MBR: The Library DVD Shelf

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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Dinosaurs Alive!
    Michael Douglas, narrator
    Image Entertainment
    20525 Nordhoff Street, Suite 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311-6104
    $19.98 www.image-entertainment.com www.dinosalive.com

    Originally created for exhibition in IMAX theaters, Dinosaurs Alive!
    is a DVD documentary that uses computer animation to bring mankind's
    discoveries about dinosaurs to life - from the revelation that
    "Oviraptor" was in fact a good parent who brooded over its eggs rather
    than a rapacious egg thief, to the story of a real-life "Indiana
    Jones" archaeology pioneer who braved desert bandits to bring home
    amazing fossil finds, to the shocking recent discovery that
    (flightless) velociraptors had feathers! The astonishing and
    scientifically accurate CGI is sure to thrill dinosaur lovers of all
    ages and backgrounds. Special features include a widescreen version, a
    "Making of" documentary shot in HD, and a bonus quiz. Also available
    in a Blu-ray version ($24.98), "Dinosaurs Alive" is a treat for
    dinosaur lovers everywhere and enthusiastically recommended for public
    library DVD collections. 40 minutes plus special features.

    The Adventures of Werner Holt
    Joachim Kunert
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
    $24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

    Created in 1964 East Germany, The Adventures of Werner Holt is a
    classic movie on DVD about the senselessness of war. Two 17-year-old
    best friends, Werner Holt and Gilbert, are pulled out of school and
    drafted into Hitler's army. Gilbert becomes a fanatically loyal
    soldier, while Werner, fighting on the front lines, is disgusted by
    the cruelty of war and eventually enacts his revenge. As powerful
    today as it was over forty years ago, The Adventures of Werner Holt
    remains one of the most important German films ever created. Highly
    recommended. 164 minutes, black-and-white, German with English

    The American Brew
    Roger Sherman
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    079367087X $24.99 www.shopPBS.org

    The American Brew: The Rich and Surprising History of Beer is a
    documentary for the everyman, about how one of America's most popular
    drinks came to be. From alcohol in colonial days, to the rise and fall
    of prohibition, to the coming of microbrews and the financial success
    of national breweries, The American Brew covers it all. Interviews
    with industry experts and inside looks at innovations in brewing
    technology pepper this enjoyable DVD, sure to please beer lovers
    everywhere. 60 minutes, widescreen.

    The Yes Men Fix the World
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com 1-800-543-3764

    The Yes Men Fix the World is an extraordinary DVD following the true
    story of two political activists and the wild pranks they orchestrate
    in order to reveal the ecologically destructive side of corporate
    greed. When Andy impersonated a DowChemical spokesperson and managed
    to announce on BBC World News that Dow will finally clean up the site
    of the largest industrial accident in history (the Bhopal disaster),
    people worldwide celebrated the "news" - and Dow's stock value lost
    two billion dollars. This was when a brutal lesson about our modern
    market system hit home - the relentless focus on profits unfettered by
    local or global environmental regulations has made doing the right
    thing impossible! As the "Yes Men" try to get through to their
    corporate audience as well as the general public, their ultimate
    message is an inquiry as to why we have given the market more power
    than any other institution to drive our society, and how can this
    incredible power be held in check, much as the three branches of the
    American Government hold one another in check and balance? Highly
    recommended. 87 minutes, SDH captions.

    Humble Pie
    Monterey Media Inc.
    566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
    9781569943489 $26.95 www.montereymedia.com 1-800-424-2593

    Humble Pie is a charming movie following everyman Tracy Orbison
    (played by Hubbel Palmer), a Midwestern stockboy who writes poetry
    during shift breaks and daydreams of making more of himself. A burst
    of inspiration leads him to take an acting class by a pompous local
    master (wonderfully played by William Baldwin); then one chaotic
    mishap after another leads him to actively pursue his life's dreams
    rather than simply wait for them. From mentoring a young delinquent to
    standing up to his overbearing mother to dealing with his wallflower
    sister and preparing himself for the monumental hurdle that is the
    driver's license exam, Tracy's adventures reflect the daily challenges
    of life in this highly entertaining drama. Bonus features include
    deleted scenes and brief featurettes. 84 minutes, closed captioned.

    Latin Music USA
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    $39.99 www.shopPBS.org

    Latin Music USA is an amazing DVD documentary of some of the greatest
    American music composed by Latinos. The history of modern Latin music
    is traced through four episodes - "Bridges", following the rise of
    Latin jazz and its influence on rhythm & blues; "The Salsa Revolution"
    about the creation of salsa the rise (and fall) of the legendary Fania
    Records, "The Chicano Wave" in which a new generation of Mexican-
    Americans experienced rock and rhythm & blues and added their own
    cultural twist, and "Divas & Superstars" of Latin pop, ranging from
    Ricky Martin, Shakira, and Gloria Estefan to Daddy Yankee and rapper
    Pitbull, to "rock en Espanol" star Juanes. A celebration of great
    music styles, the people who composed unforgettable songs and the
    glamorous individuals who peformed them, Latin Music USA is a joy to
    watch and highly recommended for both Latin music lovers and public
    library DVD collections.

    Harley's War: Hardcore All-Stars
    Harley Flanagan & Cro-Mag
    MVD Entertainment Group
    PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456
    $19.95 www.MVDb2b.com 1-800-888-0486

    Harley's War: Hardcore All-Stars is a combination DVD & CD project
    from NYC Hardcore's godfather, Harley Flanagan. Featuring some of Cro-
    Mags' classic hardcore music as well as members of Bad Brains,
    Agnostic Front, Warzone, Murphy's Law, Sick of It All, and more,
    Harley's War combines classic video footage and wild playing into a
    blazing mix of alternative and punk, sure to leave its mark on the
    listener's mind and memory. An absolute "must-have" for fans of the
    genre. The tracks are "Hardcore 'NYHC-OG'", "Last Days", "Criminal 4
    Life", "Parrisite", "Spirit of '77", "Urban Screams (C-squat)",
    "Skarred 4 Life", "Who Survived", "Don't Tread On Me", "Wake Up (Do
    Unto Others)", "Dead End Kids", "Why Don't U", "Intro", "Signs of the
    Times", "World Peace", "Show You No Mercy", "Malfunction", "Days of
    Confusion", "Street Justice", "Survival Of The Streets", "Don't Tread
    On Me", "Do Unto Others", "Last Days", "Crush the Demoniac", "It's the
    Limit", "Life of My Own", "Hard Times", and "We Gotta Know". 95 min,

    Susan Hyatt's Rockstar Workout
    411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $15.98 www.411videoinfo.com

    International recording artist and NASM Certified Personal Trainer
    Susan Hyatt presents Susan Hyatt's Rockstar Workout, a fitness DVD
    featuring two 25-minute high energy workouts (with warm ups and cool
    downs). Easy-to-follow moves draw from a wide variety of fitness
    activities, from basic strength training to Russian Kettle bell
    exercises, jump-roping, yoga, ballet-style body sculpting and more.
    Filmed like a music video and featuring lively, original songs from
    Susan's bands, Susan Hyatt's Rockstar Workout lives up to its title
    and makes working out fun. A welcome addition to fitness and exercise
    DVD collections. 60 min.

    Personal Training with Jackie: Power Circuit Training
    Jackie Warner
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    $14.98 www.anchorbayentertainment.com

    Expert celebrity fitness and circuit training instructor Jackie
    Warner's workouts command up to $400 an hour in person; now her
    fitness guidance is available on DVD to all in "Personal Training with
    Jackie: Power Circuit Training". Designed for maximum efficiency,
    Personal Training with Jackie: Power Circuit Training focuses on
    weight loss and overall fitness - viewers can choose (or mix and
    match) between fifteen-minute "Total Body Circuit", "Abs Only
    Circuit", "Lower Body Circuit", or "Upper Body Circuit", or the forty-
    minute "Total Body Circuit". You don't have to be a celebrity to stay
    in shape like one, and this easy-to-follow DVD shows how! 57 minutes.

    Real Bodywork
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 each www.411videoinfo.com www.realbodywork.com/yoga

    Two DVDs from Real Bodywork offer yoga practitioners a guided workout
    and in-depth exploration of the wonders of Vinyasa Yoga. "Yoga: Gentle
    Vinyasa Flow with Zyrka Landwijt" (210 min.) is intended for beginner
    to intermediate practitioners, offering 6 routines, 23 pose lessons,
    and 3 1/2 hours of practice. Expert instructor Zyrka teaches the
    viewer how the poses interact and how to fully engage oneself in the
    experience of yoga, as well as basics of physically enacting it.
    "Yoga: Spirit of Vinyasa Flow with Deb Dobbin" (226 min.) is intended
    for intermediate to advanced practitioners, offering 3 sequences, 20
    pose lessons, and 3 1/2 hours of practice. Offering a combined,
    flowing progress of routines, Yoga: Spirit of Vinyasa Flow explains in
    detail how to enact proper positions and warns against common
    mistakes. Both DVDs are highly user friendly, and serious Yoga
    enthusiasts are certain to enjoy them.

    Bridgestone Multimedia Group
    c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $14.95 each www.411videoinfo.com www.gobmg.com

    Fitness expert Karen Joy Allen presents three exercise DVDs that
    utilize her simple invention -"JoyFitstix", a pair of inexpensive
    short tubes that weigh less than a pound each; their moving,
    granulated cores increase the effort sustained by the muscle group
    being exercised for a more vigorous workout similar to one performed
    with heavier weights. "Cardio & Core Dance Blast" (9780740319167, 45
    min.) emphasizes a time-efficient workout good for burning calories
    and toning muscles - the multi-level program provides a solid base for
    viewers of varying fitness levels, complemented by a strong abdominal
    workout. "Cardio Praise" (9780740319150, 40 min.) has an emphasis on
    high-energy gospel praise music and strength training in its enjoyable
    dance routines. "A Fun Workout For Kids" (9780740319174, 40 min.)
    lives up to its title with a cardio workout that kids can quickly pick
    up and enjoy. "A Fun Workout for Kids" is great for parents and
    children to share together, providing a positive example of
    incorporating exercise into a healthy lifestyle. Though meant for use
    with "JoyFitstix", all three DVDs provide a fine, solid workout even
    if one has no exercise equipment at all. Highly recommended.

    Split Estate
    Ali MacGraw, narrator
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    159458897X $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com 1-800-543-3764

    Split Estate is a harrowing documentary of the predatory ruthlessness
    that fuels America's endless thirst for oil and gas. Men and woman who
    have lived on their land for generations lose almost all chance to
    make a living off their territory if they don't own the mineral
    rights; energy companies can and will drill for natural gas right
    outside a family's front door. Those directly affected by oil and gas
    companies' relentless incursion into the Rocky Mountains have little
    or no legal recourse to stop the assault on their land, their civil
    liberties, their health, or their quality of life. Above all, Split
    Estate is not only about the plight of the few - it is about the long-
    term health and environmental costs of America's addiction to oil, and
    drives home the need to find alternative energy sources here and
    abroad. Highly recommended. 76 minutes (with a 15 minute version also
    available for playback), SDH captions.

    Break a Leg! An Introductory Guide to Stage Directing
    Adrea Gibbs
    Meriwether Publishing
    PO Box 7710, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7710
    9781566081634 $34.95 www.meriwetherpublishing.com 1-800-937-5297

    An informative 24-page booklet ideal for reviewing the covered
    material accompanies Break a Leg! An Introductory Guide to Stage
    Directing, a no-nonsense DVD resource for inexperienced stage
    directors (and assistant directors!), covering the basics of how to
    get the job done. Tips, tricks, and techniques for ensuring the smooth
    flow of rehearsals, guiding stage direction, helping actors put forth
    their best emotions, overseeing run-throughs and dress rehearsals, and
    more right up to opening night fill this practical and useful
    resource. Whether one is preparing for a future Broadway career or
    simply trying to get a community theater production going, Break a
    Leg! An Introductory Guide to Stage Directing is extraordinarily
    helpful and highly recommended. (It should be noted that Break a Leg!
    requires DVD-R compatibility in one's DVD player in order to play

    Monterey Media Inc.
    566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
    $26.95 www.montereymedia.com 1-800-424-2593

    Trucker is a DVD movie about an independent-minded truck driver Diane
    Ford, accustomed to enjoying a carefree life marked by one-night love
    affairs, hard drinking, and long haul days on the road. But her life
    changes dramatically when she suddenly has the responsibility of
    caring for her eleven-year-old son Peter - whom she has not seen since
    he was a baby. Peter's father is incapacitated in the hospital; now
    Diane's life is turned upside down, as she struggles with caring for a
    boy as distrustful of her as she is of him. Difficult choices lie
    ahead for her, and she must come to grips with a future that holds
    more challenges and pitfalls than she has ever imagined. A thought-
    provoking and emotionally moving saga about the culmination of a
    turning point in one's life, highly recommended. 93 minutes, closed
    captioned, rated R.

    The English Surgeon
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608831197 $24.99 www.shopPBS.org

    The English Surgeon is the award-winning documentary of a real-life
    hero - London brain surgeon Henry Marsh, who has strived for over 17
    years to save lives in the Ukraine. Forced to work with outdated and
    sometimes malfunctioning equipment, Marsh has a powerful motivation
    for his work - his son was diagnosed with a brain tumor as a baby, and
    Marsh has never forgotten how dearly he needed help at the time. Now
    he gives freely of his skills and expertise to others; his calling is
    preserved in this absorbing and memorable presentation. Due to
    sometimes explicit medical scenes, The English Series may not be
    suited for particularly squeamish viewers, but deserves the highest
    recommendation to all others.

    Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
    Image Entertainment
    20525 Nordhoff Street, Suite 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311-6104
    $19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-Ray www.image-entertainment.com www.mummiesfilm.com

    Originally produced for showing in IMAX theaters, Mummies: Secrets of
    the Pharaohs is an amazing documentary about what modern science and
    archaeology have to tell us about the mystery of mummies - exquisitely
    preserved remains of ancient Egyptian citizens and kings. From the
    adventures (and hardships!) of excavating tombs, to the modern
    forensic science used to unlock mummies' secrets, to the extrapolated
    evidence of ancient Egypt's past and what it means for our
    understanding today, and even how knowledge gleaned from mummies
    affects medical science, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs is utterly
    enthralling. Bonus features include a "making of" featurette shot in
    HD, a "Meet the Mummies" educational section, and a quiz. A
    beautifully filmed experience, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs is
    highly recommended for Egyptology DVD shelves and public library
    collections. English/French/Spanish, widescreen, 39 minutes plus 22
    minute "making of" featurette.

    How Bruce Lee Changed the World
    History Made Every Day
    1422937410 $19.95 www.history.com www.shopaetv.com

    How Bruce Lee Changed the World is a 'must' for any library strong in
    martial arts history. This DVD provides his who biography, from his
    birth in San Francisco to his mysterious death at the age of 32. It
    also follows how ancient martial arts were fostered by his films, and
    offer rare interviews and home movies from big martial arts film
    names. A 'must' for any serious martial arts or film collection.

    History Made Every Day
    www.history.com www.shopaetv.com

    Libraries will find these outstanding DVDs popular picks, offering
    fine historical and biographical reviews. ART OF WAR (1422948137,
    $14.95) reviews Sun Tzu, who wrote ART OF WAR over 2,400 years ago.
    This special from History blends a biography of Sun Tzu with a survey
    of war's lessons and great battles in history and is a pick for any
    military library in particular. MANSON (1422950581, $19.95) reveals
    the mastermind of one of the most notorious murders in U.S. history,
    offering first-person accounts, footage, and a survey of a man who
    looks back at the nine months leading up to and including the murder
    of Sharon Tate. MYSTERIES OF THE FREEMASONS (1422951375, $19.95)
    provides a fine survey of the world's oldest secret society, reviewing
    codes, murder, and offering a blend of reenactments and expert
    interviews to survey Freemason history. Highly recommended.

    Jeeves and Wooster: The Complete Series
    Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry
    A&E Videos
    c/o A&E Television Networks
    235 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017
    1422940527, $59.95 www.aetv.com

    Jeeves and Wooster: The Complete Series is a top pick for any who
    enjoy British mystery and humor, providing a fine collection telling
    of British aristocrat and bumbler Bernie and Jeeves, his hilarious
    resourceful valet who keeps him out of trouble. An outstanding
    presentation of British humor will keep viewers laughing.

    10 Minute Solutions: Quick Sculpt Pilates
    Andrea Leigh Rogers
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    9042 Beverly Blvd #201, Beverly Hills CA 90210
    01313165419 6, $24.97 www.xtendworkout.com

    Any interested in a series of Pilates lessons that are NOT time-
    consuming or expensive will welcome this DVD kit, that comes with a
    toning ball and inflation device along with a DVD of techniques. It's
    easy to choose routines that are 10 minutes or under - and to easily
    inflate and deflate the ball for take-along toting.

    10 Minute Solutions: Belly, Butt & Thigh Blasters
    Jessica Smith
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    9042 Beverly Blvd #201, Beverly Hills CA 90210
    013131631791, $16.98 www.jessicasmith.tv

    Jessica Smith holds certifications from various fitness academies,
    Powerhouse Pilates and more programs, and her 10 Minute Solutions:
    Belly, Butt & Thigh Blasters comes packaged with its own sculpting
    loop to demonstrate easy 10-minute routines for butt, thighs, tummy
    and belly flab. Any home exerciser needs this fine set of routines.

    Summer Montabone, CSCS DVDs
    $19.95 each www.summerfitness.com

    TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING IN HOME OR TRAVEL provides innovative workout
    options using a ball, band or body weight. Total body conditioning
    with these options is broken down into easy techniques for training at
    home or on the road and provides busy professionals a total workout
    that can be done virtually anywhere. RESISTANCE BAND STRENGTH TRAINING
    IN HOME OR TRAVEL can be done with any small resistance band and
    offers a full course for upper and lower body workouts. From stretches
    to cardio routines, these bands offer keys to success!

    Think and Get Slim: Natural Weight Loss
    Esther and Jerry Hicks
    Hay House, Inc.
    PO Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100
    9781401926557, $29.95 www.hayhouse.com

    THINK AND GET SLIM offers a fine DVD program presenting the teachings
    of the channeled Abraham, who responded numerous times to workshops
    held between 2006 and 2008 on the topic of weight loss and
    consciousness. Abraham teaches how to modify thoughts in a Law of
    Attraction manner, rather than the usual diet/exercise routines: it's
    a fine addition to any weight loss program!

    Mandie and the Secret Tunnel
    Bridgestone Multimedia Group
    804 N. 2nd Ave. E., Rock Rapids, IA 51246
    9780740319181, $19.95 www.gobmg.com

    Mandie and the Secret Tunnel is a video for all ages. Based on the
    best-selling Mandie books by Lois Gladys Leppard, it's set in the late
    1800s and revolves around young Mandie Shaw, who just lost her father
    and sets out to find a new home, assisted by some Cherokee Indian
    friends. When strangers to a uncle's fortune show up to claim his
    estate, adventures and dangers evolve. A fine family viewing pick.

    E1 Entertainment
    22 Harbor Park Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050

    The complete first season of SANCTUARY (1417232259, $44.98) is offered
    in a fine 4-DVD set featuring the original series, following one Dr.
    Helen Magnus on her quest to study and protect legendary creatures
    that live with humans. Surround sound, widescreen selection, and
    numerous extras include audio commentaries on all 13 episodes with
    case and crew, bloopers, and more in a set not to be missed. MARY
    WHITE (1417231149, $14.98) is perfect for families with kids: it comes
    from a father who lost his teen daughter to a horseback-riding
    accident in 1921, and who celebrated her life with a newspaper
    editorial. MARY WHITE became a TV film and here offers White's
    reflections on his last year with Mary as they together fought against
    racial segregation and for women's rights. DAKOTA SKYE (1417232099,
    $24.98) also provides a fine family pick in telling of Dakota, cursed
    with the ability to see the truth in any lie she hears. She's
    seventeen and apathetic towards life - until Jonah shows her there's
    more than lies - and complicates her choices by being her boyfriend's
    best friend. CHRIS ISAAK: GREATEST HITS LIVE (1417232323, $19.99) is
    packed with lovely vocals and examples of some of his finest shows,
    and is a 'must' for any fans of the musician. From bonus track songs
    to haunting melodies and a fine live performance captured in high
    definition and mixed with surround sound, this brings the art of a
    live performance right into the living rooms of home listeners!


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