MBR: The Library DVD Shelf

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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Hot Body Yoga
    Denise Austin
    Lionsgate
    No ISBN, $14.98, www.lionsgatedvd.com

    HOT BODY YOGA follows trainer Denise Austin's YOGA BODY BURN, and
    offers a new yoga workout DVD designed to sculpt and encourage a lean
    body. Newcomers and yoga veterans alike will appreciate routines in
    two 30-minute sessions that begin with 'yoga fit' and move to 'yoga
    sculpt', the more advanced yoga workout. An excellent pick for any DVD
    fitness collection!

    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    No ISBN, $14.98 each, www.anchorbayent.com/fitness

    10 MINUTE SOLUTION: RAPID RESULTS FAT BURNER provides a fine survey
    for those who claim they have no time to exercise, offering a series
    of segments ranging from power sports drills to low impact routines
    and even kickboxing and cardio mixes. Any home exerciser or DVD
    libraries catering to them will welcome this quick approach.
    Exercisers who love to dance will relish DANCE WITH JULIANNE: JUST
    DANCE! It comes from a Nashville recording artist and two-time winner
    of 'Dancing with the Stars' and offers a dance workout DVD that's a
    different side to her cardio ballroom prior release. Learners need no
    prior dance skills to appreciate this - and don't have to be fit,
    either. A warm-up is followed by three fun ten-minute intervals. DANCE
    OFF THE INCHES: CARDIO HIP HOP comes from Jennifer Galardi, who offers
    fresh new dance steps for both fans of her original DVD and those new
    to the series. Three dance routines provide fine total body workouts
    based on the hip hop dance routines she's developed. All are top
    picks.

    What if God Were the Sun?
    Lifetime
    142298835X, $14.95, www.mylifetime.com

    Lacey Chabert and Gena Rowlands star in a story of love and loss when
    a young ER nurse planning an upcoming wedding finds her lack of faith
    shaken by disaster. Her father's sudden death - with her unknowingly
    in the next room - leads her to a grief that overshadows everything in
    her world until a terminally ill patient provides the key to
    understanding. A warm, rich story of faith emerges.

    The Dive from Clausen's Pier
    Lifetime
    1422988341, $14.95, www.mylifetime.com

    The Dive from Clausen's Pier tells of Carrie, who is just realizing
    she doesn't love her fiance when a tragic diving accident leaves him
    paralyzed. She flees for New York City and there meets an older man in
    hopes of discovering her values and path in life in this warm,
    outstanding story.

    Soundtracker
    Indiepix
    31 East 32nd Street, #1201, New York, NY 10016
    No ISBN, $24.95, www.indiepixfilms.com

    There are few places of pure quiet left in the U.S., and finding these
    places is a challenge. For thirty years nature sound recorder Gordon
    Hempton's life mission has been to find and record these places:
    SOUNDTRACKER follows his search and the DVD includes a fine interview
    with its director, deleted scenes, project information and even a map
    to 'the quietest places in the U.S.' Very highly recommended!

    Wade in the Water, Children
    Indiepix
    31 East 32nd Street, #1201, New York, NY 10016
    No ISBN, $24.95, www.indiepixfilms.com

    WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN offers a poetic look at life in Crescent
    City post-Katrina through the eyes of its youngest citizens on the 5th
    anniversary of the hurricane. Private videos, uncensored interviews
    and more provide fresh insights on the Katrina experience from the
    eyes of kids who are surviving it today.

    Down Under the Sea
    Smithsonian Networks
    No ISBN, $19.98, www.smithsonianchannel.com

    A 2-disc set packs two maritime adventures onto DVD: The Big Blue, an
    account of the blue whale, and Secrets of the Great Barrier Reef,
    exploring the life of Australia's finest natural resource. Presented
    in letterbox with Dolby and subtitling for the deaf, this brings the
    underwater world directly into the modern living room.

    Breath-Centered Yoga
    Leslie Kaminoff
    Human Kinetics
    Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
    0736092358, $16.95, www.humankinetics.com

    Breath-Centered Yoga provides an exceptional coverage of for complete
    forms that can be done anywhere at any time, by any age user. Detailed
    instruction on breathing and movement pack a DVD that also includes
    five alternate audio tracks with specialized details, and original
    music from Robert Spalding Newcomb.

    Championship Productions
    2730 Graham Street, Ames, IA 50010
    www.championshipproductions.com

    Ray Lokar, a high school basketball coach of thirty years' experience,
    presents two DVDs filled with wisdom, hands-on experience and
    practical strategies for fellow coaches. "Fundamentals Factory for
    Youth Basketball" (276 min., $49.99) is packed with drills, exercises,
    life lessons, coaching suggestions, and more to guide gym teachers and
    parents-turned-coaches in the skill and art of progression-based skill
    instruction. "Building an Effective Youth Basketball Practice" (50
    min., $29.99) particularly focuses on how to structure practice
    sessions with goals and purpose, the better to build youth basketball
    skill and teamwork. Both DVDs are hands-on practical, absolute "must-
    haves" for any would-be youth basketball teacher, worthy of the
    highest recommendation.

    Dogs Decoded
    PBS
    c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608833269, $24.99, www.ssapr.com

    Dogs Decoded: Understanding the Human-Dog Relationship is a
    fascinating DVD documentary about man's best friend. Dogs have been
    domesticated longer than any other animal, but only recently has
    research established that dogs have a unique talent - they are able to
    read and respond to human emotions. Dogs can be taught to respond to
    human pointing, unlike wolves or even apes. Puppies retain juvenile
    traits that allow them to be conditioned according to their master's
    needs, unlike wolf cubs that remain naturally aggressive and even
    destructive when raised in captivity. New discoveries in the genetics
    of dogs offer a world of insight into both human and canine ways of
    life. Dogs Decoded is an amazing tour of scientific revelation, highly
    recommended for dog lovers and public library collections. 56 minutes,
    widescreen, subtitles.

    Circus
    PBS
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608832736, $34.99 DVD /, $39.99 Blu-ray, www.ssapr.com

    Circus is an extraordinary DVD documentary of the annual 350-show,
    town-to-town tour of the Big Apple Circus. From seventh and eighth-
    generation circus performers, to newcomers looking to earn their place
    in the spotlight, to the crushing effects of an economy turning sour,
    Circus is a behind-the-scenes look at the ups and downs of this
    incredible entertainment industry. Special features include character
    profiles, bonus footage of circus daily life, and more. An absolute
    "must-have" for anyone who has ever wondered what life as a circus
    member is truly like, highly recommended especially for public library
    collections. 3 discs, 6 hours, widescreen, subtitles.

    Joy Bauer's Slimdown Workout
    Acacia
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    9781598285185, $16.99, www.acacialifestyle.com

    Registered dietitian Joy Bauer and world-class trainer Lisa Wheeler
    present Joy Bauer's Slimdown Workout, an excellent DVD for shedding
    pounds, boosting one's energy, and strengthening muscles. The only
    equipment needed for optimal benefit from the two 20-minute cardio and
    strength-training segments are light hand weights and a mat. Bonus
    material includes ten weight loss tips, advice on healthy snacks, and
    suggested diet-friendly meals. Joy Bauer's Slimdown Workout is an easy-
    to-use addition to fitness DVD collections, and highly recommended. 50
    min.

    Personal Training with Jackie: Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    $14.98, www.anchorbayentertainment.com

    Personal Training with Jackie: Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs is a fitness DVD
    hosted by Jackie Warner, known for her hit fitness TV shows "Work Out"
    and "Thintervention", focusing on how to tone one's abdominals without
    doing crunches. Instead, Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs reveals two original
    15-minute workouts; one can be done from a standing position, and the
    other is an invigorating floor routine. No equipment other than
    inexpensive hand weights is recommended to feel the full force of the
    workout. Best done three times a week to shed fat and improve one's
    abdominals, Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs lives up to its title and is highly
    recommended. 32 min.

    Waterlife
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    077221266X, $320.00, www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Licensed for public performance, Waterlife is a sobering documentary
    about the Great Lakes, which have been severely polluted and
    threatened. From the risk of an Asian carp invasion through the
    Chicago river (which would have a devastating impact on the lake's
    indigenous life), to the problems of insufficient regulation to
    curtail private or industrial pollution, to the inherent difficulties
    of managing a common resource shared between two nations and ten
    states, Waterlife is a vividly eye-opening account of serious
    environmental issues. Highly recommended, especially for high school
    classroom and public library collections. 109 minutes, 16:9 format.

    The Red Baron
    Monterey Media Inc.
    566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
    9781569943960, $26.95 DVD/, $34.95 BluRay, www.montereymedia.com

    The Red Baron is a dramatic movie based on life of the real Red Baron
    of history. During World War I, Baron Manfred von Richthofen was the
    one of the best pilots there was - a legend in his day, respected on
    both sides of the titanic conflict. Richthofen and his fellow officers
    including Lieutenant Voss uphold a sportsmanlike code to their fierce
    aerial duels. Yet the German high command ruthlessly manipulates his
    code of chivalry, and when he falls in love with the beautiful nurse
    Kate he begins to understand the true complexity and severity of war.
    Ultimately it is his duty to return to the skies again and again, when
    each new mission just might be his last. A moving portrayal of one
    man's love, losses, and principles even as he fulfills the terrible
    demands of war, The Red Baron is utterly unforgettable and highly
    recommended.

    The Guilty
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598285260, $39.99, www.acornonline.com

    The Guilty collects on DVD a provocative thriller that first aired on
    public television in the 1990s and was a finalist at the International
    Film Festival. A high-stakes London attorney (played by Michael
    Kitchen) forces sex on his secretary while drunk; an ex-convict
    (played by Sean Gallagher) searches for his biological father, only to
    be absorbed into a cruel conspiracy. No one is truly innocent in this
    dark psychological drama about justice all too often denied. 2 discs,
    201 min, SDH subtitles.

    Lionsgate
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $14.98 each, www.411videoinfo.com

    Two energetic workout DVDs from fitness expert Denise Austin make
    excellent additions to any exercise video library. "Quick Burn
    Cardio" (50 min.) lives up to its title with a vigorous, fat-burning
    routine. Interval training, ab sculpting and cardio weight training
    form the core of this easy-to-follow workout, which expects no
    equipment other than inexpensive hand weights. A music-only option and
    a custom workout option further enhance this choice pick. "Shrink Your
    Fat Zones Pilates" (46 min.) concentrates on three tailored workouts
    of specialized Pilates techniques for slimming one's waist, sculpting
    one's upper body, and toning the buns and thighs. Designed to help the
    viewer begin to look and feel better about their body in just twenty-
    one days, "Shrink Your Fat Zones Pilates" is refreshing, user-
    friendly, and a great way to stay fit during the winter holidays! Also
    highly recommended for fitness lovers who especially enjoy dance is
    "Dance with Me Groove & Burn" (50 min.) hosted by Bill Blanks Jr.

    I.M. Pei: Building China Modern
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    1594589666, $295.00, www.bullfrogfilms.com

    I.M. Pei: Building China Modern is a DVD documentary about the work of
    Pritzker Architecture Prize winner I.M. Pei, a staunch proponent of
    modernism in architecture. Now well into his eighties, Pei has
    returned to his ancestors' home of Suzhou, China to create a modern
    museum in the city's oldest neighborhood. Striving to balance
    architectural advancement with respect for the grandeur of China's
    heritage, Pei works on his most challenging - and most personal - task
    yet. Documentary extras include interviews with I.M. Pei, architect
    Charles Jencks, and philosopher John B. Cobb, Jr., and a rare bonus
    lecture that Pei gave about the Suzhou Museum at the Louvre. Highly
    recommended. 53 minutes, SDH captioned.

    Sheeba
    Questar
    307 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
    9781594645891, $19.99, www.questarentertainment.com

    Sheeba is a family-friendly movie about the bond between a boy and his
    dog. Young Clay is unhappy at having to leave his friends and his
    daily life in New York City, but he finds a new brown-and-white four-
    footed friend in Sheeba. When Wax, the town bully, takes Sheeba away,
    Clay must use his head to hold his own against the older boy. Clay's
    adventures pull him deeper into trouble, but his father and Sheeba are
    there to help him in his hour of greatest need. Sheeba a warm-hearted
    adventure of learning to adapt and mature with a little assistance
    from man's best friend, highly recommended. 91 minutes. Also highly
    recommended from Questar is "Bear With Me", the wilderness adventure
    of 11-year-old Emily and an ursine friend.

    Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance Party!
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    $14.98, www.anchorbayentertainment.com

    Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance Party! is an enthusiastic
    fitness DVD with a wild country twist. Getting in shape can be a
    blast, and instructor Amy Blackburn shows how country line dance
    shuffles, kicks, and stomps can burn fat and boost energy. A "Dance
    Off the Inches Step Guide" quickly familiarizes the viewer with the 10
    steps needed to enjoy the whole program. "Country Line Dance Party" is
    a user-friendly workout for viewers of all ages and backgrounds, and
    deserves a place in DVD fitness libraries dedicated to cardiovascular
    health, variety, and just plain fun.

    Element: Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    $14.98, www.anchorbayentertainment.com

    Yoga instructor Ashley Turner hosts Element: Yoga for Stress Relief &
    Flexibility, an inexpensive DVD offering two yoga programs to improve
    one's physical and mental health. The "Stress Relief" program
    emphasizes controlling one's breath, longer holds, and forward bends
    in order to heighten mental acuity and foster higher quality sleep.
    The "Flexibility" program lives up to its title with vinyasa
    techniques have enhanced agility, dampened pain, and promoted greater
    freedom of movement for countless generations. An excellent, low-
    impact workout for viewers of all ages and backgrounds, Element: Yoga
    for Stress Relief & Flexibility is an excellent addition to any
    fitness DVD library. 73 min.

    Digital Footprint: Watch Where You Step
    Learning ZoneXPress
    PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
    $79.95, www.learningzoneexpress.com

    Digital Footprint: Watch Where You Step is an educational DVD designed
    to teach viewers of all ages and backgrounds about one's "digital
    footprint" - the data left behind on the Internet and other digital
    records from any computer related activity, from using one's debit
    card or being recorded on security cameras to sending pictures by cell
    phone, posting material on social networking websites, and much more.
    Once information reaches the world wide web, it's effectively there
    forever; this can be compromising or even harmful if the information
    is something unsavory (like nude pictures or private, sexual chat
    logs), or something that a would-be stalker or identity thief can use
    (like one's address, social security number, telephone number, or
    other personal information). Digital Footprint covers how one can
    survey one's own footprint, the perils of "sexting" (sending sexual
    text messages or photos by cell phone), how to keep one's digital
    footprint small and unobtrusive, and ways to counter negative effects
    of a digital footprint that's grown too big. In today's information-
    saturated society, where researching the digital footprint of a
    prospective employee is par for the course, being aware of one's
    digital footprint and the lasting repercussions that a fleeting moment
    of digital indiscretion can have are more important than ever. Digital
    Footprint: Watch Where You Step deserves the highest recommendation
    for classroom viewing and public library collections.

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