MBR: The Library DVD Shelf

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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Shakespeare: The King's Man
    Athena Learning
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598289619 $39.99 www.acornonline.com

    Originally broadcast on the BBC, Shakespeare: The King's Man is a documentary about the classic plays that Shakespeare wrote during the momentous reign of Queen Elizabeth's successor, King James I. American scholar James Shapiro asserts the hypothesis that Shakespeare's tragic and complicated plays of this later era, including "King Lear", "Macbeth", and "The Tempest", area direct reflection of the tremendous societal changes of the era, and as well as issues besetting Britain's royalty after the death of the Virgin Queen. Drawing upon consultation with historians, literary experts, directors, and more, Shakespeare: The King's Man reveals the classic playwright in anew light, and is enthusiastically recommended for casual connoisseurs andstudious theatre critics alike. Bonus materials include a 12-page viewer'sguide, brief biographies of notable playwrights of Shakespeare's time, anda 148-minute bonus DVD featuring BBC's 1983 production of Macbeth. 3 episodes plus bonus, 177 min., SDH subtitles, widescreen.

    Shift Change
    A film by Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149
    Oley, PA 19547
    1937772381 $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Shift Change: True Stories of Dignified Jobs in Democratic Workplaces is a documentary about the positive effect of employee-owned businesses. Presenting case studies of nine such cooperatives in Mondragon (in the Basque Country of Spain) and the American cities of Cleveland, Boston, Madison, and more, Shift Change is a vivid example of pro-worker businesses that are profitable, secure, and truly democratic places to work and live. In this modernera when corporations are increasingly likely to treat their employees as disposable and abandon local communities at the drop of a hat, Shift Changeoffers a bright ray of hope for a sustainable, worker-friendly way of life.. Highly recommended. 70 min., SDH captions, some interviews are subtitled because they are in Spanish.

    Waging Peace
    Third Way Media
    1251 Virginia Ave.
    Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2434
    c/o Vision Video
    P.O. Box 540
    Worcester, PA 19490
    $24.95 www.visionvideo.com

    Waging Peace: Muslim and Christian Alternatives is an uplifting DVD about peacemaking efforts among both Christian and Muslim groups, as well as a brief history of the peace-promoting traditions in each faith. From a "peace camp" designed for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children, to a project in which Muslims and Christians work together to craft quilts for refugees, to a health clinic created by Muslim medical students to provide care to the impoverished, and much more, Waging Peace offers powerful and eye-opening revelations. Highly recommended, especially for both public library and church/synagogue/mosque library DVD collections. 57 min. 30 sec., closed-captioned, English and Spanish subtitles.

    The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Complete Collection
    Based on novels by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Starring Ian Carmichael
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598288056 $59.99 www.acornonline.com

    As originally seen on PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre", The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Complete Collection gathers five feature-length television adaptations of Dorothy L. Sayers' classic British murder mysteries, set in the heyday of the 1920s. Superbly performed with masterful actor Ian Carmichael in the titular role, The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Complete Collection is a treasury especially recommended for public library collections and fans of British mysteries. Bonus features include 38 minutes of interviews with IanCarmichael and production notes. 6 DVDs, 16 3/4 hours, SDH subtitles.

    The Parker Videos
    NACSW
    Dogwise Publishing
    403 South Mission Street, Wenatchee WA 98801
    9781617811104, $19.95, www.dogwisepublishing.com

    The Parker Videos offers an outstanding survey of a K9 dog team in the making and features K9 dog Parker and handler Christy, who demonstrate the skills used at a K9 Nose Work workshop presented by professional detection handlers. Christy videotaped some eight months of training: this video providesa fine survey of the process, includes voice-over commentary and observations by Ron Gaunt, a co-founder of the sport, and teaches interested viewershow to get started in their own K9 Nose Work training. A vivid, informational and fun video, this is a pick for any interested in dog training in general and K9 Nose Work in particular.

    Nosework - Search Games
    Anne Lill Kvam and Turid Rugaas
    Dogwise Publishing
    403 South Mission Street, Wenatchee WA 98801
    9781617811081, $29.95, www.dogwise.com

    Nosework - Search Games comes trainers who have longtime skills working with dogs, and teaches viewers how to use the nosework activity to help a dog use his natural abilities in a manner beneficial to dog and human alike. Dogs so trained can find a variety of things, from anti-man mines to hidden dangers: this video focuses on search games that promote nosework, and provides an easy, logical introduction dog owners can readily use to test the nosework concept.

    Jock Troup & The Fishermen's Revival
    Gary Wilkinson
    c/o Vision Video (distribution)
    P.O. Box 540
    Worcester, PA 19490
    $19.99 www.visionvideo.com

    Jock Troup & The Fisherman's Revival is a vivid DVD documentary about a passionate man who preached to the poor and struggling in the economically lagging fishing ports of Scotland and England, during the roaring 1920's. Originally a small-town cooper (barrel maker) from a tiny village in northern Scotland, Jock Troup carried a strong physical and personal presence, and his force of character was instrumental in sparking a Christian movement so fervent that it was dubbed the "Fisherman's Revival". Jock Troup & The Fishermen's Revival offers interviews with Bible scholars, historians, and even eyewitnesses to reveal the extraordinary true story of the spiritual transformations worked by a charismatic, passionate, and faithful leader. Jock Troup & The Fishermen's Revival offers invaluable insight about revitalizing and reviving the Church; the story of Troup's life and work holds crucial lessons for today's religious leaders. 48 min.

    The Syndicate Series 1
    Written by Kay Mellor
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598289404 $39.99 www.acornonline.com

    The Syndicate Series 1 collects the first, five-episode season of a contemporary British drama series following five supermarket employees who are straddling the poverty line. Their store is on the verge of shutting down, when suddenly, their lottery pool hits the jackpot! But the monetary winnings come at a steep cost. One woman struggles in a disintegrating marriage; another is unable to outrun her past. The store manager suffers from a health crisis, and the repercussions of a terrible, desperate crime haunt two brothers. BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor has crafted an intricate and thought-provoking human drama with unforgettable, three-dimensional characters. Highly recommended. 5 episodes on 2 DVDs, 270 min., widescreen.

    Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu
    Nicholas C. Yang
    Special appearance by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
    YMAA Publications
    PO Box 480
    Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
    9781594392313 $69.95 www.ymaa.com

    Part 2 of the "Advanced Sequences" instructional DVD series, Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu is an in-depth guide especially for intermediate to advanced practitioners of ancient Chinese martial arts. The two sequences presented are grounded in the Cha Quan style, and demonstrated both as exercises and with martial applications. These technique sequences are Si Lu Cha Quan ("Fourth Way of Cha's Fist") and Si Lu Ben Za ("Four Ways of Running and Smashing"); both are a wellspring resource for creating one's own techniques to apply to sparring or self-defense. An exhaustively complex and detailed resource, Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu is a "must-have" for serious Kung Fu practitioners determined to better their understanding and execution. 2 DVDs, 490 min.

    Elements of Yoga series
    Tara Lee
    www.taraleeyoga.com
    New Shoot
    www.newshoot.co.uk
    c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $14.99 each www.411videoinfo.com

    Registered senior teacher of the UK's Yoga Alliance Tara Lee presents the Elements of Yoga series, a set of three DVDs designed to help the viewer learn, practice, and refine their yoga techniques for strength-building, flexibility, and overall wellness. Each DVD consists of three 20-minute segmentsthat may be undertaken individually or in sequence plus multiple bonus features (10 min. on balance, a 10 min. core workout, 10 min. of breathing exercise, and 5 min. devoted to relaxation). "Elements of Yoga: Earth Foundation" is designed for beginners, with an emphasis of learning yoga's foundational techniques; "Air & Water Flow" aids intermediate practitioners in easing tension of hips, opening the chest and heart, and linking breath and movement into an unbroken whole; and "Fire Dynamic" is ideal for intermediate to advanced practioners, with a strong emphasis on improving strength and stamina. All three "Elements of Yoga" DVDs are highly recommended for yoga enthusiasts! 95 min. each, widescreen.

    Booty Boot Camp
    Kenya Moore
    Acacia
    8515 Georgia Avenue Suite 650
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    9781621720614, $16.99, www.acacialifestyle.com

    Twenty minutes is all it truly takes to achieve better fitness. "Booty BootCamp" is an exercise DVD starring 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta's' KenyaMoore, as she guides viewers through these fat burning and body toning exercises along with fitness instructor Nikki Veal. Focusing on getting the best shape where one seeks, "Booty Boot Camp" has three workouts and plenty of additional content for those looking to push themselves to better health in life. 90 minutes, color, widescreen.

    Just Walk
    Leslie Sansone
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200
    Troy, MI 48084-3304
    013132597461, $14.98, www.anchorbayentertainment.com

    A good walk can do wonders for the overall health. "Just Walk: Belly Blasting Walk" is a fitness encouraging DVD from Leslie Sansone who presents two walking-driven workouts on how to turn an everyday walk into something thatburn fat and tone abdominal muscles, and increase overall fitness around the core. "Just Walk" is pick for those who want to kick their walking up a notch. 1 DVD, 54 minutes, color, widescreen.

    Exhale: Core Fusion Barre Basics for Beginners
    Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito
    Acacia
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    9781621720492 $16.99 www.acacialifestyle.com

    Part of the immensely popular "Exhale: Core Fusion" DVD series by Pilates, Lotte Berk Method, yoga, and fitness experts Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito, Exhale: Core Fusion Barre Basics for Beginners is a medley of user-friendly barre workouts accessible to viewers of all skill and experience levels. The only equipment needed is a stable chair or barre, and a simple mat.. Seven workouts, each ten minutes in length, target the body's different muscle groups, promoting strength and flexibility. The workouts are gatheredfrom three previous programs in the Exhale: Core Fusion series ("Thighs & Glutes", "Pilates Plus", and "Body Sculpt") and enhanced with all-new tutorials. Exhale: Core Fusion Barre Basics for Beginners is an excellent, well-rounded resource for tone and strength conditioning. 70 min. plus tutorials, widescreen.

    Prenatal Workouts
    Erin O'Brien and Desi Bartlett
    Acacia
    8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 650
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    9781621720676 $24.99 acacialifestyle.com

    Prenatal Workouts is a two-DVD set of fitness workouts designed especially for pregnant women; no expensive equipment is needed for either program. "Prenatal Fitness Fix", hosted by celebrity trainer and certified prenatal exercise specialist Erin O'Brien, is a DVD of cardio, muscle-toning, and strength-building activities. A 40-minute solo workout and a 20-minute partner workout (which Erin does with her husband, "Desperate Housewives" actor James Denton) comprise this user-friendly program. "Prenatal Yoga" is a 45-minute guide to the strengthening and stress-relieving practice of Yoga especially for pregnant women; instructor Desi Bartlett guides the viewer to thisphysically and spiritually uplifting practice. 10 minutes of additional workouts are included. While consulting one's doctor is recommended before embarking on fitness routines during pregnancy, the value of exercise for overall health as well as preparing for the big day of delivery cannot be overstated. Highly recommended, especially as a baby shower gift! 105 min. plusbonus.

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