MBR: The Library DVD Shelf

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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Sheryl Crow Live
    Koch Vision
    1417230770, $19.99 www (dot) kochvision (dot) com

    Fans of the rocker Sheryl Crow now have a fine opportunity to listen
    to and view her without paying high ticket prices with the lively
    capture of her performance at the one-night-only Soundstage. Cuts of
    her biggest and best songs accompany a high-definition 92-minute
    performance in surround sound for maximum home entertainment effects.
    Very highly recommended, indeed!

    Teen Safety: When You Are Alone
    Learning ZoneXPress
    PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
    1571755586, $79.95 www (dot) learningzoneexpress (dot) com

    The world can be a dangerous place for the unwary and complacent.
    Intended for viewers ranging from sixth grade students to high school
    seniors, college students, and adults, Teen Safety: When You Are Alone
    is an instructional DVD ideal for classroom use. Presenting the basic
    facts every teen should know to reduce the risk of abuse, sexual
    violence, or abduction, Teen Safety: When You Are Alone demonstrates
    realistic scenarios and features interviews with experts. From safety
    strategies teens should use when home alone or walking alone, to tips
    for responsible use of the Internet, to advice for teens in charge of
    babysitting younger children (who are potentially at even greater risk
    for violence or abduction) and more, Teen Safety: When You Are Alone
    deserves the absolute highest recommendation for its practical
    treatment of basic facts every teen (and adult) must know. 17 minutes.

    The Dead Sea Scrolls
    Lawrence H. Schiffman
    The Modern Scholar
    c/o Recorded Books
    270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    UC102, $98.75, www (dot) recordedbooks (dot) com 1-800-638-1304

    When a collection of ancient scrolls were first discovered in cliff
    side caves above the long abandoned settlement of Qumran in Israel in
    1947, they were dubbed the 'Dead Sea Scrolls' and were justifiably
    acclaimed as on of the most important archaeological findings of the
    20th Century. A fabulous collection they provide some of the oldest
    Jewish sacred texts we have. They also provided a wealth of new
    documents and information about a Jewish religious movement that was
    contemporary with the emergence of Christianity. Now in fourteen
    informed and informative lectures compiled in "The Dead Sea Scrolls:
    The Truth Behind The Mystique", Lawrence H. Schiffman (Chairman, New
    York University Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and
    the Ethel and Irvin A. Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies)
    shares his years of studies and internationally acclaimed expertise
    about what these scrolls have provided scholarship with respect to our
    understanding of Judaism and the natal development of religious
    thought that would be the genesis of Christianity. The lectures begin
    with a description of 'The Library of Qumran'; and continue with
    sessions devoted to 'Scandal and Publication'; 'Sects of the Second
    Temple Period'; 'The Halakhic Letter and the Founding of the Sect';
    'The Qumran Sect'; Women and th eDead Sea Scrolls Sect'; 'Theology and
    Beliefs of the Dead Sea Sect'; 'Biblical Interpretation'; 'The Hebrew
    Bible in Second Temple Times'; 'The Messiah and the End of Days'; 'The
    Temple Scroll'; 'The Scrolls, Judaism, and Christianity';
    'Controversial Messianic Texts'; and then concludes with 'The Scrolls
    in Public Culture'. A college-level course of instruction, 'The Dead
    Sea Scrolls' is a superbly presented and enthusiastically recommended
    boxed set of seven flawless recorded compact discs.

    The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    AMP-8096, $39.99, www (dot) acornmedia (dot) com

    A superbly produced production, "The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing
    Game" is a six episode, two volume boxed set that originally aired in
    the U.S. on the PBS award winning series 'Mystery!' in its 1980
    inaugural season. Sid Halley is a star steeple chase rider who suffers
    a career-ending injury that ends his riding career and launches him
    into life as a private detective who specializes in all manner of race
    track mischief from bookies, to blackmailers, to murder. From top-
    notch acting, to spot on set designs, to a meticulous attention to
    Dick Francis' original story, "The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing
    Game" provides a bit more than five hours of riveting entertainment
    and is especially recommended to Dick Francis fans, mystery buffs, and
    community library DVD collections!

    America's Test Kitchen Season Eight
    Christopher Kimball, host
    WGBH Boston Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
    16027 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 206, Encino, CA 91436
    9781593758400, $39.95, www (dot) ssapr (dot) com

    America's Test Kitchen Season Eight is a DVD collection of all twenty-
    six episodes of the popular, public television cooking extravaganza
    show. Host Christopher Kimball and his fellow cast members walk the
    viewer through the basics of quality home cooking and great recipes.
    Episodes include Rainy Day BBQ Pork Chops to French Classics, Asian
    Take-Out at Home, Pasta and Tomatoes Reimagined, Fish on the Grill,
    Easy Skillit Suppers, Favorite Slow-Cooker Classics, and much more.
    Rounding out the step-by-step recipe instructions include no-nonsense
    taste tests of supermarket ingredients, ratings of the most important
    pieces of kitchen equipment, and useful kitchen science tips. In
    today's era of rising prices, inexpensive and healthful cooking at
    home has become a more attractive option than ever before; to that
    end, the America's Test Kitchen series is highly recommended both for
    private use and public library collections. 4 DVDs, 26 episodes.

    Ape Genius
    WGBH Boston Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
    16027 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 206, Encino, CA 91436
    9781593758219, $19.95 shop (dot) wgbh (dot) org www (dot) ssapr (dot)

    Ape Genius is an episode of the scientific public television series
    NOVA on DVD that seeks to answer the questions: just how smart are the
    great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas), and what
    exactly is it that differentiates their thought processes from those
    of humans? Apes have been seen to use tools, and controlled
    experiments have shown them to possess shared culture, even the
    ability to perform simple math. Yet the latest research has revealed
    subtle, crucial limitations ape brains have that prevent them from
    dominating the world like humans have. An utterly absorbing and
    educational presentation, enthusiastically recommended for public
    library collections and anyone curious about what makes humans unique
    among the animal kingdom. 54 minutes, color, with the options of
    closed-captioned and described video for the hearing impaired.

    Up Close & Toxic
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
    1594581150, $250.00 www (dot) bullfrogfilms (dot) com 1-800-543-3764

    With today's headlines steadily proclaiming contaminated foods, toys,
    household products and more, the current health crisis is one of the
    most important issues facing every American. Up Close & Toxic is a
    wake-up call to indoor air pollutants, the concentration of which can
    often exceed what is found in the most polluted cities outdoors! From
    cleaning products to pesticides, paint dust, lead particles in the
    carpet, or even plastic toys, Up Close & Toxic reveals numerous
    sources of potential biohazards and recommends alternatives to promote
    healthier breathing indoors. A singularly invaluable addition to
    public library shelves and classroom viewing schedules, particularly
    in today's modern era of rising health care costs. 45 minutes.

    World Class Restaurant Service
    World Class Productions, LLC
    423 Kanekapolei Ste. 9, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
    DVD, $59.95, www (dot) worldclassproductionz (dot) com

    World Class Restaurant Service is a training film on DVD created
    especially to guide entry-level employees entering the time-honored
    profession of restaurant service. Filmed in beautiful Hawaii, World
    Class Restaurant Service covers on-the-job basics of proper teamwork,
    how to greet customers, winning confidence, wine service nuances, how
    to make a good impression, and much more. In addition to demonstrating
    what to do, World Class Restaurant Service also features a comic
    relief waiter who gives a contrasting demonstrations of what not to
    do! A thoroughly accessible, easy-to-follow resource, World Class
    Restaurant Service is an absolute must-have for any sit-down
    restaurant, whether owned by a small family or a large corporation -
    and also a useful study-at-home tool for anyone considering a career
    in restaurant service. 27 minutes, color.

    Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music
    MVD Entertainment Group
    PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456
    DVD, $19.99, www (dot) MVDb2b (dot) com 1-800-888-0486

    Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music is the DVD documentary of
    legendary musician Bill Monroe, credited with creating bluegrass from
    a fusion of fiddle tunes, Scotch-Irish ballads he learned from his
    mother and uncle, and "old Southern blues" taught to him by black
    blues guitarist Arnold Schultz. Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music
    pays tribute to this one-of-a-kind composer with interviews, archival
    footage including rare 1990s performances that Monroe gave in his
    final years, backstage glimpses of Monroe at the Grand Ole Opry, and
    much more. An absolute "must-see" for bluegrass fans and players
    everywhere. 90 minutes.

    Rune Soldier Complete Collection
    ADV Films
    5750 Bintliff Drive, Suite 210, Houston, TX 77036
    DVD, $39.99, www (dot) advfilms (dot) com

    Rune Soldier Complete Collection brings together the complete 24-
    episode "Rune Soldier" fantasy-comedy anime television series in one
    affordable thinpack box set! Created by Ryo Mizuno (known for his work
    in the more serious fantasy anime "Record of Lodoss War"), Rune
    Soldier is about a trio of female adventurers - Genie the deadly
    fighter, Merrill the sly thief, and Melissa the effeminate yet potent
    cleric - in search of a powerful magician to shore up their ranks. But
    instead of a mighty veteran adventurer magician, the best they can
    find is the lecherous, klutzy, and incompetent novice Louie! A fun and
    fantastic adventure that never dares to take itself too seriously,
    Rune Soldier Complete Collection is enthusiastically recommended to
    fans of the genre.

    Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
    Viz Communications Inc.
    295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
    1421522705 $29.98 www (dot) viz (dot) com 1-800-394-3042

    Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel is the second feature-
    length animated film starring the popular manga character Naruto, a
    brash, headstrong, passionate youth determined to prove himself the
    best ninja in the world. Sent on a seemingly run-of-the-mill mission
    to return a lost ferret to its owner along with his teacher Shikamaru
    and female classmate Sakura, Naruto becomes entangled in the
    machinations of a ruthless invading force and its loyal front-lines
    warrior Temujin. Though the attackers claim to be founding a utopia
    that will spread peace to the world, their merciless quest for the
    stone of Gelel has already brought them into fierce conflict with Sand
    Ninja Kankuro and Gaara! It's an all-out battle not only to survive,
    but to separate truth from lies in this action-packed epic adventure.
    A two-disc set, Legend of the Stone of Gelel is in 16:9 anamorphic
    widescreen and includes director's audio commentary, as well as over
    sixty minutes of extra content and a colorful collector's booklet. A
    must-see for fans of shonen anime! 95 minutes plus special features,


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