Video Reviews, February 1, 2012

starred review star Run, Broken Yet Brave. color. 93 min. Tom Simes, Five Stones Films, dist. by Mo Mo Bay, 2011. DVD UPC 091037120021. $19.98. Rated: TV-14. F

When we first meet Ashley, she is an angry teenager, on her way to spend the summer with her grandparents, somewhere in the middle of the country. From that beginning, viewers might sense that this film is like so many others‚ but it’s not. Ashley uses the time to bond with her Native American grandparents while she also unearths a secret that influences her life and brings the family closer. Director Simes wrote the screenplay from his play Run, which deals with fetal alcohol syndrome disease (FASD). While FASD plays an important part in this drama, it is the family’s hidden history that is most fascinating. At the end of the film, viewers are presented with information on the devastating effects of FASD, especially in Native American communities, which should inspire much discussion as well as action. Beautifully acted, especially the performances by Ariel Yurach as Ashley and Joseph Naytowhow as her grandfather, this DVD is recommended for all collections, particularly those serving young adults.‚ Ernest Jaeger, formerly with North Plainfield Schs., NJ

starred review star Chihuly: Fire and Light. color. 57 min. John McLean, dist. by Films Media Group, 800-322-8755; 2011. DVD ISBN 9781617339912. $169.95. Public performance; closed-captioned. ART-GENERAL

Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) is a highly acclaimed visionary glass artist whose work is known worldwide and whose name has long been synonymous with pushing the medium in unimagined directions. Here, he is seen as a gifted master who designed, created, and installed a glass art exhibition that filled 11 galleries of San Francisco’s de Young Museum in 2008. Attendance for the show was the largest ever seen at the venue, truly indicative of the power and popularity of Chihuly’s work. The film follows the path of the project from conception to completion, showing Chihuly guiding his team through each phase of this long, intricate, and sometimes painstaking process. It builds with artistic intensity as molten glass is formed into different colored and textured shapes, then reaches full crescendo as the finished installations are shown. Much of the work is simply stunning. Perspective is provided through Chihuly’s commentary on inspirations for his designs and by interviews with many in the arts community who affirm Chihuly’s inventiveness and artistry. This well-produced film is strongly recommended for arts collections and should appeal to a very wide range of viewers.‚ David Van de Streek, Penn State Univ. Libs., York

starred review star You Got To Move: Stories of Change in the South. color & b/w. 86+ min. Lucy Massie Phenix & Veronica Selver, Cumberland Mountain, dist. by Milliarium Zero, 800-603-1104; 2011. DVD ISBN 9781933920092. $29.95. HIST

Phenix’s 1981 documentary on Tennessee’s Highlander Research and Education Center and its influence on the Southern struggle for civil rights and environmental reform finally gets a bonus-packed DVD release upon the center’s 80th anniversary. This is both an informative history lesson and an inspirational homage to the people who built, attended, and were inspired by Highlander, including lengthy but captivating interviews with cofounder Myles Horton and others. Plenty of Southern folk, country, and gospel music is used throughout to set moods and establish settings, while archival photographs, video, and audio courtroom transcripts provide a variety of source material. The audio and visual quality can be rough at times, but the content is compelling enough to overcome technical flaws. Generous bonus material includes additional interviews and an episode of Bill Moyers’ Journal focusing on Horton. Trailers, interviewee biographies, and more at www. Highly recommended for students of all ages interested in Southern history and social and ecological activism.‚ Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia

starred review star Going Blind: Coming Out of the Dark About Vision Loss. color. 81+ min. Joseph Lovett, Lovett Prods., 2011. DVD ISBN 9780615552132. $250. Public performance. HEALTH/BIOG

Creating a documentary that is as personal as Going Blind can be a dangerous pursuit, with many filmmakers blinded by their own passion and enthusiasm. Fortunately, activist/producer/director Lovett hasn’t fallen into any of those pitfalls, most likely because he has a long history of producing successful films (e.g., Gay Sex in the 70s; The Accident) on subjects about which he cares deeply. This film starts briefly with Lovett’s own battle with glaucoma but quickly turns to others, many of whom he has literally run into on the streets of New York. They tell their own stories of losing their vision, with animation and graphics clearly explaining and illustrating their various medical conditions and procedures. As secret worlds are revealed, so are strengths and courage. Lovett wisely maintains a low-key status throughout while asking knowing and probing questions. His condition is a springboard to others, not the central aspect of the film. As producer and narrator, Lovett has crafted a much-needed awareness tool about vision loss. The downloadable PDF tool kit is worthy of the name bonus material. Going Blind is a jewel of a film and belongs in every library.‚ Gerald A. Notaro, Univ. of South Florida Lib., St. Petersburg

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Under the Hammer. 2 discs., color. 357+ min. Robert Tronson & David Tucker, ITV Studios, dist. by Acorn Media, 888-870-8047; 2011. DVD ISBN 9781598285666. $49.99. SDH subtitles. F

War Eagle, Arkansas. color. 93+ min. Robert Milazzo, Downstream People Prod., dist. by Monarch Home Entertainment, 2011. DVD UPC 723952078605. $24.95. Rated: PG-13. F

arts & humanities

Baseball’s Greatest Games: Derek Jeter’s 3000th Hit. color. 3+ hrs. Major League Baseball, dist. by A&E Entertainment, 2011. DVD ISBN 9781422987544. $19.95. SPORTS

Forever Plaid: The Movie. color. 85+ min. Stuart Ross, Barone Entertainment & Benni Korzen/Suren M. Seron Prod., dist. by Flatiron Film, 800-314-8822; 2011. DVD ISBN 9781422927465. $26.95. Closed-captioned. THEATER


Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World. color. 75+ min. Emiko Omori, WABI SABI Prod., dist. by Docurama c/o New Video, 800-314-8822; 2011. DVD ISBN 9781422943542. $24.95. BIOG

Theodore Roosevelt: A Cowboy’s Ride to the White House. color & b/w. 75 min. Darrell Dorgan, Dorgan Films, dist. by Janson Media, 2011. DVD ISBN 9781568394046. $24.95. BIOG

The Shock Doctrine. color. 78 min. Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross, Shock Films Ltd., dist. by KIMSTIM c/o Zeitgeist Video, 2011. DVD UPC 698452208732. $29.99. ECON

Gettysburg. Adrian Moat, Scott Free Prods. in assoc. with Herzog & Co. for History Channel. DVD ISBN 9781422924369. $24.95; 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo ISBN 9781422942376. $34.95.

Lee and Grant. John Ealer, Motion Picture Prod. for History Channel. DVD ISBN 9781422942383. $24.95. ea. vol: color. 94+ min. A&E Television Networks, dist. by New Video, 800-314-8822; 2011. Closed-captioned. HIST

Talk to Strangers. color. 25 min. with pocket guide. Larry Sarezky, When We Were Nine Prod., 203-829-2031; 2012. DVD $99.95; public performance $200. LAW

Apocalypse: World War II. 3 discs. 312+ min. Isabelle Clarke & Daniel Costelle, dist. by Entertainment One, 2011. DVD ISBN 9781417233878. $34.98; 2-disc Blu-ray $39.98. MILITARY HIST

Engineering Ground Zero. color. 60 min. David Shadrack Smith, NOVA from part2 pictures, WGBH, dist. by PBS, 2011. DVD ISBN 9781608835164. $19.99. SDH subtitles.

From the Ground Up. color. 30 min. Beth & George Gage, Gage & Gage Prods., dist. by Bullfrog Films, 800-543-3764; 2011. DVD ISBN 9781594588112. $195 (Rental: $45). Public performance; SDH subtitles. SOC SCI

Girls on the Wall: The True Story of a Lockdown Musical. color. 62+ min. Heather Ross, ITS, dist. by Sincerely Films,, dist. by 2011. DVD ISBN 9780615521282. $49.99; public performance $125; acad. libs. $295. Rated: PG. SOC SCI

The Kids Grow Up: Letting Go Is Hard To Do. color. 90 min. Doug Block, Copacetic Pictures & Hard Working Movies in assoc. with HBO Documentary Films, dist. by Docurama c/o New Video Group, 800-314-8822; 2011. DVD ISBN 9781422916544. $29.95. SOC SCI

science & technology

Zane Lamprey’s Drinking Made Easy. Season 1. 4 discs. color. 592+ min. HDNet & Inzane Entertainment, dist. by Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2011. DVD UPC 876964004220. $29.98. Closed-captioned. BEVERAGES/TV

Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven. color. 74+ min. Andrew Rossi, dist. by First Run Features, 800-229-8575; 2011. DVD UPC 720229914918. $24.95. COOKING/RESTAURANTS

Beyond Limits. color. 40 min. Kent Bassett, Sleeper Prods. & Macs Cafe Films, dist. by FilmWorks Entertainment, 2011. DVD UPC 897067000155. $19.98. DISABILITIES

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