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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    The Grandfathers
    Ethnographic Media
    c/o The B&B Media Group Inc. (publicity)
    $19.95 www.EGMfilms.org www.thegrandfathers.com

    The Grandfathers is the final motion-graphics documentary of a trilogy
    now available on DVD, about a young man living among the stone-age
    Amazon tribe that slew his grandfather. The Grandfathers is a profound
    story about the impact that the murder of five missionaries had on
    both the killers and the families of the slain... and ultimately how
    the widows and children of the men who died became the crucial part of
    a redemptive process that would change the lives of all involved. The
    Grandfathers is a profound, moving, and unforgettable true story. Also
    highly recommended are the previous two documentaries, which chronicle
    the events leading up to the deaths of the missionaries: "End of the
    Spear" and "Beyond the Gates of Splendor". 54 min.

    The Genius of Design
    Athena
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598284683 $49.99 www.acornonline.com

    As seen on the Smithsonian channel, The Genius of Design is a two-DVD
    thinpack set collecting an educational five-part documentary about the
    art, science, and practical (or even wartime) ramifications of design.
    The episodes are "Ghosts in the Machine", revealing how the design
    process moved from the workshop to the factory and the rise of mass
    production; "Designs for Living", concerning how modernism completely
    transformed architecture and consumer goods; "Blueprints for War"
    about the demands World War II placed on designers and how design
    philosophies directly impacted the outcome of war (for example, the
    cheaper design of Russian tanks allowed them to be produced in numbers
    that would overwhelm the smaller numbers of higher-quality but more
    expensive Nazi tanks); "Better Living Through Chemistry" about
    design's role in the transition from wartime production to a consumer-
    driven economy; and "Objects of Desire" which touches upon not only
    ever-changing consumer demand and the rise of digital technology, but
    also the new challenge of sustainability. Biographical sketches of
    famous designers and a "viewer's guide" booklet enhance this
    fascinating and horizon-expanding series. 2 DVDs, 242 min., SDH
    subtitles. Also highly recommended is the Athena documentary series
    "The Cosmos: A Beginner's Guide" (9781598285758, $39.99, 169 min., 2
    DVDs).

    Get Extremely Ripped! Boot Camp
    Jari Love
    Get Ripped Inc.
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $14.99 www.411videoinfo.com www.jarilove.com

    Certified personal trainer and creator of the award-winning Get Ripped
    fitness series Jari Love presents Get Extremely Ripped! Boot Camp, a
    vigorous exercise DVD that can be set up for six 10-minute workouts or
    two 30-minute workouts. A high-energy program designed to be
    accessible to viewers of all skill and experience levels, Get
    Extremely Ripped! Boot Camp is brimming with enthusiasm, pulsing
    music, and core, strength, and cardio exercises. The only needed
    equipment is a set of 3-8 pound dumbbells (having access to a step is
    optional). Get Extremely Ripped! Boot Camp is a choice pick for any
    fitness DVD collection. 80 min.

    Happily Ever Active
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    www.411videoinfo.com

    Wife, mother, physical therapist, and certified Pilates and Yoga
    instructor Jillian Moriarty, MSPT presents two excellent fitness DVDs
    from Happily Ever Active are ideal for moms and moms-to-be. "Prego-fit
    & Fabulous" ($14.95, 40 min.) offers both prenatal and postnatal
    workouts that blend elements of yoga and pilates. The only necessary
    equipment is a simple ball or pillow, and the workout includes
    pregnancy-specific breathwork and relaxation poses. "On-the-Move
    Munchkins" ($14.95, 40 min.) is a yoga and pilates DVD fitness
    designed for parents and young children to follow together. An
    educational smattering of sign-language learning enhances this
    wonderful, healthful and family-friendly workout. Both are excellent
    ways to promote flexibility, well-being, and positive lifelong habits.

    44 Baseball Mistakes and Corrections
    Marty Schupak
    Youth Sports Club
    9 Florence Court, Valley Cottage, New York 10989
    9780978945190 $24.95 www.YouthSportsClub.com

    44 Baseball Mistakes and Corrections: Tips For Youth Baseball Coaches
    & Players! lives up to its title with an in-depth study of many of the
    most common and persistent mistakes seen in youth baseball games.
    Ideal for coaches or parents in charge of a youth baseball league
    (whether recreational or competitive), 44 Baseball Mistakes and
    Corrections examines step-by-step how to improve training and gameplay
    through basic practice principles. Video sections include "Hitting
    Mistakes", "Pitching Mistakes", "Baserunning Mistakes", "Fielding
    Mistakes", "Coaching Mistakes", "Equipment Mistakes", "Backing Up
    Mistakes", "Sliding Mistakes", and more. Highly recommended especially
    for physical education instructor and public school sports DVD
    libraries. 36 min.

    Pilates Super Sculpt
    Tracey Mallett
    traceymallett.com
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    Master Pilates Instructor Tracey Mallett presents Pilates Super
    Sculpt, a fitness DVD ideal for beginning to intermediate fitness
    buffs, featuring Pilates exercises designed to promote core strength
    and improved posture. The six sections of the fitness DVD are "Total
    Body Warm-up", "Abs Series", "Oblique and Buns Sculpt", "Legs and
    Thigh Burn", "Total Body Challenge", and "Flexibility"; they can be
    mixed or matched in any order. An inexpensive sponge or playground
    ball is necessary for some of the exercises, but is the only required
    equipment in this user-friendly workout program. 60 min.

    The Language of Life
    Bill Moyers
    Athena
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598285499 $59.99 www.acornonline.com

    The Language of Life is a DVD thinpack DVD documentary series in which
    journalist and host Bill Moyers speaks with eighteen authors and
    poets, and shares the unique experience of having them read passages
    aloud in front of a live audience. Robert Bly, Adrienne Rich, Gary
    Snyder and many more talented individuals are profiled in this
    extraordinary anthology of personal interviews and public
    performances, some of which have musical accompaniment by the
    acclaimed Paul Winter Consort. The Language of Life lives up to its
    title with an exceptional cross-section of the dimensions of life as
    expressed through the finest of wordsmithing, and is highly
    recommended especially for bibliophiles and public library DVD
    collections. 3 DVDs, 8 episodes, 447 min.

    Water on the Table
    a film by Liz Marshall
    featuring water-warrior Maude Barlow
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    1594589798 $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    In July of 2010, a large majority of the United Nations voted in favor
    of a resolution to recognize the human right to water and sanitation;
    Canada, the US, and 39 other nations abstained. Water on the Table is
    a documentary on DVD capturing the powerful message of "international
    water-warrior" Maude Barlow, who champions the principle that water is
    so invaluable and essential that it needs to be declared a public
    trust and a human right. Barlow speaks out against those who would
    privatize the distribution of water, or who seek to turn a substance
    human beings need to live into a profitable commodity. The message of
    those who strongly oppose Barlow is also presented; counterarguments
    include the claim that water is no different than any other resource,
    or that privatizing water distribution is the better means to protect
    access to it. Water on the Table is a hard-hitting look at an issue
    that will only become more pressing as increasing population,
    desertification, climate change, and other ecological issues place
    human access to water in ever-greater jeopardy. Also highly
    recommended is the Bullfrog Films documentary "SoLa: Louisiana Water
    Stories" (1594589968, $250.00), about the connection between humans
    and water in Southern Louisiana... and in the unfolding of one of the
    worst manmade ecological disasters in recorded history.

    Lorna Doone
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598285314 $29.99 www.acornonline.com

    Lorna Doone is the DVD adaptation of R.D. Blackmore's classic saga of
    love, blood feud, and revenge. In lawless 17th-century England during
    the Monmouth rebellion, John Ridd craves vengeance against the Doone
    family that murdered his father when he was a child. Yet John has
    fallen hopelessly, passionately in love with the beautiful Lorna
    Doone, the daughter of his avowed enemies. Cast filmographies and a
    biography of R.D. Blackmore enhance this sweeping story of passionate
    love and heart-wrenching tragedy, highly recommended especially for
    public library and private movie collections. 87 min, full screen, SDH
    subtitles.

    Obesity in a Bottle II: How to Pick Healthy Beverages
    Learning ZoneXPress
    PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
    $79.95 www.learningzoneexpress.com 1-888-455-7003

    Susan Moores, MS, RD presents Obesity in a Bottle II: How to Pick
    Healthy Beverages (26 min.), a no-nonsense informative documentary
    intended for grades 9 and up, concerning the proliferation of high-
    sugar, low-nutrition beverages that contribute to America's ongoing
    problems with obesity and other health concerns. The program segments
    include "How to Choose Healthy Beverages", "How to Choose Healthy
    Beverages for Kids", "How to Drink for Weight Loss", "How to Pick the
    Right Drinks for Sports", and "Busting Caffeine Myths". Printable
    teaching materials to accompany this invaluable and educational
    documentary are available online as well. Also highly recommended is
    the Learning ZoneXPress educational documentary "Cooking and Children:
    A Learning Activity" ($79.95, 33 min.), a useful guide promoting
    healthful cooking with young people while remaining mindful of kitchen
    safety concerns.

    My Journey to Life
    Rainer Walde
    www.waeldemedia.de
    Vision Video
    PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540
    $19.99 www.visionvideo.com 1-800-523-0226

    My Journey to Life: On the Trail of Celtic Saints is a spiritual
    documentary following host Rainer Walde's exploration of ancient
    Christianity. From Christianity's origins in Ireland and Britain, to
    the beginnings of Celtic Christianity still practiced by modern-day
    followers in Iona and Northumbria, to recreations of ancient prayers
    and rituals, to the spiritual value of a life with set times scheduled
    for solitude and Christian communion, My Journey to Life is a
    thoughtful journey of the faith that has sustained human beings for
    generations. Highly recommended especially for DVD libraries with a
    Christian spiritual focus. English and German audio tracks, 75 min.
    Also available from Vision Video is a choice pick for Christian
    families with young people ages 8-12, "The Amy Carmichael
    Story" ($14.99, 30 min.), an animated adventure following a true-life
    Christian heroine who devoted herself to rescuing children.

    20th Century America at War with Mike Wallace
    Athena
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598285574 $49.99 www.acornonline.com

    Emmy and Peabody award-winning newsman Mike Wallace hosts 20th Century
    America at War, a ten-episode boxed set documentary on DVD, originally
    shown on A&E and the History Channel. Archival footage and the
    insights of journalists, military leaders, and historians enhance this
    eye-opening survey of how combat evolved during the course of the
    twentieth century, with especial focus on Vietnam, the Korean War, and
    the Gulf War. An extraordinary educational series, 20th Century
    America at War with Mike Wallace is highly recommended especially for
    military history buffs and public library collections. The episodes
    are "How We Went to War", "Vietnam: A Soldier's Diary", "Vietnam
    Dilemma: Tet and the Anti-War Movement", "Portraits of Courage: Air
    War in Vietnam and the Prisoner of War", "Korea: The Forgotten War",
    "America's Elite Forces: A Checkered History", "Military Debacles",
    "The Gulf War Revisited: The Untold Story", "A Few Good Women", and
    "The Changing Face of Warfare". 3 DVDs, 470 min., SDH subtitles.

    Supreme 90 Day
    Telebrands
    B004S2YN5O, $22.99

    It only takes three months to turn your life around. "Supreme 90 Day"
    is a system devised by John Dull and Michelle Collier, presenting ten
    DVDs designed to tone and achieve greater fitness. Each DVD focuses a
    particular section of the body designed to make the most of it all.
    All one needs to follow the system is simple hand weights and a
    balance ball. For those looking for a bit of advice on getting to that
    next level of fitness, "Supreme 90 Day" may be the system for them.

    Kung Fu Body Conditioning
    Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang
    YMAA Publications
    PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
    9781594392085 $39.95 www.ymaa.com 1-800-669-8892

    Kung Fu Body Conditioning: Traditional Training for Endurance and
    Power is a fitness and martial arts DVD hosted by Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang,
    founder of the YMAA California Retreat Center, a location designed
    especially to preserve and teach Chinese martial arts at the highest
    level of practice. But Kung Fu Body Conditioning is not only for
    expert martial artists; fitness and self-defense buffs of all
    backgrounds will benefit from the training meant to strengthen bones,
    joints, and muscles. The program includes stretching, strength-
    training, tumbling drills, outdoor training methods, qigong
    meditation, proper posture, how to practice embryonic breathing to
    amplify one's martial power, and much more. Highly recommended. 240
    min.

    Siege
    Julien Bryan
    Aquila Polonica Publishing
    9781607720065 $14.95 www.AquilaPolonica.com

    Siege: 1940 Academy Award-Nominated Newsreel reproduces a film that
    made history. In 1939, American photojournalist Julien Bryan was the
    only neutral reporter to make a film record of Nazi Germany's
    bombardment of Poland. Bryan survived two weeks under deadly
    conditions, repeatedly risking his life to record the Nazi's violence;
    his film and still photos shocked the American public, and helped
    motivate the nation to take a stand against Hitler's ruthless
    conquest. Siege features the original, ten-minute black-and-white
    newsreel, meticulously restored, plus a wealth of special features
    including "Prelude to War", "Blitzkrieg", "The Making of Siege", a
    biography of Julien Bryan and much more. Siege is a seminal and
    indispensable addition to public and college library DVD libraries,
    worthy of the highest recommendation.

    Acacia
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    www.acacialifestyle.com

    Two excellent fitness DVDs from Acacia are worthy additions to any
    exercise buff's collection; each requires no expensive equipment other
    than light hand weights and a mat. "Ageless with Kathy Smith: Staying
    Strong" (9781598286168, $16.99, 60 min. plus bonus) is a workout
    designed especially to combat the loss of muscle mass that naturally
    comes with aging. Four mix-or-match 15-minute segments target the
    arms, legs, glutes, and core; a bonus question-and-answer segment with
    Kathy Smith plus a 12-minute stretching segment rounds out this superb
    exercise program. "Kristi Yamaguchi Power Workout" (9781598286380,
    $16.99, 53 min.) is hosted by Olympic gold medalist (and wife and
    mother!) Kristi Yamaguchi and celebrity trainer Erin O'Brien. Designed
    for viewers with busy schedules, Power Workout is divided into three
    ten-minute circuits plus an abs and chest segment. Both strength
    training and cardio endurance elements are present in this solid and
    accessible exercise DVD.

    Bennet-Watt HD Productions, Inc.
    13021 - 244 Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
    www.Bennett-Watt.com

    Bennet-Watt HD Productions takes the viewer on a fantastic tour of
    Irish history and culture in its Discoveries... Ireland DVD series.
    The fourth DVD in the series, Discoveries... Ireland: Castles &
    Ancient Treasures (9781934682678, $24.95) explores Ireland's castles,
    abbeys, moats and fortified houses - some from the medieval era, some
    ruins and passage tombs dating as far back as 3000 B.C. An
    extraordinary journey to sites of legend, beautifully captured on
    film, Castles & Ancient Treasures is the next best thing to seeing
    these historic sites in person. Discoveries... Ireland: Music & Dance
    A Rich Culture (9781934682685, $24.95) focuses on the Ireland's
    historic entertainment legacy, from the music festivals of Northwest
    Ireland to performances at cafes to people who work to keep native
    Gaelic traditions and songs alive, and much more. Both DVDs are
    treasure troves, and make excellent gifts for anyone feeling curious
    or nostalgic about Ireland's unique gifts to the world.

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