MBR: The Library DVD Shelf

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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Horatio Hornblower: Collector's Edition
    A&E Videos
    c/o A&E Television Networks
    235 East 45th Street New York , NY 10017
    DVD, 1422915239, $59.95 www (dot) aetv (dot) com

    The entire swash-buckling film series appears on 8 DVDs in this
    collector's edition of HORATIO HORNBLOWER, following the sailor from
    midshipman to commander and offering many high-seas adventures. In
    having all eight films connected in one DVD package, viewers enjoy an
    unbroken series in this Emmy-winning adaptation of the classic novels
    of C.S. Forester. Also included in the DVD presentation: an interview
    with star Ioan Gruffudd, filmmaker commentary, 3 bonus related sailing
    programs and an expose on the making of Hornblower, and more
    information on both the novels and the films they inspired. DVD
    libraries will find it a top pick.

    Stay Rich Forever & Ever with Ed Slott
    WGBH Boston Video
    SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    9781593758844, $24.95 www (dot) ssapr (dot) com

    Stay Rich Forever & Ever with Ed Slott is a special edition DVD based
    on the popular, public television show hosted by CPA Ed Slott. In
    today's era, corporate pensions are going the way of the dinosaur,
    social security is troubled, and the baby boomer generation is
    reaching retirement. How is one to protect one's retirement savings,
    especially when Uncle Sam is eager to take up to 70% of them for
    himself? Ed Slott walks to the viewer through how to protect one's
    money from excess taxation, how to take advantage of laws enacted to
    protect one's tax-deferred savings, and more. The special edition
    includes an overwhelming amount of bonus content, such as ten
    questions to ask one's financial advisor, ten potential fiscal
    disasters to avoid, question-and-answer sessions, and much more. An
    absolute must-see for all Americans, especially in today's economic
    climate! 54 minutes plus 2 hours of bonus material.

    Bayview Entertainment
    [email protected] (dot) com
    411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    www (dot) 411videoinfo (dot) com www (dot) bayviewentertainment (dot)

    Two cardio kickboxing DVDs hosted by ACE certified fitness expert and
    black belt martial artist Lynn Hahn make for a vigorous addition to
    workout DVD libraries. Punch & Firm: Cardio Kickboxing ($19.99, 62
    min.) is filled with user-friendly, martial arts stances designed
    especially to build upper body strength, overall agility, and fitness.
    Two user-friendly workouts that can be done individually or together
    comprise Punch and Firm, which can be enjoyed by any fitness
    enthusiast regardless of personal familiarity with the art of
    kickboxing. In Kick: Cardio Kickboxing ($19.99, 61 min.) the two
    workouts one can follow consist of kicking drills and original
    combinations designed to keep one moving. Applying traditional methods
    in a format designed to be challenging, but presented with the help of
    a monitor for anyone who needs the intensity toned down a bit, Kick:
    Cardio Kickboxing is a high-impact experience sure to put fitness
    buffs in high spirits!

    Yoga to Have Fun
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    www (dot) 411videoinfo (dot) com www (dot) yogatohavefun (dot) com

    Two DVDs introduce people of all ages and experience levels to the joy
    and health benefits of Yoga. In Yoga for Families ($19.95, 31 min.),
    Yoga to the Stars instructors Ingrid Von Burg and Tom Morley host a
    family-friendly instructional video suitable for viewers of all ages
    from four to one hundred and four. Filled with laughing, jumping,
    dancing, and singing, Yoga for Families offers a choice of music in
    its dynamic sections: relaxing/meditative or high energy/silly. Shot
    in hi-definition in Cancun, Mexico, Yoga for Families consists of a
    warm-up routine, a "karate warrior" dynamic, a "cookie jar crunch"
    dynamic, breathing and relaxation sections, and namaste (closing
    poses). A great way to spend family time together engaged in healthy
    activity. In Yoga for Grandparents ($19.95, 40 min.) Ingrid Von Burg
    and Yves Vacheresse walk viewers through a yoga routine designed
    especially to cultivate flexbility, fitness, and calm in seniors. The
    dynamic track sections have a choice of music between contemplative/
    meditative or instructional/traditional. Filmed in hi-definition
    overlooking the majestic Santa Monica Mountains, Yoga for Grandparents
    includes the section for warming up, dynamic, a focus on breathing and
    relaxation, and namaste (closing poses). A wonderful, easy-to-follow
    introduction that is deliberately gentle on one's body and bones, Yoga
    for Grandparents is the perfect gift for elderly relatives who enjoy
    the benefits of physical activity. Both DVDs are excellent additions
    to public library or family fitness collections.

    Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years
    MVD Entertainment Group
    H-840 North Circle Drive, Oaks, PA 19456
    DVD, $14.95 www (dot) MVDb2b (dot) com

    Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years is a DVD offering an inside perspective
    of how Bob Dylan, a Jewish folk singer from the Midwest, came to
    embrace Jesus Christ and Christianity. Passionate for his new faith,
    Dylan made three Gospel albums, and won a Grammy for "Gotta Serve
    Somebody". Yet the Christian direction of his music alienated fans and
    sparked the ire of critics, especially when he preached apocalyptic
    passages from the "Book of Revelation." Telling the story of Bob
    Dylan's transformation through interviews with notable figures ranging
    from "Slow Train Coming" producer Jerry Wexler to background singer
    Regina McCrary to San Francisco Chronicle rock reporter Joel Selven
    and many more, Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years includes rare photos,
    exclusive live concert footage from 1978-1981, and an interview from
    1981 in which Bob Dylan himself speaks of the impact Jesus Christ had
    on his art and soul. Bonus features include full soundtrack MP3s!
    Highly recommended especially for Bob Dylan fans who wish to better
    understand and appreciate this turning point in his life's work. 120

    Lascaux: A New Look
    Crystal Productions
    PO Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025-6159
    9781562905507 www (dot) crystalproductions (dot) com 1-800-255-8629

    Lascaux: A New Look is a DVD visit to the ancient Lascaux cave hosting
    paintings that are evidence of the emergence of Home sapiens sapiens,
    modern man, roughly 35,000 years ago. Breaking away from familiar
    interpretations of these early artworks, Lascaux: A New Look examines
    four pivotal questions about the cave paintings: What precisely do we
    see? What do we believe in our minds that we see? What do we truly
    know, as determined by evidence? What do we believe we know, supported
    by conjecture as well as evidence? A stunning presentation of the
    amazing experience shared only by those few permitted to enter the
    cave, Lascaux: A New Look is a top-quality presentation, highly
    recommended especially for public and school library collections, as
    well as for any individual curious about the earliest known history of
    art. 53 minutes, color.

    Breaking the Maya Code
    David Lebrun
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
    DVD, $24.95, www (dot) firstrunfeatures (dot) com

    Breaking the Maya Code: The 200-Year Quest to Decipher the Hieroglyphs
    of the Ancient Maya is a DVD documentary about the scientific and
    linguistic quest to rediscover the literary heritage of an entire
    civilization. In the 16th century, Spanish invaders burned Mayan books
    and remorselessly exterminated their hieroglyphic literacy. For two
    hundred years, scientists and linguists have worked to relearn the
    knowledge once lost, and uncover the mysteries and heritage of an
    ancient civilization. Though scholars from around the world applied
    their brainpower to the puzzle, the final breakthrough came from an 18-
    year-old boy who had been immersed in the glyphs since his early
    childhood. Revealed, the ancient hieroglyphs tell of an astonishing
    cosmic mythology, held by a people who burned their blood to invoke
    the Vision Serpent, that interleaves the deeds of mythical heroes with
    the cycles of planets and stars. Recounting a treasury of cultural
    heritage not only for history and archaeology, but also for the six
    million Maya living today, Breaking the Maya Code is highly
    recommended especially for public library DVD collections.

    Linden Publishing
    2006 South Mary, Fresno, CA 93721-9875
    www (dot) woodworkerslibrary (dot) com 1-800-345-4447

    British-trained designer and furniture maker Ian Kirby hosts two
    excellent DVDs about woodworking. "Sharpening Planes & Chisels with
    Ian Kirby: A Sharp Edge in 60 Seconds" (9781933502212, $21.95, 65
    min.) is an in-depth, how-to DVD for woodworkers of all skill and
    experience levels to sharpening and adjusting one's planes and chisels
    for maximum success. Grinding equipment, how to grind the blade,
    sharpening with waterstones, setting up a sharpening table, back
    sharpening, and more are all discussed at length in this quality
    reference. In "Using a Hand Plane with Ian Kirby: Tuning, Setting the
    Blade, and Planing Techniques" (9781933502229, $21.95, 68 min.) the
    viewer learns step-by-step how to plane parts and turn the plane, use
    the plane against a bench step, cross grain planing, edge and end
    planing, preparation of stock, and more, culminating in an overall
    demonstration of techniques in the creation of a kitchen cutting
    board. Both DVDs are the perfect gift for woodworking enthusiasts

    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    1699 Stutz Drive, Troy, MI 48084
    www (dot) anchorbayentertainment (dot) com

    Two new fitness DVDs in the Crunch series are sure to add vigor,
    spice, and spirit to one's daily exercise regimen! In "Crunch Yoga
    Body Sculpt: Perfect Yoga Poses to Tone & Sculpt Your Entire
    Body" ($14.98, 41 min.), instructor Bethany Lyons guides the viewer
    through yoga poses designed to promote not only relaxation, but also
    strengthen the body and core resulting in a firmer belly, as well as
    buns and thighs. No equipment is necessary, although a suitable yoga
    mat is recommended. Suitable for yoga practitioners of all ages and
    experience levels, "Crunch Yoga Body Sculpt" is an excellent addition
    to personal fitness DVD libraries. In "Crunch Latin Rhythms: Fat
    Blasting Dance" ($14.98, 38 min.), professional dancer and certified
    group fitness instructor Jennifer Galardi demonstrates a zesty Latin
    dance cardio workout that blends excitement and fun with sheer calorie
    burning. Moves from the mambo, cha cha, merengue, samba, and more are
    incorporated into this enthusiastic celebration of the joy of
    movement. A wonderfully fun high-energy workout, highly recommended.

    The Minotaur's Island
    Bettany Hughes
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    DVD, $24.99 www (dot) acornmedia (dot) com

    Hosted by historian Bettany Hughes, The Minotaur's Island is an
    amazing documentary on DVD about Europe's first civilization, Crete.
    The Minoans had a thriving culture nearly five thousand years ago,
    more than two millennia before Homer created "The Iliad". Then their
    civilization died, leaving behind little record. Archaeologists
    continue to discover new wonders that bring insight into Minoan
    culture - magnificent palaces, hinged doors, flush toilets, painted
    designs of acrobatic individuals leaping over bulls, and much more.
    Did Minoan society meet its doom from natural disasters, foreign
    invaders, religious strife, or a perfect storm combination of factors?
    The Minotaur's Island explore the many clues to the daily life and
    final end of this amazing ancient civilization. Highly recommended. 98
    minutes, color, full screen.

    Inspector Lewis Series I
    WGBH Boston Video
    c/o SSA Public Relations
    15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    WG42609, $29.95, www (dot) ShopPBS (dot) org, www (dot) ssapr (dot)

    A spin off from the enormously popular Inspector Morse BBC mystery
    series, "Inspector Lewis Series I" chronicles the adventures of
    British police inspector Robert Lewis (flawlessly portrayed by Keven
    Whately) and his new partner Detective Sergeant James Hathaway
    (Laurence Fox) where they confront complicated and devious crimes from
    the streets of Cambridge to the halls of Oxford University in three
    new mysteries. With sophisticated plots, populated with memorable
    characters, and characterized by superb attention to set designs and
    backgrounds, the three featured mysteries include 'Whom The Gods Would
    Destroy'; 'Old School Ties'; and 'Expiation'. The DVD format allows
    for the additional features of scene selection, closed captions, and
    access to the Masterpiece Theatre website. "Inspector Lewis Series I"
    will make a popular addition to any community library DVD collection,
    and should be considered a 'must see' by the legions of Inspector
    Morse fans.

    The Real McCain
    Robert Greenwald, et al.
    The Disinformation Company
    220 East 23rd Street, Suite 500, New York, NY 10010
    DIS049, 9781934708132, $9.95, www (dot) disinfo (dot) com

    All too often in the course of American political history, good and
    descent men have sacrificed their own honor on the altar of
    presidential ambition. John McCain is simply the latest to do so. "The
    Real McCain: Less Jobs, More Wars" is a one hour documentary DVD
    comprised of ten shorts enhanced with commentary that include 'John
    McCain vs John McCain'; 'Less Jobs, More War', 'Why Won't McCain
    Support the G.I. Bill?'; 'John McCain Sings Bomb Iran'; 'Big Oil Fuels
    the Straight Talk Express'; 'McCain's Spiritual Guide Wants American
    to Destroy Islam'; 'John McBush 2008'; Leaked - ABC's Stephanopoulos
    Interviews McCain'; 'Why Do Women Give McCain a Zero?'; and 'McCain's
    Youtube Problem Just became a Nightmare. It's somewhat ironic that the
    McCain campaign's descent into character assassination politics
    against his Democratic opponent Barack Obama should come from a man
    who himself was the smear campaign target in the Republican
    presidential primaries of 2008 from the team of George Bush, Dick
    Cheney, and Karl Rove.


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