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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Child Development Theorists
    Learning ZoneXPress
    PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
    1571758062 $79.95 www.learningzoneexpress.com 1-888-455-7003

    Child Development Theorists: Freud to Erikson to Spock... and Beyond
    is an educational DVD offering a brief survey of how modern child
    development theories have changed the way that parents raise children
    and teachers instruct children. The major child development theories
    espoused by psychologists from Sigmund Freud to Abraham Maslow, B.F.
    Skinner, Benjamin Spock, Howard Gardener, and many more are touched
    upon, enhanced with historical footage and photos as well as candid
    footage from day care centers. Teaching materials are included in this
    excellent educational DVD recommended for high school classroom use.
    21 minutes.

    From the Top at Carnegie Hall, Season 2
    Christopher O'Riley, host
    WGBH Boston Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781593758394 $29.95 www.ssapr.com shop.wgbh.org

    The second season of the Emmy-nominated public television series From
    the Top at Carnegie Hall continues to showcase the up-close and
    personal glimpses into the daily rigors of young musicians striving to
    the best performers they can be. Offering a tour backstage and beyond,
    From the Top at Carnegie Hall ranges from a bathroom that serves
    double duty as an acoustically satisfactory rehearsal spot in a young
    violinist's home; a trumpet player who enjoys performing in a jazz
    club known to host Tony Bennett; a marimba player who is sensitive to
    the rhythms around him at all times, even when doing household chores;
    and much more. An enthralling exploration in the demanding yet
    rewarding world of ambitious professional music, highly recommended.
    13 episodes, 5 1/2 hours.

    I's
    Yoshiki Odaka and Nahomi Miyata, directors
    Viz Communications Inc.
    295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
    1421530112 $29.92 www.viz.com 1-800-394-3042

    I's is an anime (Japanese animated feature) combining drama and
    romance, complete in two episodes on a single DVD volume. The three
    I's in the story refer to Iori Hazuki, a beautiful high schooler on
    the verge of attaining a successful acting career; Ichitaka Seto, a
    classmate and acquaintance of Iori's who has secretly harbored a crush
    on her for years; and Itsuki Akaba, Ichitaka's cute friend who has
    recently returned from abroad. All three are on a remote island (cut
    off even from the range of cell phones), but will Ichitaka remember
    his childhood promise to Itsuki, let alone muster the courage to
    confess his feelings to Iori? When a gang of three murderous, sex-
    obsessed cutthroats on motorcycles threatens Itsuki, and rising
    floodwaters put Iori's life at risk, Ichitaka will need all the
    courage, ingenuity, determination and memories he can muster to save
    the lives of the women he loves! The result is an emotionally moving
    love story with a heart-wrenching twist, adapted from the manga by
    Masakazu Katsura (creator of the popular "Video Girl Ai"). This volume
    actually contains two DVD discs of the complete two-episode series -
    one DVD with a 4:3 fullscreen aspect ratio, and one DVD with a 16:9
    widescreen aspect ratio. The audio is Japanese and English, with the
    option of subtitles. 120 minutes (240 minutes if one counts both
    discs).

    The Secrets: A Film by Avi Nesher
    Monterey Media Inc.
    566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
    9781569944233 $26.95 www.montereymedia.com 1-800-424-2593

    The Secrets: A Film by Avi Nesher is a multiple award-winning movie
    about Naomi, the intelligent, faithful, and devoted daughter of an
    orthodox rabbi who must prepare for difficult choices in her life when
    her mother dies and she has to marry her father's prodigy. She begs
    her father for a year to study at a women's religious seminary to
    prepare for the sacrifices she must make as a wife and mother, and is
    permitted to do so. She befriends a schoolmate, Michelle, and a sickly
    older woman, Anouk (played by Fanny Ardant), who might be guilty of a
    terrible crime of passion. Naomi invents a progression of rituals
    designed to help Anouk release her sins, a process which brings Naomi
    and Michelle closer together - close enough to develop a forbidden
    attraction. An emotionally stirring tale, highly recommended. Special
    features include a "behind the scenes" video with subtitled actor
    interviews, deleted scenes, two music videos, and a photo gallery.
    Rated R, 127 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles.

    The Story of India with Michael Wood
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    0793670152 $34.99 DVD $39.99 Blu-Ray www.ssapr.com

    Hosted by an acclaimed historian, The Story of India with Michael Wood
    is a six-part DVD tour (also available in Blu-Ray format) of the
    incredibly rich and complex history of India, a nation populated by a
    diverse confluence of peoples, cultures, and environments. From the
    deserts of Turkmenistan to the Khyber Pass, the plains of Pakistan,
    the majestic Himalayas, and much more, India is a vast land and with a
    storied historical narrative that spans millennia. "The Sights and
    Sounds of India" special feature enhances this lengthy and involving
    documentary, highly recommended for armchair travelers as well as
    public library collections. 6 hours, closed captioned.

    The Line King Presents: The Round Up
    Line King Productions, LLC
    411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    The Line King Presents: The Round Up is a family-friendly DVD
    presented in "docu-story" style introducing viewers to the fun of line
    dancing. The "Line King" Harvis Williams sets out on his two-day
    mission to lead five ordinary people through the rigors and challenges
    of three stages of line dance training. Harvis pairs the most
    surprisingly unlikely line dance instructors with ordinary people off
    the street! Proof that one doesn't need superior coordination to enjoy
    line dancing to the fullest, The Line King Presents: The Round Up is
    an excellent addition to dance DVD libraries, in spite of (or perhaps
    because of) not taking itself too seriously.

    Arkadia DVD
    c/o V.I.E.W. Video (distribution)
    34 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
    www.view.com

    Originally filmed in 1980, the Ad Lib series presents concert
    television programs of the best jazz, pop, and blues music artists of
    the modern day. It also holds the distinction of being the first music
    television series recorded in stereo. Two new DVDs each present two
    episodes of this historic series with digitally mastered audio and
    video, and make excellent addition to DVD libraries that celebrate
    great performers. "Freddie Hubbard: One of a Kind" (0803070357,
    $19.98, 76 min.) showcases renowned trumpet player Freddie Hubbard,
    playing songs such as "One of a Kind", "First Light", "There Is No
    Greater Love", and more. "Mark Murphy: Murphy's Mood" ($19.98, 60
    min.) features the popular jazz lyricist and vocalist performing
    "You've Proven Your Point", "Again", "Farmer's Market", and more,
    while Pete & Cante Candoli present songs such as "Caravan", "Willow
    Weep for Me", and "Echo". Bonus features in both DVDs include
    biographies, and an ad lib highlights reel. Highly recommended
    especially for jazz enthusiasts.

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

    The "Weight Loss" series of fitness DVDs debuts with two user-friendly
    installments. "Weight Loss Pilates with Kristin McGee" ($14.99, 50
    min.) guides the viewer through Pilates exercises meant to tone and
    strengthen the body, along with "cardio blasts" meant to keep one's
    heart rate up. "Weight Loss Cardio Sculpt with Violet Zaki" ($14.99,
    50 min.) includes both cardio and strength training in a vigorous
    routine meant to fire up one's metabolism. Since successful weight
    loss also depends on improving the quality of one's diet, both DVDs
    have bonus advice and recipes from the magazine "Cooking Light". Both
    DVDs also have a brief bonus segment focusing on abdominal muscles,
    and make excellent additions to DVD workout libraries.

    Jeanette Jenkins: The Hollywood Trainer
    Jeanette Jenkins
    411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 each www.411videoinfo.com

    Two new exercise DVDs by multi-certified nutritionist and fitness
    trainer Jeanette Jenkins, known for her professional appearances on
    NBC's Today Show and Fox News World among other venues, are an
    excellent enhancement to any workout program. "Jeanette Jenkins: The
    Hollywood Trainer - Sexy Arms, Abs and Legs" (60 min.) lives up to its
    title with easy-to-follow exercises from pilates, yoga, and
    traditional body sculpting to help one tone muscles and improve
    fitness head to toe. "Jeanette Jenkins: The Hollywood Trainer - Cardio
    Dance" (60 min.) is a vigorous and enthusiastic workout applying 40
    minutes of Latin rhythms, dance classics, and even Caribbean music,
    followed by 20 minutes of dancer's sculpting to stretch and tone abs,
    legs, and arms. Both DVDs are a fun and high-spirited way to liven up
    one's fitness routine. Highly recommended.

    Squeeze: Lower Body Challenge
    Tracy Effinger
    411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.411videoinfo.com www.tracyeffinger.com

    Hosted by National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified celebrity
    trainer Tracy Effinger, Squeeze: Lower Body Challenge continues the
    series of "Squeeze" exercise DVDs with a quick and effective routine
    designed to strengthen one's lower body with both gym-based and dance-
    based exercises. The only equipment recommended are one inexpensive
    pair of simple, hand-held dumbbells (1 to 8 pounds in weight). The
    chapter menu allows one to select (and repeat) individual exercises as
    desired, allowing one to tailor the workout to one's liking! An
    excellent, easy-to-use DVD and a useful supplement to any exercise
    regimen. 30 minutes.

    Pete Seeger: Live in Australia 1963
    Reelin' in the Years Productions, LLC
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    $24.99 www.acornmedia.com

    Pete Seeger: Live in Australia 1963 is a black-and-white DVD capturing
    the 1963 Melbourne concert of folk musician Pete Seeger, who at the
    time was blacklisted and barred from American television. In Australia
    he was widely beloved and gave sold-out performances. Nearly an hour
    of bonus footage taken from Seeger's other Australian television
    appearances rounds out this must-have DVD for folk lovers. Additional
    bonuses include a 16-page booklet with liner notes by Seeger
    biographer David K. Dunaway, rare photographs, and interviews Seeger
    gave on Australian news programs. Seeger's iconic banjo, guitar, and
    mellifluous voice are a treasure to listen to, in this
    enthusiastically recommended DVD. 105 minutes.

    She Fell Among Thieves
    Malcolm McDowell & Eileen Atkins
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    $24.99 www.acornmedia.com

    The BBC drama that launched "Mystery!" on PBS, She Fell Among Thieves
    is a DVD presentation in full color, featuring silver screen stars
    Malcolm McDowell (known for his performances in "A Clockwork Orange"
    and "Heroes") and Eileen Atkins (known for her performance in "Cold
    Mountain"). While visiting the Pyrenees on holiday in 1922, English
    gentleman Richard Chandos crosses paths with Vanity Fair, the
    nefarious Mistress of the turreted Chateau Jezreel and leader of
    criminals, hell-bent on pressuring her beautiful stepdaughter to marry
    so that she may inherit millions. Chandos must put his brains and
    brawn to the test to rescue the damsel in distress, but his opponent
    has ice water for blood and murder in her soul. An enthralling drama,
    highly recommended to mystery lovers as well as public library DVD
    collections. 78 minutes, 4:3 full screen, SDH subtitles.

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