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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Slow Dancing for Beginners: Volumes 1 & 2
    Xpress Innovations Inc.
    c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    www.411videoinfo.com
    DVD, $29.99 each, www.shawntrautman.com

    The coach and mentor of World Champion dancers Shawn Trautman and his
    wife Joanna Trautman present Slow Dancing for Beginners, a two-volume
    instructional DVD set ideal for novice to intermediate slow dancing
    couples. Volume 1 ($29.99, 90 min.) uses engaging, easy-to-follow
    instructions to train viewers in the basic steps, as well as reinforce
    muscle memory. The picture-in-picture filming helps the viewer learn
    left turns, right turns, underarm turns, momentum turns, and more.
    Volume 2 ($29.99, 90 min.) broadens the range of instruction through
    teaching additional steps: "magic turns", the lunge, promenade pivots,
    dips, and much more! Both DVDs are filmed in HD and highly recommended
    for self-training prior to attending a wedding, cruise, or dance
    event.

    Flock of Dodos
    Randy Olson
    Docuramafilms
    902 Broadway, FL 9, New York, NY 10010
    0767098196, $26.95 www (dot) docurama (dot) com

    A humor survey of cultural controversies in the evolution vs.
    intelligent design debate, A FLOCK OF DODOS comes from a filmmaker and
    evolutionary biologist who makes fun of jargon, science, and religion
    alike. Viewers who can appreciate a quirky, different view of
    evolutionary theory will find this outrageously funny - and will pick
    it as an item of choice in any film lending library handling either
    science or humor titles at the general interest viewing level.

    Respect Yo' Mama
    Larry Lee
    Garbage In...Films
    14618 Tyler Foote Crossing Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
    DVD, $14.95, www (dot) respectyomama (dot) com 1-800-673-0310

    RESPECT YO MAMA offers a fine basic survey of recycling and is a
    recommended pick for elementary-level collections and general-interest
    libraries seeking very basic introductions to recycling ideas. From
    'why recycle' to how to, this conservation dvd is an excellent
    introduction recommended especially for classrooms and school
    collections.

    Kanon
    ADV Films
    9781413915679, $29.98 www (dot) advfilms (dot) com

    Yuichi Aizawa used to visit his cousin all the time when younger - but
    now he hardly recalls these visits. A fine anime drama surrounds
    Yuichi's attempts to regain lost memories, and the discoveries he
    makes when he does. This is a special pick for libraries and
    individuals interested in quality anime Japanese films: it's Volume 1
    in a projected series.

    Anchor Bay
    2950 North Hollywood Way, 3rd Floor, Burbank, CA 91505
    www (dot) starzhomeent (dot) com

    Any who would embark on a home fitness program will come to know the
    Anchor Bay label well: it holds some of the most exciting fitness
    videos available, suitable for a home exercise or library alike.
    CARDIO GO-GO DANCE CRUNCH WORKOUT (01313153459, $14.98) offers the
    CRUNCH fitness program on DVD, for people of all fitness levels. It
    provides a workout environment based on easy dance routines that are
    fun, and provides step-by-step examples from dance instructor Gypsy
    Clark. Michelle LeMay is a fitness and dance professional with twenty
    years experience: her DANCE WORKOUT FOR DUMMIES (01313153499, $14.98)
    packs in two different twenty-minute workouts for any who are novices
    at either dance, exercise or both. Movements begin with easy foot
    patterns and build on basics to make for simple routines. Gabrielle
    Reece's prenatal fitness DVD FIT & HEALTHY PRENATAL WORKOUTS ($14.98)
    is designed by Reece, her personal trainer, and approved by a leading
    OBGYN, and provides prenatal workouts perfect for pregnancy at all
    levels. Six 15-minute workouts provide instruction through the first
    trimesters. Suzanne Bowen is an AFAA certified group fitness and
    Pilates instructor and her 10 MINUTE SOLUTIONS: SLIM & SCULPT PILATES
    (01313153439, $16.98) provides many upper and lower body sculpting
    solutions as well as total body and specific workouts for abs and
    flexibility. Ten-minute workouts are designed to slim and reshape the
    body. The 2-disc set YOGA BOOTY BALLET: MASTER SERIES (01313153539,
    $19.98) present a new targeted set of workouts in two DVDs: one
    Goddess Abs which provides short 20-minute exercises to focus on abs
    and core work, and AM Latte, which offers dance segments designed for
    mornings. Both offer excellent keys to fitness. Also able to be done
    in ten-minute segments are the 10-Minute Solution picks DANCE IT OFF &
    TONE IT UP (01313154329, $16.98) and FAT BLASTING LATIN DANCE MIX
    (01313153399, $14.98): each picking dance routines which are broken
    down into 10-minute exercise workouts. LATIN DANCE includes routines
    from Salsa and cha-cha to merengue, DANCE IT OFF provides tips on body
    sculpting and high energy dancing. All are fine picks for busy
    individuals who want simple, quick home routines requiring a minimum
    of prior knowledge, floor space or special equipment.

    GT Media
    c/o Rodale Press
    400 South Tenth Street, Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
    www (dot) womenshealthmag (dot) com www (dot) rodale (dot) com
    1-800-527-8200

    Three 'Women's Health' titles are excellent and easy workouts offering
    core moves and trainer's tips for those who would exercise at home.
    TOTAL WORKOUT IN TEN! (9780766231184, $14.98), PERFECT BODY WORKOUT
    (9780766234000, $14.98) and ULTIMATE FAT BURN! (9780766231191, $14.98)
    provide exercisers with routines developed by the editors of Women's
    Health magazine, combining athletic drills, strength training and high-
    impact cardio. All are outstanding recommendations. Men aren't left
    out of the program, either: MEN'S HEALTH 15-MINUTE WORKOUTS includes
    four 15-minute workouts geared to burning fat and adding muscle, and
    can be done either at home or at the gym.

    Kristy Rowberry, RN
    JTV Productions
    P.O Box 1367, Orem, UT 84059
    www (dot) jtvfitness (dot) com

    KRISTY'S CARDIO COMBAT (60 minutes, $19.99) and KRISTY'S BODY TONING
    (90 minutes, $19.99) are two superbly produced exercise DVDs which
    features Kristy Rowberry, a Registered Nurse with a B.S. in Exercise
    Physiology and hour-long courses of exercise which are fun and
    challenging workouts. CARDIO COMBAT is a movement-enhanced, dance-
    based routine, and BODY TONING packs in over 70 minutes of toning
    workouts for the whole body. Both offer vigorous routines for staying
    fit, and are recommended for any home fitness program and any lending
    library catering to such patrons.

    Razor Fitness
    947 Hamilton Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025
    1595523850, $14.99 www (dot) razorfitness (dot) com

    Just 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week is the key to staying
    young, with flexibility, balance and strength offering anti-aging
    formulas for success - and Dr. Lynn's Anti-Aging Workout for Every
    Body video workout focuses on flexing and toning, comes from a mother,
    wife and grandmother, and teaches restorative stretching and toning in
    a 40-minute workout program. It's an outstanding program for any in
    their middle years who wish to stay youthful and flexible. Michelle
    Dozois' YOUR BEST BODY CIRCUIT: YOUR BODY BREAKTHROUGH (1595523901,
    $14.99) focuses on reshaping the body and getting rid of fat. It
    blends cardio intensive intervals with sculpting exercises and weight
    loss workouts, includes an 'express' 35-minute workout, and many
    testimonials and nutritional suggestions perfect for home exercisers.
    Jennifer Kries has two excellent fitness videos: NEW BODY! PILATES
    BEGINNER MAT WORKOUT (1595524134, $14.99) covers the basics of
    building core strength and great flexibility for better posture and
    appeal, and can be done in 35-minute instructions; YIN YOGA
    (1595524126, $14.99) provides breathing, stretching and poses
    connected to meridian patterns and pathways, and targets the deeper
    connective tissue for optimum exercise. All are top picks for any new
    age or exercise collection.

    Asperger Syndrome and Employment
    Nick Dubin
    Jessica Kingsley Publsihers
    400 Market Street Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    1843108496, $19.95 www (dot) jkp (dot) com

    People with AS can find it difficult to work in any environment
    involving socialization with others, but there is hope for change -
    and that's where the video Asperger Syndrome and Employment comes in.
    Nick Dubin discusses his own experiences at work, interviews former
    employers who assess his strengths, weaknesses and the affects of AS
    on his job, and offers a source for teens and adults with AS who want
    to succeed in the workplace. Invaluable, and packed with many
    solutions.

    Endurance for Movement
    Trcie Long
    Braun Media
    11763 95th Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN 55369
    1599875292, $14.99 www (dot) bmsdigital (dot) com

    Create lean, long muscles with core exercises which require a minimum
    of equipment - a stability ball, cloth rag and light to medium 3-10 lb
    weights, guided by fitness instructor Tracie Long, who founded the V
    Health Club in South Carolina, and who choreographs dances. Her
    fitness videos focus on core strength, endurance and strength and
    offer vivid routines exercisers will appreciate.

    7 Ways to Block a Cyberbully
    Learning ZoneXPress
    PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
    1571756337, $79.95 1-888-455-7003

    Designed for viewers from grade 6 to adult, 7 Ways to Block a
    Cyberbully is an educational DVD to cyber self-defense in the modern
    world of the Internet, social networking sites, text messaging and
    cell phones. 7 Ways to Block a Cyberbully outlines seven different and
    practical strategies to deal with cyberbullying: understanding the e-
    bully, protecting one's passwords, guarding personal information,
    using protective software, cutting off communications as needed,
    avoiding the trap of revenge, and telling someone responsible. A bonus
    section "Cyberbully: The Adult Role" further discusses seven ways that
    parents and educators can work together to stop cyberbullying.
    Teaching materials are included in this invaluable and timely addition
    to modern homeroom curriculums. 20 minutes, closed-captioned.

    Florence: Cradle of the Renaissance
    V.I.E.W. Video
    34 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
    0803020511, $14.98 www (dot) view (dot) com

    Part of the Museum City Series, Florence: Cradle of the Renaissance is
    an amazing DVD tour of Italy's cultural center, known for being the
    epicenter of a cultural rebirth in art, architecture, and philosophy
    during the 15th century. Taking the viewer on a tour of Florence's
    most well-known masterpieces, including Michelangelo's David, The
    Bapistry Doors, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Pazzi Chapel, the Medici and
    Uffizi palaces, and the Birth of Venus, Florence: Cradle of the
    Renaissance celebrates both great art and landmark history. A Florence
    museum guide rounds out this unforgettable voyage, especially
    recommended for armchair travelers, and surely the next best thing to
    flying to Florence to see its great treasures in person. 33 minutes,
    digitally mastered audio & video.

    Snake Yoga
    Le'ema Kathleen Graham
    Goddess Work
    c/o Wendy Brickman (publicity)
    Brickman@brickmanmarketing (dot) com
    leema@snakepriestess (dot) com
    9780980043907, $24.95 www (dot) snakeyoga (dot) com

    Snake priestess, visionary sacred dancer, and certified yoga teacher
    of 25 years' experience Le'ema Kathleen Graham presents Snake Yoga:
    Sacred Feminine Wisdom, a guided tour to practicing the Yin-style
    Snake Yoga that promotes intuitive intelligence, energy, serenity, and
    focus. Designed to be accessible to beginners and experienced yoga
    practitioners alike, Snake Yoga teaches deep relaxation, conscious
    breathing to release tension, and quiet in the mind, as well as
    undulating floor poses, back bends, and inversions that promote a
    strong and supple spine. An isolated music score, interview with
    Graham, and a supplementary Snake Yoga booklet round out this
    wonderful and invigorating addition to personal yoga DVD libraries. 65
    min.

    Makeup Assignment
    BVM Productions
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    www (dot) 411videoinfo (dot) com
    DVD, $29.95, www (dot) makeupassignment (dot) com

    Expert makeup artist Monique Powers presents Makeup Assignment: Apply,
    Blend, Create, a DVD makeover instructional for women of all ages and
    ethnicities. Offering tips, tricks, and techniques such as how to
    conceal blemishes and dark circles, how to correctly apply eye shadow
    and eyeliner, create fuller lips, apply false eyelashes, and more,
    Makeup Assignment blends step-by-step instructions with
    straightforward video demonstration. The result is expert guidance to
    quickly and easy creating one's own beautiful look while streamlining
    one's makeup routine. Highly recommended for any woman interested in
    mastering simple techniques for looking her best. 47 minutes.

    Pat Boone Presents For My Country: The History of the National Guard
    MagicPlay Entertainment
    28494 Westinghouse Pl., Suite 313, Santa Clarita, CA 91355-0930
    411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    www (dot) 411videoinfo (dot) com
    DVD, $19.99, www (dot) magicplay-ent (dot) com

    Music icon Pat Boone narrates For My Country: The History of the
    National Guard, a patriotic documentary on DVD chronicling the impact
    that America's national guard has had upon its history. Created in
    tribute to the men and women who have dedicated their time, effort,
    and very lives to protecting the nation, For My Country includes
    exclusive interviews with soldiers and their families, behind-the-
    scenes footage, and a bonus music CD in addition to the DVD itself. A
    respectful historical tribute commemorating all who have served in the
    National Guard, past and present. 50 minutes.

    Building Green
    Kevin Contreras, host
    WGBH Boston Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    16027 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 206, Encino, CA 91436
    9781593758332, $49.95, www (dot) ssapr (dot) com

    Host Kevin Contreras invites viewers to witness the creation of his
    eco-friendly dream home in Building Green, a thinpack DVD set of the
    show originally shown on public television. Each stage of the
    construction process introduces the viewer to new easy, cost-
    effective, and health-promoting ways to go green, dispelling myths
    about environmentally-conscious lifestyles. From guidance on straw
    bale construction to the benefits of breathable paints, blue jean
    insulation, and much more, Building Green includes numerous guest
    visits from experts in the field offering hands-on instruction and the
    latest green tips, tricks, and techniques. Highly recommended for
    anyone interested in lightening the footprint their home leaves on the
    planet. 3 DVDs, 325 minutes.

    The Unknown Soldier
    Michael Verhoeven
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
    DVD, $24.95, www (dot) firstrunfeatures (dot) com 1-800-229-8575

    The horrific crimes of the Waffen SS and Gestapo of Germany's Nazi
    regime are well known, but ordinary German soldiers are usually seen
    as mere pawns in the genocide. The Unknown Soldier is a DVD
    documentary of Germany's controversial Wehrmacht Exhibition, which
    reveals a contrary and gruesome truth about war crimes committed by
    ordinary enlisted German troops. Though nationalist and far right
    groups protested the Wehrmacht Exhibition, alleging it to be slander,
    Director Michael Verhoeven interviewed historians, experts, soldiers,
    and eyewitnesses as well as traveling to the killing fields of the
    Eastern Front to create an unflinching look at the cold truth. Bonus
    materials include an archival photo gallery and a World War II film
    trailer gallery. The result is a much-needed addition to public
    library collections and World War II DVD documentary shelves. 97
    minutes, black-and-white and color, German with English subtitles.

    The Order of the Alchemists
    Philip Gardiner
    Reality Films
    PO Box 91, Foresthill, CA 95631
    $24.95 www (dot) reality-entertainment (dot) com www (dot) real2can
    (dot) com

    The Order of the Alchemists: The Knights of Malta and Cagliostro is a
    DVD uncovering the mysterious history of the Sovereign Military Order
    of Malta, as well as the various occult and nefarious forces at work
    behind them. An order contemporary with the Knights Templar yet much
    less well known, the Knights of Malta and Cagliostro battled against
    the Ottoman forces and was later embroiled in the alchemical domain of
    the Grand Master. Who were these Knights, who gave them their
    authority, and what was their role in world history? Highlighted by
    computer-generated reconstructions and exclusive footage filmed in the
    Order's Sacra Infirmeria, among other historic European locations, The
    Order of the Alchemists is a singularly fascinating look into an
    ancient group's dedication to the twin arts of war and metaphysical
    studies.

    Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out!
    Tony Robinson
    Acorn Media Group
    801 Roeder Road, Suite 700, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    AM-8033, $24.99 www (dot) acornmedia (dot) com

    Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out! is the uproariously funny DVD of a
    stand-up comedy performance by British television actor Tony Robinson,
    perhaps best known for his role of Baldrick in the hilarious British
    sitcom "Black Adder", and his infamous refrain, "I have a cunning
    plan!" Tony Robinson gives the snigger-inducing scoop on everything
    from the secrets hidden within common surnames (many last names
    indicate that our ancestors worked horrible jobs, such as "Kellogg",
    which can be traced back to hog butchering), to the creation of the
    "Maid Marian" television show (ostensibly a children's program but so
    popular that one college closed its bar when "Maid Marian" aired), to
    when Robinson worked with John Wayne and was literally pushed into a
    river of liquid filth as part of the shoot. Fans of "Black Adder" will
    not be disappointed; he gives plenty of hysterical anecdotes from the
    series, including one particularly raunchy "Black Adder" joke that
    never aired (because the actress was too mortified and refused to say
    the line)! Truly a laugh-out-loud viewing experience, seasoned with
    just a dash of history for personal enrichment, highly recommended for
    comedy lovers everywhere and a "must-have" for "Black Adder" fans. 83
    minutes, widescreen, color.

    The Moscow Sax Quintet
    V.I.E.W. Video
    34 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
    0803023189, $19.98 www (dot) view (dot) com 212-674-5550

    The Moscow Sax Quintet: The Jazznost Tour is a DVD presentation of one
    of the finest Jazz groups in the world, a group consisting of five
    saxophonists and a rhythm section. The song selections present are "In
    the Mood", "Yardbird Suite", "Parker's Mood", "Four Brothers", "Your
    Eyes", "I Got Rhythm", "Smashing Thirds", "Smooth Sailing", "Donna
    Lee", "Waltz for Debbie", "Crazy Rhythm", "Michelle" and "Flight of
    the Bumble Bee". DVD bonus features include a picture gallery and an
    "About the Moscow Sax Quintet" section. Featuring Dolby stereo audio
    and remastered audio & video, The Moscow Sax Quintet perfectly
    captures this amazing professional group's American performance, and
    is especially recommended for jazz enthusiasts. 62 minutes, color.

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