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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    In the Garden of Sounds
    a film by Nicola Bellucci
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
    New York, NY 10036
    $27.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

    In the Garden of Sounds is an extraordinary documentary following
    Wolfgang Fasser, who lost his sight at an early age, and the physical
    therapy retreat he has established for disabled children. Impressed by
    the healing powers of sound, Wolfgang uses sound and music to
    establish rapport with children, helping them learn how to communicate
    with others and gain greater control over their own bodies. Bonus
    features includes a "travels with Wolfgang" segment, a resource guide,
    and a filmmaker biography. Filmed in Italian and Swiss with the option
    of English subtitles, In the Garden of Sounds is a striking and
    emotionally moving portrayal of the healing powers of music and
    personal rapport, highly recommended. 90 min.

    Garbo the Spy
    A film by Edmon Roch
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
    New York, NY 10036
    $27.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

    Garbo the Spy is an extraordinary documentary about a double agent
    whose heroic actions saved thousands of Allied lives during World War
    II. Juan Pujol Garcia fed false information to the Nazis, inventing a
    network of nonexistent agents across Europe, and even misleading them
    about the timing and location of D-Day. Vintage propaganda footage as
    well as interviews with intelligence experts and crucial figures in
    Garbo's life, as well as Garbo himself, compose this captivating true
    story, highly recommended especially for public library DVD shelves.
    Garbo the Spy also includes a wealth of bonus features, such as an
    interview with espionage expert Nigel West (32 minutes) and the WW II
    training film "Sonic Deception" (27 minutes). 93 minutes plus bonus

    Reuniting the Rubins
    a Yoav Factor Film
    Monterey Media Inc.
    566 St. Charles Drive
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
    $26.95 www.montereymedia.com

    Reuniting the Rubins is an uproarious "dramady" movie about the
    reunion of a dysfunctionally diverse family. When the sick mother of
    stiffly formal lawyer Lenny Rubins pressures him into reuniting his
    estranged children, the resulting personality gathering could not be
    more divisive - from a control-freak capitalist to an eco-warrior, a
    Buddhist monk, and a born-again Rabbi! While the bickering may be
    fierce enough to spark an African war, Reuniting the Rubins also has a
    soulful side that acknowledges the true bonds of family, no matter how
    vehement their disagreements. Bonus features include an "on location"
    segment and an alternate ending! Reuniting the Rubins is rated PG, and
    highly recommended for family viewing and public library DVD
    collections. 16:9 anamorphic aspect ratio, closed captioned, 99 min.

    Titanoboa: Monster Snake
    Smithsonian Channel/Inception Media Group
    c/o Greenleaf & Associates (publicity)
    $14.98 DVD / $19.98 Blu-ray www.inceptionmediagroup.com

    Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, Titanoboa: Monster Snake is
    a jaw-dropping documentary about a gigantic species of boa snake that
    lived 60 million years ago, in the era after the mass extinction of
    the dinosaurs. Longer than a bus, this tremendous snake was large
    enough to swallow crocodiles whole! Scientists seek to reconstruct how
    this enormous reptile lived, what it ate, and why it was able to grow
    so gigantic, into this fascinating documentary, especially recommended
    for public library DVD collections and anyone fascinated by snakes! 92

    Revenge of the Electric Car
    A film by Chris Paine
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149
    Oley, PA 19547
    193777208X $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Chris Paine, director of the "Who Killed the Electric Car?", continues
    his documentary saga with "Revenge of the Electric Car", an
    exploration of the possible revival of the electric car after GM
    unceremoniously destroyed its first attempt at creating a line of
    them. Unlike "Who Killed the Electric Car", which focused on the cars
    themselves, "Revenge of the Electric Car" focuses more on the people
    pushing to make electric cars a modern-day reality. From Tesla Motors
    CEO Elon Musk, who dared to start up Tesla Motors to create electric
    cars and compete with big, established auto industries in the US, to
    General Motors executive Bob Lutz (once accused of killing the
    electric car, now potentially responsible for its rebirth), to Nissan
    President and CEO Carlos Ghosn, and even Greg "Gadget" Abott, an
    ordinary man who toils against the odds to realize his dream of being
    able to privately convert regular cars into electric cars, Revenge of
    the Electric Car portrays brilliant people anticipating a
    revolutionary future. But how close is that future, really? The Great
    Recession that began in 2008 was a heavy blow that nearly ended
    America's auto industry altogether. Tesla Motors was almost torn apart
    by internal lawsuits even before it barreled headlong toward
    bankruptcy, and just how committed are General Motors and Nissan to
    the Chevy Volt and the Leaf? Will electric cars be available to
    consumers at reasonable prices in this generation's lifetime? Revenge
    of the Electric Car does not have all the answers, but it does have an
    unparalleled degree of candid, honest testimony from car
    manufacturers, entrepreneurs, journalists, scientists, and much more,
    making it a most enjoyable ride! Bonus features include the Tribeca
    Film Fest post-screening discussion and brief interviews. 90 min., SDH

    Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 4
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598287608 $39.99 DVD / $49.99 Blu-ray www.acornonline.com

    Available in both DVD and Blu-ray versions, Agatha Christie's Poirot
    Series 4 continues the excellent British television adaptation of
    Agatha Christie's beloved detective stories featuring the eccentric
    Hercule Poirot (played by David Suchet) and his associates Captain
    Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson).
    1930's Europe is brought to vivid life in these dramatic mysteries:
    "The ABC Murders", in which the killer sends Poirot letters announcing
    his chosen victim; "Death in the Clouds", in which a blackmailer dies
    aboard a plain full of potential suspects and one plucky Detective
    Poirot; and "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" when the shooting death of a
    dentist unravels a scheme of deceit, yet a simple broken shoe buckle
    is a key unraveling the mystery. Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 4
    maintains the high quality for which the series is justly famous, and
    is sure to prove immensely popular among mystery buffs and for public
    library collections. 3 DVDs, 306 min., fullscreen, SDH subtitles.

    Discoveries... America National Parks series
    Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
    13021 - 244 Avenue SE
    Issaquah, WA 98027
    $24.95 each (DVD or Blu-ray), www.Bennett-Watt.com

    Available on both DVD and Blu-ray (for the same affordable price!),
    four new additions to the Discoveries... America National Parks series
    offer wonderful armchair travel experiences in glorious high
    definition. "Arches: Canyonlands & Natural Bridges" (9781604901610)
    explores the striking rock formations of southern Utah, canyonlands
    carved by the Colorado River, natural stone bridges, and even an
    excursion by adventurous rock-crawling enthusiasts. "New Orleans Jazz
    & Acadian Culture: Jean Lafitte, Creole Natural Trail, Natchitoches &
    Rural Mardi Gras" (9781604901627) is the next best thing to a personal
    visit the National Historical Park in New Orleans' French Quarter, a
    rural Mardi Gras run, the Prairie Acadian Culture Center in Eunice,
    coastal wetlands and wildlife refuges of the Creole Nature Trail, and
    Natchitoches, Louisiana's oldest town. "Yellowstone Dual
    Personalities: Spring & Winter" (9781604901597) allows the viewer to
    viscerally experience the magnificence of Yellowstone National Park,
    from its abundant wildlife to its steaming geysers, its opportunities
    for boating/hiking/horse riding, and its dramatic transformation in
    winter to an icy wonderland where the primary modes of travel are snow
    machine, snow coach, or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. "Dry
    Tortugas: Fort Jefferson & The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery
    Center" (9781604901603) explores one of America's lesser-known and
    geographically removed national parks, the Dry Tortugas, located just
    off the southernmost tip of Florida. Its strategic location made it
    historical site of military and piracy legends; Fort Jefferson once
    oversaw Spanish explorers, Gulf Coast merchants, and more people who
    transformed the New World. The Floriday Keys Eco-Discovery Center is
    also featured, with an eye-opening glimpse of the beautiful
    terrestrial and marine native plants and animals of the Keys. All four
    DVDs are as captivating as they are educational, and worthy of the
    highest recommendation especially for public library collections.

    Treasure Houses of Britain
    Hosted by Selina Scott
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598287493 $49.99 www.acornonline.com

    Treasure Houses of Britain: Tour Five of England's Grandest Houses
    lives up to its title with a lavish, high-definition video showcase of
    Burghley House, Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace, Holkham Hall, and
    Boughton House. With the gracious aid of the present occupants of each
    luxurious residence, journalist Selina Scott leads viewers on a tour
    of great works of architecture, rare paintings, antique furniture,
    historic sculptures, and other exquisite works of art collected over
    the course of centuries. Each house has its own story to tell of the
    notable and influential families who lived there over the course of
    generations. Bonus features include a 22 min. behind-the-scenes
    featurette, a 12-page viewer's guide, and more. An extraordinarily
    beautiful and respectful documentary series of five spectacular
    residences and the British history they embody, Treasure Houses of
    Britain is a captivating and educational delight. 5 episodes, 231 min.
    plus bonus, SDH subtitles, widescreen.

    Basketball Fundamentals
    Produced by Marty Schupak
    Youth Sports Club
    9 Florence Court
    Valley Cottage, NY 10989
    9780983924227 $24.95 www.YouthSportsClub.com

    Basketball Fundamentals is a practical DVD demonstrating a wide
    variety of basic basketball techniques and drills. Ideal for coaches,
    parents, and players, Basketball Fundamentals is a solid guide to
    improving both individual and team performance. Topics covered include
    Ball Handling Basics, Advanced Dribbling Techniques, Ball Handling
    Games, Offensive Plays & Moves, Dual Purpose Drills, Communication
    Techniques, V Cut, L Cut, Passing Fundamentals & Drills, Slow Motion
    Analysis, Pick and Roll, Breaking Out & Rebounding, and Defense
    Techniques. A user-friendly video guide, Basketball Fundamentals is
    especially recommended for high school physical education DVD
    libraries. 38 min.

    Hot Body Cool Mind: The Life Force Power System
    Jennifer Kries
    True Mind Media
    c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223
    Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $29.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    Hot Body Cool Mind: The Life Force Power System is a 4-DVD set
    featuring an excellent combination workout from fitness professional
    Jennifer Kries. The entire regimen walks the viewer through the
    benefits of Pilates (especially to strengthen one's core), Vinyasa
    Yoga for flexibility, Jazz Dance for cardio and calorie burning,
    Ballet to sculpt one's muscles, Chi-Gong to revitalize energy, Yin
    Yoga and Meditation to clear the mind as well as the body, and more.
    20 "On the Go" workouts are only 10 or 20 minutes apiece, allowing one
    to squeeze healthy exercise into the busiest of schedules. An
    excellent resource to help one look and feel better, Hot Body Cool
    Mind is highly recommended for fitness DVD collections. The four DVDs
    are "Level 1: Embark on the Journey", "Level 2: Harness the Power",
    "Level 3: Life Force Challenge", and "Level 4: Waking Energy". 580

    Power 4 Pink Workout
    Patricia Friberg
    208 Entertainment Inc.
    c/o 411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223
    Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    Patricia Friberg, creator of the award-winning DVDs "Belly Beautiful
    Workout Prenatal" and "Belly Beautiful Workout Postnatal" presents
    Power 4 Pink Workout: Cardio, Strength, Pilates, & Balance, a mind-
    body fitness DVD fusing four key elements into a healthy whole.
    Divided into The Cardio Interval Balance Challenge, The Toning Floor
    Series, The Stretch and Revive Series" and a bonus section of
    exercises intended especially for survivors of breast cancer, Power 4
    Pink Workout is a great way to look and feel better about oneself. An
    inexpensive small fitness ball and six-foot resistance band (not
    included) are the only recommended equipment for this solid, user-
    friendly workout, highly recommended for women's fitness DVD
    collections. 80 min.

    Boston Body Barre
    Zayna Gold
    c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223
    Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.95 www.411videoinfo.com

    Boston Body Barre is a DVD presentation of the Pilates and Cardio
    based fitness program designed by Zayna Gold, an award-winning Pilates
    instructor and the founder/co-owner of Boston Body Pilates and Boston
    Body Barre. Expensive equipment is not required; only a simple,
    inflatable fitness ball is recommended to get the most out of this
    solid program to improve one's buttocks, arms, abs, and legs. Ideal
    for use at least 2-3 times a week, Boston Body Barre is a well-
    rounded, enjoyable, and effective workout, highly recommended for
    personal fitness DVD libraries. 60 min.

    Jill Miller
    Tune Up Fitness Worldwide, Inc.
    c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
    PO Box 1223
    Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.99 www.411videoinfo.com yogatuneup.com

    25-year movement art and body therapy veteran Jill Miller presents
    Coregeous, a fitness DVD designed to help the user build strength in
    the core muscles. Especially suited for those who may have weakness in
    the core due to underuse, overtraining, injury, or scar tissue,
    Coregeous is a user-friendly workout guide. The four main sequences
    are "Core Re-From", which includes a deep tissue massage and exercises
    for key respiratory muscles, "Get COREganized", which features proper
    spinal alignment and breathing patterns, "InCOREporate" which
    emphasizes building a strong lower back as well as improving the
    muscles of the ribcage and the torso as a whole, and "Get COREgeous",
    which is all about balance and improving the stability and fluidity of
    one's core muscles on different gravitational planes. Three specialty
    sequences - "Tubular Core Activation", "Abdominal Massage", and
    "Abdominal Churning" further enhance this excellent supplement to DVD
    fitness libraries. No expensive equipment is required; the props used
    in Corgeous are a stability ball, YTU therapy balls, soft sponge ball,
    and yoga block, but ordinary tennis balls, a blanket, and a large book
    can be substituted for these. Coregeous is a superb abdominal fitness
    guide for users of all skill and experience levels, highly
    recommended. 105 min.

    Rapid Hypnotic Inductions
    Gabor Filo, DDS ABHD
    Crown House Publishing
    6 Trowbridge Drive Suite 5
    Bethel, CT 06801
    9781845908461 $49.95 www.crownhousepublishing.com

    Gabor Filo (Diplomate of the American Board of Hypnosis in Dentistry)
    presents Rapid Hypnotic Inductions: Demonstrations & Applications, a
    DVD guide to using hypnosis interactions in clinical settings, for the
    benefit of patients. Hypnosis is often seen as time-intensive, but
    doesn't have to be, claims Dr. Filo. He demonstrates time-efficient
    methods for practical use of hypnosis techniques, some verbal, some
    nonverbal, and some physical inductions. A 16-page learning guide
    explaining each of the demonstrations rounds out this excellent
    supplementary resource, ideal for not only dentists, but also any
    professional practitioner seeking swift, effective ways to calm and
    relax patients without the use of drugs. 60 min.


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