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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Down Under the Sea
    Smithsonian Networks
    Infinity Entertainment Group
    c/o Greenleaf & Associates (publicity)
    $19.98 smithsonianchannel.com

    Down Under the Sea is a two-DVD documentary collection revealing
    mysteries and wonders of the deep. "The Big Blue" focuses on the
    planet's largest living creature, the majestic Blue Whale, with a
    bonus "Footprints on Water: The Nan Hauser Story" episode about the
    efforts of a tireless American conservationist. "Secrets of the Great
    Barrier Reef" reveals Australia's 1,200 mile-long treasure and the
    unique marine life that inhabit it. Colorful, wondrous, inspirational,
    and yet also a sadly cautionary tale about the depredations humanity
    continues to inflict upon the natural environment, Down Under the Sea
    is a top-notch pick and highly recommended as a gift for nature lovers
    as well as for public library collections. 2 DVDs, 140 minutes.

    Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608833078 $49.99 www.shopPBS.org

    Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures collects a medley of
    documentaries featuring Peabody and Emmy Award-winning host Jean-
    Michel Cousteau and his top-notch diving team. Ocean Adventures is not
    only about the mysteries and wonders of the deep, but also about the
    need to better understand the ocean as well as practice sustainable
    management of its wealth and offerings. The documentaries presented
    are "Sharks at Risk & Gray Whale Obstacle Course", "Sea Ghosts & Call
    of the Killer Whale", "Return to the Amazon", "Voyage to Kure Parts 1
    & 2" (referring to the outermost islands of the Northwest Hawaiian
    Island Archipelago), and "America's Underwater Treasures Parts 1 and
    2". Highly recommended, especially as a gift for nature lovers and for
    public library collections. 5 DVDs, 11 hours, closed-captioned,
    widescreen.

    The Decade of Destruction: The Indians
    Adrian Cowell, producer
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    $59.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    The Decade of Destruction: The Indians (Classroom Version) is part of
    an educational DVD documentary series chronicling how the Amazonian
    rainforest has been under siege from 1980 to 1990. "The Indians"
    specifically focuses upon the hardships endured by the many forest
    Indian tribes, who have suffered immensely from colonists, loggers,
    and the many unfamiliar diseases brought by both. Despite the
    Brazilian Government's Indian Agency's efforts to protect native
    peoples from devastation, many tribes have succumbed to or are
    threatened by extinction. A sobering true story of human rapacity, The
    Decade of Destruction: The Indians is highly recommended for classroom
    viewing, along with the rest of The Decade of Destruction series: "The
    Rainforest", "The Colonists", "The Development Road", "The Rubber
    Tappers" and "The Politicians." 16 minutes.

    The Storytelling Class
    A film by John Paskievich and John Whiteway
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    1594589631 $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    The Storytelling Class is a DVD documentary following Gordon Bell High
    School, located in Winnipeg. Gorden Bell is quite culturally diverse,
    teaching students from around the world as well as native Canadians -
    many of the student body are from locations plagued by war and other
    ravages. The students' reading of the memoir "A Long Way Gone" by
    Ishmael Beah, an accounting of his nightmarish days as a child
    soldier, prompts the creation of a voluntary, after-school
    storytelling project through which immigrant students can share their
    stories with their fellow Canadian students. The climax of the
    documentary involves Ishmael Beah and professional storyteller Laura
    Simms traveling all the way from New York, in this heartwarming
    documentary of finding commonality and learning to listen to one
    another. 47 and 59 minute versions on one DVD, English SDH captions or
    Spanish subtitles available.

    Smith Show Entertainment
    $24.99 each amazon.com

    The "Careers for Teens" series of educational DVDs ideal for
    introducing young adults to different prospective employment fields.
    Each brief yet enlightening short film gives an up-close and personal
    look at the hands-on work men and women do each day in their chosen
    field. "Surgeon" includes a glimpse of real-life surgeons at work in
    the operating room before orthopedic and cardiac surgeries, as well as
    the challenges of balancing work and home life. "Researcher" tells of
    biomedical researchers who dedicate their time and effort to learning
    more about what makes living beings tick, and offers suggestions for
    pursuing scientific research as a career. "Scientist for Disabled
    Teens" follows three scientists who pursued their respective dreams of
    clinical psychology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry despite personal
    disabilities. "Pathologist" follows a teenage girl who becomes
    involved in the study of pathology when she learns her sister has
    cervical cancer. The "Careers for Teens" series are inspirational and
    involving viewing, highly recommended for high school and public
    library collections. 25 minutes each.

    Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen, season three
    hosted by Christopher Kimball, et. al.
    America's Test Kitchen
    c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608832705 $29.99 www.ssapr.com

    The third season of Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen
    collects all thirteen episodes of the popular cooking show, as seen on
    public television. Filmed in a beautifully renovated nineteenth-
    century farmhouse, Cook's Country features classic, family-friendly
    recipes adjusted for the needs of the modern-day cook. In addition to
    the easy-to-follow, how-to instructions for preparing delectable
    dishes (with printable versions of all 29 recipes included), Cook's
    Country offers tips on selected the best cookware and kitchen tools,
    as well as tricks and techniques for savvy shopping at the
    supermarket. Cook's Country is a delight for cooks of all skill and
    experience levels, and an excellent gift for anyone responsible for
    making meals to remember! The episodes are "Two Perfect Pies", "Family
    Supper", "Old Fashioned Park", "Southern Comfort Food", "Beef Meets
    Grill", "Everybody Loves Chocolate", "Hearty Italian Meals", "Northern
    Cookout", "Southwestern Suppers", "Breakfast Show Stoppers", "Chicken
    Two Ways" and "Ultimate Ham Dinner". 2 DVDs.

    Core Fusion Bootcamp with Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito
    Acacia
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    9781598284522 $16.99 www.acacialifestyle.com

    Core Fusion Bootcamp with Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito is a
    cardio and strength training fitness DVD, featuring five ten-minute
    workouts that can be mixed, matched, and combined as desired.
    Featuring fast-paced exercise sequences from the Exhale mind/body
    spa's nationally renowned Core Fusion classes, Core Fusion Bootcamp is
    best used with a little inexpensive equipment (light hand weights, a
    mat, and a playground ball are recommended). Core Fusion co-creators
    Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito host this excellent fat-burning,
    heart-strengthening workout, ideal for home DVD fitness libraries. 60
    minutes, widescreen. Also highly recommended for the health-conscious
    is "Shiva Rea Power Flow Yoga" (9781598285062, $24.99 185 min.), which
    is packed with thirteen of the best segments from Shiva Rea's previous
    Yoga DVDs, allowing viewers to tailor the length and focus of a
    flexibility-building yoga workout to their personal needs.

    Dance with Julianne: Just Dance!
    Julianne Hough
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    $14.98 www.anchorbayentertainment.com

    Choreographer and two-time "Dancing with the Stars" champion Julianne
    Hough presents Dance with Julianne: Just Dance!, a fitness DVD
    featuring three energetic routines great for burning fat, toning
    muscles, and feeling good. Dance with Julianne is designed to work the
    whole body to vigorous and catchy music; it's a great way to have fun
    while staying active and healthy. In a special bonus feature, Julianne
    offers a one-on-one personal dance lesson, demonstrating key dance
    steps at a slower pace and offering helpful tips to improve one's
    technique and personal style. A "Behind the Scenes" featurette rounds
    out this enriching addition to exercise and fitness DVD libraries. 46
    minutes plus 7 minutes dance lesson.

    Building the Great Cathedrals
    PBS
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608833030 $24.99 www.ssapr.com

    Building the Great Cathedrals ($24.99, 56 min.) is an episode of the
    award-winning public television series NOVA on DVD, exploring the
    extraordinary medieval architectural achievements that were the grand
    Gothic cathedrals. Some of these institutions took the effort of
    entire towns, and as long as hundred years to build; many are on the
    verge of collapse today. Modern engineers, architects, art historians,
    and computer scientists study the great cathedrals today - both to
    learn more about how such incredible temples were created, and to
    devise ways to save them from ruin. An amazing study of the genius of
    medieval builders and the beautiful fruits of their labors, Building
    the Great Cathedrals is a choice pick for public library DVD
    collections. Also highly recommended is NOVA episode "Crash of Flight
    447" ($24.99, 56 min.), which explores the mysterious 2009 tragedy of
    Flight AF447, which was lost over the Atlantic Ocean despite its many
    elaborate safety and navigation features, as well as a pristine safety
    record.

    The Nature of Existence
    Roger Nygard, filmmaker
    Walking Shadows
    www.walking-shadows.com www.TheNatureOfExistence.com
    c/o Greenleaf & Associates (publicity)
    $24.95 DVD / $29.95 DVD 2-disc collector's set / $29.95 Blu-ray

    "Trekkies" filmmaker Roger Nygard presents The Nature of Existence, an
    extraordinary documentary about The Big Questions - why are we here?
    Who or what created the Universe? Does God exist? What are morality,
    and spirituality? The Nature of Existence explores all these mysteries
    from a multitude of scientific and spiritual perspectives - the people
    giving testimonies range from physicist Dr. Steve Biller, to Rabbi
    Boruch Kaplan, to notable author and atheist Richard Dawkins, and many
    more. The result is a film festival award-winning voyage of ultimate
    discovery, highly recommended for anyone who has ever wondered: Why?
    204 minutes (2-disc collector's set), English subtitles, widescreen.

    The Seekers Guide to Harry Potter
    Dr. Geo Athena Trevarthen
    Reality Films
    21321 Oakwood Lane, Foresthill, CA 95631
    $19.95 www.reality-entertainment.com

    Dr. Geo Athena Trevarthen has extensively and independently researched
    the lore of the popular Harry Potter fantasy series; now she shares
    her findings in The Seekers Guide to Harry Potter: The Secrets and
    Symbols Behind Harry Potter's World, a DVD exploring the hidden
    secrets of J.K. Rowling's captivating fantasy world. The Seekers Guide
    to Harry Potter is a completely unauthorized account (not licensed,
    endorsed, or affiliated with J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros.) that delves
    into the mythos of the magic in Harry Potter's world, and its shamanic
    history. A wonderfully enriching supplement to the widely beloved
    books and movies, highly recommended to devoted Harry Potter fans.

    The Legend of Tillamook's Gold
    Questar
    307 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
    9781594643736 $14.99 www.questarentertainment.com

    The Legend of Tillamook's Gold is an amazing, family-friendly
    adventure following a Julie (played by Suzanne Marie Doyon), an
    ordinary 14-year-old girl who stumbles across an ancient coin on the
    beach connected to a Native American legend about a lost treasure.
    With the aid of her grandfather (played by Emmy nominee Max Gail) and
    his friend Standing Elk (played by Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman), she
    sets out on her quest to discover Tillamook's forgotten gold. An
    unforgettable journey ensues, in this enthralling saga highly
    recommended for family and public library collections alike. 107
    minutes.

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