We’re excited that the critically-acclaimed TV series China Beach is finally available on DVD! Set at an American hospital evacuation base in Vietnam, the ground-breaking show offered a dramatic, gritty, and sometimes controversial view of the Vietnam War from the perspective of the nurses, doctors, soldiers, and civilians sent to Vietnam to serve their country — and often also focused on the issues faced by those who served after they returned home. The series ran for four seasons (1988-1991), earning multiple Emmy nominations along the way, including wins in the acting categories for stars Dana Delaney and Marg Helgenberg.
The show was based on the book Home Before Morning, by former U.S. Army Nurse Lynda Van Devanter — with Delaney’s character of nurse Colleen McMurphy especially reflecting the war experiences of actual Army nurses. The show was also known for its use of iconic songs of the 1960’s and 70’s to underscore the onscreen drama. Season one of the show is now available at the libraary, with the other seasons set to follow soon. Reserve your copy now!
Oscar Gold! Congratulations to Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for their wins as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for their performances in the Best Picture nominee Dallas Buyers Club.
The film arrived on library shelves this week — reserve a copy now!
Oscar Gold! Director Steve McQueen's stunning drama 12 Years a Slave took home the big prize at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday! In addition to the Academy Award for Best Picture, the film also scored awards for Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o and adapted screenplay. The film hits library shelves this week. Check out the trailer for the film above — and then reserve a copy to watch at home!
Oscar Gold! Congratulations to Alfonso Cuaron, who took home the Academy Award for Best Director for his out-of-this world film Gravity. Gravity was the big winner at the Oscar ceremony last night — netting seven of the gold statues. The blockbuster movie, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, hits library shelves this week. Have you reserved a copy yet?
This Date in History — March 1st: On this date in 1932, the 20-month-old son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was kidnapped from their New Jersey home. Despite ransom demands that sparked hope that the child would be returned, the baby’s body was found two months later in a wooded area a short distance from the family’s home, leading investigators to believe that the child actually died in the course of the kidnapping itself. Bruno Richard Hauptmann, found to be in possession of a good portion of the ransom money paid, was ultimately convicted and executed for the crime. The heartbreaking nature of the crime, directed at one of the nation’s true heroes, sparked sensational and unceasing news coverage at the time, with the resulting trial dubbed “The Trial of the Century.” The tragedy and its ensuing publicity ultimately resulted in the designation of kidnapping as a Federal crime,
To learn more about this tragic event, check out the PBS Documentary Who Killed Lindbergh’s Baby? — available on DVD at the library.
This Date in History — February 28th: On this day in 1983, the celebrated sitcom M*A*S*H ended its 11 season run with a special finale watched by 77 percent of the television viewing audience. It was the largest percentage ever to watch a single TV show up to that time.
M*A*S*H was set near Seoul, Korea, behind the American front lines during the Korean War. The Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit received wounded soldiers, and was staffed by the show’s cast of doctors and nurses, most notably surgeons Dr. “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda) and Dr. “Trapper” John McIntyre (Wayne Rogers). Their primary comic foils in the show were Dr. Frank Burns (Larry Linville) and Nurse Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swit), who disapproved of the surgeons’ boozing and womanizing. When Rogers left the show after three seasons, he was ably replaced in the OR by Dr. B.J. Hunnicut (Mike Farrell).
You can find all 11 seasons of this classic comedy series on DVD at the library — as well as the 1970 Robert Altman film by the same name upon which the series was based.
“ Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! ”
Bill Murray in Caddyshack, written by Harold Ramis
We’re sad to note that actor/writer/director Harold Ramis (shown above in Stripes with Bill Murray) has passed away at the age of 69. Ramis is personally responsible for some of the greatest one-liners to ever come out of Hollywood. A distinguished alum of both Chicago’s Second City and Canada’s SCTV, Ramis eventually moved to Hollywood and crafted hilarious screenplays that showcased the talents of friends such as John Belushi and Bill Murray. He wrote — and often co-starred in — some of the funniest movies of the 1970’s and 80’s: Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Animal House, Meatballs, and Stripes — to name just a few.
You can find each of these comedy classics at the library. Check-out your favorite and appreciate the comedic talents of Mr. Ramis!
“ Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown. There’s only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming. ”
Cate Blanchett, as Jasmine French, in Blue Jasmine
Will Cate Blanchett win the Oscar for Best Actress this Sunday for her role in the Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine? The gifted Australian actress is a heavy favorite for her compelling performance as Jasmine French, an emotionally fragile New York socialite who moves in with her estranged, working-class sister in San Francisco after her marriage crumbles. The versatile Sally Hawkins also shines in her Oscar-nominated supporting role as Jasmine’s sister. Tune in to the Oscar telecast on March 2nd to see how these talented ladies fare!
The film is out on DVD and Blu-ray today.