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Inventors' Special DVD Collection


Rated: G

Availability: In stock



Language: English

Studio: HBO

Running Time: 360 minutes

Number of Discs: 6



This set is a great collection of six HBO Original films that bring history's great inventors and their creations to life. In each show, the true story of a visionary genius is told through his relationship with a young person. From Leonardo to Einstein, the stories take place across centuries, each reflecting the intrinsic social, scientific and artistic concerns of the time. The great inventors and their stories will be accessible to today's audience because we experience each from the universal point of view of a young person. This provide a framework for children to begin to understand the historical context of revolutionary science ideas and of the people behind them.

Leonardo - A Dream of Flight
In 1504, eleven year-old Roberto encounters an erratic artist in the streets of Milan. The great genius of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo Da Vinci (Brent Carver), is already a highly regarded painter but his keen mind, acute powers of observation and his insatiable curiosity lead him restlessly on to unlock the mysteries of nature. Together, Roberto (David Felton) and Leonardo study winged creatures and turn their dreams to the conquest of the skies. Inspired by Leonardo, Roberto allows his imagination to soar. If other of the earth's creatures can fly, why not man?

Galileo - On the Shoulders of Giants
Galileo (Michael Moriarty) is on the verge of uncovering some of the mysteries of the universe but has to deal more with mundane problems as well; money, an idle, unemployed brother (Tony Nardi) and a jealous rival (Louis del Grande). He finds support from an unexpected source, the pampered son of the powerful Medici family. Under Galileo's tutelage, Cosimo de Medici (Kenny Vadas) finds that in searching for the stars, one has to have his feet firmly on the ground. The stakes mount as Galileo and his young prot?g? struggle for intellectual freedom. Challenging the scientific authorities in Padova in 1605 leads to intrigue and curious risks on the path to the invention of the first telescope.

Newton - A Tale of Two Isaacs
Like a comet blazing across the night sky, Isaac Newton's theories on celestial movement and gravity scorched the fusty intellects at the Royal Academy in 1683. His young scribe, Humphrey (Kris Lemche), is caught up in the rollicking race to change how the universe is perceived. He finds that even the greatest of men must overcome personal tragedies to achieve success. Through Newton (Karl Pruner), Humphrey learns that knowledge is what enriches existence and civilization a lesson he shares later in life with his students and son.

Marie Curie - More than Meets the Eye
There are many mysteries in life as the Boudreau sisters, Martine (Nathalie Vansier) (age 11) and Eliane (Colleen Rennison) (age 6), discover when they set out to catch spies during World War 1. Families are fleeing war torn Paris and the girls, rather than go to the country, determine to aid the war effort by ferreting out German spies. A mysterious woman's finger tapping and access to high security public buildings makes her a prime suspect. It turns out to be Madame Curie (Kate Trotter), whose two Nobel prizes have brought her international acclaim. But her comings and goings in and out of Paris are very suspicious and the girls might be accessories to her plot. Madame Curie is, in fact, helping to save lives through her research and Martine and Eliane learn that curiosity is essential to exploring science and life.

Edison - The Wizard of Light
In 1893 in Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison (Ken Walsh) is alone in his lab, obsessed by a vision: "What if I could do for the eye what my favorite invention, the phonograph, does for the ear?" Edison's prototype, the 'Kinetoscope", is destroyed by Jack (Michal Suchanek) a scruffy twelve year-old desperately fleeing an angry truant officer when he crashes into the Wizard's lab. Edison's first inclination is to throw the brat back to the wolves, but, because he recognizes something of himself in the boy, he covers for Jack and takes him in. Jack becomes a kind of Sorcerer's Apprentice to Edison, sharing the adventure, the late hours and the unrelenting energy of the Wizard of Menlo Park, as they pursue the dream of the motion picture.

Einstein - Light to the Power of 2
Toward the end of a brilliant career in 1954, Albert Einstein (Paul Soles) was arguably as famous a media figure as he was a scholar and physicist at Princeton University. It is hard to imagine a more unlikely pair than the wild-haired academic and young Lannie (Lataye Studwood), a twelve year-old African-American girl, whose mother works on the university cooking and cleaning staff. In Lannie, Albert is reminded of his own early struggles in Switzerland, his quest for intellectual freedom and his growing concern for the future of democracy in his adopted America. Her youth and earnestness renews Albert's spirit and in return Albert gives Lannie an incredible gift: an awareness of her potential.

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