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      03-30-2010
The Library DVD Shelf

Wild Ocean
Nokia
Image Entertainment
20525 Nordhoff St. Suite 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311-6104
014381362220, $19.98 www.image-entertainment.com

WILD OCEAN is created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, the
creators of STOMP, and presented in Nokia in IMAX 2-D and 3-D. It
comes alive here in an enthralling survey of South Africa's wild
coastline, following animals and sea life alike. Any library strong in
nature or science DVDs will find this a unique, eye-catching and
popular lend.

What's the Economy For, Anyway?
John de Graaf and Dave Batker
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
$250.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

Licensed for public performance, and suitable for viewers in grade
10-12 as well as adults, What's the Economy For, Anyway? is an
educational, humorous and user-friendly DVD primer of basic economic
facts - what exactly is the GDP? What does our nation's GDP tell us
about our economy, and what does it fail to tell us? How does our
current economic situation affect our daily lives in terms of health,
happiness, security, and amount of free time? (If a credit card
company makes a mistake on your bill, you must spend your time doing
unpaid work contacting them - often through a hassling series of
automated messages - and try to get it fixed, if you can!) How do all
these factors in America compare to those of other nations? How did
America's current financial morass come to be, and what might be
coming next? Ultimately a sharp indictment of the flaws in America's
current economic models - underscoring how measurable indicators of
quality of life in America pale in comparison to more successful
models in other nations - What's the Economy For, Anyway? is thought-
provoking, informed and informative, and strongly recommended
especially for high school and public library collections. 40 minutes.

The Human Spark with Alan Alda
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608831364 $29.99 www.shopPBS.org

What is it that distinguishes humans from the rest of animal kingdom?
Why can only humans communicate through auditory and written symbols
that can be recombined into virtually infinite meanings, hypothesize
what the future may bring, or imagine the unknown? The Human Spark
with Alan Alda explores the differences between modern homo sapiens,
our extinct Neanderthal cousins, and modern-day chimpanzees. An
extraordinary documentary about what modern-day science has to say
about the quintessential distinguishing features of humanity, The
Human Spark with Alan Alda is enlightening and intriguing, highly
recommended especially for public library collections. 3 hours,
widescreen, closed captioned.

The Best of Lidia
Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
PBS Distribution
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608831456 $19.99 www.shopPBS.org

The Best of Lidia is a DVD collection some of the most beloved recipes
by public television chef Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, best known for
her sumptuous Italian cooking that the whole family can enjoy. The
Best of Lidia features recipes from Lidia's travels across Italy, from
zesty starters to quick pastas, main courses, and desserts fit for a
prince! A wonderful addition to culinary DVD libraries, The Best of
Lidia lives up to its title with easy-to-follow instructions for
preparing delicious recipes, and is highly recommended for aspiring
chefs of all skill and experience levels. 85 minutes, widescreen,
closed captioned.

Becoming Human
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608831258 $29.99 www.shopPBS.org

Becoming Human: Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors collects thee
episodes of the acclaimed documentary series NOVA exploring what the
latest scientific discoveries tell us about the earliest human
ancestors - and what makes us human today. The first episode, "Selam",
shows how clues from the remains of a 3 million year-old child suggest
why and how humanity first came down from the trees and started
walking upright. The second episode applies forensics to the mystery
of "Turkana Boy", a fossil of Home erectus, the first human ancestor
to leave Africa and begin colonization of the globe. What caused this
African exodus? The final episode, "Becoming Human", examines how
human capacities for art, invention, and survival developed, and the
mystery of humanity's interaction with the early Neanderthals. Did
humans interbreed with Neanderthals, or cause their extermination? Why
did "we" survive when other ancestral cousins died out? An
extraordinary collection, and a choice pick especially for public
library DVD collections and the libraries of anyone curious about the
origins of humanity in prehistoric times. 3 hours, widescreen, closed
captioned. Also highly recommended is the NOVA documentary "What Are
Dreams? Inside the Sleeping Brain" (9781608831616, $24.99, 56 min.,
widescreen, closed captioned).

6 Steps to a Successful Acting Career
Aaron Seals
For a Better World Films
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$19.95 www.6StepstoActing.com

Written and directed by the founder of a New York casting company with
a ten-year track record, 6 Steps to a Successful Acting Career lives
up to its title and is an excellent from-the-ground-up primer for
anyone interested in getting started as an actor. The major topics
covered include First Steps, Types of work, Skills Needed, Promotion,
Day to day life of an actor, and Levels and goals of a career. A
special chapter focuses on issues particular to child actors and their
parents, including work permits and the value of the kid/parent team.
6 Steps to a Successful Acting Career is an excellent pick for anyone
curious to learn more about the acting world as well as aspiring
actors seeking to break into the business. 150 minutes.

Stomperobics Version One: "The Nutkracker"
Tony Victory
Tony Victory Fitness, LLC
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$19.95 www.TonyVictory.com

Fitness expert Tony Victory hosts Stomperobics Version One: "The
Nutkracker", a cardio workout on DVD based on the college fraternity
and sorority dance tradition known as Stomping. Set to an original
musical soundtrack, "The Nutkracker" includes an easy-to-follow
tutorial, choreographic steps that can be modified for viewers of
different skill and intensity levels, and menu chapters that allow one
to customize the separate workout programs to one's needs. A great way
to liven up one's exercise routine, "The Nutkracker" is an excellent
enhancement to personal DVD fitness libraries. 50 minutes.

Dance Off the Inches: Cardio Striptease
Megan Armand
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
$14.98 www.anchorbayentertainment.com

Dance Off the Inches: Cardio Striptease adds spice to a cardio workout
on DVD, with striptease moves that anyone can learn. A flirtatious way
to get into good health, Cardio Striptease makes pretending to remove
one's clothes while working out a fun way to blend ten active steps
into one's routine. The overall workout consists of three dances,
"Work It", "Too Hot to Handle", and "Total Tease", plus a warm up and
cool down. Fitness enthusiasts of all skill and experience levels,
from beginner to expert, can get into and enjoy Dance Off the Inches:
Cardio Striptease for a sexy change of pace! 43 minutes.

Step-by-Step Strength Training with Petra Kolber
Petra Kolber
Acacia
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
$16.99 acacialifestyle.com

Step-by-Step Strength Training with Petra Kolber is a mix-and-match
toning workout on DVD, requiring no more equipment than simple hand
weights and a chair. Fitness expert and motivational speaker Petra
Kolber gives practical tips for an efficient strength training workout
ideal for all skill and experience levels. Two ten-minutes segments
focus on the lower and upper body, while two twenty-minute segments
build strength in the body overall. A bonus 5 minute ab blast section
rounds out this excellent and easy-to-follow choice for DVD fitness
libraries. 60 minutes, widescreen. Also highly recommended is "Core
Fusion Lean & Toned with Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito" ($16.99,
55 minutes, widescreen).

David Goodis ...To A Pulp
On Air Video Inc.
8203 Westminster Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
$19.95 www.onairvideo.com

David Goodis ...To A Pulp is the DVD biography of noir writer David
Goodis, whose distinctively gritty and realistic prose distinguishes
him. He was a screenwriter for the Warner Brothers movie Dark Passage,
which was based on one of his novels. Yet shortly after this brush
with fame he divorced, left Hollywood, and returned to living in his
parents' home in Philadelphia, where he continued to write dark
paperback novels for the rest of this life. Just who was Goodis? What
caused him to break with Hollywood? What was the end result of his
lawsuit against ABC Television over the series "The Fugitive"? David
Goodis ...To A Pulp answers all these questions and more, revealing
the reclusive life of an isolated yet gifted author. Highly
recommended, especially for public library DVD collections. 76
minutes.

Grow Your Own Vegetables
Cam Mather
Aztext Press
Box 214, Tamworth, Ontario, Canada K0K 3G0
9780973323399 $19.95 www.aztext.com

Hosted by Cam Mather, who has grown organic vegetables for thirty
years; Grow Your Own Vegetables is a straightforward instructional DVD
to economically producing one's own food. From soil preparation to
planting, weeding and watering, and dealing with insects and pests, to
harvesting, storage, and more, Grow Your Own Vegetables emphasizes low-
energy, earth-friendly approaches with step-by-step, easy-to-follow
guidance. A superb how-to guide, enthusiastically for organic
gardeners of all skill and experience levels. 2 hours.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

The Midwest Book Review is an organization of volunteers committed to
promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing. We
accept no funds from authors or publishers. Full permission is given
to post any of these reviews on thematically appropriate websites,
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newsletters, or to interested individuals. Please give the Midwest
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The Midwest Book Review publishes the monthly book review magazines
"California Bookwatch", "Internet Bookwatch", "Children's Bookwatch",
"MBR Bookwatch", "Reviewer's Bookwatch", and "Small Press Bookwatch".
All are available for free on the Midwest Book Review website at www
(dot) midwestbookreview (dot) com

Anyone wanting to submit books for review consideration can send them
to:

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129

To submit reviews of any fiction or non-fiction books, email them to
Frugalmuse (at) aol (dot) com (Be sure to include the book title,
author, publisher, publisher address, publisher website/phone number,
13-digit ISBN number, and list price).

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
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