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Midwest Book Review 09-29-2012 01:38 AM

MBR: The Library DVD Shelf
The Library DVD Shelf

4:44: Last Day on Earth
IFC Films
c/o MPI Media Group
16101 South 108th Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
0788615726, $24.98,

Tomorrow at 4:44 a.m., the world is going to come to an end due to the
destruction of the ozone layer - and two lovers seclude themselves in
their Manhattan apartment to spend their last hours together. What
they choose to do with their remaining time lends to a powerful drama
offering many insights on romance, the end of times and of life, and
what happens when Earth finally succumbs to ecological disaster. Any
viewer with an interest in apocalyptic films will find this a powerful

Cost Control While You Cruise
Created by Lin and Larry Pardey
Produced by TheSailingChannel
c/o Paradise Cay Publications
PO Box 29
Arcata, CA 95518-0029
9781929214242 $19.95

Part four of the "Offshore Sailing" DVD series based on successful
instructional seminars, Cost Control While You Cruise is a user-
friendly, DVD guide to enjoying the pleasures of boating on a
reasonable budget. Hosts Lin and Larry Pardey have spent 45 years
engaging in sailing voyages, in addition to interviewing sailors from
dozens of different countries. They distill their accumulated wisdom
in plain terms, with particular emphasis on controlling maintenance
costs (one's ground tackle and dinghy are potentially critically
important, and there are tips, tricks, and techniques to extending the
life of one's sails), provisioning appropriately, and planning one's
overall trip. Even if the viewer isn't interested in personally
embarking on an ocean voyage, Cost Control While You Cruise has a
wealth of striking footage to appeal to armchair travelers, including
the shores of Africa, Brazil, and Ireland, even the coral atolls of
the Indian Ocean. Cost Control While You Cruise is a treat for
worldwide boating aficionados everywhere! 65 min. plus extras.

Letters to an Unknown Daughter
Anita Keagy
JoyShop Ministries
c/o Vision Video (distribution)
PO Box 540
Worcester, PA 19490-0540

Based on Anita Keagy's book "The File", Letters to an Unknown
Daughter: A Mother's Story of Hope, Redemption, and Healing is a
compelling true-life tale on DVD. In 1974, Anita Keagy became
accidentally pregnant. Resisting the temptation to terminate the
pregnancy, she held true to her family's strict Christian beliefs, and
gave her infant daughter up for adoption. Years later, as a married
mother to four children, she felt compelled to reach out to the
daughter she had never known. Through the adoption agency, she began a
file of letters to her daughter; years would pass before the two them
would ever have the chance to meet. Letters to an Unknown Daughter is
a compelling Christian story about reaching beyond the painful
immediate, seeking God's purpose, and struggling to connect with loved
ones. Profound and powerful, Letters to an Unknown Daughter is
especially recommended for church DVD libraries; bonus content
includes information on crisis pregnancy and adoption services. 40

Swish 3: The Swish Free Throw
Tom Nordland
Youth Sports Club
9 Florence Court
Valley Cottage, NY 10989

Veteran coach Tom Nordland presents Swish 3: The Swish Free Throw, an
instructional DVD packed with tips, tricks, techniques, and drills for
making successful free throws in the sport of basketball. Nordland
debunks common "myths of shooting", including the wrongheaded ideas
about "squaring up" or "flipping the wrist". Step-by-step instructions
for teaching oneself and others the basics, user-friendly exercises to
cultivate awareness, simplifying one's "pre-shot routine", and more
fill this excellent and practical DVD guide. Highly recommended,
especially for coaches and high school library DVD collections. 1 hour
28 min.

Kung Fu Body Conditioning 2
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480
Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594392290 $39.95

Author, scholar, and master of the Taijiquan and Qigong martial arts
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming presents Kung Fu Body Conditioning 2: Traditional
Training for Endurance and Power, a step-by-step DVD guide to
strengthen and condition one's body through the use of traditional
Chinese martial arts techniques. Kung Fu Body Conditioning 2
demonstrates arm conditioning methods such as candle punching, pull-
ups, and cinderblock flipping; leg conditioning methods such as stance
training, log running, jumping and kicking; a total body workout; one-
on-one martial arts instruction; partner bills to improve personal
reaction speed and sense of distance; and much more. An excellent
supplement to both fitness and martial arts DVD libraries, Kung Fu
Body Conditioning 2 is a "must-have" especially for practitioners of
all martial arts, and highly recommended. 240 min.

Ageless Pilates with Ethel LaBranche
Ethel LaBranche
c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Ageless Pilates with Ethel LaBranche is a multimedia package of one
thirty-minute DVD and three sixty-minute CDs designed to introduce
viewers to basic Pilates to promote longevity, balance, flexibility,
and improved health. Ideal for all ages but especially valuable for
senior citizens seeking to stay young at heart, Ageless Pilates
features an easy-to-follow Pilates warmup and practice routine on the
DVD, and live recordings of classes taught by LaBranche on the CDs.
LaBranche herself is a veteran Pilates instructor of over twenty
years' experience, eighty years young and going strong, and her
guidance makes learning practicing basic Pilates a simple task. Also
highly recommended is Ethel LaBranche's book, "Ageless
Pilates" ($14.95).

The Crimson Petal and the White
Based on the novel by Michel Faber
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598287721 $39.99

Based on the shocking novel by Michel Faber, The Crimson Petal and the
White is a dark, four-part British miniseries. A psychological
thriller marked by sex, violence, madness, intrigue, and suspense, The
Crimson Petal and the White is set in the most ruthless corners of
Victorian England. The canny prostitute Sugar (played by Romola Garai)
is determined to seize a better life for herself before her youth and
beauty runs out; to that end, she seduces William Rackham (Chris
O'Dowd), the gadabout heir to a perfume business. Meanwhile, Rackham's
wife gradually descends further into madness, and the interaction
between the three is steeped in greed, lust, and deadly threat.
Captivating to the brink of horror, The Crimson Petal and the White is
luridly compelling to the very end. Bonus features include deleted
scenes (11 min.); interviews with Garai, O'Dowd, director Marc Munden,
and key crew members (20 min.); and character biographies. 4 episodes
on 2 DVDs, 244 min. plus bonus, widescreen, SDH subtitles, not rated
(contains nudity, sexual situations, violence, coarse language, and
disturbing images).


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