DVDs Recommended by Video Librarian – May/June 2012

Posted on 25 October 2012 by medwards

Reviewed by staff, librarians, teachers and film critics, the following DVD programs have received 3+ Stars out of 4 Star review ratings in Video Librarian magazine and are available to purchase from Visual Education Centre…

MAY / JUNE 2012

VIDEO MOVIES

 

Bag It (E1F1429)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

The Adventures of Tintin (ROW2845)

3 STARS “…this exhilarating escapade is filled with dashing derring-do and dastardly villainy. Recommended.”

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (MON1715)

3 STARS “…director Constance Mark’s engaging portrait is recommended.”

Chasing Madoff (E1F1674)

3 STARS “A flawed but fascinating portrait of an unusual crusader…”

The Conquest (BT0408)

3 STARS “An entertaining critique of Gallic politics…”

Coriolanus (ROW2847)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

The Descendants (ROW2848)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (ROW2574)

3 STARS “Delivering a scathing indictment wrapped in a high-octane action package…”

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (ROW2850)

3.5 STARS “An extraordinary life-affirming tale that packs a wrenching emotional wallop, this Oscar-nominated film is highly recommended.”

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (BT0407)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (ROW2635)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

The Hedgehog (BT0406)

3.5 STARS “A smart, powerful coming-of-age film, this is highly recommended.”

The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (BT0405)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Karen Cries on the Bus (BT0409)

3.5 STARS “A powerful and inspiring film, this is highly recommended.”

Little Girl (914932D)

3 STARS “…this is recommended.”

The Mighty Macs (ROW2585)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (ROW2633)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

My Joy (BT0410)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Neverland (E1F1634)

3 STARS “…a clever prequel to J.M. Barrie’s beloved novel…”

Private Eye (BT0411)

3 STARS “recommended”

Roadie (BT0412)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (ROW2790)

3 STARS “…sassy, stylish, rollicking bromance action romp…”

Summer Holiday (Boogie) (BT0413)

3 STARS “…this is recommended.”

Sweet Little Lies (BT0414)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Tales from the Golden Age (MON1637)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Vasermil (BT0415)

3 STARS “An award-winning festival favorite, this powerful, slice-of-life drama is recommended.”

War Horse (ROW2852)

3.5 STARS “Superbly stirring and sentimental… Highly recommended.”

We Bought a Zoo (ROW2647)

3 STARS “Affectionate and amusing… Recommended.”

We Need to Talk About Kevin (E1F2161)

3 STARS “…this is recommended.”

Yakuza Weapon (ROW2856)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Young Goethe in Love (BT0416)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

 

CLASSIC FILMS / TV

 

Anatomy of a Murder (E1F2162)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Annie Hall (ROW2865)

3.5 STARS “Handsomely remastered for Blu-ray, this is highly recommended.”

Bellissima (E1F2165)

3.5 STARS “A masterpiece of Italian cinema, this is highly recommended.”

The David Susskind Show: How to Be a Jewish Son (ROW2866)

3 STARS “…the comedy equivalent of chicken soup for the soul. Recommended.”

Downton Abbey: Season 2 (MST64200)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

The Fades: Season One (ROW2867)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Far From the Madding Crowd (FFMC601)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (ROW2563)

4 STARS “Highly recommended. Editor’s Choice.”

The Indian Doctor: Series 1 (BFS42729)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

The Last of the Mohicans (BT0417)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Manhattan (ROW2869)

3.5 STARS “Nicely remastered for Blu-ray, this is highly recommended.”

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIII (E1F2166)

3 STARS “Sure to please fans, this is recommended.”

A Night to Remember (E1F2168)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Nurse Jackie: Season Three (ROW2874)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

A Star Is Born (ROW2878)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

A Streetcar Named Desire (ROW2876)

4 STARS “An essential addition to any library…highly recommended. Editor’s Choice.”

Vanya on 42nd Street (E1F2170)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

The War Room (E1F2172)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Wizards (ROW2880)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

 

VIDEO REVIEWS

 

Family Pack (NMG0095)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Little Angels: ABC’s (ROW2655)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

John Deere Action 3 (TMB0105)

4 STARS “…this sure-to-be-popular program is highly recommended. Editor’s Choice.”

The Lorax: Dr. Seuss’ Deluxe Edition (ROW2523)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – The Friendship Express (E1F1432)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention (ROW2881)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Yucky Worms (NMG0098)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Facing Extinction: Christians of Iraq (BT0418)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

John Newton (BT0419)

3.5 STARS “A compelling biography, this is highly recommended.”

Ancient Culture: People (BT0420)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (E1F1269)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Lost in Detention (FRL63002)

3 STARS “…this timely, thought-provoking look at an urgent national problem is recommended.”

Suburban America: Problems & Promise (FMG0862)

3 STARS “…this is recommended.”

Digital Media (DIME601)

3 STARS “Informative and timely…this is recommended…”

American Teacher (914949D)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

The Anthrax Files (FRL63001)

3 STARS “A probing documentary, this is recommended.”

Crime After Crime (BT0422)

4 STARS “Highly recommended. Editor’s Choice.”

Animal Babies (BT0423)

3 STARS “…this interesting visual animal encyclopedia is recommended.”

Finding Life Beyond Earth (NOVA6227)

3.5 STARS “…this fascinating documentary on space exploration is highly recommended.”

Frozen Planet (ROW2883)

3.5 STARS “A triumph of natural history documentary filmmaking…”

Aligned and Well: “Down There” for Women (JM20495)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Younger Next Year: The New Science of Aging (YNXY601)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

The Sons of Tennessee Williams (914970D)

3.5 STARS “Absolutely fabulous, this is highly recommended.”

The Women and the Waves (BT0424)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (E1F1561)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Screen Printing: The 4 Basic Techniques (OAV306)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Most Valuable Players (BT0425)

3 STARS “Sure to appeal to fans of the Glee and the High School Musical franchise…”

No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (BT0426)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

5, 6, 7, 8 (BT0427)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Pianomania (914987D)

3 STARS “…this is recommended.”

Steve Coogan: Live (ROW2885)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

War: Women Art Revolution (BT0428)

4 STARS “Funny, feisty, educational, and provocative, this is highly recommended. Editor’s Choice.”

Defending the Realm: The Battle of Britain (BFS42829)

3.5 STARS “…this rousing WWII documentary is highly recommended.”

Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals (NAZH601)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Secret War (E1F1617)

3 STARS “…this is recommended.”

History of the World in Two Hours (E1F2174)

3.5 STARS “…this engaging overview is highly recommended.”

The Story of Ireland (ROW2886)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Vietnam in HD (E1F2176)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

USS Franklin: Honor Restored (JM20489)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

More Than Chocolate and Cheese (BT0429)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Calder: Sculptor of Air (D4771)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Charlotte Rampling: The Look (BT0430)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love, and Death of a Punk Goddess (BT0431)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Monsenor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero (915014D)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (STJO601)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

The Trouble with Tolstoy (D4766)

4 STARS “…this fascinating and beautifully filmed portrait of a literary master is highly recommended. Editor’s Choice.”

Woody Allen: A Documentary (ROW2887)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

 

JAPANESE ANIME

 

Broken Blade: The Complete Film Series (E1F2178)

3 STARS “…this sheer adrenaline rush is recommended.”

ef – A Tale of Memories: Complete Collection, Season One (E1F2180)

3 STARS “…this entertaining and handsomely animated production is recommended…”

Princess Jellyfish: The Complete Series (E1F1416)

3 STARS “A consistently amusing romantic comedy, this is recommended.”

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2 (E1F1418)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

 

MUSIC / DANCE

 

Diana Ross: Live in Central Park (ROW2888)

3.5 STARS “highly recommended”

Dinosaur Jr. Live at 9:30 Club: In the Hands of the Fans (ROW2889)

3 STARS “…this is recommended.”

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert (ROW2891)

3 STARS “…this is recommended.”

La Virtu de Strali d’Amore (BT0442)

3 STARS “…this is recommended.”

Lindsey Buckingham: Songs from the Small Machine, Live in L.A. (ROW2893)

4 STARS “Highly recommended. Editor’s Choice.”

The Love We Make (ROW2895)

3 STARS “…this is recommended.”

Magifique (BT0443)

3.5 STARS “…this is highly recommended.”

Memphis (ROW2909)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy (E1F2182)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Peter Gabriel: New Blood, Live in London (ROW2897)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Phil Collins: Live at Montreux 2004 (ROW2899)

3 STARS “…this is recommended…”

Public Image Limited: Live at Rockpalast 1983 (ROW2901)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

Queen: Days of Our Lives (ROW2902)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Stravinsky – The Rake’s Progress (BT0444)

3.5 STARS “…this is highly recommended.”

Ray Charles: Live in France 1961 (ROW2904)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Santana: Greatest Hits – Live at Montreux 2011 (ROW2905)

3.5 STARS “Highly recommended.”

Strange Fruit: The Beatles’ Apple Records (ROW2907)

3 STARS “Recommended.”

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