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The Jacksons: An American Dream- The Complete Miniseries
The Jacksons: An American Dream- The Complete Miniseries
DVD ~ Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Offered by megahitrecords
Price: $18.70
34 used & new from $18.16

3.0 out of 5 stars Easy As 123, October 20, 2014
If I were a 'fan' I would not like this series. It basically explains why the Jacksons are so messed up beneath their hard-working exterior.

Joseph Jackson morphs from a fast-talking flirt into an abusive father who does whatever he wants whenever he wants. The family has ragged clothes and no power. But Joe is going to buy brand new equipment for them to play music anyways. He does not hear his wife's desperate pleas/

And he laughs when young Michael is heartbroken over loss of a 'pet'. After his son did do everything asked--and even won the trophy, Joe Jackson still was arrogant. Of course everybody has issues with a dad, But it takes something without a soul to laugh off a child's grieving. Even taking liberties' this is a very sad movie scene.

Of course Michael Jackson is going to be the Jackson with issues to work through. You can practically see it in the storyline. The only way it could have been more obvious was if an announcement had flashed across the bottom half of the screen. Everything i not 'fine'.

The movie timeline ends in the 1980s. The biggest issue it covers was the 'accident' from the Pepsi commercial where his hair accidentally caught on fire. Special effects during the commercial had gone wrong. There is nothing else included.

It's a long movie, but the acting is good. There are some theatrical/technical tweaks. Overall, it's a decent view which makes a memorable impression.


Mork & Mindy: Season 4
Mork & Mindy: Season 4
DVD ~ Robin Williams
Price: $34.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scrambled Eggs, October 14, 2014
This review is from: Mork & Mindy: Season 4 (DVD)
I'm a very big Mork and Mindy fan. I'm thrilled that this is finally going to be released---even if the 'push' ultimately was Williams suicide. This last season of the ABC series which did make him a household name took several creative risks. Some of them worked, and others not so well.

In order to keep the series 'fresh', Mork and Mindy got married and had a baby (played by Willams's mentor Jonathan Winters). There is a trippy 4 episode story arc involving courtship, wedding and pregnancy. Exidor of all people(!!) apparently has a degree in Orkian ob/gyn. Exidor is the one person who accurately determined Mork was pregnant ("Three The Hard Way"). And then for a couple of episodes, we see the show attempt to shift from Mork observing earth---to Mork and Mindy learning how to successfully raise a blended family. Mearth too deals with these issues. Because of Winters age, he is on camera more than 'child' actors who are subject to labor laws.

Mearth however did not work as a 'scripting focus' for the series. Orson himself erased Mork's mind in "I Don't Remember Mama". Another good episode from this season is "Cheerleader in Chains". Mindy is so dedicated to the ethical practice of her journalism that she (and then Mork) ultimately spend a night in jail for the cause. She got a new boss at the station in "Metamorphisis, The TV Show", Mr. Sternhagen is fired.

Look for special guest stars like Barbara Billingsley, Paul Reubens, and William Shatner. Special Features include the two 'Happy Days episodes which Mork originally appeared/appeared. (Mork and Mindy was a Happy Days spin off). No, this isn't the 'best season' of the series, but it completes the collection of serious fans.


Chef Boyardee, Chicken Alfredo, 15oz Can (Pack of 6)
Chef Boyardee, Chicken Alfredo, 15oz Can (Pack of 6)
Offered by NotJustWigs
Price: $24.88
6 used & new from $17.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Back To The Test Kitchen, October 12, 2014
They need to dig up the original recipe. This tastes waay too watery--and nothing like I remember from the original. It was thick and yummy. It WAS alfredo sauce. Why on earth would you even go to all this trouble canning, printing and shpping/stocking a product if it is not going to be edible to consumers?


Mork & Mindy: The Complete Series
Mork & Mindy: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Robin Williams
Price: $106.18

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spend The Holidays At Pine Street, October 9, 2014
To 'commemorate' the death of actor Robin Williams, Hollywood has finally decided release a complete DVD package of the ABC series which made him a household name.

In counterculture 1970's Boulder Colorado, Williams plays Mork, a space alien sent by his superiors to observe earth customs and report back to his superiors on the planet Ork. Because this was a 'spin'off from Happy Days' it perhaps would have royally bombed with another actor. Jumping from the 1950's to the 1970's is quite a stretch!

But Williams's comedic timing, delivery, and adlibbing (check out how hard others try to stifle laughs) itself made the series last for at least four seasons--including the less than perfect season four, when Mearth (played by Jonathan Winters) was born from Mork's navel. He WAS Mork.

During the first season pilot when his egg lands, he meets Mindy McConnell after she is stranded by a very bad date. (Pilot). Innocently believing that he is a priest, Mindy brings Mork to her apartment--and gets the shock of her life after discovering otherwise. Mork learns about earthling customs (such as the eggs in the refrigerator are not being kept in 'suspended animation!').

Most of the townspeople merely tolerate him--like Mindy's father Fred McConnell (Conrad Janis) and Mr. Bickley (Tom Poston). But Exidor, the town eccentric is his frequent partner. He even helps deliver Mearth when Mork is pregnant! It's never explained how Exidor obtained medical training.

All of the episodes are included for us diehard Mork and Mindy fans. And the Happy Days episode where Mork first appeared as well as the subsequent Happy Days episode where he reappeared IS included in this 'complete series release'. Justifying the original 'release' cost in this particular case, the gags from 'Mork and Mindy' ARE included (you know they were good!). The rarely remembered spin-off cartoon series where Mork and Mindy are teenagers is not included however.

Perhaps the 'Orson report which had been previously and already included with 'Mork Meets Robin Williams" should count as an extra. The monolog about the price of fame (originally delivered a week after John Lennon's assassination) is still really spooky. Williams just sadly fades out to black instead of doing his usual upbeat 'Nanu-Nanu' before the episode credits roll. You can actually hear the tears in his voice as Robin Williams the person versus Mork the character. We forget that they are people and not just these characters.

I'm assuming that Williams's recent suicide ultimately had something to do with this product finally making it to market. Other more recent series were so much faster.It took forever to get this series released.

I'm not crazy about the price either, but realize this will ultimately drop. We live in a capitalist society. People want stuff to sell, so they will go back and price it to sell.


Sharp CDDH950P Mini System
Sharp CDDH950P Mini System
Price: Click here to see our price
13 used & new from $139.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly sounds good., October 5, 2014
The product came fast and was mostly easy to set up. It has excellent sound. However, it's difficult to figure out how to get and program radio access. I still can get radio access through other means---and don't like most of the local radio stations where I am, so this is not really a 'problem' right now. But I wish the radio access instructions themselves were more clear. Everything is set up. So this should be working and available.


Mork & Mindy: Season 4
Mork & Mindy: Season 4

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scrambled Eggs, October 5, 2014
This review is from: Mork & Mindy: Season 4 (DVD)
I'm a very big Mork and Mindy fan. I'm thrilled that this is finally going to be released---even if the 'push' ultimately was Williams suicide. This last season of the ABC series which did make him a household name took several creative risks. Some of them worked, and others not so well.

In order to keep the series 'fresh', Mork and Mindy got married and had a baby (played by Willams's mentor Jonathan Winters). There is a trippy 4 episode story arc involving courtship, wedding and pregnancy. Exidor of all people(!!) apparently has a degree in Orkian ob/gyn. He is the one person who accurately determined Mork was pregnant ("Three The Hard Way"). And then for a couple of episodes, we see the show attempt to shift from Mork observing earth---to Mork and Mindy learning how to successfully raise a blended family. Mearth too deals with these issues. Because of Winters age, he is on camera more than 'child' actors who are subject to labor laws.

Mearth however did not work as a 'scripting focus' because Orson himself erased Mork's mind in "I Don't Remember Mama". Another good episode from this season is "Cheerleader in Chains". Mindy is so dedicated to the ethical practice of her journalism that she (and then Mork) ultimately spend a night in jail for the cause. She got a new boss at the station in "Metamorphisis, The TV Show", Mr. Sternhagen is fired.

Look for special guest stars like Barbara Billingsley, Paul Reubens, and William Shatner. Special Features include the two 'Happy Days episodes which Mork originally appeared/appeared. (Mork and Mindy was a Happy Days spin off). No, this isn't the 'best season' of the series, but it completes the collection of serious fans.


Mele & Co Caprice Wooden Jeery Box in Antique Walnut Finish, 13 by 9-1/4 by  10-3/8-Inch
Mele & Co Caprice Wooden Jeery Box in Antique Walnut Finish, 13 by 9-1/4 by 10-3/8-Inch
Price: $120.00
11 used & new from $120.00

5.0 out of 5 stars American Beauty., September 30, 2014
I love all the space in this product. And the sleek no handles design--very contemporary. It is a purchase well made. Highly recomended to others.


Ragu Cheese Creation Sauce Creamy Tomato 16 OZ (Pack of 24)
Ragu Cheese Creation Sauce Creamy Tomato 16 OZ (Pack of 24)
Offered by Please and Thank You LLC
Price: $114.91

3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Rotten Tomato, September 30, 2014
I've made my own (and a thicker consistency) by mixing blue cheese dressing with thick tomato sauce. This product is too watery for my tates and not enough texture. It might be good for little kids who need to be coaxed into eating something which is not quite pizza. This is what it tastes like in a bottle. It wasn't bad or horrible. I just wasn't especially impressed with it manufactured from a company.


Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir
Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir
by Wendy Davis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.93
72 used & new from $5.49

34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am Texas Woman hear me roar, September 9, 2014
I admit I had not initially been a Davis fan. Merely talking for hours on end against a bill is something an elected official does as part of that job It does not auto-make a good Texas Governor. I was worried we were getting another 'media star' elected official who looked great on camera--but would not be tough enough when the publicity went away. However limited, the Texas Governor does have some power. Davis's life story demonstrates she does have experience with difficult circumstances and situations.

I dislike and don't read through a lot of campaign memoirs because they are 'light' lest they scare away undecideds. The entire point of releasing these books is to win voters and the most votes! But there's no chance of that here, Davis not only tells us about her two abortions performed on non-viable fetuses. She also shares that her mother--lacking access to adequate social service support had attempted to kill her and her siblings in the garage after their father walked out on them. Only a neighbor's timely intervention prevented tragc end. Being able to remember and share all of this really made me admire and respect her. She's had a rough life herself.

But I think that this memoir...etc should have been released earlier. Prior to this point, she had been talking about other things. She had not been talking about what MADE her speak. or WHY she is a fighter. This is what voters want to hear. And I worry that it's too late to just start trying to figure this out now.
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Chicago Fire: Season 1
Chicago Fire: Season 1
DVD ~ Jesse Spencer
Price: $19.96
49 used & new from $12.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Alarm, August 23, 2014
This review is from: Chicago Fire: Season 1 (DVD)
None of the actors is particularly destined for breakout status. And, yes this the small screen, but I don't see how Randy "Mouch" McHolland would actually be allowed to remain on an actual fire fighting squad--even if he is the station's union representative. This means he can get the Chief to do favors when necessary. Since his past time is sitting on the couch eating and watching TV, he might not really be in top shape to save lives around the designated service area. I've never been a firefighter, and even I can see the BIG plot hole.

But that said, there were some good episodes this season which do make the series tolerable.

"Leaving the Station' has Mills become upset about the young body he recovers at a scene. Receiving training at the fire academy is not the same thing as later encountering it first hand in the field. Paramedics Dawson and Shay also are tested between wanting to save children from danger and doing what they are supposed to in this urban workplace.

Of course, this choice always does not work out as nicely as anticipated.

Firefighter Jose Vargas has to go on disability because of workplace injuries. He is no longer able to properly perform the job which he loves to do and the career which he has trainned to do ( "It Ain't Easy"). Not wanting to have his own career shattered, Lieutenant Kelly Severide attempts to hide his own injury throughout a very (almost overly) dramatic multi-episode arc. It is okay for 'others' to leave, but because of his ranking, he should be allowed to still remain at the station and in service. He even enlists the help of the paramedics--who have emergency-room grade drugs on hand. It violates professional standards, but they reluctantly play along until Severide himself decides to tell the chief. Like any bureaucracy, there is a pecking order of seniority.

If it's on your TV this isn't horrible to watch. But it's not something you have to purchase for yourself.


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