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The new Barbie Nation: Collectors' Edition DVD is now available! Four brand-new extra features explore how Barbie Nation stars Nora & Claire survived playing Barbie as children and what Bratz dolls and Muslim Barbie have done to Mattel's profit margins. There are more Weird Barbies, and a film on Fandom - the world of Barbie collectors. The Barbie Nation Collectors' Edition is closed captioned.

Generations of people are obsessed with Barbie, the world’s most popular toy. Journeying from Barbie conventions to anti-Barbie demonstrations, from San Francisco’s gay pride parade to Croatia’s bunkers, Barbie Nation plumbs the phenomenon of the Barbie doll. Barbie fans, foes, fetishists—and the woman who created Barbie—reveal the history and fantasy behind this 20th century icon.

Since its debut on PBS, Barbie Nation has been sold only at institutional prices. More than 1,000 colleges and universities have acquired it. Now this award-winning film, by investigative reporter-turned-filmmaker Susan Stern, is available for home viewing in a subtitled edition with nine special features.


Black Barbie
A new short film explores the African-American Barbie. Featuring Mattel designer Kitty Black Perkins, creator of the Shani line of African-American dolls, at work in the top-secret Barbie Design Center.

Collectors’ Barbies
A gallery of beautiful, one-of-a-kind Barbies including Mattel prototypes, special dolls created by Mattel designers for a charity auction, and a few vintage dolls.

Weird Barbies I & II
Two sideshows of Barbie satires, created by independent artists for gallery shows in San Francisco and Sacramento, California.

The Handlers at Home
A visit with Mattel cofounders Ruth and Elliot Handler and their daughter, Barbara Segal, in their Los Angeles penthouse.

Barbie on the Street
From Beverly Hills to San Francisco, people’s intimate Barbie stories.

Director’s Interview
Director Susan Stern talks about the latest trends: the Bratz dolls, Muslim Barbie, and the end of the Mattel lawsuits

Nora & Claire: Still Best Friends
The Barbie Nation child stars 10 years later – will they let their kids play Barbie?

Deeper into the Barbie World with some of the stars of Barbie Nation.

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