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      02-24-2009
The Library DVD Shelf

Printmaking: Basic Techniques
Peggy Flores
Crystal Productions
PO Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025-6159
www (dot) crystalproductions (dot) com
9781562906061, $29.95, 1-800-255-8629

At its best, creating printed fabrics combines good craftsmanship with
an artist's imaginative skills. While artistic originality and
expression might be considered an individualized and inherent talent,
the skills of craftsmanship can be learned by anyone. This is
especially true as evidenced by printmaking expert Peggy Flores' new
DVD instructional guide "Printmaking: Basic Techniques" in which she
explains and demonstrates relief printing by using such commonplace
materials as flat cardboard, styrofoam, and string, which are glued
onto cardboard, painted, and inked. "Printmaking: Basic Techniques"
shows the step-by-step process of caving on vinyl blocks to create
images which can then be used to make prints. Also covered are simple
but useful tools in the printmaking process such as brayers, carving
instruments, and bench hooks. Nicely illustrated with student prints,
"Printmaking: Basic Techniques" is comprehensive, 'user friendly', and
a highly recommended addition to personal, school, and community
library Art Studies reference collections and curriculum
supplementation.

Reality Press
PO Box 91, Forest Hill, CA 95631
info@reality-entertainment (dot) com
www (dot) reality-entertainment (dot) com

Along with an excellent publication list, Reality Press is also the
distributor of equally interesting DVDs in a variety of subjects.
Three of their newest DVD titles are particularly recommended for
students of the paranormal, the metaphysical, and the occult.
"Archetype of the UFO" (RYE 1044, $19.95) produced by O. H. Krill
offers a one hour exploration focused upon the subject of unidentified
flying objects and speculations regarding possible alien contact. Of
special note is the attention given to historical archetypes and
theories about the possible origins of the UFO and Alien phenomena.
"Tarot Stripped Bare" (RYE 1046, $19.95) is a ninety minute visual
introduction and guide to the reading of Tarot cards as a method of
divination and as a means of uncovering personal knowledge. Of special
note is the commentary respecting the choosing of a Tarot deck and
performing a Tarot reading. "Gardiner's World" (RYE 1046, $29.95) is a
one hour, forty minute compilation drawn from an alternative TV show
and covering such complex subjects as history, religion, ancient
mysteries, the esoteric and the occult. All three of these outstanding
DVDs are as informed and informative as they are flawlessly recorded,
making each of them an outstanding acquisition selection for personal,
academic, and community library DVD collections.

Bleach The Movie: Memories of Nobody
Viz Communications Inc.
295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
1421522942, $29.98 www (dot) viz (dot) com 1-800-394-3042

The first full-length movie on DVD starring characters from the
popular shonen manga (high-action Japanese comics) and anime series
Bleach, Bleach The Movie: Memories of Nobody is filled to the brim
with supernatural sword-wielding action and intrigue, with the
survival of two worlds at stake! In a world where Soul Reapers are
responsible for maintaining the delicate balance between the realms of
life and death, mysterious unidentified beings called "blanks"
suddenly appear to cause trouble, and are just as swiftly dispatched
by a young female Soul Reaper named Senna. Ichigo and Rukia decide to
learn more about Senna, and become inextricably involved in a dire
plot when a shadowy clan attempts to kidnap her. The clan's leader, a
formerly banished member of the Soul Society, is intent on taking his
revenge by engineering the deadly collision of the World of the Living
and the Soul Society. Ichigo and the Soul Reapers must act fast or see
all they know annihilated! The action comes fast and furious in this
exciting thrill ride; special features include original trailers,
Japanese production interviews, storyboards and line art, a behind the
scenes featurette, and an English actor audio commentary. Bleach The
Movie: Memories of Nobody is not only a "must-have" for Bleach fans,
but also a great introduction to the world and characters of Bleach
for those who have never enjoyed the manga or anime before. 2 DVDs, 90
minutes, Japanese and English audio, widescreen, recommended for teen
or older viewers due to violence.

She Stoops To Conquer
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
AMP-8166, $39.99, www (dot) acornmedia (dot) com

A five-episode television mini-series, "She Stoops To Conquer" is a
2008 production of an Oliver Goldsmith play. Superbly costumed with
scrupulous attention to set design (it was shot in an impressive 17th
century Jacobean manor house), this whimsical, farcical, delightfully
humorous and highly entertaining production is the story of Kate, a
well-bred, intelligent young lady who poses as a barmaid in order to
win the affections of Charles Marlow. A play rife with mistaken
identities, multiple deceptions, and the convolutions of English
societal expectations, "She Stoops To Conquer" is a brilliantly acted
play that originally debuted in 1773 and a welcome, enthusiastically
recommended addition to personal and community library DVD
collections.

Gunheavy
BrinkDVD
c/o MVD Entertainment Group
PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456
www (dot) MVDb2b (dot) com
BDVD0803, $19.95, www (dot) brink (dot) com

Post-apocalyptic themes have been a popular staple of science fiction
in both literature and films. BriknDVD's "Gunheavy" is a riveting
movie of this genre where after the collapse of civilization a
totalitarian new world order is emerging calling itself 'The
Founders'. In opposition is the 'Republican Commonwealth' a desperate
group who has developed a secret weapon in the form of a robotic gun.
The problem is that this weapon has a mind of its own. A small group
of Special Force soldiers rebel and seek to gain control of this
weapon. To complicate matters there are groups of unaligned and
heavily armed gangs with their own private agendas. The action is non-
stop and the body counts constantly rising. Hugely entertaining and
highly recommended for fans of the post-holocaust general of military
science fiction, the 65 minute full color digitally mastered
"Gunheavy" DVD (feature both English and Spanish subtitling) includes
such special features as a 13 minute 'Behind the Gun Featurette';
'Jack of Bullets' (a 13 minute short film); an official trailer, and a
director's commentary.

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