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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Strong Body, Fit Body with Erin O'Brien
    Acacia
    8515 Georgia Avenue Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    9781598284614 $16.99 acacialifestyle.com

    Strong Body, Fit Body with Erin O'Brien is an all-purpose home workout
    on DVD, requiring no equipment other than light hand weights.
    Hollywood personal trainer Erin O'Brien guides the viewer through a
    blend of strength training, circuit training, and multi-joint
    movements designed to work multiple muscle groups at the same time. An
    excellent choice to tone muscle and get the heart going, Strong Body,
    Fit Body with Erin O'Brien is an ideal workout for anyone adapting
    their lifestyle to lose weight and improve their overall fitness. 46
    min., widescreen. Also highly recommended for personal fitness DVD
    libraries is Acacia's "Bollywood Party Workout" (9781598284508,
    $16.99, 50 min.), a toning and cardio workout invested in the energy,
    enthusiasm and outright fun of Bollywood dance.

    10 Minute Solution: Pilates for Beginners
    Lara Hudson, host
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    $14.98 www.anchorbayentertainment.com

    Part of the excellent 10 Minute Solution series of fitness DVDs, 10
    Minute Solution: Pilates for Beginners lives up to its title with an
    amalgam of basic Pilates workouts anyone can learn and perform. The
    five ten-minute segments, which can be mixed and matched to one's
    personal tastes, are "Core Basics", "Lower Body Basics", "Upper Body
    Basics", "Total Body Combo", and "Long & Limber Stretch". Hosted by
    Pilates Method Alliance Gold Certified Instructor Lara Hudson, 10
    Minute Solution: Pilates for Beginners is easy-to-follow and a stellar
    choice for effective body sculpting. 56 minutes. Also highly
    recommended for personal fitness libraries is Anchor Bay's "Dance Off
    the Inches: Cardio Hip Hop" (45 min. plus 19 min. step guide, $14.98).

    Travel with Kids: Caribbean Cruise
    Janson Media
    88 Semmens Road, Harrington Park, NJ 07640
    $17.98 www.janson.com www.TravelWithKids.tv

    Another winning installment in the Travel with Kids series, Travel
    with Kids: Caribbean Cruise is a DVD family travel guide to enjoying a
    Caribbean cruise, including ports at Jamaica, Cozumel, Cayman Islands,
    Labadee, Haiti, and Miami. Following the Roberts family on an
    enlivening adventure, Travel with Kids: Caribbean Cruise is both a
    useful wealth of tips and resources for potential vacationers, and a
    relaxing experience that armchair travelers everywhere will enjoy.
    bonus features include a thirty-minute Travel with Kids Miami video, a
    trip planner with information on ship, route & excursions, and a
    bloopers reel. An excellent, practical and preparatory supplement for
    anyone with children interested in enjoying a Caribbean cruise. 117
    minutes.

    Good Fortune
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608833023 $24.99 www.shopPBS.org

    PBS distribution offers another critical commentary on society in Good
    Fortune, a cautionary DVD documentary that questions whether
    international efforts to aid Africa might be doing more harm than
    benefit. Focusing on Jackson and Silva, two individual Kenyans seeking
    to protect their homes from being razed by large-scale development,
    Good Fortune puts a human face on larger societal consequences. In
    rural Kenya, an American investor hopes to soften poverty by flooding
    the land and creating a multi-million dollar rice farm - destroying
    any other incidental farms like Jackson's farm in the process. In
    Nairobi, Silva's home and business is being destroyed as part of a
    slum-upgrading project. Are the potential advantages of these large
    scale intrusions sufficient to justify the homes and successful
    livelihoods they devour? Is sufficient investment being placed in the
    diligence and entrepreneurial spirit of the African people themselves?
    Deleted scenes are included in this thought-provoking documentary,
    worthy of stirring informed debate. Also distributed by PBS and highly
    recommended for public library collections is "Lafayette the Lost
    Hero" (9781608832514, $24.99), a DVD biography of Gilbert de Lafayette
    and the critical role he played in the creation of America's
    democracy.

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

    Personal Training with Jackie: Xtreme Timesaver Training is a fitness
    DVD that combines cardio and strength training into an effective 30-
    minute workout. Television star Jackie Warner lends her expertise as a
    top-dollar personal trainer in this DVD packed with moves that train
    multiple muscle groups at once. Personal Training with Jackie is
    excellent choice for anyone seeking a workout routine that promotes
    maximum self-improvement despite having a minimum amount of time
    available for exercise! 32 min.

    Well: Worked Out with Tannis Kobrinsky
    Stock Yard Films
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $14.95 www.healthabitravels.com www.411videoinfo.com

    Hosted by Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor Tannis Kobrinsky
    (certified by Julius Horvath), Well: Worked Out is a fitness DVD
    blending Pilates, Qi Gong moves, yoga-based stretches, and balance
    poses to the rhythms of music from around the world. Five different
    segments are offered; they can be combined into a single balanced
    workout, or undertaken separately. The sections are "Well
    Within" (with a focus on core muscles), "Well Being" (movement
    mediation to access one's Chi), "Well Armed" (upper body tone and
    stretch), "Well Grounded" (lower body muscle building and joint
    mobility), and "Well Balanced" (enhance one's awareness and alertness
    in addition to balance). A choice addition to personal fitness DVD
    libraries.

    World Food Markets: China
    Learning ZoneXPress
    PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
    1571758453 $49.95 www.learningzoneexpress.com 1-888-455-7003

    Intended for viewers ranging in age from grade 7 to adult, World Food
    Markets: China is an educational DVD about food markets and food
    preparation in the populous nation of modern China - where freshness
    is so important that some Chinese housewives shop twice a day to
    prepare meals that are not only flavorful, but also healthy. Cookbook
    author and traveler Paulette Mitchell guides the viewer through Hong
    Kong, Shanghai, and the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, where people
    come to the food markets to socialize as well as shop and savor local
    delicacies. Printable teaching materials are available online as a
    companion to this brief yet enlightening cultural program. Highly
    recommended, especially for school and public library DVD collections.
    24 minutes, closed captioned.

    Agatha Christie Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598284676 $29.99 Blu-ray www.acornmedia.com

    Now available on a beautifully mastered Blu-ray, Murder on the Orient
    Express brings Agatha Christie's classic mystery starring the
    inscrutable Hercule Poirot (played by David Suchet) to unforgettable
    life. While traveling from Istanbul to London by rail, Poirot is
    offered a large sum of money to determine who is threatening the life
    of a wealthy, hard-line businessman. Poirot declines at first, but
    when the businessman is stabbed to death, Poirot resolves to
    reconstruct what led to the murder and find the killer. Guest stars
    include Eileen Atkins, Toby Jones, Hugh Bonneville, and Barbara
    Hershey; Murder on the Orient Express also comes with a list of Poirot
    books, cast filmographies, and the bonus featurette "David Suchet on
    the Orient Express", offering a tour of the history of the real-life
    Orient Express. A "must-have" for fans of Agatha Christie's widely
    beloved works, Murder on the Orient Express deserves to be the
    centerpiece of any British mystery Blu-ray collection. 93 min. plus 47
    min. bonus program, 1080p (bonus program 1080i), widescreen, SDH
    subtitles.

    Exploring Our Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608833061 $49.99 www.shopPBS.org

    Exploring Our Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. collects three
    groundbreaking films about understanding the history and origins of
    American people: "African-American Lives", "African-American Lives 2",
    and "Faces of America". Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. guides the viewer
    on a tour that encompasses history, genealogy to reveal the stories
    sagas of Americans from a diversity of ethnic backgrounds. Exploring
    Our Roots is ultimately not just a story of race or ancestry, but an
    exploration of American heritage and foundation. An excellent,
    contemplative collection that examines what it truly means to be an
    American, Exploring Our Roots is a top pick especially for public
    library DVD collections. 3 DVDs, 12 hours, widescreen.

    Directors: Life Behind the Camera
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
    $29.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

    Assembled from over 300 hours of interviews, Directors: Life Behind
    the Camera is a stunning documentary featuring words of wisdom from
    thirty-three legendary directors. A compendium of revelations about
    the art, business, and craft of filmmaking, how to get things done in
    Hollywood, the pitfalls facing one at all steps of the process, and
    more, Directors: Life Behind the Camera is further enhanced with
    illustrative film clips and interviews with guest actors and other
    industry veterans. A fascinating treasure trove for movie buffs, and
    an absolute "must-see" for anyone interested in getting into directing
    as a career, Directors: Life Behind the Camera is especially
    recommended for public and college library DVD collections. 2 DVDs, 4
    hours.

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