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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    America Dances! 1897-1948
    Dancetime! Publications
    c/o WC Books
    1200 County Road Rt. 523, Flemington, NJ 08822
    $49.95 www.DancetimePublications.com 1-888-854-5602

    America Dances! 1897-1948: A Collector's Edition of Social Dance in
    Film is an archive of American film clips featuring dance, many of
    which are originally from the era of silent movies. From the "Comedy
    Cakewalk" and "Two Step" of the early 1900's, to the many variants of
    the Charleston in the 1920s, the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug in the
    1930's, to Rumba, and Conga in the 1940s, and much more, a vast
    plethora of dance styles and highlights have been preserved for
    posterity. An inspirational treasury that scholars and choreographers
    will find useful, and that fans of dance are sure to enjoy. 75
    minutes.

    Discoveries... Africa, Tanzania series
    Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
    13021 - 244 Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
    9781934682265, $24.95 each www.Bennett-Watt.com

    Discover... Africa, Tanzania is a new four-volume DVD series exploring
    the wild areas of the East African nation of Tanzania, well known for
    the continent's tallest mountain (Mt. Kilimanjaro) and an
    infrastructure highly conducive to wildlife tourism and photo safaris,
    hosted by expert guides and safeguarded through strict game management
    and hunting regulation. "Arusha & Lake Manyara National Parks"
    includes portraits of the swamps, forest, Ngurdoto Crater, and even
    shallow alkaline lakes. This is the only northern safari circuit
    location where the rare and beautiful Colobus Monkey can be found.
    "Tarangire National Parks" showcases the park with the largest
    population of elephants on all of Tanzania, as well as some of the
    world's oldest baobab trees (which can survive for up to 3000 years!).
    "Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area" reveals an amazing contained
    ecosystem tucked away within crater walls, and a plethora of wild
    animals ranging from cheetahs on the hunt to black storks, hippos,
    zebras, warthogs, lions, and more. "Southern Serengeti & The Great
    Migration" reveals the broad, flat Serengeti Plain, known for the
    Maasai people who co-existed in harmony with wild animals for
    thousands of years. The highlight shows how the 1.5 million wildebeest
    (as well as 200,000 zebra and gazelle) habitually migrate from the
    Serengeti plains to the hills of Kenya's Maasai Mara in a clockwise
    fashion, traversing over 1,800 miles each year in search of food. All
    four DVDs are enthusiastically recommended to wildlife lovers, and
    perfect for armchair travelers, or anyone who would love to experience
    (or relive) the thrill of an African photo safari.

    Pie in the Sky, Series 1
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    DVD, $49.99 www.acornmedia.com

    Starring Richard Griffiths (whose previous appearances include "The
    History Boys" and "Harry Potter"), Pie in the Sky Series 1 is the
    debut boxed set of a British DVD series that blends elements of
    mystery, police drama, and comedy into a witty whole. 25-year police
    veteran Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe longs to take early
    retirement and open the restaurant of his dreams, which he calls "Pie
    in the Sky", but his accountant wife thinks his dream is a bottomless
    money pit, and his boss needs him to handle those intricate cases that
    he has a natural gift for! A surprisingly lighthearted crime drama (at
    least, as lighthearted as any crime drama can be), Pie in the Sky even
    weaves elements of culinary delight into its slyly sumptuous
    storytelling. Special features include an interview with star Maggie
    Steed, production notes, a biography of Richard Griffiths, and more.
    Highly recommended. 3 DVDs, 10 episodes, 488 minutes plus 18 minutes
    bonus program, 4:3 full screen, subtitles.

    Murder Most English
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    DVD, $49.99 www.acornmedia.com

    Murder Most English is the DVD debut of a British murder mystery
    series laced with scathing dark humor and shocking twists. Based on a
    series of detective novels by author Colin Watson, Murder Most
    English: A Flaxborough Chronicle features star talent Anton Rodgers
    (known for his work in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" among other films),
    Christopher Timothy ("All Creatures Great and Small"), John Comer ("I
    Didn't Know You Cared") and Moray Watson ("The Darling Buds of May").
    Featuring an unquestionably English hero who embodies British culture
    in every aspect of his attitude, down to wearing tweed and puffing on
    pipes, Murder Most English is an enthralling drama of the effort to
    unravel duplicity and bring order back to a most English town. 3 DVDs,
    7 episodes, 344 minutes, subtitles.

    Dancetime DVD! 500 Years of Social Dance Volume I: 15th-19th Centuries
    Dancetime! Publications
    c/o WC Books
    1200 County Road Rt. 523, Flemington, NJ 08822
    0966207483, $44.95 www.DancetimePublications.com 1-888-854-5602

    Dancetime DVD! 500 Years of Social Dance Volume I: 15th-19th Centuries
    is an amazing video history of social dance from the courts of Italy,
    France, and England to the ballrooms of America. Viewers are treated
    to enthralling demonstrations of each style of dance as it arose, as
    well as the grand history of this wonderful pastime. Now the
    Dancetime! video series has been further enhanced on DVD with over 600
    original source documents and historical timelines. Viewers may also
    investigate dance steps and instructional text simultaneously or
    separately from the program. An excellent survey of the evolution of
    an art form, highly recommended for public library collections along
    with its companion volume "Dancetime DVD! 500 Years of Social Dance
    Volume II: The 20th Century".

    The Paris Concert
    Jose Feliciano Band
    MVD Entertainment Group
    PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456
    DVD, $19.95 www.MVDb2b.com 1-800-888-0486

    The Paris Concert is a DVD recording of six-time Grammy Award-winning
    guitar player and singer Jose Feliciano and his five-piece band
    performing in Paris. With a masterful blend of flamenco, bossa nova,
    pop and jazz elements in their repertoire, they perform widely beloved
    pieces to an adoring crowd. Fans of internationally-influenced Latin
    music are sure to love this stellar video. Highly recommended. The
    songs played are "Chico And The Man", "Crazy Heart", "Billie Jean",
    "Como Fue", "I Got A Woman", "Rain", "Bamboleo", "If You Don't Know Me
    By Now", "Higher Ground", "Oye Guitarra Mia", "Beyond The Sea",
    "Affirmation", "Cherry, Cherry", "Porque Te Tengo Que Olvidar",
    "Money", "Oye Como Va", "Purple Haze", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Que
    Sera", and "Light My Fire". 98 minutes, 16:9 picture format.

    The Apostles' Creed Full-Length Version
    T. N. Mohan, producer-director
    Vision Video
    PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540
    DVD, $99.99 www.visionvideo.com

    The Apostles' Creed Full-Length Version is an over nine hour
    curriculum series by award-winning producer-director T.N. Mohan, now
    released as part of Christian History Institute's 25th anniversary
    celebration. Expert theologians speak of each phase of the Apostles'
    Creed in historical context, with a particular note as to how each
    part of the Creed is relevant to daily life in the modern era. Special
    features include a one-hour bonus program "Hymns of Our Fathers",
    audio sermons by Pastor Langdon Palmer, and the opportunity to
    download a companion guide to the series on Vision Video's website. An
    in-depth educational documentary of faith and scholarship, The
    Apostles' Creed is an enthusiastically welcome addition to Christian
    Studies DVD collections. 17 episodes, 9 1/2 hours.

    Cardmaking
    Sharyn Pak
    On Air Video Inc.
    8203 Westminster Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
    DVD, $14.95 www.onairvideo.com

    In Cardmaking: Greetings, Invites & Announcements, craft expert Sharyn
    Pak teaches the viewers how to create dozens of different types of
    unique, home-made cards with the beauty of store-bought cards but
    without the expense - and also without the impersonal nature of mass-
    produced products. Topics covered include how to create single-panel
    note cards and announcements, making single-fold and multi-fold
    greeting cards and invitations, window cards, money gift cards, pop
    ups, seasonal cards, and much more. A section on crafting
    aesthetically pleasing custom envelopes and a downloadable Materials &
    Tools list in PDF format round out this excellent DVD, recommended for
    public library collections as well as for private arts and crafts
    shelves. 120 minutes. Also highly recommended for the artistically
    inclined is "Paint Like Van Gogh: Learn From A Master" ($19.95, 66
    minutes).

    Crunchless Abs
    Linda LaRue
    411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    DVD, $19.99 each www.411videoinfo.com

    Two new fitness DVDs hosted by registered nurse and athletic trainer
    Linda LaRue help serious belly flatteners strengthen their core
    muscles, burn midsection fat and increase back strength. Both are
    divided into three ten-minute segments, one for standing exercises,
    one for seated exercises, and one for floor exercises. "Crunchless
    Abs: Progressive Core Training" (38 min.) walks the viewer through
    each easy-to-follow workout, targeting abdominal muscles for a great
    foundation to improved fitness. "Crunchless Abs: 3-Dimensional Core
    Training" (33 min.) uses a simple weighted gel bal (an inexpensive
    floor mat is also recommended) and features movements designed to
    three-dimensionally sculpt one's abdomen. Both DVDs are a worthy
    supplement to fitness libraries, and enthusiastically recommended to
    anyone interested in improving their back and midsection.

    Voices of Holocaust History
    Deanne Scherlis Comer
    c/o Beach Lloyd (distribution)
    PO Box 2183, Southeastern PA 19399-2183
    9780979277801, $25.00 www.beachlloyd.com 866-218-3253

    Suitable for middle school to adult viewers, Voices of Holocaust
    History: Ruth Tells Her Story is a DVD of the story of Ruth Kapp
    Hartz's survival as a hidden child in Nazi-occupied France in 1941.
    Forced to conceal her Jewish identity, she survived in part to the
    courage of villagers who risked their lives to save Ruth's family.
    Increased Nazi persecution caused her to be placed within a convent
    for safekeeping. She became the real-life subject behind Stacy
    Cretzmeyer's book "Your Name is Renee". An incredible survivor's
    story, Voices of Holocaust History is highly recommended for school
    and public library DVD collections. 36 minutes.

    John Deere Country Part 2
    TM Books & Video
    PO Box 279, New Buffalo, MI 49117
    DVD, $14.95 www.tmbv.com 1-800-892-2822

    John Deere Country Part 2 is a DVD anthology of true stories by John
    Deere farming equipment owners. The John Deere brand of tractors and
    equipment earned customer loyalty for many reasons - one of the most
    compelling is because of their willingness to give farmers extra time
    during the Great Depression to pay for their equipment. Archival
    footage of tractors and combines from the 1920s through the 1960s
    rounds out this engrossing DVD enthusiastically recommended for
    tractor aficionados of all ages and backgrounds. 1 hour 30 minutes.

    Ian McKellen in the Royal Shakespeare Company's King Lear
    William Shakespeare
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    0793670667, $24.99 www.ssapr.com

    Ian McKellen in the Royal Shakespeare Company's King Lear is a DVD
    presentation of William Shakespeare's great play of tragedy and
    betrayal. When King Lear plans to divide his kingdom among his three
    daughters, the tests he creates to measure their character reveals the
    corrupt poison two of their hearts, and hateful schemes they have
    plotted. This performance of King Lear features the incredible cast of
    the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Ian McKellen as the star
    performer and stellar supporting members Frances Barber, William
    Gaunt, Sylvester McCoy, and Philip Winchester. An exclusive interview
    with Ian McKellen rounds out this unforgettable production of an
    immortal classic. 173 minutes, closed captioned.

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