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Astronaut: The Last Push (English Subtitled)
Astronaut: The Last Push (English Subtitled)
DVD
Price: $3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A WELL THOUGHT OUT SCI-FI DRAMA OF MANKINDs LIMITS IN SPACE, March 1, 2015
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Three COMPELLING Stars. Filmed as a documentary-style space event in places and executed at a slow, deliberate pace, "Astronaut: The Last Push" begins almost as NASA might begin in filming a space odyssey. The theory seems to be well thought out: instead of launching directly at Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, they are using the gravity of other bodies to achieve the faster speeds and the orbital mechanics needed to reach the prize. So they launch towards Venus to achieve a gravitational slingshot effect that will take them back past Earth and out to Europa. But, as the world watches, on the journey out disaster strikes the two-man crew and tense coordination is needed to try to save a part of the mission which will test the limits of human endurance. Starring Khary Payton, James Madio, Brian Baumgartner, Lance Hendriksen (Aliens, Millennium) and directed by Eric Hayden. There is a pothole but overall this film is interesting and Recommended for the acting, space cinematography, and the theoretical science. Three CREDIBLE Stars! (Time-1:29, Not Rated)


Febreze Fabric Refresher Air Freshener, Shimmer, 16.9 Ounce
Febreze Fabric Refresher Air Freshener, Shimmer, 16.9 Ounce
Offered by We Ship The Fastest
Price: $10.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN IMPRESSIVE FEBREZE "FABRIC REFRESHER" SPRAY WITH A PLEASANT FRAGRANCE, February 28, 2015
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5 EFFECTIVE Stars! Another highly-effective Febreze spray. This latest Febreze Fabric Refresher is one of two of the Febreze "UNSTOPABLES" Fabric Refreshers (the other scent is the "Febreze Fabric Refresher Air Freshener, Fresh, 16.9 Ounce" scent in the spray bottle with the cyan-colored top). The "Shimmer" scent is a muted fresh and flowery smell, which is probably adequate for use by any gender. It can be used around dogs and cats, but NOT around birds. Not for use on leather, suede, silk or fabrics that may water spot.

In testing this spray on a variety of fabrics and objects around the home such as sofas, pillows, curtains, sheets, athletic shoes, and cloth room dividers, the scent initially can refresh an entire room when sprayed on various objects such as curtains, pillows, and sofas, and the effect will last 24 hours. The scent on individual objects lasted strongly for 3 to 4 days. And the fragrance lasted, as advertised, "up to 7 days" on individual objects if the object is held 'up close to the nose' on the 7th day. It can cover up stale smells on fabrics and enhance fresh items. Highly Recommended. Five FRAGRANT Stars! (1 each 16.9 ounces/500 mL plastic spray bottle of Febreze Shimmer scented fabric refresher.


Kush: The Music Of Dizzy Gillespie
Kush: The Music Of Dizzy Gillespie
Price: $9.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A STELLAR "RICHIE COLE WITH BRASS" BIG-BAND TRIBUTE TO JOHN BIRKS "DIZZY" GILLESPIE, February 27, 2015
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From the Telarc label comes a marvelous straight-ahead tribute to DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame trumpeter and BeBop co-architect Dizzy Gillespie by the acclaimed alto saxophonist Richie Cole and his 16 piece big band. Cole is on alto and tenor saxes, and the other personnel include Paquito d'Rivera on alto saxophone and clarinet; Roger Ingram, Tony Kadleck, Alan Rubin, Jack Walrath on trumpets; John Clark on French horn; Sam Burtis on trombone; Douglas Purviance on bass trombone; Earl McIntyre on bass trombone and tuba; Kevin Hayes on piano; Vic Juris and Fareed Haque on guitars; Peter Washington on bass; Carl Allen on drums and Ray Mantilla on percussion. "Kush: The Music Of Dizzy Gillespie" is arranged and conducted by Bob Belden.

The `best of the best' begins with a sizzling version of "BeBop" by the band which would probably have made Birks very pleased, especially Richie Cole's nice "Laura" quote and his great imitation of Gillespie's high-wire altissima work. The performance includes a nice vibrant trumpet solo from Walrath. The lovely standard which was a Gillespie favorite, "You Go To My Head", begins with a sensual tuba-bass trombone ostinato with Cole flying high, adding in a great "I Had The Craziest Dream" and "Manteca" quotes. "Kush" has a beginning where Ray Mantilla perfectly emulates Chano Pozo's conga entrance on the Gillespie original and features 2 exciting chases between Paquito's alto sax and Cole's tenor sax. Paquito starts his solo with a nice "Afro Blue" quote, followed by another Paquito/Cole emotional chase that 'ups the ante' on excitement.

The session includes two of the most beautiful ballads in all of jazz, both by Gillespie, the often-recorded "I Waited For You" and the more rare "This is the Way" delivered as a bossa, both receiving gorgeous quintet readings from Cole with pianist Hayes and guitarists Juris and Haque soloing and comping nicely. This is an outstanding tribute by the renowned alto saxophonist Richie Cole and his orchestra, arranged and conducted by Bob Belden. Highly Recommended! Five SPLENDID Stars. (10 songs: Time-56:42)


INBalance Chocolate Butter Crunch InBar
INBalance Chocolate Butter Crunch InBar
Offered by Companion Caterers
Price: $38.26
5 used & new from $36.18

5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS DELICIOUS BAR: IT IS LOADED WITH HEALTHY INGREDIENTS & FIBER, February 26, 2015
Five NUTRITIOUS Stars! This "Chocolate Butter Crunch" flavor InBar is another appetizing mixture of flavors and ingredients in a bar that can be used to replace a mid-day meal, as a 'between meals' energy booster, or just a quick snack. Advertised as "The Diabetic's Choice", this moist chocolate-covered bar is gluten, allergen, and GMO free. It is also Kosher and 100% Vegan. It contains organic sunflower seed butter, organic brown rice protein, organic crispy brown rice, organic blue amber agave, organic pea fiber, organic chocolate liquor, and monk fruit extract. It has no artificial sweeteners, chemicals, or preservatives and the 'best by date' is February 2016. It took about 10 minutes to really enjoy this chewy bar which provides 10 grams of fiber (drink liquids when eating the bar), 21 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat and .5 gram of saturated fat, no cholesterol or trans fats, 30 mg of sodium, 11 grams of protein, 4% calcium, 6% iron, and 6 grams of sugar, and 173 calories and 45 fat calories. It also contains no wheat (gluten), eggs, soy, nuts, or dairy and noticeably reduced appetite for a few hours after consumption. Tastes great as a snack with coffee, tea, or water. This is one of the best tasting InBars. Highly Recommended. Five DELICIOUS Stars! (12 each Chocolate Butter Crunch Bars, 3 1/2 inches by 2 inches by 1 3/4 inches, weighing 2 ounces. This item was provided for testing and an impartial review.)


The Bottle (La Botella)
The Bottle (La Botella)
Price: $0.89

5.0 out of 5 stars SINGLE TRACK REVIEW: JOE BATAAN'S SMOKING VERSION OF GIL SCOTT-HERON'S "THE BOTTLE"., February 24, 2015
Five SWINGING Stars! Composer, arranger, pianist, and singer Joe Bataan took musician/poet Gil Scott-Heron's classic social statement theme "The Bottle" and recast it as "La Botella" using a latin beat, disco violins, a number of `congueros', `timbalists' and drummers, Bataan's driving 'ostinato' piano riff, and a hot tenor sax in the role of lead voice and soloist, turning it into a popular instrumental hit of the 1970's, becoming a hit of the disco musical craze. It still retains its power, swing, and attractiveness. Highly Recommended. Five HUGE Stars! (1 MP3 track; Time-3:36)


Four (For Miles Davis)
Four (For Miles Davis)
Price: $0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars ANITA DAY SINGS A MARVELOUS, INVENTIVE "FOUR" WITH MARTY PAICH's ORCHESTRA, February 23, 2015
This review is from: Four (For Miles Davis) (MP3 Music)
Five CREATIVE Stars! From the album "Sings the Winners / At Mister Kelly's" which features songs by and/or dedicated to some of the greatest composers and musicians in jazz, the legendary, highly-inventive jazz diva Anita O'Day teams up with the jazz orchestras of Russ Garcia, Marty Paich, and Quincy Jones, singing their great arrangements of the songs. On this classic Miles Davis jazz standard "Four", after a hip Marty Paich orchestral beginning, O'Day establishes a sultry, groovy approach to the song using the full extent of her vocal midrange to drive both the song and the orchestra, featuring a nice trumpet solo by one of the Candoli brothers: Pete or probably Conte. A classic performance dedicated to the historically-innovative trumpeter, composer, and leader who sits in both the DownBeat and Rock and Roll halls of fame. This performance belongs in any definitive jazz collection. My Highest Recommendation. Five MARVELOUS Stars! (1-track. Time-2:48)


Stander Mobility Bed Rail
Stander Mobility Bed Rail
Price: $87.70
24 used & new from $75.05

5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY EFFECTIVE BEDSIDE BED-RAIL ASSIST DEVICE FOR STANDING & BALANCE, February 22, 2015
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Four and a half STEADY Stars! This Stander Mobility Bed Rail device is designed to assist a person in bed in sitting up and standing up. Uniquely, it also has an extra leg that swings way from the bed, so the user can stand up and take a step away from the bed using the extended extra leg for balance. There is also a 4 pouch caddy for remotes, eyeglass cases, or small books The device has a 20 inch long looped bar attachment (perpendicular to the main unit and the floor) that extends between the bed base and mattress to stabilize the unit when in use. It can be installed on a regular bed or a hospital bed (not tested) and has adjustable height capability to match up with the mattress height. This device is mainly for balance in standing up and sitting down, not for sitting on the rail itself. The person for which this is intended may need assistance in putting this device together.

In testing, the device was simple to assemble: 2 major pieces with separate smaller components are easily connected together. Once the pieces are connected and the height properly adjusted, simply slide the stabilizer bar all the way underneath the mattress. During testing, one of the height adjustment buttons on one of the base legs did not deploy, but there was another button clip piece that came with the unit which fit perfectly and the bed rail was stable. Because of its stability, the user may also be able to grab the device and use it for shifting around in bed or as a temporary arm rest because of its soft rubber top or use it with a small pillow. The extra 'swing' leg goes out to 14 inches away from the bed and is stable for maintaining balance, fully extended, allowing the standing user to reach about 4 feet or more beyond the bedside. The small '4-pocket, 2-sided' stain-resistant mesh caddy that fits over the top is another plus for this item. This 20 inch long bed rail is not sufficient in length to block falls from bed. This device can be an effective, stable aid for those who have difficulty getting out of bed and need assistance in standing up, based on its strong construction and ease of installation. Highly Recommended. Four and a half STABLE Stars! (1 each Stander Mobility Bed Rail with components and tool.)


Ohuhu® 2 in 1 Salt and Pepper Grinder Set, Pepper Mill with Salt Grinder of Highest Quality, Elegant Look & Durable, 2 Shakers in 1, Perfect for Kitchen, Restaurant and BBQ
Ohuhu® 2 in 1 Salt and Pepper Grinder Set, Pepper Mill with Salt Grinder of Highest Quality, Elegant Look & Durable, 2 Shakers in 1, Perfect for Kitchen, Restaurant and BBQ
Offered by Ohuhu Direct
Price: $14.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, CLASSY-LOOKING, EASY TO OPERATE, DUAL PEPPER AND SALT MANUAL GRINDER, February 22, 2015
Five EXCELLENT Stars! This stylish-looking pepper, salt, or spice grinder is made of Stainless Steel with a plastic see-through mid section and can serve 2 different spices from this one manual device. It is cylindrically-shaped, measures 2 inches round by 8 and 3/4 inches long, is large enough to grind a lot of spices without re-loading, and at 10.2 ounces can easily be handed around a table. This grinder has two of the same-sized spice compartments which are inverted, each with separate manual grinders on the end, for salt and for pepper, for example. The size of each grinder's output can be adjusted by a thumbwheel inside of the grinding compartment which has over 15 separate adjustments: from larger size to very fine spices or seasonings. Each compartment can hold up to 2 ounces of spices and can store the ground spices in either end, secured by tight-fitting caps, just be careful when you open the end caps.

In testing, placing peppercorns in one end and large grain sea salt in the other end, this manual grinder, which uses a natural gravity assist, performed flawlessly during weeks of testing, producing the desired size of flavorful ground spices, depending on the thumb wheel setting. No jamming was experienced and no excess salt or pepper was delivered from the grinder. The grinding process was not tiring to the hand, since the bottom and top grinder areas rotate very easily. After using it for a short period of time, the "Ohuhu" name wore off from the friction of the twisting: maybe they should put it on the plastic area of the inner ring next time. Highly Recommended! Five FUNCTIONAL Stars. (1 each Ohuhu manual 2 in 1, Salt and Pepper Grinder Set. This item was provided for testing and an impartial review.)


Giuliano Carmignola - Haydn: Violin Concerto [Japan LTD SHM-CD] UCCA-1097
Giuliano Carmignola - Haydn: Violin Concerto [Japan LTD SHM-CD] UCCA-1097
6 used & new from $31.44

5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT INSPIRING INTERPRETATIONS OF HAYDN VIOLIN CONCERTI BY GIULIANO CARMIGNOLA, February 20, 2015
Five ENJOYABLE Stars! This excellent CD captures violin virtuoso Giuliano Carmignola as he steps away from the baroque period of his last recording, the well-received Concerto Italiano, into the Classical period with the exceptional support of the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées under the leadership of Alessandro Moccia playing Franz Joseph Haydn's three surviving concertos for violin and orchestra: Hob. VIIa-1, 3, & 4. Because these concerti occurred relatively early in Haydn's career and occupy such a small part of his list of prolific compositions, some downplay their importance. Nonetheless this music, in the hands of master musician Carmignola and his cohorts, speaks for itself: it is elegant, beautiful, and stimulating music that represents the composer Haydn, the Classical period, and the concerto format very well. Written during the 1760's, none were published before the 20th Century and Hob VIIa 2 still awaits discovery. These works are uniformly excellent, and some of the best moments include the stately elegance of the Allegro moderato movement of Hob. VIIa 1 played wonderfully by Carmignola and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées using period instruments, especially Carmigola's exciting soliloquy here and in the Allegro moderato movement of Hob. VIIa 4. And there is Carmignola's masterful reading of the Moderato movement of Concerto in A Major, Hob. VIIa 3 and and the drama of the concluding Allegro movement of Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. VIIa: 4. Superbly recorded and Highly Recommended. Five STATELY Stars! (This review is based on an mp3 download of 9 tracks; time: 59:30.)


INBalance Health Corp INBar, Certified USDA, 100% GMO-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher, Allergen-Free, healthy snack alternative bar, Strawberry Banana, (Pack of 12)
INBalance Health Corp INBar, Certified USDA, 100% GMO-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher, Allergen-Free, healthy snack alternative bar, Strawberry Banana, (Pack of 12)
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4.0 out of 5 stars INBALANCE's "STRAWBERRY BANANA" FLAVOR INBAR IS A HEALTHY, HIGH-QUALITY BAR, February 18, 2015
Four NUTRITIOUS Stars This "Strawberry Banana" flavor InBar is another appetizing mixture of flavors and ingredients in a bar that can be used to replace a meal, as a 'between meals' energy booster, or just a quick snack. Advertised as "The Diabetic's Choice", this moist chocolate-covered bar is gluten, allergen, and GMO free. It is also Kosher and 100% Vegan. And it has no artificial sweeteners, chemicals, or preservatives and the 'best by date' is February 2016. It took about 6 minutes to really enjoy this chewy bar which provides 10 grams of fiber (drink liquids when eating the bar), 22 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat and .5 gram of saturated fat, no cholesterol or trans fats, 30 mg of sodium, 11 grams of protein, 4% calcium, 6% iron, and 7 grams of sugar, and 173 calories and 45 fat calories. It also contains no wheat (gluten), eggs, soy, nuts, or dairy and noticeably reduced appetite for a few hours after consumption. Tastes great with coffee, tea, or water. There are better-tasting bars made by INBalance, but this one is flavorful and tasty. Very Definitely Recommended. Four TASTY Stars! (12 each Strawberry Banana Bars, 3 1/2 inches by 2 inches by 1 3/4 inches, weighing 2 ounces. This item was provided for testing and an impartial review.)


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