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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Supreme 90 Day System
    Tom Holland
    One TeleBrands Plaza, Fairfield, NJ 07004
    No ISBN, $19.99 www.supreme90day.com

    SUPREME 90 DAY offers a nutrition and fitness plan and features 10
    DVDs created by fitness professionals John Dull and Michele Collier.
    Tom Holland stars in what is effectively a personal trainer in a box,
    offering a tested, verified fitness routine that advocates making
    realistic changes in daily life paired with a daily workout program
    that targets a different area of the body six days a week, half an
    hour a day. Weights and a stability ball are required for this
    training routine, which advocates a graded movement from one level to

    The Secret of Moonacre
    Entertainment One
    1417233850, $24.98, www.eonehomevideo.com

    The Secret of Moonacre deserves ongoing recommendation as a fine
    fantasy the entire family can enjoy. It tells of teen Maria, left
    orphaned and homeless and forced to leave her London home to live at
    the mysterious Moonacre Manor with an eccentric uncle - only to find
    there an ancient feud and her true identity as the last Moon Princess.
    A fine saga evolves!

    The Nature of Existence
    Walking Shadows
    9595 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    No ISBN, $24.99, www.thenatureofexistence.com

    This spiritual documentary is presented in widescreen and packs in a
    commentary track, theatrical trailers, and expanded bonus material to
    accompany a fine survey by a documentary producer who traveled the
    world for four years, exploring its philosophies, religions and
    beliefs. Roger Nygard's personal and spiritual discoveries make for an
    outstanding survey suitable for any collection strong in

    Dance Off Inches: Country Line Dance Party!
    Amy Blackburn
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    013132182490, $14.98, www.anchorbayent.com

    Dance Off Inches: Country Line Dance Party is a 43-minute workout
    routine developed by certified personal trainer Amy Blackburn, who
    teaches new moves for any who would line dance their way to fitness.
    Three new dances are taught; Scoot Those Boots, Ride 'Em Cowboy and
    Brand New Boyfriend Boogie: a separate 10-minute guide walks newcomers
    through the foundation steps to making these more advanced calorie-
    burning moves. A perfect pick for any exercise collection!

    Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: Complete Season Three
    A&E Videos
    c/o A&E Television Networks
    235 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017
    1422920941, $49.95, www.aetv.com

    Joining the complete Season 1 and 2 DVD collections is the ongoing TV
    saga's complete Season 3, packaged in a fine 8-CD disc set which is
    compact and accessible. Bonus features include commentary with Jane
    Seymour and Joe Lando on the double episode 'For Better Or For Worse'
    and cast biographies to accompany episode discs with four double
    episodes, several episodes presented in two parts, and a range of new
    stories centered around a female frontier doctor's career and
    blossoming romance with a 'mountain man'. Very highly recommended as a
    fine pick for any DVD library featuring popular TV series shows!

    Kings of Pastry
    A film by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
    $27.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

    Kings of Pastry is an extraordinary DVD capturing the no-holds-barred
    competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, France's Nobel Prize
    for pastry. Sixteen of the greatest and most talented chefs in a
    nation with a rich culinary history apply themselves to create their
    most exceptional desserts - from spun-sugar sweets to gravity-defying
    constructions. Even the occasional failure and disaster resulting from
    reaching just a little bit further than the laws of gravity and
    physics allow makes for a mouth-watering and soul-stirring
    presentation. Expert filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker
    secured permission to capture this never-before-filmed event; their
    documentary also reveals the efforts of chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-
    founder of Chicago's French Pastry School, who returns to his
    childhood home in Alsace to practice for this grueling competition.
    Moments of anxiety, inspiration, struggle, joy, and complete culinary
    delight are all perfectly preserved in this extraordinary DVD of real-
    life Iron (Pastry) Chefs. 84 min.

    Robin of Sherwood Set 1
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598285888 $79.99 www.acornonline.com

    Robin of Sherwood Set 1 is the Blu-ray collection of all thirteen
    epsiodes from seasons 1 and 2 of this dramatic adaptation of a legend.
    Starring Michael Praed as the heroic Robin of Loxley, Ray Winstone as
    a mad Will Scarlet, and Nickolas Grace as the greedy and cunning
    Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin of Sherwood Set 1 is shot entirely on-
    location amidst historic English castles and pastoral countryside.
    Acclaimed Irish band Clannad provides the ethereal and beautiful music
    of this captivating dramatic production. Eight hours of special
    features enhance Robin of Sherwood Set 1, including five episode
    commentaries, a behind-the-scenes documentary, photo galleries with
    nearly 500 images, music-only tracks for four episodes, new
    featurettes, outtakes, PDF material of original story treatment and
    several scripts, and more. A 40-page booklet with extensive production
    notes rounds out this definitive edition of a classic. Highly
    recommended, especially as a gift to anyone who enjoys high-quality
    Blu-ray television. 3 Blu-ray discs plus 1 bonus DVD, 700 min. plus
    bonus, 1080p/full-screen (some bonus material 480p/widescreen),
    English and Polish subtitles.

    Genius of Britain
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    $59.99 www.AthenaLearning.com www.acornonline.com

    Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World is a DVD
    thinpack set profiling some of the most extraordinary and brilliant
    British minds, and their extraordinary contributions to global
    scientific knowledge. Episodes are framed around modern-day geniuses
    analyzing the legacy of historic pioneers - from Stephen Hawking's
    view of Isaac Newton, to evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins'
    thoughts on Alfred Russel Wallace. A twelve-page viewer's guide plus a
    bonus disc "Stephen Hawking and the Theory of Everything" round out
    this exceptional and educational collection. Highly recommended. 5
    episodes on 2 DVDs plus bonus disc, 236 min. plus 90 min. bonus,
    widescreen, SDH subtitles.

    Murdoch Mysteries Season 3
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598286625 $69.99 Blu-ray / $59.99 DVD

    Available as a 3-disc Blu-ray or 4-volume DVD boxed set, Murdoch
    Mysteries Season 3 collected the Gemini-nominated British mystery
    series featuring Toronto police detective William Murdoch (played by
    Yannick Bisson), an intellectual who keeps abreast of the latest in
    Victorian-era science, with the aid of an expert forensic pathologist
    (played by Gemini winner Helene Joy). Murdoch's efforts lead him to
    join forces with H.G. Wells and Nikola Tesla in the course of his
    efforts to uncover the criminals behind crimes ranging from murder to
    art forgery. Murdoch even puts the burgeoning new science of
    psychology to the test in this captivating collection. Bonus features
    include behind-the-scenes featurettes and an episode 13 alternate
    ending! 13 episodes, 624 min. plus bonus, 1080p/16:9 widescreen, SDH

    Identity: Catching the Crooks Who Steal Lives
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598285604 $39.99 www.acornonline.com

    Identity: Catching the Crooks Who Steal Lives is a tense British
    mystery focusing on the police whose job it is to combat one of the
    fastest-growing criminal ventures: identity theft. DSI Martha Lawson
    (played by Keeley Hawes) has put together the best of the best for her
    investigative team: undercover specialist DI John Bloom (Aidan
    Gillen), ambition-driven DS Anthony Wareing (Shaun Peaks), arrogant DC
    Jose Rodriguez (Elyes Gabel), and IT expert Tessa Stein (Holly Aird);
    all are exceptionally talented, but could their interpersonal
    conflicts destroy the success they've achieved? The motives of the
    identity thieves they track down range from greed to a much more
    ruthless drive to conceal reprehensible actions. Investigative work,
    and the application of cutting-edge technology distinguish this superb
    modern police drama; bonus features include text interviews with the
    cast and cast filmographies. 2 DVDs, 6 episodes, 279 min., widescreen,
    SDH subtitles.

    Discoveries... Vietnam series
    Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
    13021 - 244 Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
    $24.95 each www.Bennett-Watt.com

    The new Discoveries... Vietnam series of widescreen, high-definition
    DVDs reveals the rich culture and soul-stirring beauty of Vietnam. "A
    21st Century Awakening" (9781934682647) reveals daily life in modern-
    day Vietnam, with particular emphasis on the nation's amazing economic
    transformation into a notable world power. From the country's first
    university, the Temple of Literature, to the talented musicians of the
    Vietnam National Academy of Music, to the hustle and bustle of Hanoi
    and Ho Chi Minh City, to the unique traditional dress that women wear,
    "A 21st Century Awakening" paints a vivid picture of both preserved
    traditions and contemporary culture. "Rice Baskets to World
    Heritage" (9781934682654) brings the viewer on a tour of how life has
    drastically improved for Vietnamese farmers - the near-famine caused
    by the collective farming rules of the 1972 Communist government is
    now but a memory. "Historic Treasures" (9781934682661) explores the
    most revered and historic sites in the nation, including Ba Dinh
    Square, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hue's Citadel, and much more. All
    three installments feature stunning photography and are exceptional
    additions to any public library DVD collection.

    The Brain series
    Learning ZoneXPress
    PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
    $79.95 each / $219.95 set www.amazon.com

    Two educational DVDs from Learning ZoneXPress, intended for viewers
    from grade 7 to adult, are brimming with invaluable information about
    brain development in young people. "The Brain: Activity, Sleep &
    Boredom" (20 min.) explores how all three of its titular aspects are
    crucial for developing brains. Physical activity is vital to keep the
    brain healthy as well as the body; sleep is indispensable to the
    brain's daily recuperation; and even simple boredom, or "doing
    nothing", plays a critical role to helping the brain process the world
    around it, and even the cornerstone to stimulating creativity. "The
    Brain: Pattern, Structure & Novelty" (21 min.) explores the importance
    of both structure and innovation in aiding young children with
    developing brains. Stability is necessary to help children feel secure
    and learn, but their brains are always in search of new interests to
    avoid boredom! Striking the proper balance between familiarity and
    exciting new surprises is essential to encourage learning and
    development. "The Brain: Developing Memory in Developing Brains"
    rounds out this exceptional series, highly recommended especially for
    public or grade school/high school DVD libraries and homeroom viewing.

    Pilates Super Sculpt
    Tracey Mallett
    ATP Fitness Productions
    1107 Fair Oaks Ave., S. Pasadena, CA 91030
    No ISBN, $19.95, www.traceymallett.com

    Pilates Super Sculpt offers a vigorous Pilates workout from a
    certified Pilates expert and is unusual for its Pilates-specific
    program. Pilates focuses on deep toning and flexibility as well as the
    usual core strength a workout provides; this DVD teaches exercises
    that would normally only be performed on studio Pilates equipment, but
    which has been adapted to a small sponge or playground ball - making
    it very accessible for home gyms. Any home exerciser or Pilates
    student will relish this approach!

    Spirit Lands: An American Desert Odyssey
    David Fortney, cinematographer
    John Huling and R. Carlos Nakai, music
    Janson Media
    88 Semmens Road, Harrington Park, NJ 07640
    9781568394004 $24.95 www.janson.com

    Janson Media presents Spirit Lands: An American Desert Odyssey, a
    stunningly beautiful DVD showcase of some of the most awe-inspiring
    wonders of the American desert. Emmy Award-winning cinematographer
    David Fortney spent four years filming landscapes, traveling to all of
    America's desert locations and seven national parks in the process;
    Native American music by John Huling and R. Carlos Nakai adds an
    exemplary touch to the captivating camerawork. Spirit Lands has no
    narration, but a handful of timeless texts, quotations, and prayers by
    Native American Wisdom Keepers enhance this wonderful and immersive
    journey. An excellent gift for nature lovers, Spirit Lands is the next
    best thing to experiencing the beauty of American deserts landscapes
    firsthand. 52 min. Also highly recommended is Janson Media's "Theodore
    Roosevelt: A Cowboy's Ride to the White House" (9781568394047, $24.95,
    75 min.), a documentary biography of the rough-and-tumble cowboy-
    turned-President destined to establish pioneering conservation efforts
    and America's National Parks, filmed on-location at the Roosevelt

    Earth From Above
    307 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
    $34.99 each / $59.99 6-DVD set www.questarentertainment.com

    Three exceptionally beautiful programs in Questar's "Earth From Above"
    series feature captivating aerial photography of the Earth's natural
    majesty. Each program is hosted by world-renowned photographer Yann
    Arthus-Bertrand, filmed in high definition, and available in two-disc
    pack: disc one has the feature on Blu-ray, while disc two offers the
    same feature in DVD and digital copy formats. "Amazing Lands" (107
    min.) draws the viewer on a whirlwind tour of regal landscapes, from
    African savannah to the icy reaches of Antarctica. "Stunning
    Water" (199 min.) lives up to its title with unforgettable footage of
    the Earth's seas, coasts, and freshwater sources - as well as a dire
    warning of the terrible ecological dangers that threaten the planet's
    water resources. "Life" (94 min.) offers a glimpse of the
    biodiversity, and a caution against expanding human development that
    threatens to destroy natural habitats around the world. All three
    volumes are superb picks for public library collections, and also
    serve as excellent gifts for anyone who loves nature photography.

    Creating Kaleidoscope Designs
    Peggy Flores
    Crystal Productions
    PO Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025-6159
    9781562906719 $29.95 www.crystalproductions.com

    Creating Kaleidoscope Designs is a crafting DVD that teaches viewers
    how to incorporate mirror imaging techniques into crafting beautiful,
    symmetrically patterned kaleidoscopic designs. Dividing paper into
    triangular sections, flipping designs, and coloring the results with
    markers, colored pencil, or paint can result in geometric images that
    capture a unique visual brilliance, in this hands-on how-to tutorial.
    Creating Kaleidoscope Designs lives up to its title and is an
    excellent, highly recommended addition to enhance hobby and crafts DVD

    Lionel Nation 6
    TM Books & Video
    PO Box 279, New Buffalo, MI 49117
    9781936890026 $19.99 www.tmbv.com

    Lionel Nation 6 is a DVD of all-new footage of Lionel model trains.
    From the operation of classic steam switchers, to individual cars such
    as Milk and Cattle Cars, Merchandise Car, and Poultry Dispatch, to the
    step-by-step building process of a Lionel Postwar layout, Lionel
    Nation 6 is packed with up-close, fascinating footage of
    extraordinarily lifelike replicas. Operating tips pepper this
    excellent addition to model railroad hobbyist DVD collections, and a
    bonus featurette offers original 16 mm color film originally shot in
    the 50s of layouts and collections of TCA charter members. Also highly
    recommended for model railroad hobbyists is "Maintenance & Repair
    Guide for Lionel Electric Trains & Accessories" (9781936890033,
    $9.99), a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow DVD guide to keeping one's model
    trains in the best possible condition.

    Flabs 2 Abs
    Craig and Matt Lewandowski
    c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    Flabs 2 Abs: 30 Day Body Transformation is a diet, exercise, and
    weight training DVD designed to promote weight loss and improve
    overall fitness through positive lifestyle changes. The hosts
    themselves show step by step how they improved their bodies and lost
    25 pounds over a 30 day period. Flabs 2 Abs opens with a nutrition
    program structured around eating five small meals daily, each roughly
    3 hours apart, and emphasizing the selection of healthy foods. The
    exercise program begins with recommendations for cardio that revolve
    around taking walks. (Light jogging or a workout on an elliptical
    machine also fit with the program). The weight training section is
    optional; six workouts are presented, and each can be modified
    according to the viewer's needs and physical limits. Exercises that
    require space-consuming equipment can be skipped in favor of exercises
    that require little or no equipment; incorporating as much of the
    weight training segment as possible into one's program promotes
    improved muscle tone. Overall, Flabs 2 Abs is a very well-rounded
    fitness program, adaptable to viewers of all skill and experience
    levels, and enthusiastically recommended. 90 min.

    Energy Healing for Beginners
    Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
    Sounds True Audio
    413 South Arthur Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027
    9781604070989 $19.95 www.soundstrue.com

    Energy Healing for Beginners: Ten Essential Practices for Self-Care
    lives up to its title with step-by-step walkthroughs of ten useful
    techniques in this wellness practice. Techniques discussed include
    full-body sensing (how to become aware of and respond to imbalances in
    one's energy field), abdominal breathing, toe tapping (a grounding
    practice useful for promoting balance in one's energy field), the
    healing practice of sacred touch, and more. Mind-body physician Dr.
    Ann Marie Chiasson hosts this relaxing, enlivening, and user-friendly
    instructional DVD. 67 min.

    Looking for Palladin
    Monterey Media Inc.
    566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
    9781569943564 $26.95 www.montereymedia.com

    Set in the rich local culture of Guatemala, Looking for Palladin is an
    award-winning movie on DVD following prideful Hollywood agent Josh
    Ross (played by David Moscow) on a search for Oscar-winning actor Jack
    Palladin (played by Ben Gazzara). The two have never met, but the
    retired actor was once married to Josh's deceased mother. Josh's
    poorly concealed contempt of the actor he searches for as well as the
    local populace makes for a wry, topsy-turvy story of a search turned
    unexpectedly complex, and is a recommended pick for public library DVD
    collections. Bonus content includes a "making of" featurette and brief
    actor biographies. 115 min., rated R for language.

    2012 The Odyssey
    Sharron Rose
    Sacred Mysteries
    PO Box 1146, Ashland, OR 97520
    $19.95 www.sacredmysteries.com www.2012theodyssey.com

    On December 21st, 2012, the Mayan calendar ends. What does this mean
    for America and the world? 2012 The Odyssey is an eye-opening
    documentary following author Sharron Rose on her travels across the
    United States, as she speaks to a medley of experts concerning the
    Mayan prophecy. A diversity of groups believe that the present age is
    ending and the birth of a new age lies on the horizon - but exactly
    how will this transition take place, and is it something to be feared
    or embraced? 2012 The Odyssey is ultimately an uplifting account, as
    much about hope as it is about anticipating transformation, and is
    highly recommended for metaphysical studies DVD collections.


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