Video Reviews | May 15, 2013

Library Journal Reviews starred review Pina: Dance, Dance, Otherwise We Are Lost. 2 discs. color. 103+ min. with booklet. In German, Russian, French, Italian, Slovenian, Spanish, Portuguese, & Korean w/English subtitles. Wim Wenders, Hanway Films, dist. by Criterion Collection, 2013. DVD. ISBN 9781604656848. $29.95; Blu-ray ISBN 9781604656831. $49.95. DANCE

For 20 years after first being exposed to the works of German choreographer Pina Bausch (1940–2009), acclaimed filmmaker Wenders (Wings of DesireParis, Texas) wanted to bring her unique dances to the screen. However, existing film technology did not allow him to achieve his vision. With new advances in 3-D film technology, he had what he needed. He and Bausch were working to bring the project to fruition when she died suddenly in 2009. The project was canceled, but the dancers reminded Wenders that several of Bausch’s masterpieces had been specifically scheduled in the coming season so that they could be filmed. With that, the project began anew as a tribute to Bausch rather than a chronicle about her. The film focuses on four of Bausch’s best works: Le Sacre du PrintempsCafé MüllerKontakthof, and Vollmond; all are performed by the dancers of Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal. The commentary addresses the unique forms of production and choreography; soloists perform original pieces in her honor, often outdoors in the town of Wuppertal. Extras include audio commentary by Wenders, The Making of “Pina” featurette, deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and an English subtitle translation. An accompanying 38-page booklet features interviews, credits, and additional information on the production. VERDICT This reviewer regrets not having seen the original 3-D version of the film, which was met with great critical acclaim for bringing the viewer into the dances. Still, this high-def version is stunning. The creativity, choreography, and dancer involvement are brilliant. Very highly recommended for dance or entertainment collections; a great purchase for any library.—Tom Budlong, Atlanta

Library Journal Reviews starred review Duke. color. 87 min. Mark Jean, Vet Street Prod. for Hallmark Movie Channel, dist. by Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, 800-869-3603; 2013. DVD UPC 883476092188. $14.93. Closed-captioned. F/TV

Inspired by a true story, this heart-warming and gut-wrenching film recounts the experience of U.S. Marine sergeant Terry Pulaski (played with understated grace by TV veteran Steven Weber), who returns from a tour of Afghanistan disabled from shrapnel in his back and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The combination ruins his marriage, his relationship with his daughter, and his ability to hold down a job and cope with life in general. Duke is a stray border collie who wanders into the Pulaski family’s life and provides the comfort and companionship for Terry that he doesn’t find with humans. Feeling overwhelmed and alone, Terry and Duke take to the road and live as vagabonds for ten years. When Duke falls seriously ill, a penniless Terry leaves his canine friend at a vet’s office to be euthanized. In true Hallmark fashion, miracles happen and a heartbreaking event becomes a means for reconciliation, illumination, and renewed spirit. The fast pace of this story doesn’t leave much opportunity for either character or plot development, yet it by no means spoils this joyful viewing experience. According to the Nielsen Ratings, Duke received the second-highest rating for an HMC premier film. VERDICT A comment from Terry while he’s repairing a young girl’s bike sums up the movie: “everything is worth fixing.” That couldn’t be truer. Highly recommended.—Edell M. Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI

Copper: Season One. 3 discs. color. 440+ min. BBC America, dist. by BBC Home Entertainment, 2012. DVD UPC 883929264285. $49.98; Blu-ray UPC 883929264278. $59.98. SDH subtitles. F

When Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) finishes his second tour of duty with the Union army, he returns home to find his young daughter dead and his wife missing. As a New York City metropolitan police detective, his attention is soon diverted by other violent crimes and punishments. Moving back and forth between the mean streets of Five Points and affluent Fifth Avenue in the waning days of the Civil War, Corcoran finds only deceit and lies. He may be the last honorable man in this debauched, lawless, and corrupt city. This gripping BBC America original production features an ensemble cast of actors relatively unknown to U.S. audiences, excellent writing, and outstanding set design and wardrobe. Unlike many other British period pieces that have come to our shores, there is nothing genteel about these characters, the stories, or the setting; a second season is already in production. VERDICT A brutal, raw, and compelling cop show set in New York City, with a historical twist. Viewers who enjoy adult police dramas will want to seek out this one.—Linda Frederiksen, Washington State Univ. Lib., Vancouver

The following titles are reviewed in the May 15 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best. color. 97+ min. Ryan O’Nan, Tide Rock Films Character Brigade & Taggart Prods., dist. by Oscilloscope Labs, 2013. DVD UPC 896602002470. $29.99. F/COMEDY

Lillie. 4 discs. 672+ min. John Gorrie & others, ITV Studios, dist. by Acorn Media, 888-870-8047; 2013. DVD ISBN 9781598288766. $49.99. Closed-captioned. F


Library Journal Reviews starred review Fela Kuti: Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense; Berliner Jazztage ’78. color. 146 min. Dennis Marks, BBC TV, dist. by Kino Lorber, 2012. DVD UPC 738329099121. $24.95. MUSIC

Library Journal Reviews starred review In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland. color & b/w. 85 min. Huey, Films by Huey, dist. by AV Café, 877-228-2233; 2012. DVD ISBN 9780972929455. MUSIC

Orchestra of Exiles. color & b/w. 85+ min. Josh Aronson, Aronson Films, dist. by First Run Features, 800-229-8575; 2013. DVD UPC 720229915359. $27.95. music

China Heavyweight. color. 89+ min. In Chinese & Sichuanese w/English subtitles. Yung Chang, Eyesteelfilm, dist. by Zeitgeist Films, 2013. DVD UPC 795975114936. $29.99. SPORTS

The Four Minute Mile: A Brilliant Moment in Sports History. 2 discs. color. 184 min. Jim Goddard, CB Seven Prods., dist. by BFS Entertainment, 2012. DVD UPC 066805309724. $29.98. SPORTS/biopic

Knuckleball! color. 85+ min. Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg, FilmBuff, Break Thru Films in assoc. with Major League Baseball Prods., dist. by MPI Media, 2013. DVD ISBN 9780788616310. $24.98. SPORTS


Library Journal Reviews starred review Time Team: Unearthing the Roman Invasion. 3 vols. 582+ min. Robert Marshall & others, dist. by Athena Learning, 888-870-8047; 2012. DVD ISBN 9781598287707. $59.99. SDH subtitles. ANCIENT HIST

Feeding Your Baby. color. 25 min. Kara Korhonen, Bite Size Babies,; 2012. DVD UPC 884501774956. $24.95. PARENTING

Library Journal Reviews starred review It Was Rape. color. 60 min. Jennifer Baumgardner, dist. by Soapbox Prods., 646-486-1414; 2013. $250. Public performance.

Lockers: A Teen Relationship Series. color. 52 min. with tchr’s. guide. Anthony Ladesich, Mile Deep Films & Monkjack Prods., dist. by Metropolitan Organization To Counter Sexual Assault (MOSCA), 2012. $189 + $7 s/h. Public performance. PSYCH/SOC SCI

The Dordogne: A Video Tour of the Perigord Region of Southwest France. color. 56+ min. John Woods, Woods Prods., dist. by 2012. DVD UPC 726779209191. $14.95; Blu-ray UPC 884501786843. $19.95. Public performance. TRAV

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. color. 54+ min. Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Vaquera Films, dist. by New Day Films, 2013. DVD ISBN 9781574881105. $95; acad. libs. $295 (Rental: $95) + $15 s/h. Public performance; closed-cationed. WOMEN’S STUDIES


Out on a Limb. color. 61+ min. Daria Price, Under the Sign Prods., 2012. DVD UPC 614141999996. $125; acad. libs. $295. Public performance. MED

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