My knowledge of "Poetry in Motion" comes from its first incarnation as a CD-Rom released in 1994. I just dug this program back out the other day and thought to myself how much better it would be today if it were released on DVD. The video clips from the old CD-Rom were isolated to boxes about 2" X 3", with 1994-era resolution and streaming quality, so they left a little to be desired. I would expect the new format to improve things quite a lot, providing clear, full-screen video, in which case it will be a worthwhile investment for those interested in poetry-in-performance from about 15 years ago.
I would also hope that the DVD would offer more options for how to view each piece. On the CD-Rom the text of each poem is always on-screen next to the video of the performance, and I find myself having trouble watching the tiny video instead of following the text as it's read. It would be nice to be able to choose for oneself whether to direct one's attention to the performance or the printed text by adding or removing the words from the screen. **Update -- I bought the DVD and it doesn't include text copies of the poems at all. It's just the movie, chapterized so you can jump to particular performances of course. So it's far better for viewing the performances, but loses all the cool multi-media features of the CD-ROM. I'm a bit disappointed they didn't do more with the DVD format.
As for the poems and performances themselves, I'd say they're pretty middling overall, with of course a few bright spots. One of my favorites is actually "Four Horsemen," who perform a vocal quartet that is wordless and tuneless, but nevertheless very meticulously organized and musical -- sort of like four mad Bobby McFerrins performing a Charles Mingus score based on a lost Bartok string quartet. Anne Waldman's reading of "Makeup on Empty Space" is spectacular, with her signature energy and wit, and there are good outings by Tom Waits, Michael Ondaatje, Robert Creeley, and a couple of others. But a lot of the work -- both the writing and the reading -- suffers from a host of post-Beat cliches, making for some pretty tedious clips to sit through. As for Charles Bukowski, he declines to read at all. And as for the prescription he offers for contemporary poetry, it's amusing to a point, but ask yourself whether you really care to savor what he offers as the model for a poem.