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Aiseesoft YouTube Downloader Pro [Download]
Aiseesoft YouTube Downloader Pro [Download]
Price: $25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Aiseesoft vs. Wondershare, February 1, 2015
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There are two premium YouTube downloaders available from Amazon, Wondershare's All My Tube, and Aiseesoft's YouTube Downloader Pro. So, which is better? I ordered Wondershare's All My Tube a little over a year ago. It lasted me a little longer than a year. In that time, I was able to download several thousands of dollars worth of video content off of YouTube and a handful of other sites the software was compatible with, for only $29.00, a great deal. However, the software is now defunct, it doesn't even open. The last update to the software before it completely stopped working, prevented me from being able to download any video longer than an hour. So, as its replacement, I've now ordered Aiseesoft's YouTube Downloader Pro. So far, so good. It doesn't seem to be as compatible with as many sites as Wondershare's All My Tube, but its working. And like WS's AMT, it not only downloads, but converts to different types of video and audio formats. However, I have noticed, it doesn't convert to a Windows MP3 format, only MP4. The downloads and conversions are fast and don't seem dependent on the posted video format, unlike WS's AMT. Another thing, I like about this software is I don't have to open up Window's Movie Maker to convert it a second time unlike WS's AMT, which only converted to a generic Windows format, unless I want to add titles or editing. The quelle, or history of converted files disappears when you close down the software and reopen it, not allowing you to see everything you've converted. This is a minor inconvenience. I haven't had the software long enough to know how long it will last me, so I can't address that issue. I would recommend the product as a worthy successor to WS's AMT.


Droids in Distress
Droids in Distress
DVD
Price: $1.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As The Clone Wars, October 25, 2014
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Last year after acquiring the rights to Star Wars from Lucusfilm, Disney cancelled production on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and in its place announced a new CG animated TV series that would take place between Episodes III and IV called Star Wars: Rebels. After much anticipation and hype that show is finally here. So far, only two episodes have aired, but I already have some general observations in comparison with the former show, The Clone Wars. First, both shows are produced and animated by the same talented group of animators so there is little diminished quality in the animation itself. The animation style is Clone Wars meets Disney. The Disney style is especially evident in how the main characters are animated and move; Kanaan, Ezra, Hera and Sabine all resemble Disney characters. However, there do seem to be some major differences between the two shows in terms of the target audience, themes, and quality of the storytelling. I would say The Clone Wars was for a more mature/adult audience than this show seems to be, characters died, there was a lot more violence, and the show dealt with adult themes like war, love, sacrifice, etc. I haven't seen any evidence that this show is willing to take such themes. The Clone Wars also seemed interested in tying threads left open by the films, this show hasn't demonstrated any willingness to do that, although perhaps its too early to judge. So far, both aired episodes have only been about a group of anti-imperialist rebels that seem intent on causing trouble or mayhem for the Empire, pretty juvenile stuff in my opinion. Hopefully, the show will improve in subsequent episodes.


Gotham: Season 1
Gotham: Season 1
DVD

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Start, September 23, 2014
So I'm not in love with the show, but it has promise. This review is based on one episode, the pilot. Gotham is a re-imagined origin story for Gotham city and Batman. The most interesting character dynamic going on is between a young Jim Gordon played by Ben McKenzie (who plays the idealist rookie detective) and his older, veteran police detective partner, Harvey Bullock played by Donal Logue (who plays the realist, a hard, practical and cynical cop who is just trying to get by). I hope the writers really play up the tension between the characters because this is where the show's strength lies. In the pilot, following the origin story presented in "Batman Begins", Bruce Wayne's parents are killed in his presence, while a silent and observant pre-Catwoman (Selina Kyle?) watches (not sure what this is about). Jim Gordon gets the case and promises a young Bruce that he will find the killer (something that only happens in Hollywood, real cops don't do this). The entire episode revolves around Jim Gordon's attempt to solve the case (not a bad start for a pilot episode). Along the way we are introduced to a pre-Penguin character named Oswalt (Oswald Cobblepot?), a pre-Joker character who is an aspiring comedian, a future Riddler (who is a forensic specialist), and a pre-Poison Ivy character named Ivy Pepper, all future rogues gallery Batman villains. We are also introduced to the mobster Carmine Falcone played by John Doman, and Jim Gordon's future wife, Barbara Kean. The origin stories for several of these characters departs significantly from the origin stories presented in the comics and previous movies. The story ends with Jim Gordon discovering a horrible truth about Gotham PD, it's corrupt and works with criminals, which he incomprehensibly confesses to the young Bruce.


Bates Motel   Season 1
Bates Motel Season 1
DVD
Price: $12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Fall For The Hype-Show Doesn't Live Up, September 4, 2014
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This show bears no relationship to the 1960s Alfred Hitchcock classic “Psycho”, though the names of the characters are the same, the characterizations of the characters and their history is quite different. This show is a re-imagined prequel to the aforementioned film or novel by Robert Block. The true origin of Norman Bates was revealed in a TV movie from the 90s called “Psycho IV: The Beginning”, which was written by the same screenwriter that penned Hitchcock’s classic film. This show simply exploits the names of the characters made popular by that classic film, but doesn’t add anything to help us better understand those characters. For example, Norman Bates, played by Perkins was on the surface a cheerful, socially well-adjusted motel keeper who could joke with visitors, underneath he was a frightened, guilt-ridden soul compelled to personify his mother when a sexually appealing woman triggered Norman’s sexual desires. Highmore betrays nothing of this. Norman isn’t schizophrenic, though schizophrenia makes itself present in teenage years. Bates played by Highmore is more neurotic and autistic, than schizo, IMO. Norman’s mother in Hitchcock’s film was a sex-hating, jealous, overly protective mother that verbally abused her son, and was probably also an alcoholic. In the TV series, Norman’s mother is trying to be a good mom, she might be overly attached, but only because she loves him so much. Can you see how the characterizations are completely off? It might be entertaining to see what the writers decide to do with these characters, but this show is a complete re-imagining.


Pilot [HD]
Pilot [HD]
DVD

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice try, but needs more substance, August 29, 2014
Out of the new Amazon pilots, I chose to watch Hysteria due to the intriguing title of the series and the attractive looking female lead actress, Mena Suvari. However, within minutes of beginning to watch it I found the writing problematic. Many implausible scenarios, a psychiatrist who is manipulated by a client, burns himself to get her attention, then asks her deeply personal questions, a group of girls that sneak out in the middle of the night to an abandoned warehouse to dance? A cop with an attractive wife that sleeps with an immature 17 year old and allows himself to be played by her, a large cop that is taken down by a homeless man half his size, a disease that is spread through social media, etc. I don't really know what here could be made into a season long series, or what would hold my attention long enough to watch an entire season of episodes. There is no real mystery to be solved.


Defiance, Season 2
Defiance, Season 2
DVD
Price: $19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This show improved in the second season, August 25, 2014
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I would classify this show as a sci-fi western. It takes place in the future on earth in a town called Defiance that used to be Philadelphia. This is a post-Apocalyptic alien invasion and colonization scenario. This show is currently the closest thing on television to a Star Trek-like science fiction show. It lacks the optimism of Star Trek but is about humans and aliens working and living together in the future trying to create a better world. Its probably closest to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, out of all the Trek series. The alien races are pretty well developed, a few of them, at least. It took awhile for the characters to grow on me. There are no heroes in Defiance, each character is strongly flawed, even the law keeper, Nolan, whose the closest thing to a hero in this show, can come across as bigoted, a hypocrite, and insensitive. I think what kept me hooked in was the quality of the writing, the storylines are very original, the acting is good, and the visuals are remarkable.
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Wondershare Allmytube [Download]
Wondershare Allmytube [Download]
Price: $29.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it from Amazon!, October 31, 2013
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First, the trial version that Amazon sells for $29.00 is available for FREE from the manufacturer's website, and the full version is $29.00 from the manufacturer's website, so buy it there. The difference has already been mentioned, the trial version only allows downloading from YouTube, but unlike the other free YouTube downloaders out there, this trial version will also allow you to convert the video file into any other video format for viewing on a mobile device. However, during the conversion process, the company's logo is left in the center of the video as a watermark. If you don't mind this and don't want the full version, then go ahead and buy the Amazon version, or get it for free from the manufacturer's website, your choice. The full version allows downloading from Hulu, Vevo, and about a dozen other sites listed on the product's webpage.


Robotech: 2-Movie Collection (The Shadow Chronicles / Love Live Alive)
Robotech: 2-Movie Collection (The Shadow Chronicles / Love Live Alive)
DVD ~ Mark Hamill
Offered by kylakins
Price: $10.79
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Robotech: 2-Movie Collection-3 stars for effort, August 27, 2013
If you already own, like I did, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, you might want to consider skipping this re-release of Shadow Chronicles with the new New Generation movie, Love Live Alive. Unlike The Shadow Chronicles, which is an original movie and sequel to the New Generation Robotech series, Love Live Alive is really just a re-telling of the New Generation storyline from the perspective of a news reporter interviewing Yellow Dancer/Lancer using re-mastered footage from the New Generation series. If you are already familiar with the New Generation series then you already know that storyline and have probably already seen many of the episodes/adventures that are recounted in this movie. There is surprisingly only a few minutes of new animation added to enhance the story-telling, and a surprise twist ending to the Lancer story. This movie does, however, feel more authentic than The Shadow Chronicles, perhaps due to the use of original animation from the New Generation series. Shadow Chronicles felt like an unnecessary added-on storyline just for the purposes of making something new. The last best thing done with Robotech was the re-mastering of the entire series. That was what the old time fans wanted the most. I don't know who keeps clamoring for more New Generation movies. I thought the New Generation series offered a perfect ending to the Robotech story, but that's just one old time fan's perspective. Re-watching the New Generation, which originally debuted on American television in 1986, makes me realize just how far ahead of its time it was. Today, the most popular sci-fi shows on television all bear post-apocalyptic/survivalist themes ("Falling Skies", "The Walking Dead", "Revolution").


Schizoid Disorder
Schizoid Disorder
Price: $3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be improved, May 14, 2013
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This review is from: Schizoid Disorder (Kindle Edition)
This is one of the only books of its kind to deal with this disorder singly. However, it is poorly edited.


Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Season 1
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Season 1
DVD ~ Dean Cain
Offered by Outlet Promotions
Price: $10.42
29 used & new from $3.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Superman modernized!, March 22, 2013
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To date, there have been four live action Superman series. "The Adventures of Superman" from the 50s with George Reeves, "Superboy", produced by the Salkind brothers and inspired by the success of the Christopher Reeve Superman films from the 80s, "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" from the 90s, and "Smallville" from decade 2000. Of these four, "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman", had the psychologically deepest, most relatable, modern, and eccentric interpretations of the classic Superman characters (Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Lex Luthor) seen on the small screen. Each is immature and neurotic in their own unique way. Lois, is a neurotic, romantically repressed, feminist snob living out the modern woman's dream; Clark Kent is a developmentally stunted mama's boy, living out his inner kid as Superman; Luthor is a pleasure seeking, manipulative, utilitarian, megalomaniac whose ego knows no boundaries. Each live action Superman series had its characteristic strengths and weaknesses. For "Lois and Clark", I'd say the strengths were the characters and the humor of the character interactions. "Lois and Clark", didn't feel like a traditional Superman series with stock bad guys, and Lois or Jimmy getting into trouble every episode, and needing Superman to bail them out like a good insurance policy. "Lois and Clark" plays out more like an episode of "Moonlighting", or "The X-files".


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