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      09-30-2010
The Library DVD Shelf

A Celtic Pilgrimage
John O'Donohue
New Perspectives Productions
c/o Sounds True
413 South Arthur Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027
www.johnodonohue.com
No ISBN DVD, $19.95, www.soundstrue.com

A CELTIC PILGRIMAGE offers a fine blend of philosophy, spirituality
and travel lore as it follows Irish poet John O'Donohue on a journey
through Western Ireland. History, culture, and travel insights make
this a 'must' acquisition for any collection strong in Irish culture.

Secrets of the Great Barrier Reef
Smithsonian Networks/Infinity
No ISBN, $9.98, www.smithsonianchannel.com

Any library strong in natural history or educational DVDs will find a
treasure in SECRETS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, presented in letterbox
and including Dolby Digital surround sound. Subtitles for the deaf
accompany an outstanding journey suitable for any general lending
library!

'Lifetime' DVDs
www.mylifetime.com

Two fine DVDs from TV's 'Lifetime' channel offer teens and adults
extraordinary insights and personal perspectives, and are recommended
picks for any lending library. TO BE FAT LIKE ME (1422981304, $14.95)
tells the story of a high school junior who experiences firsthand the
prejudice directed at overweight teens when she changes in shape from
slim to obese, overnight. Her insights make for a compelling story of
prejudice and weight. GIRL, POSITIVE (1422981282, $14.95) tells of a
teen who is shocked to find her boyfriend may be HIV positive.
Rachel's had unprotected sex with him and she herself is at risk in
this moving story, highly recommended for any library catering to
teens.

College, Inc.
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608832835, $24.95, www.shopPBS.org

College, Inc. is an episode of the documentary public television
Frontline on DVD, examining the dark side of for-profit colleges and
universities. Such colleges sell shares to Wall Street investors
rather than seeking donations from wealthy alumni, and charge high
fees to accept students that the (usually cheaper) nonprofit schools
often won't take. But what do those who pay the high tuition costs of
for-profit colleges, and take on heavy debt, have to show for their
efforts? Can the degrees obtained be reliably used to get a job and
earn a living? Frontline examines all sides of the issue, in this
thought-provoking documentary about how a new trend in higher
education is literally transforming college in America. 60 minutes,
widescreen, closed-captioned. Also highly recommended is the Frontline
documentary "The Wounded Platoon" (9781608832248, $24.99).

10 Minute Solution Rapid Results Fat Burner
Cat Chiarelli
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
$14.98, www.anchorbayentertainment.com

10 Minute Solution Rapid Results Fat Burner is a fitness DVD perfect
for fitting invigorating workouts into a busy schedule. Offering five,
ten-minute workouts that can be mixed and matched, or done all at
once, 10 Minute Solution Rapid Results Fat Burner is fun, easy-to-use,
and a choice pick for a solid cardio workout. Hosted by certified
group fitness instructor Cat Chiarelli, the five exercise sessions are
"Power Sports Drills", "Extreme Intervals", "Low Impact Fat Blaster",
"Rapid Results Kickboxing", and "Cardio Max". An excellent addition to
any personal fitness DVD library, highly recommended. 56 minutes,
closed-captioned.

The Quantum Activist
Amit Goswami, Ph.D.
Intention Media
$24.95, www.quantumactivist.com

The Quantum Activist is a documentary on DVD revealing a tremendous
shift in thought outside of the standard materialist perspective of
mainstream science. More and more scientists are constructing and
evaluating a paradigm grounded in the power and presence of
consciousness. Amit Goswami, Ph.D. guides viewers through a tour of
what the similarities in the world's major religions and mystical
traditions imply for a greater understanding of reality. The Quantum
Activist ultimately dares to connect spiritual and practical
worldviews, in a breathtaking revelation that contemplates the
delicacy of humankind's continued existence on the planet itself, and
ways to counter the economic, social, and spiritual menaces that
threaten all people. Highly recommended.

Weapons of War
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608832972, $49.99, www.shopPBS.org

Part of the PBS Explorer Collection, Weapons of War collects three
documentaries about changes in warfare across human history. "Ground
War" evaluates how innovations ranging from the stirrup to the
gunner's quadrant have transformed battles on land; "Warplane"
chronicles airborne military advances in the century since the Wright
brothers opened up the skies; and "Warship" reveals naval military
history up to modern-day nuclear aircraft carriers, submarines, and
more. A detailed, riveting, and informative documentary, ideal for
military history buffs and public library collections. 3 DVDs, 12
hours, widescreen, closed-captioned. Also highly recommended from PBS
is the documentary "Unforgettable: The Korean War" (9781608832897,
$24.99, 56 min., widescreen).

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers
Athena
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598284782, $49.99, www.acornmedia.com, www.athenalearning.com

Filmed at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and New York's American Museum
of Natural History, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill
Moyers is an extended and enlightening dialogue between scholar and 40-
year college teacher Joseph Campbell and distinguished journalist Bill
Moyers. In their discussions, the two men portray the pivotal role
myths have had upon human lives, history, survival, and society. From
the beliefs of world religions to marriage customs to popular culture,
The Power of Myth reveals the hidden search for meaning behind the
traditions and beliefs that shape our lives. Bonus features of this
six-episode series include a never-before-released conversation with
Campbell from "Bill Moyers' Journal", parts of Moyer's interview with
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas, a twelve-page viewer's guide, and
more. ("The Power of Myth" is not rated, but it should be noted that
the programs do contain some nudity and violent images.) A choice
pick, especially for public library collections. 2 DVDs, 342 min. plus
bonus footage, full screen, SDH subtitles. Also highly recommended
from Athena/Acorn Media is the extraordinary and captivating two-disc
documentary Lost Kingdoms of Africa (9781598284966, $49.99,
widescreen, SDH subtitles).

The Age of Stupid
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1594589453, $320.00, www.bullfrogfilms.com

Featuring music from Radiohead and Depeche Mode, The Age of Stupid:
Why Didn't We Save Ourselves When We Had the Chance? is a wry yet all-
too-close to reality movie set in 2055, where climate change has
brought about the end of the world as we know it. Pete Postlethwaite
is a sole survivor looking back at old footage of seven people from
contemporary times, and asking the question: why didn't they (and the
rest of humanity) work to stop climate change and ecological
devastation, back when they still could? An award-winning cautionary
tale with an overwhelmingly critical message, The Age of Stupid
deserves the highest recommendation. This two-disc DVD set offers both
an uncensored and a "bleeped" version of the movie; extra features
include extended interviews, deleted scenes, a 50-minute "making of"
documentary, 8 short climate films, a crew commentary, and more. 89
minutes, 2 DVDs, subtitles in SDH English, French, Italian, German,
Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese Mandarin, Dutch, Thai, and
Vietnamese.

Breakfast Special
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608832941, $24.99, www.shopPBS.org

Originally broadcast on public television, Breakfast Special is a
delightful documentary on DVD that blends elements of travelogue and
food show to offer a portrait of what it's like to enjoy fine early
morning cuisine in America. From savory bacon and eggs to buckwheat
pancakes to corned beef hash, grits, gumbo, and more, Breakfast
Special tours the corners of America to reveal unique touches on
classic favorites. Additional features include a making-of video,
formerly unseen footage, and promotional spots. A gourmet's viewing
delight, highly recommended. 60 minutes, widescreen, English SDH
subtitles.

Dance With Me Cardio Fit
Billy Blanks Jr.
Lionsgate
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$14.98, www.411videoinfo.com

Billy Blanks Jr. and his wife Sharon host Dance With me Cardio Fit, a
user-friendly fitness DVD featuring three complete, high-energy dance
routines incorporating the vigor and enthusiasm of Hip-Hop, Country,
and Bollywood moves. 2-minute cardio bursts embedded within the dance
routines help the viewer burn fat and build stamina. Bonus features
include a breathing technique tutorial, a custom workout option, and a
music-only option. An easy-to-follow workout that practitioners of all
ages and fitness backgrounds can get into, Dance With Me Cardio Fit
lives up to its title and is highly recommended to spice up any cardio
exercise DVD collection. 46 minutes, closed captioned.

Harp Dreams
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608832712, $24.99, www.shopPBS.org

Harp Dreams: Inside the USA International Harp Competition is a DVD
documentary originally aired on public television, observing 31 of the
finest harpists in the world who gathered for the 15-day triennial USA
International Harp Competition, one of the most prestigious music
competitions worldwide. Careers, fame, and legendary accolade await
the winners. Narrated by Blythe Danner, Harp Dreams reveals the
pressure, the drive to succeed, and the human drive to be the best one
can possibly be. Special features include behind-the-scenes footage of
the construction of the prize harp, and a hands-on look at the process
of choosing a harp or bringing a harp in for repair. An extraordinary
look at the fire of competition burning beneath musical beauty, highly
recommended. 90 minutes, widescreen, closed captioned.

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