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      01-31-2011
The Library DVD Shelf

Fun Ideas for Cardmaking and Scrapbooking
Memory Lane Videos
PO Box 41767, Eugene, OR 97404
9780970139368 $19.95 learnfunscrapbooking.com

Fun Ideas for Cardmaking and Scrapbooking lives up to its title with a
dazzling array of suggestions, insights, tools, techniques, and
instructions for creating memorable handmade cards and scrapbooks. A
guide that encourages the reader to experiment and take joy in the
process of discovery, Fun Ideas for Cardmaking and Scrapbooking is a
superb gift for anyone with a creative mind. Highly recommended. 53
min.

Anatomy for Artists: Man in Motion, second edition
On Air Video Inc.
8203 Westminster Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
$19.95 www.onairvideo.com

Anatomy for Artists: Man in Motion is a DVD for aspiring and
practicing artists focusing on how to realistically portray human
activities such as running, jumping, lifting, carrying, kicking,
throwing, pulling, and more. With live models and a variety of camera
angles, Anatomy for Artists deconstructs frame by frame how the human
body, bones, and muscles work, as well as the relationship between
balance and movement. An excellent, user-friendly guide, worthy of the
highest recommendation for classroom use or self-study. 62 min.

Discovering Hamlet
Athena
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598285321 $39.99 www.acornonline.com

As seen on PBS, Discovering Hamlet is a documentary following two
great actors, Emmy-winner Derek Jacobi and four-time Oscar nominee
Kenneth Branagh, as they test the depths of their performance mettle
through study and presentation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy,
Hamlet. Patrick Stewart narrates this overview of the four-week
rehearsal process, from first read-throughs to opening night.
Interviews with principal actors, the set designer, costume
supervisor, text advisor, and more round out this immersive behind-the-
scenes look of at high theater. Bonus features include an exclusive
interview with Derek Jacobi, a bonus disc with copious additional
footage and extended interviews, a twelve-page viewer's guide, and
more. An absolute "must-have" for classic theater buffs, "Discovering
Hamlet" lives up to its title and is highly recommended. 2 DVDs, 53
min. plus 3 1/4 hours of bonus footage, SDH subtitles (bonus features
may not be subtitled).

Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1594589720 $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

Intended for high school and adult viewers, Human Terrain: War Becomes
Academic is a vivid, harrowing documentary about the controversial
'Human Terrain System' program that the U.S. Military has initiated in
response to the complexities of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The program seeks to embed social scientists within combat troops.
Supporters of the program see it as a way to temper military action
with greater understanding of the human conflicts driving sectarian
violence, while detractors criticize it as an unethical way to gather
intelligence and target enemies. "Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic"
examines the fallout of blurring the line between academia and combat,
giving the viewer access to wargames in the Mojave Desert and training
exercises at Quantico and Fort Leavenworth. "Human Terrain" also tells
the tragic story of a brilliant young scholar named Michael Bhatia,
who worked as a humanitarian activist in the Western Sahara, Balkans,
and East Timor, and who was recruited by the Human Terrain program; he
was killed by a roadside bomb while en route to mediate an intertribal
dispute. Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic is an extraordinary
examination of the costs, ethics, and effectiveness of this program,
and an absolutely invaluable addition to military, social science,
public and college library DVD shelves. An 84 min. and 57 min. version
is available on the DVD. SDH captioned.

No Fears, No Tears & No Fears, No Tears - 13 Years Later
Leora Kuttner, PhD
Crown House Publishing
6 Trowbridge Drive Suite 5, Bethel, CT 06801
9781935810025 $99.95 www.CHPUS.com 1-877-925-1213

No Fears, No Tears & No Fears, No Tears - 13 Years Later is a two-DVD
set about a pain management project for children undergoing painful
medical procedures, primarily developed by Dr. Leora Kuttner. Kuttner
studies how to take maximum advantage of non-pharmaceutical techniques
including self-hypnosis, imaginary involvement, and distraction to aid
children, parents, and medical professionals. The first DVD "No Fears,
No Tears" (27 min.), follows eight children with cancer, ages 3 to 12,
and reveal how the natural power of the mind can be harnessed to
combat pain. The second DVD, "No Fears, No Tears" (46 min.) revisits
seven of the original children and examines the long-term value of
learning how to constructively deal with fear and pain. The people who
used Kuttner's principles describe what helped them most and least,
and how they learned to deal with subsequent pain. Both films have won
awards and are a firsthand testimony to how children can improve their
own welfare despite the most challenging medical treatment. "No Fears,
No Tears" and "No Fears, No Tears - 13 Years Later" have become
standard for teaching hospital staff how to help young patients
through long, painful tests and treatments, as well as how to
integrate parents into the medical process, and are worthy of the
highest possible recommendation especially for medical school DVD
libraries.

Tribal Energy Cardio
Suzanne Forbes-Vierling, Ph.D.
411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

Tribal Energy Cardio is an energetic fitness DVD. Host Suzanne Forbes-
Vierling presents an exercise routine adapted from Western African
dance movements, accessible to fitness enthusiasts of all ages and
skill levels. Featuring pounding drum rhythms and the exhilaration of
total body movement, Tribal Energy Cardio turns a solid workout into
pure fun. Tribal Energy Cardio is divided into a warmup, three
workouts, and a grand finale; it's the perfect addition to spice up
any DVD fitness library. 60 min.

Tranquility Films
NTS Images (distribution)
PO Box 116, Colwich, KS 67030
411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$19.95 each www.ntsimages.com www.411videoinfo.com

Two Tranquility Films DVDs offer relaxing images of the natural world,
set to gently soothing music. "Tranquility Films Volume 1: Coral Reef
Odys-Sea" (80 min.) takes the viewer on a wondrous, watery tour,
through a realm inhabited by easily spooked octopi, colorful fish,
exquisite coral reefs, even sea turtles. "Tranquility Films Volume 2:
Wings 'n Other Wild Things" (66 min.) shows the viewer animal antics
ranging from a leisurely iguana to the play of a jaguar cub to the
fluttering of colorful butterflies. Extreme care was taken not to harm
any animals during these beautiful, calming productions, available in
DVD or Blu-ray format. Both are superb gifts for nature lovers
everywhere, ideal for unwinding after a long, hard day.

Fresh Food: What is Farm to Table?
Learning ZoneXPress
PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
$79.95 www.learningzoneexpress.com 1-888-455-7003

Intended for viewers in grade 6 and up, Fresh Food: What is Farm to
Table? is an educational DVD about sustainable farming, and the value
of eating locally grown foods that do not use chemical pesticides or
artificial hormones. Following three trained chefs who leave the big
city to grow fresh ingredients for their gourmet dishes, Fresh Food:
What is Farm to Table? includes a comparison of sustainable and
organic farming, a brief history of American farms, and an overview of
how fresh food is transported from farms to one's dining table.
Printable teaching materials meant to be used in conjunction with
Fresh Food are freely available online at Learning ZoneXPress'
website. In today's era of increasing overpopulation and ecological
threat, sustainable local farming is more important than ever; Fresh
Food: What is Farm to Table? is highly recommended especially for
middle and highschool homeroom viewing. 20 min.

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,
newsgroups, listserves, internet discussion groups, organizational
newsletters, or to interested individuals. Please give the Midwest
Book Review a credit line when doing so.

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
Midwest Book Review
 
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