MBR: The Library DVD Shelf

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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    Recovering: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
    Learning ZoneXPress
    PO Box 1022
    Owatonna, MN 55060
    $79.95 www.learningzonexpress.com

    Recovering: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa is an educational DVD
    about eating disorders suitable for viewers of all ages and
    backgrounds, but especially ideal for high school and public library
    collections. Eating disorders affect people of all ages and races, but
    young women are the most at risk for these potentially deadly
    afflictions. Recovering: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa teaches
    viewers about who is at risk for an eating disorder, what sustains
    eating disorders, why eating disorders are dangerous (and sometimes
    lethal), and how eating disorders are treated. An invaluable teaching
    tool about a serious social problem, Recovering: Anorexia Nervosa and
    Bulimia Nervosa is worthy of the highest recommendation. 27 min.

    Voices of the Andes
    First Run Features
    630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
    New York, NY 10036
    $24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

    Featuring absolutely stunning cinematography throughout, Voices of the
    Andes is an extraordinary DVD documentary and travelogue of Qhapaq
    Nan, also known as the Great Inca Road, an ancient pathway stretching
    over 8,000 miles through the Andes, connecting oceans, deserts, and
    fabled Machu Picchu. Originally constructed centuries ago during the
    Inca Empire, Qhapaq Nan exists today within modern Peru and Ecuador.
    Qhapaq Nan is not only a travel route of incomparable natural beauty,
    but also a cultural legacy of the Andean native peoples. Voices of the
    Andes is an utterly striking viewing experience, highly recommended
    for public libraries and the private collections of armchair travelers
    everywhere. 78 min., presented in Spanish with optional English

    Love in a Cold Climate
    Adapted by Simon Raven
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598288018 $59.99 www.acornonline.com

    Love in a Cold Climate is the DVD collection of Masterpiece Theatre's
    eight-part adaptation of author Nancy Mitford's witty novels "The
    Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate". Grounded in the
    author's experience of growing up as a child of the British
    aristocracy between World War I and World War II, Love in a Cold
    Climate follows Linda Radlett and her quest for love. Hilarity,
    adventures, dalliances, and more than one marriage ensues, despite the
    levelheaded influence of her cool-headed friend Polly Hampton. Razor-
    sharp writing and consummate performances by the leads (including
    Michael Aldridge of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy", Oscar winner Judi
    Dench, and Vivian Pickles) make Love in a Cold Climate a treat for
    fans of British dramady. 8 episodes on 3 DVDs, 405 min., fullscreen,
    SDH subtitles.

    Midsomer Murders Set 20
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598288117 $49.99 DVD / $59.99 Blu-ray

    Available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, Midsomer Murders Set 20
    collects the final episodes of this popular contemporary British
    television series starring John Nettles, in the role of DCI Tom
    Barnaby. Four movie-length mysteries comprise this collection: "Master
    Class", in which fierce competition for membership in a top-ranked
    music class has an ugly side; "The Noble Art", in which a champion
    boxing match re-enactment has fatal consequences; "Not in My Back
    Yard", in which rising hackles over property development precipitates
    a spate of murders; and "Fit for Murder", in which the Barnaby's spa
    weekend is cut short by a horrific incident. Bonus materials include a
    "Barnaby Through the Years" photo gallery and a "Saying Goodbye to
    Barnaby" essay. Crafted and acted with the subtle ingenuity that is
    the hallmark of British mysteries, Midsomer Murders Set 20 is a "must-
    have" for fans of the genre. 4 DVDs (or 2 Blu-ray discs), 360 min.,
    widescreen, SDH subtitles.

    The Kent Chronicles
    Starring William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Don Johnson, et. al.
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598287950 $59.99 www.acornonline.com

    Nominated for two Emmys and a Golden Globe, The Kent Chronicles is an
    anthology of three miniseries based on the popular novels by author
    John Jakes. Set in the era of the American Revolution, The Kent
    Chronicles follows a young Frenchman (played by Andrew Stevens) who
    immigrates to America. His escapades lead him to encounter historical
    figures such as Paul Revere (William Shatner), Benjamin Franklin (Tom
    Bosley), Samuel Adams (William Daniles), and George Washington (Peter
    Graves). The saga continues the chronicles of the Kent family through
    their efforts as western pioneers and the fierce War of 1812. Bonus
    features include the original trailer and a biography of John Jakes.
    The Kent Chronicles is an enthralling period piece, highly recommended
    especially for fans of historical drama. 3 DVDs, 568 min., fullscreen,
    SDH subtitles.

    The Cross and the Switchblade / Run Baby Run
    Vision Video
    PO Box 540
    Worcester, PA 19490-0540
    $19.99 www.visionvideo.com

    The Cross and the Switchblade / Run Baby Run is a DVD collection of
    two Christian movies based on true-life events. "The Cross and the
    Switchblade" (105 min., starring Pat Boone and Eric Estrada) is the
    anniversary presentation of a movie about David Wilkerson's work with
    the gangs of New York City, and the Christian conversion of street
    fighter Nicky Cruz. Featuring the options of English, Spanish,
    Portuguese, Russian, French, Italian, German, and Polish languages, as
    well as optional English subtitles, actor bios, director's commentary,
    a "making of" featurette, and testimony from Nicky Cruz, The Cross and
    the Switchblade is the definitive edition of a classic. "Run Baby
    Run" (52 min., subtitles) complements "The Cross and the Switchblade"
    as a documentary-style overview of Nicky Cruz's life, and how faith in
    God lifted him from the depths of drugs and violence and gifted him
    with the dedication to bring Jesus Christ's message to teen gangs
    across America and the world. The Cross and the Switchblade / Run Baby
    Run is highly recommended especially for church library DVD
    collections. 2 DVDs.

    I Kissed A Vampire: The Rock Musical
    Starring Lucas Grabeel, Drew Seeley, and Adrian Slade
    Monterey Media Inc.
    566 St. Charles Drive
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
    $26.95 http://ikissedavampire.com

    I Kissed a Vampire: The Rock Musical is a horror-comedy-parody (and
    twisted kindred to "High School Musical"), in which a teen is
    unfortunately bitten by a vampiric exchange student. As he slowly
    turns into a vampire himself, he risks all to save himself and the
    girl he adores! When dentists can't help, and anti-bloodsucking pills
    cause a painful rash, what is a nascent proto-vampire to do? Bonus
    features include the original iTunes web series that inspired this
    rock-out-loud dark fantasy, bloopers, and deleted scenes. I Kissed a
    Vampire is enthusiastically recommended especially for horror and
    vampire fans who love a good laugh!

    Breathless Body Volume 2: The Edge
    Amy Dixon
    411 Video Information
    PO Box 1223
    Pebble Beach, CA 93953
    $19.99 www.amydixonfitness.com

    Certified fitness instructor of over 15 years' experience Amy Dixon
    presents "Breathless Body Volume 2: The Edge" (55 min.), a sequel to
    the award winning fitness DVD "Breathless Body: The Ultimate Calorie
    Burn". Breathless Body 2 applies threshold training and high intensity
    interval training to help push the viewer to their limits in a modest
    amount of time. No equipment is required; the workout consists of four
    high intensity cardio sets of three drills each, and culminates in a 6-
    minute high-end anaerobic push for the finish line. Breathless Body
    Volume 2 lives up to its title and is an excellent choice for burning
    and overall fitness. Also highly recommended is Amy Dixon's "Give Me
    10 Core Cuts" ($19.99, 67 min.), a fitness DVD focused on keeping
    one's waistline trim in as little as ten minutes a day - the only
    recommended equipment for these six mix-and-match midsection workouts
    are an inexpensive stability ball, hand weights, and a mat.

    Sherlock Season 2
    BBC Home Entertainment
    0780682629, $29.98, www.bbcamerica.com

    Fans of the Sherlock Holmes season one will find Season 2 a 'must',
    while newcomers will find easily accessible this collection of three
    new 90-minute stories offering fun and mysteries. This set is packed
    with memorable and vivid detective work and witty commentary, with
    bonus features including audio commentary for several episodes and a
    selection covering behind-the-scenes insights, Sherlock Uncovered.
    It's only a short two-disc set, but it's a top pick for any Sherlock
    Holmes fan.

    BBC Home Entertainment

    Three fine new Dr. Who episodes come to life in fine sets that each
    hold a single disc classic episode from a different era. DOCTOR WHO:
    NIGHTMARE OF EDEN (0780691903, $24.98) is from the years when Tom
    Baker was Dr. Who - the mid-70s through the early 80s - and offers the
    key episode telling of two spacecraft fusing in hyperspace and a
    rescue mission led by the Doctor which uncovers a dangerous animal and
    a planet called Eden. Extras here include audio commentary with actor
    and insights on the Dr. Who stories, along with a photo gallery and
    additional materials. DOCTOR WHO: THE HAPPINESS PATROL (078069192X,
    $24.98) is from the Sylvester McCoy years from 1987-89 and tells of
    the too-happy population of a planet which has no sadness. The Doctor
    and Ace arrive to topple the regime and faces their own demise at the
    hands of a not-so-benevolent dictator. Also from these years is
    DRAGONFIRE (0780691911, $24.98), which tells of the Doctor and Mel's
    encounter with a dangerous old friend, and the introduction of teen
    waitress Ace who loves explosives and high adventure. More audio
    commentary and details from special effects supervisor Danny
    Hargreaves spices swift science fiction. All are top picks for
    newcomers and old Doctor Who fans like.


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