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Creating Castles
Crystal Productions
PO Box 2159
Glenview, IL 60025-6159
9781562906702 $29.95

Creating Castles is a DVD guide to creating eye-catching replicas of
medieval castles from inexpensive materials such as cardboard, paper
rolls, and clay. Using paint and colored pencil to add decorations and
the appearance of texture, host Peggy Flores demonstrates simple, easy-
to-follow creative techniques. Creating Castles lives up to its title
and is a wonderful, user-friendly addition to arts and crafts DVD
libraries. 24 min.

Spirit Bear
Questar, Inc.
307 North Michigan Ave., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
9781594646553 $19.99

Spirit Bear is a family-friendly movie revealing the true story of
Simon Jackson, an introspective teenager whose life was saved by a
rare white Kermode bear. When he learns that only four hundred of
these critically endangered bears still live, he becomes a political
activist on their behalf. Encouraged by his friend and trusted mentor
Lloyd Blackburn, Simon challenges the money-hungry forest industry and
even the government. Earning the protection of 2,500 square miles of
Princess Royal Island is Simon's triumph, in this momentous story of
how one person truly can make a difference. 91 minutes. Also recently
released by Questar is the documentary "Chicago Cubs: The Heart and
Soul of Chicago" (9781594646508, $24.95).

Sharyn Pak
On Air Video Inc.
8203 Westminster Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027

Sharyn Pak is the host of Candymaking, a user-friendly DVD tutorial to
the joy of making seven different types of candy: dripped/drizzled
candy, clusters/turtles/bark, molded candies, peanut brittle, filled
candies, lollipops, and saltwater taffy. No expensive materials are
required outside of standard kitchen utensils and possibly some candy
molds. An excellent "how-to" demonstrative video for cooks of all
skill and experience levels, Candymaking is highly recommended to
candy lovers everywhere - and as a resource for making unique, sweet-
toothed gifts with the perfect homemade touch! 76 min.

Get Extremely Ripped! Revved to the Max
Jari Love
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Get Extremely Ripped! Revved to the Max is a DVD exercise program
hosted by Jari Love, who specifically designed a workout to promote
weight loss and vigorous activity without the skeletal stress of
running, or the complicated footwork of dancing. Three- to ten-pound
dumbbells are the only exercise equipment needed (although an optional
step is helpful) for this workout that appears to be strength training
at first glance, but feels like heart-pounding cardio. Get Extremely
Ripped! Revved to the Max lives up to its title with two 30-minute
workouts, and is a choice pick for fitness buffs of all skill and
experience levels. 60 min.

Breathe: The Perfect Harmony of Breathing
Fabio Andrico and Yamila Diaz
Yantra Yoga
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Certified yoga instructor Fabio Andrico and professional model Yamila
Diaz present Breathe: The Perfect Harmony of Breathing, an
instructional DVD about the Tibetan tradition of Yantra Yoga with
especial focus on training in techniques of abdominal breathing.
Simple exercises with roots in venerated traditions help the viewer
incorporate ancient breathing techniques into everyday life for better
health, awareness, and clarity of mind. Accessible to viewers of all
fitness levels and backgrounds, Breathe is an excellent supplement to
yoga DVD libraries. 120 min.

Belly Beautiful Workout, volume 2
Patricia Friberg
411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Belly Beautiful Workout Volume 2: Postnatal Fitness and Busy Mom
Workout continues fitness instructor Patricia Friberg's excellent DVD
series designed especially to help mothers stay in shape - including
mothers who have given birth through cesarian section. Volume 2
focuses on staying slim after one's baby is born; program segments
concentrate on exercises to tone the belly, build strength in postural
muscles, rehabilitate the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles,
reduce stress, promote endurance and much more. No expensive exercise
equipment is required, although a small fitness ball and a foot
resistance band (not included) are recommended. An excellent, user-
friendly exercise program ideal for mothers of all backgrounds and
fitness levels, Belly Beautiful Workout is an excellent baby shower
gift! 80 min.

Reality Films
PO Box 91, Foresthill, CA 95631

Three new DVDs from Reality Films explore the unknown, the mysterious,
and the fantastic. "Witchcraft: The Magick Rituals of the
Coven" ($19.95, 75 min.) covers the history of traditional witchcraft
as practiced in the United Kingdom, modern-day witchcraft, and shines
a spotlight on the infamous behavior of the "Witchfinder General"
Matthew Hopkins and his ruthless persecution of women he labeled as
"witches". A visit to the Swan Inn, the location of the Witch trials,
as well as Hopkins alleged grave rounds out this haunting movie. "The
Gods from Planet X" ($24.95, 180 min.) is a two-DVD set in the
"Ancient Astronauts" series about how ancient extraterrestrial
visitors could be responsible for historical miracles and evidence of
gods that walked among men. Particular focus is upon excavations of
the ancient Sumerians, which reveal that they co-existed with
superhuman beings called the "Anunnaki", as well as an alleged planet
of the gods called "Nibiru", sometimes considered the "12th Planet",
with an elliptical orbit that brought it near Earth every 360,000
years. Also in the "Ancient Astronauts" series is "Our
Extraterrestrial Legacy" ($24.95, 240 min. with special features), an
in-depth examination of the cultural imprint that the Anunnaki may
have left behind, and much more. All three DVDs are mesmerizing
contributions to any metaphysical library.

The Making of the President: The 1960s
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403

Produced by Oscar nominee David L. Wolper, The Making of the
President: The 1960s is a 3-DVD boxed set of the Emmy award-winning
television documentary about presidential politics during the 1960,
1964, and 1968 elections. Rare film footage of behind-the-scenes
moments enhances the insightful commentary of cutthroat political
maneuverings. Two bonus programs, one a 1964 tribute to John F.
Kennedy and a close look at Lyndon B. Johnson, round out this
excellent, educational set especially recommended for public library
DVD collections. 3 DVDs, 237 min. plus 76 min. bonus, SDH subtitles.

Dirty Business
A film by Peter Bull
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547

An award-winning documentary, Dirty Business: "Clean Coal" and the
Battle for Our Energy Future is a sober examination of the industry
that currently provides half of America's electrical power: coal. Coal
power comes with heavy societal and environmental costs, and is the
largest single source of greenhouse gases; can it really be made
"clean" in a sustainable, long-term sense? What are the innovations to
reduce coal's impact on the environment, and is it possible to produce
renewable fuel sources on a scale large enough to replace coal? Dirty
Business looks for answers everywhere from West Virginia, Nevada, and
New York to China and Saskatchewan, and its eye-opening revelations
make it a choice pick for public and school library DVD collections.
Also from Bullfrog Films is the highly recommended "A Lot in Common: A
Documentary by Rick Bacigalupi" (1594584435, $275.00), an accessible
film following the transformative effect that turning a vacant lot
into a garden has on a Berkeley, California community of neighbors.

Burning in the Sun
Cambria Matlow & Morgan Robinson
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1594589119 $295.00

Burning in the Sun is an award-winning documentary (83 and 22 min.
versions available on one DVD) about how alternative energy can
literally bring electrical power to the powerless. 26-year-old Daniel
Dembele has chosen to return to his homeland of Mali and begin a
logical business building solar panels - a trailblazing effort to
harness the enormous power of the sun in an extraordinary hot nation.
Daniel's ultimate goal is to bring electricity to people's households,
99% of which live without power. His efforts bring jobs, renewable
energy, and empowerment in this intellectually and emotionally
uplifting true story. A choice pick for school and public library DVD
collections. 83 min., SDH subtitles. Also highly recommended is the
Bullfrog Films documentary "Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to
Hate" (1594589992, $550.00, 2 DVDs, 84 min. each plus 95 min. extras),
a film by Helen Whitney about the role and power of forgiveness in
crimes ranging from the murder of Amish children to the lethal
consequences of a violent '60s protest to acts of genocide in Rwanda
and modern Germany's efforts to come to terms with the Holocaust.

The Pale Horse
Starring Julia McKenzie
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598286663 $29.99

As seen on the PBS "Mystery!" television series, The Pale Horse is a
movie adaptation of one of Agatha Christie's classic Miss Marple
murder mysteries. When Miss Marple (played by Julia McKenzie) receives
a most unusual list of names from her friend Father Gorman, moments
before his murder on a London street, she discovers that the people
the list are dying one by one. She follows the evidence to the Pale
Horse Inn in Hampshire, a dark place run by three modern-day witches.
Miss Marple struggles to figure out the mystery before the serial
death toll rises to claim her as well! The Pale Horse is a treat and
makes an excellent gift for fans of British mysteries, and a bonus
program consisting of an earlier adaptation of "The Pale Horse"
starring Colin Buchanan, Jean Marsh, and Andy Serkis is included. 89
min. plus 101 min. bonus, widescreen, SDH subtitles.

Magic of Flight
Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244 Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
9781934682593 $24.95

Recorded in widescreen digital high-definition with Dolby stereo
sound, Magic of Flight is an exceptional contribution to the
Discoveries... America Special Edition series, touching on the history
of flight through visits to places like the Wright Brothers Museum and
the Air Force Museum, and celebrating flight through spectacular
footage of wonders such as the Dover Air Show, powered parachutes, a
hang gliding school in action and much more. A beautiful and
extraordinary tour of the many ways to study and practice flying in
America, Magic of Flight is highly recommended especially to aviation
buffs everywhere. Also a choice pick from Bennett-Watt HD Productions
is "Alaska Rainbows" (9781604900088, $19.95), a fishing documentary
that takes the viewer on a captivating armchair tour of Alaska's
natural splendor.

Under the Hammer
Starring Richard Wilson, Jan Francis
and featuring John Gielgud
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598285666 $49.99

Under the Hammer collects episodes of a British series that blends
drama, romance, and intrigue. Written by John Mortimer, creator of
"Rumpole on the Bailey", Under the Hammer takes place at a high-stakes
auction house, where social maneuverings and monetary profit are as
revered as much as (if not more than) artistic genius and passion.
Painting department heads Ben Glazier (played by Richard Wilson) and
Maggie Perowne (played by Jan Francis) have disparate interests - Ben
loves nothing more than uncovering the mysteries around lost objects
d'art (when he's not vying for Maggie's attention), while Maggie has
set her sights on the mysterious and charming wine expert Nick Roper.
Deliciously subtle machinations characterize this multilayered
television series, highly recommended to anyone who loves a solid
British drama. 7 episodes on 2 DVDs, 357 min., full screen, SDH
subtitles. Also highly recommended is Acorn Media's presentation of
"The Feathered Serpent Complete Series" (9781598283518, $39.99, 300
min.), which presents all 12 episodes of the British cult classic
starring Patrick Troughton (known for his starring role in "Doctor
Who") as a Machiavellian Aztec priest, in a dramatic odyssey of the
heroes and villains of an ancient civilization.

Search for the Great Sharks
Inception Media Group
3130 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90403
c/o Greenleaf & Associates

Search for the Great Sharks is a Blu-ray documentary originally
created for exhibition in IMAX theatres. Remastered in high-
definition, Search for the Great Sharks lives up to its title with an
extraordinary tour of shark species in oceans across the world.
Stunning underwater photography distinguishes this up-close and
personal tour of fierce predators in their natural habitat. A choice
pick for shark enthusiasts everywhere! 46 min., widescreen. Also from
Inception Media Group is the highly recommended Blu-ray production,
"The Greatest Places" ($19.98, 40 min., widescreen) a captivating
worldwide tour of the Earth's most extraordinary geographical
locations and natural wonders.

Flabs 2 Abs
Craig & Matt Lewandowski
Flabs2Abs LLC
PO Box 44312 Indianapolis, IN 46244
No ISBN, $19.95,

Flabs 2 Abs tells the truth behind weight loss and teaches how to go
on a 30-day weight loss program. The focus is on quick weight loss and
toning: the creators of the program succeeded in changing their bodies
in a 30-day period in a quest to lose 25 pounds. This DVD pairs a
nutrition program with cardio and other exercises that begin with a 20-
minute walk and go on from there. Any who wish to lose weight will
find this a winning approach!

Breathe: The Perfect Harmony of Breathing
Fabio Andrico and Yamila Diaz
Yang Tantra
c/o Shang Shung Institute - USA
18 Schoolhouse Road
P.O. Box 278, Conway, MA 01341
No ISBN, $19.95,

Breathe: The Perfect Harmony of Breathing is a solid pick for any DVD
collection focusing on yoga or new age applications. It comes from a
certified yoga master who demonstrates simple exercises to strengthen
purposeful breathing, and presents exercises developed by Fabio
Andrico, inspired by his experience of many yoga systems. New age and
collections seeing interest in yoga topics will find this a top pick!


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