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DVD Review - The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation

PhotobucketThe Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Pricing: $14.99 US/ $15.99 CAN
Runtime: 3 Hrs., 1 Min.
U.S. Rating: Not Rated
Canadian Rating: PG

An ideal introduction to the only syndicated series to ever receive an Emmy® nomination for Best Dramatic Series, The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation highlights the four most sensational episodes of the series TV Guide calls “one of the greatest television shows of all time.”

Set in the 24th century, “The Next Generation” follows the crew of the Enterprise-D, helmed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), along with their iconic and endearing supporting crew. Featured episodes include the two-part The Best of Both Worlds, Yesterday’s Enterprise in which a previous Enterprise travels 22 years into the future to meet with its successor and The Measure of a Man, an episode where Commander Riker is forced to take the stand to prove that Data is indeed an android.

After the original Star Trek series, The Next Generation is my favorite. Patrick Stewart does an excellent portrayal of a Starfleet Captain who is clever, responsible and occasionally humorous. The charming rogue as well as the Captain's right hand is played by Jonathan Frakes in his dashing portrayal of Commander William T. Riker. Data, Belana, Geordi, Worf, the Crushers and a host of other intriguing characters made this an excellent series to watch.

This Dvd has -

The Best of Both Worlds (Part I) – Responding to a distress call on one of the Federation’s outer-most colonies, the Enterprise arrives…only to find the colony has disappeared (memorable!)
The Best of Both Worlds (Part II) – Commander Riker pulls out all the stops in order to save Earth from a Borg invasion lead by Locutus – otherwise known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Yesterday’s Enterprise – A rift in the space/time continuum brings the previous Enterprise – the Enterprise C – 22 years into the future, forever altering time (very intriguiging)
The Measure of a Man – When Data’s rights as a sentient individual are placed under trial, Starfleet forces Commander Riker into a position where he must prove that Data is an Android (I found this particularly moving!)

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DVD Review - The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series

PhotobucketThe Best of Star Trek: The Original Series
Pricing: $14.99 US/ $15.99 CAN
Runtime: 3 Hrs., 35 Min.
U.S. Rating: Not Rated
Canadian Rating: G

The original and iconic series that started it all, THE BEST OF STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES navigates the fantastic adventures of Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and their crew on the Starship Enterprise as they launch a five-year mission to explore strange worlds, seek out new life forms and boldly go where no man has gone before.

Featured episodes include The Trouble with Tribbles, arguably the most popular “Star Trek” episode of all time, plus Amok Time, The City on the Edge of Forever and Balance of Terror, which introduced the evil Romulans to the series. Digitally remastered with brilliant picture quality and enhanced special effects, THE BEST OF STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES serves as a perfect introduction to the epic world of “Star Trek.”

My Thoughts - I loved Star Trek when I was a kid (although I watched it years after it was originally released. It was new to me and I was hooked!) and love it even today when I'm a parent. There is a magic about that series that still holds me enchanted and to date, I mouth those famous wors "five year mission to..." when Shatner's voiceover comes on as each episode begins. Compared to the sophisticated sets, costumes, makeup and special effects today, this original series does seem a bit outdated, but there's no denying that the magnetism is way better. Among the actors, Shatner particularly takes the cake and he's the most charming of all the Star Trek captains ever, in my personal and smitten-opinion. And there's no one who comes close to Nimoy's stoic and "logical" acting as Spock. His constant verbal battles with Dr. McCoy is also one of the highlights of the series.

THE BEST OF STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES has the following episodes:

        •    The City on the Edge of Forever – The Enterprise crew discovers a time and space portal, leading one of them to accidentally alter history (makes you think, this episode!)
        •    The Trouble with Tribbles – The cute, furry tribble is brought on board the Enterprise as a pet, only to be discovered as a rapidly reproducing, all-consuming animal (I still laugh whenever I see this episode!)
        •    Balance of Terror – After the Romulans use hostile force on a Federation outpost, Captain Kirk and the Enterprise must battle an invisible spaceship (keeps you on your toes!)
        •    Amok Time – Follow Mr. Spock as he returns to his homeland for a brutal Vulcan marriage ritual (fascinating!)

This Dvd is a wonderful experience whether you're new to the series or an ardent fan!

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DVD Review - Taken

PhotobucketSynopsis - A former spy relies on his special skills and killer instinct as he hunts down the men who kidnapped his daughter in Taken, an adrenaline fueled drama available on Blu-ray Disc (BD) and two-disc extended cut DVD with digital copy May 12 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Academy Award®-nominee* Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) stars as Brian Mills, a former secret agent trained in hand to hand combat who struggles as a divorcee and father of 17-year old Kim (Maggie Grace, “Lost”). Living with Brian’s ex-wife Lenore (Famke Jansson, X-Men: The Last Stand), Kim rarely gets the chance to see her father, but when she does he is often smothering and overbearing. When the opportunity arises to travel to Europe with her best friend, Kim convinces her dad to let her go on the trip by leaving out some very important details. The first stop for the girls is Paris, but hours after they arrive they are victims of a disturbing break-in and abducted by an Albanian criminal organization. Now, with only 96 hours to find his daughter before she will disappear forever, time is running out and Brian Mills must put his CIA expertise to the test before its too late.

MY Thoughts - Loaded with action, suspense and excitement at every turn, TAKEN is one of the few movies I've watched recently and in the process, lost the opportunity to catch some much-needed shut-eye. Parents or people with newborns in their home will know what I'm talking about. Yes, people, it's that GOOD!

The movie begins slowly but picks up pace until it's practically going at light speed and taking your pulse with it. Liam Neeson is excellent as the quiet but deadly spy who won't stop at anything to rescue his daughter. Action scenes are plentiful and slick with Neeson exploding into swift but brutal action time and again whether it's with a gun or fists, using a car or his own two feet. It's deadly efficiency at its peak and has been captured most beautifully. The plotting is also good and while this is not a "whodunit", the suspense is still excellent and leaves the audience wondering if the father will get to rescue his daughter before the 96 hr deadline is up. I also liked the fact that while high-technology is used, unlike Bond movies this movie does not heavily rely on them and there is some actual detective work done. But like in Bond movies, the lead character miraculously escapes serious injury time and again. It's not very convincing but it sure makes for fun watching.

Maggie Grace wasn't very good as a bouncing 17-year old. Only when bad things start to happen, does her acting begin to get convincing. The talented Famke Jansson is wasted as the indulgent mother. Most of the other characters just put in brief appearances.

I watched the unrated version (the standard DVD has both theatrical and unrated versions in it) and was bowled over. Additional bonus features include audio commentaries by the director, writer and cinematographers, exclusive behind-the-scenes “making of” featurette and action packed side-by-side comparisons.

In Short - Hubby and I both enjoyed this movie, my hubby more than me. (He asked that I mention that in my review!)

My recommendation - Enjoy this movie with the man in your life. He's guaranteed to love it!

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DVD Review - Leap Frog : Letter Factory

Leap Frog : Letter Factory

Have Fun learning about letters and their sounds! LeapFrog characters spring to life in this engaging and educational DVD. Popular LeapFrog characters, Leap, Lily and Tad go on a wild adventure to the Letter Factory. Led by wacky Professor Quigley, Tad joins Js jumping on trampolines and Ks practicing karate kicks as new letters learn their sounds. Fun songs will have kids singing letter sounds in no time.

Leap, Lily and Tad really fun and make learning fun, which is Leap Frog's philosophy anyway. I've enjoyed Leap Frog products before and this one is right up to par. My son (with his broken but extremely cute English) and I had a great time together singing along and watching the letters jump and prance about with gusto.

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DVD Review - Speed Racer

PhotobucketSpeed Racer: The Next Generation - Comet Run


Speed Racer The Next Generation: Comet Run the Movie is the 3rd one from the series The Next Generation. It's an action packed movie about Speed and his buddies trying to win the entire company of trillionaire Dickie Radford. They end up taking part in a 3-day race full of adventure, speed, and face several challenges along the way!! Can Speed and his team win?? Do they have what it takes to compete against in the toughest competitor they have ever raced??

My car-crazy little boy loved this DVD. Although, in the interest of fairness, I have to confess - it was probably the model car that came with the DVD that had him fascinated the most. The story is good, the idea simple enough to follow and the eco-friendly message is well-delivered.

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Mamapedia

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As a mom, I have been faced with issues and questions regarding my children over the years where I wished that I had advice from other mothers who had "already been there, done that." Ranging from how to deal with a newly discovered allergy to deciding on the safest car seat for your kids, moms take on the important task of family decision-making everyday.

Advice, however, does not always prove easy to come by in our time-crunched lives. Perhaps you have even had a question that you would rather not discuss with your friends and family, but still need the answer to. In comes Mamapedia, providing all these answers aggregated in a single destination.

Mamapedia enables you to search answers for your most pressing questions, such as eczema, breastfeeding, childhood crushes, renting a house, and summer camps, to get empathetic and insightful answers from moms around the country. A virtual encyclopedia of Mothers' wisdom, Mamapedia allows you to quickly navigate through thousands of diverse categories to find the thoughtful, sympathetic-and most importantly-helpful answers to all of your questions. Mamapedia brings millions of women together online, both nation-wide and in our own communities, so we can help each other tackle those difficult parenting questions or even just give recommendations on our favorite pediatricians, playgroups, and kid-friendly restaurants.

Check out the new Mamapedia, which can be found on their website at http://www.mamapedia.com/.

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3M Filtrete

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We have reached the time of the year when temperatures rise, flowers begin to bloom, and we start spending more time outside with our families. However, for people who suffer from allergies, spring is a time of itchy eyes and sneezes.

While the tendency may be to head indoors for relief, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies indicate that indoor levels of many pollutants may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels, making it one of the top five urgent environmental risks to public health.  In fact, many seasonal activities such as cooking, spring cleaning and redecorating can spread indoor pollutants.

Did you know:

·    Poor indoor air quality can cause a lack of concentration in school-aged children (Journal of Indoor Air)

·    Every year, asthma accounts for an estimated three million lost work days for adults and over ten million lost school days for children (American Lung Association's Trends in Asthma Morbidity and Mortality)

Thanks to Mom Central, I recently came to know of Dr. Neil Schachter, M.D., past president of the American Lung Association of the City of New York, who suggests a "home health check-up" to help make your home a healthier place to live. He recommends avoiding cleaning products that contain ammonia or chlorine, and limiting your pet's access to certain areas of the home, including the bedroom. A high performance air filter, such as a Filtrete filter, may also help improve indoor air quality. Listen to these tips and more on Dr. Schachter's podcast on www.Filtrete.com. While you're there, play the Filtrete Clean Air Fact or Fiction to test your knowledge of indoor air quality. You could win a home inspection from Steve Ramos, featured home inspector on HGTV's House Detective.

It's recommended to change your air filter at the start of every season, or every three months.  Recognizing that this may be the last thing on the mind of a busy Mom, 3M, the makers of Filtrete filters, offers the Clean Air Club.  Moms can receive seasonal e-newsletters featuring special offers, filter change reminders, better home living tips and more.  Plus, the first 50 people to sign up each week will receive a free bamboo plant - a natural air purifier.

Visit www.Filtrete.com today!
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Frosted Flakes : Plant a Seed

Back in January, I'd blogged about Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Earn Your Stripes program - a field renovation program that aimed to renovate neighborhood sports fields across the U.S. Since that time, thousands of fields were nominated some with as many as 700,000 supporters! Those fields have now been narrowed down to 100 finalists and your vote will help determine the winning fields.

The semifinalist fields were chosen based on the feasibility of the field makeover, the location and age of the field, how often it gets used, how many events take place, what teams use it, the number of other athletic fields in the community, the demand, condition, and the impact a field renovation would have on the community.

From May 1st through the 31st, I encourage you, my readers, to vote for your favorite semifinalist field at www.frostedflakes.com. These renovations will help to build community and provide better places for kids to stay active and play.

Go vote today!

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