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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149
    Oley, PA 19547
    1937772152 $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Licensed for public performance, Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?
    And How We Can Get It Back is a politically charged documentary about
    the causes of the American economic crisis, and the forces that
    continue to depress the wages and living conditions of working and
    middle class citizens. Heist reveals how four decades of deregulation,
    job outsourcing, and tax policies that shift the public burden away
    from corporations and the wealthy to the poor and middle class, have
    squeezed the American public. Live footage of the Occupy Wall Street
    movement, and a call to get involved politically to change disastrous
    public policies distinguish this sharp wake-up call to Americans
    everywhere, especially those who are struggling the hardest to
    survive. 76 min. (58 min. and 22 min. versions are also playable from
    the DVD), SDH captions.

    War in the Mind
    A film by Judy Jackson
    Paul Gross, narrator
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149
    Oley, PA 19547
    1937772195 $250.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Licensed for public performance, War in the Mind is a documentary
    about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the harmful psychological legacy
    of having the harrowing events of battle burned into one's mind. PTSD
    may affect up to 15% of all soldiers; it can lead to crushing
    depression and the breakup of families, or cause those who suffer it
    to turn to drug addiction or even suicide. War in the Mind also
    features Senator and Lieutenant General (Ret.) Romeo Dallaire, who has
    publically spoken out about PTSD including how his personal experience
    with it drove him to attempt suicide. The tremendous problem of
    soldier suicide, which currently claims the lives of more soldiers
    than actual battle, is also examined at length. The good news is that
    suicide can be prevented with intervention and effective treatment.
    War in the Mind also examines a UBC/Royal Canadian Legion program
    designed especially to help soldiers recover from the violence and
    pain burned into their brains. Extras include an eleven-minute "6
    months later Q&A". War in the Mind is worthy of the highest
    recommendation, especially for public library collections. 64 min.,
    SDH captions.

    We Are Not Ghosts
    a film by Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149
    Oley, PA 19547
    193777225X $250.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Fifty years ago, Detroit was a nerve center of the auto industry - and
    when the industry fell on hard times, so did the city as a whole,
    marred by a morass of ills stemming from sudden, mass unemployment.
    Many departed the city, but others did not want to leave the home city
    they loved. We Are Not Ghosts is a documentary about modern-day people
    working to rebuild and reinvent Detroit for a post-industrial economy
    in the postmodern world. Here are true stories of community
    businesspeople, place-based schools, spoken-word artists, and urban
    communities seeking to redefine their connections and adapt to the
    challenges of the future. Licensed for public performance, We Are Not
    Ghosts is a vision of hope and sustainability, and highly recommended
    for public and classroom viewing as well as for library documentary
    collections. 52 min, SDH captions.

    The Sinking of the Laconia
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598287974 $39.99 www.acornonline.com

    Nominated for the BAFTA award, The Sinking of the Laconia is the
    complete miniseries dramatization of the true story of the RMS
    Laconia, a ship torpedoed by the Germans in 1942 during the battle for
    the Atlantic. The Laconia carried more than 2,000 passengers, many of
    them civilians; their life-and-death struggle is the stuff of legends.
    Featuring an outstanding international cast, The Sinking of the
    Laconia is an extraordinary and gripping drama, highly recommended.
    Bonus materials include a 29 min. documentary featurette "The Sinking
    of the Laconia: Survivors' Stories". 2 DVDs, 171 min. plus bonus,
    widescreen, SDH subtitles.

    Megacities
    Hosted by Andrew Marr
    Athena
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    www.athenalearning.com
    9781598288476 $34.99 www.acornonline.com

    Megacities is a striking documentary about five of the world's best-
    known megacities - defined as metropolis communities that have more
    than 10 million inhabitants. BBC journalist Andrew Marr takes the
    viewer to visit one of the oldest megacities (London, UK); the fastest
    growing (Dhaka, Bangladesh); the largest (Tokyo, Japan); one of the
    most dangerous (Mexico City, Mexico); and one that just might be the
    new world capital (Shanghai, China). From the struggle to balance
    sustainability with convenience, to the ongoing threats of crime and
    social problems, to the incredible network of innovation and
    confluence of human talent these gigantic cities represent, Megacities
    is striking in its vivid portrayal of both the light and dark sides of
    modern human civilization. A bonus 12-page viewer's guide rounds out
    this excellent film, highly recommended especially for public and
    community library DVD collections.

    Mythos The Complete Series
    Joseph Campbell, lecturer
    Hosted by Susan Sarandon
    Athena
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    www.athenalearning.com
    9781598288216 $99.99 www.acornonline.com

    Hosted by Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, Mythos The Complete
    Series collects the speaking tour that Joseph Campbell embarked upon
    in his latter years, presented in the order and manner that Campell
    intended, with enhanced images and minimal editing. Originally seen on
    PBS, Mythos The Complete Series discusses the origin of a human
    consciousness that distinguishes us from animals, the evolution of
    mythology and symbols, mythic themes universally common in the East
    (particularly Asia) and the modern-day West, and much more. A 12-page
    viewer's guide with a never-before-published essay by Campbell rounds
    out this extraordinary compilation. An extraordinary exploration into
    forces of the mind that express themselves in ways that transcend
    generations and even human cultures, Mythos The Complete Series is
    highly recommended especially for public and college library DVD
    collections. 15 episodes on 6 DVDs (grouped into Mythos I, II, and
    II), 14 hours, fullscreen. Mythos I & II have closed-captioning;
    Mythos III has SDH subtitles.

    Master Qi and The Monkey King
    A film by Alan Govenar
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
    New York, NY 10036
    $24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

    Master Qi and The Monkey King is an extraordinary documentary
    chronicling the life and work of star Peking Opera actress Qi Shu
    Fang. Excerpts from Qi's performances, backstage moments, interviews,
    dazzling displays of martial arts, and diverting moments of humor
    pepper this captivating tour de force of a grand cultural tradition.
    Master Qi and The Monkey King strives to bridge the dearth of
    understanding between nations and cultures, and the spectacular
    efforts of Qi and her fellow performers is amazing to behold. A bonus
    photo gallery, biographies of performers and filmmakers, and more
    round out this amazing showcase, highly recommended especially for
    public and community library DVD collections. 81 min.

    The Forsyte Saga Collection
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598288711 $79.99 www.acornonline.com

    Originally shown on "Masterpiece Theater", The Forsyte Saga Collection
    gathers two complete British drama series on DVD adapting John
    Galsworthy's widely popular novels about a family at a crossroads,
    divided by greed, adultery, and the lust for revenge. Set in the late
    Victorian era through the 1920s, The Forsyte Saga Collection follows
    two generations of the Forsyte family and its tragedies, jealousies,
    and star-crossed love affairs. Riveting and sometimes shocking, The
    Forsyte Saga Collection is a choice pick for fans of classic
    television, highly recommended. Bonus features include a 20 min.
    making-of featurette, photo galleries, a John Galsworthy biography and
    booklist, and cast biographies and filmographies. 5 DVDs, 702 min.,
    widescreen, English subtitles for series 2.

    Tim Winton's Cloudstreet
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598288483 $49.99 www.acornonline.com

    Tim Winton's Cloudstreet is the DVD adaptation of the bestselling
    Australian novel "Cloudstreet", about two rural families in Perth
    1943-1963, who struggle with the repercussions of hardship and
    tragedy. The two families are almost diametric opposites - the Lambs
    toil hard and pray harder, in spite of the calamity that has befallen
    them, while the Pickles' problems stem as much from their own
    misguided decisions as from the vagaries of fate. Superbly performed
    by its ensemble cast, Tim Winton's Cloudstreet is odyssey of finding
    strength in common ground, and forging ties that can weather the
    fiercest of storms; bonus features include a wealth of behind-the-
    scenes segments. Highly recommended, although sensitive viewers should
    be aware that there are some scenes with disturbing images or coarse
    language. 6 episodes on 2 DVDs plus bonus feature DVD, 365 min. plus
    101 min. of bonus, widescreen, SDH subtitles.

    Injustice
    Created by Anthony Horowitz
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598288254 $39.99 www.acornonline.com

    Injustice is a harrowing, five-part British crime thriller that will
    keep the viewer fascinated to the very end. Blending elements of the
    legal drama, police procedure, mystery, and suspense genres, Injustice
    follows disillusioned defense barrister William Travers, who is called
    out of retirement to defend an old comrade from a homicide charge. But
    the further the case progresses, the more sinister elements appear,
    until the specter of death hangs over his neighborhood and he becomes
    a target of investigation! Injustice is not for the faint of heart,
    due to scenes of violence, strong language, and disturbing images. A
    bonus photo gallery enhances this excellent, tightly crime story. 5
    episodes on 2 DVDs, 223 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

    St. Louis Steam Celebration
    Pentrex
    2652 East Walnut St.
    Pasadena, CA 91107
    1563423170 $29.95 www.pentrex.com

    St. Louis Steam Celebration (2 hours) is a DVD capturing the greatest
    steam event of 1990, during which four of America's largest steam
    locomotives came to Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri for the
    NRHS convention. Six camera crews from the railroad documentary
    specialists of Pentrex covered the Cotton Belt 819, the Frisco 1522,
    the Norfolk & Western 1218, and the Union Pacific 844, and the
    captivating activities of the grand celebration, including convention
    excursions across beautiful countryside. St. Louis Steam Celebration
    is truly the next best thing to riding the greatest and most venerable
    steam locomotives in person, and highly recommended especially for
    railroading enthusiasts. Also choice picks for railroad buffs are
    "Santa Fe 3751: The Restoration" (1563423235, $29.95, 1 hour), the
    true story of how the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society spent
    ten years and thousands of man-hours to restore a historic steam
    locomotive and return her to the rails, and "Santa Fe 3751: Return to
    Steam" (1563423030, $29.95, 1 hour), a DVD displaying the successful
    maiden voyage of this beautifully restored locomotive, in honor of the
    99th anniversary of the original train's debut. All three Pentrex DVDs
    are in full color with standard definition 4x3 format and hi-fi sound
    and narration.

    John Mellencamp: It's About You
    MPI Media Group
    16101 South 108th Avenue
    Orland Park, IL 60462
    0788614541, $29.98, www.mpihomevideo.com

    John Mellencamp: It's About You provides fans of the musician John
    Mellencamp with a personal film by Kurt and Ian Markus, and covers a
    career spanning over 25 years. This isn't a recap: the movie's co-
    directors, photographer Kurt Marcus and his son Ian, traveled with
    Mellencamp on his 2009 concert tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson,
    and film the writing and recording of his 2010 album NO BETTER THAN
    THIS. They shot in Super 8 to provide a visual reflection of
    Mellencamp's Americana music, and provide a lovely 'you are there'
    portrait of Mellencamp's music, inspiration, and perspective.

    Dr. Who & Sarah Jane DVDs
    BBC America
    www.bbcamerica.com

    Three new DVD sets are top picks for science fiction fans in general
    and Dr. Who followers alike, offering fine home editions that leave
    off commercials and offer many added bonuses. The Patrick Troughton
    years 1966-69 of Dr. Who are reflected in the 2-disc set DOCTOR WHO:
    THE SEEDS OF DEATH SPECIAL EDITION (0780671015, $34.98), presenting
    the Second Doctor and his companions who discover the Ice Warriors
    have hijacked T-Mat, the transport system, and intend on claiming the
    entire planet. Extinction of the world is at the head of a powerful
    story, digitally re-mastered to include audio commentary with the
    actors and director, featurettes, and other bonuses. The Peter Davison
    years from 1982-84 are profiled in the two-disc set DOCTOR WHO:
    RESURRECTION OF THE DALEKS SPECIAL EDITION (0780671031, $34.98), in
    which the Fifth Doctor and his companions are forced into 1984 London,
    where the Doctor faces his most devious enemy the Daleks. More audio
    commentary and interviews with actors accompany an alternate 4-part
    version of the story in this powerful saga. The fifth season of THE
    SARAH JANE ADVENTURES (0780694910, $19.98) provides the satisfying
    spin-off's final season and follows the adventures of Sarah and her
    young friends, who team up with The Doctor to explore mysteries. This
    series is geared more to young adult followers than adult, but any
    avid fan of The Doctor hungry for more will find this packed with
    adventure and filled with bonus features, including a tribute to the
    now-deceased Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen). All are outstanding DVD
    recommendations for Doctor Who fans and wannabes!

    BBC America
    www.bbcamerica.com

    The complete Season 18 of TOP GEAR (0780695232, $24.98) provides the
    complete season as seen on BBC America and BBC Canada, includes the
    India Special, and follows the hosts as they drive supercars across
    Italy, make a movie car chase, and more. It's a fun romp through the
    world of fast cars, unique cars, and car culture; and will be a fine
    recommendation for any who love car shows in general and TOP GEAR in
    particular. This includes bonuses of a welcome introduction to the
    season and behind-the-scenes featurettes of drivers and cars.
    CIVILIZATION; THE WEST AND THE REST with Niall Ferguson (0780692543,
    $34.98) provides a fine documentary series by a host named by TIME as
    one of their top 100 most influential people, and investigates the
    influences of the West and Christianity. It considers the rise and
    possible fall of the West and discusses science, democracy and the
    work ethic in a striking set of considerations perfect for fans of
    world history.

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