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Abbey Road / The Beatles

The last album recorded by The Beatles but released before the temporarily shelved “Let It Be,” “Abbey Road” captures a briefly reinvigorated group trying one last time to pull it all together.

Super Hits: The Emotions

A trio of sisters with a strong gospel base, the Emotions were one of the leading female R&B acts of the ’70s. This compilation features their Grammy-winning pop/R&B smash, “Best of My Love.”

A History of Communications

“A History of Communications” advances a new theory of media that explains the origins and impact of different forms of communication — speech, writing, print, electronic devices and the Internet — on human history in the long term.

Reinhold Messner: My Life At The Limit

One of history’s greatest mountaineers, a man who pushed back the frontiers of the possible for a whole generation of climbers, shares details about his Himalayan conquests as well as his treks across Tibet, the Gobi, and Antarctica — and even discusses his five-year-stint as a member of the European Parliament and more.

Pleasantville

Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon star in this modern-day fairy tale in which an entire fictional town is granted a chance to experience the comedies and dangers of real life when two late 20th Century teenagers accidentally bring living color to a mysterious suburb trapped in a black-and-white ’50s utopia, and set off a revolution.

The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg stars in this inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born lightweight title winner “Irish” Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale), a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime.