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Hitachi DS18DGL 18V Lithium Ion Compact Driver Drill
Hitachi DS18DGL 18V Lithium Ion Compact Driver Drill
Price: $122.79
3 used & new from $100.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drill - Hitachi DS18DGL, September 15, 2014
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I needed a quality drill for a project on my front door, and found using this to be a near-perfect experience. I am hardly a handyman, so I am not the most experienced when it comes to what makes a quality tool (so far I have only done wood work with the drill). But I was impressed by this drill -- it handled extremely well and was simple to use; I would certainly recommend it for everyday household use. Also, I think the inclusion of an extra battery is a great asset to those who are working under time constraints and don't want to wait between re-charges.

Notes:
- High-quality build and nice grip; drill seems very durable
- Comes with two (2) batteries. This is very helpful, because one can be recharged while you use the other.
- Includes a nice carrying/storage case
- NO drill bits included. Only includes one basic screwdriver bit.
- LED Light on front is small but quite bright, turns on whenever drill is in active use. Very useful for darker areas, but would be nice if it was optional.


Hoover UH70805 Windtunnel 2-Channel High Capacity Bagless Upright Vacuum
Hoover UH70805 Windtunnel 2-Channel High Capacity Bagless Upright Vacuum
Price: $99.99
3 used & new from $99.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Hoover WindTunnel 2-Channel High Capacity Vacuum, September 12, 2014
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I previously purchased three of the Hoover WindTunnel vacuums, they are high quality products. We have a dog that sheds a lot, and the WindTunnel series always takes care of the pet hair. This model is every bit as good as its predecessors.

Features of this vacuum:
- Relatively light yet durable, will be easy to handle/maneuver for most people.
- Works great with thick carpet and easily picks up pet hair.
- For the hard-to-reach areas, an extension attachment is included. There is also an attachment for furniture.
- All dust/dirt is captured in a canister, which is easy to remove and empty. The filter can also be washed (although you should replace it once a year for best results).


Belkin Air Protect Case for iPad Air (Black)
Belkin Air Protect Case for iPad Air (Black)
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31 used & new from $29.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, high-quality case -- fits perfectly on iPad Air, September 11, 2014
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I am using this product with my iPad Air that I bought a few months ago - I'm glad I have this case now. The design is very nice, and the product is durable.

The outside is soft, making it very pleasant to hold; but it's also a quality build that will keep your iPad safe from moderate handling and possibly a drop or two.

One downside is that it's quite a thick form factor -- so if the thin build was a key factor in you buying the iPad Air model, then you should know that this case will negate that to some degree.


Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel [Blu-ray]
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Dean Norris
Price: $269.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Bad 2014 Blu-Ray Barrel Set, September 5, 2014
Length:: 1:05 Mins

This is a re-release of last year's "Breaking Bad" barrel set. I purchased the set last year, and my understanding is that this re-release will be nearly identical to the earlier version. I've listed the special features included below - I hope it is helpful in some way, and I would certainly recommend buying this if you are a fan of the TV series.

Whether you've always watched the show or if you've just found it recently, you know how great "Breaking Bad" is. If you've never seen it, then I encourage you to give it a chance. Rarely has a show had this much universal acclaim (a 9.6 on IMDb, a 99/100 on Metacritic, 4 Emmy wins for Drama Actor and 2 Wins for Best Drama Series, etc).

*****

This complete series blu-ray set comes with the following:
- Discs are packaged inside a replica money barrel.
- Los Pollos Hermanos apron
- Collectible Challenge Coin
- Episode Guide Booklet (w/ letter from Vince Gilligan)

LIST OF SPECIAL FEATURES
- No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad - An all-new, exclusive two hour documentary that chronicles the filming of the final eight episodes.
- Bad Memories - Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul talk about the show ending and some of their favorite moments.
- Bryan Cranston: Director - Go on set with Bryan Cranston as he directs the first episode of the season entitled "Blood Money."
- Scene Envy - The Cast tell us which scene they wish they could have been in.
- Shocking Moments - The stars reveal the moments that shocked them most.
- From Walt to Heisenberg - From high school teacher to deadly meth dealer, watch as Walter White quickly transforms into Heisenberg.
- How Will It End? - At the beginning of the season, the cast was asked to give their thoughts on how they thought the show would end.
- Avenging Agent: Dean Norris as Hank Schrader - A look at the character Hank Schrader and the man who played him, Dean Norris.
- Scene Stealer: Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader - A look at the character Marie Schrader and the woman who plays her, Betsy Brandt.
- A Criminal Attorney: Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman -A look at the character Saul Goodman and the man who played him, Bob Odenkirk.
- Jesse's Journey: Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman - A look at the character Jesse Pinkman and the man who played him, Aaron Paul.
- Skyler Breaks Bad: Anna Gunn on Season Four - Actress Anna Gunn and series creator Vince Gilligan explore Skyler's character evolution through the fourth season.
- Growing Up in the White House: RJ Mitte on Walter, Jr. - RJ Mitte, Anna Gunn, Bryan Cranston and series creator Vince Gilligan discuss the extraordinary dynamics of the White family, and Walter, Jr.'s unique role.
- The Ultimate Chess Match - Members of the cast and crew discuss Walter White and Gus Fring's extraordinary and complicated battle of wits and their struggle for Jesse's allegiance.
- Looking Back: A Season Four Retrospective - Season Four's most surprising and memorable moments.
- Ted's Wipeout - In Episode 411, "Crawl Space," Ted Beneke suffers a head injury while trying to escape from Saul's goons. In this featurette, Christopher Cousins (Ted) explains how this shocking stunt was accomplished.
- The Truck Attack Storyboard Comparison - A side-by-side comparison of the Los Pollos Hermanos truck attack and the brilliant shot-by-shot storyboards that were created for the episode "Bullet Points."
- Walt and the Challenger Storyboard Comparison - A side-by-side comparison of the sequence where Walt indulges in some crazy stunt driving in Walt Jr.'s Dodge Challenger and the storyboards that were created.


OXO Good Grips Slide and Lock Standing Caddy
OXO Good Grips Slide and Lock Standing Caddy
Price: $89.99
4 used & new from $89.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Product, September 5, 2014
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This is a great product, the best of it's kind that I've seen. It's very high quality and seems to be very sturdy.

The best part: there are only 6 pieces out of the box, and it is extremely easy to assemble. I got it unpacked and put together in well under 5 minutes - no tools required. The two "shelves" are adjustable, and thus can be placed as high or low as you want.

The caddy is 36" tall, and the feet of the base extend out about 12" from the corner - so measure before buying to ensure that it is an appropriate height/footprint for your needs.


The Planets
The Planets
by DK Publishing
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.03
41 used & new from $18.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Planets - a fascinating look at our solar system, September 3, 2014
This review is from: The Planets (Hardcover)
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Length:: 0:52 Mins

Over the last few decades, we have learned a great deal about not only our planet, but the others that occupy our solar system and beyond. I have always been fascinated with space travel - one of it's primary appeals would be the chance to visit another world. So, a book like "The Planets" is right up my alley. Its got tons of information and images on each of the planets - I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about our solar system, and there was more than enough new info here to keep me reading.

Just about everything you'd want to know is covered here. Each planet is discussed in great detail - topography, geology, atmospheric composition, temperatures, etc. There are officially 8 planets in our solar system, and the book goes in-depth on all of them. Pluto is still represented in a section of the book called "Dwarf Planets". Additional space phenomena, such as moons, comets and asteroids, are also discussed. There is a brief section of the history of human space exploration that I found to be of great interest.

The text is well written and very informative. But what makes this book wonderful is the great imagery - these include diagrams and cross-sections of all the planets, various charts and graphs, data tables, and of course photographs.

DK Publishing collaborates with the Smithsonian Institute for these books (I own several of them of different topics), and they are always high quality publications. The layout of the book will make it appealing to students, but I'd recommend this ti anyone who has an interest in space or our solar system.


Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Innovation
Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Innovation
by Pamela Glintenkamp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $31.49
61 used & new from $18.71

5.0 out of 5 stars ILM: The Art of Innovation, September 1, 2014
Length:: 0:53 Mins

This is a great all-in-one primer on Industrial Light & Magic. Anyone who goes to the movies has no doubt seen plenty of films that had work from ILM's visual effects studio. These artists and technicians allow the impossible to be achieved on the screen in a realistic way.

The book essentially picks up in 1995, which is about where the previous ILM book left off, and works its way through 2011. So if you want to learn about ILM's founding and early work then you'll want to refer to another book. But this book is good reference material if your primary interest is ILM's recent more work.

It's fair to say that no other VFX house has been as prolific or as important as ILM. The book goes through each of the films of which ILM contributed. Examples of innovations discusses are as follows: performance capture in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies; complex metal surfaces for "Transformers" and "Iron Man"; fluid simulation for "Poseidon"; etc. Other examples of popular movies included are Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, and the Harry Potter franchise. And of course, you can't discuss ILM without mentioning Star Wars - this book covers the modifications made for the Original Trilogy 1997 re-release, as well as the use of digital technology for the Prequel Trilogy (emphasis is placed on CGI characters like Yoda and General Grievous).

One small gripe is that as someone who is already very familiar with visual effects, I found the commentary within the book to be quite lacking. It's really just scratches the surface of the process, with each movie only getting a few pages. If you want a more in-depth look at visual effects, I would urge you to subscribe to the magazine Cinefex - it's still the best resource for aspiring VFX artists and curious movie fans alike.

There is a foreword by Jon Favreau (director of Iron Man) and a preface by Gore Verbinski (director of Rango and the Pirates trilogy). It's nice to hear these filmmakers describe in their own words what makes ILM special.


The Pixar Treasures (A Disney Keepsake Book)
The Pixar Treasures (A Disney Keepsake Book)
by Tim Hauser
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $41.21
45 used & new from $7.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Pixar Treasures, September 1, 2014
Length:: 1:04 Mins

This is an outstanding book that will be appreciated by anyone who is a fan of Pixar Studios. Those who know or enjoy Pixar movies know that they are on a level of their own when it comes to producing quality animation and compelling stories.

This book provides a look inside Pixar. It begins with the earliest days of Pixar and ends around 2010 with the release of "Up". There are a number of great movies, from "Toy Story" to "Monsters, Inc." to "Cars", all of which get their own pages. There are also other Pixar-related projects covered, such as the theme park ride "Toy Story Midway Mania".

The best part is that everything is presented in a style reminiscent of a scrapbook. There are a ton of documents, photos, sketches, and other artwork printed into the book that adds to the visual experience of reading it. There are also a number of fold-out and removable artifacts - these include a Walt Disney studios production pass, a Pixar christmas card, and The Incredibles Wrap Party program.

As for the text: it's not a challenging read, nor does it go very in-depth. But the imagery and the inserts make this book worthy of owning.


Clint Eastwood: The Director's Collection [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Clint Eastwood: The Director's Collection [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
DVD ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by ForTheLoveOfGame
Price: $29.97
7 used & new from $25.06

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood Director's Collection - UK Import, September 1, 2014
This box set includes 5 quality Clint Eastwood films on blu-ray. Although the focus here is on Eastwood the director, it's useful to note that he also stars in two of the movies.

The set includes one of my personal favorites from recent years - "Mystic River". It also includes "Gran Torino", one of Eastwood's more popular movies of the last decade or so. "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" make for a great double-feature, because they effectively depict the same event from two different points of view. And finally, "Unforgiven" completes the set - if you haven't seen this western yet, then you're in for a treat.

I frequently buy UK imported blu-ray sets because it is often cheaper than buying the US version. I can confirm that this set is Region Free and will function in all US blu-ray players.

It's a pretty large set, since each of the 5 movies comes in it's own case (and UK blu-ray cases are slightly thicker than US cases). The disc specs and bonus features are essentially the same as the US release (video and audio is fantastic).


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5.0 out of 5 stars Wreck-It Ralph - Art Book, August 27, 2014
Length:: 1:00 Mins

What's included in the book:

- Character Sketches and Renders
- Ralph, Felix, Vanellope alternate sketches
- Game Environments - Fix-It Felix, Hero's Duty, Sugar Rush
- Gallery of Candy Racers & Go Karts
- Storyboards of Sequences
- Digital Concept Art
- Behind the Scenes photos of models


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