Video Reviews | May 1, 2013

Library Journal Reviews starred review The Quiet Man: 60th Anniversary Special Edition. color. 129 min. John Ford, Argosy Prod., dist. by Olive Films, 2013. DVD UPC 887090048309. $24.95; Blu-ray UPC 887090048408. $29.95. F

Perhaps the best collaboration between director Ford and his frequent star John Wayne, this 1952 classic finds the iconic Duke swaggering a wee bit less than usual as Sean Thornton, a boxer who retires following a tragedy and returns to Ireland, settling into his boyhood cottage. From the initial looks traded between Sean and fiery lass Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara), their romantic fate is sealed, though her pigheaded brother (Victor McLaglen) and Irish courtship tradition prove hard obstacles to overcome. A colorful bunch of supporting characters (Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, et al.) lend appeal to this quaintly charming romantic comedy. VERDICT Remastered in high-definition from a scan of the original 35mm negative, this 60th-anniversary edition shows the verdant Irish countryside in all its Technicolor glory and should replace previous disc releases. And that’s no blarney.—Jeff T. Dick, Davenport. IA

Library Journal Reviews starred review The Other Dream Team. color & b/w. 90+ min. In Lithuanian, Russian, German, or English w/English or Spanish subtitles. Marius A. Markevicius, Sorrento Prods. & Berliner 76 Entertainment, dist. by Lionsgate, 2013. DVD UPC 031398164036. $24.98. Closed-captioned. SPORTS/HIST

Not so very long ago, in 1988, four starters on the Soviet Union’s Olympic Gold Medal–winning men’s basketball team were Lithuanian. One of them, Arvydas Sabonis (b. 1964), had been drafted by the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers in 1986 but was not allowed to leave the USSR to play until 1989. That same year also saw the Tiananmen Square massacre, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the start of Lithuania’s move toward independence. On January 13, 1991, Soviet tanks invaded troublesome Lithuania and captured the radio/TV station in Vilnius, only to be forced out by world opinion…defeated by defiant, unarmed Lithuanian civilians. The USSR dissolved in December 1991. What an inspiring reminder of how much the world has changed since then and how much freedom can mean to an oppressed people. The story culminates in an unlikely alliance of the Grateful Dead and Lithuanian basketball at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. VERDICT This wonderful film is very highly recommended to sports fans and history buffs alike. [See Trailers, LJ 12/12.]—Cliff Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH

Library Journal Reviews starred review Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story. b/w. 91+ min. Raymond De Filetta, Hangover Lounge & Eyepatch Prods., dist. by Tribeca Films c/o Cinedigm & New Video, 800-314-8822; 2012. DVD ISBN 9781422921920. $26.95. Closed-captioned. HIST

“That’s what you have to go through with, but remember, you have to keep that smile.” So ends Booker Wright’s stunning video interview in Frank De Felitta’s 1966 documentary, Mississippi: A Self Portrait, a one-hour NBC special that captured the pressure that existed in the American South during the civil rights era. Recorded 11 years after the 1955 murder of young African American Emmett Till, whose only crime was whistling at a white woman, Wright’s brave soliloquy personified a stifling black opposition to segregation in the South and set off a firestorm in the small town of Greenwood, MS, that cost him his job and quite possibly his life. Now, De Felitta’s son, Raymond, has returned to Greenwood along with Wright’s granddaughter to revisit the world Wright inhabited and the legacy he left. At a public viewing of the original film captured in the documentary, tensions are evident beneath the thin veil over an unmasterable past. VERDICT Booker’s Placecombines striking cinematic style with a story that is demanding of a wide audience. The younger De Felitta’s masterly documentary is a tour de force that picks up where his father left off.—Brian Odom, Birmingham, AL

The following titles are reviewed in the February 1 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


California Solo. color. 95+ min. Marshall Lewy, Cherry Sky Films & Harp Prods., dist. by Strand Releasing, 2013. DVD UPC 712267320721. $27.99. Closed-captioned. F

Paranormal Activity 4. color. 88+ min. Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, Blumhouse/Solana Films/Room 101, dist. by Paramount Home Entertainment, 2013. DVD UPC 097363581345. $29.99; 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD UPC 097361364544. $39.99. Rated: R. HORROR

Waterloo Road: Series 1. 2 discs. color. 414 min. Barnaby Southcombe & others, Shed Prods., dist. by Acorn Media, 888-870-8047; 2012. DVD ISBN 9781598288803. $39.99. SDH subtitles. F


How To Beatbox. 65 min. DVD UPC 685007293606.
How To Headspin. 40 min. DVD UPC 685007261957.
ea. vol: color. dist. by 2012. DVD $19.99. Hip-Hop/Dance

William Shakespeare Henry VIII. 2 discs. color. 160 min. Mark Rosenblatt, Globe Theatre on Screen, dist. by Kultur, 732-229-2343; 2012. DVD ISBN 9780769792248. $29.99. DRAMA

Patience (After Sebald). color. 90+ min. Grant Gee, dist. by Cinema Guild, 800-723-5522; 2012. DVD ISBN 9780781514125. $99.95; acad. libs. $295. Public performance; home version $29.95. LIT

Inside John Lennon: An Unauthorized Biography. color & b/w. 80+ min. Passport Video, dist. by Entertainment One, 2012. DVD ISBN 9781417238743. $9.98. MUSIC

The Rolling Stones Under Review, 1975–1983: The Ronnie Wood Years. Pt. 1. color & b/w. 115 min. Rob Johnstone, Prism Films, Sexy Intellectual & Chrome Dreams, dist. by MVD Entertainment, 2012. DVD UPC 823564531199. $19.95. MUSIC

Master Qi and the Monkey King. color. 81+ min. In English & Mandarin w/English subtitles. Alan Govenar, Documentary Arts, dist. by First Run Features, 800-229-8575; 2012. DVD UPC 720229915243. $24.95. PERFORMING ARTS

Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light. color. 61 min. Erv Raible, dist. by Paraclete, 2012. DVD ISBN 9780615736754. $39.95. REL/BIOG


41. color. 100 min. Jeffrey Roth, HBO Documentary Films, dist. by HBO Home Entertainment, 2013. DVD ISBN 9781622243426. $19.98. Closed-captioned. Rated: TV-G. BIOG/POLITICS

Do You Have What It Takes? Fashion Design Careers. color. 22 min. Learning ZoneXpress, 2012. DVD UPC 846742003127. $79.95. Public performance. CAREERS

Love and Valor: One Couple’s Intimate Civil War Letters. color & b/w. 85 min. Charles F. Larimer, Sigourney Press Films, dist by PBS, 2012. DVD ISBN 9782608837717. $24.99. HIST

Khodorkovsky: How the Richest Man in Russia Became Its Most Famous Prisoner. color. 111 min. In German, English, & Russian w/English subtitles. Cyril Tuschi, dist. by Kino Lorber, 2012. DVD UPC 738329079321. $149; public performance $249. INT AFFAIRS

The Golden Opportunity of Child Development. Pt. 1: Mind & Personality. color. 40 min. Brad Lubin, Lubin Media LLC, dist. by Momula Developmental Products, 2012. DVD ISBN 639713242188. $14.95 + $4.95 s/h; public performance $39.95 (Rental: $5). PARENTING

The Lovers’ Guide: Essential Collection. 351+ min. 2012. DVD ISBN 9781934708910.
The Lovers’ Guide: Original Collection. 306 min. DVD ISBN 9781934708903.
ea. vol: 5 discs. color. Lifetime Prods. for True Mind, dist. by eOne Entertainment Dist., 2012. DVD $49.98. PSYCH/HEALTH

The Callers: The Art of Auctioneering. color. 89+ min. Susan Sfarra, dist. by First Run Features, 800-229-8575; 2012. DVD UPC 720229915250. $24.95. SOC SCI


Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie: Season Two. 3 discs. color. 520 min. Chris Collins & Lydia Tenaglia, Zero Point Zero Prod., WGBH-TV, dist. by PBS, 2012. DVD ISBN 9781608836871. $34.99. SDH subtitles. COOKING

The Worm Hunters. color. 52 min. Randall Wood, Gulliver Media Australia, dist. by Green Planet Films, 2012. DVD UPC 609224857355. $49; acad. libs. $89. Public performance; home version $28. SCI

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