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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Food Allergies
    Learning ZoneXpress
    667 East Vine Street
    Owatonna, MN 55060
    $49.95 www.learningzonexpress.com

    Ideal for both young adult and adult viewers, Food Allergies (26 min.)
    is an educational DVD that teaches viewers the vital basics, from the
    difference between food allergy and food sensitivity, to why some
    schools are strict about keeping peanuts out of certain zones, to what
    celiac disease is and how it affects people who have it, harmful
    effects that food dyes can have on some people, and much more.
    Testimony from an allergy expert as well as people who live with food
    allergies every day add a human element to this real and potentially
    life-threatening issue. Printable teaching materials are available
    online to complement this invaluable resource. Also highly recommended
    for both school and public library DVD collections is "54321 + 8
    Countdown To Your Health" ($79.95, 24 min.) a program designed to
    teach viewers in grade 6 and up about healthy daily habits: 5 servings
    of fruits & veggies, 4 glasses of water, 3 good laughs, 2 hours or
    less screen time, 1 hour physical activity, 8 hours or more sleep.

    Chasing Water
    A film by Peter McBride
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149
    Oley, PA 19547
    1937772330 $175.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    The winner of multiple awards, Chasing Water is a brief but
    enlightening documentary that shines a spotlight on the crucial
    environmental issue of fresh water scarcity. The once abundant
    Colorado River is running dry, 80 miles prior to where it used to flow
    into the Sea of Cortez. Why? Because human civilization is siphoning
    away the Colorado River's water along its length! Photographer Peter
    McBride travels the natural course of the Colorado River by raft,
    foot, and small plane, relating its story as well as revealing an
    ominous portent for fresh water sources worldwide, unless stronger
    conservation efforts are adopted (and quickly)! The story of Jon
    Waterman, the first man to paddle the entire length of the Colorado
    River, is also related. Music by Explosions in the Sky, This Will
    Destroy You, Jesse Cook, and Ludivico Einaudi enhances this sobering
    true story of an increasingly endangered watershed, highly recommended
    for both school and public library DVD collections. 18 min., SDH
    captions, subtitles.

    Brave New World
    Featuring Stephen Hawking
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598288506 $49.99 www.acornonline.com

    Brave New World is a five-part documentary on DVD about the cutting-
    edge prospects of technology that could spark humanity's the next
    great revolution in science. Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking
    (author of "A Brief History of Time") provides introductions to
    episodes that explore game-changers such as driverless cars
    (potentially safer than human-driven cars), efforts to prevent the
    next pandemic (perhaps by genetically engineering a mosquito that will
    die naturally before malaria can reside within it), brain-controlled
    wheelchairs (programmed to respond to the brain's electricity),
    exoskeletons that enable the paralyzed to walk, architecture to create
    the fully sustainable cities of tomorrow, and even the possibility of
    endless clean energy from fusion. Accessible to viewers of all
    backgrounds, Brave New World is nothing less than visionary. Highly
    recommended, especially for public library DVD collections. 5 episodes
    on 2 DVDs, 231 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

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

    Two beautiful new additions to the Discoveries... America National
    Parks documentary series on DVD are simply captivating to behold.
    "Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias: America's Largest National
    Park" (9781604901641) is a captivating slice of both Alaska's wild
    lands and its civilization. The viewer receives a wondrous tour of the
    headwaters country of the Copper & Tanana drainages, the Alaskan
    practice of subsistence fishing with dip nets or fish wheels, the
    largest glaciers of North America, the Kennecott Copper Mill (the
    tallest wooden structure in North America, and the historical location
    of a past bonanza of mineral wealth), and Kennecott's sister town of
    McCarthy. "Hawaii: Volcanoes, Hana Belt Road & USS Arizona
    Memorial" (9781604901634) explores the beauty and storied history of
    the most remote major island group on earth. The viewer is guided to
    the gravesite of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, who called the
    Hawaii coast of Hana home in his final days; the Hana Highway of Maui,
    a winding marvel marked by waterfalls, beaches, and surf-spattered
    coastline; Volcanoes National Park including the perpetually erupting
    Kilauea Volcano that has added roughly 500 acres of land to the Big
    Island in the past 30 years; and the memorial of the USS Arizona, a
    tribute to all the civilians and servicemen who made the ultimate
    sacrifice for their nation during the World War II surprise attack on
    Pearl Harbor. Both documentaries are lush, vivid, informative, and
    highly recommended especially for armchair travelers and public
    library DVD collections.

    Samuel Morris: The African Missionary to North America
    Vision Video
    PO Box 540
    Worcester, PA 19490
    $19.99 www.visionvideo.com

    Samuel Morris: The African Missionary to North America is an amazing
    documentary about the true-life story of an African prince who became
    a missionary to North America. In the late 1800's, Prince Kaboo of
    Liberia's Kru tribe was captured and held for ransom by a rival tribe,
    the Grebos. Kaboo's people ultimately could not afford the endless
    ransom demands, so the Grebos prepared to execute Kaboo - yet what can
    only be described a divine miracle (a bright flash of light and an
    inexplicable voice calling "Run, Kaboo, run!") enabled his escape.
    Kaboo received aid from an American missionary outpost, converted to
    Christianity, and took the new name of Samuel Morris. With a desire to
    learn more about the Heavenly Father that saved him, Samuel traveled
    to America, and his faith was destined to spark a transformation
    within Taylor University. An unforgettable and uplifting documentary,
    Samuel Morris: The African Missionary to North America is highly
    recommended for both public library and church library DVD
    collections. Also a choice pick from Vision Video is the Allen Wolf
    film "Harlem Grace" ($9.99), based on the true story of a Harvard
    graduate who decided to move to Harlem and dedicate himself to helping
    the homeless.

    Geologic Journey II
    Narrated by David Suzuki
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149
    Oley, PA 19547
    $745.00 (5-vol. set) www.bullfrogfilms.com

    An Official Honoree of the 15th Annual Webby Awards, Geologic Journey
    II is a five-DVD set that blends the latest geologic findings with
    captivating cinematography, bringing the viewer on a worldwide tour of
    the tectonic forces that mold the surface of our planet. Exploring the
    natural history of volcanoes, glaciers, mountains, hills, jagged
    cliffs and more, all around the globe, Geologic Journey II is a heart-
    stopping adventure especially ideal for classroom viewing, or high
    school and public library DVD collections. Highly recommended. The
    five episodes (52 min. each) are "Tectonic Europe", "Along the African
    Rift", "The Pacific Rim: Americas", "The Western Pacific Rim", and
    "The Collision Zone: Asia". Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

    Acupressure and Breathing for Childbirth
    Laurie Binder, MS
    Privately Published
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223
    Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $24.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    Licensed acupuncturist, OB/GYN nurse practitioner, and Lamaze
    certified childbirth educator Laurie Binder, MS presents Acupressure
    and Breathing for Childbirth, a DVD created especially to teach
    expecting mothers how they can utilize principles of acupressure and
    organized breathing to improve the experience of childbirth. It must
    be emphasized that Acupressure and Breathing for Childbirth is
    intended to supplement the care of a physician or licensed medical
    professional, not replace it; the viewer is explicitly instructed to
    consult her health care provider before applying the techniques of
    Acupressure and Breathing for Childbirth. With that caveat in mind,
    Acupressure & Breathing for Childbirth is filled with valuable
    information on how to locate and stimulate acupoints; how breathing
    techniques can make labor more comfortable; how to identify pre-labor
    and early labor; when it's time to go to the hospital; how to stay
    calm during childbirth; and much more. Acupressure & Breathing for
    Childbirth is an excellent baby shower gift, and highly recommended
    especially for soon-to-be first-time moms. 1 DVD, 20 min. 8 sec.

    Be Still
    Lisa Chan
    Publicity Department
    David C. Cook
    4050 Lee Vance View
    Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    9780781408110 $14.99 www.davidccook.com

    Part of the "True Beauty: Finding Your Identity in Jesus" DVD series,
    Be Still is a DVD in which Lisa Chan (singer, mother of five, and
    cofounder of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley) shares her insights
    and understanding about finding time opening oneself to God's love. In
    today's modern world with endless demands on people's time, and a
    prevalence of stress, anxiety, and depression, it is more important
    for ever for Christians to take control of their lives and find time
    to spend in stillness, and connect with God. To convey her positive
    message, Lisa uses the parable of Susan, a woman who learned that
    being still in God's presence brought her the strength she needed to
    survive a broken marriage. An important reminder to make time to spend
    with God and His eternally compassionate son Jesus Christ, Be Still is
    highly recommended for Christian women (and Christian men as well!)
    amid these turbulent and chaotic times. 23 minutes, English audio,
    subtitled in Afrikaans, Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi,
    Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Script
    Chinese, Spanish, and Ukrainian.

    Stilettos and Self Defense series
    Jennifer Cassetta
    c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223
    Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $22.95 each www.411videoinfo.com

    Stilettos and Self Defense is a series of three DVDs by self-defense
    expert, HapKiDo practitioner, and personal trainer Jennifer Cassetta,
    designed to teach women the basics of protecting themselves from
    assault. Volume 1 Defensive Tactics (65 min.) covers the basic
    strategies of awareness, maintaining one's boundaries, being aware of
    one's center of gravity, the three most important rules of a fight,
    simple strikes and blocks, and three main targets to be aware of, as
    well as some of the most common attacks women should be aware of and
    ready to counter. Volume 2 Stilettos and Self Defense (65 min.) goes
    into more depth on applying self-defense techniques and keeping one's
    physical and mental balance in a crisis, as well as the fundamentals
    of preventing assaults. Volume 3 Improvised Weapons (65 min.) is
    packed with specific details for using common items to protect oneself
    in an emergency, from applying a magazine to block a grab, keys to
    release a choke, a pen to prevent a punch, where and when to use
    objects to attack, and more. A fundamentals of self-defense DVD course
    created by a woman, for women, Stilettos and Self Defense is highly
    recommended not only for adult women, but also as an educational
    resource for parents to share with teenaged girls while preparing them
    to face a dangerous world on their own.

    Must the Sun Set on the West?
    Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi
    BOM International
    c/o Vision Video (distribution)
    PO Box 540
    Worcester, PA 19490-0540
    $49.99 www.visionvideo.com

    Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi is one of India's best-known Christian
    intellectuals; among his accomplishments are founding a community
    development organization in the 1970's to aid India's rural poor. Must
    the Sun Set on the West? is a DVD compilation of ten of Mangalwadi's
    lectures (plus a bonus lecture) given at the University of Minnesota.
    The common theme binding these lectures is about harmful attitudes
    that have permeated Western culture, and the value of Christian faith
    and the Bible in helping to restore Western commitments to freedom,
    justice, and compassion. The lectures include "From Michelangelo to
    Freud: The Devolution of Human Dignity", "From Science to Sorcery: Why
    Witchcraft Appeals More Than Science", "From Paul to Paris Hilton: Can
    a Defeated Messiah Save Hollywood Heroes?", "From Tolerance to
    Terrorism: Why Do Taxpayers Pay Advocates to Defend Lawbreakers?" and
    much more. Must the Sun Set on the West? is a thought-provoking
    cultural perspective from a thinker who admires the positive aspects
    of Western culture yet is unafraid the exhaustively question its
    negative aspects, and highly recommended to anyone concerned about
    current culture wars. 11 lectures, 47-66 min. per lecture, coded for
    all DVD regions.

    Blessing Europe
    Rainer Walde
    Privately Published
    c/o Vision Video
    P.O. Box 540
    Worcester, PA 19490
    $19.99 www.visionvideo.com

    Blessing Europe: The Legacy of Celtic Saints is a DVD documentary that
    takes the viewer on an enlightening tour through Europe, in the
    footsteps of early Celtic saints. Central to the journey are the
    stories of four renowned Celtic Saints, including Columbanus and his
    companion Gallus, founder of a monastic cell on the banks of Lake
    Constance. An incredible and moving account of the contributions Irish
    monks have brought to the Christian faith, Blessing Europe is an
    inspiration, highly recommended especially for Christian personal and
    church library DVD collections. 60 min.

    Element: Accelerated Pilates with Resistance Band
    Lisa Hubbard
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200
    Troy, MI 48084-3304
    rhythmpilates.com tamalyoga.com
    $16.98 www.anchorbayentertainment.com

    Part of the excellent "Element" fitness DVD series, Element:
    Accelerated Pilates with Resistance Band (45 min.) is a practical
    workout featuring a 30-minute total body routine, plus a 10-minute abs
    program. Certified Pilates instructor Lisa Hubbard walks the viewer
    through Pilates techniques performed with a resistance band included
    with the DVD. Element: Accelerated Pilates is an ideal choice for
    toning one's muscles as well as improving posture, flexibility, and
    overall well-being. Also highly recommended is "Element: Yoga for
    Energy & Relaxation" (75 min.), in which Hawaiian yoga teacher Tamal
    Dodge guides the viewer through two yoga sessions and relaxation
    techniques perfect for increasing stamina, promoting flexibility, and
    improving one's sleeping habits.

    New Tricks Season Eight
    Starring Amanda Redman, James Bolam, Alum Armstrong, and Dennis
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598288186 $39.99 www.acornonline.com

    New Tricks Season Eight is the unedited, UK edition of Britain's
    highest-rated television drama, about a team of semi-retired (and
    fairly irascible) detectives whose specialty is solving cold cases.
    The amazingly attractive superintendent Sandra Pullman has persuaded
    them to join her Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad; in Season Eight
    they investigate a museum, a zoo, a biker gang, and witness
    protection, all in search of murderers who thought they got away with
    the crime. Witty, biting, and superbly performed, New Tricks Season
    Eight is a "must" for fans of British mysteries. Bonus material
    includes a 19-minute behind-the-scenes featurette. 10 episodes on 3
    discs, 589 min. plus bonus, widescreen, SDH subtitles.

    This is Sodom
    A film by Adam Sanderson and Muli Segev
    SISU Home Entertainment Inc.
    340 W. 39th St., 6th fl.
    New York, NY 10018
    $24.95 www.sisuent.com

    Winner of two Israeli Academy Awards and two nominations, and the
    biggest Israeli box office smash of the last 30 years, This is Sodom
    is an uproarious comedy, set during the last days of the sinful
    Biblical city that became infamous for its destruction. In a wretched
    hive of corruption, sex, and gambling, Lot just might be the last good-
    natured man, struggling to raise a family amidst endless decadence.
    Then, when God tries to call Abraham to His service, Abraham refuses
    unless God can save Abraham's nephew Lot from Sodom. But God is not so
    easily bargained with! A wild and funny take that nevertheless
    captures the heart and soul of the Biblical parable, This is Sodom is
    unforgettably funny, and its creators rightfully earn the honor of
    being dubbed the "Israeli Monty Pythons"! 89 min., Hebrew language
    with subtitles in English, Hebrew, or French, widescreen.

    Scientology: The Science of Truth or the Art of Deception?
    A film by Rainer Fromm
    c/o Vision Video (distribution)
    PO Box 540
    Worcester, PA 19490-0540
    $19.99 www.visionvideo.com

    Scientology: The Science of Truth or the Art of Deception? is a
    sobering documentary about the controversial religious organization.
    Why do some individuals and celebrities follow Scientology while other
    people accuse its leadership of false promises, theft, and abuse?
    Filmmaker Rainer Fromm reveals the mental tricks and emotional
    manipulation used by Scientology to lure adherents and keep them in
    the fold, and dares to openly reveal the stated goals of Scientology -
    goals that even its most highest-profile advocates refuse to speak
    openly about. Revealing and disturbing, Scientology: The Science of
    Truth or the Art of Deception? is a must-see. 60 min., widescreen.

    Dr. Who DVDs
    BBC America
    $24.98 each www.amazon.com

    BBC America is slowly releasing the Doctor Who episodes in DVD sets
    intended for home viewers, and it's a treat to see this long-running
    science fiction series packaged in formats that lend to uninterrupted
    viewing of some of the best episodes and Doctor Who actors over the
    decades. The years 1966-1969 were played by actor Patrick Troughton,
    and story #47, THE KROTONS (0780694899) tells of the planet of Gonds,
    where the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe discover a world enslaved by the
    Krotons. The brightest Gonds are chosen to be their companions - and
    summarily vanish. Their investigations reveal a horrifying reality and
    insights into the dangerous real power of the Krotons and provides a
    gripping story line in a DVD that includes extras such as audio
    commentary with actors and managers, a documentary on actor Patrick
    Troughton, and an interview originally recorded in 2003 for the BBC 's
    Story of Doctor Who. The Jon Pertwee years took place from 1970-74,
    and two fine adventures are offered in DEATH TO THE DALEKS
    (0780694902) and the special edition SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE
    (0780671171). DALEKS is a Sarah Jane Smith adventure where the Doctor
    and Sarah are stranded on a bleak planet only to encounter an Earth
    expedition also stranded during a search for a rare mineral. Extras
    include audio commentary, discussions on the making of the video, a
    studio recording discussing the third Doctor character's evolution,
    and more. SPEARHEAD (0780671171) tells of Time Lords who have banished
    the newly regenerated Doctor to Earth - only to find a meteor crash
    brings other aliens into the fold. The Doctor and scientific advisor
    Liz Shaw must stop humanity from being replaced by plastic facsimiles.
    Extras here include discussions of the challenges for Doctor Who in
    1970 as it moved into color, a photo gallery, trailers, and more.
    Sylvester McCoy in a fine story of a Doctor whose companion hates
    clowns. Despite his aversion to clowns, the good Doctor decides to
    take him to the Psychic Circus on the planet Segonax - there to find
    performers live in terror of a particular clown leader. Extras include
    deleted and extended scenes, video music set to a song, two scenes
    rescored, a photo gallery, and much more. Doctor Who fans will find
    this a classic. All these make for fine home viewing!

    The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Favorites
    $59.95 www.amazon.com

    Any fan of the comedian Carol Burnett must have this tribute to her
    show: some six DVDs in a set that includes 16 complete, unedited
    episodes featuring her most popular sketches. Her show appeared in the
    mid-1960s and ran for eleven years, receiving numerous honors and
    acclaim as one of the best television comedy shows of all time. This
    set features parodies, classic sketches, and all her finest co-stars
    from Steve Martin and Carl Reiner to Joan Rivers and Shirley MacLaine.
    A 'must' for any Carol Burnett fan and those who wish to immortalize
    her finest shows!


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