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Lists of selected DVDs and Blu-Ray discs in the Askwith Media Library.
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2015 URL: http://guides.lib.umich.edu/askwith_collection Print Guide RSS Updates

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DVDs at the Askwith

The Askwith Media Library has a large and unique collection of DVDs and Blu-rays that includes feature films, television shows, documentaries, short and experimental films, and instructional/educational videos. We actively collect DVDs in a broad range of languages and various regional formats.


Staff Recommendations

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The Hundred-Foot journey
Hassan is a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, his family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They plan to open an Indian restaurant--that is, until Madame Mallory, the owner of a classical French restaurant, gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant so near her own escalate to all out war.

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A pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of "nightcrawling."

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Der Chinese
A mass murder, a female judge, and diary entries from ages ago. Judge Brigitta Roslin has to make a dangerous journey before she discovers the background of this crime.

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Torchy Blane Collection
ISBN: B003GW84R0
Torchy Blane is a fast-talking newspaper reporter of the 1930s. She often becomes involved in police investigations, eventually leading to the capture of criminals. As her fiance, Steve Macbride, is usually involved in these investigations, he often comes under suspicion of favoritism

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The Infidel
Meet Mahmud Nasir, loving husband, doting father, and something of a relaxed Muslim. He may not be the most observant, but in his heart he is a true Muslim. After his mother's death, Mahmud finds his birth certificate, which reveals that he was adopted at birth and he's Jewish, with the real name of Solly Shimshillewitz!

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Touch of Evil
A narcotics officer and a corrupt cop are involved in a murder investigation in a small border town. See all three versions of the film: the theatrical version, the preview version, and the restored version.

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The Ghost and the Darkness
The true story of two lions in 1890's Africa, who plan and carry out attacks on railway builders. The two cause panic among the native people because they are killing for sport rather than food and seem to be able to anticipate and avoid any trap set for them. A big-game hunter is called in to hunt and kill the two man-eaters.

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
In an attempt to avoid the police, a thief stumbles into a movie audition and gets the part of a detective. The producers send him to LA and put him under the tutelage of a real private investigator. The thief-turned-actor finds himself involved in a real-life murder mystery.

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The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
ISBN: 0053939690125
Flynn Carsen, a librarian with a wall full of academic degrees, is hired by the Metropolitan Library. One of his duties is to guard the treasures of myth and folklore. When part of the Spear of Destiny is stolen, Flynn must track the thieves from Amazonia to Shangri La in order to retrieve it.

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This comedy/thriller is full of plot twists and surprises as a once successful playwright decides to get his hands on a sure-fire hit play - even if he has to kill for it.

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