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Midwest Book Review 06-01-2012 02:15 AM

MBR: The Library DVD Shelf
The Library DVD Shelf

In the Garden of Sounds
a film by Nicola Bellucci
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
New York, NY 10036

In the Garden of Sounds is an extraordinary documentary following
Wolfgang Fasser, who lost his sight at an early age, and the physical
therapy retreat he has established for disabled children. Impressed by
the healing powers of sound, Wolfgang uses sound and music to
establish rapport with children, helping them learn how to communicate
with others and gain greater control over their own bodies. Bonus
features includes a "travels with Wolfgang" segment, a resource guide,
and a filmmaker biography. Filmed in Italian and Swiss with the option
of English subtitles, In the Garden of Sounds is a striking and
emotionally moving portrayal of the healing powers of music and
personal rapport, highly recommended. 90 min.

Garbo the Spy
A film by Edmon Roch
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
New York, NY 10036

Garbo the Spy is an extraordinary documentary about a double agent
whose heroic actions saved thousands of Allied lives during World War
II. Juan Pujol Garcia fed false information to the Nazis, inventing a
network of nonexistent agents across Europe, and even misleading them
about the timing and location of D-Day. Vintage propaganda footage as
well as interviews with intelligence experts and crucial figures in
Garbo's life, as well as Garbo himself, compose this captivating true
story, highly recommended especially for public library DVD shelves.
Garbo the Spy also includes a wealth of bonus features, such as an
interview with espionage expert Nigel West (32 minutes) and the WW II
training film "Sonic Deception" (27 minutes). 93 minutes plus bonus

Reuniting the Rubins
a Yoav Factor Film
Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901

Reuniting the Rubins is an uproarious "dramady" movie about the
reunion of a dysfunctionally diverse family. When the sick mother of
stiffly formal lawyer Lenny Rubins pressures him into reuniting his
estranged children, the resulting personality gathering could not be
more divisive - from a control-freak capitalist to an eco-warrior, a
Buddhist monk, and a born-again Rabbi! While the bickering may be
fierce enough to spark an African war, Reuniting the Rubins also has a
soulful side that acknowledges the true bonds of family, no matter how
vehement their disagreements. Bonus features include an "on location"
segment and an alternate ending! Reuniting the Rubins is rated PG, and
highly recommended for family viewing and public library DVD
collections. 16:9 anamorphic aspect ratio, closed captioned, 99 min.

Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Smithsonian Channel/Inception Media Group
c/o Greenleaf & Associates (publicity)
$14.98 DVD / $19.98 Blu-ray

Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, Titanoboa: Monster Snake is
a jaw-dropping documentary about a gigantic species of boa snake that
lived 60 million years ago, in the era after the mass extinction of
the dinosaurs. Longer than a bus, this tremendous snake was large
enough to swallow crocodiles whole! Scientists seek to reconstruct how
this enormous reptile lived, what it ate, and why it was able to grow
so gigantic, into this fascinating documentary, especially recommended
for public library DVD collections and anyone fascinated by snakes! 92

Revenge of the Electric Car
A film by Chris Paine
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
193777208X $295.00

Chris Paine, director of the "Who Killed the Electric Car?", continues
his documentary saga with "Revenge of the Electric Car", an
exploration of the possible revival of the electric car after GM
unceremoniously destroyed its first attempt at creating a line of
them. Unlike "Who Killed the Electric Car", which focused on the cars
themselves, "Revenge of the Electric Car" focuses more on the people
pushing to make electric cars a modern-day reality. From Tesla Motors
CEO Elon Musk, who dared to start up Tesla Motors to create electric
cars and compete with big, established auto industries in the US, to
General Motors executive Bob Lutz (once accused of killing the
electric car, now potentially responsible for its rebirth), to Nissan
President and CEO Carlos Ghosn, and even Greg "Gadget" Abott, an
ordinary man who toils against the odds to realize his dream of being
able to privately convert regular cars into electric cars, Revenge of
the Electric Car portrays brilliant people anticipating a
revolutionary future. But how close is that future, really? The Great
Recession that began in 2008 was a heavy blow that nearly ended
America's auto industry altogether. Tesla Motors was almost torn apart
by internal lawsuits even before it barreled headlong toward
bankruptcy, and just how committed are General Motors and Nissan to
the Chevy Volt and the Leaf? Will electric cars be available to
consumers at reasonable prices in this generation's lifetime? Revenge
of the Electric Car does not have all the answers, but it does have an
unparalleled degree of candid, honest testimony from car
manufacturers, entrepreneurs, journalists, scientists, and much more,
making it a most enjoyable ride! Bonus features include the Tribeca
Film Fest post-screening discussion and brief interviews. 90 min., SDH

Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 4
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598287608 $39.99 DVD / $49.99 Blu-ray

Available in both DVD and Blu-ray versions, Agatha Christie's Poirot
Series 4 continues the excellent British television adaptation of
Agatha Christie's beloved detective stories featuring the eccentric
Hercule Poirot (played by David Suchet) and his associates Captain
Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson).
1930's Europe is brought to vivid life in these dramatic mysteries:
"The ABC Murders", in which the killer sends Poirot letters announcing
his chosen victim; "Death in the Clouds", in which a blackmailer dies
aboard a plain full of potential suspects and one plucky Detective
Poirot; and "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" when the shooting death of a
dentist unravels a scheme of deceit, yet a simple broken shoe buckle
is a key unraveling the mystery. Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 4
maintains the high quality for which the series is justly famous, and
is sure to prove immensely popular among mystery buffs and for public
library collections. 3 DVDs, 306 min., fullscreen, SDH subtitles.

Discoveries... America National Parks series
Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244 Avenue SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
$24.95 each (DVD or Blu-ray),

Available on both DVD and Blu-ray (for the same affordable price!),
four new additions to the Discoveries... America National Parks series
offer wonderful armchair travel experiences in glorious high
definition. "Arches: Canyonlands & Natural Bridges" (9781604901610)
explores the striking rock formations of southern Utah, canyonlands
carved by the Colorado River, natural stone bridges, and even an
excursion by adventurous rock-crawling enthusiasts. "New Orleans Jazz
& Acadian Culture: Jean Lafitte, Creole Natural Trail, Natchitoches &
Rural Mardi Gras" (9781604901627) is the next best thing to a personal
visit the National Historical Park in New Orleans' French Quarter, a
rural Mardi Gras run, the Prairie Acadian Culture Center in Eunice,
coastal wetlands and wildlife refuges of the Creole Nature Trail, and
Natchitoches, Louisiana's oldest town. "Yellowstone Dual
Personalities: Spring & Winter" (9781604901597) allows the viewer to
viscerally experience the magnificence of Yellowstone National Park,
from its abundant wildlife to its steaming geysers, its opportunities
for boating/hiking/horse riding, and its dramatic transformation in
winter to an icy wonderland where the primary modes of travel are snow
machine, snow coach, or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. "Dry
Tortugas: Fort Jefferson & The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery
Center" (9781604901603) explores one of America's lesser-known and
geographically removed national parks, the Dry Tortugas, located just
off the southernmost tip of Florida. Its strategic location made it
historical site of military and piracy legends; Fort Jefferson once
oversaw Spanish explorers, Gulf Coast merchants, and more people who
transformed the New World. The Floriday Keys Eco-Discovery Center is
also featured, with an eye-opening glimpse of the beautiful
terrestrial and marine native plants and animals of the Keys. All four
DVDs are as captivating as they are educational, and worthy of the
highest recommendation especially for public library collections.

Treasure Houses of Britain
Hosted by Selina Scott
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598287493 $49.99

Treasure Houses of Britain: Tour Five of England's Grandest Houses
lives up to its title with a lavish, high-definition video showcase of
Burghley House, Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace, Holkham Hall, and
Boughton House. With the gracious aid of the present occupants of each
luxurious residence, journalist Selina Scott leads viewers on a tour
of great works of architecture, rare paintings, antique furniture,
historic sculptures, and other exquisite works of art collected over
the course of centuries. Each house has its own story to tell of the
notable and influential families who lived there over the course of
generations. Bonus features include a 22 min. behind-the-scenes
featurette, a 12-page viewer's guide, and more. An extraordinarily
beautiful and respectful documentary series of five spectacular
residences and the British history they embody, Treasure Houses of
Britain is a captivating and educational delight. 5 episodes, 231 min.
plus bonus, SDH subtitles, widescreen.

Basketball Fundamentals
Produced by Marty Schupak
Youth Sports Club
9 Florence Court
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
9780983924227 $24.95

Basketball Fundamentals is a practical DVD demonstrating a wide
variety of basic basketball techniques and drills. Ideal for coaches,
parents, and players, Basketball Fundamentals is a solid guide to
improving both individual and team performance. Topics covered include
Ball Handling Basics, Advanced Dribbling Techniques, Ball Handling
Games, Offensive Plays & Moves, Dual Purpose Drills, Communication
Techniques, V Cut, L Cut, Passing Fundamentals & Drills, Slow Motion
Analysis, Pick and Roll, Breaking Out & Rebounding, and Defense
Techniques. A user-friendly video guide, Basketball Fundamentals is
especially recommended for high school physical education DVD
libraries. 38 min.

Hot Body Cool Mind: The Life Force Power System
Jennifer Kries
True Mind Media
c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Hot Body Cool Mind: The Life Force Power System is a 4-DVD set
featuring an excellent combination workout from fitness professional
Jennifer Kries. The entire regimen walks the viewer through the
benefits of Pilates (especially to strengthen one's core), Vinyasa
Yoga for flexibility, Jazz Dance for cardio and calorie burning,
Ballet to sculpt one's muscles, Chi-Gong to revitalize energy, Yin
Yoga and Meditation to clear the mind as well as the body, and more.
20 "On the Go" workouts are only 10 or 20 minutes apiece, allowing one
to squeeze healthy exercise into the busiest of schedules. An
excellent resource to help one look and feel better, Hot Body Cool
Mind is highly recommended for fitness DVD collections. The four DVDs
are "Level 1: Embark on the Journey", "Level 2: Harness the Power",
"Level 3: Life Force Challenge", and "Level 4: Waking Energy". 580

Power 4 Pink Workout
Patricia Friberg
208 Entertainment Inc.
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Patricia Friberg, creator of the award-winning DVDs "Belly Beautiful
Workout Prenatal" and "Belly Beautiful Workout Postnatal" presents
Power 4 Pink Workout: Cardio, Strength, Pilates, & Balance, a mind-
body fitness DVD fusing four key elements into a healthy whole.
Divided into The Cardio Interval Balance Challenge, The Toning Floor
Series, The Stretch and Revive Series" and a bonus section of
exercises intended especially for survivors of breast cancer, Power 4
Pink Workout is a great way to look and feel better about oneself. An
inexpensive small fitness ball and six-foot resistance band (not
included) are the only recommended equipment for this solid, user-
friendly workout, highly recommended for women's fitness DVD
collections. 80 min.

Boston Body Barre
Zayna Gold
c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Boston Body Barre is a DVD presentation of the Pilates and Cardio
based fitness program designed by Zayna Gold, an award-winning Pilates
instructor and the founder/co-owner of Boston Body Pilates and Boston
Body Barre. Expensive equipment is not required; only a simple,
inflatable fitness ball is recommended to get the most out of this
solid program to improve one's buttocks, arms, abs, and legs. Ideal
for use at least 2-3 times a week, Boston Body Barre is a well-
rounded, enjoyable, and effective workout, highly recommended for
personal fitness DVD libraries. 60 min.

Jill Miller
Tune Up Fitness Worldwide, Inc.
c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

25-year movement art and body therapy veteran Jill Miller presents
Coregeous, a fitness DVD designed to help the user build strength in
the core muscles. Especially suited for those who may have weakness in
the core due to underuse, overtraining, injury, or scar tissue,
Coregeous is a user-friendly workout guide. The four main sequences
are "Core Re-From", which includes a deep tissue massage and exercises
for key respiratory muscles, "Get COREganized", which features proper
spinal alignment and breathing patterns, "InCOREporate" which
emphasizes building a strong lower back as well as improving the
muscles of the ribcage and the torso as a whole, and "Get COREgeous",
which is all about balance and improving the stability and fluidity of
one's core muscles on different gravitational planes. Three specialty
sequences - "Tubular Core Activation", "Abdominal Massage", and
"Abdominal Churning" further enhance this excellent supplement to DVD
fitness libraries. No expensive equipment is required; the props used
in Corgeous are a stability ball, YTU therapy balls, soft sponge ball,
and yoga block, but ordinary tennis balls, a blanket, and a large book
can be substituted for these. Coregeous is a superb abdominal fitness
guide for users of all skill and experience levels, highly
recommended. 105 min.

Rapid Hypnotic Inductions
Gabor Filo, DDS ABHD
Crown House Publishing
6 Trowbridge Drive Suite 5
Bethel, CT 06801
9781845908461 $49.95

Gabor Filo (Diplomate of the American Board of Hypnosis in Dentistry)
presents Rapid Hypnotic Inductions: Demonstrations & Applications, a
DVD guide to using hypnosis interactions in clinical settings, for the
benefit of patients. Hypnosis is often seen as time-intensive, but
doesn't have to be, claims Dr. Filo. He demonstrates time-efficient
methods for practical use of hypnosis techniques, some verbal, some
nonverbal, and some physical inductions. A 16-page learning guide
explaining each of the demonstrations rounds out this excellent
supplementary resource, ideal for not only dentists, but also any
professional practitioner seeking swift, effective ways to calm and
relax patients without the use of drugs. 60 min.


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