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      01-22-2009
The Library DVD Shelf

WALL-E Classroom Edition
Disney Educational Productions
114 Fifth Avenue, 14th floor, New York, NY 10011
$49.95 www (dot) DisneyEducation (dot) com 1-800-759-0190

WALL-E Classroom Edition is a special classroom edition of Disney/
Pixar's latest computer-animated feature film, which includes public
performance rights, a printable teacher's guide, and exclusive bonus
features created to reinforce educational concepts. The movie itself
stars the charming WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class),
a humble robot with a powerful message about the importance of being a
responsible steward of the environment. Educational themes present in
the DVD include a look at the effects of gravity on the human body,
both in earth and space, and an amazing examination of modern day
robots. A delightful presentation that shows rather than tells its
story, WALL-E Classroom Edition rated G for General Audiences, and is
suitable for science and nature students from kindergarten on up. 98
minutes, color.

Which Fork Do I Use?
Learning ZoneXPress
PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
157175704X, $49.95 www (dot) learningzoneexpress (dot) com
1-888-455-7003

Which Fork Do I Use? is an educational DVD about formal etiquette,
designed for viewers in sixth grade and up. An etiquette expert gives
students basic advice about good manners suitable for use on a date, a
job interview, or any special occasion. An excellent supplement for
home economics classroom education, highly recommended for both school
and public library collections. 22 minutes, closed captioned, teaching
materials included.

Naruto The Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
Viz Communications Inc.
295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
$29.98 www (dot) viz (dot) com 1-800-394-3042

Presented in its original uncut version, Naruto the Movie: Guardians
of the Crescent Moon Kingdom is the third full-length motion picture
on DVD featuring characters from the smash hit shonen manga (high-
action Japanese comics) and anime series Naruto. Set in a fantastic
world without guns, where disciples of countless different (including
many supernatural) forms of ninjitsu are the most elite scouts,
fighters, mercenaries, and defenders, the Naruto series follows the
adventures of the titular young man who, despite his cursed past as
the living seal to a multi-tailed fox demon, remains bright and eager
in his determined quest to become the greatest ninja of all. In
Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, Naruto, the capable female
ninja Sakura, and Kakashi ally with Rock Lee to carry out their latest
assignment, the protection of Prince Michiru and his son Hikaru as
they return home to the Crescent Moon Kingdom. Unfortunately, working
for royalty is more of a headache than any of them guessed! Prince
Michiru indulges his son shamelessly, even buying the young boy a
circus, and Naruto can barely handle both the prince and his new saber-
toothed tiger friend. But the action shifts into high gear once the
Land of the Moon is reached; Naruto and his friends are thrust into
the crucible of a villainous rebellion. The welfare of an entire
kingdom is on the line, in this exciting saga of strength,
supernatural powers, and heart! Special features include a movie
booklet insert, audio commentary, and an interview with the Japanese
producers. A "must-have" for Naruto fans, and a fine introduction to
this high-impact series for anyone who's never read the manga or seen
the anime before. 2 DVDs, 95 minutes, Japanese and English audio,
widescreen, recommended for teen and older viewers due to violence.

The Spirit Moves Part 1, 2, & 3
Filmed by Mura Dehn
Dancetime Publications
70 West 87th St., Suite 1B, New York, NY 10024-3566
$59.95 each /, $165.00 set www (dot) dancetimepublications (dot) com

Produced, directed, edited, and narrated by European filmmaker Mura
Dehn, The Spirit Moves: A History of Black Social Dance on Film,
1900-1986 is a two-hour documentary, now available on a set of three
DVDs. Part 1: Jazz Dance from the Turn of the Century to 1950 (45
min.) was filmed at the Savoy Ballroom of Harlem in the 1950s, and
features demonstrations of ragtime and jazz dances by well-known
artists including James Berry, Pepsi Bethel, Teddy Brown, and more.
Dances shown include the Cakewalk, Charleston, Black Bottom, Susie Q,
Shake Blues, Gutbucket Blues, Trunky Doo, Big Apple, and aerial Lindy
Hop. Part 2: Savoy Ballroom of Harlem, 1950s (30 min.) features
footage of dancing by the general public, though the personalities of
Al Minns and Leon James also make an appearance. Dances shown include
Bebop, Lindy, Shim Sham, Charleston, and an aerial Lindy contest for
the Harvest Moon Ball Championships. Part 3: Postwar Era (40 min. ) is
filmed at P.S. 28 (Brooklyn) and the Palladium (New York) and focuses
on dances from the "Bebop Era". Dance demonstrations include the
Flying Home Harlem Style, Bebop improvisations, the Mombo, and an
Applejack Challenge. Prominent dancers in Part 3 include Sugar
Sullivan, Jack Asquiew, Leroy Appens, and more. A seminal appreciation
of the evolution of African-American dance in urban America, The
Spirit Moves Parts 1, 2, & 3 is a must-have for any serious American
dance history DVD collection.

The New Dance Group Gala Historical Concert Retrospective 1930s -
1970s
Dancetime Publications
70 West 87th St., Suite 1B, New York, NY 10024-3566
$59.95 www (dot) dancetimepublications (dot) com

The New Dance Group Gala Historical Concert Retrospective 1930s -
1970s is a 2-disc DVD set of a special one-time concert, performed in
1993, consisting of a historic retrospective of "The New Dance Group"
from the 1930's to the 1970's. Eighteen recreated dances and excerpts
displayed the diverse accomplishments of the New Dance Group across
the span of forty years, including "Lynchtown" by Modern Dance founder
Charles Weidman, "Folksay" by Sophie Maslow, "The Negro Speaks of
Rivers" by Pearl Primus, and much more. Further enhancing the DVD are
mini-interviews with the choreographers, and an educational nine-page
brochure. A treasury of modern dance history, highly recommended
especially for public library collections. 160 minutes.

Acacia
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
www (dot) AcaciaCatalog (dot) com

Two new fitness DVDs from Acacia are sure to get one's blood pumping.
"Cardio For Beginners" ($14.99, 60 minutes, widescreen) with ECA World
Fitness Presenter of the Year Petra Kolber is a set of mix-and-match
cardio workouts - two 10-minute and two 20-minute segments to choose
from. A bonus booklet with suggestions for maximizing one's workout
and eight bonus moves on take-along perforated cards round out this
high-energy, easy-to-use workout. "Dance and Be Fit: Lower Body
Burn" ($14.99, 50 minutes, widescreen) with world-class dance teacher
Kimberly Miguel Mullen proffers two 20-minute dance-based workouts
with especial emphasis on strengthening the physique of one's lower
body (plus a 5 minute warm up and a 5 minute cool down). The total
package is a solid cardiovascular workout perfect for slimming down
hips and thighs, as well as increasing flexibility and shedding
stress. Both DVDs are excellent additions to any exercise shelf,
brimming with infectious enthusiasm for getting and staying fit.

Best of Filipino Food, Volume 1
DC Entertainment
3807 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 335, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Victory Multimedia (distribution)
460 Hindry Ave., Unit D, Inglewood, CA 90301
$14.95 www (dot) dcefilms (dot) com

Best of Filipino Food, Volume 1 is a cooking instructional DVD that
walks viewers through the creation of some of the most popular
regional cuisine of the Philippines. From Kare-Kare to Shrimp in
Coconut Milk, Pinkabet, Leche Flan, and more, Best of Filipino Food
Volume 1 covers a wide array of meat and seafood dishes, as well as a
few vegetable dishes, snacks, and desserts. Highly recommended for
cooks of all skill and experience levels who are interested in making
and sampling Philippine delicacies, and a welcome addition to public
library DVD shelves. 150 minutes.

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