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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Cracker: The Complete Collection
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    $119.99 www (dot) acornmedia (dot) com

    Winner of more than 25 major awards, including BAFTAs for best drama
    series and best actor, Cracker: The Complete Collection is a DVD set
    of the enthralling British crime drama about Dr. Edward "Fitz"
    Fitzgerald, a forensic psychologist with an uncanny ability to divine
    the motivations of psychopaths. At the same time, Fitz is driven by
    his own self-destructive compulsions - scotch, sex, and gambling, and
    his personal arrogance makes him barely tolerable to his co-workers. A
    45-minute bonus special feature "Cracker: Behind the Scenes" enhances
    this dark saga of the nightmare side of urban life. Cracker: The
    Complete Collection is a worthy addition to mystery and crime drama
    DVD collections. 10 DVDs, approximately 22 1/2 hours plus bonus, full
    screen and widescreen, subtitles.

    Reality Press
    info@reality-entertainment (dot) com
    www (dot) reality-entertainment (dot) com

    Reality Press is a premier publisher of informative books and producer
    of library quality DVDs in the field of New Age and Metaphysical
    Studies. Two of their newest DVDs are especially recommended to those
    with an interest in esoteric wisdom and metaphysical studies.
    "Forbidden Knowledge Conference 2006" (RYE 1003, $24.95, 90 minutes)
    showcases a historic event that featured presentations by such world
    renowned authorities Andrew Collins, Robert Feather, Tim Wallace-
    Murphy, Michael Cremo, Churchton Miller, Hamish Miller, Nick Pope,
    Alan Alford, John J. Harper, and its principle organizer, Philip
    Gardiner. Sponsored by the Conscious Media network and filmed at Kings
    Hall, Stoke on Trent, England, viewers will find the included speeches
    and special interviews to be informed and informative on a wide range
    of subjects from the Cygnus Mystery to Freemason Symbols, to the
    resting place of Joseph of Arimathea, to the antiquity of man, and so
    much more. "Science Of Soul: The End-Time Solar Cycle Of Chaos In 2012
    A.D." (RYE 1004, $24.95, 1 hour 10 minutes) features metaphysical
    researcher John Jay Harper whose presentation ranges from quantum
    physics, to life after death, to the sacred teachings of ancient
    cultures, to the forthcoming apocalypse and the emergence of a
    superconciousness in 2012 A.D. Superbly directed by Philip Gardiner,
    "Science of Soul" is thoughtful and thought-provoking. Dedicated
    students in the field of Metaphysical Studies would do well to visit
    the Reality Press website at www (dot) reality-entertainment (dot) com
    for a complete listing of their impressive library of books and DVDs
    that are available to the general public and for academic library
    reference collections.

    Darius Goes West
    Darius Goes West, distribution
    135 Pine Tops Ct., Athens, GA 30606
    $20.00 www (dot) dariusgoeswest (dot) org

    Darius Goes West is an acclaimed independent documentary film (it won
    more than 28 awards!) about the first ever cross-country trip of
    fifteen-year-old Darius Weems, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy,
    the world's primary genetic killer of children. The goal of Darius and
    eleven college-age young men is to reach Los Angeles and convince
    MTV's "Pimp My Ride" to customize Darius' wheelchair. Together they
    learn about friendship, and the simple joys of living in this
    heartfelt and educational true-life story. An excellent film
    especially ideal for school and public library DVD collections as well
    as for family viewing, Darius Goes West is highly recommended.
    Seventeen dollars, or more than four-fifths of the twenty dollar
    purchase price of Darius Goes West goes to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
    research. 94 minutes.

    Secrecy
    Peter Galison and Robb Moss
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    $295.00 www (dot) bullfrogfilms (dot) com 1-800-543-3764

    Secrecy is an award-winning independent documentary about the world of
    government secrecy. Government secrecy is itself a double-edged sword:
    on one hand, it protects against excessive nuclear proliferation and
    the spread of biological and chemical weapons, and is crucial to
    waging war against terrorism. On the other hand, secrecy can all too
    easily give way to corruption, from abridgements of liberty such as
    extraordinary rendition and warrantless wiretaps to the monstrous
    abuses of Abu Ghraib. When hidden from prying eyes, national policy
    can stumble as agencies fail to coordinate, and devour massive
    budgets; at the worst, America's system of justice could be at risk.
    Extensively researched, Secrecy is an unforgettable documentary that
    every patriotic American citizen should view. Highly recommended
    especially for public library collections.

    Fit By Tracey: Walking Strong
    Tracey Staehle
    411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.99 www (dot) 411videoinfo (dot) com www (dot) fitbytracey (dot)
    com

    Fit By Tracey: Walking Strong is a fitness DVD designed for viewers
    who exercise by walking, including walking on a treadmill. Broken into
    eleven five-minute segments, Fit By Tracey: Walking Strong varies
    one's walking routine by alternating between cardio walks and strength
    walks (with resistance training). Certified personal trainer Tracey
    Staehle guides the viewer with clear narration and a demonstration of
    the advanced version of her treadmill workout, while her sister Bobbi
    demonstrates a less intense version on the treadmill. Their friend
    Jill demonstrates the workout on the floor without a treadmill.
    Inexpensive lightweight dumbbells are recommended to get the most out
    of exercising to Fit By Tracey: Walking Strong. A superb exercise
    video especially for the elderly, people recovering from severe
    illness or surgery, or anyone who needs a good workout but can't put
    excessive strain on their joints by jumping. Approximately 55 minutes.

    Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm
    MVD Entertainment Group
    PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456
    $19.95 www (dot) MVDb2b (dot) com 1-800-888-0486

    Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm is a live-in-concert DVD capturing
    the sensational performance of the titular legends at the North Sea
    Jazz Festival of 2002. In addition to the sensational performance, Ike
    Turner & The Kings of Rhythm is packed with extras: "The Early Years"
    documentary, concert snippets from a wide variety of other locations,
    a biography and discography, and more. A "must-have" for true fans of
    Jazz in general and Ike Turner in particular. The songs performed are
    "Chicken Shack", "Ike & Pinetop's Boogie", "Mercy, Mercy", "I Need A-
    Nuddin", "Caldonia", "'Five Long Years", "Baby's Got It", "Rocket
    '88'", "Tequila", "Ike's Tune", "Steel Guitar Rag", "I'm the Only
    One", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", "Proud Mary", and "I Want To
    Take You Higher". Approximately 2 hours 12 minutes.

    Arctic Dinosaurs
    WGBH Boston Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781593758660, $24.99 www (dot) ssapr (dot) com

    Arctic Dinosaurs: Warm-Blooded Creatures of the Cretaceous is an
    episode of the award-winning public television series NOVA, now
    available on DVD. A field expedition sets out Alaska's North Slope to
    search for the answer to a quandary: how did dinosaurs survive in the
    dark and frigid polar regions? Researchers dig a tunnel into the
    permafrost in order to collect dinosaur bones, an activity that
    carries its own perils, while other experts decipher the evidence in
    order to bring their hypotheses to life with CGI animation. Special
    features include printable materials for educators and described video
    for the visually impaired. An amazing fresh look at these remarkable
    ancient reptiles, perfect for school and public library DVD
    collections as well as for the enjoyment of dinosaur lovers
    everywhere. 56 minutes, closed captioned. Also highly recommended are
    the recently released NOVA DVD episodes "Columbia: Space Shuttle
    Disaster" (9781593758677, $24.99) and "Alien from Earth: The Little
    People of Flores" (9781593758691, $24.99).

    Tai Chi for Beginners
    Samuel Barnes, host
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    $14.98 www (dot) anchorbayentertainment (dot) com

    Hosted by expert Tai Chi teacher Samuel Barnes, and filmed on a calm
    outdoors location overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean, Tai Chi for
    Beginners is a DVD that teaches the user how to tap into the
    revitalizing power of Qi Gong, learn Tai Chi postures, and use Tai Chi
    as a form of moving meditation meant to increase the body's natural
    energy. An easy-to-follow guide that all ages can use to experience
    the mind-clearing benefits of Tai Chi highly recommended for anyone
    intrigued by Tai Chi's physical and spiritual benefits. 56 minutes.

    Dance Your Body Slim
    Kathy Smith
    Lionsgate
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $14.98 www (dot) 411videoinfo (dot) com

    Kathy Smith hosts Dance Your Body Slim, a 2-DVD set of dance-based
    workout routines that burn calories, promote firm muscles, and are
    simply a blast to do! Disc one features the "Slow and Sensual" slow
    belly dance routine, the "Heat It Up" fast belly dance routine, and
    the "Flex Appeal" stretch routine, with a bonus belly dance tutorial
    as well as a complete choreographed dance and performance by belly
    dance superstar Ansuya. Disc two features a warm up, a "Latin Basics"
    workout of rousing Latin dance, "Latin Sizzle" that kicks the
    intensity up, a cool down, and a bonus guide to learning Latin dancing
    with a partner. Customizable workout options and a personalized
    introduction and instructions from Kathy round out this exciting way
    to burn calories and feel good. 2 DVDs, 114 minutes, full screen.

    Yoga Emergency The 12 Minute Workout: Full Leg Stretch
    Kristen Eykel, host
    411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $9.99 www (dot) 411videoinfo (dot) com www (dot) kristeneykel (dot)
    com

    Yoga Emergency The 12 Minute Workout: Full Leg Stretch is part of a
    five-DVD series designed especially to help viewers on a tight
    schedule reap the benefits of squeezing a little yoga into their day.
    Host, yoga expert, model, and mother Kristen Eykel has created a
    series of twelve-minute yoga workouts meant to target specific parts
    of the body; "Full Leg Stretch" is meant especially to promote
    flexibility, balance, and strength in the legs. Additional bonus
    material includes a guided meditation following the workout,
    particularly tailored to focus on one's legs; "stressbusters" 1-minute
    stress-relief tips, and a brief interview with Kristen Eykel. Shot
    amidst a beautifully sunlit garden, Yoga Emergency The 12 Minute
    Workout: Full Leg Stretch is easy to follow and perfect for
    incorporating yoga into one's daily routine for better health and
    quality of life. Also highly recommended are the other four volumes in
    the Yoga Emergency The 12 Minute Workout series, "Arms & Shoulders",
    "Back", "Hips", and "Pregnancy".

    Visit Wales with Rachel Hicks
    Rachel Hicks, host
    Camrose Media
    c/o Janson Media
    88 Semmens Road, Harrington Park, NJ 07640
    9781568393075, $24.95 www (dot) janson (dot) com betsy.vanost@janson
    (dot) com

    Visit Wales with Rachel Hicks is a beautiful, DVD tour of the grand
    and historic land of Wales, filmed in high definition. Former BBC
    presenter Rachel Hicks leads readers on a journey from Aberystwyth on
    the Irish Sea, to Abergavenny in the easy, and from Anglesey in the
    north to Tenby on the southern coast. Highlights include a stop by St.
    Fagans Natural History Museum near Cardiff, ancient Celtic burial
    chambers, castles mountains, lakes, the smallest city in Britain, and
    a whiskey distillery. A bonus photo gallery rounds out this relaxing
    and delightful tour, surely the next best thing to flying across the
    ocean to visit Wales in person. 60 minutes.

    Paint Like Van Gogh
    Larry Withers, host
    On Air Video Incorporated
    8203 Westminster Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
    $19.95 www (dot) onairvideo (dot) com 215-885-2828

    Paint Like Van Gogh is an instructional DVD that demonstrates the
    painting techniques of legendary Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. Host
    Larry Withers walks the viewer through step-by-step as he copies Van
    Gogh's widely beloved work "Sunflowers". To gain full benefit, viewers
    will need to acquire some simple art tools (stretched linen canvas,
    filbert brushes, oil paint, wooden pallet, pallet knife and cup,
    mineral spirits, and latex gloves) to follow the primer. Bonus
    features include a two-sided color insert with a photo of the painting
    and a schematic with color swatches, as well as PDF files of these
    reference materials. Paint Like Van Gogh unquestionably lives up to
    its title, and is enthusiastically recommended for any aspiring
    painter interested in "hands-on" learning. 66 minutes.

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