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Tuskegee airmen drama 'Red Tails' arrives on DVD

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  • Cuba Gooding Jr portrays Major Emmanuel Stance in "Red Tails," now on DVD.

    Cuba Gooding Jr portrays Major Emmanuel Stance in "Red Tails," now on DVD.


"Red Tails"
For more than 20 years, George Lucas made this film a special project. And when he couldn't get a major studio to put money behind his vision, Lucas financed it himself, and used the studio system to get "Red Tails" distributed.

The film is based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, an elite group of World War II black fliers who battled racism on the ground and the enemy from the air. These skilled pilots flew more than 1,500 missions over a two-year period. They were heroes who believed in themselves and fighting for their country. The film offers drama to go along with excellent action sequences, and Lucas has made this film both entertaining and enlightening. The terrific cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo and Nate Parker.

"Andrea Bocelli: One Night in Central Park"
First seen on PBS during various pledge drives, this wonderful program is singer Andrea Bocelli's gift to New York City, as he gave a free concert to thousands in Central Park. It was a cold and wet night, but the music and the many guest artists -- including Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and others -- made it a special evening.

The performances included fan favorites, recognizable arias and music for everyone to enjoy.

"Dean Martin Variety Show Uncut"
Some of Dean Martin's TV shows have been available in the past, but the musical numbers were not included. At times, some of his ad-libs and jokes were cut. This three-disc set includes six episodes that are unedited. Some of the guest stars are Joey Heatherton, Zero Mostel, Buddy Ebsen, Dom Deluise, The Lettermen, Leslie Uggams, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Bob Newhart, Orson Welles and more.

"Carol Channing: Larger Than Life"
Carol Channing is a theater legend, and this documentary captures the 90-year-old's life in words and music. Channing performed in "Hello Dolly" more than 5,000 times, was nominated for an Academy Award for "Thoroughly Modern Millie," won a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award and had a successful one-woman show on Broadway called "The First Eight Years Are The Hardest." Included are interviews with Lily Tomlin, Barbara Walters, Debbie Reynolds, Bob Mackie, Phyllis Diller, Tommy Tune and Channing herself.

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