And part two:
Terry Pratchett: A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction
The writing life as it is actually lived.
Nancy Marie Brown: Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths
The Northern World.
Henry Petroski: An Engineer's Alphabet
Bits, pieces, opinions.
Shaun Tan: The Lost Thing
The book that was mined for the short film: spare, and allusive.
Visually stunning; a bit weak on plotting: not all classics can be improved.
Curse of the Golden Flower
Wide screen epic.
Travis Tea: Atlanta Nights
A little unique.
Chris Van Allsburg: Zathura
There's another game—and a bad case of sibling rivalry.
Chris Van Allsburg: Jumanji
A boy finds a game that is more than it first appears to be.
Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre: The Complete Collection
Twenty-six well-told stories, many with the chills and thrills of the originals.
Akira (Geneon Signature Series)
The film version of the manga, rich in detail and in gore.
A lovely film with a wonderful soundtrack. This DVD is multiple language.
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
A BBC series for children, done primarily by Russian animators, using a variety of techniques.
Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales, Vol. 3 - Goblin Cat
Among other stories of the supernatural, this introduces the occult detective, The Medicine Seller.
Kiki's Delivery Service
From the people that gave us Spirited Away.
The Polar Express (Widescreen Edition)
A modern classic developed from the book by Chris Van Allsburg
The Prisoner: The Complete Series Megaset (Collector's Edition)
The complete original series, plus usual sort of extras.
The Golden Compass (New Line Platinum Series Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)
The movie of the book. Lovely CGI but, as usual, it scants the plot of the book.
Arthur and the Invisibles (Widescreen Edition)
No longer being manufactured, you can still sometimes pick up a copy, although the version on DVD is much edited compared to the version shown in theaters.
Steamboy - Director's Cut (Widescreen Edition)
Anime steampunk in the director's cut. Lovely animation.
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Two-Disc Special Edition)
The classic black comedy about the cold war, that has an unsettling resemblance to reality.
Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq
A steampunk tale of the famous Frenchman.
A film adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, filmed in the title year and in many of the actual locations mentioned in the novel.
The Anna Russell Album
This album features a dangerously accurate and succinct summary of Wagner's Ring Cycle, among other gems.