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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Wild Ocean
    Nokia
    Image Entertainment
    20525 Nordhoff St. Suite 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311-6104
    014381362220, $19.98 www.image-entertainment.com

    WILD OCEAN is created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, the
    creators of STOMP, and presented in Nokia in IMAX 2-D and 3-D. It
    comes alive here in an enthralling survey of South Africa's wild
    coastline, following animals and sea life alike. Any library strong in
    nature or science DVDs will find this a unique, eye-catching and
    popular lend.

    What's the Economy For, Anyway?
    John de Graaf and Dave Batker
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    $250.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Licensed for public performance, and suitable for viewers in grade
    10-12 as well as adults, What's the Economy For, Anyway? is an
    educational, humorous and user-friendly DVD primer of basic economic
    facts - what exactly is the GDP? What does our nation's GDP tell us
    about our economy, and what does it fail to tell us? How does our
    current economic situation affect our daily lives in terms of health,
    happiness, security, and amount of free time? (If a credit card
    company makes a mistake on your bill, you must spend your time doing
    unpaid work contacting them - often through a hassling series of
    automated messages - and try to get it fixed, if you can!) How do all
    these factors in America compare to those of other nations? How did
    America's current financial morass come to be, and what might be
    coming next? Ultimately a sharp indictment of the flaws in America's
    current economic models - underscoring how measurable indicators of
    quality of life in America pale in comparison to more successful
    models in other nations - What's the Economy For, Anyway? is thought-
    provoking, informed and informative, and strongly recommended
    especially for high school and public library collections. 40 minutes.

    The Human Spark with Alan Alda
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608831364 $29.99 www.shopPBS.org

    What is it that distinguishes humans from the rest of animal kingdom?
    Why can only humans communicate through auditory and written symbols
    that can be recombined into virtually infinite meanings, hypothesize
    what the future may bring, or imagine the unknown? The Human Spark
    with Alan Alda explores the differences between modern homo sapiens,
    our extinct Neanderthal cousins, and modern-day chimpanzees. An
    extraordinary documentary about what modern-day science has to say
    about the quintessential distinguishing features of humanity, The
    Human Spark with Alan Alda is enlightening and intriguing, highly
    recommended especially for public library collections. 3 hours,
    widescreen, closed captioned.

    The Best of Lidia
    Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
    PBS Distribution
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608831456 $19.99 www.shopPBS.org

    The Best of Lidia is a DVD collection some of the most beloved recipes
    by public television chef Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, best known for
    her sumptuous Italian cooking that the whole family can enjoy. The
    Best of Lidia features recipes from Lidia's travels across Italy, from
    zesty starters to quick pastas, main courses, and desserts fit for a
    prince! A wonderful addition to culinary DVD libraries, The Best of
    Lidia lives up to its title with easy-to-follow instructions for
    preparing delicious recipes, and is highly recommended for aspiring
    chefs of all skill and experience levels. 85 minutes, widescreen,
    closed captioned.

    Becoming Human
    PBS Home Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781608831258 $29.99 www.shopPBS.org

    Becoming Human: Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors collects thee
    episodes of the acclaimed documentary series NOVA exploring what the
    latest scientific discoveries tell us about the earliest human
    ancestors - and what makes us human today. The first episode, "Selam",
    shows how clues from the remains of a 3 million year-old child suggest
    why and how humanity first came down from the trees and started
    walking upright. The second episode applies forensics to the mystery
    of "Turkana Boy", a fossil of Home erectus, the first human ancestor
    to leave Africa and begin colonization of the globe. What caused this
    African exodus? The final episode, "Becoming Human", examines how
    human capacities for art, invention, and survival developed, and the
    mystery of humanity's interaction with the early Neanderthals. Did
    humans interbreed with Neanderthals, or cause their extermination? Why
    did "we" survive when other ancestral cousins died out? An
    extraordinary collection, and a choice pick especially for public
    library DVD collections and the libraries of anyone curious about the
    origins of humanity in prehistoric times. 3 hours, widescreen, closed
    captioned. Also highly recommended is the NOVA documentary "What Are
    Dreams? Inside the Sleeping Brain" (9781608831616, $24.99, 56 min.,
    widescreen, closed captioned).

    6 Steps to a Successful Acting Career
    Aaron Seals
    For a Better World Films
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.6StepstoActing.com

    Written and directed by the founder of a New York casting company with
    a ten-year track record, 6 Steps to a Successful Acting Career lives
    up to its title and is an excellent from-the-ground-up primer for
    anyone interested in getting started as an actor. The major topics
    covered include First Steps, Types of work, Skills Needed, Promotion,
    Day to day life of an actor, and Levels and goals of a career. A
    special chapter focuses on issues particular to child actors and their
    parents, including work permits and the value of the kid/parent team.
    6 Steps to a Successful Acting Career is an excellent pick for anyone
    curious to learn more about the acting world as well as aspiring
    actors seeking to break into the business. 150 minutes.

    Stomperobics Version One: "The Nutkracker"
    Tony Victory
    Tony Victory Fitness, LLC
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.TonyVictory.com

    Fitness expert Tony Victory hosts Stomperobics Version One: "The
    Nutkracker", a cardio workout on DVD based on the college fraternity
    and sorority dance tradition known as Stomping. Set to an original
    musical soundtrack, "The Nutkracker" includes an easy-to-follow
    tutorial, choreographic steps that can be modified for viewers of
    different skill and intensity levels, and menu chapters that allow one
    to customize the separate workout programs to one's needs. A great way
    to liven up one's exercise routine, "The Nutkracker" is an excellent
    enhancement to personal DVD fitness libraries. 50 minutes.

    Dance Off the Inches: Cardio Striptease
    Megan Armand
    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    2401 West Big Beaver road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
    $14.98 www.anchorbayentertainment.com

    Dance Off the Inches: Cardio Striptease adds spice to a cardio workout
    on DVD, with striptease moves that anyone can learn. A flirtatious way
    to get into good health, Cardio Striptease makes pretending to remove
    one's clothes while working out a fun way to blend ten active steps
    into one's routine. The overall workout consists of three dances,
    "Work It", "Too Hot to Handle", and "Total Tease", plus a warm up and
    cool down. Fitness enthusiasts of all skill and experience levels,
    from beginner to expert, can get into and enjoy Dance Off the Inches:
    Cardio Striptease for a sexy change of pace! 43 minutes.

    Step-by-Step Strength Training with Petra Kolber
    Petra Kolber
    Acacia
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    $16.99 acacialifestyle.com

    Step-by-Step Strength Training with Petra Kolber is a mix-and-match
    toning workout on DVD, requiring no more equipment than simple hand
    weights and a chair. Fitness expert and motivational speaker Petra
    Kolber gives practical tips for an efficient strength training workout
    ideal for all skill and experience levels. Two ten-minutes segments
    focus on the lower and upper body, while two twenty-minute segments
    build strength in the body overall. A bonus 5 minute ab blast section
    rounds out this excellent and easy-to-follow choice for DVD fitness
    libraries. 60 minutes, widescreen. Also highly recommended is "Core
    Fusion Lean & Toned with Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito" ($16.99,
    55 minutes, widescreen).

    David Goodis ...To A Pulp
    On Air Video Inc.
    8203 Westminster Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
    $19.95 www.onairvideo.com

    David Goodis ...To A Pulp is the DVD biography of noir writer David
    Goodis, whose distinctively gritty and realistic prose distinguishes
    him. He was a screenwriter for the Warner Brothers movie Dark Passage,
    which was based on one of his novels. Yet shortly after this brush
    with fame he divorced, left Hollywood, and returned to living in his
    parents' home in Philadelphia, where he continued to write dark
    paperback novels for the rest of this life. Just who was Goodis? What
    caused him to break with Hollywood? What was the end result of his
    lawsuit against ABC Television over the series "The Fugitive"? David
    Goodis ...To A Pulp answers all these questions and more, revealing
    the reclusive life of an isolated yet gifted author. Highly
    recommended, especially for public library DVD collections. 76
    minutes.

    Grow Your Own Vegetables
    Cam Mather
    Aztext Press
    Box 214, Tamworth, Ontario, Canada K0K 3G0
    9780973323399 $19.95 www.aztext.com

    Hosted by Cam Mather, who has grown organic vegetables for thirty
    years; Grow Your Own Vegetables is a straightforward instructional DVD
    to economically producing one's own food. From soil preparation to
    planting, weeding and watering, and dealing with insects and pests, to
    harvesting, storage, and more, Grow Your Own Vegetables emphasizes low-
    energy, earth-friendly approaches with step-by-step, easy-to-follow
    guidance. A superb how-to guide, enthusiastically for organic
    gardeners of all skill and experience levels. 2 hours.

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