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      04-30-2011
The Library DVD Shelf

The Grandfathers
Ethnographic Media
c/o The B&B Media Group Inc. (publicity)
$19.95 www.EGMfilms.org www.thegrandfathers.com

The Grandfathers is the final motion-graphics documentary of a trilogy
now available on DVD, about a young man living among the stone-age
Amazon tribe that slew his grandfather. The Grandfathers is a profound
story about the impact that the murder of five missionaries had on
both the killers and the families of the slain... and ultimately how
the widows and children of the men who died became the crucial part of
a redemptive process that would change the lives of all involved. The
Grandfathers is a profound, moving, and unforgettable true story. Also
highly recommended are the previous two documentaries, which chronicle
the events leading up to the deaths of the missionaries: "End of the
Spear" and "Beyond the Gates of Splendor". 54 min.

The Genius of Design
Athena
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598284683 $49.99 www.acornonline.com

As seen on the Smithsonian channel, The Genius of Design is a two-DVD
thinpack set collecting an educational five-part documentary about the
art, science, and practical (or even wartime) ramifications of design.
The episodes are "Ghosts in the Machine", revealing how the design
process moved from the workshop to the factory and the rise of mass
production; "Designs for Living", concerning how modernism completely
transformed architecture and consumer goods; "Blueprints for War"
about the demands World War II placed on designers and how design
philosophies directly impacted the outcome of war (for example, the
cheaper design of Russian tanks allowed them to be produced in numbers
that would overwhelm the smaller numbers of higher-quality but more
expensive Nazi tanks); "Better Living Through Chemistry" about
design's role in the transition from wartime production to a consumer-
driven economy; and "Objects of Desire" which touches upon not only
ever-changing consumer demand and the rise of digital technology, but
also the new challenge of sustainability. Biographical sketches of
famous designers and a "viewer's guide" booklet enhance this
fascinating and horizon-expanding series. 2 DVDs, 242 min., SDH
subtitles. Also highly recommended is the Athena documentary series
"The Cosmos: A Beginner's Guide" (9781598285758, $39.99, 169 min., 2
DVDs).

Get Extremely Ripped! Boot Camp
Jari Love
Get Ripped Inc.
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$14.99 www.411videoinfo.com www.jarilove.com

Certified personal trainer and creator of the award-winning Get Ripped
fitness series Jari Love presents Get Extremely Ripped! Boot Camp, a
vigorous exercise DVD that can be set up for six 10-minute workouts or
two 30-minute workouts. A high-energy program designed to be
accessible to viewers of all skill and experience levels, Get
Extremely Ripped! Boot Camp is brimming with enthusiasm, pulsing
music, and core, strength, and cardio exercises. The only needed
equipment is a set of 3-8 pound dumbbells (having access to a step is
optional). Get Extremely Ripped! Boot Camp is a choice pick for any
fitness DVD collection. 80 min.

Happily Ever Active
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
www.411videoinfo.com

Wife, mother, physical therapist, and certified Pilates and Yoga
instructor Jillian Moriarty, MSPT presents two excellent fitness DVDs
from Happily Ever Active are ideal for moms and moms-to-be. "Prego-fit
& Fabulous" ($14.95, 40 min.) offers both prenatal and postnatal
workouts that blend elements of yoga and pilates. The only necessary
equipment is a simple ball or pillow, and the workout includes
pregnancy-specific breathwork and relaxation poses. "On-the-Move
Munchkins" ($14.95, 40 min.) is a yoga and pilates DVD fitness
designed for parents and young children to follow together. An
educational smattering of sign-language learning enhances this
wonderful, healthful and family-friendly workout. Both are excellent
ways to promote flexibility, well-being, and positive lifelong habits.

44 Baseball Mistakes and Corrections
Marty Schupak
Youth Sports Club
9 Florence Court, Valley Cottage, New York 10989
9780978945190 $24.95 www.YouthSportsClub.com

44 Baseball Mistakes and Corrections: Tips For Youth Baseball Coaches
& Players! lives up to its title with an in-depth study of many of the
most common and persistent mistakes seen in youth baseball games.
Ideal for coaches or parents in charge of a youth baseball league
(whether recreational or competitive), 44 Baseball Mistakes and
Corrections examines step-by-step how to improve training and gameplay
through basic practice principles. Video sections include "Hitting
Mistakes", "Pitching Mistakes", "Baserunning Mistakes", "Fielding
Mistakes", "Coaching Mistakes", "Equipment Mistakes", "Backing Up
Mistakes", "Sliding Mistakes", and more. Highly recommended especially
for physical education instructor and public school sports DVD
libraries. 36 min.

Pilates Super Sculpt
Tracey Mallett
traceymallett.com
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

Master Pilates Instructor Tracey Mallett presents Pilates Super
Sculpt, a fitness DVD ideal for beginning to intermediate fitness
buffs, featuring Pilates exercises designed to promote core strength
and improved posture. The six sections of the fitness DVD are "Total
Body Warm-up", "Abs Series", "Oblique and Buns Sculpt", "Legs and
Thigh Burn", "Total Body Challenge", and "Flexibility"; they can be
mixed or matched in any order. An inexpensive sponge or playground
ball is necessary for some of the exercises, but is the only required
equipment in this user-friendly workout program. 60 min.

The Language of Life
Bill Moyers
Athena
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598285499 $59.99 www.acornonline.com

The Language of Life is a DVD thinpack DVD documentary series in which
journalist and host Bill Moyers speaks with eighteen authors and
poets, and shares the unique experience of having them read passages
aloud in front of a live audience. Robert Bly, Adrienne Rich, Gary
Snyder and many more talented individuals are profiled in this
extraordinary anthology of personal interviews and public
performances, some of which have musical accompaniment by the
acclaimed Paul Winter Consort. The Language of Life lives up to its
title with an exceptional cross-section of the dimensions of life as
expressed through the finest of wordsmithing, and is highly
recommended especially for bibliophiles and public library DVD
collections. 3 DVDs, 8 episodes, 447 min.

Water on the Table
a film by Liz Marshall
featuring water-warrior Maude Barlow
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1594589798 $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

In July of 2010, a large majority of the United Nations voted in favor
of a resolution to recognize the human right to water and sanitation;
Canada, the US, and 39 other nations abstained. Water on the Table is
a documentary on DVD capturing the powerful message of "international
water-warrior" Maude Barlow, who champions the principle that water is
so invaluable and essential that it needs to be declared a public
trust and a human right. Barlow speaks out against those who would
privatize the distribution of water, or who seek to turn a substance
human beings need to live into a profitable commodity. The message of
those who strongly oppose Barlow is also presented; counterarguments
include the claim that water is no different than any other resource,
or that privatizing water distribution is the better means to protect
access to it. Water on the Table is a hard-hitting look at an issue
that will only become more pressing as increasing population,
desertification, climate change, and other ecological issues place
human access to water in ever-greater jeopardy. Also highly
recommended is the Bullfrog Films documentary "SoLa: Louisiana Water
Stories" (1594589968, $250.00), about the connection between humans
and water in Southern Louisiana... and in the unfolding of one of the
worst manmade ecological disasters in recorded history.

Lorna Doone
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598285314 $29.99 www.acornonline.com

Lorna Doone is the DVD adaptation of R.D. Blackmore's classic saga of
love, blood feud, and revenge. In lawless 17th-century England during
the Monmouth rebellion, John Ridd craves vengeance against the Doone
family that murdered his father when he was a child. Yet John has
fallen hopelessly, passionately in love with the beautiful Lorna
Doone, the daughter of his avowed enemies. Cast filmographies and a
biography of R.D. Blackmore enhance this sweeping story of passionate
love and heart-wrenching tragedy, highly recommended especially for
public library and private movie collections. 87 min, full screen, SDH
subtitles.

Obesity in a Bottle II: How to Pick Healthy Beverages
Learning ZoneXPress
PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
$79.95 www.learningzoneexpress.com 1-888-455-7003

Susan Moores, MS, RD presents Obesity in a Bottle II: How to Pick
Healthy Beverages (26 min.), a no-nonsense informative documentary
intended for grades 9 and up, concerning the proliferation of high-
sugar, low-nutrition beverages that contribute to America's ongoing
problems with obesity and other health concerns. The program segments
include "How to Choose Healthy Beverages", "How to Choose Healthy
Beverages for Kids", "How to Drink for Weight Loss", "How to Pick the
Right Drinks for Sports", and "Busting Caffeine Myths". Printable
teaching materials to accompany this invaluable and educational
documentary are available online as well. Also highly recommended is
the Learning ZoneXPress educational documentary "Cooking and Children:
A Learning Activity" ($79.95, 33 min.), a useful guide promoting
healthful cooking with young people while remaining mindful of kitchen
safety concerns.

My Journey to Life
Rainer Walde
www.waeldemedia.de
Vision Video
PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540
$19.99 www.visionvideo.com 1-800-523-0226

My Journey to Life: On the Trail of Celtic Saints is a spiritual
documentary following host Rainer Walde's exploration of ancient
Christianity. From Christianity's origins in Ireland and Britain, to
the beginnings of Celtic Christianity still practiced by modern-day
followers in Iona and Northumbria, to recreations of ancient prayers
and rituals, to the spiritual value of a life with set times scheduled
for solitude and Christian communion, My Journey to Life is a
thoughtful journey of the faith that has sustained human beings for
generations. Highly recommended especially for DVD libraries with a
Christian spiritual focus. English and German audio tracks, 75 min.
Also available from Vision Video is a choice pick for Christian
families with young people ages 8-12, "The Amy Carmichael
Story" ($14.99, 30 min.), an animated adventure following a true-life
Christian heroine who devoted herself to rescuing children.

20th Century America at War with Mike Wallace
Athena
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598285574 $49.99 www.acornonline.com

Emmy and Peabody award-winning newsman Mike Wallace hosts 20th Century
America at War, a ten-episode boxed set documentary on DVD, originally
shown on A&E and the History Channel. Archival footage and the
insights of journalists, military leaders, and historians enhance this
eye-opening survey of how combat evolved during the course of the
twentieth century, with especial focus on Vietnam, the Korean War, and
the Gulf War. An extraordinary educational series, 20th Century
America at War with Mike Wallace is highly recommended especially for
military history buffs and public library collections. The episodes
are "How We Went to War", "Vietnam: A Soldier's Diary", "Vietnam
Dilemma: Tet and the Anti-War Movement", "Portraits of Courage: Air
War in Vietnam and the Prisoner of War", "Korea: The Forgotten War",
"America's Elite Forces: A Checkered History", "Military Debacles",
"The Gulf War Revisited: The Untold Story", "A Few Good Women", and
"The Changing Face of Warfare". 3 DVDs, 470 min., SDH subtitles.

Supreme 90 Day
Telebrands
B004S2YN5O, $22.99

It only takes three months to turn your life around. "Supreme 90 Day"
is a system devised by John Dull and Michelle Collier, presenting ten
DVDs designed to tone and achieve greater fitness. Each DVD focuses a
particular section of the body designed to make the most of it all.
All one needs to follow the system is simple hand weights and a
balance ball. For those looking for a bit of advice on getting to that
next level of fitness, "Supreme 90 Day" may be the system for them.

Kung Fu Body Conditioning
Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594392085 $39.95 www.ymaa.com 1-800-669-8892

Kung Fu Body Conditioning: Traditional Training for Endurance and
Power is a fitness and martial arts DVD hosted by Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang,
founder of the YMAA California Retreat Center, a location designed
especially to preserve and teach Chinese martial arts at the highest
level of practice. But Kung Fu Body Conditioning is not only for
expert martial artists; fitness and self-defense buffs of all
backgrounds will benefit from the training meant to strengthen bones,
joints, and muscles. The program includes stretching, strength-
training, tumbling drills, outdoor training methods, qigong
meditation, proper posture, how to practice embryonic breathing to
amplify one's martial power, and much more. Highly recommended. 240
min.

Siege
Julien Bryan
Aquila Polonica Publishing
9781607720065 $14.95 www.AquilaPolonica.com

Siege: 1940 Academy Award-Nominated Newsreel reproduces a film that
made history. In 1939, American photojournalist Julien Bryan was the
only neutral reporter to make a film record of Nazi Germany's
bombardment of Poland. Bryan survived two weeks under deadly
conditions, repeatedly risking his life to record the Nazi's violence;
his film and still photos shocked the American public, and helped
motivate the nation to take a stand against Hitler's ruthless
conquest. Siege features the original, ten-minute black-and-white
newsreel, meticulously restored, plus a wealth of special features
including "Prelude to War", "Blitzkrieg", "The Making of Siege", a
biography of Julien Bryan and much more. Siege is a seminal and
indispensable addition to public and college library DVD libraries,
worthy of the highest recommendation.

Acacia
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
www.acacialifestyle.com

Two excellent fitness DVDs from Acacia are worthy additions to any
exercise buff's collection; each requires no expensive equipment other
than light hand weights and a mat. "Ageless with Kathy Smith: Staying
Strong" (9781598286168, $16.99, 60 min. plus bonus) is a workout
designed especially to combat the loss of muscle mass that naturally
comes with aging. Four mix-or-match 15-minute segments target the
arms, legs, glutes, and core; a bonus question-and-answer segment with
Kathy Smith plus a 12-minute stretching segment rounds out this superb
exercise program. "Kristi Yamaguchi Power Workout" (9781598286380,
$16.99, 53 min.) is hosted by Olympic gold medalist (and wife and
mother!) Kristi Yamaguchi and celebrity trainer Erin O'Brien. Designed
for viewers with busy schedules, Power Workout is divided into three
ten-minute circuits plus an abs and chest segment. Both strength
training and cardio endurance elements are present in this solid and
accessible exercise DVD.

Bennet-Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244 Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
www.Bennett-Watt.com

Bennet-Watt HD Productions takes the viewer on a fantastic tour of
Irish history and culture in its Discoveries... Ireland DVD series.
The fourth DVD in the series, Discoveries... Ireland: Castles &
Ancient Treasures (9781934682678, $24.95) explores Ireland's castles,
abbeys, moats and fortified houses - some from the medieval era, some
ruins and passage tombs dating as far back as 3000 B.C. An
extraordinary journey to sites of legend, beautifully captured on
film, Castles & Ancient Treasures is the next best thing to seeing
these historic sites in person. Discoveries... Ireland: Music & Dance
A Rich Culture (9781934682685, $24.95) focuses on the Ireland's
historic entertainment legacy, from the music festivals of Northwest
Ireland to performances at cafes to people who work to keep native
Gaelic traditions and songs alive, and much more. Both DVDs are
treasure troves, and make excellent gifts for anyone feeling curious
or nostalgic about Ireland's unique gifts to the world.

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