Re: The Desert Island Video Core List

Frank Landrum (
Mon, 10 Apr 2000 11:20:51 -0700 (PDT)

Great job Gary,
I really appreciate all the work that you have done on this. Some of these
titles had been completely erased from my memory. The nostalgic return to
the classics was a great trip. This is truly a great list.
Frank Landrum
Lane ESD

At 10:40 AM 4/10/00 -0700, you wrote:
>Hello All! (I was gonna say hello on...)
>I've gotta say, the response to my call for participants in developing the
>Great Video Core List was...uh...well, let us say a bit underwhelming.
>Does this say something about how busy we all are, how little good stuff is
>out there, how few of us there are...wha?
>Many thanks of you who have submitted recommendations so far (I'd like to
>think this is an on-going project). The attached represents the input of
>about five (count em'!) folks and a heavy larding of my own oddball input.
>The list as it stands is definitely quirky...where are those
>recommendations for kid vid? for how to's? Since I put in more than my 2
>cents, there's a definite bias toward costy indie stuff...I'd be a lot
>happier if we could make this thing more balanced.
>The list is posted at:
>It was an interesting exercise in putting this stuff together: really
>depressing to find out how many titles--including absolute staples--have
>gone out of distribution: Hearts and Minds! (yow!); Straight No Chaser
>(bio of jazzman Thelonious Monk); Carl Sagan's Cosmos series; James Burke's
>The Day the Universe Changed; and on an on...
>I had to scout around for distributors and current prices for many of these
>titles. I admit to having run outa for some inclusions, price
>info and other stuff may be missing.
>So: Let us all know what you think about the list. it's not too late to
>stand up and be counted... Send recommendations and I'll append them to
>this baby for a second release.
>Gary Handman
>Media Resources Center
>Moffitt Library
>UC Berkeley 94720-6000
>"Everything wants to become television" (James Ulmer -- Teletheory)