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      01-01-2011
The Library DVD Shelf

Hot Body Yoga
Denise Austin
Lionsgate
No ISBN, $14.98, www.lionsgatedvd.com

HOT BODY YOGA follows trainer Denise Austin's YOGA BODY BURN, and
offers a new yoga workout DVD designed to sculpt and encourage a lean
body. Newcomers and yoga veterans alike will appreciate routines in
two 30-minute sessions that begin with 'yoga fit' and move to 'yoga
sculpt', the more advanced yoga workout. An excellent pick for any DVD
fitness collection!

Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
No ISBN, $14.98 each, www.anchorbayent.com/fitness

10 MINUTE SOLUTION: RAPID RESULTS FAT BURNER provides a fine survey
for those who claim they have no time to exercise, offering a series
of segments ranging from power sports drills to low impact routines
and even kickboxing and cardio mixes. Any home exerciser or DVD
libraries catering to them will welcome this quick approach.
Exercisers who love to dance will relish DANCE WITH JULIANNE: JUST
DANCE! It comes from a Nashville recording artist and two-time winner
of 'Dancing with the Stars' and offers a dance workout DVD that's a
different side to her cardio ballroom prior release. Learners need no
prior dance skills to appreciate this - and don't have to be fit,
either. A warm-up is followed by three fun ten-minute intervals. DANCE
OFF THE INCHES: CARDIO HIP HOP comes from Jennifer Galardi, who offers
fresh new dance steps for both fans of her original DVD and those new
to the series. Three dance routines provide fine total body workouts
based on the hip hop dance routines she's developed. All are top
picks.

What if God Were the Sun?
Lifetime
142298835X, $14.95, www.mylifetime.com

Lacey Chabert and Gena Rowlands star in a story of love and loss when
a young ER nurse planning an upcoming wedding finds her lack of faith
shaken by disaster. Her father's sudden death - with her unknowingly
in the next room - leads her to a grief that overshadows everything in
her world until a terminally ill patient provides the key to
understanding. A warm, rich story of faith emerges.

The Dive from Clausen's Pier
Lifetime
1422988341, $14.95, www.mylifetime.com

The Dive from Clausen's Pier tells of Carrie, who is just realizing
she doesn't love her fiance when a tragic diving accident leaves him
paralyzed. She flees for New York City and there meets an older man in
hopes of discovering her values and path in life in this warm,
outstanding story.

Soundtracker
Indiepix
31 East 32nd Street, #1201, New York, NY 10016
No ISBN, $24.95, www.indiepixfilms.com

There are few places of pure quiet left in the U.S., and finding these
places is a challenge. For thirty years nature sound recorder Gordon
Hempton's life mission has been to find and record these places:
SOUNDTRACKER follows his search and the DVD includes a fine interview
with its director, deleted scenes, project information and even a map
to 'the quietest places in the U.S.' Very highly recommended!

Wade in the Water, Children
Indiepix
31 East 32nd Street, #1201, New York, NY 10016
No ISBN, $24.95, www.indiepixfilms.com

WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN offers a poetic look at life in Crescent
City post-Katrina through the eyes of its youngest citizens on the 5th
anniversary of the hurricane. Private videos, uncensored interviews
and more provide fresh insights on the Katrina experience from the
eyes of kids who are surviving it today.

Down Under the Sea
Smithsonian Networks
No ISBN, $19.98, www.smithsonianchannel.com

A 2-disc set packs two maritime adventures onto DVD: The Big Blue, an
account of the blue whale, and Secrets of the Great Barrier Reef,
exploring the life of Australia's finest natural resource. Presented
in letterbox with Dolby and subtitling for the deaf, this brings the
underwater world directly into the modern living room.

Breath-Centered Yoga
Leslie Kaminoff
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736092358, $16.95, www.humankinetics.com

Breath-Centered Yoga provides an exceptional coverage of for complete
forms that can be done anywhere at any time, by any age user. Detailed
instruction on breathing and movement pack a DVD that also includes
five alternate audio tracks with specialized details, and original
music from Robert Spalding Newcomb.

Championship Productions
2730 Graham Street, Ames, IA 50010
www.championshipproductions.com

Ray Lokar, a high school basketball coach of thirty years' experience,
presents two DVDs filled with wisdom, hands-on experience and
practical strategies for fellow coaches. "Fundamentals Factory for
Youth Basketball" (276 min., $49.99) is packed with drills, exercises,
life lessons, coaching suggestions, and more to guide gym teachers and
parents-turned-coaches in the skill and art of progression-based skill
instruction. "Building an Effective Youth Basketball Practice" (50
min., $29.99) particularly focuses on how to structure practice
sessions with goals and purpose, the better to build youth basketball
skill and teamwork. Both DVDs are hands-on practical, absolute "must-
haves" for any would-be youth basketball teacher, worthy of the
highest recommendation.

Dogs Decoded
PBS
c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608833269, $24.99, www.ssapr.com

Dogs Decoded: Understanding the Human-Dog Relationship is a
fascinating DVD documentary about man's best friend. Dogs have been
domesticated longer than any other animal, but only recently has
research established that dogs have a unique talent - they are able to
read and respond to human emotions. Dogs can be taught to respond to
human pointing, unlike wolves or even apes. Puppies retain juvenile
traits that allow them to be conditioned according to their master's
needs, unlike wolf cubs that remain naturally aggressive and even
destructive when raised in captivity. New discoveries in the genetics
of dogs offer a world of insight into both human and canine ways of
life. Dogs Decoded is an amazing tour of scientific revelation, highly
recommended for dog lovers and public library collections. 56 minutes,
widescreen, subtitles.

Circus
PBS
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608832736, $34.99 DVD /, $39.99 Blu-ray, www.ssapr.com

Circus is an extraordinary DVD documentary of the annual 350-show,
town-to-town tour of the Big Apple Circus. From seventh and eighth-
generation circus performers, to newcomers looking to earn their place
in the spotlight, to the crushing effects of an economy turning sour,
Circus is a behind-the-scenes look at the ups and downs of this
incredible entertainment industry. Special features include character
profiles, bonus footage of circus daily life, and more. An absolute
"must-have" for anyone who has ever wondered what life as a circus
member is truly like, highly recommended especially for public library
collections. 3 discs, 6 hours, widescreen, subtitles.

Joy Bauer's Slimdown Workout
Acacia
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
9781598285185, $16.99, www.acacialifestyle.com

Registered dietitian Joy Bauer and world-class trainer Lisa Wheeler
present Joy Bauer's Slimdown Workout, an excellent DVD for shedding
pounds, boosting one's energy, and strengthening muscles. The only
equipment needed for optimal benefit from the two 20-minute cardio and
strength-training segments are light hand weights and a mat. Bonus
material includes ten weight loss tips, advice on healthy snacks, and
suggested diet-friendly meals. Joy Bauer's Slimdown Workout is an easy-
to-use addition to fitness DVD collections, and highly recommended. 50
min.

Personal Training with Jackie: Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
$14.98, www.anchorbayentertainment.com

Personal Training with Jackie: Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs is a fitness DVD
hosted by Jackie Warner, known for her hit fitness TV shows "Work Out"
and "Thintervention", focusing on how to tone one's abdominals without
doing crunches. Instead, Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs reveals two original
15-minute workouts; one can be done from a standing position, and the
other is an invigorating floor routine. No equipment other than
inexpensive hand weights is recommended to feel the full force of the
workout. Best done three times a week to shed fat and improve one's
abdominals, Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs lives up to its title and is highly
recommended. 32 min.

Waterlife
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
077221266X, $320.00, www.bullfrogfilms.com

Licensed for public performance, Waterlife is a sobering documentary
about the Great Lakes, which have been severely polluted and
threatened. From the risk of an Asian carp invasion through the
Chicago river (which would have a devastating impact on the lake's
indigenous life), to the problems of insufficient regulation to
curtail private or industrial pollution, to the inherent difficulties
of managing a common resource shared between two nations and ten
states, Waterlife is a vividly eye-opening account of serious
environmental issues. Highly recommended, especially for high school
classroom and public library collections. 109 minutes, 16:9 format.

The Red Baron
Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
9781569943960, $26.95 DVD/, $34.95 BluRay, www.montereymedia.com

The Red Baron is a dramatic movie based on life of the real Red Baron
of history. During World War I, Baron Manfred von Richthofen was the
one of the best pilots there was - a legend in his day, respected on
both sides of the titanic conflict. Richthofen and his fellow officers
including Lieutenant Voss uphold a sportsmanlike code to their fierce
aerial duels. Yet the German high command ruthlessly manipulates his
code of chivalry, and when he falls in love with the beautiful nurse
Kate he begins to understand the true complexity and severity of war.
Ultimately it is his duty to return to the skies again and again, when
each new mission just might be his last. A moving portrayal of one
man's love, losses, and principles even as he fulfills the terrible
demands of war, The Red Baron is utterly unforgettable and highly
recommended.

The Guilty
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598285260, $39.99, www.acornonline.com

The Guilty collects on DVD a provocative thriller that first aired on
public television in the 1990s and was a finalist at the International
Film Festival. A high-stakes London attorney (played by Michael
Kitchen) forces sex on his secretary while drunk; an ex-convict
(played by Sean Gallagher) searches for his biological father, only to
be absorbed into a cruel conspiracy. No one is truly innocent in this
dark psychological drama about justice all too often denied. 2 discs,
201 min, SDH subtitles.

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

Two energetic workout DVDs from fitness expert Denise Austin make
excellent additions to any exercise video library. "Quick Burn
Cardio" (50 min.) lives up to its title with a vigorous, fat-burning
routine. Interval training, ab sculpting and cardio weight training
form the core of this easy-to-follow workout, which expects no
equipment other than inexpensive hand weights. A music-only option and
a custom workout option further enhance this choice pick. "Shrink Your
Fat Zones Pilates" (46 min.) concentrates on three tailored workouts
of specialized Pilates techniques for slimming one's waist, sculpting
one's upper body, and toning the buns and thighs. Designed to help the
viewer begin to look and feel better about their body in just twenty-
one days, "Shrink Your Fat Zones Pilates" is refreshing, user-
friendly, and a great way to stay fit during the winter holidays! Also
highly recommended for fitness lovers who especially enjoy dance is
"Dance with Me Groove & Burn" (50 min.) hosted by Bill Blanks Jr.

I.M. Pei: Building China Modern
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1594589666, $295.00, www.bullfrogfilms.com

I.M. Pei: Building China Modern is a DVD documentary about the work of
Pritzker Architecture Prize winner I.M. Pei, a staunch proponent of
modernism in architecture. Now well into his eighties, Pei has
returned to his ancestors' home of Suzhou, China to create a modern
museum in the city's oldest neighborhood. Striving to balance
architectural advancement with respect for the grandeur of China's
heritage, Pei works on his most challenging - and most personal - task
yet. Documentary extras include interviews with I.M. Pei, architect
Charles Jencks, and philosopher John B. Cobb, Jr., and a rare bonus
lecture that Pei gave about the Suzhou Museum at the Louvre. Highly
recommended. 53 minutes, SDH captioned.

Sheeba
Questar
307 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
9781594645891, $19.99, www.questarentertainment.com

Sheeba is a family-friendly movie about the bond between a boy and his
dog. Young Clay is unhappy at having to leave his friends and his
daily life in New York City, but he finds a new brown-and-white four-
footed friend in Sheeba. When Wax, the town bully, takes Sheeba away,
Clay must use his head to hold his own against the older boy. Clay's
adventures pull him deeper into trouble, but his father and Sheeba are
there to help him in his hour of greatest need. Sheeba a warm-hearted
adventure of learning to adapt and mature with a little assistance
from man's best friend, highly recommended. 91 minutes. Also highly
recommended from Questar is "Bear With Me", the wilderness adventure
of 11-year-old Emily and an ursine friend.

Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance Party!
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
$14.98, www.anchorbayentertainment.com

Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance Party! is an enthusiastic
fitness DVD with a wild country twist. Getting in shape can be a
blast, and instructor Amy Blackburn shows how country line dance
shuffles, kicks, and stomps can burn fat and boost energy. A "Dance
Off the Inches Step Guide" quickly familiarizes the viewer with the 10
steps needed to enjoy the whole program. "Country Line Dance Party" is
a user-friendly workout for viewers of all ages and backgrounds, and
deserves a place in DVD fitness libraries dedicated to cardiovascular
health, variety, and just plain fun.

Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
$14.98, www.anchorbayentertainment.com

Yoga instructor Ashley Turner hosts Element: Yoga for Stress Relief &
Flexibility, an inexpensive DVD offering two yoga programs to improve
one's physical and mental health. The "Stress Relief" program
emphasizes controlling one's breath, longer holds, and forward bends
in order to heighten mental acuity and foster higher quality sleep.
The "Flexibility" program lives up to its title with vinyasa
techniques have enhanced agility, dampened pain, and promoted greater
freedom of movement for countless generations. An excellent, low-
impact workout for viewers of all ages and backgrounds, Element: Yoga
for Stress Relief & Flexibility is an excellent addition to any
fitness DVD library. 73 min.

Digital Footprint: Watch Where You Step
Learning ZoneXPress
PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
$79.95, www.learningzoneexpress.com

Digital Footprint: Watch Where You Step is an educational DVD designed
to teach viewers of all ages and backgrounds about one's "digital
footprint" - the data left behind on the Internet and other digital
records from any computer related activity, from using one's debit
card or being recorded on security cameras to sending pictures by cell
phone, posting material on social networking websites, and much more.
Once information reaches the world wide web, it's effectively there
forever; this can be compromising or even harmful if the information
is something unsavory (like nude pictures or private, sexual chat
logs), or something that a would-be stalker or identity thief can use
(like one's address, social security number, telephone number, or
other personal information). Digital Footprint covers how one can
survey one's own footprint, the perils of "sexting" (sending sexual
text messages or photos by cell phone), how to keep one's digital
footprint small and unobtrusive, and ways to counter negative effects
of a digital footprint that's grown too big. In today's information-
saturated society, where researching the digital footprint of a
prospective employee is par for the course, being aware of one's
digital footprint and the lasting repercussions that a fleeting moment
of digital indiscretion can have are more important than ever. Digital
Footprint: Watch Where You Step deserves the highest recommendation
for classroom viewing and public library collections.

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