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The Towering Inferno
The Towering Inferno
DVD
Price: $12.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Not presented in HD, October 12, 2015
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The low rating here is for the digital version available on Amazon. Although the opening credits are letterboxed, the film is not presented in HD, just pan & scan. Also, the volume is so low that I had to crank my system up to the max to hear the dialogue.

I have this on Blu-Ray, and bought the digital version just for convenience. However, since it's not in HD, I plan to return it.


My Weigh XL-550 Talking Bathroom Scale
My Weigh XL-550 Talking Bathroom Scale
Offered by stores123
Price: $39.89
10 used & new from $37.67

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A hunk of junk, August 26, 2015
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Want to lose 30 lbs. in one day? No problem: with this scale you'll get a different reading every time you step on it. For slim people, say around 150 lbs., it works consistently, but for very obese people, like me, it fluctuates wildly, making it totally inaccurate and hence utterly worthless. The low price is attractive, but what's the point if it doesn't work?


From the Vault: Hyde Park 1969 [Blu-ray]
From the Vault: Hyde Park 1969 [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Rolling Stones
Price: $13.39
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For completists only, August 19, 2015
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This is far from the Stones' best performance. The band is frequently out of tune and the sound system is inadequate, to put it politely. Chopped up for a TV documentary, there are no complete songs --- every performance is interrupted by interview footage or some other digression. Songs like "I'm Free" and "No Expectations" don't seem suited to live performance and fall flat.

However, for Stones completists, it's essential, if only because it features the introduction of Mick Taylor as the replacement for Brian Jones, who died a few days before the concert (he had been fired from the Stones earlier that year).

This U.S. Blu-Ray release offers nothing new, although the sound and audio are somewhat better than DVD releases. If you already have this on DVD, you won't miss much by skipping this one.


Ant-Man/Giant-Man Epic Collection: The Man in the Ant Hill (Epic Collection: Ant-Man Giant-Man)
Ant-Man/Giant-Man Epic Collection: The Man in the Ant Hill (Epic Collection: Ant-Man Giant-Man)
by Stan Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.87
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, July 17, 2015
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I bought this assuming that it would contain all the Ant-Man/Giant-Man stories, previously available in two hardcover Marvel Masterworks volumes. However, this leaves off the last 10 issues (Astonish 60-69). This amounts to about 100 pages, but makes me wonder what they'll use to fill out volume 2. Perhaps they plan to pick up the later stories featuring Scott Lang (the character featured in the film).

The stories are mostly done by Marvel's B-team: Don Heck, Dick Ayers, Larry Lieber. There is some good stuff here, but not of the caliber of early Thor or Fantastic Four. The feature lasted less than three years; while Giant-Man and the Wasp became Avengers and were part of the team for several years, they never had their own book again.
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Dracula and His Vampire Bride - Digitally Remastered (Amazon.com Exclusive)
Dracula and His Vampire Bride - Digitally Remastered (Amazon.com Exclusive)
DVD ~ Christopher Lee
Price: $9.96
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old film, new title, July 12, 2015
This is THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA, the last of Christopher Lee's Dracula films. It has been released on DVD several times before under its original title. I don't know why it's being reissued under this new title, but if you have SATANIC RITES, you don't need to buy this one.

Not a great movie --- this was the second of two films that moved Dracula into the 1970s (previous Lee Dracula films were period pieces). It's a bit shlockier than the earlier Hammer productions, but worthwhile for Lee fans.


Next Men Premiere Edition Volume 2 (Next Men Premiere Ed Hc)
Next Men Premiere Edition Volume 2 (Next Men Premiere Ed Hc)
by John Byrne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $50.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive oversize reprint of Classic Next Men, February 25, 2015
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I've been enjoying the Next Men series, so I don't want to rate this item too low. In fact, if you want to spend the money on a large, oversize, bulky hardcover printed on high quality paper, this one is for you.

However, the Premiere Editions reprint the Classic Next-Men stories, available in much less expensive and easy-to-read paperback format (issues 2 and 3 are available also in Kindle format). So, if you just want to read the stories, the Classic series is a better buy.

The Compleat Series (just to make things more confusing) is a black-and-white reprint, similar to DC's Showcase and Marvel's Essentials series.

I bought this by mistake, thinking that it was the next installment in the series; but that's actually Next Men Vol. 2: Scattered, and Next Men Vol. 2: Scattered, Part 2. These are in standard size hardcover and not too expensive.

There is another installment in the series, Next Men Vol. 3, Aftermath. This story is available in Kindle format as well as hardcover.


Marvel Masterworks: Warlock Volume 1
Marvel Masterworks: Warlock Volume 1
by Gerry Conway
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.90
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More fun to remember than to reread, January 29, 2015
I vaguely remember enjoying this when I was in my 20s, although it was eclipsed a year or two later by Jim Starlin's superb re-imagining of the character. I bought this book, thinking it would be fun to read these earlier stories again, but it was a waste of time and money. This is a simplistic, obvious parable of the Garden of Eden and the fall of humanity, culminating with the crucifixion (which occurred in an issue of The Incredible Hulk, as this title had already been cancelled).

The artwork is really bad, and the dialogue (especially among the teenaged characters) is embarrassing. It's not surprising that this was cancelled after a handful of issues, because it's dull and uninspiring. My advice is to skip this one and proceed directly to Starlin's Warlock, which is superb; this series is dreadful.
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Uncanny Avengers Vol. 1: The Red Shadow
Uncanny Avengers Vol. 1: The Red Shadow
Price: $8.09

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, January 24, 2015
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It's always a bit of a challenge to read current comic books. If it weren't for my childhood memories, I probably wouldn't find them interesting at all. However, from time to time I like to take a look at what my childhood superheroes are up to.

One of the challenges is that there is so much detailed continuity as background that it can be difficult to get oriented. Marvel made its mark originally by introducing continuity --- previously, superhero stories were self-contained. The old Marvels were full of chatty notes from Stan: (That happened back in Ish #4. Don't tell us you forgot --- you know how sensitive we are!)

Today it's the opposite: you're expected to know the background, and if you don't, well, you're on your own.

A lot of things of changed, but a lot of things haven't changed. The story is still the same: superheroes fight supervillains. There is new artwork and new twists and turns of the lives of our heroes, but the plot devices are the familiar routines that I was reading when I was 10 years old.

This story was typical, very wordy and talky, with a few fight scenes. But after more than 50 years what do you expect?


The Man In the High Castle - Season 1
The Man In the High Castle - Season 1
DVD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good start to a series based on the Hugo-winning novel ..., January 15, 2015
Surprisingly good start to a series based on the Hugo-winning novel by Philip K. Dick. Not a direct adaptation of the book, but does a good job of integrating the story elements into an ongoing plot. Strong performances, intelligent writing, great CGI and beautiful, moody production design make this one a winner. Hope to see more!


Avengers Masterworks Vol. 5 (Avengers (1963-1996))
Avengers Masterworks Vol. 5 (Avengers (1963-1996))
Price: $9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Avengers, December 24, 2014
These were the Avengers at the height of the Silver Age. Having achieved a nice balance between second-line regulars (Goliath, Hawkeye), A-list stars (Captain America, plus guest appearances from Iron Man and Thor) and occasional members like Hercules, Roy Thomas and John Buscema served up a satisfying series of adventures.

The weakest part is probably the Annual, which I enjoyed very much when I was a kid but which seems pretty hokey today. Don Heck's artwork looks rushed, and the Mandarin is a very dated villain.

This is classic Avengers, recommended for fans of Silver Age comics, and especially for admirers of John Buscema's work.
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