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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those in pain..., October 2, 2013
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Simple enough lyrics about self loathe, and mixed with the industrial sounds and tone of voice this allows for a listening while on repeat to help you channel your anger...

No Fear,Super Energy Supplement, 16-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
No Fear,Super Energy Supplement, 16-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

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2.0 out of 5 stars A good taste frozen, but over 60g of sugar?, February 22, 2012
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I have tried a large variety of these drinks and taste-wise this one ranks up there with being good, but the ingredients and after effects just bring it way down.

I tried this one frozen (slightly thawed) and it actually mushed well. The after taste was not bad and in this form the syrup did not get that bad feel in your mouth like some of these do. But the ingredient list is outrageous with so many bad things and the highest volume of sugar I have seen in one of these drinks (over 65g). The syrup is high fructose corn, and the preservatives and colors just make it worse.

I know this drink is sought after as referenced in so many reviews here, but the sugar content and syrup definitely left a bad feeling in my stomach...will not be drinking it again. The cost is too high for this much bad stuff and I could feel it (in a bad way).
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Drive (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
Drive (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Ryan Gosling
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid indie film, competent Blu, February 1, 2012
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A ton of love and hate for this film, but I went in undeterred to see if Ryan Gosling could finally be in a worthy Blu Ray - and I discovered he found his way onto a great product preservation here.

The story follows the "driver with a code" formula who falls in love with a lady and does things to mess with the code (actually that summary is virtually taken from the producers of the film, they themselves admitting there was nothing different about this film - except for how it was filmed). The Blu quality is amazing, and depending on the scene it will be testing your blacks and dark motion sensitivity to the extreme. There are two LA skyline night shots that are worthy of pausing and looking for detail clarity. Several other shots with different cameras are almost Michael Mann-ish in their grain and coloring, but so is a lot of this film. The sound is a mixed bag - beautiful yet possibly dangerous depending how high you might be cranking it up to hear the center channel subtleties laced for 15 minutes - followed unexpectedly with a flood of high pitches/decibel increase (follow the hints with the music - when it starts to fade or the lights are coming back to brightness after fading - quick turn it back down before your center gets blown). The DTS is great in the two main chase sequences and the motors were overamped just right.

The special features are definitely a mixed bag:

* Cut to the Chase, 4:35 minutes. Listed it first because this was the one I had the most interest in...specifically how they pulled off that reverse 270 with the actress in the shot. Unfortunately this was way too short and only glossed over what should have been a 30 minute piece on the stunts...worthy enough though to discover that sequence was not CGI.
* Driver & Irene, 6:14 minutes. This and the next two are so clip-heavy they provide so little substance - all forgettable. This one follows the love story angle with talking heads and clips.
* Under the Hood, 11:50 minutes. Not what I had hoped as I was looking for car and motor info. Instead it is an extremely clip-heavy talking head piece about the actors and their takes on characters.
* I Drive, 5:26 minutes. A confused quip that looks like it was cut from the the prior segment about actors working with the director.
* Drive without the Driver, 25:41 minutes. Wow, I cannot think of a more boring way to get all of the information that leads up to the film being made, how it was cast, and so forth. The director (who I respect from his prior work - he assuredly has an eye for filming) sits on a hood of a car and rambles for 25 minutes about the process, essentially a commentary - but as an interview. If you are fans of commentaries (which I am) then you will dig this segment - otherwise a skipper.

Overall a fascinating look at a performance film preserved on a solid Blu that has a great picture quality and test-worthy sound, the supplements ding this from being a five but there are no half-stars here...4 for the film and BD specs, .5 star for the supplements.
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Living As a River: Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change
Living As a River: Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change
by Bodhipaksa
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Got the snippets out of it..., January 18, 2012
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There are plenty of more eloquent reviews about the intricacies of this book - but more of what I got from it is brief snippets of knowledge about how to get positive energy from life and how you live it.

My partner reads tons of these books and her only complaint was the overall layout/structuring of realizing content and flow of information. I got out of this what I normally do with a variety of other similar books that relay methods of maintaining a better lifestyle through internal accomplishments. Sounds confusing maybe, but so was the book at times. Still worthy of a recommendation and enough stars to keep it in the positive territory. Enjoy.

Not For Parents Travel Book (Lonely Planet Not for Parents)
Not For Parents Travel Book (Lonely Planet Not for Parents)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has been a great bedtime read with the family, January 15, 2012
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This book has been a nice addition to the nighttime reads with my kids, and they actually look forward to sitting down with it to learn about various countries. The book is organized by continental region and puts together an entertaining yet informative mix of material that my 12-year old boy and 9-year old girl have found interesting. The pages find just enough unique facts and general geographical snippets on colorful and easy to read format layouts to fill each page about a one particular country.

The construction and pages are durable enough to last through the wear and tear it will get from being handled often. The content material may seem outside of a normal curriculum, but they hit it just right with figuring out what might keep all parties intrigued. Typically I review films, but I was glad to have been able to get this book and share it with my family. Enjoy.

Secrets of the Dead: Lost in the Amazon
Secrets of the Dead: Lost in the Amazon
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid PBS work, weak DVD on specs and extra features, January 15, 2012
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No argument needed to support the quality of work as a whole that PBS puts out, especially with this underrated series Secrets of the box set links are available but here are a couple others that are forgotten about almost entirely Secrets of the Dead - Herculaneum Uncovered & Mumbai Massacre. These films are poorly distributed and get little press, so don't let the fact that this latest one gets no fanfare be your reason to skip it. In fact the only reason I got the film was a copy had been quietly displayed at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco this month.

The production is standard in the mix of present day talking heads and lens-filtered re-enactments telling the story of how Col. Percy Fawcett disappeared in the Amazon some 85 years ago looking for a fabled city. The information is crammed together in too little time (runs 60 minutes) and there are definitely moments where I wish they had been more articulate with the locations being shown. For example, the main adventurer guy kept using printed Google Earth maps and showing the people he encountered in the film, but never to the viewer (and unfortunately I failed at being able to pause a quality image and figure out where they really were on my own computer).

The information presented is intriguing, though I could go for less of the cheesy re-enacting on the speculations of how they died to fir more research material into the time slot, but it was worth the watch and I feel like I learned some good history. Unfortunately the DVD is bare bones, as there are definitely chances to have included some needed supplements with this topic. The DVD picture and sound are standard but for the volume of overhead footage and fauna being shown a hidef treatment would have be warranted. Four stars for the content presented in the time given.

Spoils of War
Spoils of War
DVD ~ Krash Miller
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gave it a chance..., November 6, 2011
This review is from: Spoils of War (DVD)
I am always looking for an under the radar war film that gets little coverage and surprises the lucky few that get to see it. In this case though, the few who do watch it will most likely be very disappointed. I went against all of the reviews out there hating this film, but in the end - I fell in line and cannot find any redeeming values - at all.

The story follows what seems like a verbatim scene-for-scene of Saving Private Ryan where a group of Normandy soldiers get to go behind enemy lines to get someone. But really, when the wardrobe, props, writing and acting are all so cheesy and laughable - it becomes difficult to eye with objectivity. The gun battle effects started getting so poor, you really hope for there to not be another. They interlaced black and white stock footage to make up for them not being able to budget filming certain sequences, but since there are no supplements to speak of, I am not sure.

The picture clarity is fine, the 5.1 is almost a joke and as stated before there are no supplements. No sense in trying to recommend this to anyone, but if you still have your doubts look for the other reviews out there and so far 100% of them are summarizing the same sentiment: please skip this. Phase 4 will have to work harder at getting higher quality military films.

DVD ~ Mena Suvari
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2.0 out of 5 stars Trying to find something good to say..., November 6, 2011
This review is from: Restitution (DVD)
I had ordered this title since it was getting some major coverage in the distributor magazines, plus I am always looking for a director to finally get that break and make a good film (especially since his last three were so bad). And add into it that Monterey Media was giving it their listing, I went into this really wanting to like with sad hesitation I must say this was a good looking film that in the end I could barely watch.

The story follows an author as he pursues big city corruption and a simultaneous murder frame of his good (and now dead) buddy. Tom Arnold plays the comic relief/sniper neighbor, Mena Suvari the hot girlfriend (highlight of the movie) and several other recognizable faces in forgettable roles.

I really do not want to harp on this too much as I support independent film wholeheartedly, but when the acting, writing, cheesy lines, pulled punches and no-way moments keep getting thrown at you in almost every sequence - you almost want to give up. I made it to that clichéd and moronic ending, hoping to then find some redemption in the one supplement. The making-of is a 20-minute director's commentary on top of irritating handheld behind the scenes footage. So you do get to hear about how the film was made but I prefer to get that in an actual commentary. The fly-on-the-wall filming of several scenes would have been more fun to watch if you could hear what was going on instead of the director droning.

The video clarity is outstanding and they obviously had some nice cameras to work with, but the sound was dubbed so poorly at times it became laughable (really bad punching sounds, dialogue blatantly not matching the actor's mouth, made-for-TV-score music, etc). The 5.1 was intermittent, region 1 coded, rated R for violence and one bedroom scene. I cannot recommend it, but if you are looking for a light Sunday evening rental to see one of your favorite actors that might be in this, I am sure the disappointment won't be that bad...but this really felt like a thrown together crime farce. One star for the film clarity and one for Suvari.

Water for Elephants (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
Water for Elephants (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Robert Pattinson
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable film, a worthy Blu, November 1, 2011
Not having read the book, I mainly went into this to watch Christoph Waltz do anything on film. I was not disappointed and was actually surprised with the Blu quality and features.

The story leaps between Depression era circus life and brief modern day flashbacks of an old man lost at a just-finished big-top. All of the performances were standard, with Waltz stealing the quality scene time from everyone else. The story was entertaining, sad and made to be believable from each perspective (good and bad). Animal lovers will have some difficulty getting through some of the scenes, but at least the filmmakers did not sugarcoat how the animals were treated back then.

The Blu clarity actually shined through, and with so many CGI sequences there were plenty of chances to fail. The nighttime shots on top of the moving train showed inevitable lighting weaknesses, but they still provided a sufficient scope. Otherwise, the colors and line definition shine brilliantly, especially in Reese's scenes and the with amount of vivid close-ups for every actor there should be no question how every speck of makeup looks. The 5.1 DTS is tested frequently with the train shots - which vary widely depending on the indoor or outdoor mix.

The talking-head supplements are worth the time, especially the one covering the elephant participation/actress bio. In watching that particular one you begin to realize how many green screens were behind the actors (and elephant) through most of the film. They total an hour but if you liked the film and want more info, especially for the large volume of detractors that are upset with the book-to-film translation (watch the Page to Screen docu) then I think these will be worth the investment. The second disc is a Dig Copy only, the BD is region coded A, English and Spanish subs/languages with a French language track added also.. Hope you enjoy it.

A Horrible Way to Die
A Horrible Way to Die
DVD ~ AJ Bowen
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, horrible execution, November 1, 2011
This review is from: A Horrible Way to Die (DVD)
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I will have to chime in with the rest of the Vine reviewers on this one and state the obvious even further: along with an interesting story ruined with a horrible way to make a film (handheld tremors to the maximum) - they made it even worse by filming the documentary the same way!

The premise has a dark and film worthy stance on a serial killer having some form of redemption by the end, but the director made some very poor decisions and alienated a large group of potential followers with his poor creative process.

There could have been a chance to really describe his intentions in the making-of, but instead I was even more irritated with how he chose to have his behind the scenes maker shoot it in similar fashion. A few stars for the story, none further for the extras or film quality.

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