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Understanding Art: Hidden Lives of MasterpiecesMasterworks under the microscope





View masterpieces as you've never seen them before

This exceptional series documents the Louvre's study days, in which works by five major artists— Raphael, Rembrandt, Poussin, Watteau, and Leonardo—were collected together, removed from their frames, and set on easels, replicating the feel of an artist's studio. Curators, historians, restorers, and scientists from around the world came to examine and discuss them in total freedom.

Looking through their eyes and listening in on their conversations, we observe the restorations, repairs, and often capricious changes made over the centuries. From up close, we see the faint lines where the artist changed his mind, witness how time has ravaged the canvases, and debate the evidence that a master painted a particular work. Engaging animations explain and simplify complex language and concepts. By revealing what isn't meant to be seen, this fascinating series shows that art is more than meets the eye.

Juliette Garcias and Stan Neumann have each directed several documentary films for the Louvre, on subjects ranging from the great masters to architecture and ancient pyramids.



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Mysteries at the Museum - Season 2:  A captivating, revealing and at times, shocking tour of America's past.




Museums are where America displays its wondrous treasures of the past -often strange and curious remnants of the momentous events that have shaped our history. Behind each artifact is yet another story to be told and secrets to be revealed. They tell tales brimming with scandal, mystery, murder and intrigue. In this season, history buff Don Wildman takes viewers on a captivating, revealing and at times, shocking tour of America's past, revisiting its most crucial events by reexamining what has been left behind.



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Dinosaurs Unearthed:  National Geographic showcases two new groundbreaking dinosaur discoveries together on one disc





National Geographic showcases two new groundbreaking dinosaur discoveries together on one disc. "Dino Autopsy" provides a fascinating, in-depth look at a fully mummified, 70 million year old dinosaur the worlds most intact dinosaur mummy ever unearthed. Then, in "Dino Death Trap, " National Geographic travels to Chinas Gobi Desert to uncover the never-before-seen remains of Jurassic dinosaurs stacked four and five deep believed to be the aftermath of a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Its an entertaining collection of headline-making dinosaur discoveries perfect for all ages.



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Ripper Street:  A new drama set in the East End of London in 1889 during the aftermath of Jack The Ripper murders.




Haunted by the failure to catch London's most evil killer Jack the Ripper Inspector Edmund Reid now heads up the notorious H Division - the toughest police district in the East End. Charged with keeping order in the blood-stained streets of Whitechapel Reid and his men find themselves fighting to uphold justice and the rule of law; but always in the background lurks the fear of the Ripper is he back for another reign of terror? Rich episodic storylines meld with the intrigue of a criminal underworld festering on the hard streets of Victorian London following the battle of the men whose job it is to bring the law to the lawles.



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Inside World War II:  Day by day. Hour by hour. Second by second. This is the story of last century's bloodiest conflict.





In this compelling three-part mini-series, the confusion and chaos is explained by those who were there to witness it in extraordinary stories laced with heroes, villains, tragedy and triumph. Through first-hand accounts of the hostility and heroics that dominated the defining conflict of the 20th century, the battles are described in detail by veterans and victims as they relive the turmoil that affected them and their countries.  From the beginnings of Nazi Germany and its murderous practices, to the brutal battles between the US and the Japanese empire, the global combat is documented like never before as Inside WWII provides a new and intimate perspective on the experience of war.





Falling Skies - Season 2 - Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back.




The mystery deepens for the remaining survivors of the massive alien invasion as Falling Skies returns for its second season with mysterious new creatures. Three months have passed since former college professor, father of three and unlikely leader of the civilian resistance group Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) went willingly with the aliens on one of their ships to free his son and learn their plans. Nobody has seen or heard anything from him during this time, and his absence has taken its toll on his sons. Ben and his older brother, Hal, have stepped up as fighters but quickly clash as they both seek to secure their roles as leaders in their father's absence. Many lives have been lost since Tom left, but the survivors of the 2nd Mass still struggle on with courage and resilience. In the first season, our heroes coped with the trauma of losing their world; in this season, they take action and fight back!





Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Based on A song of ice and fire by George R.R. Martin.



Set in a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne. This is a story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest, and triumph. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die.



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DEXTER returns to DVD in explosive fashion with Season 7.




Dexter is finally forced to confront his greatest fear, as Debra witnesses his insatiable, ritualistic slaying of a killer. Now Deb knows the secret of his Dark Passenger, his undeniable thirst for blood, and the Code that their father Harry instilled in him as a young boy. But as Deb tries to reconcile the unfathomable idea that her beloved, mild-mannered brother is Miami's most notorious serial killer, Dexter is still pulled by his natural impulses to seek out the guilty and exact his brand of vigilante justice.




Megaquake 10.0 - Since the continents split more than 250 million years ago, massive earthquakes have been ravaging the Earth and wreaking unimaginable devastation on its inhabitants.




The largest earthquake ever recorded occurred off the coast of Chile in 1960 and measured 9.5 on the Richter scale. However, new research now reveals how even larger quakes, registering close to 10.0, just might be possible. Through interviews with renowned earthquake experts and cutting-edge scientific experiments, this feature-length special offers compelling evidence to suggest that billions of people could be in immediate danger from the next "big one" and explains how a real 10.0 earthquake might actually happen on U.S. soil - in a place you might not expect.

Is the world prepared to handle the threat of an earthquake with such overwhelming power? Explore the answer to this and many other crucial questions in MEGAQUAKE 10.0.


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Decisive Battles. The Ancient World.   13 defining moments from the rise and fall of the Roman Empire to the struggle over the Persian Empire




Examines moments that altered the course of history and shaped the modern world. Gives a comprehensive account of the famed leaders and brilliant military tactics that changed history. Visit locations around the world to examine what is known of these legendary encounters. Witness recreations of the crucial battles of Rome and beyond - from Cannae to Marathon to Thermopylae - and follow some of the greatest warriors of all time, including Hannibal, Spartacus, and Attila the Hun.


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Suspect Zero:  A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers - and one FBI agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine.



FBI Agent Tom Mackelway finds himself caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a brutal serial killer, and all clues point to a renegade agent "gone native." Trained by the government to use his psychic abilities to track and capture other serial killers, the renegade is killing other serial killers and claims to be in pursuit of the ultimate serial killer, a man he calls Suspect Zero. As Mackelway becomes increasingly obsessed with his suspect, he must decide what happens when pursuer and prey come face to face – and if rational justice or primal revenge will prevail.




Imposter:  A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.




In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy- bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had,- but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn.


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Royal Upstairs Downstairs: Antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and expert chef Rosemary Shrager travel in the footsteps of Queen Victoria



A glimpse into the world of stately homes and castles.  In this 20-episode, factual British series, antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and expert chef Rosemary Shrager travel in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, visiting the grand houses, castles and stately homes that she visited throughout her life. Using Victoria's own diaries and other firsthand accounts of her visits, they reveal the extraordinary food, décor and garden preparations that were undertaken, exactly what happened during the visits and explore the legacy of each royal stay - upstairs and downstairs.



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District 9:  An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.




From producer Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and director Neill Blomkamp comes a startlingly original science fiction thriller that "soars on the imagination of its creators" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). With stunning special effects and gritty realism, the film plunges us into a world where the aliens have landed... only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet.


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The Killing:  Following a shocking murder, the lives of the police, suspects and victim's family are intricately woven together in this spellbinding series.



This season follows the investigation into the murder of local teenager Rosie Larsen, with each episode covering approximately 24 hours. The first season covers the first two weeks of the investigation and has three main storylines: the police investigation into Rosie's murder, the attempts of her family to deal with their grief, and the fluctuating electoral fortunes of a political campaign that becomes embroiled in the case. It stars Mireille Enos as homicide detective Sarah Linden and Joel Kinnaman as rookie detective Stephen Holder.





Pillars of the Earth:  Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.



Ken Follett’s best-selling novel is brought to life in a star-studded and critically-acclaimed eight-part miniseries. Emerging from the war-torn shadows of England’s Dark Ages, an idealistic mason, Tom Builder (Rufus Sewell, The Holiday) sets out on a quest of erecting a glorious Cathedral bathed in light. But when that light threatens to illuminate the dark secrets of ambitious Bishop Waleran Bigod (Ian McShane, 2005 Golden Globe Best Actor, TV's Deadwood) and the battling progeny of King Henry, Queen Maud (Alison Pill, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and King Stephen (Tony Curran, Ondine), they’ll stop at nothing to keep those secrets safe. The epic miniseries event also stars Matthew MacFadyen (Frost/Nixon) as Prior Philip, Hayley Atwell (Love Hate) as the beautiful noblewoman Aliena and Donald Sutherland (TV's Dirty Sexy Money) as Bartholomew.


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All Good Things:  Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.



Inspired by the most notorious missing person’s case in New York history, All Good Things is a love story and murder mystery set against the backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s. Produced and directed by Andrew Jarecki (director of the Academy Award-nominated doc Capturing the Friedmans and producer of Catfish), the film was inspired by the story of Robert Durst, scion of the wealthy Durst family. Mr. Durst was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Kathie who disappeared in 1982 and was never found. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella as the powerful patriarch, and captures the emotion and complexion of this real-life unsolved mystery.