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Tron: the original classic, 1982/ Walt Disney Pictures ; a Lisberger-Kushner production ; screenplay by Steven Lisberger ; story by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird ; produced by Donald Kushner ; directed by Steven Lisberger

"When talented computer engineer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) finds out that Ed Dillinger (David Warner), an executive at his company, has been stealing his work, he tries to hack into the system. In doing so, he causes the system to fight back: Flynn is transported into the digital world, where he has to face off against Dillinger's computerized likeness, Sark, and the imposing Master Control Program. Aided by Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) and Yori (Cindy Morgan), Flynn becomes a freedom fighter for the oppressed programs of the grid."

PN1997 .T76 2011
available on DVD and Blu-ray

Tron: Legacy, 2011/ Walt Disney Pictures presents ; a Sean Bailey production ; produced by Sean Bailey, Jeffrey Silver, Steven Lisberger ; screenplay by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz ; directed by Joseph Kosinski

"Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), son of legendary video-game developer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), has been haunted for most of his life by his father's mysterious disappearance. A strange signal draws Sam to Flynn's Arcade, and he is pulled into the same cyberworld in which his father, its creator, has been trapped for 20 years. With help from fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), Kevin and Sam seek to escape from a universe that, while magnificent, is far more advanced and dangerous than Kevin had ever imagined."

PN1997 .T77 2011
available on DVD and Blu-ray


Wargames, 1983/ United Artists

"Computer hacker and high school student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) can bypass the most advanced security systems, break the most intricate secret codes and master even the most difficult computer games. But when he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer, he initiates a confrontation of global proportions -- World War III! Together with his girlfriend, Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent ... and prevent a nuclear Armageddon."

PN1997.B317 W37 2008


Horace Kephart: his life and legacy, 2017/ Horace Kephart Foundation ; produced and directed by Libby Kephart Hargrave ; Special guest appearances by Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan

"Horace Kephart’s vision helped to establish the Great Smoky Mountains. His life as an author, scholar, and outdoorsman is told in this new DVD in captivating detail. This historic documentary features never-before-seen photographs, documents and original music and art."

F442 .K253 2017
Blount County



King Lear, 1953 / Omnibus, season 2, episode 3 ; a Peter Brook, production ; produced by Fred Rickey ; directed by Andrew McCullough ; hosted by Alistair Cooke.

An episode of the television cultural anthology series Omnibus devoted to a production of Shakespeare's play King Lear, in a version stripped of most subplots. King Lear (Orson Welles) has decided to divide his kingdom into three parts, intending to hand over the responsibilities of ruling to his three daughters. The two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, flatter their father insincerely, and are rewarded. Cordelia, the youngest, sincerely loves her father, but she cannot match her sisters' skill at false adulation. Against the advice of some of his most loyal nobles, Lear takes away Cordelia's portion of the kingdom. It is not long before Goneril and Regan reveal their deep ingratitude. Lear finds himself in a confusing and desperate position.

PR2819 .A24 2009
Magnolia Avenue
also available streaming from PSCC Films On Demand

Macbeth, 2013 / director, Eve Best ; composer, Olly Fox ; screen director, Sue Judd ; DVD producer, James Whitbourn ; a Shakespeare's Globe Trust production.

In eleventh century Scotland, three witches foretell that Macbeth will become King, while Banquo will beget Kings. Macbeth accordingly has King Duncan slain, and is duly crowned in his place. But that's where his problems really begin.

PR2823 .A23 2013
Magnolia Avenue

Othello, 2007/ by William Shakespeare ; Heritage Theatre and NHK Enterprises Europe present Shakespeare's Globe Theatre production ; stage direction by Wilson Milam ; film producer, Robert Marshall

Desdemona defies her father to marry the Moor of Venice, the mighty warrior, Othello. But Othello's old lieutenant, Iago, is angry with Othello, and is determined to bring about the downfall of Othello's new favorite, Cassio, and destroy Othello in the process, by casting aspersions on Desdemona.

PR2829 .A23 O84 2007
Magnolia Avenue



Mars, 2016/ produced by Imagine Entertainment and Radical Media in association with FremantleMedia Italy for National Geographic ; producer, Ben Young Mason ; directed by Everardo Gout ; created by Ben Young Mason & Justin Wilkes ; developed by Ben Young Mason & Andre Bormanis & Mickey Fisher & Karen Janszen & Jonathan Silberberg

"Combining feature film-quality scripted elements and visual effects with documentary-style interviews, the six-part miniseries "Mars" illuminates the peaks and valleys of a modern-day space race while dramatizing humanity's first harrowing attempt to colonize the distant planet. The scripted portion is told from the point of view of a maiden Mars mission in 2033. Led by commander Ben Sawyer, the crew of the Daedalus spacecraft must overcome monumental obstacles if it is to successfully establish the first sustainable colony on Mars."

PN1992.77 .M37 2017

The Martian, 2015/ a 20th Century Fox release and presentation ; in association with TSG Entertainment ; of a Scott Free, Kinberg Gene production ; written by Drew Goddard ; directed by Ridley Scott

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

PN1997.2 .M36 2016
Hardin Valley and Magnolia Avenue



Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, 1996/ BBC Video ; Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas and 2 entertain Video Limited.

On his way to dinner with his fiancée, Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious wounded girl lying on the sidewalk. The next day, he discovers his actions have erased him from existence and he is now consigned to the underground world of London Below. Re-releasing to DVD with all new bonus features.

PN1992.77 .N48 2011

Dark City, 1998/ New Line Cinema presents a Mystery Clock production ; directed by Alex Proyas ; produced by Andrew Mason and Alex Proyas ; an Alex Proyas film

John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is that he can't remember whether he committed the murders or not. For one brief moment, he is convinced that he has gone completely mad. Murdoch seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. As he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of ominous beings collectively known as the Strangers.

PN1997.2 .D371 2008

Neil Gaiman's MirrorMask, 2006 / Neil Gaiman; Dave McKean; Destination Films.; Jim Henson Company.; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm); Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm)

A young girl has an extremely vivid & symbolic dream the night before her mother goes in for surgery: In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, she must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save a queen and her kingdom then get home.

PN1997.2 |b .M576 2006



Blade Runner, 1982/ the Ladd Company in association with Sir Run Run Shaw thru Warner Bros. ; Jerry Perenchio and Bud Yorkin present ; screenplay by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples ; produced by Michael Deeley ; directed by Ridley Scott ; a Michael Deeley-Ridley Scott production

"What does it mean to be human?" In Los Angeles, November 2019, it means depressed, alcoholic, hard-boiled cop Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is hunting Replicants. Again. A group of Replicant escapees from off world is leaving bodies in their wake. Lethally cool ex-soldier Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) leads the group of dim, brutal Leon, sexy Zhora, and gymnastic Pris (Daryl Hannah). On Earth illegally, Roy and Pris are in love, and desperate to find a way to circumvent their built-in four-year termination date. Deckard's job--to find them and 'retire' them--is complicated by the results of his inquiries with their creator at the Tyrell Corporation. There Deckard meets a young woman named Rachael (Sean Young) who may be a replicant--and his next target.

PN1995.9.S26 B5334 2007
Hardin Valley and Blount County


Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek myths, 2004/ Jim Henson Company

"A storyteller in a labyrinth tells his dog the stories of Perseus and Medusa, Icarus and Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur, and Orpheus and Euridyce."

PN1997.2 .J565 2004