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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Element: Power Yoga
    Ashley Turner
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    No ISBN $14.98 www.anchorbayent.com/fitness

    ELEMENT: POWER YOGA comes from a celebrity yoga instructor who is one
    of the few yoga teachers to also hold a masters degree in counseling
    psychology. Her hour-long program thus weaves yoga with psychology,
    offering physical exercise blended with mind strength. It begins with
    a warmup series and moves into power abdominal poses, and is filmed on
    location overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    Extraordinary Birds
    Questar, Inc.
    307 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
    9781594646249 $49.99 DVD / $34.99 Blu-ray www.questarentertainment.com

    Available as a 6-DVD thinpack set ($49.99) or Blu-ray ($34.99),
    Extraordinary Birds is an amazing collection of episodes from the long-
    running public television documentary series "Nature", focusing
    especially on the glories, trials, and tribulations of birds
    undergoing their daily struggle to survive. The hour-long episodes
    range from a feature about hummingbirds - extraordinary, tiny
    creatures who feed on nectar and insects, and are capable of
    incredible migratory feats; raptors, predatory birds whose amazing
    talents for thermal soaring (vultures), high-speed diving (peregrine
    falcons), or silent flying (owls) have been studied for inspiration to
    create military aircraft; parrots, the social birds of extraordinary
    intelligence who can bond with their owners as closely as a dog (but
    as equals, rather than as the subordinate-master relationship a dog
    has with its owner) ; and much more. Eight incredible episodes on 6
    DVDs make up this enlightening and extraordinary collection, worthy of
    the highest recommendation especially for public library collections,
    and also as the perfect gift for bird lovers everywhere. Over 7 hours.

    God in America
    PBS
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608832910 $34.99 www.ssapr.com

    God in America: How Religious Liberty Shaped America is a DVD
    collection of a series from the award-winning producers of "American
    Experience" and "Frontline", about the role religion has played in
    American history and public life. From the complex interplay between
    religion and democracy, to political arguments about religion, to
    religious influence in social reform movements, to how America's
    commitment to religious freedom has allowed a vast diversity of faiths
    and movements to flourish, God in America is an eye-opening, and
    informative discourse. Featured historical figures rage from the
    Pueblo leader Po'pay to abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Presidents
    Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, evangelist Billy Graham, civil
    rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and many more.

    Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy
    Peggy Cappy
    PBS
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608832804 $19.99 www.ssapr.com

    Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy is a user-friendly fitness
    DVD that teaches basic yoga movements and poses meant to strengthen
    muscles and increase mobility especially for people who are challenged
    by arthritis, recovering from injury, or coping with the stiffness of
    advancing age. Instructor Peggy Cappy leads the viewer with three
    offered modifications for each pose: standing, seated, or using a
    chair for support. Meditation is also an important part of this stress-
    relieving workout. A user-friendly workout guide designed to help
    viewers of all fitness and experience levels look and feel better,
    Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy is especially recommended for
    fitness libraries catering to senior citizens and others with mobility
    challenges. 110 min.

    Upstairs Downstairs Complete Series, 40th anniversary edition
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598285116 $199.99 www.acornonline.com

    Now available in a 40th anniversary edition with over 25 hours of new
    bonus material, Upstairs Downstairs Complete Series gathers all 68
    episodes of the widely beloved British drama series following the
    wealthy, blue-blooded Bellamys (the "upstairs") and their loyal,
    energetic, and quirky servants (the "downstairs"). The foibles of
    daily life, the tumultuous impact of social change across the decades,
    and the pursuit of star-crossed (or star-blessed?) love lend a
    satisfying richness to this enduring, heartwarming, and memorable
    series. The great wealth of bonus material includes 24 episode
    commentaries, interviews with the stars, composer and editor, an
    alternate pilot episode, an essay by star and cocreator Jean Marsh,
    and much more. Upstairs Downstairs Complete Series is an absolute
    "must-have" for British drama fans, and highly recommended for public
    library collections. 21 discs, 57 hours plus bonus material, SDH
    subtitles.

    Murphy's Law, series 3
    Starring James Nesbitt
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    $39.99 www.acornonline.com

    As originally seen on BBC, Murphy's Law, series 3 is a two-DVD
    thinpack boxed set containing all six episodes of the third season of
    the gripping saga of undercover London cop Murphy. A tense,
    multifaceted crime drama, Murphy's Law delves deeper into the dark
    heart of human nature with each episode, as the unfolding story
    follows Murphy in his assumed identity of a hit man, seeking to bring
    down a London crime boss and cop killer. Murphy has lost friends,
    lovers, and his own daughter; now his own identity is in jeopardy in
    this viciously chilling and suspenseful saga. 352 min., widescreen,
    SDH subtitles.

    Tai Chi & Qi Gong Basics with Matthew Cohen
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    9781598286120 $19.99 www.acacialifestyle.com

    Tai Chi & Qi Gong Basics with Matthew Cohen is a fitness DVD that taps
    into ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi and the centuries old
    health practice of Qi Gong to provide a fitness regimen that promotes
    both physical strength and mental calm. Martial arts master of thirty
    years' experience Matthew Cohen guides the viewer through a Tai Chi
    program and a Qi Gong program. The Tai Chi program teaches core poses
    of the art, and demonstrates how to link the postures in a harmonious
    manner that promotes flexibility and endurance. The Qi Gong program
    involves slow, repetitive movements intended to foster healing in the
    body, immune system, and mind. A bonus question and answer session
    with Matthew Cohen about the positive aspects of Tai Chi and Qi Gong
    round out this user-friendly DVD. Tai Chi & Qi Gong Basics is a
    welcome supplement to any DVD health, fitness, and activity library.
    70 min, widescreen.

    Play Again
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Play Again is a documentary that questions the consequences of human
    society's increasing alienation from the natural world. The
    documentary focuses on six teenagers who, as is common in America,
    spend five to fifteen hours a day viewing technological screens in one
    form or another. Each of these young people is brought on a wilderness
    adventure - no electricity, cell phone coverage, video games or
    virtual reality. The result is a journey to discover just what is
    missing in our modern, technology saturated life; how can it be
    reacquired, and how can an appreciable, healthy balance between
    natural and digital worlds be found? Play Again is an excellent and
    thought-provoking evaluation of how to promote a biologically and
    spiritually sustainable future for the next generation. 80 min., SDH
    captioned.

    Adventures Unlimited Press
    PO Box 74, Kempton, IL 60946
    www.adventuresunlimitedpress.com 1-815-253-6390

    Three exciting DVDs from Adventures Unlimited Press take the viewer on
    an extraordinary tour through unexplained mysteries and metaphysical
    wonders. "Ancient Technology in Egypt with David Hatcher Childress and
    Christopher Dunn" (98 min., $19.95) evaluates British engineer Dunn's
    theory that there could have been a Giza Power Plant - perhaps the
    ancient Egyptians could have used power tools such as electric saws
    and drills. Dunn and Childress travel to the Great Pyramid, Abu Garab,
    the Serapeum and more places in search of answers to enduring riddles.
    In "Ancient Technology in Mexico & the Southwest with David Hatcher
    Childress" (85 min., $19.95) Childress explores northern Mexico and
    the American Southwest in search of advanced technology hidden within
    the remains of the distant past. From former cities near the Grand
    Canyon to concrete canals in central Arizona to the megaliths of the
    once-great Toltec capital Tula and the interior of the Great Pyramid
    of Cholula, Ancient Technology in Mexico & the Southwest will leave
    the viewer with an astounding new impression of bygone civilizations.
    "Atlantis, Megaliths, Tesla and ET Archaeology: The Incredible
    Worldwide System of Wireless Power" (108 min., $19.95) explores a
    broad, interconnected panoply of ancient wonders - opening with the
    megalithic structures in Peru and Bolivia, then moving on to the
    accomplishments of the Vimanas and the Hindu Rama Empire, Nikola
    Tesla's wireless transmissions, the secret inventions of Guglielmo
    Marconi, the origin of flying saucer and flying wing technology in the
    1930s and 40s, and much more. A wondrous survey of astonishing ancient
    achievements, "Atlantis, Megaliths, Tesla & ET Archaeology" will stun,
    amaze and delight from beginning to end.

    The Nature of Existence DVDs
    www.thenatureofexistence.com

    Two excellent DVD collections are top picks for general lending
    libraries looking for discussions of science, spirituality and
    enlightenment. THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE ($27.00) comes in a special
    edition, two-DVD set to explore the basics of beliefs in God and
    perspectives on enlightenment. Humor blends well with a world journey
    considering different questions ranging from sexuality to mortality
    and the afterlife. If you like this collection, be sure to also choose
    the seven-DVD set that enlarges the topics, arranging them on discs
    suitable for both general and classroom viewing alike. This DVD
    Companion Series for The Nature of Existence ($119.95) blends
    philosophy, sociology, psychology and comparative religion alike in a
    format that lends to quick and easy consideration. Choose the single-
    disc NATURE OF EXISTENCE first - then pick the entire COMPANION SERIES
    for more depth and detail. The entire product is outstanding in scope
    and presentation!

    The Booty Barre: Total New Body
    Tracey Mallett
    ATP Fitness Productions Inc.
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    International fitness expert Tracey Mallett presents The Booty Barre:
    Total New Body, a fitness DVD workout that blends techniques from
    pilates, dance, calisthenics and yoga. Structured around fat-burning
    interval training, deep toning isometric conditioning, and elongating
    techniques of pilates and dance, The Booty Barre is an all-around
    flexibility and body-strengthening workout requiring only a sturdy
    chair (or ballet barre) and a set of 3-5 pound dumbbells for
    equipment. Modifications to tune the workout to properly challenge
    viewers of all fitness levels are included in this energetic DVD. 60
    min.

    Dance a Gogo: Sexy Nightclub Workout Ultimate Edition
    Andrea Lin
    Walking Shadows
    9595 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    $29.95 www.walking-shadows.com

    Dance a Gogo: Sexy Nightclub Workout Ultimate Edition is a fitness DVD
    that makes getting in shape fun and sexy with moves from nightclubs.
    Choreographer Andrea Lin shows viewers how to exercise their sex
    appeal as well as their bodies with hip-hop, ballroom, salsa, and
    Asian dance moves to invigorate and titillate. The program consists of
    "Music Video Dance Workout" (7 min.), "Latin Groove Dance Workout" (7
    min.), "Nightclub Fun" (7 min.), "Back View Dance Along" (20 min.),
    "Movement Breakdown" (20 min.) and a 10 minute bonus. Dance a Gogo
    lives up to its title and then some; it's an invigorating workout
    ultimately about the rush of simply being alive.

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