Netflix Top 25 in Special Interest
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Writer-director Tyler Perry also stars as the titular Madea in his hilarious yet touching play, about the madness and mayhem that ensues when the extensive Simmons family gathers for a funeral, wedding and reunion over the same weekend. Recorded in New Orleans, this live stage presentation precedes the 2006 feature film adaptation. D'Atra Hicks, Tamela Mann, David Mann, Zakiya Williams, Regina McCrary, Gary Jenkins and James Tittle IV co-star."
Shirley (Chandra Currelley-Young) wants to tell her family about a big development, but rounding up five grown children with as many different lifestyles requires divine intervention -- or tough-loving, straight-shooting grandma Madea (Tyler Perry) -- whichever comes first. Be it money trouble or a family secret, everyone has something to say, but count on Madea to bring the room to order in this filmed version of Perry's stage play."
Marriage counselor Judith (Tamar Davis) may be better at giving advice than taking it in this Tyler Perry play. Judith and her accountant husband Roger (Tony Grant) seem to have the perfect life, but some unexpected guests reveal the cracks in their relationship. When Hurricane Katrina forces Roger's dad and Judith's mom to seek refuge with their children, Judith turns to an old friend for advice about her suddenly unstable home environment."
Offbeat performance artists The Blue Man Group have finally been captured live on this disc that features concert footage, three full-length music videos and three songs from Blue Man Group's album, "The Complex." The live footage was filmed during Blue Man Group's successful and widely acclaimed August 2003 rock tour, where they wowed 9,000 fans in two sold-out concerts at NextStage Amphitheatre in Grand Prairie, Texas."
Filmed live in Australia in 2001, this Cirque du Soleil performance crafts a mesmerizing fantasy about the fascinating world inhabited by circus performers young and old, including how they relate to each when not on stage. Powerful tumblers somersault off the shoulders of their catchers, artists craft hypnotic patterns with flaming knives, and synchronized trapeze acrobats fly high above the ground in this unforgettable exhibition."
Monty Python's witty John Cleese aims to educate the masses with this enlightening, snoot-free wine guide that finds Cleese guiding novices through the basics -- finding wines you like, getting the best value, and serving and storing wine at home. His user-friendly vintner's tour includes lessons in wine vocabulary and identifying subtle flavors, as well as useful tips for corking up condescending sommeliers."
The troupe that's been reinventing the circus arts since 1984 combines ancient Chinese traditions with its own unique artistry in this dazzling performance. Dralion celebrates life, art and the four elements -- air, earth, water and fire. Juggling, teeterboard, trapeze and hoop-jumping skills are performed with the fusion of color, music and mind-blowing acrobatics that have made the Cirque a worldwide phenomenon."
Cirque du Soleil, the mind-bending acrobatic theater troupe, presents this highly imaginative, allegorical tale about a young man who falls from the sky into a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastic creatures at the base of a volcano. The show-stopping performers include tumblers, jugglers and more."
Building on the popularity of his best-selling book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, mystic Eckhart Tolle shares his New Age philosophy in this insightful video. Tolle's tenets -- which focus on increased creativity and higher consciousness by freeing the mind from persistent fears and self-seeking thoughts -- promote a universal awakening designed to guide humankind toward a collective evolution."
In the magical world of La Nouba, dreams become reality and talent turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. Filmed at Cirque du Soleil's permanent venue at Walt Disney World in Orlando, La Nouba is, literally, a dream come true. Amid this waking dream, you'll find clowns, ballerinas, trapeze artists and much more. From the incredible BMX bicycle act to displays of precision and balance on the high wire, La Nouba will amaze and delight."
With its mix of delightful vignettes, compelling tales, entertaining musical performances and Garrison Keillor's sonorous voice, "A Prairie Home Companion" never fails to charm audiences the world over. For years, storyteller Keillor has ruled the public radio airwaves with his broadcasts from fictional Minnesota town Lake Wobegon. And woes disappear thanks to this show, which documents a live performance at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul."
World-renowned magician David Blaine is a master at performing amazing feats and mind-boggling stunts in natural environments (i.e., on the street among passersby) -- including encasing himself in a block of ice in public places. Leonardo DiCaprio acts as host for this fascinating documentary, which culls the most astonishing moments from Blaine's television specials "Frozen in Time," "Magic Man" and "Street Magic.""
Have you always wanted to be able to pick up a guitar and play a tune but were too overwhelmed to start? Then let world-class fret man Jon Chappell take you through this step-by-step video tutorial designed with beginners in mind. Lessons cover fundamentals such as strumming, finger-picking and forming chords, with practice songs that include "Skip to My Lou," "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Sloop John B.""
Hal Holbrook re-creates for the screen his widely acclaimed stage monologue as Mark Twain, noted American humorist and author of the classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The screen actor's award-winning portrayal is considered the quintessential model for one-man theatrical performances. Holbrook has been performing as Twain for more than 40 years, calling upon an archive of memorized material rather than a predefined script."
Frazzled parents of new babies have an ally in Dr. Harvey Karp, a renowned pediatrician and child development specialist who shares his tried-and-true techniques for soothing colicky infants and helping them sleep through the night. Among other valuable tips, Dr. Karp shares information about the best sleeping positions and explains the benefits of swaddling babies tightly to mimic the feeling of being in the womb."
The amazing tightrope walkers, trapeze artists, contortionists, acrobats, fire eaters, jugglers and stilt walkers of Cirque du Soleil gather under the same big top for their renowned 1990-1991 show. The Montreal performance troupe, who wildly reinvented the notion of the circus, performed the seminal Nouvelle Expérience for 19 months, during which time they entertained more than 1.3 million audience members."
The bearded Dr. Andrew Weil presents his plan to integrate body, mind and spirit into a complete and balanced lifestyle in this filmed lecture. Through a series of weekly lessons, Weil gives advice about physical exercise, diet and "mental-spiritual" practices. The "Spontaneous Healing" portion of the video consists of further lectures on how the body's natural defenses can be maximized to provide a better quality of life."
Blue Man Group's live rock show is a satirical how-to about creating the perfect live rock 'n' roll show, deconstructing and poking fun at most every element of the rock star phenomenon. Centered around a fictional music manual, the "concert" -- which will delight audiences of all ages -- uses mixed media and interactive elements to create a singular experience that is at once tongue-in-cheek, hypnotic and spectacular."
German spiritual teacher and best-selling author Eckhart Tolle presents a new and refreshingly simple vision for helping viewers understand and follow their purpose in life. From learning how to go with the flow of reality to discovering your natural gift for expressing the universe's intention for you, you'll come away from these gentle lessons with the knowledge that each moment holds the potential for you to realize your life's mission."
Dispensing practical advice, Dr. Andrew Weil -- one of America's most admired physicians -- guides viewers through tips for healthy aging while providing easy-to-understand examples. In this informative PBS special, maturity never seemed so bright, as Weil shares diet, exercise and sleep secrets that contribute to overall mental, emotional and physical well-being. His trusted methods and honest advice offer a favorable outlook on growing older."
In this popular British series that's part cooking show, part travelogue and part comedy, Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson-Wright cook up a storm as they crisscross the English countryside on a classic Triumph motorcycle and sidecar. The larger-than-life duo encourages people to enjoy the moment with rich and satisfying recipes that are anything but heart-friendly, washing the meals down with outrageous tales of their past misadventures."
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