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Instructions Not Included
Instructions Not Included
DVD ~ Eugenio Derbez
Price: $12.99
19 used & new from $5.86

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Bi-Lingual Comedy with a Big Heart!, January 31, 2014
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This review is from: Instructions Not Included (DVD)
We expected this to be funny, and it was. We knew it was a Spanish language film, however nearly 25% of the film is in English. It was a true bi-lingual experience. Not at all hard to follow for non-spanish speakers. The subtitles are very easy to follow.

This movie does an excellent job setting one up for a genuinely unexpected ending. The bilingual Maggie will likely steal your heart with her natural charm.

You'll have a hard time not laughing, however you may want to have a tissue or two in the vicinity. The film deals largely with a Mother abandoning her infant child, but Eugenio masterfully doesn't allow one to lose sight if this, but makes the most of it through comedy, and heart.

Particularly great about this purchase is the fact that the DVD comes with an Ultraviolet option. We were able to add this film to our Vudu-Ultraviolet account, and it's another way to watch the film at no additional charge.


A Fool In Love
A Fool In Love
Price: $0.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem!, November 13, 2013
This review is from: A Fool In Love (MP3 Music)
It's amazing that this song didn't get more exposure. If it weren't for Fantasia doing her best with it a few years back, I don't know that I would have known it existed. In my opinion it shows Tina's range and talent perhaps better than any of her other gems.


Scream [HD]
Scream [HD]
DVD
Price: $3.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even a 2nd viewing causes a few jumps, September 19, 2013
This review is from: Scream [HD] (Amazon Instant Video)
This may be one of Wes Craven's best horror films. The opening scene with Drew Barrymore alone is worth the watch.


Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Season 6 [HD]
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Season 6 [HD]
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Does a Bang Up Job, September 19, 2013
He takes us to different parts of the world, and goes the non traditional route. At times, I worry for his health, as he seems to really push himself to cover a lot of territory, however it makes for a truly diverse learning and entertaining experience.


Wine and Fruit Occasions Coaster (Set of 4)
Wine and Fruit Occasions Coaster (Set of 4)
Offered by Gift Warehouse
Price: $9.99
3 used & new from $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but not absorbent. Actually an Accident Waiting to happen, September 17, 2013
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We wanted to love these. They look great, however there is some sort of a film between the stone itself and the image. This acts as an insulator of sorts, and actually prevents the stone from absorbing the water condensation appropriately. So, the first day we put them to use, the coasters actually stuck to the bottom of the cup, and dropped. We tried to drink from both plastic, and glass, and each stuck. These coasters are relatively heavy, so when they drop, it's essentially like dropping a rock. It could easily scratch a table, or cause something to break. If you have kids or dogs in close proximity, the coaster (stone) could fall in an untimely fashion, and your imagination can likely do the rest.

We're returning these, and will try another style hoping for better results.


Take Charge Smart Power Strip  Energy Saving Surge Protector with  Autoswitching Technology  8 - Outet - UTC8MS
Take Charge Smart Power Strip Energy Saving Surge Protector with Autoswitching Technology 8 - Outet - UTC8MS
Price: $26.78

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Short Term Success, turned into a Huge Disappointment. Can't Recommend it., August 27, 2013
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We researched several similar products prior to buying this "Take Charge Smart Power Strip- UTC8MS". This seemed like a great fit for us.

Upon setting it up, it worked beautifully. It could actually be heard cycling the peripherals off and on accordingly. We liked it so much, we bought a second unit for a different part of the house.

A few weeks later the trouble started. The original unit simply stopped working. We went to the instructions, utilized the reset button, however the "switched" outlets were simply dead. We tried this in other parts of the house, however despite the "always on" outlets working, this is not a very useful tool when it's not working as advertised. We now see many other folks with similar challenges. On that note, since our situation is far from isolated, we'd highly recommend avoiding this product until the issue has been resolved.

Amazon has been great in trying to accommodate for the service shortcomings of the company. Currently their ("Take Charge") website is not working. They don't offer a phone number (even Amazon customer service couldn't locate one). They offer an e-mail address support@takechargeproducts.com , however thus far have not responded.

It's a great concept, however after investing much more time than I would have dreamed, we're going to give up. We're going to try a different model with another company. Amazon sells a similar product for 1/2 the price: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YH9DWC/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Presently, it has better reviews, and we hope to contribute more accordingly.

We hope this helps anyone on the fence in buying this.

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8-27-13 9pm Update:

Amazon has provided the following updated contact information:

Here is the manufacturer details:

Contact us link: http://www.takecharge-us.com/contact-us/

Phone: (563) 206-8510, (563) 340-6627.
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9-13-13 10:24pm Update:

Well, despite following Amazon's lead in contacting this company
at the above "contact-us" link, and their phone number, I have received zero response
from the merchant. Something to consider.


URC WR7 Universal Remote Control for up to 7 A/V Components with 4 Favorite Channel Buttons
URC WR7 Universal Remote Control for up to 7 A/V Components with 4 Favorite Channel Buttons
Price: $23.36
17 used & new from $18.70

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect Universal Remote with Great Backlighting, March 19, 2011
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First, I should indicate that we went through 3 high end universal remotes, and had luck with the simple items, but couldn't control everything with one remote. In particular we have a Toshiba DVD recorder with a VHS deck which has a remote with the most complicated interface of any of the products we own. We considered buying the logitech-harmony 300 remote ($36.72). After investigating, we realized it didn't offer a backlit option. Even the harmony 700 ($105)only has partial backlighting. The Harmony One has better backlighting features, but is priced at $164.77. At this price, I just couldn't even begin to justify the cost.

In the end, after 3 previous tries, we decided to give this URC-WR7 Universal Remote a shot. It's not perfect, but relatively close. It immediately conformed with our TV, and dvd player. The Toshiba recorder required us to use the "learning mode". This is a great feature, however it's a delicate process. Although it doesn't take a great deal of time, it's more than entering a few codes, and may take many more than one try. In fact, in our case, after several attempts we ended up at least a few buttons shy of perfection each time. What do we mean? Well here are a few examples: The Channel down worked, channel up no. The number 7 on the keypad is dead. The DVD menu button didn't work. Weird stuff like this. Right now, after nearly a dozen tries, we are still one button shy of perfection, and decided it was good enough. This our primary reason for 4 instead of 5 stars.

Here's what we're able to work using this remote:

1) TLC LED TV
2) Sony DVD player
3) Timex MP3 alarm clock (Using Learning Mode)
4) Toshiba DVD Recorder / VHS dual deck. (Using Learning Mode)
5) Goldstar Air conditioner (Yes, although we weren't originally planning on including this in the entourage, it actually controls this too when using the learning mode).

**We Tried to program a Hampton Bay ceiling fan remote, but this seems to be on an unreadable frequency level. Worth a try.....

More pluses:

1) Although a somewhat harsh red tone, the backlighting is genuinely bright enough for us to read even without glasses.
2) It's a Good Size, and is very similar to the Time Warner Digital remote we've seen in the home of friends.
3) It has a safety feature of sorts to prevent de-programming if sat upon.
4) This was one of the more reasonably priced universal remotes, and it genuinely works.

The primary lows:

1) The learning mode takes time and patience, but in our humble opinion, it should be worth it.
2) The choice of red for backlighting may be a bit strong for discerning eyes.

We'd recommend, but if you're considering buying for your parents, you may want to consider planning on programming it for them. Just a piece of advice based upon our personal experience.
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The Human Centipede
The Human Centipede
DVD ~ Ashley C. Williams
Price: $9.98
63 used & new from $3.96

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars On the Positive, It Was Free w- Amazon Prime... In the End a Really Bad B-Grade Movie, March 1, 2011
This review is from: The Human Centipede (DVD)
This Film was laughable at times, however overall it was really bad. I'm a fan of horror, and although I'm sure this will likely go down as a cult-classic in certain circles, it would be really hard to recommend.

Pros:
*The villain provides a few creative and insanely-humorous moments.
*The language barrier experienced by the U.S. tourists provides a few unexpected laughs.
*Creative moments.

Cons:
*Really bad special effects
*Outside of the primary villain, fairly weak acting.


Zinwell ZAT-970A Digital to Analog TV Converter Box (for Antenna Use)
Zinwell ZAT-970A Digital to Analog TV Converter Box (for Antenna Use)
Price: $56.70
10 used & new from $34.95

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars (1) Nice Hard To Find Perk, But A TERRIBLE PRODUCT For Hearing Challenged In Need Of Consistent Closed Captioning, January 20, 2010
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Despite it's primary obvious positive, this Converter Box is full of quirks. Taking a moment to read on may help those considering taking a jump from Cable or Satellite programming, and looking for a product which will better enable recording from the free-digital-tv channels to a recording device (not requiring a monthly subscription). Reading messages on this board influenced me to buy this product, and while it does indeed offer an important option not available with the other boxes I looked at, it's far from perfect.

I bought it because it was the only converter box being sold on Amazon offering a timer to synch with a VCR or DVD recorder. Anyone with a reasonably seasoned recording device knows 99% of the older ones don't allow programming with dashes (ex: 17-1), so one has to keep the VCR recording on channel 3 at all times, and hope that the converter box will be able to change the channel. Otherwise, the VCR will simply blind-record whatever channel was last left on (or nothing if the converter box is in sleep mode).

Ultimately, if having the ability to record programs on various channels while you're away from home is important to you, than this is likely one of the only converter boxes which will help. Unfortunately, you'll need to prepare yourself to deal with its quirks as you'll likely have unpredictable trouble with many programmed recordings.

Here's a quick list of the quirks I've experienced:

1) The closed captioning is badly scrambled on certain local channels.
2) The internal timer frequently gets out of whack. There's no apparent reason. So the recording device will record whatever channel the roulette ball of the converter box lands upon.
3) The timer programs often require excessive follow up form the user, as it literally has a mind of its own. For example, it will unpredictably decide to change the destination channel from recording NBC-17 to ABC-11 instead.

Were it not for these critical quirks, I'd be tempted to give this 3 stars. In fact, I have tried to avoid dwelling on some of the obvious knocks like the remote control being incredibly small, and far from durable. It has the look and feel of a $1 Store kids toy. I figured I'd give it a free pass in most areas simply because it would allow me to record a program when I wasn't home. Well, we're a household with a hearing challenged individual, so closed captioning is very important to us. Just over 2 months ago, two of our local stations were no longer able to generate closed captioning in a readable format. What do I mean? "Teh wodrs aer lkei tihs" Far from fun to read!

We've contacted the local stations and went through extensive testing. Turns out it really is the converter box. We even tried other converter boxes on the same tv, and they worked fine. The problem is, the other boxes don't allow us to record when away, so we have this proverbially double edged sword situation.

On the positive side:

1) The box does display a nice digital quality.
2) The info button makes it easy to see the signal strength fluctuation.
3) It also allows the user to view the title of the current programming in addition to the next program.

I see a couple hundred postings to date, and actually used this board prior to making the purchase (looking for a converter box with a timer to synch etc..). If anyone has found a work-around to the challenges I've outlined, please share. Also, if you know of another converter box in the same league (not requiring a monthly subscription etc..), please take a moment to enlighten us.


Laugh 'n' Learn Spanish : Featuring the #1 Comic Strip "For Better or For Worse"
Laugh 'n' Learn Spanish : Featuring the #1 Comic Strip "For Better or For Worse"
by Lynn Johnston
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.28
79 used & new from $3.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Learning Tool For All Education Levels, February 20, 2009
The greatest concept about this book other than the humor angle, is that it allows one to pick up where one feels appropriate. It literally starts with the basics, and gradually builds up into more complicated grammar such as the uses of the subjunctive.

My only complaint is that they didn't write a second or third volume.


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