MBR: The Library DVD Shelf

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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries
    Dorothy L. Sayers
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    $49.99 www.acornmedia.com www.amazon.com

    A British aristocrat with a penchant for deductive reasoning, Lord
    Peter Wimsey was the creation of master mystery writer Dorothy L.
    Sayers. Now the Acorn Media Group has compiled two feature-length BBC
    adaptions of her novels in "The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Set 1".
    'Clouds of Witness' finds Lord Peter confronted with the murder of his
    future brother-in-law and the man accused of it is his Lord Peter's
    brother, Gerald Wimsey. 'The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club' has
    Lord Peter being called upon to determine 'whodunnit' and why when a
    member of the exclusive Bellona Club dies on the same day as his
    sister meets her own death. Featuring the usual impeccable levels of
    production values, these BBC productions have been superbly packaged
    as a 3-disc DVD boxed set with total running time of 398 minutes, and
    include extras such as interviews with Ian Carmichael, production
    notes, SDH subtitles, and a biography of Dorothy L. Sayers. "The Lord
    Peter Wimsey Mysteries" will prove to be a welcome and popular
    addition to community library DVD collections, and an absolute 'must'
    for the legions of Dorothy L. Sayers' mystery loving fans.

    Building Alaska
    PBS
    c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608831630 $24.99 www.ssapr.com

    "Building Alaska" (87 min., widescreen, closed captioned) is an
    extraordinary DVD documentary about the grand engineering projects
    that shaped the state of Alaska. From the great railroads and highways
    constructed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to the invasion
    of Alaska by the Japanese during World War II, to the repercussions of
    the biggest earthquake ever to hit North America, "Building Alaska"
    reveals how monumental events of history transformed the state
    forever. Educational as well as entertaining, Building Alaska is a
    worthy addition to public and school library DVD shelves. Also highly
    recommended is the PBS documentary "Benjamin Latrobe: America's First
    Architect" (9781608831937, $24.99, widescreen, closed captioned).

    Secrets: Landing and Keeping a Job
    Learning ZoneXPress
    PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
    $49.95 www.learningzoneexpress.com 1-888-455-7003

    "Secrets: Landing and Keeping a Job" (24 min. grades 9-adult, closed
    captioned) is a brief, educational DVD about the value of
    "transferable skills" in today's ever-changing economic market. These
    are lifelong skills that can be used at any job, and include
    communication skills, problem solving skills, and the capacity for
    teamwork. An invaluable and instructive resource enhanced by included
    teaching materials, Secrets Landing and Keeping a Job is very strongly
    recommended especially for school and public library collections,
    particularly given current tough economic times. Another excellent
    choice from Learning ZoneXpress is "Sew Green: Recycle Repurpose
    ReStyle" (38 min., grades 7-adult, English subtitles), a wonderful DVD
    guide to using unconventional materials to create practical and
    delightful handicrafts such as a fused plastic messenger bag or a cell
    phone/MP3 player from old jeans.

    Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Beginners & Beyond
    Ana Brett & Ravi Singh
    411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    188694296X $15.95 www.411videoinfo.com www.raviana.com

    "A List" fitness teachers Ana Brett and Ravi Singh, whose clients have
    included Olympic athletes and celebrities such as Madonna, present
    "Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Beginners & Beyond" (2 hours), a guide
    offering twelve meditation segments as a relaxing and invigorating
    complement to their more active fitness DVDs. Simple, step-by-step
    instructions for calming one's mind, controlling one's breathing, and
    exploring the benefits of tranquility and respite from information
    overload that meditation can bring. A great introduction to the
    benefits of meditation, Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Beginners &
    Beyond is a top pick for viewers of all backgrounds. Also highly
    recommended are Ana & Ravi's new exercise DVDs focusing on the
    physical benefits of Kundalini Yoga: "Kundalini Yoga Solar Power All-
    In-One Workout" (1886942943, $15.95, 80 min.) and "Kundalini Yoga
    Transformer All-In-One Workout" (1886942951, $15.95, 90 min.).

    Crystal Productions
    PO Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025-6159
    www.crystalproductions.com 1-800-255-8629

    The multi-talented (to the extent of deserving to be called a
    Renaissance woman) artist Peggy Flores and Crystal Productions present
    four new instructional crafts DVDs offering recommendations for
    creative, hands-on projects accessible to viewers of all skill and
    experience levels. "Making Books" (9781562906191, $29.95, 25 min.)
    offers techniques for creating books with simple stitch binding,
    accordion books, and even pop up books for everything from note taking
    and diaries to sketches. "Printmaking: Basic
    Techniques" (9781562906061, $29.95, 26 min.) gives a demonstration of
    relief printing with flat cardboard, Styrofoam, and string which can
    be glued onto cardboard, painted, and inked. Another simple printing
    method revealed involves creating images through carving on vinyl
    blocks, instructing viewers in the use of tools such as brayers, bench
    hooks, and carving tools. "Junk Sculpture" (9781562906177, $29.95, 23
    min.) shows how one can use anything from discarded boxes and paper
    tubes to plastic containers, egg cartons, and more to create art -
    animals, figurines, and other delightful objects. A simple how-to
    instructional, "Junk Sculpture" is especially ideal for kids.
    "Creating Cultural Art" (9781562906085, $29.95, 27 min.) demonstrates
    a wide variety of art forms involving indigenous materials - and how
    these unique styles can be re-imagined using readily accessible
    materials such as crayons, paint, markers, and pencil. Creations
    inspired by traditional bark painting, tapa cloths, Celtic knots and
    designs, and much more make for an enlightening and enriching
    experience. All four DVDs are very highly recommended especially for
    school library collections and hands-on art education shelves.

    Thunderheads: A Daredevil Quest into the Eye of the Storm
    Smithsonian Networks & Infinity Entertainment Group
    Greenleaf & Associates (publicity)
    $9.98 www.smithsonianchannel.com

    Thunderheads: A Daredevil Quest into the Eye of the Storm is an
    exciting DVD following a bold group of scientists, researchers, and
    best-of-the-best pilots, equipped with state-of-the-art devices, in
    their quest to understand the role thunderstorms play in worldwide
    climate change and global warming. 250 experts put together I.C.E.
    (the International Cloud Experiment) and ventured to Darwin, Australia
    to study "Hector", one of Earth's largest thunderstorms. Their search
    for knowledge put them at odds with grapefruit-sized hail,
    microbursts, mechanical troubles, and the enigma of "gravity waves".
    An inexpensive yet extraordinary documentary, highly recommended
    especially for public library DVD collections. 47 minutes.

    Vision Video
    PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540
    www.visionvideo.com 1-800-523-0226

    Vision Video is a premiere providers of inexpensive but flawlessly
    produced DVDs that are particularly appropriate for personal,
    congregational, and community library collections. Four of their
    newest titles are especially recommended for Christian viewers. "The
    Call To Business" (501355D, $19.99, 105 minutes) is a documentary that
    focuses on how businesses can and should be conducted in accordance
    with sound biblical principles and consists of eleven 'stand alone'
    secessions addressing key issues ranging from 'Can church and business
    combine?' to 'Is there real Biblical evidence for God's interest in
    business?'. "Saving Face: Matt Kern's Journey from Indictment to
    Redemption" (501352D, $19.99, 80 minutes) is that story of a young man
    who, along with two friends, stole a care and in the process, one of
    them shot and killed the driver. For his part in the crime Matt was
    sentenced to 60 years in prison. It was while in Florida's DeSoto
    Correctional Institute that Matt (the youngest male among 1,100 men)
    suffered brutally, and during it all, was able to experience a
    spiritual awakening that would change his life. "Long Run
    Back" (501356D, $24.99, 52 minutes) is the story of a young woman
    reentering society after serving 11 years in prison and facing the
    difficulties and prejudices that commonly confront ex-offenders. Also
    documented is how mental illness often complicates coming to terms
    with the outside world for someone released from institutional care.
    "In Spite of Darkness: A Spiritual Encounter with Auschwitz" (501358D,
    $19.99, 74 minutes) was filmed throughout seven days documenting an
    interfaith retreat held at the infamous Nazi concentration camp of
    Auschwitz-Birkenau where more than one million people were
    systematically murdered. The focus in on five members of the retreat
    including a Rabbi, an atheist, and a Catholic priest, as they address
    their own responsibilities with respect to the legacy of the Holocaust
    and how it should be regarded by current and future generations. The
    production values of these documentaries is uniformly excellent, the
    subject matter deftly handled and presented, making each of them an
    inspired and inspiring experience that will be truly memorable in the
    minds and hearts of the viewers.

    Bulletproof Salesman
    Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
    $24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

    Bulletproof Salesman is a wryly dark documentary about the work of
    Fidelis Cloer, a self-described war profiteer, who has supplied kings,
    presidents, and dictators with top-of-the-line armored vehicles. When
    the US invaded Iraq, he pounced on the business opportunity brought
    about by chaos and violence, yet as the war ran on, Improved Explosive
    Devices (IEDs) became more widely used against his creations. Fidelis
    became involved in an arms race against insurgents who matched more
    powerful and sophisticated explosives against his stronger and more
    expensive armored vehicles. Bulletproof Salesman is ultimately an
    utterly striking narrative, absolutely unforgettable and highly
    recommended. 70 minutes.

    Belly Beautiful Workout, Volume 1
    Patricia Friberg
    411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.411videoinfo.com www.bellybeautifulworkout.com

    Belly Beautiful Workout, Volume 1: Prenatal Fitness for a Beautiful
    Pregnancy is a fitness DVD offering an exercise program designed to be
    safe and healthy for women of all fitness levels, and in all
    trimesters of pregnancy - the program's benefits are sure to
    invigorize women before and after pregnancy, as well. Combining
    Pilates, sculpting, stretches, and relaxation techniques, Belly
    Beautiful Workout does not requires expensive equipment, although a
    simple stability ball and a foot resistance band are recommended.
    Professional fitness instructor Patricia Friberg hosts this user-
    friendly guide to personal fitness, perfect for strengthening one's
    endurance, reduce stress, and improve mood prior to the big due day.
    Highly recommended, especially as a baby shower gift! 67 minutes.

    Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608831845 $24.99 www.shopPBS.org

    Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor is an episode of the award-winning
    educational documentary series NOVA, re-examining what science and
    history have to tell us about critical attack on Pearl Harbor that
    prompted America's involvement in World War II. When the USS Arizona
    sank, more than 1,000 crew members lost their lives; it was the
    greatest single loss in American naval history. But the recent
    discovery of a group of Japanese midget subs in and around Pearl
    Harbor raises questions about what really happened that fateful day.
    NOVA follows a team of experts to the sea's floor in search of clues -
    could a mini-sub with a two-person crew have managed to enter Pearl
    Harbor and fire torpedoes at the USS Arizona? Other evidence gathered
    includes aerial photos taking by Japanese aircraft, and testimonials
    from U.S. and Japanese veterans. An enthralling look into the critical
    role these tiny yet deadly mini-subs might have played in world
    history, highly recommended. 56 minutes, widescreen. Also commended to
    history buffs and public library collections are the PBS documentaries
    "The Bombing of Germany" (9781608831838, $24.99, 60 minutes,
    widescreen), and "Building Pharaoh's Ship" (9781608831876, $24.99, 56
    minutes, widescreen).

    Ezra Jack Keats: His Life and Art
    Weston Woods Studios
    143 Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06851
    054521758X $39.95 www.scholastic.com/westonwoods 1-800-290-7531

    Intended for viewers ages 8 to adult, Ezra Jack Keats: His Life and
    Art is a documentary presenting an interview with the acclaimed author
    and illustrator of beloved children's books. An additional segment
    titled "The Art of People and Place" gathers children's book scholars
    from around the world discussing the value of Keats' work, and
    messages that transcend their immediate era. An absorbing and
    illuminating portrait of this talented children's book creator, Ezra
    Jack Keats: His Life and Art is an excellent choice for anyone
    nostalgic about Keats' stories and curious to learn more about the man
    who wrote them. 22 minutes, live action.

    Travel with Kids: Ireland
    Equator Creative Media
    c/o Janson Media
    88 Semmens Road, Harrington Park, NJ 07640
    9781568393512 $17.98 www.janson.com

    Travel with Kids: Ireland is a great DVD both for those seriously
    contemplating a family visit to Ireland and for armchair families who
    just want to vicariously enjoy a savory taste of the experience.
    Following the Roberts family as they explore the storied history and
    culture of Ireland, Travel with Kids: Ireland includes scenes of
    climbing Blarney Castle, dancing to traditional Irish music, viewing
    the world's tallest sea cliffs, and much more. Travel hints and tips
    include suggestions for great accommodations (even staying in a real
    castle!), transportation, and activities. A bonus "Ireland At Home"
    section with language, crafts and recipe suggestions rounds out this
    useful travel prep guide and loving tribute to all things Irish.
    Highly recommended.

    This Emotional Life
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608831661 $34.99 www.shopPBS.org

    How can human beings improve the quality and fulfillment of their
    lives? "This Emotional Life: In Search of Ourselves... and Happiness"
    is a 3-DVD set revealing the latest scientific research alongside
    perspectives of ordinary people and even the wisdom of celebrities
    such as Chevy Chase, Larry David, Katie Couric and more. Disc 1,
    "Family, Friends & Lovers" reveals why social relationships are so
    important to our emotional well-being, and how they can best be
    maintained; disc 2, "Facing our Fears" explores the important role
    that negative emotions play and how they can be kept in check; and
    disc 3, "Rethinking Happiness", explores what really makes us happy,
    and how we can better focus on what is truly important to us. An
    amazingly insightful documentary, highly recommended especially for
    public library DVD shelves. Other excellent and educational recent
    releases from PBS Home Video include "The Antarctica Challenge: A
    Global Warning" ($24.99, 52 minutes) and "Wyatt Earp" ($24.99, 60
    minutes).

    Let's Make Money
    Erwin Wagenhofer
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    1594589224 $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize of the Sundance Film Festival and
    licensed for public performance, Let's Make Money is an educational
    DVD that questions the social justice of the current world financial
    system. The World Bank influences an economic system in which the
    developed and Western world consumes a massive proportion of the
    undeveloped world's resources. What does it mean to truly be an
    ethical investor, and how can compassion for one's fellow human beings
    be effectively incorporated into the desire to make one's money work?
    A thought-provoking portrayal of the hands-on hard work that ordinary
    people do worldwide with a strong message to think twice when choosing
    which investments to fund, Let's Make Money is an excellent choice for
    showing to viewers in grades 10 and up, as well as for college library
    DVD shelves. 107 minutes, SDH captions.

    10 Minute Solution Ultimate Boot Camp
    Jessica Smith
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    $14.98 www.anchorbayentertainment.com www.jessicasmith.tv

    Hosted by certified wellness coach and fitness expert Jessica Smith,
    10 Minute Solution Ultimate Boot Camp is an excellent workout DVD for
    anyone with variable schedules or very little free time. Featuring
    different five boot camp routines, each of which is just ten minutes
    long, 10 Minute Solution Ultimate Boot Camp allows the viewer to mix
    and match individual workouts to their taste. A set of dumbbells and a
    mat or towel are the only equipment recommended for use with the
    segments, which consist of the cardio-intense "Fat Fighting Skills &
    Drills", "Ultimate Upper Body Training", "Ultimate Lower Body
    Training", "Ultimate Total Body Training", and "Six Pack Ab Attack".
    An excellent and easy-to-use contribution to fitness DVD libraries
    everywhere. 57 minutes.

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