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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    4:44: Last Day on Earth
    IFC Films
    c/o MPI Media Group
    16101 South 108th Avenue
    Orland Park, IL 60462
    0788615726, $24.98, www.mpimedia.com

    Tomorrow at 4:44 a.m., the world is going to come to an end due to the
    destruction of the ozone layer - and two lovers seclude themselves in
    their Manhattan apartment to spend their last hours together. What
    they choose to do with their remaining time lends to a powerful drama
    offering many insights on romance, the end of times and of life, and
    what happens when Earth finally succumbs to ecological disaster. Any
    viewer with an interest in apocalyptic films will find this a powerful
    survey!

    Cost Control While You Cruise
    Created by Lin and Larry Pardey
    Produced by TheSailingChannel
    c/o Paradise Cay Publications
    PO Box 29
    Arcata, CA 95518-0029
    9781929214242 $19.95 www.paracay.com

    Part four of the "Offshore Sailing" DVD series based on successful
    instructional seminars, Cost Control While You Cruise is a user-
    friendly, DVD guide to enjoying the pleasures of boating on a
    reasonable budget. Hosts Lin and Larry Pardey have spent 45 years
    engaging in sailing voyages, in addition to interviewing sailors from
    dozens of different countries. They distill their accumulated wisdom
    in plain terms, with particular emphasis on controlling maintenance
    costs (one's ground tackle and dinghy are potentially critically
    important, and there are tips, tricks, and techniques to extending the
    life of one's sails), provisioning appropriately, and planning one's
    overall trip. Even if the viewer isn't interested in personally
    embarking on an ocean voyage, Cost Control While You Cruise has a
    wealth of striking footage to appeal to armchair travelers, including
    the shores of Africa, Brazil, and Ireland, even the coral atolls of
    the Indian Ocean. Cost Control While You Cruise is a treat for
    worldwide boating aficionados everywhere! 65 min. plus extras.

    Letters to an Unknown Daughter
    Anita Keagy
    JoyShop Ministries
    c/o Vision Video (distribution)
    PO Box 540
    Worcester, PA 19490-0540
    www.JoyShop.org
    $14.99 www.visionvideo.com

    Based on Anita Keagy's book "The File", Letters to an Unknown
    Daughter: A Mother's Story of Hope, Redemption, and Healing is a
    compelling true-life tale on DVD. In 1974, Anita Keagy became
    accidentally pregnant. Resisting the temptation to terminate the
    pregnancy, she held true to her family's strict Christian beliefs, and
    gave her infant daughter up for adoption. Years later, as a married
    mother to four children, she felt compelled to reach out to the
    daughter she had never known. Through the adoption agency, she began a
    file of letters to her daughter; years would pass before the two them
    would ever have the chance to meet. Letters to an Unknown Daughter is
    a compelling Christian story about reaching beyond the painful
    immediate, seeking God's purpose, and struggling to connect with loved
    ones. Profound and powerful, Letters to an Unknown Daughter is
    especially recommended for church DVD libraries; bonus content
    includes information on crisis pregnancy and adoption services. 40
    min.

    Swish 3: The Swish Free Throw
    Tom Nordland
    Youth Sports Club
    9 Florence Court
    Valley Cottage, NY 10989
    $34.95 www.swish22.com

    Veteran coach Tom Nordland presents Swish 3: The Swish Free Throw, an
    instructional DVD packed with tips, tricks, techniques, and drills for
    making successful free throws in the sport of basketball. Nordland
    debunks common "myths of shooting", including the wrongheaded ideas
    about "squaring up" or "flipping the wrist". Step-by-step instructions
    for teaching oneself and others the basics, user-friendly exercises to
    cultivate awareness, simplifying one's "pre-shot routine", and more
    fill this excellent and practical DVD guide. Highly recommended,
    especially for coaches and high school library DVD collections. 1 hour
    28 min.

    Kung Fu Body Conditioning 2
    Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
    YMAA Publications
    PO Box 480
    Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
    9781594392290 $39.95 www.ymaa.com

    Author, scholar, and master of the Taijiquan and Qigong martial arts
    Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming presents Kung Fu Body Conditioning 2: Traditional
    Training for Endurance and Power, a step-by-step DVD guide to
    strengthen and condition one's body through the use of traditional
    Chinese martial arts techniques. Kung Fu Body Conditioning 2
    demonstrates arm conditioning methods such as candle punching, pull-
    ups, and cinderblock flipping; leg conditioning methods such as stance
    training, log running, jumping and kicking; a total body workout; one-
    on-one martial arts instruction; partner bills to improve personal
    reaction speed and sense of distance; and much more. An excellent
    supplement to both fitness and martial arts DVD libraries, Kung Fu
    Body Conditioning 2 is a "must-have" especially for practitioners of
    all martial arts, and highly recommended. 240 min.

    Ageless Pilates with Ethel LaBranche
    Ethel LaBranche
    c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223
    Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $14.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    Ageless Pilates with Ethel LaBranche is a multimedia package of one
    thirty-minute DVD and three sixty-minute CDs designed to introduce
    viewers to basic Pilates to promote longevity, balance, flexibility,
    and improved health. Ideal for all ages but especially valuable for
    senior citizens seeking to stay young at heart, Ageless Pilates
    features an easy-to-follow Pilates warmup and practice routine on the
    DVD, and live recordings of classes taught by LaBranche on the CDs.
    LaBranche herself is a veteran Pilates instructor of over twenty
    years' experience, eighty years young and going strong, and her
    guidance makes learning practicing basic Pilates a simple task. Also
    highly recommended is Ethel LaBranche's book, "Ageless
    Pilates" ($14.95).

    The Crimson Petal and the White
    Based on the novel by Michel Faber
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598287721 $39.99 www.acornonline.com

    Based on the shocking novel by Michel Faber, The Crimson Petal and the
    White is a dark, four-part British miniseries. A psychological
    thriller marked by sex, violence, madness, intrigue, and suspense, The
    Crimson Petal and the White is set in the most ruthless corners of
    Victorian England. The canny prostitute Sugar (played by Romola Garai)
    is determined to seize a better life for herself before her youth and
    beauty runs out; to that end, she seduces William Rackham (Chris
    O'Dowd), the gadabout heir to a perfume business. Meanwhile, Rackham's
    wife gradually descends further into madness, and the interaction
    between the three is steeped in greed, lust, and deadly threat.
    Captivating to the brink of horror, The Crimson Petal and the White is
    luridly compelling to the very end. Bonus features include deleted
    scenes (11 min.); interviews with Garai, O'Dowd, director Marc Munden,
    and key crew members (20 min.); and character biographies. 4 episodes
    on 2 DVDs, 244 min. plus bonus, widescreen, SDH subtitles, not rated
    (contains nudity, sexual situations, violence, coarse language, and
    disturbing images).

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