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Rick Steves' European Travel Skills & Specials DVD & Blu-Ray 2000-2014
Rick Steves' European Travel Skills & Specials DVD & Blu-Ray 2000-2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Steves + PBS = your ultimate tour guide on TV, now on Blu-ray., June 27, 2013
Rick Steves is an amazing host. He has an uncanny ability to capture your attention and bring you to Europe. Whether you actually plan on traveling or not, his skills are absolutely top notch. He'll throw in a little history and culture tid bits. He shares his secrets in planning, packing, saving time, and getting around with all the right tools and efficiency with his 30 years of European traveling experience under his belt in his Skills series Parts 1,2,& 3. The HD quality of his PBS broadcasts (and blu-rays) are spectacular enough that if you own a nice big TV, there's actually no need to go to Europe since he does such a good job bringing it to your living room, hence this product would be ideal for someone who cannot travel/fly. Way to go Rick! The only other guy comparable to him is Rudy Maxa. Rick's shows are limited to Europe whereas Rudy ventures to other continents. With someone who as such knack and talent as these 2, you can't lose with either one.

If you're interested in Rick Steves complete collection,
1) He has 70 high definition (HD) 30-min shows in his blu-ray Collector's Edition Box set currently available on his website and here on Amazon. This set includes his Travel Skills & Specials disc. His 30 older standard def (SD) shows are not in this set, but are in his DVD set 2) below.
2) All 100 shows DVD (SD) set, also includes Travel Skills & Specials disc.


Rick Steves' Europe The Blu-Ray Collection
Rick Steves' Europe The Blu-Ray Collection
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Steves is the best travel tour guide on the market., May 15, 2013
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Rick Steves is an amazing host. He has an uncanny ability to capture your attention and bring you to Europe. Whether you actually plan on traveling or not, his skills are absolutely top notch. He'll throw in a little history and culture tid bits. He shares his secrets in planning, packing, saving time, and getting around with all the right tools and efficiency with his 30 years of European traveling experience under his belt in his Skills series Parts 1,2,& 3. The HD quality of his PBS broadcasts (and blu-rays) are spectacular enough that if you own a nice big TV, there's actually no need to go to Europe since he does such a good job bringing it to your living room, hence this product would be ideal for someone who cannot travel/fly. Way to go Rick! The only other guy comparable to him is Rudy Maxa. Rick's shows are limited to Europe whereas Rudy ventures to other continents. With someone who as such knack and talent as these 2, you can't lose with either one.

This blu-ray Collection Edition Box Set is presented on 12 discs, 1080i 16x9 HD format (note: these shows are not closed captioned). The complete list of all 70 30-min each episodes (which includes his Travel Skills and Specials) in this set are listed on his website. His 30 older standard definition (SD) shows are NOT in this set, but are in his all 100 shows DVD (SD) set.


Rick Steves: Europe - All 70 Shows 2000 - 2014 [Blu-ray]
Rick Steves: Europe - All 70 Shows 2000 - 2014 [Blu-ray]
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Steves is the best travel tour guide on the market., March 28, 2013
Rick Steves is an amazing host. He has an uncanny ability to capture your attention and bring you to Europe. Whether you actually plan on traveling or not, his skills are absolutely top notch. He'll throw in a little history and culture tid bits. He shares his secrets in planning, packing, saving time, and getting around with all the right tools and efficiency with his 30 years of European traveling experience under his belt in his Skills series Parts 1,2,& 3. The HD quality of his PBS broadcasts (and blu-rays) are spectacular enough that if you own a nice big TV, there's actually no need to go to Europe since he does such a good job bringing it to your living room, hence this product would be ideal for someone who cannot travel/fly. Way to go Rick! The only other guy comparable to him is Rudy Maxa. Rick's shows are limited to Europe whereas Rudy ventures to other continents. With someone who as such knack and talent as these 2, you can't lose with either one.

This blu-ray Collection Edition Box Set is presented on 12 discs, 1080i 16x9 HD format (note: these shows are not closed captioned). The complete list of all 70 30-min each episodes (which includes his Travel Skills and Specials) in this set are listed on his website. His 30 older standard definition (SD) shows are NOT in this set, but are in his all 100 shows DVD (SD) set.


Nova: Earth From Space [Blu-ray]
Nova: Earth From Space [Blu-ray]
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOVA continually delivers quality educational programming., February 14, 2013
No this is not a copy cat of BBC's Planet Earth. This is a scientific program from years of collecting data from satellites and researchers put their findings all together. You'd be amazed how much detective work goes into it, such as how 1/5 of the planet's oxygen is seemingly trapped in the Amazon forest, but travels out via method of rich sentiments dumped into the ocean and then allowing plankton to regenerate the o2. Just watched 2 hours of this on PBS, and thinking, if every nookie of earth still remains to be discovered, man's thirst and quest for knowledge just never ends. You can view this program on PBS website before deciding if buy.

Also may be of interest to you: How the Earth Was Made: The Complete Season 2 Blu-Ray Edition, and Home [Blu-ray]


BBC Natural History Collection (Planet Earth: Special Edition / Galapagos / Ganges / Wild China) [Blu-ray]
BBC Natural History Collection (Planet Earth: Special Edition / Galapagos / Ganges / Wild China) [Blu-ray]
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REPRINT / RE-RELEASE Planet Earth (PE) Special Edition 2012 alert. Here's what's new., February 12, 2012
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This is a review of the "Planet Earth 6-disc edition" portion of the reprint/re-release (March 2012) boxed set of BBC Natural History Collection 1, taken from my review posted on Planet Earth (Six-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

So here's the 411 scoop of accompaniments NEW to this 6-disc 2012 BD set that's NOT on the 2007 4-disc BD set, listed in the order of importance:

1) Diaries (bonus in disc 1-4), the 10-min making of clip following each of the 11 main features. Total of ~107 min in SD. Worthy to note, unlike the DVD version and other BBC nature diaries, which auto-plays the diaries immediately following the credits, here you do need to navigate back to the main menu to select these bonuses.

2) 3 new bonus documentaries (disc 6), total 150 min's:
a) Snow Leopards: Beyond the Myth 50 min in HD
b) Secrets of Maya Underworld 50 min in SD
c) Elephant Nomads of the Namib Desert 50 min in SD
-Note: the UK version contains Natural World - Desert Lions 50 min. Not sure why US version left this out. But lucky for US version, UK left out Maya Underworld and Elephants Nomads.

3) The Future (disc 5), 3 episodes in SD; total 3 hours:
a) Saving Species 60 min
b) Into the Wilderness 60 min
c) Living Together 60 min

4) Great PE moments (disc 4) 46 min in SD, narrated by Sir David the Great Attenborough himself.

5) Audio commentaries by producers, but only for 5 of the 11 main episodes: Pole to Pole, Mountains, Caves, Great Plains, Shallow Seas.

6) Music only viewing audio. This feature is a bust. Why in the world would you ever watch a documentary without a narrator? BTW, it's not really music only. The sound effects (water falling, animal sounds, etc.) are still tracked in. I guess they couldn't get rid of that. In my opinion any upgrade to the audio portion should have been to include the Sigourney Weaver (Discovery version) narration.

7) Sneak Peak at Frozen Planet (disc 6) 13 min's in HD. Oh great, more advertising :(. But this IS BBC's next big release following the Life and Human Planet series.

Technical issue: the transfer is 1080i. From my research regarding the ad nauseam debate of PE being i or p, the original cameras used to film this series were no better than 1080i, so that's the limiting step. Though some earlier 2007 BD packages states 1080p, and the signal to your TV indicates p, later releases of the 2007 version corrected this to say 1080i on the package. Considering this series was filmed over the course of the early 2000's, you really can't notch about this (it was the best they had then). The main feature is still reference quality by 2012 standards. However, regarding the extras, for the most part, ALL the bonus features (with the exception of Snow Leopard and the Sneak Peak Frozen Planet which are clearly HD) are all in SD, and at best, an upscaled 720 clearly not full HD from my sharp 20/20 on my 65" panny.

Most of you reading this probably already have a copy of Planet Earth on a different format of one of the many prior version(s) which contain a mix and match of various menus or narrations. You've stumbled across on Amazon here which probably your initial response is, oh no, another one? Like taking a complicated order for a simple burger involves smorgasbord of holding this or extras on that when it comes to every tailored garnish? Well, the problem with distributors setting the final cut allows no a la carte freedom to pick and chose extras. After all, this IS another chance for distributors to double dip, like in any industry, music, movies, etc. a genealogy of remakes, re-mix edits, extended edition, director's cut, previously unreleased bonuses tracks, re-master, new cover art, all in the name of gouging consumers. Especially with blockbusters, and Planet Earth (PE) is no exception. Yes folks, as long as you buy into it, you've suckered up into their marketing ploy. It was all in their strategies from the very start. After all, companies hire a panel full time solely dedicated to all the nitty-gritty tactical ways in capitalizing the bottom line of $, every chance they get, AKA milking the system. What can you do? Really nothing. You are at their helm when the goods are dangled to you in tantalization, and your pavlovian response is beyond your control. But I'm sure as you're reading this, you're wondering if this set is worth it. So without further a due, let's see what you get, and whether or not you can beat the system to your advantage.

So the concept of double dipping, can you beat the system to your advantage? Well, I'll tell you what I did. Ordered PE Spec Ed 6-disc used (much cheaper, note: got mine for $22), tossed out the scarfed package (it's cheap cardboard anyways). Bought a 6 disc blu-ray case (brand viva elite) for $2.50 from casetopia dot com, which BTW is the exact same size as the 4 disc case (15 mm thickness). Fit's perfectly into your old slip case. Successful upgrade. Donated the old version to a friend. Done.

Ultimately it's up to you, the well informed consumer to flip the switch or say screw you Mr. distributor leech. Everyone's economics and shelf space run the gamut to savvy your rations, like those must have fan boys. Still not sure?, here a logical final decision making:

-If you have both the dvd and original 2007 BD versions, no real need to upgrade unless you really need the bonus of Elephant Nomads.
-If you only have the Discovery US version of Sigourney Weaver narrating and want the original David Attenborough, then go for it.
-If you don't have the dvd version but only have original 2007 BD version, your upgrade will be solely for all those bonus extras, but keep in mind those extras are in standard def.
-If you don't have any copies of PE, this is a must own in every household for all ages. Starting with this Special Edition 6-disc version, you'd be skipping all other previous wasted versions.
-When it comes to double dipping, price of course is always an issue. Currently as of this writing, the price on Amazon for PE 6-disc Spec Edition is as follows: Amaz $35; MarketPlace $33; used $26.

To top it off, a globe limited edition (gift version) is also available. Contains the same materials, just the hardware/ packaging is different, here: Planet Earth: Limited Edition [Blu-ray]

Good luck PE fans. Hope this helps. Note: this updated PE review is written on 01/21/12. Also maybe of interest to you, The BBC High-Definition Natural History Collection 2 (Life / Nature's Most Amazing Events / South Pacific / Yellowstone) [Blu-ray]. For Galapagos [Blu-ray] (also 5 star), do read my review there.
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Nova: Finding Life Beyond Earth [Blu-ray]
Nova: Finding Life Beyond Earth [Blu-ray]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not necessarily aliens, but life form? Yes., January 28, 2012
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After watching this film, you will be most certain there is life outside of earth. Though there is no direct proof yet, the scientific evidence presented thus far paints a picture you'll be convinced, beyond a reasonable doubt. Way to go, NOVA / PBS does it again!
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Nova: Fabric of the Cosmos [Blu-ray]
Nova: Fabric of the Cosmos [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Brian Greene
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern physics update on time, space, quantum, and the multi-universe., December 4, 2011
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ANOTHER GREAT UP-TO-DATE SCIENCE PROGRAM FROM PBS/NOVA
How well do you understand this universe you live in? Science has come a long way in recent times. Programs nowadays are transformed to keep pace with our rapid information media society. This one is no exception, as it excels at getting the latest and greatest info to make you ponder deeper about the fabric of what this world is really made of, from the tiniest of strings, to the expanse of what's beyond our own universe.

BASICS ARE REVIEWED
Some basic concepts (and prerequisites for the laymen) are reviewed in the 1st episode, Space. (For example, this show is NOT about black holes. But they briefly review it to show a concept they're getting at, i.e. the fabric of space, and how it can be warped.) Otherwise, besides episode 1, there are may be parts of this program where you may need to hit the pause to process the info and let it sink in.

TIME AND SPACE DEVIATIONS
As a follow up to "NOVA - The Elegant Universe," Dr. Brian Greene continues where he left off, presenting hard science understandable today by using colorful illustrations, and the down to earth explanations. This is a biggest noticeable improvement compared to programs decades ago. Modern physics is a tough topic to grasp even for those with a science background, because this topic is beyond the realm of what we humans normally perceive in our daily lives. For example, in the Time episode 2, Greene takes an imaginary sword and slices across the time continuum graft, to show how the concept of "now" may not be the same as someone else's "now." Deviations in the "now" (or "then") may be more evident in the large vastness of time and space (distances), but doesn't mean it's not there for shorter distances too, such as here on earth. It may be negligible or irrelevant, to the point where time variations are barely perceivable in our daily lives, especially from a human perspective. But it IS there, from a relativity (Einstein) standpoint. (Note: Einstein once said, "the distinction between the past, present, and future is nothing more than a stubborn persistent delusion.") The notion of "now" being different than someone else's "now," is based on each observer's perspective in what is seen and perceived. This has huge implications in that a different observer's time may be slightly different from someone else's time (and space), and because of that, the significance is that we carry our universe with us individually. Hence, in essence, an infinite amount of possibilities would then exist, with each observer associated with each time and space. This leads to the concept of parallel universes and this idea is the harbinger for one of the many basis for the multi-verse theory, episode 4. Time dilation is the same principle as when we physically travel (far distances), our clocks become different relative to others, and we disengage our universe from others' in terms of time and space. Likewise, as with time travel (via wormholes), the paradoxes associated with that is nothing more than a splitting detachment from your previous universe. So, BTW you can go back in time, but if you kill your great, great grandfather you won't disappear.

THE WORLD IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK
Greene further states that our whole universe and how we view and experience it, may be nothing more than an illusion, or even a simulation. This might be mind boggling to grasp, though not a new concept, nor his original idea, it is really based on these 3 or more premises: 1) The holographic principle of the universe. That what we see and experience are really projections of a higher dimension, by Michael Talbot (The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality). For example if someone sees your shadow on the ground, it is really a projection of the 3 dimensional you. 2) Quantum Probability (that everything possible exists, in a wave form), and that when we look, the wave function collapses, and only 1 possibility is revealed (the double-slit experiment), i.e. the one your mind (brain) will seep out and perceive to be real. This program illustrates this point by showing the moon fluctuating in all areas behind Greene, but by the time Greene turns around to look, the moon is in one place only. 3) Since every particle is linked to every particle (via entanglement), your thoughts (subatomic particles in you brain) have an impact on how "your" universe behaves and molds to your perception (implying the universe is framed). Also revealed is that entanglement is instantaneous, i.e. faster than the speed of light.

ENTANGLEMENT
Noteworthy, it shouldn't be a surprise that entanglement possesses inferences faster than speed of light. After all, instantaneity (like spontaneity) is an entity, whereas the speed of light is an actual physical property (measurable), like temperature. Much the likes the speed of sound including its variation through different media. We assumed light speed "c" to be the benchmark which cannot be surpassed. The speed of light is actually the speed of a subatomic particle "hv" photon, which has mass. Inferences like entanglement have nothing to do with particle, and hence not limited to a speed. So in essence, it was our own myopia in hindsight at man's progression in the history of scientific knowledge and revolution in assuming "c" to be the ultimate limit. Greene alludes to a concept where theoretical work is still being done regarding the notion of one particle inside the black hole, while the other is entangled outside the hole. Ie, measuring the property of the particle outside the hole could determine what goes on inside a black hole. Bet you didn't see that coming.

STRING THEORY
Episode 4 further goes into the idea that everything is made up of strings (11 dimensions curled up in an array of vibrations or harmonic frequencies), and how we may be sitting on membrane(s). This concept or theory stemmed from the fact that gravity force is so much weaker than the other 3 fundamental forces: electromagnetic, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Mathematical calculations in the gravity force shows it may actually be as strong as the other 3, but its appearance is greatly weakened as the subatomic particle representative graviton floats partially in only briefly then exits out of our current dimension.

BOTH EVERYTHING AND NOTHING EXISTS SIMULTANEOUSLY, UNTIL YOU PEEK
In episode 3, The glove in the box thought experiment (the one glove is neither right nor left until you open the box and look), is just another way of showing the classic Erwin Schrödinger's cat equations. Not sure why they didn't just reference that to Schrodinger, who played a much more historical and significant role in quantum mechanics.

REALITY OF THE FABRIC
After watching this program, you'll see that the real universe (true reality) is much different than your normal daily perceived universe. Remember after all, we are seeing the universe from our encapsulated (restricted) human mental elucidation. The human body is so tiny in comparison to the real universe. Much like a single bacterium on top of a desk cannot perceive the entire desk. Careful, you may be inclined to assume I mean we are too small, but likewise we are too big to see the functions of our same small universe: the molecular and particle structures behaving the irrational quantum dynamics. The universe of the small is another whole vibrant invisible to our physical human being perception, and size of course is all relative. (Fortunately Heisenberg crunched out the mathematical differential equations to show the unpredictability of the tiny world in his famous Uncertainty Principle.)

HUMAN PERCEPTION AND GREAT MINDS
You can see the span of large to small is so exponential, and the being of man to study it is restricted to not just physical size. Not only are we within the cosmos, we are part of it. The limitation of our understanding of the entire scientific basis of our cosmos is intrinsic to us, and biased on our humanistic observation and perception. But we have programs like this to provide the framework facilitating us to think "outside the box." Life after all, is the greatest mind simulation game played out in this universe and from there it's all about discovering the fabric barring such limitations. Life, and the constituent of our existential being, is essentially hampered in 2 elementary ways. 1) Each of us in a physical sense has mass and hence is "hardware" subjected to the laws of physics (such as the 2nd law of thermodynamics), i.e. we are not immortal. Also our hardware inputs are limited to only 5 senses. 2) Our mind is the "software," by which each human is the recipient and beneficiary of consciousness to observe and understand the cosmos, but its processing ability is limited by IQ (we don't possess infinite smartness). But the latter requirement is that only a mere simple thought may be enough to elucidate this fabric of reality. The scaffolding outside the box (true reality) has always been there from the beginning of big bang (and possibly before). It just takes a run of the mill imagination to see it. Lamentably it is our own daily routines that equilibrate our conscious worldly thoughts back to the secular attentiveness (the way we are wired). But the great minds of our times (and programs like these) maintain that perception in check. Will the next Einstein, please step up to the plate. Okay Mr. Greene, you're on deck for the clutch hit; and in this program he drives in the winning run (figuratively).

QUANTUM MECHANIC BASIS OF THE SIMULATION MODEL
If you're still tripping about the simulation model, I'll carve out more details here. If you're still reading, I assume I've held your attention. I'll pat my back. OK, here goes. Since the fabric of everything (time, space, and mass) is quantized, everything comes in distinct packets (of energy, mass, and even time) rather than a titrated gradient. In essence, when the "stuff of everything" is broken down, the subatomic particles become whimsical flavors of properties humans can't even name, except for something like "charm" or "strange." (Note: yes those 2 do sound subjective but are real objective physics terms. Scientists had difficulty assigning nomenclature because it's beyond the realm of Newtonian classics; one even coined it "pigments of your imagination.") The easiest way to put it, life and cosmos is analogous to a simulation. In the simplest terms, like a computer simulation, made of bunch of ones and zeros. (You've probably been to an art gallery and seen one of those pictures of a beautiful face where if you look closely, it's becomes a blur, and then you see it is simply made of elementary repeating grains.) But this running program is so finely detail pixilated to a sufficient amount enough that we fallaciously presume the world we live in to be real. Yes, welcome to the fabric of our cosmos. The distinction between the real reality and simulation is no different, they merge and are identical, and hence each individual is living in a simulation, hah right now. (Like a movie, the acting needs to be enough to be believable.) Not only are we lead to think our life is real, but we also assume to be the only one (aka "uni-"verse) to exist from each individual's vantage point. At the most fundamental level, cut down to the constituent ingredients, everything becomes vibrations and distinct packets of information with infinite numbers of simulated possibilities (parallel multi-universes). (An analogy would be the following: like there are plenty of Hollywood movies to choose from, so are many copies of the exact you living in infinite other worlds, and all this time, you thought your life was the only story of you, as if like Tom Cruise made only 1 movie his whole career.) BTW, in Geneva, Switzerland, the largest science experiment in the world, the large Hadron Collider (17 miles wide, and costing the US equivalent of almost $10 billion to build) is currently smashing and breaking up pealing away atoms so we can observe the fabric's behavior. Particularly in search of the elusive Higgs Boson. Stay tuned for more discoveries.

SO WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
When Copernicus said the Sun was the center, the shock took centuries before man came to grips with it. 40 years ago, Armstrong first stepped on the moon the world gasped; today it's no longer a big deal. Same with new physics model explaining reality and science. Not a big deal. Everything we have discovered (and yet to) has been both in and outside the box all this time. Just knowledge, science is all about learning, aka interesting & fun. What was really cool is I've had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Greene during his public lecture and book signing at the Griffith Observatory. I may be another layman to him in passing, but as you can tell from his video, he's very down to earth and probably very good with kids. Please do share our knowledge to the future. Again, who's next at bat?

EXTRAS
I would have liked to see some extras on this blu ray (there are none). For example, 1) the interview with Dr. Greene to accommodate this program, is available only on the PBS NOVA website, and 2) The mini documentary, "Brian Greene: The Search For Hidden Dimensions" is on YouTube. These should have included on this blu ray. Other than that, as far as the quality of this program, you really can't ask for anything more. Programs nowadays need to compete for your attention since we are bombarded with so many distractions in life, and this one does succeed, and I have no doubt will work even for the ditzy teenager hung over from Katy's Friday night. Fabric of the Cosmos uses plenty of art, flashy graphics and designs, and media, really look advanced. BTW, though Brian Greene is the main host and is based on his book, this program does also feature a plate of renowned guest scientists including Alex Filippenko, Jim Gates, Janna Levin, Max Tegmark, and many others to get your juices flowing.

OTHER
Other science programs I recommend to accommodate your collection: 1) Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking [Blu-ray]; 2) Nova: Finding Life Beyond Earth [Blu-ray]; 3)Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman: Season 3; and 4) What the Bleep!? - Down the Rabbit Hole (QUANTUM Three-Disc Special Edition). As far as Hollywood movies similar in topic of time, space, and the concept of reality to wrap your mind in, I recommend: The Adjustment Bureau (Matt Damon), Truman Show (Jim Carrey), Inception (Leonardo DiCaprio), and The Matrix (Keanu Reeves).
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The Universe: The Complete Series Megaset [Blu-ray]
The Universe: The Complete Series Megaset [Blu-ray]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern, sophisticated layout of a science program we never had in grade school decades ago., August 11, 2011
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Imagine walking into a plush upscale model home decorated by the interior designers of Europe. Well, this is how The Universe Complete Series (seasons 1-5) is presented, this way, modern science program that's cutting edge, holds your attention and makes your ADD instantly cured. Rejoice; let the Universe series do its work instead of you paying attention. You'll be amazed, glued to your set, and not hear your phone calls or door bells. Graphics, stunning Hubble pictures, and renowned scientists speak the latest and greatest findings straight to the point in a way you never watched in a grade school astronomy class. Yes, science programs have set a new standard here. Blu ray is stunning 1080p details. All episodes are included. Layout menu: excellent.

Addendums/updates:
-The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System [Blu-ray 3D] disc is also included, in the blu ray set. But 3D is obviously not in the dvd set.
-The Universe: The Complete Season Six [Blu-ray] (release May 15, 2012) is NOT in this set.
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The Anaheim Angels 2002 World Series Collectors Edition
The Anaheim Angels 2002 World Series Collectors Edition
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Halos!, August 7, 2011
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This long waited product is finally being release this Oct (just before the 2011 playoff season). As any So Cal OC fan knows, the fever and chills of every 2002 WS game was sheer sweat and excitement, and forever erased the pain of 1986.

As far as the product, be aware:

1) The timing of this release is couldn't be any worse. I (and probably most of you reading this) will be watching the live current fall classic in Oct. And if the Angels make it this post season, 2002 will be sitting on the shelf 'til winter when there's no MLB to watch.

2) A handful, or many if not all, other World Series Collections released by A&E include at least 1 game in the 1st or 2nd round of playoffs. To have nothing from the NY or Minnesota series? Especially the Yankees game 1 and 2, and Kennedy's 3-run blast off Twins were the turning points that set the stage for this series.

3) Blu ray release is a must nowadays. HD and 16:9 DID exist in 2002. This as DVD and 4:3 is like VHS in 2002. Unacceptable.

4) There are no extras (no bonus materials). So you may want to augment with 2002 World Series Video - Anaheim Angels vs. San Francisco Giants, and A Red Dawn Rises: The Story of the 2002 Anaheim Angels. But AVOID MLB Vintage World Series Films - Anaheim Angels 2002 - read my review there.

The world series = 5 star. This dvd set = 3 star. Overall = 4 star.

Addendum 12/09/11. You know that saying, "save it for a rainy day"? Well, I've been saving this to watch when the Angels have a bad year. But now that the Halos just aquired C.J. Wilson and Fat Albert Pujols, this 2002 dvd set will have to continue waiting. Sorry. For those who are still considering this set, eventually it'll be a great $20 deal on Amazon just like all other W.S. sets. So 'til then, hang in there and enjoy the upcoming 2012 season.
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Garden Party
Garden Party
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's tough breaking into the Hollywood biz., January 20, 2011
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This review is from: Garden Party (DVD)
Garden Party is a smorgasbord of different groups of people in the artsy business. The genre skims the scoop of acting, music, porn, and drugs in the entertainment biz very well depicted in the setting that is truly the blended unique landscape image of Los Angeles. Like the other movie of a similar genre, Mulholland Drive (2001), there's no plot or story line, just clips of scenes. The driving force is the acting, drama, vernacular lingo, flavor tasting image, and of course, Willa Holland. She's in the mist of a garden variety party of Gen Y's, playing out their lives in the heart of a place like no other, trying to find the Hollywood glitz. Like many of those seeking but never reaching fame, their quest never concludes, so the story never plays out, and the end of this flick will leave you empty as the credits roll. But overall, the crux of Garden Party is to amuse, and to display the gaudy desperation of promoters (or agents), and the interesting insight into each of the characters' lives driven by the likelihood of a talent on the brink of discovery, or to just survive a dream. For that, it is well done.


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