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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Creating Castles
    Crystal Productions
    PO Box 2159
    Glenview, IL 60025-6159
    9781562906702 $29.95 www.crystalproductions.com

    Creating Castles is a DVD guide to creating eye-catching replicas of
    medieval castles from inexpensive materials such as cardboard, paper
    rolls, and clay. Using paint and colored pencil to add decorations and
    the appearance of texture, host Peggy Flores demonstrates simple, easy-
    to-follow creative techniques. Creating Castles lives up to its title
    and is a wonderful, user-friendly addition to arts and crafts DVD
    libraries. 24 min.

    Spirit Bear
    Questar, Inc.
    307 North Michigan Ave., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
    9781594646553 $19.99 www.questarentertainment.com

    Spirit Bear is a family-friendly movie revealing the true story of
    Simon Jackson, an introspective teenager whose life was saved by a
    rare white Kermode bear. When he learns that only four hundred of
    these critically endangered bears still live, he becomes a political
    activist on their behalf. Encouraged by his friend and trusted mentor
    Lloyd Blackburn, Simon challenges the money-hungry forest industry and
    even the government. Earning the protection of 2,500 square miles of
    Princess Royal Island is Simon's triumph, in this momentous story of
    how one person truly can make a difference. 91 minutes. Also recently
    released by Questar is the documentary "Chicago Cubs: The Heart and
    Soul of Chicago" (9781594646508, $24.95).

    Candymaking
    Sharyn Pak
    On Air Video Inc.
    8203 Westminster Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
    $16.95 www.onairvideo.com

    Sharyn Pak is the host of Candymaking, a user-friendly DVD tutorial to
    the joy of making seven different types of candy: dripped/drizzled
    candy, clusters/turtles/bark, molded candies, peanut brittle, filled
    candies, lollipops, and saltwater taffy. No expensive materials are
    required outside of standard kitchen utensils and possibly some candy
    molds. An excellent "how-to" demonstrative video for cooks of all
    skill and experience levels, Candymaking is highly recommended to
    candy lovers everywhere - and as a resource for making unique, sweet-
    toothed gifts with the perfect homemade touch! 76 min.

    Get Extremely Ripped! Revved to the Max
    Jari Love
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $14.99 www.411videoinfo.com

    Get Extremely Ripped! Revved to the Max is a DVD exercise program
    hosted by Jari Love, who specifically designed a workout to promote
    weight loss and vigorous activity without the skeletal stress of
    running, or the complicated footwork of dancing. Three- to ten-pound
    dumbbells are the only exercise equipment needed (although an optional
    step is helpful) for this workout that appears to be strength training
    at first glance, but feels like heart-pounding cardio. Get Extremely
    Ripped! Revved to the Max lives up to its title with two 30-minute
    workouts, and is a choice pick for fitness buffs of all skill and
    experience levels. 60 min.

    Breathe: The Perfect Harmony of Breathing
    Fabio Andrico and Yamila Diaz
    Yantra Yoga
    www.yantrayoga.org
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    Certified yoga instructor Fabio Andrico and professional model Yamila
    Diaz present Breathe: The Perfect Harmony of Breathing, an
    instructional DVD about the Tibetan tradition of Yantra Yoga with
    especial focus on training in techniques of abdominal breathing.
    Simple exercises with roots in venerated traditions help the viewer
    incorporate ancient breathing techniques into everyday life for better
    health, awareness, and clarity of mind. Accessible to viewers of all
    fitness levels and backgrounds, Breathe is an excellent supplement to
    yoga DVD libraries. 120 min.

    Belly Beautiful Workout, volume 2
    Patricia Friberg
    www.bellybeautifulworkout.com
    411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    Belly Beautiful Workout Volume 2: Postnatal Fitness and Busy Mom
    Workout continues fitness instructor Patricia Friberg's excellent DVD
    series designed especially to help mothers stay in shape - including
    mothers who have given birth through cesarian section. Volume 2
    focuses on staying slim after one's baby is born; program segments
    concentrate on exercises to tone the belly, build strength in postural
    muscles, rehabilitate the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles,
    reduce stress, promote endurance and much more. No expensive exercise
    equipment is required, although a small fitness ball and a foot
    resistance band (not included) are recommended. An excellent, user-
    friendly exercise program ideal for mothers of all backgrounds and
    fitness levels, Belly Beautiful Workout is an excellent baby shower
    gift! 80 min.

    Reality Films
    PO Box 91, Foresthill, CA 95631
    $24.95 www.reality-entertainment.com

    Three new DVDs from Reality Films explore the unknown, the mysterious,
    and the fantastic. "Witchcraft: The Magick Rituals of the
    Coven" ($19.95, 75 min.) covers the history of traditional witchcraft
    as practiced in the United Kingdom, modern-day witchcraft, and shines
    a spotlight on the infamous behavior of the "Witchfinder General"
    Matthew Hopkins and his ruthless persecution of women he labeled as
    "witches". A visit to the Swan Inn, the location of the Witch trials,
    as well as Hopkins alleged grave rounds out this haunting movie. "The
    Gods from Planet X" ($24.95, 180 min.) is a two-DVD set in the
    "Ancient Astronauts" series about how ancient extraterrestrial
    visitors could be responsible for historical miracles and evidence of
    gods that walked among men. Particular focus is upon excavations of
    the ancient Sumerians, which reveal that they co-existed with
    superhuman beings called the "Anunnaki", as well as an alleged planet
    of the gods called "Nibiru", sometimes considered the "12th Planet",
    with an elliptical orbit that brought it near Earth every 360,000
    years. Also in the "Ancient Astronauts" series is "Our
    Extraterrestrial Legacy" ($24.95, 240 min. with special features), an
    in-depth examination of the cultural imprint that the Anunnaki may
    have left behind, and much more. All three DVDs are mesmerizing
    contributions to any metaphysical library.

    The Making of the President: The 1960s
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    $59.99 www.acornonline.com

    Produced by Oscar nominee David L. Wolper, The Making of the
    President: The 1960s is a 3-DVD boxed set of the Emmy award-winning
    television documentary about presidential politics during the 1960,
    1964, and 1968 elections. Rare film footage of behind-the-scenes
    moments enhances the insightful commentary of cutthroat political
    maneuverings. Two bonus programs, one a 1964 tribute to John F.
    Kennedy and a close look at Lyndon B. Johnson, round out this
    excellent, educational set especially recommended for public library
    DVD collections. 3 DVDs, 237 min. plus 76 min. bonus, SDH subtitles.

    Dirty Business
    A film by Peter Bull
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    An award-winning documentary, Dirty Business: "Clean Coal" and the
    Battle for Our Energy Future is a sober examination of the industry
    that currently provides half of America's electrical power: coal. Coal
    power comes with heavy societal and environmental costs, and is the
    largest single source of greenhouse gases; can it really be made
    "clean" in a sustainable, long-term sense? What are the innovations to
    reduce coal's impact on the environment, and is it possible to produce
    renewable fuel sources on a scale large enough to replace coal? Dirty
    Business looks for answers everywhere from West Virginia, Nevada, and
    New York to China and Saskatchewan, and its eye-opening revelations
    make it a choice pick for public and school library DVD collections.
    Also from Bullfrog Films is the highly recommended "A Lot in Common: A
    Documentary by Rick Bacigalupi" (1594584435, $275.00), an accessible
    film following the transformative effect that turning a vacant lot
    into a garden has on a Berkeley, California community of neighbors.

    Burning in the Sun
    Cambria Matlow & Morgan Robinson
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    1594589119 $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Burning in the Sun is an award-winning documentary (83 and 22 min.
    versions available on one DVD) about how alternative energy can
    literally bring electrical power to the powerless. 26-year-old Daniel
    Dembele has chosen to return to his homeland of Mali and begin a
    logical business building solar panels - a trailblazing effort to
    harness the enormous power of the sun in an extraordinary hot nation.
    Daniel's ultimate goal is to bring electricity to people's households,
    99% of which live without power. His efforts bring jobs, renewable
    energy, and empowerment in this intellectually and emotionally
    uplifting true story. A choice pick for school and public library DVD
    collections. 83 min., SDH subtitles. Also highly recommended is the
    Bullfrog Films documentary "Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to
    Hate" (1594589992, $550.00, 2 DVDs, 84 min. each plus 95 min. extras),
    a film by Helen Whitney about the role and power of forgiveness in
    crimes ranging from the murder of Amish children to the lethal
    consequences of a violent '60s protest to acts of genocide in Rwanda
    and modern Germany's efforts to come to terms with the Holocaust.

    The Pale Horse
    Starring Julia McKenzie
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598286663 $29.99 www.acornonline.com

    As seen on the PBS "Mystery!" television series, The Pale Horse is a
    movie adaptation of one of Agatha Christie's classic Miss Marple
    murder mysteries. When Miss Marple (played by Julia McKenzie) receives
    a most unusual list of names from her friend Father Gorman, moments
    before his murder on a London street, she discovers that the people
    the list are dying one by one. She follows the evidence to the Pale
    Horse Inn in Hampshire, a dark place run by three modern-day witches.
    Miss Marple struggles to figure out the mystery before the serial
    death toll rises to claim her as well! The Pale Horse is a treat and
    makes an excellent gift for fans of British mysteries, and a bonus
    program consisting of an earlier adaptation of "The Pale Horse"
    starring Colin Buchanan, Jean Marsh, and Andy Serkis is included. 89
    min. plus 101 min. bonus, widescreen, SDH subtitles.

    Magic of Flight
    Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
    13021 - 244 Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
    9781934682593 $24.95 www.Bennett-Watt.com

    Recorded in widescreen digital high-definition with Dolby stereo
    sound, Magic of Flight is an exceptional contribution to the
    Discoveries... America Special Edition series, touching on the history
    of flight through visits to places like the Wright Brothers Museum and
    the Air Force Museum, and celebrating flight through spectacular
    footage of wonders such as the Dover Air Show, powered parachutes, a
    hang gliding school in action and much more. A beautiful and
    extraordinary tour of the many ways to study and practice flying in
    America, Magic of Flight is highly recommended especially to aviation
    buffs everywhere. Also a choice pick from Bennett-Watt HD Productions
    is "Alaska Rainbows" (9781604900088, $19.95), a fishing documentary
    that takes the viewer on a captivating armchair tour of Alaska's
    natural splendor.

    Under the Hammer
    Starring Richard Wilson, Jan Francis
    and featuring John Gielgud
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598285666 $49.99 www.acornonline.com

    Under the Hammer collects episodes of a British series that blends
    drama, romance, and intrigue. Written by John Mortimer, creator of
    "Rumpole on the Bailey", Under the Hammer takes place at a high-stakes
    auction house, where social maneuverings and monetary profit are as
    revered as much as (if not more than) artistic genius and passion.
    Painting department heads Ben Glazier (played by Richard Wilson) and
    Maggie Perowne (played by Jan Francis) have disparate interests - Ben
    loves nothing more than uncovering the mysteries around lost objects
    d'art (when he's not vying for Maggie's attention), while Maggie has
    set her sights on the mysterious and charming wine expert Nick Roper.
    Deliciously subtle machinations characterize this multilayered
    television series, highly recommended to anyone who loves a solid
    British drama. 7 episodes on 2 DVDs, 357 min., full screen, SDH
    subtitles. Also highly recommended is Acorn Media's presentation of
    "The Feathered Serpent Complete Series" (9781598283518, $39.99, 300
    min.), which presents all 12 episodes of the British cult classic
    starring Patrick Troughton (known for his starring role in "Doctor
    Who") as a Machiavellian Aztec priest, in a dramatic odyssey of the
    heroes and villains of an ancient civilization.

    Search for the Great Sharks
    Inception Media Group
    3130 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90403
    c/o Greenleaf & Associates
    $19.98 www.inceptionmediagroup.com

    Search for the Great Sharks is a Blu-ray documentary originally
    created for exhibition in IMAX theatres. Remastered in high-
    definition, Search for the Great Sharks lives up to its title with an
    extraordinary tour of shark species in oceans across the world.
    Stunning underwater photography distinguishes this up-close and
    personal tour of fierce predators in their natural habitat. A choice
    pick for shark enthusiasts everywhere! 46 min., widescreen. Also from
    Inception Media Group is the highly recommended Blu-ray production,
    "The Greatest Places" ($19.98, 40 min., widescreen) a captivating
    worldwide tour of the Earth's most extraordinary geographical
    locations and natural wonders.

    Flabs 2 Abs
    Craig & Matt Lewandowski
    Flabs2Abs LLC
    PO Box 44312 Indianapolis, IN 46244
    No ISBN, $19.95, www.flabs2abs.com

    Flabs 2 Abs tells the truth behind weight loss and teaches how to go
    on a 30-day weight loss program. The focus is on quick weight loss and
    toning: the creators of the program succeeded in changing their bodies
    in a 30-day period in a quest to lose 25 pounds. This DVD pairs a
    nutrition program with cardio and other exercises that begin with a 20-
    minute walk and go on from there. Any who wish to lose weight will
    find this a winning approach!

    Breathe: The Perfect Harmony of Breathing
    Fabio Andrico and Yamila Diaz
    Yang Tantra
    c/o Shang Shung Institute - USA
    18 Schoolhouse Road
    P.O. Box 278, Conway, MA 01341
    No ISBN, $19.95, www.yantrayoga.org

    Breathe: The Perfect Harmony of Breathing is a solid pick for any DVD
    collection focusing on yoga or new age applications. It comes from a
    certified yoga master who demonstrates simple exercises to strengthen
    purposeful breathing, and presents exercises developed by Fabio
    Andrico, inspired by his experience of many yoga systems. New age and
    collections seeing interest in yoga topics will find this a top pick!

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