Midwest Book Review: The Library DVD Shelf

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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Armor Plated
    Mark Hatmaker
    Paladin Press
    Gunbarrel Tech Center, 7077 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
    APDVD, $49.95, www (dot) paladin-press (dot) com

    Defending yourself is something all too often left out in ironically
    named self-defense classes. "Armor Plated: The Encyclopedia of
    Defensive Skills for NHB and the Street" is a guide to protecting
    one's body in the event of being overwhelmed by an assault where the
    proverb 'the best defense is a good offense' is simply not plausible.
    Teaching how to turn a situation like that into one's favor so one can
    go on the offensive, "Armor Plated: The Encyclopedia of Defensive
    Skills for NHB and the Street" is a must for anyone looking to improve
    their self-defense skills, whether for the ring or just for the worst.

    Wide Sargasso Sea
    based on a novel by Jean Rhys
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    AMP-8077, $24.99 www (dot) acornmedia (dot) com

    Wide Sargasso Sea is the movie adaptation of a novel written by Jean
    Rhys, as a deliberate prequel to Charlotte Bronte's classic tale "Jane
    Eyre". In the story, Rhys imagined how Mr. Rochester from "Jane Eyre"
    met and married his first wife, and how she became a madwoman in the
    attic. Set in early 1800s Jamaica, the young Englishman Edward
    Rochester (Rafe Spall) captivates the beautiful Creole heiress
    Antoinette Cosway (Rebecca Hall); yet the passionate lust of the
    newlyweds quickly gives way to suspicion, fear and betrayal.
    Originally aired in the United Kingdom, Wide Sargasso Sea is now
    available to American audiences on DVD with special features including
    a biography of Jean Rhys and cast filmographies. An absolute "must-
    see" for anyone who has enjoyed Charlotte Bronte's great works of
    literature. 84 min., color, widescreen, subtitles.

    Talk Mogadishu
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    #04318, $250.00 www (dot) bullfrogfilms (dot) com 1-800-543-3764

    Talk Mogadishu: Media Under Fire is the inspirational true story on
    DVD of HornAfrik, the first independent TV and radio station in war-
    torn Mogadishu, established by three courageous Somali-Canadians who
    sought to bring peace to their suffering nation through promoting
    freedom of expression, unbiased news, and open debate. The station's
    talk shows became wildly popular, and allowed Mogadishu's most
    marginalized residents to speak out (including humanitarian groups and
    those who advocated women's rights). Indeed, the station became so
    popular that it fell under attack more than once by warlords who were
    unhappy with its content. Yet HornAfrik continues, offering a voice of
    hope in a land that desperately needs it. A welcome addition to public
    library DVD shelves, ideal for showing in high school and college
    classrooms, Talk Mogadishu deserves the highest possible
    recommendation for its spotlight on how media has the potential to
    bring light to the most troubled of times and places. 50 min., closed
    captioned, color.

    America's Team
    Janson Media
    88 Semmens Road, Harrington Park, NJ 07640
    #20364, $24.95 www (dot) janson (dot) com

    America's Team: Being a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird is an amazing
    documentary on DVD of what it takes to be part of the Thunderbirds,
    members of the U.S. Air Force with the masterful skills to pull off
    expert airshows. Now for the first time ever, a female pilot has
    joined the Thunderbirds! America's Team follows her and the entire
    Thunderbird squadron both at home and on the road, offering a glimpse
    into the rigors and rewards of aerial devotion. Bonus material
    includes an F-16 cockpit tour, an F-16 walkaround, and much more.
    Highly recommended for airplane enthusiasts everywhere! 81 min.,
    widescreen, color.

    The Four-Winged Dinosaur
    WGBH Boston Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
    16027 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 206, Encino, CA 91436
    9781593758226, $19.95 www (dot) ssapr (dot) com

    The Four-Winged Dinosaur: Microraptors and the Bird Origin Debate is
    the DVD rendition of an episode from the public television series
    NOVA, detailing the discovery of and scientific experiments
    surrounding fossils of an amazing, recently discovered dinosaur
    species - microraptor, a small dinosaur with flight feathers on all
    four of its limbs! Microraptor might be the first known tree dweller,
    but even with four wings, could it fly? Or did it glide from treetop
    to treetop? How did it maneuver in the air with four wings? In search
    of answers, paleontologists conducted a number of wind tunnel
    experiments and carefully tabulated the data. The results offer
    insight into one of nature's greatest mysteries: how did winged flight
    really evolve? Featuring captivating computer imagery of how
    microraptor might once have looked and behaved in its native habitat,
    The Four-Winged Dinosaur is enthusiastically recommended not only for
    dinosaur lovers, but also for bird lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
    Enhancements include printable materials for educators, closed-
    captioning, and the option of described video for the visually
    impaired. 54 minutes, color.

    Nana
    Viz Pictures
    295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
    DVD, $24.98, www (dot) viz (dot) com 1-800-394-3042

    Based on the engaging manga (Japanese comics) by Ai Yazawa, Nana is a
    dramatic, live-action Japanese movie with English subtitles about the
    lives of two women, each named Nana. Nana "Hachi" Komatsu has come to
    Tokyo with her boyfriend in the hopes of starting afresh, while Nana
    Osaki has arrived in Tokyo chasing her dream to make a name for
    herself in rock 'n' roll as a pop music idol. Despite the women's
    radically different backgrounds, motives, and personalities, they
    become best friends as they adapt to the difficult challenges of life
    in a bustling, unfamiliar metropolis. An upbeat, engaging story of the
    supportive bond between female friends during the best of times and
    the worst of the times. 114 minutes, color.

    Liquid Asana
    Micheline Berry
    Well Go USA, Inc.
    990 N. Bowser Rd., Ste 700, Richardson, TX 75081
    411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    DVD, $14.98, www (dot) wellgousa (dot) com www (dot) 411videoinfo
    (dot) com

    Liquid Asana: The Fluid Dance of Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Micheline
    Berry is a yoga instructional DVD in which host Micheline Berry
    introduces the viewer to her unique blend of the basics of Vinyasa
    Flow Yoga Alignment with four dance programs. The result is a
    beautiful, virtually liquid form of exercise promoting flexibility and
    grace as well as calorie burning. The four fluid dance movements
    forming the core of Liquid Asana are the circle, the wave, spiral, and
    undulation. Enhancing the exercise program is a Liquid Asana
    meditation and relaxation art track. Though Liquid Asana is designed
    for beginners, yoga practitioners of all skill and experience levels
    are sure to enjoy the creative and flowing aspects to this one-of-a-
    kind workout. A welcome addition to yoga DVD libraries. 75 minutes.

    Rick Wakeman's Grumpy Old Picture Show
    MVD Entertainment Group
    H-840 North Circle Drive, Oaks, PA 19456
    DVD, $19.95, www (dot) classic-media-group (dot) com www (dot) rwcc
    (dot) com

    Rick Wakeman's Grumpy Old Picture Show is a DVD recording of veteran
    Rick Wakeman live on tour, as he performs his one-man "Old Picture
    Show". His performance includes rants about the frustrations and
    adversarial irritations of modern daily life, and a reprise from the
    hit BBC television series "Grumpy Old Men". Performance collaborations
    with Gordon Giltrap, Jemma Wakeman, Chris Blakey, The English Rock
    Ensemble and The English Chamber Choir further enhance this rousing,
    timeless capture of Wakeman's dry wit and laugh-out-loud funny
    moments. 143 minutes.

    Fat Free Yoga
    Ravi Singh & Ana Brett, producers
    Privately Produced
    c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    DVD, $19.95, www (dot) 411videoinfo (dot) com www (dot) raviana (dot)
    com

    Yoga instructors Ravi Singh and Ana Brett have a client list including
    such celebrities as Madonna and the Red Hot Chile Peppers; now they
    make their expertise available to all in Fat Free Yoga, a DVD workout
    featuring Kundalini Yoga poses that promote flexibility and relaxation
    as well as fitness and conditioning. Four nineteen-minute workouts
    plus two meditations comprise this easy-to-follow DVD, which features
    a "matrix" menu option ideal for customizing one's workout. An easy-to-
    use exercise guide tailored to help viewers of all skill and
    experience levels reap the benefits of yoga in day-to-day life. 90
    minutes.

    All About Hair with Chris Helm
    Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
    13021 - 244 Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
    9781932978780, $24.95, www (dot) Bennett-Watt (dot) com

    Part of "The New Hooked On Fly Tying Series", All About Hair with
    Chris Helm is a fly fisherman's guide to creating stunning and
    effective bass bugs, with particular focus on the proper use of hair.
    Featuring close-up camera work in high definition, All About Hair
    covers the right types of thread to use, tools to make tying bugs
    easy, how to handle hair when crafting a bug, spinning, stacking,
    installing gills, and much more. Award-winning fly tier Chris Helm
    hosts this step-by-step, in-depth guide that spares no detail in the
    art of making the very best fishing lures. A "must-have" DVD
    collections of dedicated fly fishermen, and a superb gift for anyone
    taking a serious interest in the sport. 83 minutes.

    When I Find the Ocean
    Monterey Media Inc.
    566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
    9781569944240, $24.95, www (dot) montereymedia (dot) com
    1-800-424-2593

    An award-winning saga inspired by a true story, When I Find the Ocean
    is a movie about a young girl coming to terms with the loss of her
    father. The ocean claimed the life of Lily Strickland's father;
    lacking a way to say goodbye, she leaves her grandparents and mother
    to confront her own fears amid the challenges of the wilderness. A
    deeply emotional, family-friendly movie unfolds, shot against
    breathtaking seacoast, river, and forest natural scenery. Highly
    recommended. PG, 104 min., closed captioned (but not subtitled).

    Firestorm
    Michael Kloft
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
    DVD, $24.95, www (dot) firstrunfeatures (dot) com

    A new film by Michael Kloft, writer of "The Goebbels Experiment",
    Firestorm is a documentary about the lethal bombing campaigns that the
    Allies carried out against Nazi Germany. Winston Churchill
    specifically ordered cities to be targeted after attacks on German
    factories resulted in heavy aircraft losses; the objective was to
    crush German morale and reduce the number of workers that could power
    the Nazi efforts to make war. Civilian casualties were devastating.
    Firestorm includes rare, historic film footage, (much of it in color),
    along with interviews of historians, former bomber pilots, and
    survivors of the relentless assault. Bonus features include amateur
    film footage of Germany in ruins, and a filmmaker biography. An
    uncompromising look at the full might of the allied air campaign
    against Nazi Germany, and an oft-overlooked perspective of the Allies'
    brutality in war, which leaves the viewer to decide whether or not the
    extreme measures were necessary. 93 minutes, black-and-white and
    color.

    The Return of the Cuyahoga
    Produced and Directed by Lawrence R. Hott & Diane Garey
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    1594587590, $250.00, www (dot) bullfrogfilms (dot) com 1-800-543-3764

    Recommended for adults and young viewers in grades 7-12 alike, The
    Return of the Cuyahoga is an educational documentary about the
    Cuyahoga River in the United States, which flows directly through
    Cleveland. Once, it formed the border of the western frontier; by the
    1870s, pollution from industrial factories along its banks turned it
    into a literal channel of sludge. Its surface became so oily that it
    would frequently catch fire. The Cuyahoga became a symbol for
    environmental degradation in America, and its difficult redemption had
    to balance efforts to clean it with the needs of the city of
    Cleveland. The return of the Cuyahoga is ultimately an uplifting story
    of hope, that it is in fact possible for large populations of humans
    to coexist with natural waterways. An excellent addition to public and
    school library environmental DVD collections. 57 minutes.

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