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      05-31-2010
The Library DVD Shelf

Careers in Art
Crystal Productions
PO Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025-6159
9781562906122 $29.95 www.crystalproductions.com 1-800-255-8629

The DVD complement to Crystal Productions' "Careers in Art" poster
series, Careers in Art is an educational DVD for students that reveals
how modern-day professionals work in the visual arts as careers.
Experts speak of their jobs as architects, art educators, fashion
designers, framers, gallery owners, graphic designers, painters,
photographers, publication designers, urban planners and more. A
wealth of insights perfect for starting a discussion about planning a
budding artist's future, Careers in Art is an excellent and highly
recommended addition to grade school DVD libraries. 29 minutes.

Foyle's War, Set 6
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598284300 $49.99 www.acornmedia.com

Foyle's War, Set 6 is a 3-DVD set collecting three episodes of the
compelling British mysteries set in the British coastal town of
Hastings, shortly after the devastation of World War II. DCS
Christopher Foyle is a police investigator whose yearning for
retirement is belayed by unfolding cases of military racism,
international conflict, even an accused traitor unwilling to resist
the sentence of the gallows. The episodes are "The Russian House", in
which the escape of a Russian POW brings calamity and murder, igniting
division between Foyle and a former subordinate; "Killing Time" about
the prospect of absolute disaster involving African American GIs who
want to return home; and "The Hide", a tale about a young woman's
murder and an accused traitor who will not defend himself. Superb
acting is the hallmark of this captivating series, highly recommended
especially for aficionados of British mysteries. 300 minutes,
widescreen, SDH subtitles.

The Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha
a film by David Grubin
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608831951 $24.99 www.shopPBS.org

Emmy-award winning filmmaker David Grubin presents The Buddha: The
Story of Siddhartha, a two-hour documentary chronicling the life of
the holy man of India, who achieved enlightenment - a way to escape
the eternal suffering cycle of death and rebirth. Having found this
path to Nirvana, he proceeded to teach others, and his wisdom guides
all who will listen to the importance of following the Middle Way.
Original animation, classic paintings and sculptures, the testimony of
modern-day Buddhists including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet WS Merwin
and his Holiness the Dalai Lama enhance this extraordinary
presentation. The Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha is especially
recommended for public library collections, and is a "must-see" for
anyone curious about Buddhism or the noble man who founded it. 2
hours, descriptive video available for the visually impaired,
subtitles available in English as well as Chinese Mandarin Traditional
& Simplified.

RX Nutrition
Dr. Rick Kattouf II
TeamKattouf, Inc.
209 North Main Street #218, Greenville, SC 29601
$49.95 www.teamkattouf.com

RX Nutrition: Eating for Improved Performance in Life, Fitness and
Sport is a three-DVD series meant to promote healthier living by
changing the way viewers eat and think about food. Dr. Rick Kattouf II
applies his expertise in nutrition and sports nutrition, coaching and
food psychology, explaining that simply "eating healthy" is not enough
- one must "eat right" to promote better personal fitness and improved
performance in sports. The result is a helpful program recommending
positive lifestyle changes, suitable for both athletes and ordinary
people struggling to lose weight. A solid, easy-to-follow presentation
of key nutritional principles that readers of all backgrounds need to
know in order to improve their dietary habits, RX Nutrition is highly
recommended. 3 DVDs, 90 minutes.

The Reluctant Saint
Starring Maximilian Schell, Ricardo Montalban, Lea Padovani, and Akim
Tamiroff
Ignatius Press
PO Box 1339, Fort Collins, CO 80522
9781586174576 $19.95 www.ignatius.com 1-800-651-1531

Now available in a new DVD transfer from the original archived master
copy, The Reluctant Saint is a classic black-and-white movie about the
"flying friar" St. Joseph of Cupertino, a 17th century Franciscan
friar who earned sainthood. From his acceptance into the monastery at
a young age, to his abiding personal piety, to denouncements by his
rival Don Raspi (played by Ricardo Montalban) claiming that his powers
came from the Devil, not God - an accusation that would require
nothing less than a miracle to disprove - The Reluctant Saint is the
amazing dramatization of an extraordinary man's life, seasoned with
dashes of wry humor. A 16-page collector's booklet with an essay by
film critic Steven Greydanus and a biography of St. Joseph of
Cupertino enhances this excellent addition to personal and church
library DVD collections. 104 minutes, black-and-white, widescreen,
English with optional subtitles in English or Spanish. Also highly
recommended from Ignatius Press is the DVD movie "Paul VI: The Pope in
the Tempest" (9781586174781, $24.95, 200 minutes).

Body by Bethenny
Bethenny Frankel
Acacia
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598284409 $16.99 www.acornmedia.com

Hosted by the natural food chef, TV star, and bestselling author of
"The Skinnygirl Dish" Bethenny Frankel, Body by Bethenny is a yoga
fitness program on DVD ideal for cultivating a limber and stronger
body. The workout tones the abs, thighs, glutes, and arms while
promoting balance, with a strength-training segment to improve one's
body. A program designed to work for viewers of all fitness levels,
Body by Bethenny requires no expensive equipment - only light hand
weights and a mat. Recipes from Bethenny's "The Skinnygirl Dish" round
out this excellent, easy-to-use addition to personal fitness DVD
libraries. 55 minutes, widescreen.

The Great American West
Jason Robards
Janson Media
88 Semmens Road, Harrington Park, NJ 07640
9781568393504 $19.95 www.janson.com

Originally filmed for release in IMAX theaters, The Great American
West is the extraordinary true saga of the settling of America's
western frontier. Panoramic Western scenery is combined with a
historical chronicle of the major events in the taming of the West -
from the Louisiana Purchase to the Census Bureau's determination in
1890 that there was no more frontier to settle. Smoothly narrated by
Jason Robards, The Great American West is a captivating tribute to the
labor of those who transformed the nation, as well as an exciting
glimpse into the highlights of history's wheel turning. The Great
American West is a joy for viewers of all ages and backgrounds, and is
especially recommended for public library DVD collections. 49 minutes.

What Darwin Never Knew
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608830985 $24.99 www.shopPBS.org

Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Darwin's publication of "On
the Origin of Species", What Darwin Never Knew is an episode of the
acclaimed documentary series NOVA on DVD, exploring the latest
breakthroughs in the mysteries that Darwin himself could not explain.
A new science, playfully nicknamed "evo devo", links the mystery of
evolution with the development of the embryo, revealing how closely
the two mirror one another. Taking the viewer on a tour to the
Galapagos Islands and the Arctic, What Darwin Never Knew shows
scientists pursuing research in an effort to unlock genetic secrets
and reveal how the extraordinary diversity of life on the planet came
to be. An extraordinary revelation of scientific discoveries in the
making, What Darwin Never Knew is a choice pick for public library DVD
shelves. Also highly recommended is the PBS Home Video DVD "Faces of
America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." (9781608832026, $24.99).

Testament
Athena
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598283792 $59.99 www.acornmedia.com

As originally shown on the Discovery channel, Testament is a seven-
part series on DVD revealing what archaeology and the evidence of
history can tell us about the Bible, especially the stories of
Abraham, the Exodus, and Jesus of Nazareth. Host and expert
archaeologist John Romer shows the viewer dig sites at Jericho,
Jerusalem, and elsewhere in his quest to unravel the hidden mysteries
of scripture. An extraordinary presentation intended for believers and
non-believers alike, Testament is highly recommended, especially for
public library DVD collections. 3 DVDs, 363 minutes, full screen, SDH
subtitles.

Pilates! A Gentle Formula To A Strong Body
Risa Sheppard
The Sheppard Method, Inc.
411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

Intended for viewers aged 16 to 96, Pilates! A Gentle Formula To A
Strong Body is a mat workout DVD developed by Risa Sheppard (a Pilates
teacher of 30 years experience), and hosted by instructors Risa and
Gidget. Two thirty-minute workouts are offered, one for Pilates
beginners and one for intermediate practitioners. The step-by-step
guidance through moves that promote flexibility, strength, and overall
health. A challenging routine that nonetheless involves grace and
precision, Pilates! A Gentle Formula To A Strong Body lives up to its
title and is a welcome and worthy addition to DVD fitness libraries.
60 minutes, 16:9 aspect ratio.

We'll Meet Again
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598283839 $59.99 www.acornmedia.com

As originally seen on PBS, We'll Meet Again collects thirteen episodes
of the British drama set four years into World War II, when the sleepy
English village of Market Wetherby is rocked to its foundation by the
arrival of American troops - who are, in the opinion of many locals,
"overpaid, oversexed, and over here." The "Yanks" and villagers
quickly take to butting heads over various issues, but not all the
relationships formed are those of conflict - local doctor Helen
Dereham (played by Oscar nominee Susannah York) and base commander
Major James Kylie (played by Michael J. Shannon) find a connection
with one another, an event that has repercussions on the whole town. A
blend of drama, romance, intrigue, and character foils, succinctly
written and superbly acted, We'll Meet Again is a treasure for anyone
who loves the best of British drama. 4 DVDs, 679 minutes, 4:3 full
screen.

The Brain: Developing Memory in Developing Brains
Learning ZoneXPress
PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
1571759506 $49.95 www.learningzoneexpress.com 1-888-455-7003

Intended for viewers in grades 7 and up, as well as adults, The Brain:
Developing Memory in Developing Brains Birth to Five Years is an
educational DVD designed to help parents and caregivers understand
what they can do to facilitate healthy brain development in very young
children. Opening with a quick review of the main parts of the brain,
as well as the difference between short and long term memory, The
Brain: Developing Memory in Developing Brains progresses into
practical things parents and caregivers can do to stimulate children's
thoughts and learning skills - finger plays, action songs, baby
massage, and more. The values of multi-sensory learning, repetition,
and encouraging children's self-confidence are also discussed in this
invaluable resource, especially recommended for homeroom viewing in
public schools and public library DVD collections. 21 minutes, closed
captioned.

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