MBR: The Library DVD Shelf

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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    A Celtic Pilgrimage
    John O'Donohue
    New Perspectives Productions
    c/o Sounds True
    413 South Arthur Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027
    No ISBN DVD, $19.95, www.soundstrue.com

    A CELTIC PILGRIMAGE offers a fine blend of philosophy, spirituality
    and travel lore as it follows Irish poet John O'Donohue on a journey
    through Western Ireland. History, culture, and travel insights make
    this a 'must' acquisition for any collection strong in Irish culture.

    Secrets of the Great Barrier Reef
    Smithsonian Networks/Infinity
    No ISBN, $9.98, www.smithsonianchannel.com

    Any library strong in natural history or educational DVDs will find a
    treasure in SECRETS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, presented in letterbox
    and including Dolby Digital surround sound. Subtitles for the deaf
    accompany an outstanding journey suitable for any general lending

    'Lifetime' DVDs

    Two fine DVDs from TV's 'Lifetime' channel offer teens and adults
    extraordinary insights and personal perspectives, and are recommended
    picks for any lending library. TO BE FAT LIKE ME (1422981304, $14.95)
    tells the story of a high school junior who experiences firsthand the
    prejudice directed at overweight teens when she changes in shape from
    slim to obese, overnight. Her insights make for a compelling story of
    prejudice and weight. GIRL, POSITIVE (1422981282, $14.95) tells of a
    teen who is shocked to find her boyfriend may be HIV positive.
    Rachel's had unprotected sex with him and she herself is at risk in
    this moving story, highly recommended for any library catering to

    College, Inc.
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608832835, $24.95, www.shopPBS.org

    College, Inc. is an episode of the documentary public television
    Frontline on DVD, examining the dark side of for-profit colleges and
    universities. Such colleges sell shares to Wall Street investors
    rather than seeking donations from wealthy alumni, and charge high
    fees to accept students that the (usually cheaper) nonprofit schools
    often won't take. But what do those who pay the high tuition costs of
    for-profit colleges, and take on heavy debt, have to show for their
    efforts? Can the degrees obtained be reliably used to get a job and
    earn a living? Frontline examines all sides of the issue, in this
    thought-provoking documentary about how a new trend in higher
    education is literally transforming college in America. 60 minutes,
    widescreen, closed-captioned. Also highly recommended is the Frontline
    documentary "The Wounded Platoon" (9781608832248, $24.99).

    10 Minute Solution Rapid Results Fat Burner
    Cat Chiarelli
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    $14.98, www.anchorbayentertainment.com

    10 Minute Solution Rapid Results Fat Burner is a fitness DVD perfect
    for fitting invigorating workouts into a busy schedule. Offering five,
    ten-minute workouts that can be mixed and matched, or done all at
    once, 10 Minute Solution Rapid Results Fat Burner is fun, easy-to-use,
    and a choice pick for a solid cardio workout. Hosted by certified
    group fitness instructor Cat Chiarelli, the five exercise sessions are
    "Power Sports Drills", "Extreme Intervals", "Low Impact Fat Blaster",
    "Rapid Results Kickboxing", and "Cardio Max". An excellent addition to
    any personal fitness DVD library, highly recommended. 56 minutes,

    The Quantum Activist
    Amit Goswami, Ph.D.
    Intention Media
    $24.95, www.quantumactivist.com

    The Quantum Activist is a documentary on DVD revealing a tremendous
    shift in thought outside of the standard materialist perspective of
    mainstream science. More and more scientists are constructing and
    evaluating a paradigm grounded in the power and presence of
    consciousness. Amit Goswami, Ph.D. guides viewers through a tour of
    what the similarities in the world's major religions and mystical
    traditions imply for a greater understanding of reality. The Quantum
    Activist ultimately dares to connect spiritual and practical
    worldviews, in a breathtaking revelation that contemplates the
    delicacy of humankind's continued existence on the planet itself, and
    ways to counter the economic, social, and spiritual menaces that
    threaten all people. Highly recommended.

    Weapons of War
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608832972, $49.99, www.shopPBS.org

    Part of the PBS Explorer Collection, Weapons of War collects three
    documentaries about changes in warfare across human history. "Ground
    War" evaluates how innovations ranging from the stirrup to the
    gunner's quadrant have transformed battles on land; "Warplane"
    chronicles airborne military advances in the century since the Wright
    brothers opened up the skies; and "Warship" reveals naval military
    history up to modern-day nuclear aircraft carriers, submarines, and
    more. A detailed, riveting, and informative documentary, ideal for
    military history buffs and public library collections. 3 DVDs, 12
    hours, widescreen, closed-captioned. Also highly recommended from PBS
    is the documentary "Unforgettable: The Korean War" (9781608832897,
    $24.99, 56 min., widescreen).

    Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598284782, $49.99, www.acornmedia.com, www.athenalearning.com

    Filmed at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and New York's American Museum
    of Natural History, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill
    Moyers is an extended and enlightening dialogue between scholar and 40-
    year college teacher Joseph Campbell and distinguished journalist Bill
    Moyers. In their discussions, the two men portray the pivotal role
    myths have had upon human lives, history, survival, and society. From
    the beliefs of world religions to marriage customs to popular culture,
    The Power of Myth reveals the hidden search for meaning behind the
    traditions and beliefs that shape our lives. Bonus features of this
    six-episode series include a never-before-released conversation with
    Campbell from "Bill Moyers' Journal", parts of Moyer's interview with
    "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, a twelve-page viewer's guide, and
    more. ("The Power of Myth" is not rated, but it should be noted that
    the programs do contain some nudity and violent images.) A choice
    pick, especially for public library collections. 2 DVDs, 342 min. plus
    bonus footage, full screen, SDH subtitles. Also highly recommended
    from Athena/Acorn Media is the extraordinary and captivating two-disc
    documentary Lost Kingdoms of Africa (9781598284966, $49.99,
    widescreen, SDH subtitles).

    The Age of Stupid
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    1594589453, $320.00, www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Featuring music from Radiohead and Depeche Mode, The Age of Stupid:
    Why Didn't We Save Ourselves When We Had the Chance? is a wry yet all-
    too-close to reality movie set in 2055, where climate change has
    brought about the end of the world as we know it. Pete Postlethwaite
    is a sole survivor looking back at old footage of seven people from
    contemporary times, and asking the question: why didn't they (and the
    rest of humanity) work to stop climate change and ecological
    devastation, back when they still could? An award-winning cautionary
    tale with an overwhelmingly critical message, The Age of Stupid
    deserves the highest recommendation. This two-disc DVD set offers both
    an uncensored and a "bleeped" version of the movie; extra features
    include extended interviews, deleted scenes, a 50-minute "making of"
    documentary, 8 short climate films, a crew commentary, and more. 89
    minutes, 2 DVDs, subtitles in SDH English, French, Italian, German,
    Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese Mandarin, Dutch, Thai, and

    Breakfast Special
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608832941, $24.99, www.shopPBS.org

    Originally broadcast on public television, Breakfast Special is a
    delightful documentary on DVD that blends elements of travelogue and
    food show to offer a portrait of what it's like to enjoy fine early
    morning cuisine in America. From savory bacon and eggs to buckwheat
    pancakes to corned beef hash, grits, gumbo, and more, Breakfast
    Special tours the corners of America to reveal unique touches on
    classic favorites. Additional features include a making-of video,
    formerly unseen footage, and promotional spots. A gourmet's viewing
    delight, highly recommended. 60 minutes, widescreen, English SDH

    Dance With Me Cardio Fit
    Billy Blanks Jr.
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $14.98, www.411videoinfo.com

    Billy Blanks Jr. and his wife Sharon host Dance With me Cardio Fit, a
    user-friendly fitness DVD featuring three complete, high-energy dance
    routines incorporating the vigor and enthusiasm of Hip-Hop, Country,
    and Bollywood moves. 2-minute cardio bursts embedded within the dance
    routines help the viewer burn fat and build stamina. Bonus features
    include a breathing technique tutorial, a custom workout option, and a
    music-only option. An easy-to-follow workout that practitioners of all
    ages and fitness backgrounds can get into, Dance With Me Cardio Fit
    lives up to its title and is highly recommended to spice up any cardio
    exercise DVD collection. 46 minutes, closed captioned.

    Harp Dreams
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608832712, $24.99, www.shopPBS.org

    Harp Dreams: Inside the USA International Harp Competition is a DVD
    documentary originally aired on public television, observing 31 of the
    finest harpists in the world who gathered for the 15-day triennial USA
    International Harp Competition, one of the most prestigious music
    competitions worldwide. Careers, fame, and legendary accolade await
    the winners. Narrated by Blythe Danner, Harp Dreams reveals the
    pressure, the drive to succeed, and the human drive to be the best one
    can possibly be. Special features include behind-the-scenes footage of
    the construction of the prize harp, and a hands-on look at the process
    of choosing a harp or bringing a harp in for repair. An extraordinary
    look at the fire of competition burning beneath musical beauty, highly
    recommended. 90 minutes, widescreen, closed captioned.


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