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      12-31-2009
The Library DVD Shelf

Stories from the Vaults: Season Two
Tom Cavanagh, host
Smithsonian Networks & Infinity Entertainment Group
Greenleaf & Associates (publicity)
$19.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray www.smithsonianchannel.com

Stories from the Vaults: Season Two is an eclectic, family-friendly
collection of episodes that take viewers into the historical mysteries
investigated by the Smithsonian Museum and its affiliates. From the
wonders of the rainforest, to the quandary of trying to preserve
sculptures made of chocolate and soap (and guess which inherently
unstable substance is harder to preserve - no, it's not the one that
guests try to eat!), to surprising true tales of some of America's
most notorious criminals, Stories from the Vaults both entertains and
edifies. Highly recommended especially for public library collections.
The episodes are "Let's Eat!", "Nature's Vault", "Crystal Ball",
"going, Going, Gone", "Sex 101" and "Villains and Rogues" plus bonus
mini-featurettes. Approximately 200 minutes, available on DVD and Blu-
ray.

Seven Wonders of the Muslim World
PBS
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
$24.99 www.ssapr.com

Seven Wonders of the Muslim World: Six Journeys of Faith to the Heart
of the Islamic World is an eye-opening documentary following six young
Muslims on their life-changing pilgrimage to the holy site of Mecca.
As they journey, they encounter some of the most beautiful and
historic locations of worship. The seven wonders featured are The
Grand Mosque in Mecca; the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem; The Alhambra
in Granada, Spain; The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey; The Great
Mosque of Djenne in Mali; the Imam Mosque in Esfahan, Iran; and the
Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. A wondrous and unforgettable
documentary encompassing centuries of history and profound respect for
the rich faith of Islam. 60 minutes.

Travel With Kids: Costa Rica
Janson Media
88 Semmens Road, Harrington Park, NJ 07640
9781568393237 $17.98 www.janson.com www.TravelWithKids.tv

Part of the award-winning "Travel With Kids" series, Travel With Kids:
Costa Rica invites the viewer to experience eco-travel and adventure
in a nation famous for its beautiful cloud forest preserves, vast
volcanic formations, beaches, and family-friendly activities.
Following the Roberts' family's adventures along with solid travel
advice for parents and children alike, Travel With Kids: Costa Rica is
an excellent supplement to preparing for a Costa Rican vacation. Bonus
features include a trip planner with expanded information on
activities, accommodation, and transportation; family travel tips and
resources; a "Costa Rica at Home" section offering language and craft
activities as well as recipes; and a bloopers reel. Highly
recommended. 57 minutes.

Lionsgate
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$14.98 each www.411videoinfo.com

Denise Austin hosts two excellent fitness DVDs designed to help one
quickly get into the habit of a solid, fat-blasting exercise regimen!
"3-Week Boot Camp" (52 min.) offers two high-powered, twenty-minute
workouts emphasizing cardio and strength training, plus a bonus Ab Fat
Blaster section. A great addition to fitness libraries, "3-Week Boot
Camp" lives up to its title as an exercise routine sure to help the
viewer look and feel better in short time! Simple, inexpensive hand
weights are advised to get the most out of the workout, and a music-
only option is available. "Body Makeover Mix" (49 min.) offers three
15-minute workouts for toning one's muscles: Upper-Body Sculpt, Lower-
Body Sculpt, and Ab & Core Conditioning (which includes standing moves
and some mat Pilates). A custom workout interactive option and a music-
only option enhance this excellent muscle training DVD. Both DVDs are
worthy additions to any fitness library, and highly recommended.

The Big Question
Deepak Chopra, Thich Nhat Hanh, Desmond Tutu, Sr. Helen Prejean, Rev.
Joseph Lowery
Vision Video
PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540
$19.99 www.visionvideo.com www.bigquestionthemovie.com 1-800-523-0226

The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness is a DVD documentary about
what it takes to confront reprehensible crimes. When individuals,
mobs, or even government oppression exact unspeakable cruelty, how
should one react? Should one forgive rapists, murderers, police whose
bungled procedures allow the worst criminals to roam the streets, or
government forces that kill and oppress innocents? What path will
bring about the most justice, protect the most innocents, or minimize
the risk of history's evils repeating themselves? Many great leaders
and people of strong moral conviction are interviewed, including
Desmond Tutu, Sr. Helen Prejean, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rev. Joseph Lowery,
Deepak Chopra, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Hopi Elders, and more. Also
included is the bonus feature "The Five Steps to Forgiveness" with Dr.
Everett Worthington, and a three-lesson PDF study guide for group
discussion. 63 minutes, English subtitles.

The Zombies: Odessey & Oracle Revisited
Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White, & Hugh Grundy
MVD Entertainment Group
PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456
$19.95 www.MVDb2b.com 1-800-888-0486

Dedicated to the late, great fifth member of the The Zombies (Paul
Atkinson 1946-2004), The Zombies: Odessey & Oracle Revisited is a DVD
of the 40th anniversary reunion concert of the original four members
of "The Zombies" band (Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Christ White &
Hugh Grundy), as performed at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London,
March of 2008. The Zombies perform their complete "Odessey & Oracle"
album - all 12 tracks are recreated, sung and played with pure
passion. Also included are the rest of the songs played by The
Zombies' Touring Band that night, from songs that The Zombies and
Argent made famous to selections from Colin Blunstone's solo albums. A
glorious celebration of music, The Zombies: Odessey & Oracle Revisited
is an absolute "must-have" for anyone who loves The Zombies' songs.
121 minutes.

Akasha Productions
411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$19.95 each www.411videoinfo.com www.AkashaProductions.tv

Dancer and choreographer Meera Varma hosts two "Dances of India"
fitness DVDs, which take the viewer on an invigorating workout tour of
energetic and highly enjoyable dance routines grounded in the popular
culture of East India. "Dances of India: Bollywood to Bollydance with
Meera" (71 min.) features cinematic-style dance, blending classical
Indian dance movements with influences of folk and western dances to
create a warmup, workout, and cooldown worthy of a movie star. The
performance music video "Maya" is a highlight bonus feature. "Dances
of India: Urban Bhangra Bounce with Meera" (60 min.) introduces
viewers to the "hip-hop" of India, featuring a high-energy workout
marked by motivational drumbeats. The performance music video "Mystic
Asman" is a highlight bonus feature. Both DVDs are an exceptional
addition to DVD fitness libraries in need of a little spice from
halfway around the globe, and choice picks for anyone interested in
trying something different and exciting for their daily workout. Also
highly recommended are "Dances of India: Ancient to Modern" and
"Bellydance: The Art of Toning and Technique".

Framing, Matting, & Hanging: A Beginner's Guide
Larry Withers, host
On Air Video Inc.
8203 Westminster Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
$16.95 www.onairvideo.com

Expert fine arts craftsman Larry Withers presents Framing, Matting, &
Hanging: A Beginner's Guide is a no-nonsense DVD guide to protecting
one's artwork in framing and matting for its protection and
enhancement. Using simple tools and materials available at any
hardware store, one can follow the step-by-step directions to select
an appropriate mat and frame, cut a single or double-mat, mount
artwork, make one's own frame molding, cut and assemble the frame,
paint and decorate the frame, display artwork, and use conservation
framing techniques. An easy-to-follow how-to guide, highly recommended
for anyone interested in learning the basics of preparing art or
photographs for display. 88 minutes.

Chefs A' Field
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
0793670926 $34.99 www.shopPBS.org

Chefs A' Field: Culinary Adventures that Begin on the Farm collects
the fourth season of the PBS documentary of culinary adventures across
the Americas, from Alaska to Hawaii to Mexico's Yucatan jungle. Of
particular note is the emphasis not only on the skills of great chefs,
but also on eco-friendly foods. Local farmers and fishermen contribute
their wisdom on responsible and sustainable food production, followed
by a behind-the-scenes lesson in great cooking (advanced professional
cooking techniques are simplified in order to be accessible to viewers
of all ages and backgrounds). Enhanced with PDFs offering special tips
and recipes from the series, Chefs A' Field is a culinary gourmet's
delight, and highly recommended for anyone who loves truly great
cooking shows. 6.5 hours, closed captioned, widescreen.

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