MBR: The Library DVD Shelf

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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Extreme Trains: The Complete Season One
    History Made Every Day
    A&E Television
    235 East 45th Street New York, NY 10017
    www.aetv.com www.history.com
    1422936651, $19.95, www.amazon.com

    A fine 2-DVD set offers armchair train buffs a virtual train ride,
    with series host Matt Brown, a rail conductor from Maine, injecting
    his passion into the experience. From the longest rail engine and
    train lines to specialty trains with special freight, this packs in
    history with an outstanding social survey perfect for any collection
    strong in rail history and culture.

    Art Talk
    Crystal Productions
    PO Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025-6159
    9781562906351 $39.95 www.crystalproductions.com 1-800-255-8629

    Art Talk: Conversations with Working Artists is a DVD of professional
    musings while in the process of creating art, as given by sculptors,
    painters, glass artists, and even a totem carver and a ceramist. A
    candid, inspirational account that allows the viewer to glimpse the
    incredible diversity in the world of art as well as different
    approaches to the process of creation, Art Talk is especially
    recommended viewing for public school art education classes, and a gem
    for public library collections. Individual artists are also sure to
    enjoy and perhaps even draw insights from the wisdom of their

    Local Color: A George Gallo Film
    Monterey Media Inc.
    566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
    9781569943465 $26.95 www.montereymedia.com 1-800-424-2593

    Inspired by a true story, Local Color is the award-winning movie of a
    young student who, in 1974, befriended an alcoholic yet brilliant
    master painter. The student longs to learn the master's wisdom, while
    the master struggles to find any meaning in his life or his work.
    Together, they learn from each other - the student comes to see the
    world as an artist sees it, while the master takes inspiration from
    the innocence and yen for life in his student. An enthralling saga
    about learning to recognize and remember the beauty in life, Local
    Color is highly recommended. 107 minutes, rated R.

    Black Money
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    FRL62711, $24.99, www.shopPBS.org

    Originally aired as a 'Frontline' television show special, "Black
    Money" reveals the results of investigative correspondent Lowell
    Bergman's examination of international bribery on the part of American
    corporations as a means of doing business in foreign lands. This
    practice amounts to illicit expenditures amounting to billions of
    dollars and is illegal under United States law. That's why there is a
    crackdown being mounted by prosecutors at the U.S. Department of
    Justice and its allies in foreign governments where such corporate
    behavior is being perpetrated. This 60-minute, full color, informed
    and informative DVD is highly recommended viewing and an important
    addition to school and community library collections. Also highly
    recommended is the PBS Home Video DVD 'Frontline' one-hour episode
    "The Madoff Affair" (FRL62714, $24.99) which lays out the Bernie
    Madoff ponzi scheme that is the largest such white-collar criminal
    enterprise in Wall Street corporate history.

    Pure Pump
    Tonya Larson
    Bridgestone Multimedia Group
    804 N. 2nd Avenue, East Rock Rapids, IA 51246
    411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    #318979, $14.95, www.TonyaLarson.net

    In "Pure Pump", AFAA Certified group Exercise and Step Instructor
    Tonya Larson draws upon her extensive expertise and experience to
    provide a fun and effective weight-training workout specifically
    designed to meet the needs of viewers whose fitness levels can range
    from beginner to advanced. Beginning with two entertaining and
    vigorous 22-minute body sculpture workouts to tone all of the major
    muscle groups, "Pure Pump" also provides a five-minute and effective
    core routine targeting lower and oblique abdominal muscles. Also
    featured is a calm and meditative stretching segment, essential for
    safe and healthy physical exercise regimes. This superbly produced
    exercise DVD is enhanced with the addition of three Bible-based four-
    minute 'spiritual warm-ups' to help with the mental motivation
    required for successful attitudes towards self, food, and exercise.
    Also very highly recommended is Tonya Larson's companion exercise DVD
    "Step Pump" (#314827, $14.95) showcasing three thoroughly 'user
    friendly workouts to tone the body, enhanced with four Bible-based
    spiritual warm-ups to tone the soul.

    Last Extinction
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    WG43129, $29.99, www.amazon.com

    Some 13,000 years ago a great many mammals suddenly died out in a
    brief period of time. "Last Extinction: What Killed The Mammoths?" is
    a superbly produced, informed and informative NOVA television episode
    that explores an iconoclastic theory behind the sudden demise of
    mammoths, giant ground sloths, saber-tooth cats, and American lions.
    The trigger for this catastrophic event is speculated to be a comet
    breaking up over North America and resulting in widespread forest
    fires that wiped out plants, animals, and even pre-historic humans.
    Archaeological evidence is identified and discussed in depth, along
    with the contributing theories of climate change and the end of the
    Ice Age as causes of the disappearance of so many species of large
    mammal. Informed and informative, and with this 56 minute DVD format
    including such special features as printable materials for educators,
    scene selection, and access to the NOVA web site, "Last Extinction" is
    a highly recommended addition to school and community library

    The Helen West Casebook
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    AMP-8246, $49.90, www.amazon.com

    Helen West is a middle-aged workaholic British crown prosecutor whose
    personal and professional lives are complicated by a strained romance
    with a handsome police chief, a by-the-book supervisor, and a keen
    sense of justice that inevitably gets her into trouble with her
    colleagues. Produced with the usual high quality technical and
    performance standards of a BBC production, "The Helen West Casebook"
    is now available on DVD in a three-volume boxed set that has a total
    running time of 289 minutes, and includes as bonus features
    biographies of actress Amanda Burton and author Frances Fyfield.
    Certain to please British mystery and courtroom drama fans, "The Helen
    West Casebook" is an excellent and highly recommended acquisition for
    personal and community library DVD collections.

    Pax Service
    Vision Video
    PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540
    #501313D, $24.99, 1-800-523-0226

    Vision Video is a premier producer of Christian videos for personal,
    family, seminary, and church school collections. "Pax Service: An
    Alternative To War" is a 43 minute DVD about how approximately 1200
    young men, between 1951 and 1976, refused to join the American
    military because of their religious beliefs. Instead, these
    conscientious objectors volunteered to serve humanity in other ways
    including the building of homes for World War II refugees, teaching
    African farmers modern farming methods, helping Greek villagers to
    preserve food for the winter months, even building a road through the
    exceedingly difficult terrain of the Paraguayan Chaco. The program
    under which they labored was called PAX, a movement serving forty
    countries. This informative DVD is enhanced with several 'Bonus
    Features' including an extended version of the originally broadcast
    program; a Pax Reunion Tour to Europe; a Day in Pax slide show; a
    discussion guide, and the option of a sound track in English or
    Spanish. Also very highly recommended and newly released by Vision
    Video are two DVD programs for adult viewers: "Cancer
    Stories" (#501311D, $19.99, 2 hours); "Perpetua: Early Church
    Martyr" (#501317D, $19.99, 61 minutes); and three DVD programs for
    children: "Torchlighters: The Perpetua Story" (501301D, $14.99, 35
    minutes); "Carlos Caterpillar #8: Batter Chatter" (#501314D, $9.99, 25
    minutes); and "Carlos Caterpillar #9: Buggy Breakup" (#501315D, $9.99,
    25 minutes). Parents and librarians seeking to build up a 'family
    values friendly' DVD collection would be well advised to visit the
    Vision Video website at www.visionvideo.com for a complete listing of
    their large numbers of superbly produced and inexpensive DVD titles.


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