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  1. The DVD Shelf

    Olomana Gardens Permaculture and Aquaponies
    Glenn Martinez
    World Class Productions
    423 Kanekapolei Street, Suite 9, Honolulu, HI 96815
    $24.95 www.WorldClassProductionz.com www.OlomanaGardens.com

    Olomana Gardens Permaculture and Aquaponies is a DVD revealing the
    beauty and inner workings of Olomana Gardens, a permaculture farm
    meant to serve as a model of a modern, sustainable food growing system
    that can be applied to small-scale farms, as well as food production
    for residential lots. Showcasing integrated systems of animals,
    composting and vermicomposting, and aquaponics (a combination of
    aquaculture and hydroponics), Olomana Gardens is as much a beautiful
    tour of verdant green as it is a demonstration of practical means for
    future food production. A wonderful and educational viewing
    experience, extraordinarily timely in today's era of rising food and
    fuel prices, particularly recommended for public and school library
    DVD collections.

    Half Pint: Live in Hollywood
    MVD Entertainment Group
    PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456
    www.MVDb2b.com
    MVDV, $16.95, www.amazon.com

    Performing under the stage name Half Pint, this Jamaican singer is a
    master of the Reggae genre. "Half Pint: Live in Hollywood" showcases
    his performance as he 'rocked the crowd' at the Key Club which is
    located on Los Angeles' world famous Sunset Strip. His performance is
    backed up by the World Citizen Band as he offers an enthusiastic
    audience seventeen energetic pieces that include: Greetings; Mr. Land
    Lord; Hypocrites; Victory; cost of Living; Just Be Good; Sally; Hold
    On; Substitute Lover; gonna Take a Miracle; Children of His Majesty;
    One Big Family; Our Own Song; Level the Vibes; have Little Faith; and
    Crazy Girl. Of special note are the inclusion of Interviews 1 and 2. A
    truly impressive performance, watching "Half Pint: Live in Hollywood"
    at home is the next best thing to being front-row center at his live
    performance!

    Acacia
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    www.acacialifestyle.com www.amazon.com

    Acacia is a premier producer of healthy and 'user friendly' exercise
    DVDs. Three of their newest releases are particularly recommended for
    personal and community library DVD collections. "Weight Loss Cardio
    Kick" (AMP-8211, $14.99) features Violet Zaki and consists of two 20-
    minute segments of high-energy moves designed to trim excess fat from
    the human frame. Of special note is the accompanying 16-page booklet
    featuring creative salad recipes. The DVD format also allows for the
    addition of a bonus kick-boxing tutorial. "Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs
    & Glutes" (AMP-8189, $14.99) provides five 10-minute workouts each
    specifically designed to life and tone the body quickly, efficiently,
    and appropriately. "Yoga To The Rescue For Neck &
    Shoulders" (AMP-8258, $14.99) features Desiree Rumbaugh providing a 30-
    minute, step-by-step, visual tutorial in a gentle, 'user friendly'
    program to address the aches, stiffness and tension of the neck and
    shoulder region. Each of these highly recommended exercise videos are
    technically flawless recordings and welcome additions to any dedicated
    exercise regime be it daily or weekly in nature. Anyone seeking to
    build up a library of health and exercise DVDs would be well advised
    to visit the Acacia web site at www.AcaciaCatalog.com for a complete
    listing of all their available titles.

    The Spy Factory
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    WG43059, $24.99, www.shopPBS.org

    Produced for the Nova television series, "The Spy Factory" is a one
    hour documentary showcasing riveting true stories drawn from the
    American government's National Security Agency. Providing an
    exploration and explanation of this top secret agency's inner workings
    in terms of its technological capabilities, limitations and
    procedures, "The Spy Factory" addresses the pivotal question of our
    time: Are Americans safer today after the horrific attacks of 9/11?
    Revealed is the shocking disclosure that the NSA knew the identities
    of key 9/11 conspirators and have even tracked them on American soil
    for at last five years prior to the incident. All this an more
    presents sobering, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking
    revelations of what the NSA is capable of accomplishing in terms of
    the effectiveness of high-tech surveillance in an age of terrorism --
    and how the top echelons of the Bush administration failed us all.
    "The Spy Factory" is a highly recommended addition to community
    library DVD collections, and will prove to be of intense interest for
    non-specialist general viewers with an interest in national security
    issues.

    Kirov Stars: Shakespeare Dance Trilogy
    V.I.E.W. Video
    34 East 23rd Street, NY, NY 10010
    #2221, $19.99, www.view.com

    The plays of Shakespeare have always been a rich source of inspiration
    in the world of ballet. Now three strikingly costumed and
    choreographed productions have been compiled in a single outstanding
    DVD from V.I.E.W. Video. "Kirov Stars: Shakespeare Dance Trilogy"
    showcases the impressive talent of Kirov Ballet troupe in three of
    Shakespeare's best know dramas. the productions of 'Romeo and Juliet'
    and 'Hamlet' are performed to the music of Tchaikovsky. 'The Moor's
    Pavane' is drawn from Othello and is performed to the music of Henry
    Purcell. In all three productions, the music is expertly performed by
    the State Academic Orchestra of the USSR. The set designs are superb,
    the talent is memorable, and the production values of flawless.
    Enhanced for viewers with bonus features that include Tchaikovsky's
    biography, and a total running time of seventy minutes, "Kirov Stars:
    Shakespeare Dance Trilogy" is very highly recommended viewing for
    ballet enthusiasts and an enduring popular addition to community
    library DVD collections.

    Gooby
    Monterey Media Inc.
    566 St. Charles Drive
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
    www.montereymedia.com www.thegoodbymovie.com
    #319442, $26.95, www.amazon.com

    When Willie and his parents move into a new house the youngster is
    convinced that the place fairly lurks with evil aliens from outer
    space who are going to do him harm. Willie wants desperately for
    someone to save him. That's when Gooby shows up. A big, loveable,
    scruffy creature (who may just be as frightened of the world as Willie
    is of space aliens) to provide comfort and companionship to a
    beleaguered young boy. "Gooby" is a fully featured theatrical
    production starring Matthew Knight as Willie and Robbie Coltrane as
    the voice of Gooby. This flawless DVD edition of a thoroughly
    entertaining family movie has a total running time of 99 minutes and
    is very highly recommended as an enduringly popular addition to
    community library DVD collections.

    Soapmaking
    Sharyn Pak
    On Air Video
    DVD, $16.95, www.onairvideo.com

    Now anyone can make wonderfully smelling, beautifully configured,
    superbly textured decorated soaps in the comfort of their own home
    just by following the 'user friendly' instructions and examples that
    comprise Sharyn Pak's new 'how to' video "Soapmaking: Easy Melt And
    Pour Creations". This 112 minute, full color, full frame DVD provides
    step-by-step demonstrations of the 'melt and pour' method of making
    soaps that can be created from beginning to end in less than an hour.
    the processes taught are the easiest and safest soap making techniques
    ever -- and the only limits to creativity are the mind's imagination.
    The tools required are common to every household beginning with a
    microwave oven, a measuring cup, a knife, and a small kitchen scale.
    Host Sharyn Pak provides a running commentary replete with tips,
    tricks and techniques that will result in truly impressive made-it-
    yourself soaps to grace any bathroom and make unique gift giving for
    any and all occasions. "Soapmaking" is recommended for do-it-yourself
    craft and hobby enthusiasts, and would make an enduringly popular
    addition to community library DVD collections.

    Armchair Thriller
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    www.acornmedia.com
    AMP-8278, $59.99, www.amazon.com

    It's no secret that British television produces some of the finest
    mystery/suspense entertainment in the world. Case in point --
    "Armchair Thriller", originally aired in the United States as part of
    the PBS 'Mystery!' television series. Showcasing four mystery stories
    ('Dying Day'; 'The Limbo Connection'; 'Rachel in Danger'; and 'The
    Victim'), "Armchair Thriller" offers truly flawless productions and
    has a total running time of 487 minutes. Replete with memorable
    characters, set designs, and BBC's usual high standards of
    performances, "Armchair Thriller" truly lives up to its title and is
    enthusiastically recommended to the attention of mystery buffs, and
    will make very welcome and popular addition to community library DVD
    collections.

    Inside The Koran
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
    FRF 913799D, $24.95, www.firstrunfeatures.com

    Prior to the tragic events of 9/11, most Americans had only the
    vaguest impression of Islam, principally gleaned from Hollywood films
    and literary novels involving the Crusades. For most Americans, all
    they knew was that Islam was started by a man named Mohammad and that
    its sacred book was called the Koran. With the attacks on American
    soil by Muslims who took as their ethical mandate the Islamic religion
    to do so, Americans viewed Islam to be intrinsically hostile to
    American cultural values. Even the American president George W. Bush
    was ignorant of the various divisions within the Islamic religion and
    view the diverse Muslim world as monolithic. The result was the
    continuing international tragedy we are still dealing with some eight
    years later. That's why "Inside The Koran: A Journey Into The Heart Of
    Islam", a film by Anthony Thomas and now available in a DVD format
    from First Run Features is such a vitally important addition to every
    community and school library collection, it is critically important
    viewing for every American citizen wanting accurate, descriptive,
    insightful information on one of the most important religious texts in
    the world today. "Inside The Koran" will also provide information and
    insight into the diversity of the Muslim world of ayatollahs, grand
    imams, mosques, and the lives of ordinary Muslims.

    Crystal Productions
    PO Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025-6159
    www.crystalproductions.com

    Crystal Productions is a premier producer of instructional and
    educational DVDs in the field of the do-it-yourself instructionals and
    crafts including art, photography, and more. Five of their latest DVDs
    are especially recommended for personal, family, school and library
    collections. The first two are by artist Peggy Flores and include
    "Junk Sculpture" (9781562906177, $29.95, 24 minutes), on making art
    out of cast-off materials such as discarded boxes, paper tubes,
    plastic bottles, egg cartons, and more, to make animals and other
    figures. In "Making Books" (9781562906191, $29.95, 25 minutes) Peggy
    shows how to custom make books that include a simple stitch binding,
    as well as pop-up books, accordion books, scrap books, notebooks, and
    diaries. Two new informed and informative art appreciation titles from
    Crystal Productions include "In Plain Sight: Public Art in the
    City" (9781562906238, $29.95) which explores the history from cave
    paintings to Santa Barbara, California's Herbert Bayer Chromatic Gate,
    and "Outsider Art: Mosaic Murals" (9781562906221, $29.95), showcasing
    the work of Isaiah Zager and his unique murals in Philadelphia.
    "Digital Digest Photography" (9781562906214, $29.95) covers every
    aspect of the digital photography process including cameras, f-stops,
    shutter speeds, ISO selection, exposure, batteries, white balance and
    more. Individuals, classroom teachers, and librarians seeking to build
    up their art history and instruction collections would be well advised
    to visit the Crystal Productions web site for a complete listing of
    their superbly produced instructional and educational DVDs for art
    students and crafts enthusiasts.

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