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Star Trek: The Original Series: Season 1 (Remastered Edition)

Star Trek: The Original Series: Season 1 (Remastered Edition) Lowest new price: $20.46
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Brand: Paramount

Space. The Final Frontier. The U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a five year mission to explore the galaxy. The Enterprise is under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. The First Officer is Mr. Spock, from the planet Vulcan. The Chief Medical Officer is Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy. With a determined crew, the Enterprise encounters Klingons, Romulans, time paradoxes, tribbles and genetic supermen lead by Khan Noonian Singh. Their mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

In 1966, Star Trek set out to boldly go where no series had gone before, beginning a three-year mission that led to a franchise that would last decades. Here at last is the first season of the original series all in one box, 29 episodes in their original broadcast order. That means starting with "The Man Trap," and soon followed by "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the second pilot filmed and the first one starring William Shatner as Captain Kirk. The many highlight episodes include "Balance of Terror" and "Errand of Mercy" (introducing, respectively, the Romulans and the Klingons), the two-part "The Menagerie" (which recycled footage from the original pilot, "The Cage," which featured Christopher Pike as the captain of the Enterprise and is not included in this set), "Space Seed" (introducing Ricardo Montalban's Khan character), and "The City of the Edge of Forever" (written by sci-fi giant Harlan Ellison and considered by many the best-ever episode of the series).

The first-season DVD set is supplemented by 80 minutes of featurettes incorporating 2003-04 interviews with Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, other cast members, and producers, and some 1988 footage of Gene Roddenberry. The longest (24 minutes) featurette, "The Birth of a Timeless Legacy," examines the two pilot episodes and the development of the crew. Slightly shorter are "To Boldly Go... Season One," which highlights key episodes, and "Sci-Fi Visionaries," which discusses the series' great science fiction writers (most famously in "The City of the Edge of Forever"). Shatner shows off his love of horses in "Life Beyond Trek," and, more interestingly, Nimoy debunks various rumors in "Reflections of Spock." As they've done for many of the feature-film special editions, Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda provide a pop-up text commentary on four of the episodes filled with history, trivia, and dry wit. It's the first commentary of any kind for a Star Trek TV show, but an audio commentary is still overdue. The technical specs are mostly the same as other Trek TV series--Dolby 5.1, English subtitles--but with the welcome addition of the episode trailers. The plastic case is an attempt to replicate some of the fun packaging of the series' European DVD releases, but it's a bit clunky, and the paper sleeve around the disc case seems awkward and crude. Still, the set is a vast improvement both in terms of shelf space and bonus features compared to the old two-episode discs, which were released before full-season boxed sets became the model for television DVDs. --David Horiuchi

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Christopher Titus Amerigeddon DVD

Christopher Titus Amerigeddon DVD Lowest new price: $19.99
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"Amerigeddon" is Christopher Titus' 8th 90-minute special, and his best yet. The laugh count is high in this intense, hilarious and uniting show. Taking on what's happened in the last two years in a way that only Titus can, he decimates the current state of America, sparing no one, right or left. Titus says, "I don't care what 'side' you're on, because there's only one side-- America." The message is about uniting the country, and the jokes are fire. Titus does something that no one has done yet-- made us laugh about all of this, together. In "Amerigeddon," Titus reminds us to be "We, the People," once again.

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  • Full-length DVD

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Sight Words Level 3 DVD by Rock 'N Learn: 70+ words includes all Dolch first-grade sight words and many Fry words

Sight Words Level 3 DVD by Rock 'N Learn: 70+ words includes all Dolch first-grade sight words and many Fry words Lowest new price: $10.73
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Kids love reading and singing with the zany armadillo Festus and his friends. Sight words are the most common words in children's literature. It's important to have the skills for reading them quickly and automatically. This video covers all Dolch first-grade sight words and many from the Fry's list. It reviews some of the words from Sight Words Level 1 (pre-k) and Level 2 (kindergarten). If your child is ready to begin reading first-grade words, this engaging DVD program will help boost their literacy skills.

Colorful animation, lots of humor, and energetic music will get your child involved in learning to read. The comical characters present each sight word individually to practice quick recall. The characters also provide practice with the sight words in sentences, short stories, and songs. Learning sight words in a meaningful context assists with reading comprehension (reading for meaning). Singing along with songs that feature the sight words helps tap into different areas of the brain.

This program uses multiple methods for learning to read. It's fun, multisensory, and effective. It offers a distinct advantage over videos that only present sight words in isolation and apart from their meanings. Practicing the sight words in sentences and stories also builds reading confidence. Repetition is essential for learning to read sight words, and kids love using this video again and again.

A bonus chapter, accessible from the Main Menu, presents each word in isolation. This helps learners focus on the shape of a sight word and even provides a game to practice spelling each word. A submenu on the DVD allows you to jump to the group of sight words that you want to practice.

Sight Words Level 3 is designed to be effective at home or in the classroom, with individuals or groups. It's perfect for providing a differentiated approach to building language literacy.

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The Brave One (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)

The Brave One (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) Lowest new price: $3.00
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Brand: Warner Home Video

"Why don‘t they stop me?" Erica Bain wonders. Bain, a popular N.Y radio host, watched her fiancé die and nearly lost her own life to a vicious, random attack. Now she discovers a stranger within herself, an armed wanderer in the urban night, out for vengeance and at war with her own soul. Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, as Erica, joins Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, as a determined cop hot on her trail. Erica?s future is uncertain, but one thing is not: THE BRAVE ONE is a high- tension thriller that packs a visceral and emotional punch.


US Citizenship test on DVD: video study guide includes the American Civics test, civics lessons, Interview and the Naturalization Process. With all 100 USCIS questions and answers.

US Citizenship test on DVD: video study guide includes the American Civics test, civics lessons, Interview and the Naturalization Process. With all 100 USCIS questions and answers. Lowest new price: $11.99
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US citizenship and civics test DVD with lessons for U.S. naturalization and American civics tests.

US citizenship and American civics test lessons - all 100 civics questions and answers.
U.S. history through civics basics - Civics is the study of citizenship through history, its rights and duties, the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government.
Naturalization process overview - general requirements for obtaining U.S. citizenship.
The USCIS naturalization interview and test - an overview of the naturalization test, application process, interview, and testing requirements.

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Chair Dancing Fitness Presents: Simply Stretch [HD DVD]

Chair Dancing Fitness Presents: Simply Stretch [HD DVD] Lowest new price: $12.00
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Enter a tranquil setting and experience gentle stretching and focused relaxation to beautiful music. Feel refreshed, rejuvenated and re-focused. Increase mobility - Loosens & limbers stiff joints -Stimulates circulation - Aligns & improves posture - Develops balance & coordination - 10 segments focus on specific muscle groups including: releasing tension in your neck and shoulders, engaging your core muscles and relaxing your lower back, promoting flexibility in your legs, hips, calves, and feet.

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  • Chair Dancing Fitness
  • Physical Education Resources

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American Gangster (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD]

American Gangster (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD] Lowest new price: $3.98
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Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) for an epic story as powerful as it is true. Armed with ruthless, street-wise tactics and a strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multi-million dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation. American Gangster is "a brutal and brilliant film" (Pete Hammond, Maxim)

Ridley Scott puts on his "sweeping saga" gameface again, this time not for the sci-fi vistas of Blade Runner or the ancient world of Gladiator but for an urban epic. American Gangster gives the story of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a real-life Harlem crime lord who built an empire on Southeast Asian heroin in the 1970s. Running parallel to Lucas's somewhat standard story is the investigation led by a persistent New Jersey cop, Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe). Roberts is a more interesting character than Lucas--too honest for his own good, unlucky in his personal life--and this kind of character, easily patronized by others, fits Crowe like a polyester shirt. Scott's tendency to hit his points square on the noggin is much in evidence here, including the typecasting of the supporting roles and the predictable Serpico atmosphere of the whole thing. (And speaking of supporting actors, the film needs more Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose role as a Lucas sidekick feels cut down.) It succeeds as a kind of chewy entertainment, fueled by the presence of two big stars working their muscles. Both Washington and Crowe look pretty brawny here. --Robert Horton




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The Lake House (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)

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A lonely doctor (Sandra Bullock) who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its newest resident, a frustrated architect (Keanu Reeves). When they discover that they're actually living two years apart, they must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.

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Hot Rod [HD DVD]

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Brand: Paramount Home Video

Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble (ANDY SAMBERG) has a problem – his step-father Frank (IAN MCSHANE) is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like a rag doll in their weekly sparring sessions, and definitely doesn't respect him, much less his stunts. But when Frank falls ill, it's up to Rod to stage the jump of his life in order to save his step-father. The plan: Jump 15 buses, raise the money for Frank's heart operation, and then... kick his ass.

After making a name for himself on SNL through a series of shorts, particularly viral video favorite "Lazy Sunday," the way was clear for Andy Samberg to segue to the big screen. Directed by SNL scribe Akiva Schaffer, Hot Rod proves his humor works best in small doses. Then again, producer Will Ferrell got his start in A Night at the Roxbury. In his first starring role, Samberg is amateur stuntman Rod Kimble. To raise money for his ailing stepfather, Frank (played with devilish glee by Deadwood's Ian McShane), Rod plans to jump 15 school buses on a moped. With support from his crew, which includes SNL's Bill Hader and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Rod trains for the big event. All the while, Denise (Fisher) is seeing obnoxious attorney Jonathan (Will Arnett, Arrested Development). Lack of physical dexterity aside, Rod prevails through pure dogged determination. You've seen it before, and if you can't get enough of this sort of thing, you'll see it again. Hot Rod is the kind of slapdash comedy that neglects to provide its hero with an age, a job, or even a hometown. But don't count Samberg out. Given time, he may yet craft a persona that doesn't borrow so heavily from the man-boy antics associated with Ferrell and Adam Sandler. Still, Hot Rod would've worked better with the funnier, more sympathetic Jorma Taccone, who plays Rod's half-brother, in the lead--on the other hand, that's the same formula that made Napoleon Dynamite a hit. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


2001 - A Space Odyssey [HD DVD]

2001 - A Space Odyssey [HD DVD] Lowest new price: $4.95
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A space mission that could reveal man?s destiny is jeopardized by a malfunctioning shipboard computer. A dazzling journey that tops them all ? and showed the way for other effects-packed films that followed.

When Stanley Kubrick recruited Arthur C. Clarke to collaborate on "the proverbial intelligent science fiction film," it's a safe bet neither the maverick auteur nor the great science fiction writer knew they would virtually redefine the parameters of the cinema experience. A daring experiment in unconventional narrative inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel," 2001 is a visual tone poem (barely 40 minutes of dialogue in a 139-minute film) that charts a phenomenal history of human evolution. From the dawn-of-man discovery of crude but deadly tools in the film's opening sequence to the journey of the spaceship Discovery and metaphysical birth of the "star child" at film's end, Kubrick's vision is meticulous and precise. In keeping with the director's underlying theme of dehumanization by technology, the notorious, seemingly omniscient computer HAL 9000 has more warmth and personality than the human astronauts it supposedly is serving. (The director also leaves the meaning of the black, rectangular alien monoliths open for discussion.) This theme, in part, is what makes 2001 a film like no other, though dated now that its postmillennial space exploration has proven optimistic compared to reality. Still, the film is timelessly provocative in its pioneering exploration of inner- and outer-space consciousness. With spectacular, painstakingly authentic special effects that have stood the test of time, Kubrick's film is nothing less than a cinematic milestone--puzzling, provocative, and perfect. --Jeff Shannon

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