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The Compass - inspirational documentary DVD / self-help documentary DVD review
THE COMPASS Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating: 5 stars
Featuring: John Spencer Ellis, Bill Greenlee, Perk, Al Sargent, Les Brown, Joe Vitale, Kelli Calabrese
Directors: Marlowe Greenlee, Josh Stone   Studio: Machine Productions
DVD release: 25 August 2009   Runtime: 90 min. (2 discs)
Format: Color, DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Features: Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (English), Teen Compass with Tami Walsh, "Extras from the Experts"

People's lives go in many different directions. Not always is the direction a good one, or it may just not be right for that person. Knowing which direction to turn begin heading allows each individual to find that inner fulfillment and success that has been missing. The Compass offers insights, from a well-established group of professionals on how to identify if your life is heading in the wrong direction and steps to take to get onto the correct path.

John Spencer Ellis brings together an eclectic group of professionals specializing in personal, professional, mental, spiritual, and physical aspects of life. All of these arenas impact who we are and where our "personal compass" points us for total individual contentment and fulfillment.

The Compass follows the difficult and exhausting wanderings of a man lost in the desert, traveling great distances in a direction only he seems to know. He is looking for something - and occasionally drawing pictures of what it is - to remind himself of his goal. Sometimes the path is easy, and other times he stumbles. At points he has to work hard to reach the next level of his path or has to conserve water when there is none in sight. He must avoid following the path of another and realize that at times he may need help. The traveler learns many lessons along the way and ultimately finds a great sense of fulfillment, along with the attainment of his goals. As he stands and basks in the feelings of success, he looks out in a new direction, toward a new goal and the new direction that his compass is pointing him.

During the trials, tribulations, and journey of this unknown traveler, Ellis and his fellow experts go through several key topics that highlight the route to finding one's compass and journeying through life using it as guide.

Viewers are also introduced to people of varying nationalities whose lives represent The Compass's inspirational guidance. Their personal stories range from average to extreme, middle-class to wealthy, but all testify to the rejuvenation of mind and body engendered by following one's own compass. Regardless of where a viewer may be in his or her life, watching this film periodically is a great way to refresh the mind and spirit about the road ahead.

This realization and guidance is so universal. We are all different, and those differences require us to follow our own directions (or compasses) in life. The Compass is not religiously specific, but there are spiritual aspects in life that need nurturing along any path of life. Individuals looking to find a little guidance and inspiration in turning their lives around or in other directions should be open to the rich, wise, and plentiful suggestions of this film.

Bonuses in the two-disc special edition of the DVD include Teen Compass with Tami Walsh and "Extras from the Experts."
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reviewed by Sonia R. Polinsky
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