [Santa Monica, CA] : Strand Releasing Home Video, [2005]. 1 DVD videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
PN1995.9.F67 G464 2005 VideoDVD : Based on the case of Hermine van Hug, a 1920s psychoanalyst who believed that criminal tendencies are formed at age five and who labeled her nephew a murderer before he reached adolescence. The nephew proved her right by strangling her.

The General's Daughter (1999) / Paramount Pictures presents a Mace Neufeld and Robert Rehme production ; a Jonathan D. Krane production ; a Simon West film.  Hollywood, CA : Paramount Pictures, c1999.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.M85 G464 1999 VideoDVD : A female officer is discovered strangled and tied to the ground; she's the title character, and because of the general's political ambitions, the mystery of who did it and why has to be wrapped up in 36 hours by Travolta and fellow CID officer Madeleine Stowe.

Get Carter / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; produced by Michael Klinger ; screenplay by Mike Hodges ; directed by Mike Hodges.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2000, c1971.  1DVD  videodisc (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.G3 G47 2000 VideoDVD : A small-time gangster journeys to Newcastle to investigate and avenge his brother's killing. Once there he finds himself drawn into the local underworld where he encounters the full spectrum of violence and corruption.

Ghost Dog  : The Way of the Samurai (1999) / JVC, Le Studio Canal+ and BAC Films present, in association with Pandora Film and Ard/Degeto Film, a Plywood Production, a film by Jim Jarmusch.  Santa Monica, CA : Artisan Entertainment : Artisan Home Entertainment, c2000.  1 DVD videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.S24 G47 2000 VideoDVD : Ghost Dog is a samurai disciple, and for ten years the devoted retainer to an aging mafia foot soldier named Louie. When one of Ghost Dog's contract murders goes wrong, the don's daughter is a witness, her father, decides that to save face, he must have the killer "neutralized." The rest of the film follows Ghost Dog's calculated efforts to survive, as he takes out the gang members while attempting to maintain his ceremonious, mutually respectful relationship with Louie.  Cast : Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman, Henry Silva, Isaach De Bankol, Tricia Vessey, Vince Viverito, Camille Winbush..

Gideon's Trumpet   / David Rintels.  [S.l.] : Worldvision Enterprises, 1985 ; [S.l.] : Worldvision Home Video Inc. [distributor]  1 VHS videocassette (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  JC578 .L42 1985 Videocassette : Clarence Earl Gideon, a semi-literate drifter, is arrested for breaking into a pool room and for petty theft. When he asks the court to appoint a lawyer for his defense because he cannot afford one, his request is denied. Acting as his own lawyer, Gideon is convicted and sent to jail. While in prison, he begins a hand-written campaign directed to the U.S. Supreme Court, contending that every defendant is entitled to legal representation. The Court agrees to hear Gideon's case, and, in a landmark decision, rules in his favor. 

Gladiator Days - Anatomy of a Prison Murder  Home Box Office, 2003. 1 DVD videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col; 4 3/4 in. HV9025 .G533 2003 VideoDVD : Across the United States, violent crime in prison is an everyday reality, with inmates routinely exposed to assault, riot, rape and murder. Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder examines the culture of institutional violence through the events that led to one brutal prison murder. Utah State Prison surveillance cameras capture this disturbing real-life account of the vicious stabbing of black inmate Lonnie Blackmon by convicted murderer, white supremacist Troy Kell and his accomplice Eric Daniels.

The Godfather DVD Collection  Paramount Pictures and The Coppola Company and Zoetrope Studios ; producers, Albert S. Ruddy (Godfather), Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather II, Godfather III) ; director, Francis Ford Coppola. Hollywood, CA : Paramount Pictures, [2001], c1972, c1974, c1990. 5 DVD videodiscs (ca. 730 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3566.U96 G64 2001 VideoDVD and PS3566.U96 G64 1990 Videodisc 1-2 : The Corleone Family nearly falls from power in America but rises to observe the passage of rites from father to son. There is a balance between family life and the ugly business of crime in which they are engaged. The saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family continues with the roots and rise of a young Don Vito and the ascension of Michael as the new Don.

The Godfather  : the Coppola Restoration (1972) / Paramount Pictures presents an Albert S. Ruddy production ; produced by Albert S. Ruddy ; screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola ; directed by Francis Ford Coppola ; restored by Robert A. Harris.  Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2008]  1 DVD videodisc (177 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3566.U96 G64 2008 VideoDVD : "Don" Vito Corleone is the head of a New York mafia 'family.' His beloved son Michael has just come home from the war, but does not intend to become part of his father's business. Not given a choice, the business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but gives in to ruthless violence whenever anything stands against the good of the family. An up and coming rival of the Corleone family wants to start selling drugs in New York, and needs the Don's influence to further his plan. A clash of old world values and the new ways will exact a terrible price, especially from Michael.

The Godfather  : part II (1974)  / [presented by] Paramount Pictures ; Francis Ford Coppola's Production ; co-producers, Gray Frederickson and Fred Roos ; produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (202 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PS3566.U96 G642 2008 VideoDVD : Portrays the maintenance of the Corleone family by the aging Michael and its founding by young Vito. Includes fully restored film and the original and provocative Director's commentary.

The Godfather  : part III (1990) / Zoetrope Studios ; Paramount Pictures presents ; written by Mario Puzo & Frances Ford Coppola ; produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (170 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PS3566.U96 G643 2008 VideoDVD : Don Corleone decides to buy his salvation by investing in the Catholic Church, which he finds to be a more corrupt brotherhood than his own.

Gomorra / Domenico Procacci presenta une produzione Fandango in collaborazione con RAI Cinema ; un film di Matteo Garrone ; prodotto da Domenico Procacci ; sceneggiatura, Maurizio Braucci ... [et al.].  [Roma] : 01 Distribution ; c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  Note : not compatible with American DVD players.  PN1995.9.F67 G666 2008 PAL VideoDVD : With five different storylines, dramatizes the workings of the Italian organized syndicate known as the Camorra. One story involves a waste-management scheme that illegally dumps industrial waste. Another revolves around a man who delivers cash to the families of Camorra members who are in prison or who have been killed. Also features the story of teenage boys who aspire to be "Scarface" and even younger boys who become drug-pushers. The last story is about a tailor threatened by the Camorra, who are involved in the distribution of supposedly high-end fashions that actually are fakes made in China.

Goodfellas  / Warner Bros. presents ; screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese ; produced by Irwin Winkler ; directed by Martin Scorsese.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [1999].  1 DVD videodisc (146 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1997.S35 G66 1999 VideoDVD : Revolving around low-level gangster Henry Hill, this film gives an inside look at the Mafia from 1955-80.  Cast : Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorivino.

Gran Torino / Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Double Nickel Entertainment, a Malpaso Production ; produced by Robert Lorenz, Bill Gerber ; story by David Johannson & Nick Schenk ; screenplay by Nick Schenk ; produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2009]  1 DVD videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1997.2 .G73 2009 VideoDVD : Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Walt is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man, who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor, Thao, a young Hmong teenager, becomes pressured by his gang member cousin to steal Walt's Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Walt is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.  Cast : Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley, John Carroll Lynch ; Brian Haley, Brian Howe, William Hill.  Also available via NetFlix.

The Green Mile Warner Bros. Pictures ; [presented by] Castle Rock Entertainment ; a Darkwoods presentation ; written for the screen and directed by Frank Darabont ; produced by David Valdes, Frank Darabont.   Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2000] 2 VHS videocassettes (188 min.) MSU College of Law Library VIDEO G : Death Row guards at a penitentiary in the 1930's have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has a special gift. Features Michael Clarke Duncan.
The Green Mile / CR Films, LLC ; Castle Rock Entertainment presents a Darkwoods production ; produced by David Valdes and Frank Darabont ; written for the screen and directed by Frank Darabont.  Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2007]  1 DVD videodisc (189 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in  PN1997 .G6927 2009 Blu-ray VideoDVD : A death row inmate in a Southern prison possesses the unusual gift of healing. A guard discovers the inmate's miraculous power and begins to question the man's guilt.  Cast : Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Graham Greene, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey DeMunn, Patricia Clarkson, Harry Dean Stanton.

Gun Crazy  Previously titled "Deadly is the Female". / United Artists presents ; a King Bros. production ; produced by Maurice King, Frank King ; screenplay by MacKinlay Kantor and Millard Kaufman ; directed by Joseph H. Lewis.  Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2004] 1 DVD videodisc (86 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.; PN1995.9.F54 G86 2004 VideoDVD : Classic film noir based on a short story by MacKinlay Kantor. A greedy sideshow sharp-shooter marries an ex-army man, then leads him down the road to crime for easy money. Includes a bank robbery sequence, noted for being filmed in one shot.

Selected Feature Films H-K

Harsh Times  / Baure Martinez Entertainment presents a Crave Films production ; produced by David Ayer, Andrea Sperling ; written and directed by David Ayer. New York] : Weinstein Company, 2007. 1 DVD videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in PN1995.9.V44 H377 2007 VideoDVD : Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. With an honorable discharge from the Army, Homeland Security wants to recruit him for some special operation in Central America, but first he has to pass a urine test.

Heat (2009) / Warner Bros. presents in association with Regency Enterprises a Forward Pass production ; produced by Michael Mann, Art Linson ; written and directed by Michael Mann.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2009.  1 blu-ray videodisc (170 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.P57 H43 2009 Blu-ray VideoDVD : When Al Pacino and Robert De Niro squarer off, HEAT sizzles. A tale of a brilliant L.A. cop (Pacino) following the trail from a deadly armed robbery to a crew headed by an equally brilliant master thief (De Niro). Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman co-star. Also includes documentary True Crime: Recalling the Real-Life Chicago Cop and Criminal Whose Exploits Inspired the Movie.

Heathers  / New World Pictures in association with Cinemarque Entertainment (USA) Ltd. ; written by Daniel Waters ; produced by Denise Di Novi ; directed by Michael Lehmann.  [Los Angeles] : New World Entertainment ; Troy, MI : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.Y6 H43 2001 VideoDVD : Welcome to Westerburg High, where Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) is beginning to tire of her membership in the powerful yet cruel clique of 'Heathers' When Veronica falls for the mysterious new kid Jason Dean (Christian Slater), their dislike for the Heathers quickly escalates into a savage cycle of murder, suicide and Slushies. Now that her teenage angst has a body count, are Veronica and JD headed for the prom...or hell?  Cast : Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Penelope Milford.

Heavens Fall (2006)  / Allumination FilmWorks ; Strata Productions ; executive producers, Timothy Hutton, Norman Twain ; produced by Anna Marie Crovetti, Gloria Everett, Wade W. Danielson ; written and directed by Terry Green.  Woodland Hills, Cal. : Allumination FilmWorks, 2007.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1997.2 .H438 2007 VideoDVD : A tragic true story of nine black men who were pulled off an Alabama freight train and accused of raping two young white women, quickly tried, and sentenced to the electric chair. Forcing an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, a lone man defends them.  Cast : Timothy Hutton, Anthony Mackie, Bill Sage, Azura Skye, James Tolkan, Bill Smitrovich, Maury Chaykin, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Leelee Sobieski, David Strathairn.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

High Crimes  / Twentieth Century Fox and Regency Enterprises present a New Regency/Manifest Film Company/Monarch Pictures production, a Carl Franklin film in association with Epsilon Motion Pictures ; producers, Arnon Milchan, Janet Yang, Jesse B'Franklin ; screenplay writers, Yuri Zeltser, Cary Bickley ; director, Carl Franklin.  Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2002.  1 DVD videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.S87 H454 2002 VideoDVD : Claire Kubik, a smart and sexy attorney whose perfect world comes crashing down when the FBI charges her husband Tom with the murder of innocent civilians during a covert Army operation fifteen years earlier. Aided by a shrewd ex-military lawyer, Claire fights to clear Tom's name, but gets too close to exposing a government cover-up in the process. Now she must risk her career-- and even her life-- to find the truth.

The Hit (1984) / Zenith Productions in association with The Recorded Picture Company presents ; written by Peter Prince ; produced by Jeremy Thomas ; directed by Stephen Frears. [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2009.  1 DVD videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([12] p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)  PN1995.9.G3 H57 2009 VideoDVD  1 disc, 1 booklet. : In London in 1973, Willie Parker informed on his gangster colleagues. Afterward, he's packed off to the south of Spain to live out his days far from the reach of the criminals he has put away. Ten years go by in peace, until one day he returns home, is kidnapped, and given into the hands of Mr. Braddock and his assistant Myron. They are to deliver him to Paris, and the boss he put away. Trouble is, Willie totally accepting of his fate--a former criminal turned Zen master--which unnerves Braddock and Myron to no end. The beleaguered hit men are burdened with a female witness, the Spanish police are after them, and soon nothing is going according to plan.  Cast : John Hurt, Tim Roth, Laura Del Sol, Terence Stamp, Bill Hunter, Fernando Rey.

Hoffa  (1992) / directed by Danny DeVito ; written by David Mamet ; produced by Edward R. Pressman, Danny DeVito, Caldecot Chubb ; a Twentieth Century Fox presentation in association with Jersey Films.  Beverly Hills, Calif. : Fox Video, Inc., 1993.  1 VHS videocassette (ca. 140 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  HD6509.H6 H6 1993 Videocassette : Director/co-star Danny DeVito's unforgettable epic stars Jack Nicholson as Jimmy Hoffa, the legendary Teamster boss whose mysterious disappearance has never been explained. The film traces Hoffa's passionate struggle to shape the nation's most influential labor union, his relationship with the Mob, and his subsequent conviction and prison term at the hand of Robert Kennedy.  Traces Jimmy Hoffa's turbulent career from 1935, when he first solicits truck drivers to join the fledgling International Brotherhood of Teamsters, to his disappearance in 1975.  Cast : Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J.T. Walsh, Robert Prosky.

Homicide (1991) / Triumph Releasing Corporation ; an Edward R. Pressman & Cinehaus Inc. production ; director of photography, Roger Deakins ; executive producer, Ron Rotholz ; produced by Michael Hausman and Edward R. Pressman ; written and directed by David Mamet. [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2009.  1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([16] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)  PN1995.9.J46 H665 2009 VideoDVD  (Also availabale on VHS) :  An inner-city detective is investigating the murder of an elderly candy shop owner and finds odd clues along the way, while at the same time trying to find out who he has become.

The Honeymoon Killers / Warren Steibel presents a Roxanne Company production from Cinerama Releasing Corporation ; Janus Films ; producer, Warren Steibel ; written & directed by Leonard Kastle.  [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2003], c1969.  1 DVD videodisc (108 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  HV6248.B43 H66 2003 VideoDVD : Martha is sullen, overweight and heartbreakingly lonely. Through the Friendship Club, she strikes up a correspondence with Ray, a sauve charismatic smooth-talker who could be the man of her dreams. A stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go in order to find true love. From brutally immoral killings to a passion that transcends all bounds.  Special features: new video interview with writer/director Leonard Kastle; illustrated essay by Scott Christianson about the true crime story of "Lonely hearts" killers Ray Fernandez and Martha Beck; original theatrical trailer; cast and crew biographies by film historian Bruce Eder; new essay by critic Gary Giddins.

House of Bamboo  / Twentieth-Century Fox presents ; written by Harry Kleiner ; additional dialogue by Samuel Fuller ; produced by Buddy Adler ; directed by Samuel Fuller.  [Beverly Hills, Calif.] : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC, c2005.  1 DVD (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.F54 H68 2005 VideoDVD : "Sandy Dawson has assembled a platoon of ex-Army thugs to run pachinko parlors while pulling off bloody heists and armed robbery. The murder of a friend brings Eddie Spanier into the group, along with his beautiful mistress. But Spanier's behavior grows treacherous, and his loyalties become questionable, leading to a breathless, murderous conclusion high above the ancient city of Tokyo."  Cast : Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi, Cameron Mitchell, Brad Dexter, Sessue Hayakawa.

Human Trafficking (2005) 

Human Trafficking (2005) / Robert Halmi, Sr. presents a Muse Entertainment production ; produced by Irene Litinsky ; story by Carol Doyle ; teleplay by Carol Doyle and Agatha Dominik ; directed by Christian Duguay. La Crosse, WI : Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, [2006]  1 videodisc (ca. 180 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.S87 H86 2006 VideoDVD : The Lifetime cable channel made TV history with this ambitious, acclaimed original miniseries on the horrifying phenomenon of human trafficking, or sexual slavery. It follows the fictional cases of young women around the world, lured or abducted, sometimes right off the street, into a world of unspeakable brutality--which the filmmakers show in almost overwhelming detail at times. Mira Sorvino and Donald Sutherland star as American government officials bent on exposing and stopping the phenomenon, and both are more than serviceable in their roles. But the revelation is Robert Carlyle, the Scottish star of The Full Monty and Trainspotting, who here is transformed into a ruthless criminal mastermind behind his own trafficking network. Even his Eastern European accent is spot-on and blood-chilling. The supporting cast of women and girls is strong, and in some cases, truly heartbreaking. And while sometimes almost unbearably harsh, the film serves as a reminder this terrible situation still exists and thrives; and told through the characters, is also a well-paced thriller. 

The Hurricane (1999)  / Universal Pictures and Beacon Pictures present an Azoff Films/Rudy Langlais production ; produced by Armyan Bernstein, John Catcham, Norman Jewison ; screenplay by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon ; directed by Norman Jewison.  Universal, [2000]  1 VHS videocassette (146 min.)  MSU College of Law Library Reserve Video H L Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, in the prime of his boxing career, finds himself wrongfully convicted of murder. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter's published memoir, The sixteenth round, inspires a teenager from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists who believe in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence.  Features Denzel Washington.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang  / Turner Entertainment Co. ; directed by Mervyn LeRoy.  Culver City, CA : Distributed by MGM/UA Home Video, c1992. 1 VHS videocassette (92 min.; black and white) HV6248.B79 A39 1992 Videocassette  :  One of Hollywood's earliest social protest films, it concerns the cruelty and misery suffered by an ex-soldier (Paul Muni) wrongly condemned to hard labor on a Georgia chain gang. The brutalities of the chain gang were so emphatically exposed that there was a public outcry when it was shown, resulting in drastic reforms of the system.
[Criminals -- Georgia -- Drama]
[Convict labor -- Georgia -- Drama]

I Want to Live!  / Figaro, Inc. ; United Artists Corp. Santa Monica, Ca : MGM/UA Home Video, c1997. 1 VHS videocassette (122 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.F54 I2 1997 Videocassette : A screen adaptation of the dramatic events in the life of a "B-Girl," Barbara Graham, which led to a sensational murder trial and afterwards, her execution. Based on a newspaper article by Edward Montgomery and the letters of Barbara Graham.

In Cold Blood / Columbia Pictures ; written and directed by Richard Brooks. Burbank, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2003.  1 DVD videodisc (134 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. PS3505.A59 I52 2003 VideoDVD ; (Also available as part of the ROVI Movie Collection) : Dramatized true story of the 1959 crime during which the Clutter family of Kansas was brutally murdered by two ex-convicts, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith.

In the Heat of the Night (1967) / the Mirisch Corporation ; the Norman Jewison-Walter Mirisch production ; United Artists ; screenplay by Sterling Silliphant ; produced by Walter Mirisch ; directed by Norman Jewison. [United States] : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2008].  1 DVD videodisc (112 min.) PS3552.A455 I582 2008 VideoDVD : A black homicide expert is asked to help solve the murder of a wealthy businessman in a small town.  Videodisc release of the 1967 motion picture.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

In the Line of Fire.  [Burbank, Calif.] : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1993.  2 12 inch videodiscs (ca. 2 hr., 7 min.) : sd., col.  PN1995.9.S87 I6 1993 Video (12 inch) disc : Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect JFK from assassination gets a chance to redeem himself when a brilliant psychopath threatens to kill the current president and take Horrigan with him.

Insomnia / Criterion Collection ; a Janus Films release ; Norsk Film AS i samproduksjon med Nordic Screen Production AS presenterer ; manuskript Nikolaj Frobenius i samarbeid med Erik Skjoldbjærg ; produsenter Petter J. Borgli, Tomas Backström, Tom Remlov ; en film av Erik Skjoldbjærg.  [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c1999.  1 DVD videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.A3 I6762 1999 VideoDVD :  Disgraced Swedish detective Jonas Engström travels to Northern Norway to solve a brutal murder. Unable to sleep through the night of the midnight sun, Engström quickly loses his grip on the case and his mind.

Internal affairs / produced by Frank Mancuso, Jr., directed by Mike Figgis.  Burbank, CA : Paramount Pictures, 2013.  1 Blu-ray videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. ROVI Movie Collection AR5 D0155286 Blu-ray Video : "Dennis Peck (Richard Gere) is a rogue cop who knows his way around the law. For the right price, he'll launder money, fix a bad rap and even commit murder. Now, Raymond Avila (Andy Garcia), an Internal Affairs investigator, is determined to bring him to justice, but Peck isn't going down without a fight. The slick, cold-blooded manipulator intends to take Avila's career, his wife, even his sanity down with him. Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) directs this taut, supercharged thriller that'll keep your heart racing."

The Italian job / Paramount Pictures presents ; a De Line Pictures production ; produced by Donald De Line ; screenplay by Donna Powers, Wayne Powers ; directed by F. Gary Gray.  Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, [2003]  1 DVD videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.A3 I83 2003 VideoDVD : "In Venice, Italy, a team of expert thieves pulls a daring heist of $35 million dollars in bars of gold. One of the thieves betrays his companions and swipes the gold for himself. One year later, in Los Angeles, the surviving team members create a smart and devious plan to steal back the gold and get their revenge on the traitor".  Note: F. Gary Gray is a noted Africam American director.

John Carpenter's Escape from New York / Avco Embassy Pictures, International Film Investors, Goldcrest Films International present ; a Debra Hill production ; written by John Carpenter and Nick Castle ; produced by Larry Franco ; produced by Debra Hill ; directed by John Carpenter.  Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2000.  1 DVD videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.A3 E7 2000 VideoDVD : In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a prison which houses the world's most brutal inmates. And when the President of the United States crash lands inside, only one man can bring him back: Snake Plissken, a notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero who, in exchange for a full pardon, descends into the decayed city and wages a blistering war against the captors. But time is short: in 24 hours, an explosive charge planted inside Snake's body will end the mission -- and his life -- unless he succeeds!

Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys (1976) / Tomorrow Entertainment.  1 BETA videocassette (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PN1997 .J8 1980z Beta Videocassette : In 1933 the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a new trial for nine young Black men who had been falsely accused of rape and sentenced to death. Describes how Judge James E. Horton struggled to insure a fair trial in a lynch mob atmosphere.  Cast : Arthur Hill, Lewis J. Stadlen, Ken Kercheval, Vera Mills, Ellen Barber, Suzanne Lederer.

Kill or be Killed : 4 Movies  [S.l.] : Brentwood Home Video, c2002. 2 DVD videodiscs (345 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.P57 K55 2002 VideoDVD Discs 1-2 : (1) Street Angels : An undercover cop and his newly-recruited team of female martial artists try to stop the notorious, cop-killing Phantom and take back the streets from violent, roving gangs. (2) Revenge Quest : An L.A. detective assigned to protect a witness from an escaped serial killer finds himself caught in the killer's crosshairs. (3) Flight to Danger : An all-woman martial arts team goes to Paris for a competition and find themselves in trouble with some of the toughest criminals in Europe. (4) Death Run to Istanbul : When "The Committee" kidnaps a former cop's sister, he calls on his old kickboxing buddy and they go deep into the underworld to rescue the fair damsel.

 

Selected Feature Films L-M

L.A. Confidential  / Regency Enterprises presents an Arnon Milchan/David L. Wolper production ; screenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson ; produced by Arnon Milchan, Curtis Hanson, Michael Nathanson ; directed by Curtis Hanson. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1998. 2 videodiscs (138 min, ) : sd., col. ; 12 in. PS3555.L6274 L18 1998 Video (12 inch) disc 1-2  Also available on VHS Videocasette : Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slaying of the patrons at an all-night diner in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films.

The Ladykillers  / Ealing Studios ; produced by Michael Balcon ; story and screenplay by William Rose ; directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Troy, MI : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2002. 1 DVD videodisc (91 min., color) PN1995.9.C55 L33 2002 VideoDVD : Professor Marcus and his gang of vicious bank robbers rent a room from an elderly widow. When she begins to meddle in their 'perfect crime', the crooks decide she must be killed...but can they? Fiction.

The Last Castle (2001) / DreamWorks Pictures ; director, Rod Lurie ; producer, Robert Lawrence ; screenplay by David Scarpa and Graham Yost.  Universal City, CA : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, c2002.  1 DVD videodisc (137 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.P68 L37 2002 VideoDVD : The Last Castle rides high on a wave of American patriotism, respectful of military service and protocol, and primed to ignite anyone's passion for justice against corrupted ideals. This intense prison drama begins when a court-martialed three-star general (Robert Redford) is sentenced to military prison for defying a presidential command. The prison's warden (James Gandolfini) is a jealous martinet who's never seen combat, and when the jailed general seizes command of the prison to protest the warden's abuse of power, The Last Castle erupts toward a classic showdown between integrity and cowardice. Former critic and West Point graduate Rod Lurie (The Contender) directs this intimate battle with manipulative skill, appealing more to emotions than intelligence, but his stellar cast keeps the action on track, and a potent script returns flag-waving to its rightful place of honor.

Lethal Weapon  / written by Shane Black ; produced and directed by Richard Donner ; Warner Bros.  Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, 1987.  1 videodisc (LaserVision CLV) (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in.  PN1995.9.P57 L47 1987 Video (12 inch) disc : Two Vietnam-vets-turned cops have only one thing in common : they both hate to work with partners, but when a routine murder investigation turns into a no holds barred war with an international heroin ring their partnership becomes the key to survival. Directed by Richard Donner.  Starring Mel Gibson & Danny Glover. 1989 NAACP Image Award winner.

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) / directed by Richard Donner ; screenplay by Jeffrey Boam ; story by Shane Black and Warren Murphy ; produced by Richard Donner and Joel Silver ; a Silver Pictures Production.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1991.  1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in.  PN1995.9.P57 L47 1991 Video (12 inch) disc : Riggs and Murtaugh must guard a free-wheeling witness in a comedy/drama of car chases, gun battles, under-water escapes, and the destruction of a chic hillside house.  Cast : Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland.

Living the Life (2003) / a Richard and Esther Shapiro Entertainment Inc. and RICH/ES production.   [Los Angeles, Calif.] : First Look Home Entertainment, c2007. 1 DVD videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.G29 L53 2007 VideoDVD : Kata (Katrina Marie Gibson) has lived her first fifteen years beleving that, although she has an amazing ancestry, the only thing that lies in her future is a broken heart, the symbol of the Ninth Street Gang. She and her lifelong friend Ana (Melida Prado) are two of the toughest members of their gang, fearing nothing but the loss of each other. Car-jacking, fights, and running from the cops are a daily routine as the girls fight to protect their territory and their reputation. Performing as "Outrageous Chaos" in local dance contests provides their only relief, but each night they must return home to the sad reality of their lives.

Locas 4 Life / A film by James Tucker & Joshua Nelson ; Coast to Coast Productions. [S.l. : El Matador], c2003. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 92 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1997 .L65 2003 VideoDVD : Toro, a member of a Latina street gang in the Bronx, befriends a stranger and must decide where her loyalties lie.

Lockdown / Palm Pictures presents in association with No Limit Films and Evolution Management ; directed by John Luessenhop ; written by Preston A. Whitmore II ; produced by Jeff Clanagan, Stevie "Black" Lockett, Mark Burg, Oren Koules ; executive producer, Master P. ; director of photography, Christopher Chomyn.  [United States] : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2003], ©2003.  1 DVD videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection AN7 D0024220 VideoDVD  : Avery had it all: his beautiful girlfriend Krista, a young son and a full scholarship ahead of him. In the blink of an eye, it was all gone. What started as a night out with his buddies ended with the shooting of a cop and Avery behind bars. He's innocent, but that doesn't matter in a place that has its own set of rules. As Krista works to prove his innocence, Avery struggles to survive the hardships of prison life.

The Long Goodbye  / United Artists ; Robert Altman, director. Culver City, CA : MGM/UA Home Video, c1991. 1 VHS videocassette (113 min., color) PS3505.H3224 L6 1991 Videocassette  : Philip Marlowe is an unromanticized snoop for hire in an unromanticized LA. Working for fifty bucks a day plus expenses, he tries to solve a case the police dismiss as murder/suicide.

Lord of War (2005) / Lions Gate Films ; Entertainment Manufacturing Company presents a VIP Medienfonds 3, Ascendant Pictures, Saturn Films production ; in association with Rising Star, Copag V and Endgame Entertainment ; producers, Nicolas Cage... [et. al] ; written and directed by Andrew Niccol.  Santa Monica, California : Lions Gate Entertainment, 2005.  1 Blu-ray videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.G3 L67 2005 Blu-ray VideoDVD : The lethal business of arms dealers provides an electrifying context for the black-as-coal humor of Andrew Niccol's Lord of War. Having proven his ingenuity as the writer of The Truman Show, and writer-director of Gattaca and the under-appreciated Simone, Niccol is clearly striving for Strangelovian relevance here as he chronicles the rise and inevitable fall of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), a Ukrainian immigrant to America who makes his fortune selling every kind of ordnance he can get his amoral hands on. With a trophy wife (Bridget Moynahan) who's initially clueless about his hidden career, and a younger brother (Jared Leto) whose drug-addled sense of decency makes him an ill-chosen accomplice, Yuri traffics in death the way other salesman might push vacuum cleaners (he likes to say that alcohol and tobacco are deadlier products than his), but even he can't deny the sheer ruthlessness of the Liberian dictator (a scene-stealing Eamonn Walker) who purchases Orlov's "products" to expand his oppressive regime. Niccol's themes are even bigger than Yuri's arms deals, and he drives them home with a blunt-force lack of subtlety, but Cage gives the film the kind of insanely dark humor it needs to have. To understand this monster named Yuri, we have to see at least a glimpse of his humanity, which Cage provides as only he can. Otherwise, this epic tale of gunrunnng would be as morally unbearable as the black market trade it illuminates.

Los Olvidados = The Young and the Damned / Ultramar Films presenta ; dirigada por Luis Buñuel ; producción de Oscar Dancigers ; argumento original de Luis Buñuel y Luis Alcoriza. Coyoacan, México, D.F. : Alter Films ; Mexico, D.F. : Televisa, c 2004. 1 DVD videodisc (81 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.F67 O555 2004 VideoDVD : A study of street gangs set in the outskirts of Mexico City. The film is part social commentary, part surrealistic art.

Magnum ForceBurbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1987.  2 videodiscs (LaserVision) (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in.  PN1995.9.D555 M34 1987 Video (12 inch) disc  videodisc 1-2 : A mysterious wave of assassinations is sweeping the San Francisco underworld. Detective "Dirty Harry" Callahan (Eastwood) discovers why: sharpshooting rookie policemen have turned vigilante.  Cast : Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Felton Perry, Robert Urich.

Man on Fire (2004)  / Fox 2000 Pictures and Regency Enterprises present a New Regency/Scott Free production, a Tony Scott film ; produced by Arnon Milchan, Tony Scott, Lucas Foster ; screenplay by Brian Helgeland ; directed by Tony Scott. Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2007.  1 DVD videodisc (146 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3567.U36 M3 2007 Blu-ray VideoDVD : A wave of kidnappings sweeps through Mexico City spreading panic among its wealthier citizens. John Creasy is a burned-out ex-CIA assassin who has given up on life. Creasy's friend Rayburn brings him to Mexico City to be a bodyguard to nine-year-old Pita Ramos. Pita is the daughter of industrialist Samuel Ramos and his wife Lisa. Creasy is not interested in being a bodyguard, especially to a young girl, but he accepts the assignment. Slowly, Pita chips away at Creasy's seemingly impenetrable exterior, his defenses drop, and he opens up to her. Then Pita is kidnapped and Creasy is seriously wounded. He vows to kill anyone involved in or profiting from the kidnapping.  Features Denzel Washington.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

Maria Full of Grace / HBO Films presents in association with a Journeyman Pictures production in association with Tucán Producciones and Altercine ; producer, Paul Mezey ; written & directed by Joshua Marston. New York, NY : HBO Home Video, [2004] 1 DVD videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.F67 M375 2004 VideoDVD  : Maria, a poor Columbian teenager, is desperate to leave a soul-crushing job. She accepts an offer to transport packets of heroin - which she swallows - to the United States. The ruthless world of drug trafficking proves to be more than she bargained for. Spanish dialogue with optional English or French subtitles.

Mean Streets (1973) / Warner Bros. Pictures ; producer, Jonathan T. Taplin ; director, Martin Scorsese. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1998. 1 DVD videodisc (112 min) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.G3 M43 1998 VideoDVD : Harvey Keitel plays Charlie, working his way up the ranks of a local mob. Amy Robinson is Teresa, the girlfriend his family deems unsuitable because of her epilepsy. And in the starmaking role that won Best Supporting Actor Awards from the New York and National Society of FIlm Critics, De Niro is Johnny Boy, a small-time gambler in big-time debt to loan sharks. This is a story Martin Scorsese lived, a semi-biographical tale of the first-generation sons and daughters of New York's Little Italy. Cast : Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus, Cesare Denova, George Memmoli, David Carradine, Robert Carradine.

Menace II Society (1993) / New Line Cinema presents a New Line production ; a Hughes Brothers film ; directed by the Hughes brothers ; story by Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes, Tyger Williams ; screenplay by Tyger Williams ; produced by Darin Scott.  [New York, N.Y.] : New Line Home Video, c1997.  1 DVD videodisc (104 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequence ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.N4 M46 1997 VideoDVD Also available as a 12-inch disc : Turner may not have broken out into stardom as was initially expected, but his work in Menace II Society is one of the more powerful cinematic debuts. The film, from the brother writer-director team of Allen and Albert Hughes, chronicles life in the Los Angeles 'hood. Similar territory was covered in the equally commanding Boyz N the Hood, but what makes this cautionary tale stand out is not only the Hughes brothers' forceful story, (written with their friend, Tyger Williams) and direction, but the naturalness of then-newcomer leads Turner as Caine, Larenz Tate as O-Dog, and Jada Pinkett as Ronnie. They are so credible--occasionally frighteningly so--that the repressive universe of violent ghetto life is captured effectively. Life as portrayed here--and no doubt accurately so--is both figuratively and literally narrow. As a very young boy, Caine witnesses his dad murdered over something inconsequential, and his mom OD. His is a world where respect comes from intimidation, power from violence. Despite his understanding of right and wrong (values passed on by a good friend, his kind grandparents, a caring teacher), his life and its entrapments are too much to overcome.  Cast : Tyrin Turner, Jada Pinkett, Larenz Tate, Arnold Johnson, MC Eiht, Marilyn Coleman, Vonte Sweet, Clifton Powell, Glenn Plummer, Bill Duke, Charles S. Dutton, Samuel L. Jackson. 

Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (1994) / HBO Showcase in association with Film Four International presents a Cineville production. [New York, N.Y.] : HBO Home Video : Pioneer LDCA, [c1995] 1 12 inch videodisc (100 min.) : sd., col. PN1995.9.G29 M5 1995 Video (12 inch) disc : A rare and harsh gem of a film, Mi Vida Loca tells the story of young Hispanic women in Los Angeles and the struggles they have in a life of gangs, drugs, and personal betrayal. Mousie (Seidy Lopez) and Sad Girl (Angel Aviles) are best friends from childhood, growing up in gang-infested Echo Park and remaining loyal to each other. But when Sad Girl sleeps with Mousie's boyfriend (a drug dealer who is killed) and becomes pregnant, their friendship is ruptured. As the violence of their neighborhood erupts around them, they must try to stay together as friends despite their betrayals. This is an unforgiving look at a world where women seem to have no choice but to raise their children, deal drugs, and survive by whatever means necessary.

Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil  / Warner Bros. presents a Malpaso production in association with Silver Pictures ; produced by Arnold Stieffel ; screenplay by John Lee Hancock ; produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.  Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [1998]  1 VHS videocassette (ca. 155 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. F294.S2 B482 1994 Videocassette : When magazine writer John Kelso (John Cusack) travels to Savannah, Ga., to cover a chichi party thrown by urbane antiques dealer Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey), he is pulled into his subject's intriguing murder trial and introduced to a throng of colorful locals. Set against the beguiling backdrop of Southern high society, this retelling of John Berendt's novel by director Clint Eastwood also stars Jude Law as Williams's lover, Billy Hanson. Cast : John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Alison Eastwood, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall, Jude Law, Paul Hipp, Lady Chablis, Anne Haney, Leon Rippy, Bob Gunton

Minority Report  / Dreamworks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox present a Cruise/Wagner Blue Tulip Ronald Shusett/Greg Goldman production, a Steven Spielberg film ; producers, Gerald R. Molen, Bonnie Curtis, Walter F. Parkes, Jan DeBont ; screenplay writers, Scott Frank, Jon Cohen ; director, Steven Spielberg. [United States] : DreamWorks Home Entertainment : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., c2002. 2 DVD videodiscs (144 min.) ; color MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO M : Washington, D.C. has been murder-free thanks to astounding technology which identifies killers before they commit their crimes. But when the chief of the Pre-crime unit is himself accused of a future murder, he has just 36 hours to discover who sets him up.

Mississippi Burning (1988)   / Orion Pictures Corporation.  New York : Orion Home Video, c1989.  1 VHS videocassette (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.D4 M58 1989 Videocassette : Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI's attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town.  Cast : Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

Monster  / written and directed by Patty Jenkins.  Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2004.  1 DVD videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.W65 M66 2004 VideoDVD : Based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a highway prostitute who became known as one of America's first female serial killers.

Monster's Ball (2001)   / Lions Gate Films presents a Lee Daniels Entertainment production ; produced by Lee Daniels ; written by Milo Addica & Will Rokos ; directed by Marc Forster.  [United States] : Studio S : Trimark Home Video : Distributed by Lions Gate Home Entertainment, [2002], c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.M27 M667 2002 VideoDVD  : Hank and Leticia inhabit stark, queasy realities of the contemporary South, he as a death row corrections officer and she as the soon-to-be widow of an inmate whose execution Hank helps conduct. In the aftermath of the execution, both lose their children to tragic deaths and they form an unlikely bond.  Cast : Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Mos Def, Will Rokos, Milo Addica, Coronji Calhoun, Peter Boyle.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996)  / Showtimes presents in association with Hallmark Entertainment ; executive producers, Timothy Hutton, Susan Rose.  La Crosse, WI : Platinum Disc, 2005, c1996.  1 DVD videodisc (105 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.R23 M7 2005 VideoDVD  : In Central Point, Virginia, Richard Loving, a poor white laborer, falls in love with Mildred "Bean" Jeter, a beautiful young black woman. Mixed-race relationships are accepted here, but marriage, in 1960, is illegal under a miscegenation law dating from slave times. Bean becomes pregnant, and despite their families' fears, Richard insists on marrying her. They are arrested and thrown in jail. Having to choose between a three year jail sentence or a 25-year banishment from the state of Virginia, the Lovings choose freedom and move to Washington, D.C. Inspired by the speeches of Martin Luther King, Bean writes a letter to then Attorney-General Robert Kennedy requesting that the law be changed so that she and Richard can go home. Her letter reaches young ACLU attorney Bernie Cohen, who sees a great opportunity for social justice in this landmark case. Seven years after their banishment, The Lovings' case is heard by the Supreme Court. In a landmark ruling, the Court declares the Virginia law unconstitutional.  Cast : Timothy Hutton (Richard Loving), Lela Rochon (Mildred "Bean" Jeter), Ruby Dee (Sophia), Bill Nunn (Leonard), Corey Parker (Bernie Cohen), Isaiah Washington (Blue), Lawrence Dane (Sheriff), Charles Gray (Papa Jeter), Jackie Richardson (Mama Jeter), Michael Clarke (Gerald), Karen Robinson (Norma), Stephen Walsh (Father Loving), Linda Goranson (Mother Loving), Ardon Bess (Justice of the Peace), Scott Spidell (Harley), Larry Reynolds (Judge), Richard Fitzpatrick (defense attorney), Sharon Lewis (Leanne), Suzanne Coy (Marcella), Dianna Belshaw (landlady), Briar Boake (receptionist), Carol Anderson (nurse), Christopher Kalogerakos (Sidney, 2 yrs.).

Murder in Harlem (1935)  /  North Hollywood, Calif. : Timeless Video, c1993.  1 VHS videocassette (102 min.)  PN1995.9.N4 M86 1993 Videocassette : A black night watchman in a chemical factory finds the body of a young white woman in the basement. Blamed for the murder the man is tried but during the trial the real killer is unmasked. Videocassette release of the 1935 motion picture.  Want more info?  Try Movie Review Query Engine.

Murder in Mississippi (1989) / a David L. Wolper production in association with Bernard Sofronski ; producer Mark M. Wolper ; written by Stanley Weiser ; directed by Roger Young. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2008]  1 DVD videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.N4 M8736 2008 VideoDVD : This movie dramatizes the murder of three civil rights workers -- all of college age -- in Mississippi in 1964. This DVD illustrates the difficulties encountered by those who attempted to register blacks to vote in Mississippi during the racial strife that took place during the 1960s and eventually led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through the efforts of President Lyndon Johnson.

My Cousin Vinny  (1992) / Twentieth Century Fox in association with Peter V. Miller Investment Corp. ; produced by Dale Launer and Paul Schiff ; directed by Jonathan Lynn ; written by Dale Launer.  Los Angeles : Fox Video, 1992.  1 VHS videocassette (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PN1995.9.C55 M89 1992 Videocassette (DVD edition available in Schaeffer Law Library) : A college student and his friend are accused of murder in the depths of the South, and law school graduate cousin Vinny comes to the rescue. The trouble is, Vinny passed the bar on his sixth try and has never appeared in court before.

Selected Feature Films, N-O

Naked (1993) / Fine Line Features ; Film Four International with the participation of British Screen presents a Thin Man production ; a film by Mike Leigh ; produced by Simon Channing-Williams ; written and directed by Mike Leigh. [United States] : Criterion Collection, c2005. 2 DVD videodiscs (131 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet. PR6062.E4457 N35 2005 VideoDVD  VideoDVD 1-2 : A charming, eloquent, and vicious drifter on the lam in London rejects those who would care for him and hurls himself into a nocturnal odyssey through the city, colliding with a succession of desperate and dispossessed people and scorching everyone in his path.  Cast : David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge.

The Naked gun  : [from the files of Police squad!] / Paramount Pictures Corporation ; a Zucker Abrahams Zucker production.  Hollywood, CA : Paramount Pictures Corporation, c1989.  1 VHS videocassette (85 min.) : sd, col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.C55 N288 1989 Videocassette : An inept cop, played by Leslie Nielsen, stops a plot to assasinate Queen Elizabeth at a baseball game in the United States.

The Naked gun 2 1/2 : the smell of fear / Paramount Pictures, Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker ; produced by Robert K. Weiss ; directed by David Zucker.  Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Video, 1991.  1 videocassette (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PN1995.9.C55 N2882 1991 Videocassette :  In this comic spoof, a granite-jawed and rock-brained police detective uncovers a plot to destroy the environment.

Naked gun 33 1/3  : the final insult / Paramount Pictures[Hollywood, Calif.] : Paramount, 1994. 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in.  PN1995.9.C55 N28822 1994 Video (12 inch) disc : Lt. Frank Drebin crashes the Academy Award ceremony to stop a terrorist plot that could mean curtains for him -- or will a simple window shade be enough?  Cast : Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, Fred Ward.

New Jack City (1991) / Warner Bros. presents a Jackson/McHenry production ; screenplay by Thomas Lee Wright and Barry Michael Cooper ; produced by Doug McHenry and George Jackson ; directed by Mario Van Peebles.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005]  2 DVD videodiscs (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in  PN1995.9.D78 N49 2005 VideoDVD  1-2 : Some pundits called it a flawed, exploitative action film that glamorized drug dealing and the luxury of a lucrative criminal lifestyle, spawning a trend of films that attracted youth gangs and provoked violence in theaters. Others hailed it as a breakthrough movie that depicted drug dealers as ruthless, corrupt, and evil, leading dead-end lives that no rational youth would want to emulate. However you interpret it, New Jack City is still one of the first and best films of the 1990s to crack open the underworld of cocaine and peer inside with its eyes wide open. It's also the film that established Wesley Snipes as an actor to watch, with enough charisma to bring an insidious quality of seduction to his role as coke-lord Nino Brown, and enough intelligence to portray a character deluded by his own sense of indestructible power. Director Mario Van Peebles stretched his otherwise-limited talent to bring vivid authenticity and urgency to this crime story, and subplots involving a pair of tenacious cops (Ice-T, Judd Nelson) and a recovering coke addict (Chris Rock) provide additional dramatic tension. Although some critics may hesitate to admit it, New Jack City deserves mention in any serious discussion about African American filmmakers and influential films....Just as cool and topical today as when it first opened, New Jack City stars Wesley Snipes as the angel-of-death crack kingpin who holds a city in his grasp. Ice T, Judd Nelson and Mario Van Peebles (who also directs) play police officers who lay it all on the line. Chris Rock and Vanessa Williams co-star. A dynamic cutting-edge soundtrack includes tunes by Ice T, Queen Latifah, 2 Live Crew and more.

No Country For Old Men  / Miramax Films and Paramount Vantage present ; written for the screen and directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen ; produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen ; a Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss production.  Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2008]  1 DVD videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PS3563.C337 N62 2008 VideoDVD : Llewelyn Moss stumbles onto a drug deal gone monumentally wrong while hunting in the parched Texas scrubland near the Mexico border. A satchel filled with $2 million seems to be a ship finally arrived, and he dreams of moving his wife Carla Jean out of the trailer park and into the good life. It isn't long before he's being tracked Anton Chigurh, a psychopathic "debt collector." Sheriff Bell sets out to find Llewelyn, not so much for the propriety of recovering the money but to protect one of his citizens from Chigurh, an evil like nothing Bell has ever seen. The border is a hard land, yet Bell finds that the reflexive murders Chigurh inflicts upon others transforms the lonely vistas, somber deserts, and austere mountains into something horrendous--into no country for old men--or for young ones.  Cast : Tommy Lee Jones (Ed Tom Bell), Javier Bardem (Anton Chigurh), Josh Brolin (Llewelyn Moss), Woody Harrelson (Carson Wells), Kelly Macdonald (Carla Jean Moss), Garret Dillahunt (Wendell), Tess Harper (Loretta Bell), Barry Corbin (Ellis), Stephen Root (Man who hires Wells), Rodger Boyce (El Paso Sheriff), Beth Grant (Carla Jean's mother), Ana Reeder (Poolside woman).

Noise / Retro Active Films and Film Finance Corporation Australia presents ; in association with Film Victoria and SBS Independent ; written and directed by Matthew Saville ; produced by Trevor Blainey.  [New York] : Film Movement, 2008. 1 DVD videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1997.2 .N6574 2008 VideoDVD : Two heinous crimes have left a suburban town reeling. As the local community enfolds itself in a shroud of secrecy, borne from fear and an untrammeled mistrust of authority, the police remain desperate for witnesses. Graham McGahan, a young police constable suffering from a chronic hearing problem, is stationed at a police caravan near the crime scene. Living on the periphery of the investigation, McGahan crosses paths with the people affected by the tragedies and gradually unravels a nightmare of guilt and suspicion that will involve him more than he could ever have imagined.

O brother, where art thou?  / Touchstone Pictures and Universal Pictures ; Working Title production ; produced by Ethan Coen ; written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen ; directed by Joel Coen.  Burbank, CA : Touchstone Home Video ; Distributed by Buena Vista Home Video, [c2001], c2000.  1 DVD videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.C55 O25 2001 VideoDVD : Disenchanted with the daily drudge of crushing rocks on a prison farm in Mississippi, the dapper, silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) busts loose. Except he's still shackled to his own chain-mates from the chain gang -- bad-tempered Pete (John Turturro), and sweet, dimwitted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson). With nothing to lose and buried loot to regain -- before it's lost forever in a flood -- the three embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this hilarious offbeat road picture. Populated with strange characters, including a blind prophet, sexy sirens, a one-eyed Bible salesman (John Goodman), a blues guitarist who's sold his soul to the devil, a brace of crooked politicos on the stump, a manic-depressive bank robber, and--well, you get the idea.  It's an odyssey filled with chases, close calls, near misses, and betrayal that will leave you laughing at every outrageous and surprising twist and turn.   O Brother (the title's lifted from Preston Sturges's classic 1941 comedy Sullivan's Travels) is furthermore graced with glowing, burnished photography from Roger Deakins and a masterly soundtrack from T-Bone Burnett that pays loving homage to American '30s folk styles--blues, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, and more. And just to prove that the brothers haven't lost their knack for bad-taste humor, we get a Ku Klux Klan rally choreographed like a cross between a Nuremberg rally and a Busby Berkeley musical.  A Coen brothers classic. 

Observe and Report (2009) / produced by Donald De Line ; written and directed by Jody Hill.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2009.  1 videodisc (87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  DVD, 86 minutes.  PN1995.9.C55 O274 2009 : With sublime awkwardness, Seth Rogen throws himself into the role of a deluded, socially inept shopping mall security guard. Ronnie Barnhardt (Rogen) protects his little kingdom with a mixture of grandiose passion and borderline incompetence; he can’t catch a flasher in the parking lot or a thief with inside connections because his prejudices and desires cloud his ability to see what’s right in front of him--all he can see is the trashy cosmetics salesgirl Brandi (Anna Faris) who thinks he’s nothing but a creep. Though he resents the intrusion of a police detective (Ray Liotta), Ronnie decides to pursue his true dream: Becoming a cop so he can carry a gun. The plot isn’t what matters in Observe and Report--this comedy is about letting talented actors create strange characters with enough roots in reality to make them very, very funny. Even the supporting actors shine with a mixture of weirdness and banality, including Michael Peña (Crash) as Ronnie’s sidekick who turns out to have a secret life, and Celia Weston (Junebug) as Ronnie’s boozing and wildly inappropriate mother. Writer/director Jody Hill has a gift for pushing an ordinary moment into comic exaggeration, though he doesn’t always find the right balance; every now and then Observe and Report veers into territory that’s funny, but undercuts the movie’s internal reality, and there are several moments of unexpectedly graphic violence that will make some viewers recoil. But when the movie hits the mark--and it does so more often than not--Hill and Rogen tap into a rich vein of humor that stands apart from the usual Hollywood formula gags.

Ocean's eleven / Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment a JW/Section Eight production ; produced by Jerry Weintraub ; screenplay, Ted Griffin ; directed by Steven Soderbergh. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2007, c2001   1 DVD videodisc (1 hr., 57 min.) : digital, col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.A3 O24 2007 VideoDVD : Ocean's Eleven improves on 1960's Rat Pack original with supernova casting, a slickly updated plot, and Steven Soderbergh's graceful touch behind the camera. Soderbergh reportedly relished the opportunity "to make a movie that has no desire except to give pleasure from beginning to end," and he succeeds on those terms, blessed by the casting of George Clooney as Danny Ocean, the title role originated by Frank Sinatra. Fresh out of jail, Ocean masterminds a plot to steal $163 million from the seemingly impervious vault of Las Vegas's Bellagio casino, not just for the money but to win his ex-wife (Julia Roberts) back from the casino's ruthless owner (Andy Garcia). Soderbergh doesn't scrimp on the caper's comically intricate strategy, but he finds greater joy in assembling a stellar team (including Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Carl Reiner) and indulging their strengths as actors. The result is a film that's as smooth as a silk suit and just as stylish.

On the downlow  / Cinema Con Sabor ; Iconoclast Films presents a Beans & Rice production of a Tadeo Garcia film ; written by Roger B. Domian and Tadeo Garcia ; screenplay, Roger B. Domian ; produced, directed & edited by Tadeo Garcia.  [United States] : Iconoclast Films, [2007].  1 DVD videodisc (84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.G3 O5 2007 VideoDVD : Loyalty and allegiance clash with desire in this gritty, real, and provocative film, set in the violent world of warring Latino gangs on Chicago's Southside. When Angel defects from his gang to join his secret lover, Isaac, in his rival gang, tensions explode as Isaac is ordered to kill Angel.  Also includes original short film "Broken Warning" on which the feature was based.

On the Waterfront (1954) / Columbia Pictures Corporation. Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (108 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.   PN1995.9.G3 O52 2001 VideoDVD : An ex-fighter gets a job working on the gang-ridden waterfront under a crooked gangster boss.

Once Upon a Time in America  / Warner Bros. Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c1985. VHS videocassettes (225 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.G3 O534 1985 Videocassette A-B : An epic tale of the lives of two New York gangsters from the period of the early 1900's through prohibition, and climaxing in their subsequent reunion in the 1960's. Friends from childhood, they entered a life of crime together that inevitably led to tragedy and death.

The Outsiders  / Pony Boy, Inc. ; produced by Fred Roos and Gray Frederickson ; screenplay by Kathleen Knutsen Rowell ; directed by Francis Coppola. Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c1983. 1 VHS videocassette (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PS3558.I575 O852 1983 Beta Videocassette : A story of teenage hopes and fears, bravery and violent rebellion on the streets of Tulsa in 1966.

Selected Feature Films, P-R

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)  / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Gordon Carroll-Sam Peckinpah production ; written by Rudolph Wurlitzer ; produced by Gordon Carroll ; directed by Sam Peckinpah.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]  2 DVD videodiscs (ca. 122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.W4 P38 2006 VideoDVD One of Billy The Kid's oldest friends is now a sheriff and has vowed to hunt him down.  Cast : James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Jason Robards, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Barry Sullivan

Paul Blart : Mall Cop (2009) / produced by Doug Belgrad ... [et al.] ; written by Kevin James, Nick Bakay ; directed by Steve Carr. Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2009.   1 DVD videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.C55 P38 2009 VideoDVD : In Columbia Pictures' comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Kevin James stars as the title character, a single, suburban dad, trying to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. Though no one else takes his job seriously, Paul considers himself on the front lines of safety. When a heist shuts down the megaplex, Jersey's most formidable mall cop will have to become a real cop to save the day. 

Penitentiary / Writer/producer/director, Jamaa Fanaka ; co-producer, Alicia J. Dhanifu Al Shepard ; director of photography, Marty Ollstein.  [Santa Monica, CA] : Xenon Home Video, [1993], 1979. 1 VHS videocassette (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.P68 P46 1993 Videocassette : A prisoner joins a boxing team hoping for early parole. Cast : Leon Isaac Kennedy, Thommy Pollard, Hazel Spear, Donovan Womack.

Please Don't Bury Me Alive = Por Favor No Me Entieren Vivo / [Los Angeles, Calif.] : UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, 2007, c1976. 1 DVD videodisc (81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. F395.M5 P63 1976 VideoDVD : This independent film, a slice-of-barrio life that was shot and shown in South Texas, was the first Chicano feature film ever produced, and inspired an independent film movement in Mexico. Set in the barrios of San Antonio, Texas, this drama portrays the life of a typical Mexican American family from the early 1970s.

Point blank  / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents ; screenplay by Alexander Jacobs and David Newhouse & Rafe Newhouse ; produced by Judd
Bernard and Robert Chartoff ; directed by John Boorman. Burbank, Calif. : Warner Bros., c2005.    1 DVD videodisc (92 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.A3 P656 2005 VideoDVD 
: A double-crossed thug who has been cut out of the dollars from a major heist and left for dead somehow doesn't die. Now he returns with an unconscionable vengeance to claim his money and pay back

Public Enemies (2009) / [United States] : Universal, 2009.  1 Blu-ray videodisc (ca. 140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.G3 P83 2009 Blu-ray VideoDVD : Since crime auteur Michael Mann, like his protagonists, plays by his own rules, Public Enemies eschews back story and motivation for a closely-observed, action-packed examination of men at work. FBI supremo J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) kick-starts a nationwide manhunt when he proclaims John Dillinger (Johnny Depp, in top form) Public Enemy #1. Hoover taps Agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) to bring the Tommy Gun-toting bank robber in by any means necessary (the agency also targets Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson). If Dillinger had split the scene then and there, he might have enjoyed a happier fate, but he falls for beautiful coat-check girl Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard, whose open-hearted performance makes her the most sympathetic character in the film). In the end, though, Dillinger is the captain of his own destiny: his loyalty to his girl and his gang overpowers his desire to live free. Though the director also set his first film, Thief, and third series, Crime Story, in his native Chicago, Public Enemies plays more like Heat in Depression-era garb. In that L.A. policier, Al Pacino's cop develops a grudging respect for Robert De Niro's criminal, but letting a lawbreaker go free isn't an option. In this case, however, the tight-lipped Purvis never develops the same sort of esteem for Dillinger--or Hoover--making him the more tragic figure. If Public Enemies is less overtly commercial than The Untouchables or Bugsy, it's still the best mainstream gangster epic in ages and ranks among Mann's finest works.

Public enemy / Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. ; story by Kubec Glasmon and John Bright ; directed by William A. Wellman [United States] : Turner Entertainment ; Culver City, Calif. : Distributed by MGM/UA Home Video, 2000, c1931.  1 VHS videocassette (ca. 83 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.G3 P8 2000 Videocassette : The film that forever ensures Cagney's reputation as the best of the screen gangsters, Public Enemy tells the story of a hoodlum and his climb from petty criminal to big time gangster.

Pulp Fiction (1994) / Miramax Films presents a Band Apart and Jersey Films production ; stories by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary ; produced by Lawrence Bender ; written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. [S.l.] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [1998?] Edition Widescreen. 1 DVD videodisc (154 min., color) PN1995.9.F54 P853 1998 VideoDVD  : Clever, dark film that tells 4 separate stories that are gradually brought together. Involved are two low-rent hit men, their boss and his sexy wife, a prizefighter and a pair of desperate robbers.

Raw Deal  / Eagle-Lion Films Ltd. ; Reliance Pictures ; directed by Anthony Mann ; screenplay by Leopold Atlas & John C. Higgins ; produced by Edward Small.  [United States] : VCI Entertainment, c2002.  1 DVD videodisc (79 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.F54 R38 2002 VideoDVD : Trapped within the walls of a state penitentiary, Joe Sullivan lives for the chance to avenge himself upon the man who helped put him there: Rick Coyle, a pyromaniac mob boss with a taste for party-girl flambé. Rick helps spring Joe from prison in hopes that the police will gun him down during the escape, but he grossly underestimates Joe's resourcefulness. With the assistance of a world-weary moll and an innocent girl, Joe dodges roadblocks, hitmen and dragnets and carves a bloody path back to his betrayer.

Reservoir dogs  / a Miramax Film release ; Artisan Entertainment presents a Lawrence Bender production in association with Monte Hellman and Richard N. Gladstein ; a film by Quentin Tarantino ; produced by Lawrence Bender ; written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  Santa Monica, Calif. : Artisan Home Entertainment, [2002]   2DVD  videodiscs (200 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3570.A5856 R47 2002 VideoDVD : They were strangers, together to pull off the perfect jewel heist. Their simple robbery turns into a bloody ambush when they realize one of them is a police informant.

Rising Sun  / Twentieth Century Fox presents a Walrus & Associates, Ltd. production. Beverly Hills, Calif. : FoxVideo, Inc., 1993.  2 DVD videodiscs (ca. 242 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PS3553.R48 R57 2006 VideoDVD   : A Los Angeles cop is called in to investigate the murder of a prostitute in the boardroom of a Japanese-owned company, only to discover a "shadow world" of futuristic technology, ancient ways and confusing loyalties.  Cast : Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Tia Carrere, Mako.

The Ritz  / Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Richard Lester film ; produced by Denis O'Dell ; screenplay by Terrence McNally ; directed by Richard Lester.  Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2008.  1 DVD videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3563.A323 R52 2008 VideoDVD : "With The Ritz, Terrence McNally's hit Broadway play of the same name is cinematized by director Richard Lester. Jack Weston plays Gaetano Proclo, a minor mob flunky who's been targeted for elimination by his brother-in-law, Carmine Vespucci (Jerry Stiller). Gaetano takes refuge in what he thinks is a Turkish bath. Actually, it's The Pits. That's the name, "The Pits" - a gay bathhouse (this is the pre-AIDS era), where the exquisitely awful Googie Gomez (Rita Moreno) entertains the homosexual patrons with her ear-splitting renditions of such show tunes as "Everything's Coming Up Roses." Hoping to save his neck by pretending to be gay, Gaetano effusively praises Googie. Assuming that he is a big-time Broadway producer, she plays up to him. Everything would be hunky-dory, except that the bathhouse is owned by the very mob that has put a contract on Gaetano. What follows is an old-fashioned door-slamming farce, except that there are no doors to slam."  Cast : Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Kaye Ballard, Treat Williams, F. Murray Abraham, George Coulouris, Dave King, Paul B. Price.

Road to Perdition  / Dreamworks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox present a Zanuck Company production ; producers, Richard D. Zanuck, Dean Zanuck, Sam Mendes ; screenplay writer, David Self ; director, Sam Mendes. [United States] : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, [2003], c2002. 1 DVD videodisc (117 min.); color PN1997 .R59 2003 VideoDVD Another non-circulating copy is available in Special Collections Comic Art : Michael Sullivan works as an enforcer for his adopted father, Irish gangster John Rooney. When Sullivan's son, Mike Jr., witnesses one of his father's killings on Rooney's behalf, the gangster decides that his ward and his family are liabilities that must be removed. Sullivan tries to safeguard his son and get even with the man who betrayed him, while his son focuses on bonding with his emotionally distant father.

The Roaring Twenties  (1939) / Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. presents ; a Warner Bros. picture ; screenplay Jeffrey Wald, Richard Macaulay, Robert Rossen ; story by Mark Hellinger ; directed by Raoul Walsh.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005]  1 DVD videodisc (106 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.G3 R63 2005 VideoDVD : Three buddies return home from World War I and begin a profitable bootlegging operation, until romance and rivalry get in the way of business.

Robocop Trilogy / 20th Century Fox.  Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2010.  3 blu-ray discs (325 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.. Robocop (Peter Weller, Nancy Allen. 1987/103 min.), Robocop 2 (Peter Weller, Nancy Allen. 1990/117 min.) and Robocop 3 (Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen. 1993/105 min.)  PN1995.9.S26 R63 2010 Blu-ray VideoDVD discs 1-3 : The first Robocop was thrilling, hilarious, and totally original--none of which has as much to do with the film's spawning two sequels (plus two separate television shows) as its $50 million-plus take at the box office. Though the Law of Diminishing Returns inevitably applies to the theatrical trilogy, the central premise is so strong that each of the lesser sequels has at least a few moments worth catching. That's because the original (wherein Detroit cop Peter Weller, killed in the line of duty, gets transformed into a crime-fighting cyborg) set up an entire world. Director Paul Verhoeven spends as much time lampooning television news, commercial products, and big business as he does on the story; however violent or gory things get (and they get quite icky), the tone throughout is comic, even giddy. Robocop 2, helmed by Irvin Kershner of The Empire Strikes Back fame, sobers up considerably. The film is rather underrated; sure, there are fewer ads and newsbreaks this time around, but there are several inventive touches--Robocop is briefly reprogrammed into a homily-spouting Dudley Do-Right; drug dealers step in to bail out the financially strapped city--and the villains (including the most foul-mouthed, amoral 12-year-old in movie history) are less outrageous than in the first installment. Robocop 3, however, is profit-driven hash. Having Robocop (now acted by Robert John Burke) join a citizens' uprising is a nice idea, and even the ninja android could have been fun, but the movie tries too often to be heartwarming, an emotion thoroughly out of place in this wickedly satirical series.

Runaway Train  (1985) / Cannon Group, Inc. presents ; a Golan-Globus Production for Northbrook Films ; an Andrei Konchalovsky film ; screenplay by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel, Edward Bunker ; produced by Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus ; directed by Andrei Konchalovsky.  Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, [1998] 1 DVD videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col., stereo. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.A265 R86 1998 VideoDVD  : Several convicts from a high-security prison escape the inhumane treatment of Chief Guard Ranken and break out into the icy Northeast wilderness. The cons flee onto a departing freight train only to find themselves prisoners on a speeding train that is hurtling toward certain derailment, its conductor dead of a sudden heart attack.

Selected Feature Films, S

Scarface / a Universal Release; produced by Howard Hughes ; directed by Howard Hawks; written by Seton I. Miller, John Lee Mahin, W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht.  Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, ©2007, ©1932    1 DVD videodisc (1 hr., 34 min.) : digital, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.       PN1995.9.G3 S33 1991 VideoDVD   (Also available as part of the ROVI Movie Collection)  : "An exciting story of organized crime's brutal control over Chicago during the prohibition era. This compelling tale of ambition, betrayal and revenge is a groundbreaking masterpiece that influenced all gangster films to follow.".

Scarface  / A Martin Bregman production ; produced by Martin Bregman ; screenplay by Oliver Stone ; directed by Brian De Palma. Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Videos, [2003]   : Pacino plays a ruthless Cuban gangster involved in a cocaine empire, in this violent crime epic inspired by the 1932 classic of the same title. 2 DVD videocassettes (170 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  PN1995.9.G3 S33 2003 VideoDVD  : Inspired by the 1932 classic of the same title, Scarface follows the violent career of a smalltime Cuban refugee hoodlum who guns his way to the top of Miami's cocaine empire. Cast : Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colon, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin.

Sea of Love (1989) / a Martin Bregman production, a Harold Becker film ; producers, Martin Bregman, Louis A. Stroller ; writer, Richard Price ; director, Harold Becker.  Universal City, Calif. : Universal, [2003], c1989. 1 DVD videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. DVD, 113 minutes.  PN1995.9.D4 S436 2003 VideoDVD : Al Pacino plays a weary New York police detective who falls in love with the woman (Ellen Barkin) who is the prime suspect in the murder case he's investigating. Expertly written by Richard Price and directed by Harold Becker, the story is designed to keep its central characters (and the viewer) in a state of constant suspicion and arousal -- an emotional combination that sends dangerous sparks flying between Pacino and Barkin. Their chemistry is intense, and their love scenes are some of the hottest of any movie of its decade. But Sea of Love is not merely concerned with cheap titillation. It's a riveting whodunit with scenes of nail-biting suspense and memorable dialogue that make it as interesting to listen to as it is to watch. Barkin had made a similarly sexy impression in The Big Easy, and here she gives one of the best performances of her underrated career, matching Pacino's excellence scene for scene. The ending's a bit of a letdown because the murder solution comes somewhat out of the blue, but it's the acting and suspense that you'll remember most--qualities that make Sea of Love one of the best films of its kind.

Separate But Equal (1991) / a New Liberty production in association with Republic Pictures ; executive producer, George Stevens, Jr. ; [written and directed by George Stevens, Jr.].  Los Angeles, CA : Republic Pictures Home Video, c1991.  2 VHS videocassettes (ca. 193 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  KF4757.Z9 S47 1991 Videocassette : Dramatization of the events leading to the landmark Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation, with a special introduction by Sidney Poitier.  Cast : Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley.

Serpico / Dino de Laurentiis presents ; produced by Martin Bregman ; directed by Sidney Lumet ; screenplay by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler.  2013.   1 Blu-ray videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection  AN7 D0023626 Blu-ray Video   : An honest New York policeman endures scorn and mistreatment from his fellow cops. Based on a true story.

Set It Off  (1996) / New Line Cinema presents a Peak production, a film by F. Gary Gray ; story by Takashi Bufford ; screenplay by Takashi Bufford and Kate Lanier ; produced by Dale Pollock and Oren Koulis ; directed by F. Gary Gray / New Line Home Video. [Burbank, Calif.] : New Line Productions, Inc. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2009   1 DVD videodisc (124 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.G3 S48 2009 VideoDVD : Even when it misses a dramatic opportunity in favor of generic action, Set It Off benefits from a sharp understanding of its well-drawn central characters. They're a quartet of young African American women in Los Angeles (Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise), all struggling against a system that seems designed to prevent them from realizing their dreams. The movie establishes their plight with credible attention to emotional detail, making their decision to rob banks believable enough to give the ensuing plot its inevitably tragic momentum. Cowritten by the screenwriter of What's Love Got to Do With It?, the film conveys genuine compassion for its characters, and the ensemble cast is uniformly strong--especially Queen Latifah as a brash lesbian whose fate is as certain as her forceful attitude....Set It Off expresses a real sense that these women have been close friends for years, and that gives the film additional impact, even when their transition to crime and violence feels somewhat forced and superficial. A romantic subplot involving Pinkett and a social-climbing banker (Blair Underwood) is too contrived to be convincing, and director F. Gary Gray (Friday) tries too hard to combine hard-hitting action with social relevance (a weakness shared by Gray's following film, The Negotiator). Still, Set It Off effectively avoids passing judgment; its emotional complexity transcends simple notions of right and wrong, injecting vitality--and a kind of renegade integrity--into the traditions of a familiar plot.

Se7en [i.e. Seven]  / New Line Cinema presents an Arnold Kopelson production ; a film by David Fincher ; produced by Arnold Kopelson, Phyllis Carlyle ; directed by David Fincher ; written by Andrew Kevin Walker.  [S.l.] : New Line Home Video, c1996. 1 VHS videocassette (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PN1997 .S369 1996 Videocassette : A psychological thriller about two detectives on the trail of a serial killer who chooses his victims according to the seven deadly sins.

Shaft / produced by Joel Freeman ; screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, John D. F. Black ; directed by Gordon Parks.  Burbank, CA : Distirbuted by Warner Home Video, [2012]  1 Blu-ray videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 12 in.  ROVI Movie Collection CX3 D0141291 Blu-ray Video  : John Shaft, a private investigator, is hired by a Harlem crime boss to find his kidnapped daughter. During his investigation, Shaft uncovers a Mafia plot to take over a chunk of the Black underworld's uptown territory.

Shaft / Paramount ; director, John Singleton.  [United States] : Warner Home Video, [2013]  1 Blu-ray videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection  AR3 D0153588 Blu-ray Video   : Crooked cops on the take, small-time drug lords, sleazy informers, and sadistic kids ready to kill - for police detective John Shaft, it's just another night in the underbelly of New York City.

The Shawshank Redemption  / Warner Bros. Pictures ; Castle Rock Entertainment presents ; screenplay by Frank Darabont ; produced by Niki Marvin ; directed by Frank Darabont.  Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Pictures ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2004.  2 DVD videodiscs (142 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PS3561.I483 S43 2004 VideoDVD  1-2 : City banker Andy Dufresne arrives at Shawshank Prison in 1947, convicted of two brutal murders, doing a double life sentence. Within the confines of the prison, Andy forms an unlikely friendship with the prison "fixer" Red. He also becomes popular with the Warden and the prison's guards, as Andy is able to use his banking experience to help the corrupt officials amass personal fortunes. But for an inmate, all that counts inside prison is its own society--who is strong, who is not--and the measured passage of time, during which Andy finds that survival comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying. Cast : Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne), Morgan Freeman (Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding), Bob Gunton (Warden Norton), William Sadler (Heywood), Clancy Brown (Captain Hadley), Gil Bellows (Tommy), Mark Rolston (Bogs Diamond), Jeffrey DeMunn (1946 D.A.), Larry Brandenburg (Skeet), Brian Libby (Floyd), Neil Giuntoli (Jigger), David Proval (Snooze), Joseph Ragno (Ernie), Paul McCrane (Guard Trout), Jude Ciccolella (Guard Mert), James Whitmore (Brooks Hatlen).

Sherlock Holmes  / a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Village Roadshow Pictures ; a Silver Pictures production ; a Wigram production ; directed by Guy Ritchie ; screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg ; screen story by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson ; produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey, Dan Lin ; executive producers, Michael Tadross and Bruce Berman ; director of photography, Philippe Rousselot ; a Guy Ritchie film.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2010]  1 DVD videodisc (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.S5 S5375 2010  : After finally catching serial killer and occult 'sorcerer' Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. After his execution, Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with Watson's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the determined detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic, not to mention the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.  Cast : Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly, James Fox, Hans Matheson, Geraldine James.

A Short Film About Killing  (1987) / directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski ; screenplay by Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz.  New York, N.Y. : Kino on Video, 2004.  1 DVD videodisc (81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.F67 K54 K764 2004 VideoDVD : A man is sentenced to death for the murder of a cab driver.  In Polish with English subtitles.

Sicario / directed by Denis Villeneuve ; written by Taylor Sheridan ; produced by Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell ; produced by Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill ; a Lionsgate presentation ; a Black Label Media presentation ; a Thunder Road production ; a Denis Villeneuve film.  [Santa Monica, California] : Lions Gate Entertainment, [2016]  1 DVD videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.   PN1995.9.C66 S52 2016 VideoDVD  : After an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is recruited by a government task-force official (Josh Brolin) to pursue a drug lord, she begins a perilous mission that forces her to question everything she believes and pits her against a shadowy consultant (Oscar® winner Benicio Del Toro) with a dangerous agenda.

Sin City (2005) / Dimension Films presents a Troublemaker Studios production ; produced by Elizabeth Avellán, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez ; directed by Frank Miller and Robet Rodriguez.  Burbank, CA : Dimension Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2009]   2 Blu-ray videodiscs (147 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in..  PN6727.M48 S512 2009 Blu-ray VideoDVD  1-2 : Brutal and breathtaking, Sin City is Robert Rodriguez's stunningly realized vision of Frank Miller's pulpy comic books. In the first of three separate but loosely related stories, Marv (Mickey Rourke in heavy makeup) tries to track down the killers of a woman who ended up dead in his bed. In the second story, Dwight's (Clive Owen) attempt to defend a woman from a brutal abuser goes horribly wrong, and threatens to destroy the uneasy truce among the police, the mob, and the women of Old Town. Finally, an aging cop on his last day on the job (Bruce Willis) rescues a young girl from a kidnapper, but is himself thrown in jail. Years later, he has a chance to save her again....Based on three of Miller's immensely popular and immensely gritty books (The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill, and That Yellow Bastard), Sin City is unquestionably the most faithful comic-book-based movie ever made. Each shot looks like a panel from its source material, and director Rodriguez (who refers to it as a "translation" rather than an adaptation) resigned from the Directors Guild so that Miller could share a directing credit. Like the books, it's almost entirely in stark black and white with some occasional bursts of color (a woman's red lips, a villain's yellow face). The backgrounds are entirely digitally generated, yet not self-consciously so, and perfectly capture Miller's gritty cityscape. And though most of Miller's copious nudity is absent, the violence is unrelentingly present. That may be the biggest obstacle to viewers who aren't already fans of the books and who may have been turned off by Kill Bill (whose director, Quentin Tarantino, helmed one scene of Sin City). In addition, it's a bleak, desperate world in which the heroes are killers, corruption rules, and the women are almost all prostitutes or strippers. But Miller's stories are riveting, and the huge cast--which also includes Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Elijah Wood, Nick Stahl, Michael Clarke Duncan, Devin Aoki, Carla Gugino, and Josh Hartnett--is just about perfect. (Only Bruce Willis and Michael Madsen, while very well-suited to their roles, seem hard to separate from their established screen personas.) In what Rodriguez hopes is the first of a series, Sin City is a spectacular achievement.

 

Skinwalkers (2002) / an American Mystery! special, a production of Wildwood Enterprises and Granada Entertainment in association with WGBH Boston for the Public Broadcasting Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Carlton International ; producer, Craig McNeil ; screenplay writer, James Redford ; director, Chris Eyre. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, c2004. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3558.I45 S5 2004 VideoDVD : After the disappointing Dark Wind, executive producer Robert Redford does Tony Hillerman justice with this authentic and ideally cast adaptation of the 1986 bestseller that first paired Lt. Joe Leaphorn (Wes Studi of Dances with Wolves and The Last of the Mohicans) and Officer Jim Chee (Adam Beach of Smoke Signals and Windtalkers) of the Navajo Tribal Police. Leaphorn, a veteran urban cop recently returned to the reservation, is Scully to Chee's Mulder as they investigate a series of murders seemingly committed by a "skinwalker," a shape-shifting evil spirit. Skinwalkers was the first presentation of the venerable PBS Mystery series to be set on United States soil. For Hillerman fans, and those new to his intimately observed world, this is good medicine.

Sleepy Hollow (1999) / Paramount Pictures and Mandalay Pictures present a Scott Rudin/American Zoetrope Production ; a Tim Burton films ; producer, Scott Rudin, Adam Schroeder ; director, Tim Burton ; screen story by Kevin Yagher & Andrew Kevin Walker ; screenplay, Andrew Kevin Walker.  Hollywood, California : Paramount Home Entertainment, 1999.  1 Blu-ray videodisc (ca. 105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.M85 S5544 2006 Blu-ray VideoDVD : The films of Tim Burton shine through the muck like a jack-o-lantern on a foggy October night. After such successes as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands, it should come as no surprise that Sleepy Hollow is a dazzling film, a delicious reworking of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Dark and moody, the film is a thrilling ride back to the turn of the 19th century. Johnny Depp stars as Ichabod Crane, a seemingly hapless constable from New York City who is sent to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to solve the mystery of the decapitations that are plaguing the town. Crane is a bumbling sort, with a tremendous faith in science over mysticism, and he comes up against town secrets, bewitching women, and a number of bodies missing heads. Christina Ricci, as beautiful as ever, is Katrina Van Tassel, the offbeat love interest who alternately charms and frightens Crane....The film, while occasionally gory (as one should expect from a movie about a headless horseman), is not terribly frightening, although it is suspenseful. Both Depp and Ricci are convincing, and the art direction and production values give the village its harsh feel. Toward the end, once the secrets are revealed, the film does slow down; however, this stylistic horror film provides many tricks and even more treats.

Spider-Man  / Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Enterprises/Laura Ziskin production ; producers, Laura Ziskin, Ian Bryce ; screenplay writer, David Koepp ; director, Sam Raimi. Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2002.  2 DVD videodiscs (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.S666 S65 2002 VideoDVD  VideoDVD : After being bitten by a radioactive spider on a school field trip, Peter Parker finds himself gaining spider-like qualities. Adopting the name Spider-Man, Peter first uses his new skills to make money, but when the Green Goblin, another altered super-human, kills Peter's uncle, he swears to use his "spider-skills" to fight evil. Along the way he has to juggle a new job as a local reporter, and a budding romance with a beautiful former-classmate, MJ.

Spider-Man 2 / presents a Marvel Enterprises/Laura Ziskin production ; produced by Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad ; screenplay by Alvin Sargent ; directed by Sam Raimi. Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Pictures, c2004.  2 DVD videodiscs (ca. 128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.S666 S652 2002 VideoDVD  1-2 : Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, is desperately trying to balance his dual identities. He can't keep up at college, pay his rent, or seem to make amends with his estranged best friend Harry and his beloved Mary Jane is more skeptical than ever. Peter begins to notice that he's losing some of his powers and wonders if the cost of being a superhero isn't too high. Meanwhile Peter's idol, the renowned scientist Otto Octavius, has turned into a maniacal cyborg after a failed science experiment. Peter realizes he must decide between the ordinary life he so desires and the responsibilities of retaining his secret identity to stop "Doc Ock" and save New York City from destruction.

The Split / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Spectrum production ; screenplay by Robert Sabaroff ; produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff ; directed by Gordon Flemyng.  Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2012]  1 DVD videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.  ROVI Movie Collection CX5 D0138787 VideoDVD : The L.A. Coliseum is the target of a crew of thieves that stage a daring daylight robbery only to fall out when over a half million dollars goes missing and each one is accusing the other of having the money.

State of Grace (1990) / an Orion Pictures release ; a Cinehaus production of a Phil Joanou film ; written by Dennis McIntyre ; produced by Ned Dowd, Randy Ostrow & Ron Rotholz ; directed by Phil Joanou.  Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2002]  1 DVD videodisc (134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.G3 S73 2002 VideoDVD  : New York City's Hell's Kitchen is a pressure cooker of pent-up anger and it's about to explode! Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright, John Turturro and John C. Reilly deliver exceptional performances in this finely drawn tale of betrayal, redemption and guilt that'll put you on the edge of your seat! Terry Noonan (Penn) returns to his old neighborhood with a score to settle. He's now an undercover cop dead-set on taking down an Irish mob family headed by Frankie Flannery (Harris) and his hot-headed brother Jackie (Oldman). But when Noonan infiltrates the family, his old feelings for the Flannerys sister (Wright) further heighten the stakes as he enters a violent showdown with them during a crowded St. Patrick's Day Parade!

The Sting (1973) / Universal Pictures.  Universal City, Calif. : MCA DiscoVision, c1981.  1 videodisc (MCA DiscoVision) (129 min.) : sd., col., 1800 rpm ; 12 in.  PN1995.7 .S75 1987 Video (12 inch) disc : After rookie grifter Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) tracks down veteran flim-flam man Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) in 1930s Chicago, the duo plans to fleece a homicidal racketeer (Robert Shaw) through a phony racetrack scam involving a string of double and triple crosses. The Sting picked up seven Academy Awards, including Oscars for Best Picture, Best Directing (George Roy Hill) and Best Original Screenplay (David S. Ward).  Cast : Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, John Heffernan, Dana Elcar, Jack Kehoe, Dimitra Arliss, Robert Earl Jones, James Sloyan, Charles Dierkop, John Quade.

Stir Crazy  / Columbia Pictures.  Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1999, c1980.  1 DVD videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.C55 S75 1999 VideoDVD : Two zany drifters are mistakenly sent to prison for a robbery they didn't commit. They must rely on their wits in order to survive a sadistic warden, a hulking mass-murderer and worst of all, the inter-prison rodeo.  Cast : Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, George Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams.

Stranger Inside (2001)  / HBO Films presents a C-Hundred Film Corp movie in association with Stranger Baby Productions, a film by Cheryl Dunye ; producers, Jim McKay, Michael Stipe, Effie T. Brown ; writers, Cheryl Dunye, Catherine Crouch ; director, Cheryl Dunye. New York, NY : HBO Home Video : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2002], c2001.  1 DVD videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.P68 S77344 2002 VideoDVD : Treasure Lee just moved out of "juvenile" into the State Pen. Now she needs to learn how the system works, search out where the power lies, and find herself a new lover. She soon meets Brownie, a jail-toughened lifer, who works through her extended family of loyal girls. The closer Treasure gets to Brownie, the more enemies she makes.  Cast : Yolanda Ross, Davenia McFadden, Rain Phoenix, Ella Joyce, Conchata Ferrell, Lee Garlington, LaTonya T. Hagans, Medusa.

A Study in Scarlet  / directed by Edwin L. Marin.  Solana Beach, CA : Genius : Dollar-DVD, c2004.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 77 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.S5 S78 2004 VideoDVD : This Sherlock Holmes adventure involves a secret society that collects the assets of its deceased members and redistributes the wealth amongst the surviving members. As one might guess, members are soon dropping like flies and Holmes and Watson are on the case!

Sudden Impact / Warner Bros. Inc. ; produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1984.  1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in.  PN1995.9.D555 S833 1984 Video (12 inch) disc : In the aftermath of a brutal rape, a beautiful woman has begun to hunt down her attackers. Harry has to find her and stop her before she kills again or the killers find her first.  Cast : Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Paul Drake, Audrie J. Neenan.

Sugar Hill  Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2006. 2 DVD videodiscs (ca. 242 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PS3553.R48 R57 2006 VideoDVD : When the younger brother tries to break free from his world of crime and violence he is reluctantly lured back to help his brother keep the mob from taking over his territory. Cast : Wesley Snipes, Ernie Hudson, Abe Vigoda.

Superfly (1972) / the Sig Shore Productions ; produced by Sig Shore ; written by Phillip Fenty ; directed by Gordon Parks, Jr.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2004, c1972.   1 DVD videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.N4 S86 2004 VideoDVD : The pinnacle of blaxploitation movies, the 1972 Superfly stars Ron O'Neal as a drug dealer who wants out of the business but decides to take out some enemies in the process. With its criminal hero, one might almost think this could be an existential crime movie, but no...it's really just an effective piece of pulp with a strong performance by O'Neal, grim settings, cool direction by Gordon Parks Jr., and a famous soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield.

S.W.A.T. The final season / a Spelling-Goldberg production ; Columbia Pictures Television.  Los Angeles, CA : Shout! Factory, [2012].  6 DVD videodiscs (approximately 1,080 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in  Rovi Movie Collection CX5 D0139005 VideoDVD  discs 1-6  : From producer Aaron Spelling comes one of the toughest, action-packed crime-fighting shows of them all: S.W.A.T. Spun off from The Rookies and fueled by its signature hit theme song, S.W.A.T. chronicled the covert missions of the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics unit, an elite five-man force tackling situations too dangerous for even the police to handle.  Show titles:  Disc 1 Deadly tide -- Kill S.W.A.T. -- Dealers in death Disc 2 Vendetta -- Criss cross -- Vigilante -- Courthouse Disc 3 Ordeal -- Strike force -- The swinger -- Terror ship Disc 4 Murder by fire -- Silent night, deadly night -- The running man Disc 5 Lessons in fear -- Deadly weapons -- The Chinese connection -- Dragons and owls Disc 6 Any second now -- Soldier on the hill -- Dangerous memories -- Officer Luca, you're dead. 

Sweeney Todd  : the Demon Barber of Fleet Street / DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures present a Parkes/MacDonald production ; a Zanuck Company production ; produced by John Logan, Laurie MacDonald, Walter Parkes, Richard D. Zanuck ; screenplay by John Logan ; directed by Tim Burton.  Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2008]  1 DVD videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.S554 S944 2008  : Reinventing himself as Sweeney Todd, a man unjustly sent to prison returns to exact revenge on those who ruined his life, especially the evil Judge Turpin who sent the man to prison. Not only does he seek revenge for the cruel punishment he suffered in prison, but also for what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to his home town, he reopens his barber shop, where Mr. Todd becomes the Demon of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett is Sweeney's amorous accomplice who creates diabolical meat pies out of the remains of Mr. Todd's victims.  Cast : Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jayne Wisener, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Ed Sanders, Anthony Head, Peter Bowles.

Selected Feature Films, T-U

Take the Money and Run (1969) / Palomar Pictures International presents ; a Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe production ; produced by Charles H. Joffe ; screenplay by Woody Allen and Mickey Rose ; directed by Woody Allen. Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, [2004]  1 DVD videodisc (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3551.L44 T354 2004 VideoDVD : Psuedo-documentary that follows the activities of an unsuccessful bank robber.

Taxi Driver  (1976) / [presented by] Columbia Pictures ; written by Paul Schrader ; produced by Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips ; directed by Martin Scorsese. Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [1999]   1 DVD videodisc (135 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1997 .T384 1999 VideoDVD   Also available as VHS videocasette : A New York cab driver is driven to obsession when he attempts to save a teenage prostitute and embarks on a violent rampage against a world of filth and corruption. Cast : Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, Cybill Shepherd.

Thelma & Louise  / Metro-Goldwyn Mayer ; Pathe Entertainment presents a Percy Main production ; a Ridley Scott film ; written by Callie Khouri ; produced by Ridley Scott and Mimi Polk ; directed by Ridley Scott ; in association with Star Partners III, Ltd.  Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2003.  1 DVD videodisc (129 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.A3 T54 2003 VideoDVD : A waitress and a housewife try to get away from their boyfriend and husband for a weekend but instead end up on a crosscountry crime spree.

A Thief of Time (2004) / a Wildwood Enterprises, Carlton, Granada production ; producer, Craig McNeil ; teleplay by Alice Arlen ; directed by Chris Eyre. [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2005. 1 DVD videodisc (ca. 95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3558.I45 T49 2005 VideoDVD : An anthropologist, Ellie Friedman-Bernal, is suspected of selling ancient Anasazi pottery on the black market. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee are sent to investigate. Ellie's hyper-competitive colleagues, Maxie Davis and Randy Elliott, claim to be clueless about her whereabouts. Hailing from a hard-scrabble farm, Maxie is an improbable success at the academic game, while East-Coast patrician Randy is more at home as a scholar. Ellie's cryptic notes lead Leaphorn and Chee to preacher/fencer Slick Nakai, and his musician/accomplice Pete Etcitty, who later turns up dead--along with another pot poacher. Then there are the rich, unsavory collectors Richard DuMont and local rancher Harrison Houk, who was the last person to see Ellie alive. If the mystery is to be solved, some nettlesome questions need to be answered: Why did Ellie trade a saddle for a kayak just before she disappeared? Why does the crippled Houk himself own a kayak? And what's that hunched-over form in the shadows that looks strangely like Kokopelli, the flute-playing Navajo spirit?  Also includes bonus film, Thieves of Time featuring Tony Hillerman, tracing the history of our fascination with Indian burial grounds

The Thin Blue Line (1988) / an American Playhouse presentation ; an Errol Morris film ; produced by Mark Lipson ; directed by Errol Morris.  Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, 2005.  1 DVD videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.D4 T55 2005 VideoDVD : This landmark award-winning documentary, which revolutionized the form and helped acquit an innocent man of murder, came about almost by accident. Errol Morris intended to travel to Texas to make a film about the criminal-psychiatry expert James Grigson, or "Dr. Death" as he came to be known for his frequent testimony against defendants, who were often then sent to death row. When Morris discovered that the doctor was involved in the trial of Randall Dale Adams, a man who, it seemed, had been falsely accused of the highway murder of a police officer, he decided that Adams's story was the real one to tell. Morris's innovative use of repeated dramatization, multiple points of view, talking-head and phone interviews, and symbolism--in concert with Philip Glass's haunting music--establishes that a combination of communitarian zeal and overly eager testimony persuaded the jury to find Adams, a "drifter" from the Midwest, guilty of the crime, instead of his underage (and, for the death penalty, ineligible) acquaintance, David Harris, who had a criminal record. The "thin blue line" of police officers separating the public from chaos--as the judge, quoting the D.A. in the case, has it--destabilizes in Morris's world and puts people at risk of injustice as often as it protects them. After serving time for a sentence commuted to life imprisonment, Adams was freed, making Errol Morris his most talented advocate.

To Kill a Mockingbird  / directed by Robert Mulligan ; produced by Alan Pakula ; screenplay by Horton Foote ; A Pakula-Mulligan, Brentwood Productions Picture.  Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, c1998.  1 VHS videocassette (130 min. + extra footage) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.   PS3523.E332 T6 1998 Videocassette : Two children in a small southern town are thrust into an adult world of racial bigotry and hatred when their lawyer father chooses to defend a black man unjustly accused of raping a white girl. Cast : Gregory Peck, Brock Peters, Robert Duvall, Mary Badham, Philip Alford, Collin Wilcox, John Megna, Ruth White, Paul Fix, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy.

Traffic / directed by Steven Soderbergh ; screenplay by Stephen Gaghan ; produced by Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Laura Bickford ; a Bedford Falls/Laura Bickford production ; a USA Films presentation in association with Initial Entertainment Group.  [U.S.A.] : Criterion Collection, c2002.  2 DVD videodiscs (147 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1995.9.D78 T7 2002 VideoDVD  : Presents a mix of interrelated stories: a Mexican policeman finds himself and his partner caught in an often deadly web of corruption; a pair of DEA agents work undercover in a sordid and dangerous part of San Diego; a wealthy drug baron living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife takes over his business; and the U.S. President's new drug czar must deal with his increasingly drug-addicted teenage daughter.  Cast : Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Luis Guzman, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Training Day (2010) / Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment an Outlaw Productions ; producers, Jeffrey Silver, Bobby Newmyer ; writer, David Ayer ; director, Antoine Fuqua.  1 Blu-ray videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.P57 T73 2006 Blu-ray VideoDVD : A powerhouse performance by Denzel Washington fuels this brutal urban police drama, in which a rookie narcotics cop learns the hard way that even good cops can go very, very bad. Washington plays veteran detective Alonzo Harris, a self-proclaimed "wolf among wolves," eager to teach his rookie partner Jake (Ethan Hawke) that normal rules don't apply on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Caught in a web of deception, Jake watches with escalating horror as Alonzo uses his badge (and the support of his superiors) to justify a self-righteous policy of corruption. In stark contrast to most of his previous work, Denzel unleashes his dark side with fearlessness and fury, and the result is excellence without compromise. Director Antoine Fuqua (The Replacement Killers) won't score any points for subtlety, but gritty details (including actual L.A. gang members as extras) and Hawke's finely tuned performance are perfectly matched to Washington's frightening volatility.  Cast : Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke.

Trial by jury / Morgan Creek Productions, Inc.  [Burbank, Calif.] : Warner Home Video, 1994.  1 VHS videocassette (VHS) (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.  Schaeffer Law Library Reserve VIDEO T : He's guilty of murder. But something goes wrong in the jury room. Eleven jurors vote guilty. One woman, her life and family threatened by the mob, votes to let the killer walk. To set things right, that woman will have to fight back with a vengeance.

True Crime  / Warner Bros. presents ; directed and produced by Clint Eastwood ; screenplay by Larry Gross and Paul Brickman and Stephen Schiff ; produced by Richard D. Zanuck & Lili Fini Zanuck ; based upon the novel by Andrew Klavan ; a Zanuck Company/Malpaso production. Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1999. 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.; DVD MSU Law Library Reserve VIDEO T : A boozing, skirt-chasing and hard-living reporter realizes a death row prisoner scheduled to die at midnight is innocent. He races against time to save the man and perhaps lift his own life out of the trash heap.
[Reporters and reporting -- United States -- Drama]

The Underworld Story  / Filmcraft Trading CorporationNew York : CBS/Fox Video, 1991, 1950.  1 VHS videocassette (90 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. PN1995.9.G3 U53 1991 Videocassette : Powerful indictment of sensationalist journalism, Dan Duryea portrays an unscrupulous reporter who stumbles onto a cover-up that may get him killed.

The Untouchables (2008) / Paramount Pictures presents an Art Linson production ; a Brian De Palma film ; written by David Mamet ; produced by Art Linson ; directed by Brian De Palma.  Hollywood, CA : Paramount Pictures, p2008, c1987.   1 DVD videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 compact disc : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in  HV7911.N45 U67 2007 Blu-ray VideoDVD  Also available as 12-inch disk. : The critics and public agree. Brian De Palma's The Untouchables is a must-see masterpiece - glorious, fierce, larger-than-life depiction of the mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago... and the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down. This classic confrontation between good and evil and stars Kevin Costner as federal agent Eliot Ness, Robert De Niro as gangland kingpin Al Capone and Sean Connery as Malone, the cop who teaches Ness how to beat the mob: shoot fast and shoot first.

U.S. Marshals (1998) /  Warner Bros. presents a Kopelson Entertainment/Keith Barish production ; written by John Pogue ; produced by Arnold Kopelson and Anne Kopelson ; directed by Stuart Baird.  Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1998.  1 DVD videodisc (131 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  DVD, 131 minutes.  PN1995.9.S87 U558 1998 VideoDVD : Ladies and gentlemen, be alert. We are going to initiate a hard-target search for a fugitive in an ever-widening perimeter. We will wade through swamps, prowl Manhattan streets, search every house and doghouse. We'll eat on the run, sleep tomorrow, watch our backs. And since Marshal Sam Gerard leads the hunt, we will experience suspense, action and daring twists every breathless step of the way. Returning to his Oscar-winning role from The Fugitive, Tommy Lee Jones is Gerard, joining an A-team including Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr. and director Stuart Baird. (Executive Decision) to deliver adrenaline-rush excitement. The suspect: armed, extremely dangerous, perhaps linked to a spy ring. The chase: highlighted by an out-of-control 727, a death match in a ship's cargo hold, a 12-story plunge onto a moving train and more heart-pounding sequences. The movie: U.S. Marshals.

The Usual Suspects / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Spelling Films International present a Blue Parrot/Bad Hat production. Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2002] 1 DVD videodisc (106 min.); color PN1995.9.S87 U88 2002 VideoDVD : Police investigating an exploded boat on a San Pedro pier discover 27 bodies and $91 million worth of drug money. The only survivors are a severely burned Hungarian terrorist and Roger Kint, a crippled con-man. Reluctantly, Kint is pressured into explaining what happened on the boat. His story begins six weeks earlier with five criminals being dragged in by New York police desparate for suspects in a truck highjacking, and ends with the possible identification of a criminal mastermind.

Selected Feature Films, V-Z

Vandal / written by Gilles Taurand, Hélier Cisterne, Katell Quillévéré ; directed by Hélier Cisterne.  New York : First Run Features, 2015.  DVD.  84 minutes.  In process for Kline Digital/Multimedia Center 4 West  : The story of a wayward young man who comes of age in the world of grafitti art.  Like the stolen car he is driving in circles, Cherif's life is going nowhere in a hurry.  When he is arrested for the umpteenth time, Cherif's exasperated mother strikes a last chance deal with a judge to send the troubled teen to live quietly with his aunt and uncle and attend vocational school.  Cherif's earnest attempt to go straight is ending him directly to the doldrums, until he discovers that his even straighter-laced cousin Thomas is actually part of a local gang of taggers, who roam the night bombing walls and overpasses in the shadow of a mysterious tagger whose death-defying works have made him a legend.

Walk Proud (1979) / Universal ; a Turman-Foster Co. production.  [Brisbane, Australia] : Magna Pacific, [200-?]  1 DVD-R videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.G29 W34 2000z VideoDVD : A young Chicano gang member in Los Angeles comes to realize that the gang life is not what he really wants but doesn't know how to get out. The "granddaddy" of all Latino gang films.

The Warriors  / Paramount Pictures presents a Lawrence Gordon production ; produced by Lawrence Gordon ; screenplay by David Shaber and Walter Hill ; directed by Walter Hill.  Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2005]  1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PS3575.U7 W32 2005 VideoDVD : Now known as a cult film with a significant following, The Warriors tells the story of a New York gang framed for the murder of the city’s most powerful criminal leader. Caught deep in enemy territory, they must try to reach the safety of Coney Island while dodging cops and rival gangs. Filled with colorful criminal bands such as Satan’s Mothers, the Baseball Furies, and the Savage Huns, the film also includes the familiar faces of Michael Beck, James Remar and David Patrick Kelly.

We Own the Night  / Columbia Pictures and 2929 Productions present a Nick Wechsler production, a James Gray film ; produced by Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix ; produced by Nick Wechsler, Marc Butan ; written and directed by James Gray.  Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2007.  1 Blu-Ray DVD videodisc (ca. 117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1995.9.P57 W4 2007 Blu-ray VideoDVD : New York City, November 1988. Bobby Green is the manager of a Russian nightclub owned by Marat Buzhayev. The club is frequented by gangsters like Buzhayev's nephew Vadim. Despite Bobby's hedonistic and amoral lifestyle, he is committed to his girlfriend Amada. Bobby has a secret, however, which he guards closely. His brother is Police Captain Joseph Grusinsky and his father, Bert, is a legendary Deputy Chief. Bobby's strained relationship with his father and brother is tested when Bert warns his son that the police mean to clean up the drugs and Bobby will have to have to choose a side. After Joseph is badly wounded in an assassination attempt, Bobby finds that he can no longer remain neutral. When he discovers his father could be next, Bobby realizes they will only be safe when Nezhinski and his organization are destroyed, so Bobby and Joseph join forces for an all-out assault.  Cast : Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Robert Duvall.

The Wild One  / Columbia Pictures Corporation presents a Stanley Kramer Company production ; screenplay by John Paxton ; directed by Laslo Benedek. Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1998.  1 DVD videodisc (ca. 79 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1997 .W538 1998 VideoDVD : Johnny is the leader of a vicious biker gang which invades a small, sleepy California town. The leather-jacketed young biker seems hellbent for destruction until he falls for Kathie, a "good girl" whose father happens to be a cop. [Motorcycle gangs -- Drama]

The Wire  : the Complete First Season / HBO Original Programming ; producer, Nina Kostroff Noble ; story by David Simon & Edward Burns ; created by David Simon.  [New York, N.Y.] : HBO Video, c2008.  5 DVD videodiscs (775 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1992.77.W53 W56 2008 VideoDVD Season 1  : After one episode of The Wire you'll be hooked. After three, you'll be astonished by the precision of its storytelling. After viewing all 13 episodes of the HBO series' remarkable first season, you'll be cheering a bona-fide American masterpiece. Series creator David Simon was a veteran crime reporter from The Baltimore Sun who cowrote the book that inspired TV's Homicide, and cowriter Ed Burns was a Baltimore cop, lending impeccable street-cred to an inner-city Baltimore saga (and companion piece to The Corner) that Simon aptly describes as "a visual novel" and "a treatise on institutions and individuals" as opposed to a conventional good-vs.-evil police procedural. Owing a creative debt to the novels of Richard Price (especially Clockers), the series opens as maverick Detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West, in a star-making role) is tapping into a vast network of drugs and death around southwest Baltimore's deteriorating housing projects. With a mandate to get results ASAP, a haphazard team is assembled to join McNulty's increasingly complex investigation, built upon countless hours of electronic surveillance....The show's split-perspective plotting is so richly layered, so breathtakingly authentic and based on finely drawn characters brought to life by a perfect ensemble cast, that it defies concise description. Simon, Burns, and their cowriters control every intricate aspect of the unfolding epic; directors are top-drawer (including Clark Johnson, helmer of The Shield's finest episodes), but they are servants to the story, resulting in a TV series like no other: unpredictable, complicated, and demanding the viewer's rapt attention, The Wire is "an angry show" (in Simon's words) that refuses to comfort with easy answers to deep-rooted societal problems. Moral gray zones proliferate in a universe where ruthless killers have a logical code, and where the cops are just as ambiguous as their targets. That ambiguity extends to the ending as well; season 1 leaves several issues unresolved, leaving you begging for the even more impressive developments that await in season 2.

The Wire  : the Complete Second Season.  New York, NY : HBO Video, [2004]  5 DVD videodiscs (ca. 720 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1992.77.W53 W56 2004 VideoDVD Season 2 : It hardly seems possible, but The Wire's second season is even better than the first. The "visual novel" concept of this masterful HBO series is taken even further in a rich, labyrinthine plot revolving around the longshoremen of Baltimore's struggling cargo docks, where corruption, smuggling, and murder draw the attention of detective McNulty (Dominic West). What follows is a series of events which at first seem unrelated (including 13 bodies found in a cargo container), and then the ongoing effort to topple the drug empire of "Stringer" Bell (Idris Elba) and the imprisoned Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris), whose business is suffering from short supply, high demand, and disruption of distribution. The dutiful diligence of a Marine Police Patrol Officer and the moral outrage of the longshoremen's union leader are also factored into the suspicious goings-on at the loading docks, and what unfolds in these 12 episodes is an American crime epic easily on par with the Godfather saga. Yes, it's that good....Detailed synopsis is pointless; The Wire must be seen, heard, and absorbed to fully appreciate the way in which over 40 characters are flawlessly incorporated into a sprawling but tightly disciplined plot that deals, in the larger sense, with the deindustrialization of America and the struggle of longshoremen in a changing economical climate. Offering a privileged and occasionally frightening glimpse of the inner workings of shipping ports and cargo transports, The Wire is also a detailed exposé of organized crime and blue-collar corruption, and an authentic, well-informed study of political maneuvering among police and city officials. There's not a single false note to be found in the cast, direction, or writing of this phenomenal series, hailed by many critics as "the best show on television." With all due respect to HBO's other excellent series, The Wire tops them all.

The Wire  : the Complete Third Season / HBO Original Programming ; producers, Karen L. Thorson and Nina K. Noble ; created by David Simon ; directors, Joe Chappelle ... [et al.] ; writers, Richard Price ... [et al.].  [New York, N.Y.] : HBO Video, c2006.  5 DVD videodiscs (720 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.  PN1992.77.W53 W56 2006 VideoDVD Season 3 : With volatile issues of Baltimore city political reform as its narrative focus, the third season of The Wire superbly maintains the series' astonishingly consistent status as the greatest "novel for television" ever created. While the Baltimore police department's wire-tapping investigations continue to monitor the intricate and now legitimately fronted drug ring of Russell "Stringer" Bell (Idris Elba, smooth as ever), detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) continues his loutish ways, navigating through a series of shallow sexual conquests while doing some of the best cop-work of his career. Stringer's ex-convict partner Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris) is back in the picture and bent on eliminating a drug-dealing competitor named Marlo (Jamie Hector), and Baltimore P.D. Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin (Robert Wisdom) tries his own defiantly independent brand of street justice by essentially legalizing drugs in "Hamsterdam," where isolated sections of the city are established as open drug-dealing zones, utterly without the knowledge or approval of Colvin's superiors. As city councilman Tommy Carcetti (Aiden Gillen) plots his own ruthlessly ambitious strategy for the mayor's seat, Baltimore officials, McNulty's wire unit, and the entire Baltimore P.D. stand poised for the inevitable fallout from street-level and executive-level manipulations of power....Of course, this is just the tip of a very large iceberg, as The Wire continues its labyrinthine yet tightly controlled chronicle of over 50 characters, major and minor, who are all flawlessly woven into the fabric of these 12 remarkable episodes. For season 3, series creator David Simon continued to recruit a top-drawer lineup of reputable writers (including novelists Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, and George Pelecanos) and directors (including Ernest Dickerson, Tim Van Patten, and Agnieszka Holland), and by the time a major character is killed in the season's penultimate episode (arguably the series' finest yet), it's clear that The Wire has earned its crown as the most ambitious and intelligent crime drama in the history of American television. DVD extras are excellent, as usual, including five illuminating episode commentaries (an absolute must for devoted fans of the series), a Q&A session with cast & crew moderated by renowned TV critic and author Ken Tucker, and a classroom conversation with Simon that delves deeper into the creative process of the series. Having deservedly earned its renewal for a fourth season (out of a projected five, according to Simon), The Wire delivers surprises aplenty (keep a close watch for startling revelations) while proving, yet again, that cable-TV is the place to be for anyone seeking respite from the relative mediocrity of mainstream network programming.

The Wire  : the Complete Fourth Season / Home Box Office, Inc. ; [presented by] HBO Original Programming ; created by David Simon.  [New York] : HBO Video, [2007]  4 DVD videodiscs (ca. 800 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. PN1992.77.W53 W56 2007 VideoDVD Season 4 : Even if you missed the first three seasons (the character guides and thorough episode recaps on HBO's website are recommended), and with only one season left, it's not too late to get in under The Wire. In fact, season 4 is an accessible introduction for those who know The Wire only by its street cred as arguably the very best show on television. For them especially, this season will be, as befitting its theme, a real education. Without resorting to melodramatics that other ratings-challenged series employ to gain that frustratingly elusive audience, The Wire shakes things up this season in a way that is true to the series and its characters. A major character, Dominic West's McNulty, plays a minor role as a contented street cop and family man, while a former supporting player, Jim True-Frost's Roland Pryzbylewski, goes to the head of the class as a new eighth grade teacher at beleaguered Edward Tilghman Middle School. It may take a couple of episodes to orient yourself to the Baltimore backrooms, squad rooms, classrooms, and street corners where The Wire's intense dramas play out, and new viewers may miss something in character nuance, but they will easily grasp the big picture. A politically motivated shake-up sends Major Crimes detectives Freamon (Clarke Peters) and Greggs (Sonja Sohn) to Homicide. The gloves come off in the mayoral race between black incumbent Clarence Royce (Glynn Turman) and idealistic white challenger Tommy Carcetti (Aidan Gillen). Gang leader Marlo (Jamie Hector) quietly and deliberately becomes the city's new drug kingpin, managing to subvert all surveillance efforts. Meanwhile, while "Prez" tries to reach his students, four highly at-risk kids will be drawn into the drug trade....Mere synopsis does not do The Wire justice. The series deftly juggles its myriad storylines and characters, all of whom make an impression, from Marlo's cold-blooded enforcers, Snoop (Felicia Pearson) and Chris (Gbenga Akinnagbe), to boxing instructor "Cutty" (Chad L. Coleman), determined to keep his young charges off the corners. There is not a false note in the performances or the writing. Richard Price (Clockers) and Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) again contributed episodes. That this series has only been nominated for only one Emmy (for writing) is a travesty. As engrossing as the finest novels and in a class by itself, this isn't television; it's The Wire.

The Wire  : the Complete Fifth Season / [presented by] HBO Entertainment ; created by David Simon.  [New York] : HBO Video, 2008.  4 DVD videodiscs (ca. 630 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in  PN1992.77.W53 W56 2008 VideoDVD Season 5 : A barroom toast to Det. Jimmy McNuty (Dominic West), a one-man good cop/bad cop, offered in The Wire's final episode could very well serve as this series' epitaph: "When you were good, you were the best we had." Season five bears witness to this. The 10 riveting, wrenching episodes focus on yet another beleaguered Baltimore institution, The Baltimore Sun daily newspaper, whose staff, much like the police, is forced to do more with less. One editor (Clark Johnson) struggles to maintain the paper's journalistic standards in the face of declining ad revenues, employee buyouts and bureau closures. An ambitious reporter (Tom McCarthy) undermines him by taking a page out of the Stephen Glass/Jayson Blair playbook, manufacturing sensational quotes, and eventually, whole stories, while bean-counter management encourages its rising star and keeps its eye on the (Pulitzer) prize. Meanwhile, on the streets, the year-long investigation of rising drug lord Marlo Sansfield (Jamie Hector) and the 22 bodies found in "the vacants" has been discontinued and police morale is at an all-time low (the money promised to the department has been diverted to the schools). McNulty manufactures a serial killer case that will have far-reaching repercussions in the mayor's office, where Tommy Carcetti (Aidan Gillen) is mounting a run for governor a mere two years into his term. "I wonder what it would be like to work at a real police station," McNulty rages at one point. The Wire, as ever, is all about real. It's a gritty and unflinching look at life in one of roughest districts of a "broke-ass city." There is street justice for some characters, and street injustice for others. Some meet sad, sudden, or shocking ends that defy TV convention. Referring to Marlo, McNulty declares early on, "He does not get to win; we get to win." The hard-earned victories are mostly small, or come with a price. Not that The Wire does not offer glimmers of hope. Bubbles (Andre Royo) struggles to maintain his sobriety (Steve Earle portrays the leader of his 12-step program and also does the theme song honors this season), and the final episode features a cameo by Jim True-Frost as the once overwhelmed teacher, "Prez," who now seems to have the hang of the job. The ratings-strapped and criminally Emmy-snubbed The Wire has always been a critic's darling with a passionate fan base. To the show's credit, it did not make itself more accessible in its final season (consequently, its send-off did not receive near the fanfare of The Sopranos or Sex and the City). That should not dissuade newcomers to the show. It is heavy lifting, and if you're just joining The Wire, a visit to the show's official website for orientation is recommended. But buy it, watch it, and be patient. It's so worth it. From the masterful storytelling to the peerless ensemble, it just doesn't get any better than The Wire. But that's not exactly news.

Zodiac (2007) / Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures present a Phoenix Pictures production ; produced by Mike Medavoy ... [et al.] ; screenplay by James Vanderbilt ; directed by David Fincher.  Hollywood, CA : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2007.   1 DVD videodisc (158 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in  PN1995.9.S87 Z63 2007 VideoDVD : Based on the actual case files of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation’s history, "Zodiac" is a thriller from David Fincher, director of "Se7en" and "Panic Room." As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.

Zoot Suit  / a Luis Valdez film ; directed by Luis Valdez ; a Mark Taper Forum presentation ; a Universal Picture.  Universal City, CA : MCA Universal Home Video, c1991.  1 VHS videocassette (1 hr., 44 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. PS3572.A387 Z66 1991 Videocassette : A group of Mexican-Americans are sent to San Quentin unjustly for the death of a man at Sleepy Lagoon. Based on the actual case and zoot suit riots of 1940's Los Angeles. Cast : Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, John Anderson, Tyne Daly, Daniel Valdez.

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Criminology goes to the movies : crime theory and popular culture / Nicole Rafter and Michelle Brown.  New York : New York University, c2011.  227pp.  Main Library HV6030 .R34 2011 : From a look at classics like Psycho and Double Indemnity to recent films like Traffic and Thelma & Louise, Nicole Rafter and Michelle Brown show that criminological theory is produced not only in the academy, through scholarly research, but also in popular culture, through film. Criminology Goes to the Movies connects with ways in which students are already thinking criminologically through engagements with popular culture, encouraging them to use the everyday world as a vehicle for theorizing and understanding both crime and perceptions of criminality. The first work to bring a systematic and sophisticated criminological perspective to bear on crime films, Rafter and Brown's book provides a fresh way of looking at cinema, using the concepts and analytical tools of criminology to uncover previously unnoticed meanings in film, ultimately making the study of criminological theory more engaging and effective for students while simultaneously demonstrating how theories of crime circulate in our mass-mediated worlds. The result is an illuminating new way of seeing movies and a delightful way of learning about criminology.

Crime Wave

Crime wave [electronic resource] : the filmgoers' guide to the great crime movies / Howard Hughes.  London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed in the United States by Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.  236pp.  PN1995.9.G3 H84 2006 Online : One of Hollywood's most triumphant successes is the crime movie. Crime Wave offers an authoritative and entertaining guide to the crime movie genre from its beginnings to the present, charting its history, its sub-genres, and its developments. The book focuses on the most interesting and influential films, from Little Caesar,The Maltese Falcon, Point Blank, and The Godfather trilogy to L.A. Confidential, Ocean's Eleven, and many others....Crime Wave covers gangster and heist movies, blaxploitation, noir, murder mystery, and vigilante and buddy cop movies. Hughes explores each film's sources and influences, its impact on the crime genre and current fashion, including spin-offs, copies and sequels, themes, style, and box office fortunes. Detailed cast lists are provided for each of the main films, as are biographies and filmographies of the key personnel, along with background details of the films' production, locations, and sets.

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