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Midwest Book Review 04-29-2009 01:07 AM

MBR: The Library DVD Shelf
The Library DVD Shelf

Child Development Theorists
Learning ZoneXPress
PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
1571758062 $79.95 1-888-455-7003

Child Development Theorists: Freud to Erikson to Spock... and Beyond
is an educational DVD offering a brief survey of how modern child
development theories have changed the way that parents raise children
and teachers instruct children. The major child development theories
espoused by psychologists from Sigmund Freud to Abraham Maslow, B.F.
Skinner, Benjamin Spock, Howard Gardener, and many more are touched
upon, enhanced with historical footage and photos as well as candid
footage from day care centers. Teaching materials are included in this
excellent educational DVD recommended for high school classroom use.
21 minutes.

From the Top at Carnegie Hall, Season 2
Christopher O'Riley, host
WGBH Boston Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781593758394 $29.95

The second season of the Emmy-nominated public television series From
the Top at Carnegie Hall continues to showcase the up-close and
personal glimpses into the daily rigors of young musicians striving to
the best performers they can be. Offering a tour backstage and beyond,
From the Top at Carnegie Hall ranges from a bathroom that serves
double duty as an acoustically satisfactory rehearsal spot in a young
violinist's home; a trumpet player who enjoys performing in a jazz
club known to host Tony Bennett; a marimba player who is sensitive to
the rhythms around him at all times, even when doing household chores;
and much more. An enthralling exploration in the demanding yet
rewarding world of ambitious professional music, highly recommended.
13 episodes, 5 1/2 hours.

Yoshiki Odaka and Nahomi Miyata, directors
Viz Communications Inc.
295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
1421530112 $29.92 1-800-394-3042

I's is an anime (Japanese animated feature) combining drama and
romance, complete in two episodes on a single DVD volume. The three
I's in the story refer to Iori Hazuki, a beautiful high schooler on
the verge of attaining a successful acting career; Ichitaka Seto, a
classmate and acquaintance of Iori's who has secretly harbored a crush
on her for years; and Itsuki Akaba, Ichitaka's cute friend who has
recently returned from abroad. All three are on a remote island (cut
off even from the range of cell phones), but will Ichitaka remember
his childhood promise to Itsuki, let alone muster the courage to
confess his feelings to Iori? When a gang of three murderous, sex-
obsessed cutthroats on motorcycles threatens Itsuki, and rising
floodwaters put Iori's life at risk, Ichitaka will need all the
courage, ingenuity, determination and memories he can muster to save
the lives of the women he loves! The result is an emotionally moving
love story with a heart-wrenching twist, adapted from the manga by
Masakazu Katsura (creator of the popular "Video Girl Ai"). This volume
actually contains two DVD discs of the complete two-episode series -
one DVD with a 4:3 fullscreen aspect ratio, and one DVD with a 16:9
widescreen aspect ratio. The audio is Japanese and English, with the
option of subtitles. 120 minutes (240 minutes if one counts both

The Secrets: A Film by Avi Nesher
Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
9781569944233 $26.95 1-800-424-2593

The Secrets: A Film by Avi Nesher is a multiple award-winning movie
about Naomi, the intelligent, faithful, and devoted daughter of an
orthodox rabbi who must prepare for difficult choices in her life when
her mother dies and she has to marry her father's prodigy. She begs
her father for a year to study at a women's religious seminary to
prepare for the sacrifices she must make as a wife and mother, and is
permitted to do so. She befriends a schoolmate, Michelle, and a sickly
older woman, Anouk (played by Fanny Ardant), who might be guilty of a
terrible crime of passion. Naomi invents a progression of rituals
designed to help Anouk release her sins, a process which brings Naomi
and Michelle closer together - close enough to develop a forbidden
attraction. An emotionally stirring tale, highly recommended. Special
features include a "behind the scenes" video with subtitled actor
interviews, deleted scenes, two music videos, and a photo gallery.
Rated R, 127 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles.

The Story of India with Michael Wood
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
0793670152 $34.99 DVD $39.99 Blu-Ray

Hosted by an acclaimed historian, The Story of India with Michael Wood
is a six-part DVD tour (also available in Blu-Ray format) of the
incredibly rich and complex history of India, a nation populated by a
diverse confluence of peoples, cultures, and environments. From the
deserts of Turkmenistan to the Khyber Pass, the plains of Pakistan,
the majestic Himalayas, and much more, India is a vast land and with a
storied historical narrative that spans millennia. "The Sights and
Sounds of India" special feature enhances this lengthy and involving
documentary, highly recommended for armchair travelers as well as
public library collections. 6 hours, closed captioned.

The Line King Presents: The Round Up
Line King Productions, LLC
411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

The Line King Presents: The Round Up is a family-friendly DVD
presented in "docu-story" style introducing viewers to the fun of line
dancing. The "Line King" Harvis Williams sets out on his two-day
mission to lead five ordinary people through the rigors and challenges
of three stages of line dance training. Harvis pairs the most
surprisingly unlikely line dance instructors with ordinary people off
the street! Proof that one doesn't need superior coordination to enjoy
line dancing to the fullest, The Line King Presents: The Round Up is
an excellent addition to dance DVD libraries, in spite of (or perhaps
because of) not taking itself too seriously.

Arkadia DVD
c/o V.I.E.W. Video (distribution)
34 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

Originally filmed in 1980, the Ad Lib series presents concert
television programs of the best jazz, pop, and blues music artists of
the modern day. It also holds the distinction of being the first music
television series recorded in stereo. Two new DVDs each present two
episodes of this historic series with digitally mastered audio and
video, and make excellent addition to DVD libraries that celebrate
great performers. "Freddie Hubbard: One of a Kind" (0803070357,
$19.98, 76 min.) showcases renowned trumpet player Freddie Hubbard,
playing songs such as "One of a Kind", "First Light", "There Is No
Greater Love", and more. "Mark Murphy: Murphy's Mood" ($19.98, 60
min.) features the popular jazz lyricist and vocalist performing
"You've Proven Your Point", "Again", "Farmer's Market", and more,
while Pete & Cante Candoli present songs such as "Caravan", "Willow
Weep for Me", and "Echo". Bonus features in both DVDs include
biographies, and an ad lib highlights reel. Highly recommended
especially for jazz enthusiasts.

8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910

The "Weight Loss" series of fitness DVDs debuts with two user-friendly
installments. "Weight Loss Pilates with Kristin McGee" ($14.99, 50
min.) guides the viewer through Pilates exercises meant to tone and
strengthen the body, along with "cardio blasts" meant to keep one's
heart rate up. "Weight Loss Cardio Sculpt with Violet Zaki" ($14.99,
50 min.) includes both cardio and strength training in a vigorous
routine meant to fire up one's metabolism. Since successful weight
loss also depends on improving the quality of one's diet, both DVDs
have bonus advice and recipes from the magazine "Cooking Light". Both
DVDs also have a brief bonus segment focusing on abdominal muscles,
and make excellent additions to DVD workout libraries.

Jeanette Jenkins: The Hollywood Trainer
Jeanette Jenkins
411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$19.95 each

Two new exercise DVDs by multi-certified nutritionist and fitness
trainer Jeanette Jenkins, known for her professional appearances on
NBC's Today Show and Fox News World among other venues, are an
excellent enhancement to any workout program. "Jeanette Jenkins: The
Hollywood Trainer - Sexy Arms, Abs and Legs" (60 min.) lives up to its
title with easy-to-follow exercises from pilates, yoga, and
traditional body sculpting to help one tone muscles and improve
fitness head to toe. "Jeanette Jenkins: The Hollywood Trainer - Cardio
Dance" (60 min.) is a vigorous and enthusiastic workout applying 40
minutes of Latin rhythms, dance classics, and even Caribbean music,
followed by 20 minutes of dancer's sculpting to stretch and tone abs,
legs, and arms. Both DVDs are a fun and high-spirited way to liven up
one's fitness routine. Highly recommended.

Squeeze: Lower Body Challenge
Tracy Effinger
411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Hosted by National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified celebrity
trainer Tracy Effinger, Squeeze: Lower Body Challenge continues the
series of "Squeeze" exercise DVDs with a quick and effective routine
designed to strengthen one's lower body with both gym-based and dance-
based exercises. The only equipment recommended are one inexpensive
pair of simple, hand-held dumbbells (1 to 8 pounds in weight). The
chapter menu allows one to select (and repeat) individual exercises as
desired, allowing one to tailor the workout to one's liking! An
excellent, easy-to-use DVD and a useful supplement to any exercise
regimen. 30 minutes.

Pete Seeger: Live in Australia 1963
Reelin' in the Years Productions, LLC
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403

Pete Seeger: Live in Australia 1963 is a black-and-white DVD capturing
the 1963 Melbourne concert of folk musician Pete Seeger, who at the
time was blacklisted and barred from American television. In Australia
he was widely beloved and gave sold-out performances. Nearly an hour
of bonus footage taken from Seeger's other Australian television
appearances rounds out this must-have DVD for folk lovers. Additional
bonuses include a 16-page booklet with liner notes by Seeger
biographer David K. Dunaway, rare photographs, and interviews Seeger
gave on Australian news programs. Seeger's iconic banjo, guitar, and
mellifluous voice are a treasure to listen to, in this
enthusiastically recommended DVD. 105 minutes.

She Fell Among Thieves
Malcolm McDowell & Eileen Atkins
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403

The BBC drama that launched "Mystery!" on PBS, She Fell Among Thieves
is a DVD presentation in full color, featuring silver screen stars
Malcolm McDowell (known for his performances in "A Clockwork Orange"
and "Heroes") and Eileen Atkins (known for her performance in "Cold
Mountain"). While visiting the Pyrenees on holiday in 1922, English
gentleman Richard Chandos crosses paths with Vanity Fair, the
nefarious Mistress of the turreted Chateau Jezreel and leader of
criminals, hell-bent on pressuring her beautiful stepdaughter to marry
so that she may inherit millions. Chandos must put his brains and
brawn to the test to rescue the damsel in distress, but his opponent
has ice water for blood and murder in her soul. An enthralling drama,
highly recommended to mystery lovers as well as public library DVD
collections. 78 minutes, 4:3 full screen, SDH subtitles.


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