Top 10 Best DVD Movies

Top 10 Best DVD Movies

1. Pitch Perfect 6. The Dark Knight Trilogy
2. Ted 7. Looper
3. Marvel’s The Avengers 8. Dredd
4. The Hunger Games 9. Magic Mike
5. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection 10. The Bourne Legacy


1. Pitch Perfect

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Everyone loves musical smackdowns–and Pitch Perfect is full of great ones. Pitch Perfect is like Bring It On crossed with the Step Up movies, flavored with a heavy dose of TV’s Glee and the Straight No Chaser boys. All of this is set appealingly on a college campus, with charming actors and a very funny script that will entertain fans, truly, from 10 to 90. The plot in Pitch Perfect follows the character of college freshman Beca (a delightful Anna Kendrick) as she decides to join her school’s a cappella women’s singing group. (Unlike on Glee, where the glee club is populated with outcasts, college a cappella groups are prestigious–and hard to get into.) Fellow singers include Brittany Snow as Chloe and Alexis Knapp as Stacie, a student who’s hilariously slutty and innocent at the same time. The faculty coordinator is Anna Camp, so memorable in The Help, and here both earnest and a bit naive. There’s also a potential love story between Beca and Jesse (Skylar Astin), a member of the male group at the same school. And the script, by sometime 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon, is witty, wry, and just silly enough. The rest of the time, the singing and music and routines take center stage, as everyone wants them to. Pitch Perfect is a surprisingly fresh and smart take on young adulthood, with a soundtrack that will have you cheering.

2. Ted

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Anyone who’s watched Family Guy knows that its creator Seth MacFarlane has a lot of hang-ups. As outrageous as many of them are in their animated TV show forum, they get a real rundown in Ted, MacFarlane’s multi-hyphenate debut in feature films. As the director, producer, cowriter, and voice artist behind the title character, MacFarlane riffs on pop culture, drug culture, religion, sex, bodily functions, and all things ’80s with the kind of abandon that borders on offensive to pretty much anyone–if only it all weren’t so spot-on funny. Ted is an utterly believable CGI teddy bear who comes to life in the arms of a friendless 8-year-old boy named John, who quickly grows up to be Mark Wahlberg. John has made a wish that the pudgy plush be a friend for forever, a deal that they both hold on to with genuine poignancy as the years roll by. Ted grows right along with John in voice, manner, attitude, and bad habits until they’re both unmotivated layabouts who would rather do nothing more than swill beer, smoke dope, and watch the absurdly iconic ’80s movie Flash Gordon over and over again to the exclusion of most everything else in life. John has managed to pick up a girlfriend named Lori (Mila Kunis), who somehow tolerates the pair of them–at least for a little while. Eventually she’s annoyed enough with John for not putting away his childish things, thoughts, and behaviors that she demands Ted move out and let them move on as adults. Among all the conceits that Ted embraces is the fact that this fully anthropomorphized stuffed bear started life as a global celebrity sensation before everyone forgot about him. Now he’s just a blue-collar Boston nobody who sucks on a bong, chases women, and makes dirty jokes at every opportunity while nobody pays attention. This could have been a generic lowbrow buddy movie in the Judd Apatow mold, which might have been a little funny with a human slob in the Ted role. But MacFarlane brings to the remarkably expressive CGI creation an astonishing and often shocking dynamic with his voice characterization and the consistently clever situations, which whiz by in a structure that’s pretty similar to an episode of Family Guy. There are frequent non sequitur digressions and offhanded one-liners that MacFarlane could never get away with on TV. But in the raunchy, anything-goes world of Ted it’s all fair game. In addition to farts, drugs, bodily functions, and all manner of sexual
vulgarity, it’s the slams or homages to the 1980s that are the butt of many of the best zingers or recurring jokes. There are several cameo appearances that may make for delighted double takes. And Sam Jones, the star of the ill-fated Flash Gordon, plays a version of himself that makes a running gag all the more ingenious and demonstrates how far MacFarlane will go to bring comedy down to his level of hilarity. Mark Wahlberg should be commended for being game enough to participate and absolutely shows the comedy chops to make his scenes with Ted come alive. Technically the movie is a wonder as the two-foot Ted blends into the real world with complete believability even as he spouts some of
the most outrageous dialogue this side of The Hangover. Ted may be an acquired taste for those who have a dislike for MacFarlane’s comic sensibility–and there are a lot of people who do. But as a laughable lowbrow adventure that delivers virtually nonstop unexpected laughs with a little heart to back it up, Ted is a surprising comic novelty that may even win over some of the most vituperative MacFarlane haters.

3. Marvel’s The Avengers

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Blasphemy? Perhaps. But the best thing about what may be the most rousing and well-crafted superhero movie since The Dark Knight is not the boffo action scenes that culminate in a New York City-destroying finale that rivals Michael Bay’s obliteration of the Chicago skyline in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. No, the real appeal of The Avengers comes from the quiet moments among a group of decidedly unquiet humans, extra-humans, mutants, and demigods. In no particular order those are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), S.H.I.E.L.D. world-government commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and indispensable functionary Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). That’s a superstar lineup both in and out of character, and The Avengers brilliantly integrates the cast of ensemble egos into a story that snaps and crackles–not to mention smashes, trashes, and destroys–at breakneck pace, never sacrificing visual dazzle or hard-earned story dynamics. Writer-director Joss Whedon is no slouch when it comes to being a comic geek and he handles the heavy duty reins with efficient panache. The effects are of course spectacular. They include a monstrous flying aircraft carrier that is home base to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative; Tony Stark’s gleaming skyscraper in midtown Manhattan; off-world scenes of malignant evil; as well as blindingly apocalyptic fights and the above-mentioned showdown that leaves New York a virtual ruin. Yet it’s the deeply personal conversations and confrontations among the very reluctant team of Avengers that makes the movie pop. Full of humor, snappy dialogue, and little asides that include inside jokes, eye rolls, and personal grudge matches, the script makes these superhumans real beings with sincere passion or feelings of disillusionment. The conviction of the actors as they fully commit to their clever lines gives credibility to what comes off as more than simple banter, even during the more incredible moments among them (of which are many). The plot involves the appearance of Loki, disgraced villain and brother of Thor, who was also a key player in his eponymous movie. Loki has come to Earth to retrieve the Tesseract, a blue-glowing energy cube that is valuable beyond compare to forces good and evil throughout the universe. As Loki, Tom Hiddleston is supremely, yea gloriously appealing as the brilliantly wicked regal charmer who captures minds from S.H.I.E.L.D. and attempts to conquer Earth with the hideous army at his command. To say he is foiled is an understatement. His face-off with the Hulk is one of the giddiest moments in a movie filled with lightheaded mayhem, and is a perfect example of Whedon’s throwaway approach to translating the mythic mystique of the Marvel comics universe. Though at times deadly serious (as deadly serious as an outrageous superhero destructo/fight-fest movie can be, that is), The Avengers is best when it lightens up and lets the fun fly alongside the powerhouse punches. By the way, a single blink-and-you’ll-miss-it powerhouse punch is another moment that makes Hulk the most loveable underdog of a smashing green rage monster ever. That spirit of fun and pure adventure makes The Avengers the greatest kind of escapist Hollywood fantasy $250 million can buy. A blockbuster in the most literal sense.

4. The Hunger Games [2-Disc DVD + Ultra-Violet Digital Copy]

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Building on her performance as a take-no-prisoners teenager in Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence portrays heroine Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’s action-oriented adaptation of author-screenwriter Suzanne Collins’s young adult bestseller. Set in a dystopian future in which the income gap is greater than ever, 24 underprivileged youth fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest–but not too much, warns Panem president Snow (Donald Sutherland), because that would be “dangerous.” Hailing from the same mining town, 16-year-olds Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right) represent District 12 with the help of escort Effie (an unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) and mentor Haymitch (a scene-stealing Woody Harrelson). At first they’re adversaries, but a wary partnership eventually develops, though the rules stipulate that only one contestant can win. For those who haven’t read the book, the conclusion is likely to come as a surprise. Before it arrives, Ross (Pleasantville) depicts a society in which the Haves appear to have stepped out of a Dr. Seuss book and the Have-Nots look like refugees from the WPA photographs of Walker Evans. It’s an odd mix, made odder still by frenetic fight scenes where it’s hard to tell who’s doing what to whom. Fortunately, Lawrence and Hutcherson prove a sympathetic match in this crazy, mixed-up combination of Survivor, Lost, and the collected works of George Orwell.

5. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Here’s an event movie that holds up to being an event. This filmed version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, adapted from the wildly popular book by J.K. Rowling, stunningly brings to life Harry Potter’s world of Hogwarts, the school for young witches and wizards. The greatest strength of the film comes from its faithfulness to the novel, and this new cinematic world is filled with all the details of Rowling’s imagination, thanks to exuberant sets, elaborate costumes, clever makeup and visual effects, and a crème de la crème cast, including Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, and more. Especially fine is the interplay between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his schoolmates Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), as well as his protector, the looming Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). The second-half adventure–involving the titular sorcerer’s stone–doesn’t translate perfectly from page to screen, ultimately because of the film’s fidelity to the novel; this is a case of making a movie for the book’s fans, as opposed to a transcending film. Writer Steve Kloves and director Chris Columbus keep the spooks in check, making this a true family film, and with its resourceful hero wide-eyed and ready, one can’t wait for Harry’s return. Ages 8 and up.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets First sequels are the true test of an enduring movie franchise, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets passes with flying colors. Expanding upon the lavish sets, special effects, and grand adventure of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry involves a darker, more malevolent tale (parents with younger children beware), beginning with the petrified bodies of several Hogwarts students and magical clues leading Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) to a 50-year-old mystery in the monster-laden Chamber of Secrets. House elves, squealing mandrakes, giant spiders, and venomous serpents populate this loyal adaptation (by Sorcerer’s Stone director Chris Columbus and screenwriter Steve Kloves), and Kenneth Branagh delightfully tops the supreme supporting cast as the vainglorious charlatan Gilderoy Lockhart (be sure to view past the credits for a visual punchline at Lockhart’s expense). At 161 minutes, the film suffers from lack of depth and uneven pacing, and John Williams’ score mostly reprises established themes. The young, fast-growing cast offers ample compensation, however, as does the late Richard Harris in his final screen appearance as Professor Albus Dumbledore. Brimming with cleverness, wonderment, and big-budget splendor, Chamber honors the legacy of J.K. Rowling’s novels.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Some movie-loving wizards must have cast a magic spell on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, because it’s another grand slam for the Harry Potter franchise. Demonstrating remarkable versatility after the arthouse success of Y Tu Mamá También, director Alfonso Cuarón proves a perfect choice to guide Harry, Hermione, and Ron into treacherous puberty as the now 13-year-old students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry face a new and daunting challenge: Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban prison, and for reasons yet unknown (unless, of course, you’ve read J.K. Rowling’s book, considered by many to be the best in the series), he’s after Harry in a bid for revenge. This dark and dangerous mystery drives the action while Harry (the fast-growing Daniel Radcliffe) and his third-year Hogwarts classmates discover the flying hippogriff Buckbeak (a marvelous CGI creature), the benevolent but enigmatic Professor Lupin (David Thewlis), horrifying black-robed Dementors, sneaky Peter Pettigrew (Timothy Spall), and the wonderful advantage of having a Time-Turner just when you need one. The familiar Hogwarts staff returns in fine form (including the delightful Michael Gambon, replacing the late Richard Harris as Dumbledore, and Emma Thompson as the goggle-eyed Sybil Trelawney), and even Julie Christie joins this prestigious production for a brief but welcome cameo. Technically dazzling, fast-paced, and chock-full of Rowling’s boundless imagination (loyally adapted by ace screenwriter Steve Kloves), The Prisoner of Azkaban is a Potter-movie classic.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire The latest entry in the Harry Potter saga could be retitled Fast Times at Hogwarts, where finding a date to the winter ball is nearly as terrifying as worrying about Lord Voldemort’s return. Thus, the young wizards’ entry into puberty (and discovery of the opposite sex) opens up a rich mining field to balance out the dark content in the fourth movie (and the stories are only going to get darker). Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) handily takes the directing reins and eases his young cast through awkward growth spurts into true young actors. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe, more sure of himself) has his first girl crush on fellow student Cho Chang (Katie Leung), and has his first big fight with best bud Ron (Rupert Grint). Meanwhile, Ron’s underlying romantic tension with Hermione (Emma Watson) comes to a head over the winter ball, and when she makes one of those girl-into-woman Cinderella entrances, the boys’ reactions indicate they’ve all crossed a threshold. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of wizardry and action in Goblet of Fire. When the deadly Triwizard Tournament is hosted by Hogwarts, Harry finds his name mysteriously submitted (and chosen) to compete against wizards from two neighboring academies, as well as another Hogwarts student. The competition scenes are magnificently shot, with much-improved CGI effects (particularly the underwater challenge). And the climactic confrontation with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, in a brilliant bit of casting) is the most thrilling yet. Goblet, the first installment to get a PG-13 rating, contains some violence as well as disturbing images for kids and some barely shrouded references at sexual awakening (Harry’s bath scene in particular). The 2 1/2-hour film, lean considering it came from a 734-page book, trims out subplots about house-elves (they’re not missed) and gives little screen time to the standard crew of the other Potter films, but adds in more of Britain’s finest actors to the cast, such as Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody and Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter. Michael Gambon, in his second round as Professor Dumbledore, still hasn’t brought audiences around to his interpretation of the role he took over after Richard Harris died, but it’s a small smudge in an otherwise spotless adaptation.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Alas! The fifth Harry Potter film has arrived. The time is long past that this can be considered a simple “children’s” series–though children and adults alike will enjoy it immensely. Starting off from the dark and tragic ending of the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix begins in a somber and angst-filled tone that carries through the entire 138 minutes (the shortest of any HP movie despite being adapted from the longest book). Hopes of winning the Quidditch Cup have been replaced by woes like government corruption, distorted media spin, and the casualties of war. As the themes have matured, so have the primary characters’ acting abilities. Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson), and especially Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) are more convincing than ever–in roles that are more demanding. Harry is deeply traumatized from having witnessed Cedric Diggory’s murder, but he will soon find that this was just another chapter in the continuing loss he will endure. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has returned and, in an attempt to conceal this catastrophe from the wizarding public, the Ministry of Magic has teamed up with the wizard newspaper The Daily Prophet to smear young Potter and wise Dumbledore (Michael Gambon)–seemingly the only two people in the public eye who believe the Dark Lord has returned. With no one else to stand against the wicked Death Eaters, the Hogwarts headmaster is forced to revive his secret anti-Voldemort society, the Order of the Phoenix. This welcomes back characters like Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson), kind Remus Lupin (David Thewlis), fatherly Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), and insidious Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), and introduces a short list of intriguing new faces. In the meantime, a semi-psychotic bureaucrat from the Ministry (brilliantly portrayed by Imelda Staunton) has seized power at Hogwarts, and Harry is forced to form a secret society of his own–lest the other young wizards at his school be left ill-equipped to defend themselves in the looming war between good and evil. In addition, Harry is filled with an inexplicable rage that only his Godfather Sirius seems to be able to understand. This film, though not as frightening as its predecessor, earns its PG-13 rating mostly because of the ever-darkening tone. As always, the loyal fans of J.K. Rowling’s books will suffer huge cuts from the original plot and character developments, but make no mistake: this is a good movie.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince The sixth installment of the Harry Potter series begins right where The Order of the Phoenix left off. The wizarding world is rocked by the news that “He Who Must Not Be Named” has truly returned, and the audience finally knows that Harry is “the Chosen One”–the only wizard who can defeat Lord Voldemort in the end. Dark forces loom around every corner, and now regularly attempt to penetrate the protected walls of Hogwarts School. This is no longer the fun and fascinating world of magic from the first few books—it’s dark, dangerous, and scary. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) suspects Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) to be a new Death Eater recruit on a special mission for the Dark Lord. In the meantime, Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) seems to have finally removed the shroud of secrecy from Harry about the dark path that lies ahead, and instead provides private lessons to get him prepared. It’s in these intriguing scenes that the dark past of Tom Riddle (a.k.a. Voldemort) is finally revealed. The actors cast as the different young versions of Riddle (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Frank Dillane) do an eerily fantastic job of portraying the villain as a child. While the previous movies’ many new characters could be slightly overwhelming, only one new key character is introduced this time: Professor Horace Slughorn (with a spot-on performance by Jim Broadbent). Within his mind he holds a key secret in the battle to defeat the Dark Lord, and Harry is tasked by Dumbledore to uncover a memory about Voldemort’s darkest weapon–the Horcrux. Despite the long list of distractions, Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) still try to focus on being teenagers, and audiences will enjoy the budding awkward romances. All of the actors have developed nicely, giving their most convincing performances to date. More dramatic and significant things go down in this movie than any of its predecessors, and the stakes are higher than ever. The creators have been tasked with a practically impossible challenge, as fans of the beloved J.K. Rowling book series desperately want the movies to capture the magic of the books as closely as possible. Alas, the point at which one accepts that these two mediums are very different is the point at which one can truly enjoy these brilliant adaptations. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is no exception: it may be the best film yet. For those who have not read the book, nail-biting entertainment is guaranteed. For those who have, the movie does it justice. The key dramatic scenes, including the cave and the shocking twist in the final chapter, are executed very well. It does a perfect job of setting up the two-part grand finale that is to follow.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I is a brooding, slower-paced film than its predecessors, the result of being just one half of the final story (the last book in the series was split into two movies, released in theaters eight months apart). Because the penultimate film is all buildup before the final showdown between the teen wizard and the evil Voldemort (which does not occur until The Deathly Hallows, Part II), Part I is a road-trip movie, a heist film, a lot of exposition, and more weight on its three young leads, who up until now were sufficiently supported by a revolving door of British thesps throughout the series. Now that all the action takes place outside Hogwarts–no more Potions classes, Gryffindor scarves, or Quidditch matches–Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione), and Rupert Grint (Ron) shoulder the film almost entirely on their own. After a near-fatal ambush by Voldemort’s Death Eaters, the three embark on a quest to find and destroy the remaining five horcruxes (objects that store pieces of Voldemort’s soul). Fortunately, as the story gets more grave–and parents should be warned, there are some scenes too frightening or adult for young children–so does the intensity. David Yates, who directed the Harry Potter films Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince, drags the second half a little, but right along with some of the slower moments are some touching surprises (Harry leading Hermione in a dance, the return of Dobby in a totally non-annoying way). Deathly Hallows, Part I will be the most confusing for those not familiar with the Potter lore, particularly in the shorthand way characters and terminology weave in and out. For the rest of us, though, watching these characters over the last decade and saying farewell to a few faces makes it all bittersweet that the end is near (indeed, an early scene in which Hermione casts a spell that makes her Muggle parents forget her existence, in case she doesn’t return, is particularly emotional). Despite its challenges, Deathly Hallows, Part I succeeds in what it’s most meant to do: whet your appetite for the grand conclusion to the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the film all Harry Potter fans have waited 10 years to see, and the good news is that it’s worth the hype–visually stunning, action packed, faithful to the book, and mature not just in its themes and emotion but in the acting by its cast, some of whom had spent half their lives making Harry Potter movies. Part 2 cuts right to the chase: Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has stolen the Elder Wand, one of the three objects required to give someone power over death (a.k.a. the Deathly Hallows), with the intent to hunt and kill Harry. Meanwhile, Harry’s quest to destroy the rest of the Horcruxes (each containing a bit of Voldemort’s soul) leads him first to a thrilling (and hilarious–love that Polyjuice Potion!) trip to Gringotts Bank, then back to Hogwarts, where a spectacular battle pitting the young students and professors (a showcase of the British thesps who have stolen every scene of the series: Maggie Smith’s McGonagall, Jim Broadbent’s Slughorn, David Thewlis’s Lupin) against a dark army of Dementors, ogres, and Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter, with far less crazy eyes to make this round). As predicted all throughout the saga, Harry also has his final showdown with Voldemort–neither can live while the other survives–though the physics of that predicament might need a set of crib notes to explain. But while each installment has become progressively grimmer, this finale is the most balanced between light and dark (the dark is quite dark–several familiar characters die, with one significant death particularly grisly); the humor is sprinkled in at the most welcome times, thanks to the deft adaptation by Steve Kloves (who scribed all but one of the films from J.K. Rowling’s books) and direction by four-time Potter director David Yates. The climactic kiss between Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), capping off a decade of romantic tension, is perfectly tuned to their idiosyncratic relationship, and Daniel Radcliffe has, over the last decade, certainly proven he was the right kid for the job all along. As Prof. Snape, the most perfect of casting choices in the best-cast franchise of all time, Alan Rickman breaks your heart. Only the epilogue (and the lack of chemistry between Harry and love Ginny Weasley, barely present here) stand a little shaky, but no matter: the most lucrative franchise in movie history to date has just reached its conclusion, and it’s done so without losing its soul.

6. The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises)

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Batman Begins:

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

The Dark Knight:

The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

The Dark Knight Rises:

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

7. Looper (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a ‘looper’ – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good – until the day the mob decides to ‘close the loop,’ sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels.

8. Dredd [DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]

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High octane sci-fi action movie with all-out, guns-blazing, bone-crushing, explosives-laden action. Based on the popular comic book character JUDGE DREDD.

The future America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast lies Mega City One – a vast violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge jury and instant executioner. The ultimate Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is tasked with ridding the city of its latest scourge -a dangerous drug and the sadistic prostitute turned drug pusher who is using it to take over the city.

9. Magic Mike (DVD+UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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Academy Awardr-winning director Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) unveils the story of Mike (Channing Tatum), an entrepreneur with many talents and loads of charm. Mike spends his days pursuing the American Dream, from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture at his Tampa beach condo. But at night.he’s just magic. The hot headliner in an all-male revue, Magic Mike has been rocking the stage at Club Xquisite for years with his original style and over-the-top dance moves. Magic Mike features the hottest cast of the year: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Cody Horn and Olivia Munn

10. The Bourne Legacy

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Sort of a sequel, not quite a reboot–The Bourne Legacy is not easy to peg as a follow-up to the original Matt Damon trilogy. Except for this: it’s a heckuva satisfying spy picture, an ingenious expansion on the Bourne universe that also meets the expectations of a multiplex title circa 2012. (Plenty of action to go with the espionage talk, in other words.) Jeremy Renner takes center stage as Aaron Cross, an agent groomed by the government program that also unleashed Jason Bourne, but with a few new wrinkles. Cross is busy training in Alaska when he’s caught in a tsunami of hurt, thus beginning a frantic search for answers that leads to a mad motorcycle chase through the streets of Manila. He picks up a partner in government doctor Marta Shearing, who is mighty confused herself after nearly being caught in a madman’s bloody rampage. She’s played by Rachel Weisz; like Renner, she lifts her character above the usual genre expectations. Kudos to writer-director Tony Gilroy, who scripted the other Bourne installments–he brings his knack for crafting intelligent, complicated stories and zingy dialogue to good use, while simultaneously announcing himself as a potential James Bond director. Two caveats: the movie’s timeline makes it slightly confusing to sort things out with the ending of The Bourne Ultimatum–at least on first viewing–and the ending itself sneaks up on us a little abruptly. But the movie’s a humdinger anyway: not exactly Bourne again, but something distinct to itself.

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Top 10 Best Beer Home Brewing Kits

Top 10 Best Beer Home Brewing Kits 2013

1. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Beer Kit 6. Midwest Brewing Starter Kit
2. Brooklyn Brew Beer Everyday IPA 7. Superior Home Brew Beer Kit
3. Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (K6) 8. Maestro Homebrew Beer Kit w/3 Kits
4. Coopers DIY Beer Kit – Original 9. The Beer Machine, Model 2000 +
5. True Brew Irish Stout Home Brew Kit 10. Cornelius Homebrew Kegerator Kit


1. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Beer Kit

Mr Beer Premium Gold Edition Beer KitList Price: $59.99
Price: $47.59
You Save: $12.40 (21%)

  • Includes 2-gallon fermenting keg with lid and tap assembly, two standard refill brew packs, eight reusable plastic 1-liter bottles
  • Includes eight reusable plastic caps, eight labels, Brewing with Mr. Beer brewer’s guide, and 4-step brewing instructions
  • Lightweight, shatter resistant keg is made from FDA compliant plastic and imparts no taste or flavor migration
  • Brew pack offers two distinct and popular beers for 2 batches (4 gallons) of home brewed beer
  • Keg’s wide mouth allows for easy cleaning; hand wash only; avoid using scouring pads or abrasives during cleaning; keg measures 9.5 x 13 x 9 inches

This kit includes two of our most popular beer mixes and the 2-gallon fermenter is made from FDA-compliant plastic, which leaves no taste or flavor migration. Lightweight and shatter resistant, it has a wide mouth that allows for easy cleaning. The 8 reusable plastic bottles are made from Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic, and they come complete with screw caps and labels. Hand wash keg and bottles in warm water with a soft cloth using mild, unscented soap, not dish soap, and avoid using scouring pads, wire brushes, or abrasives during cleaning.

2. Brooklyn Brew Beer Making Kit, Everyday IPA

Brooklyn Brew Beer Making Kit Everyday IPAPrice: $39.95

  • Included: beer making mix (grain, hops, and yeast), 1 gallon glass fermenter, chambered airlock, glass thermometer
  • Also includes: racking cane, tubing, tubing clamp, screw cap stopper, and packet of sanitizer
  • Makes 1 gallon of beer (9-10 12 ounce bottles)
  • Second batch only requires new ingredients and packet of sanitizer; Kit is reusable

If you can make oatmeal, you can make beer. Brooklyn Brew Shop’s apartment friendly Beer Making Kits make it easy to bring brewing out of the garage and into the kitchen using only fresh, whole ingredients and traditional methods used in homes and breweries for centuries. By brewing with the same ingredients (cracked barley, hops, spices, and yeast) that the best craft breweries in the world use, making high quality and complex beers becomes possible on the stovetop in your very own kitchen, big or small.

3. Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (K6) with 6 Gallon Glass Carboy

Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit K6 with 6 Gallon Glass CarboyList Price: $110.99
Price: $97.99
You Save: $13.00 (12%)

  • Our Equipment Kits are assembled using the finest quality materials available.
  • True Brew Ingredient Kits are assembled using the finest ingredients available.
  • Each ingredient kit makes 5 gallons of top quality homebrew.
  • With our easy to read instructions your assured a great brew every time.

Take your homebrew to the next level. The Gold Homebrew Kit has all you need to get brewing and adds a glass carboy for secondary fermentation resulting in a cleaner finished brew. Each Equipment Kit Includes: True Brew Handbook & Kit Instructions, 7.8 Gallon Fermenting Bucket, 1 Lid Drilled & Grommet, True Brew Rack & Fill kit, 6 Gallon Glass Carboy, Fermometer Fermentation Thermometer, Small Buon Vino Drilled Stopper, Hydrometer, Bottling Spigot, Emily Double Lever Capper, 3 Piece Airlock, Bottle Brush, C-Brite Sanitizer 8-Pack.

4. Coopers DIY Beer Kit – Original

Coopers DIY Beer Kit OriginalList Price: $129.95
Price: $117.95
You Save: $12.00 (9%)

  • Do-It-Yourself Beer Kit – Everything you need to brew 6 gallons of great tasting beer – right at home!
  • From first time beginners to the most seasoned home brewer, this beer brewing kit is the answer.
  • Cooper’s beer brewing kit is fast, easy and the world’s best selling home beer making kit.
  • Includes instructional DVD-ROM and step by step directions,
  • Manufactured by Coopers Brewery, a 150 year old family owned brewery that produces the world’s best malt extracts, brewing equipment and supplies.

The DIY Beer Kit Bundle includes everything needed to make 5 gallons of great tasting beer including: Lager Beer Refill, Fermenting Vessel, Tap & Filling Valve, Hydrometer & Measuring Flask, Instructional DVD ROM, Brewers Log Card Instruction Card, Erasable Marker, Mixing Spoon, 30 x 740ml Bottles, Caps, Adhesive Thermometer Strip, Brew Enhancer 1, Carbonation Drops.

5. True Brew Irish Stout Home Brew Beer Ingredient Kit

True Brew Irish Stout Home Brew Beer Ingredient KitPrice: $28.99

  • True Brew Ingredient Kits are assembled using the finest ingredients available.
  • Each kit contains: malts, hops, yeast and even bottle caps.
  • Each ingredient kit makes 5 gallons of top quality homebrew.
  • With our easy to read instructions your assured a great brew every time.

A hearty traditional stout, an Irish pub favorite. You’ll want to swing your shelalagh and dance an Irish jig. This True Brew ingredient kit makes approximately 5 gallons of beer which is equivalent to 2 cases of 12oz beers. This Ingredient Kit Includes: Hopped Dark Malt Extract (1 can), Dark Dried Malt Extract (2 lbs), Crystal Grain (6 oz), Roast Barley Grain (4 oz), Grain Steeping Bag, Hop Pellets (2 oz), Ale Yeast (1 pack), Priming Sugar (5 oz), Bottle Caps, Easy To Read Instructions.

6. Midwest Brewing Starter Kit

Midwest Brewing Starter KitPrice: $99.99

  • Our Equipment Kits are assembled using top quality materials.
  • The Fermentation Buckets are made of high quality food grade plastic.
  • The Auto-Siphon transfers beer from pail to carboy with incredible ease.
  • Instructional DVD includes tutorials on Extract Brewing, All grain Brewing and even Winemaking.
  • Copy of our most recent catalog is included with the kit.

This is our most popular brewing equipment kit. This equipment kit provides the essential equipment for the aspiring brewer who wants to make the best beer they can from the start. This is accomplished through two-stage fermentation. Primary fermentation is the first step. During this 5-7 day process, most of the fermentation takes place and by the end of this period most of the particles and solids will settle to the bottom. The second step is transferring the beer in to the secondary fermentor for 7-21 days. Separating the beer from the sediment will result in clearer beer and improve the characteristics of the beer. Beer can condition and clarify in the secondary fermentor for weeks or months depending on the style and strength of the beer. Transferring the beer in to a 5 gallon glass carboy or better bottle will reduce oxidation of the beer. This kit is highly recommended if you intend to brew any high alcohol or lager beers. Brewing Starter Equipment Kit List: Instructional Homebrewing DVD, 5 Gallon Better Bottle, 6.5 Gallon Plastic Fermenter with Lid, 6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket with Spigot, 8 Oz. of Easy Clean No-Rinse Cleanser, Drilled Universal Carboy Bung, Airlock (Keeps air out of the fermentor), Hydrometer (Determines alcohol content), Bottle Brush, Carboy Brush, Black Beauty Bottle Capper, Bottle Caps, Liquid Crystal Thermometer, Bottle Filler, Fermtech AutoSiphon upgrade, Siphon Tubing, and Shutoff clamp.

7. Superior Home Brew Beer Kit

Superior Home Brew Beer KitPrice: $149.89

  • Superior to Other Brew Kits Offered on the Market
  • Equipment Built to Last
  • Make Many Batches of Beer Before This Equipment Need Replacing
  • Designed by a Professional Brewer

This Superior Brewing Kit is an exclusive offer from Learn To Brew and includes all the equipment you need to get started home brewing excellent beer. No other kit is like this one. The other kits offered as deluxe beer kits do not include as much equipment or the best products for your brewing needs. For example, this kit includes a large 7.8 gallon fermenting bucket and lid as well as a siphoning set up and an auto siphon for easy priming of a siphon during transfer. The products included in the Superior Brew Kit were selected by our professional brewers to give you the best brewing experience possible and will help you make the best beer possible right from your own home. The kit includes: 6 Gallon Glass Carboy for Primary Fermentation, 5 Gallon Glass Carboy for Secondary Fermentation, Food Grade, Alcohol Filled Thermometer, Adhesive Fermentation Thermometer, 3 Disposable Hop Socks 1 Large Nylon Mesh Grain Bag, 7.8 Gallon Bottling Bucket, Drilled and Grometted Lid with Inner Seal, Bottling Spigot, 1 Drilled Rubber Stopper, Three-Piece Plastic Airlock, Auto-Siphon Pump, Racking Cane with Solids Reduction Tip, Siphon Hose Shut Off Clamp 5/16inch Food Grade Vinyl Tubing, 30inch Wire and Nylon Carboy Brush, Triple Scale Hydrometer with Instructions and Plastic Case, Durable, Double Lever Spring Loaded Bottle Capper with Magnet, Bottling Filler, 144 Bottle Caps, 15inch Wire and Nylon Bottle Brush, True Brew Handbook, Equipment Cleanser. You may hear that it is not advisable to brew in a plastic bucket. In general, if you do not take good care of your equipment, then no you should not home brew in a bucket. However, if you take good care of your food grade plastic bucket, do not throw brewing equipment in your bucket causing it to scratch the side walls, then you will be just fine brewing in plastic and will produce delicious high quality beers every time you brew. See Learn To Brew for the recommended care procedures for your bucket.

8. Maestro Homebrew Beer Kit with 3 True Brew Home Brew Ingredient Kits

Maestro Homebrew Beer Kit with 3 True Brew Home Brew Ingredient KitsList Price: $164.96
Price: $139.99
You Save: $24.97 (15%)

  • Our Equipment Kits are assembled using the finest quality materials available.
  • True Brew Ingredient Kits are assembled using the finest ingredients available.
  • Each kit contains: malts, hops, yeast and even bottle caps.
  • Each ingredient kit makes 5 gallons of top quality homebrew.
  • With our easy to read instructions your assured a great brew every time.

Looking for the perfect starter homebrewing kit? Our Maestro Kit with 3 ingredient kits is perfect for the beginning brewer. Make 3 great beers, with our easy to follow instructions and quality components, you’re assured a great brew every time.

9. The Great American Micro-Brewery Co. The Beer Machine, Model 2000 + Brewry Bottling Kit

The Great American Micro Brewery Co The Beer Machine Model 2000 Brewry Bottling KitPrice: $104.54

  • Primary Components: Brew Keg, Carbonation Kit, Pale Ale Mix (28 servings), Booklet
  • Includes Brewry Upgrade Kit: Bottling Platform, Filler, and Nineteen re-usable 500ml bottles and caps.
  • Size/Capacity: Makes 28 full size 12-oz. servings (2.6 gallons)
  • Perfectly sized for conditioning beer in your refrigerator.
  • Carbonation unit and pressure relief system for maintaining optimal bewing conditions.

Want to bring your fresh brewed beer wherever you go? You can. And you dont have to balance your beer glass on the way. The BrewMaster system takes the ultimate brewing machine, The Beer Machine 2000, and gives you the capability to bottle your brew with a special attachment so your beer never is exposed to the outside air before it reaches your mouth. The BrewMaster comes with 6 PET reuseable bottles and caps. So you can be the beer baron youve always wanted to beone party at a time.

10. Cornelius Homebrew Kegerator Kit Dual Keg Basic Kit with 5#CO2 and Kegs

Cornelius Homebrew Kegerator Kit Dual Keg Basic Kit with 5 CO2 and KegsPrice: $369.69

  • 2 – Reconditioned Ball Lock kegs (new gaskets shown are installed)
  • 2 – 30″ Liquid lines with party taps and ball lock connectors
  • 2 gas ball lock connectors each with 1/4″ 5′ air hoses
  • Regulator with separate 2 way splitter
  • 5 lb co2 tank (shipped empty)

This is an ideal starter set for getting into kegging your own beer. The benefits of kegging over bottling are many. You don’t have to wash and sterilize all those bottles, you don’t have to start and stop a siphon 40 times, you don’t have to prime your beer (so little or no sediment) and you can get your beer up, carbonated and running quicker.

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Copyright 2012 David Masters

 

Top 10 Best Swing Sets December 2012

Top 10 Best Swing Sets December 2012

1. Flexible Flyer Swing N Glide III 6. Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure
2. Flexible Flyer Backyard Fun 7. Alpine Custom Ready-to-Build Kit
3. Flexible Flyer Fun Fantastic 8. Step2 Play Up Gym Set
4. IRON KIDS Premier Fitness Playground 9. Step2 Naturally Playful Adventure Lodge
5. Swing – N – Slide Pioneer Custom 10. Swing – N – Slide Chesapeake Wood


1. Flexible Flyer Swing N Glide III Swing Set with Plays

List Price: $199.99
Price: $139.89
You Save: $60.10 (30%)

  • Four-legged tubular-steel gym set with wave slide, two swings, and an air glider swing
  • Swing features kid comfort seat with vinyl-covered adjustable height chains
  • Six-foot slide; two child air glider swing with sturdy seats and foot rests
  • All painted parts and HDPE plastic parts have UV protection no fade feature
  • Designed for children from two to 10 years old; 180-day limited warranty

The Swing N’ Glide III Swing Set from Flexible Flyer is designed to provide multiple kids from two to 10 years old with hours of outdoor fun–at an affordable price. The four-legged swing set frame is constructed to last of powder-coated, painted steel tubing. The frame supports an attached, six-foot slide on one side and the middle of the set suspends two traditional, stiff swings seats that support kids without squishing them as well as an air glider swing. Each individual seat on the play set can support a child weighing up to 105 pounds. Altogether the set holds up to 525 pounds and up to five kids at a time. Built to last, all painted parts and plastic parts of the play structure are treated with a UV protection no fade feature. The swings are suspended with vinyl-covered, height adjustable 2/0 chains. Please note: adult assembly is required for this play set. Anchoring this play set is strongly recommended.

2. Flexible Flyer Backyard Fun Swing Set with Plays

List Price: $269.99
Price: $178.97
You Save: $91.02 (34%)

  • Four-legged tubular-steel gym set with green wave slide, two swings, air-glider, trapeze swing, and see-saw
  • Swings feature green kid comfort seats with vinyl-covered adjustable height chains
  • Six-foot slide; two-seat air-glider; two child see-saw with green deluxe seats and handles
  • All painted parts and HDPE plastic parts have UV protection no fade feature
  • Designed for children from two to 10 years old; 180-day limited warranty

The Backyard Fun Swing Set from Flexible Flyer is designed to provide multiple kids from ages two to 10 years old with hours of outdoor fun–at an affordable price. The four-legged swing set frame is constructed to last of powder-coated, green and ivory painted steel tubing. The frame supports an attached, six-foot slide on one side and an attached see-saw on the other side with green deluxe seats and handles. The middle of the set suspends two traditional, stiff swings seats that support kids without squishing them, a green trapeze swing, and a two-seat air glider swing. Each individual seat on the play set can support a child weighing up to 105 pounds. Altogether the set holds up to 840 pounds and up to eight kids at a time. Built to last, all painted parts and plastic parts of the play structure are treated with a UV protection no fade feature. The swings are suspended with vinyl-covered, height adjustable 2/0 chains. Please note: adult assembly is required for this play set. Anchoring this play set is strongly recommended.

3. Flexible Flyer Fun Fantastic Swing Set with Plays

List Price: $299.99
Price: $233.51
You Save: $66.48 (22%)

  • Six-legged tubular-steel gym set with green wave slide, three swings, air-glider, trapeze swing, see-saw, and ground anchors
  • Swings feature green kid comfort seats with vinyl-covered adjustable height chains
  • Six-foot slide; two-seat air-glider; two child see-saw with green deluxe seats with handles
  • All painted parts and HDPE plastic parts have UV protection no fade feature
  • Designed for children from two to 10 years old; 180-day limited warranty

The Backyard Fun Swing Set from Flexible Flyer is designed to provide multiple kids from ages two to 10 years old with hours of outdoor fun–at an affordable price. The six-legged swing set frame is constructed to last of powder-coated, green, mocha, and ivory painted steel tubing. The frame supports an attached, six-foot slide on one side and an attached see-saw on the other side with green deluxe seats and handles. The middle of the set suspends three traditional, stiff swings seats that support kids without squishing them, a green trapeze swing, and a two-seat air glider swing. Each individual seat on the play set can support a child weighing up to 105 pounds. Altogether the set holds up to 945 pounds and up to nine kids at a time. Built to last, all painted parts and plastic parts of the play structure are treated with a UV protection no fade feature. The swings are suspended with vinyl-covered, height adjustable 2/0 chains. Please note: adult assembly is required for this play set. Anchoring this play set is strongly recommended. The ground anchors are included.

4. IRON KIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground Blue

List Price: $399.99
Price: $279.00
You Save: $120.99 (30%)

  • Limited Lifetime Warranty on the support frame
  • 42″Fitness Jumper Trampoline ? Develops a sense of balance and space and also can enhance full body coordination. Strengthens the legs, knees and hamstring muscle groups
  • Steel Corkscrew Shaped Ground Stakes Included for stability and security
  • U shaped “Arch Built” support post prevent movement during use
  • Your child will burn calories,strengthen muscles,and enhance full body coordination

The IRONKIDS Premier 100 Fitness Playground was built aiming to prove that fun and fitness for kids can be the same thing. Designed for children ages 3-8 years old, it will get your kids outdoors. So remember, EVERYONE WINS WHEN YOU ARE AN IRONKID! What is an IRONKID? An IRONKID is a youth who is inspired and motivated through sport to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. Started in 1985 the IRONKIDS National Triathalon swimming, running, biking) is the Premier youth race series in the United States. Seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is a past IRONKID. Thousands of kids in the United States aspire to compete in these IRONKIDS races that are organized across the country. Benefits -Helps kids Develop a sense of balance and coordination, burns calories, works muscles and helps in building arm and leg strength Included Fun Activity Centers: -42” Fitness Jumper Trampoline: made with a heavy gauge welded steel frame, heat treated springs and USA made jumping mat. Can handle up to 100lbs. Includes a safety handle bar as well -2 Swings with contoured plastic seats and thick plastic covered swing chains for added hand protection -Monkey Bar and Fitness Slide: Made of tough Poly Propylene plastic, UV treated with added antifreeze Protection -Sunshade provides some UV sun protection when the kids are playing Warranty -The IRONKIDS Premier 100 comes with a “Limited Lifetime Warranty” on the frame and 6 months coverage on all other components Assembly -Only required tools are hammer, tape measure and Phillips screwdriver. -With two adults assembly is quick, taking between 1-2 hours -The product disassembles in about an hour with one person for easy moving. -Dimensions are 13.5’L x 6.5’W (10.3’ with slide) x 6.4’H (8’ with sun shade) -Set up Weight is 100lbs Frame -2” powder coated tubular steel. “Arch Built” U shaped support posts provide greater stability and safety than standard V-framed swing sets.

5. Swing – N – Slide Pioneer Custom Ready – To – Build Swing Set Kit

List Price: $120.26
Price: $70.99
You Save: $49.27 (41%)

  • Kit Includes Fully Illustrated Plans, (2) Swing Seats, (1) Iron Man Rings, (3 pairs) Swing Hangers, (6) EZ Frame Brackets
  • It’s up to you – simply choose your accessories, lumber and nails/screws (sold separately)
  • Up to 6 children can play
  • Designed for the Do-It-Yourself family
  • For Residential Use Only. Unable to ship to commercial addresses

NE 4433 Shown Here with Options: Lumber NOT Included Features: -Lumber NOT included.-Slide mounts to deck heights ranging 3’6” – 4’4”.-Weight capacity for slide is 250 lbs.-Optional steering wheel made of heavy duty plastic comes with all required mounting hardware.-Optional safety handles promote safe play with a helping hand.-Other possible accessories include Iron Man Rings, Lil Roadster Swing, Cargo Net and more.-Swing set holds an average of 8 children.-This kit meets or exceeds all ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials) requirements for safety.-Estimated building time: 7-9 hours.-Deck: 53 x 28 at 48 high.-8 Play Activities.-Two 2” x 4” x 8′.-One 2” x 4” x 10′.-One 2” x 6” x 8′.-Two 2” x 6” x 10′.-Two 2” x 6” x 12′.-Six 4” x 4” x 8′.-One 4” x 6” x 16′ or two 2” x 6” x 16′.-Must be ACQ compatible.-3# 10D galvanized nails and 3# 8 x 2 1/2” screws.-2# 16D galvanized nails and 2# 8 x 3” screws. Includes: -Includes assembly instructions, 2 belted swing seats, 1 pair of Iron Man Rings, 6 swing hangers, 6 EZ Frame Brackets and hardware kit. Options: -Optional Cool Wave slide available in yellow, or green.-All optional items are available at an additional cost. Specifications: -10.3 sq ft. Dimensions: -Slide requires 2” x 4” x 8′ lumber for mounting.-Optional climbing rope that mounts to 7’8” height and holds 150 lbs.-Dimensions: 13′ x 16′ x 8′. Warranty: -Limited 5 year warranty.

6. Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set with 9 Foot Wavy Slide

List Price: $1,299.99
Price: $1,275.99
You Save: $24.00 (2%)

  • Features 3 Belt Swings and 1 Trapeze Bar with Gym Rings
  • 9′ Wavy Slide
  • Fireman’s Pole
  • UV-Resistant – Retains Less Heat and Maintains Color
  • Free-Standing – No Need for Cement

Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set – This durable swing set features 3 belt swings, 1 trapeze bar, 9′ wavy slide, monkey bars, and a firemen’s pole. This model comes in primary colors (red, yellow, blue). 5-year limited warranty.

7. Alpine Custom Ready-to-Build Swing Set Kit

List Price: $239.99
Price: $149.99
You Save: $90.00 (38%)

  • Kit Includes: 2 Swing Seats, 1 Multi-Colored Tarp, 1 pair of Safety Handles, 2 pairs of Swing Hangers
  • It’s up to you – simply choose your accessories, lumber and nails/screws (sold separately)
  • Up to 12 children can play
  • Designed for the Do-It-Yourself family
  • For Residential Use Only. Unable to ship to commercial addresses

Swing-N-Slide Alpine Custom Diy Wooden Playset includes: brackets, two swing seats, canopy, pair of safety handles, two pairs of swing hangers, screws and play in one day optional giant cool wave slide, turbo tube slide, steering wheel, ring and trapeze combo, periscope, shooting star disc swing, discovery mountain, anchor it playground anchor set, swing hanger, and pair of safety handles are available at an additional cost. Lumber, swing, slide, and other accessories not included.

8. Step2 Play Up Gym Set

List Price: $479.99
Price: $429.98
You Save: $50.01 (10%)

  • Treehouse shape that fuels creative play
  • Enter the raised playhouse by climbing the steps
  • Limit 4 Children at a time
  • Maximum Wight 380 lbs.
  • Adult assembly required

Step2 Play Up Gym Set has a treehouse shape, trendy design and fun colors fuel creative play. Two attached swings for hours of fun. Raised playhouse features high platform, steps for climbing, steering wheel and fun slide for easy exit. Limit 4 children at a time – maximum weight 380 lbs (172.4kg) total. Adult assembly required.The Step2® Company, LLC is a family company with toy brands including Step2®, Infantino®, and Thinkativity® that foster learning and development through creative play in children from birth to school-age years. Step2 designs and produces new toys that receive recognition every year for their durability, creative play value, and fun designs. The Step2 Company not only designs and produces innovative toys, it also provides parents and child care professionals access to learn and share information about the importance of creative play.

9. Step2 Naturally Playful&#174 Adventure Lodge Play Center with Glider

Price: $999.99

  • Two stories of climbing and hiding play space
  • Sturdy ladder steps and 3/4 climbing wall with hanging climbing rope ladder lead to upper level with fun steering wheel and large 6′ slide
  • Double-wall poly construction eliminates common swing set problems
  • Includes two strap swings, a two-person glider, and backboard hoop for ball toss (ball not included)
  • Maximum weight 75 lbs on each swing

This giant play set designed for variety, stability, and maintenance-free fun year after year! The two-story playhouse with two swings and one glider encourages imaginative play. Features sturdy ladder steps, 3/4 climbing wall, backboard hoop, and large 6-foot slide.

Features: -Play center.-Giant all in one play center provides maintenance free enjoyment year after year.-Large climber with rustic lodge theme.-Variety of activities creates endless play environment for multiple children of all ages.-Swing and glider extensions are equipped with 2 strap swings.-Two person glider and a fun backboard hoop for ball toss play (ball not included) for added fun.-Suitable for 3 to 8 years.

10. Swing – N – Slide Chesapeake Wood Complete Ready – To Assemble Swing Set Kit

List Price: $1,415.10
Price: $1,124.99
You Save: $290.11 (21%)

  • Everything you need is in the box. Two Play Decks totaling 24 sq. ft
  • All premium pre-cut lumber and poly-coated uprights included
  • Award winning Bracket System saves you time, so you can Build and Play in One day
  • Assembled Dimensions; 15 Ft. W x 17 Ft. L x 11 Ft. H
  • For Residential Use Only. Unable to ship to commercial addresses

The Wood Complete Chesapeake Ready-to-Assemble play set kit features the award-winning Rapid-LOC bracket system, designed for families that want everything in the box. All the lumber required to build your play set quickly is included: pre-cut premium stained lumber and poly-coated 4″x4″x8’s for structural stability and lower maintenance. Kit includes: all pre-cut premium lumber and poly-coated uprights, Rapid-Loc Bracket System, fully-illustrated plans, Climbing wall with 8 climbing rocks, Wave slide, 2 Heavy-duty swing seats, Heavy-duty swing hangers, Monkey bars and End ladder, Ring/Trapeze combo, 2 Play decks totaling 24 sq. ft., Safety handles, Heavy-duty canopy, Picnic bench, Rung ladder, Anchor-It kit.To eliminate pre-drilling, each kit includes self-drilling fasteners, and a torx-head bit to assist you in building the play set of your child’s dreams in ‘just One day’.

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Copyright 2012 David Masters

 

Top 10 Best Surround Sound Systems 2012

Top 10 Best Surround Sound Systems 2012

1. Onkyo 5.1-Channel Home Theater Package 6. Yamaha Complete 5.1-Channel System
2. Panasonic 3D Blu-Ray 5.1 Surround Sound 7. LG 1000W 3D Blu-ray Theater System
3. Samsung 5.1 Channel 3D Blu-ray 8. Boston Acoustics Compact Home Theater
4. Bose® CineMate® Series II Digital 9. Sony HTSS380 3D Home Theater System
5. Sony BRAVIA Home Theater System 10. RCA 300W Blu-ray Home Theater System


1. Onkyo HT-S3500 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package

List Price: $399.00
Price: $268.00
You Save: $131.00 (33%)

  • 4 HDMI Inputs and 1 output with support for 3D and Audio Return Channel
  • WRAT Amplifier Technology,2-Year Warranty
  • Direct Digital Connection of iPod®/iPhone® via Front USB Port
  • Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Easy Settings Change with On Screen Display via HDMI

Welcome to Immersive, Affordable and Complete Home Theater. For small- to medium-sized rooms, you can’t go past the well-balanced and affordable HT-S3500 home theater package. Newly equipped with Onkyo’s WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology), the AVR and six-speaker set will surprise and delight with audio performance you would expect from a more expensive system. The package is easy to set up right out of the box, thanks to the intuitive HDMI®-overlaid On-Screen Display and wall-mountable speakers. Four HDMI inputs provide connectivity for BD players and gaming consoles, and there’s an Audio Return Channel to send TV audio through the receiver. Plug your iPod®/iPhone® into the front-panel USB and enjoy clear, powerful sound with an inbuilt optimizer enhancing the quality of compressed digital music. The AVR decodes Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™, and is ready for 3D games and movies. Perfect for replacing an aging system, or for your first foray into the world of home theater, the package is rounded out with a subwoofer to boost bottom-end sound.Power Output Front: 110W/Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 channel driven, FTC), Center: 110W (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 channel driven, FTC), Surround L/R: 110W/Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 channel driven, FTC).Power Requirements: AC 120 V, 60Hz.What’s in the box: Onkyo HT-S3500 Home Theater Package, Remote Control, 2 x Front Speakers, Center Speaker, 2 x Surround Speakers, Subwoofer and 2-Year Warranty.

2. Panasonic SC-BTT490 3D Blu-Ray Disc 5.1 Surround Sound Home Theater System

Price: $389.00

  • Stainless Mesh Front Tallboy Speakers
  • Wi-Fi Built-In, Universal iPod Dock
  • HDMI Input x2/ x1Output

Panasonic Blu-ray Disc home theaters have been developed under the concept of reproducing an ideal theater-like surround sound environment. The SC-BTT490 employs advanced technologies to reproduce clearer, enhanced theater-like surround sound to skillfully match high-quality 3D imagery. It features a down firing subwoofer and Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc playback. The integration of smart networking functions including Smartphone remote control, DLNA, Wireless LAN, digital music connection for iPod/iPhone and VIERA Connect complements traditional home entertainment for an enriched, user-friendly audio/video experience. The BTT490 is equipped with two HDMI inputs in addition to one HDMI output for gaming consoles and set-top box connections and allows signals from connected devices to pass through the unit even when the home theater system is turned off.

3. Samsung HT-E5500W HTIB 5.1 Channel 3D Blu-ray 1000-Watt Home Theater System

Price: $375.79

  • 1000 Watts
  • 3D Blu-ray
  • Built-in Wifi
  • Wireless rear speakers
  • Web broswer

With the power of this 5.1 channel, 1000-watt home theater, you can also enjoy Samsung’s crystal amp plus technology. With crystal amp plus, HD quality sound is added to your 3D experience, filtering sound sources twice to minimize distortion and produce crystal-clear sound. Built-in WiFi allows you to browse the web right on the big screen without a wired connection. Wireless rear speakers are also included.

4. Bose® CineMate® Series II Digital Home Theater Speaker System

Price: $599.00

A 2.1-channel home theater speaker system with redesigned Articulated Array® speakers and improved digital acoustic performance

  • Designed for use with your TV
  • Sleek, four-button remote controls CineMate system
  • Simplified setup, with only a few connections to make

The Bose® CineMate II speaker system provides high-quality home theater sound to get more from your HDTV experience. Just two compact speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass® module deliver sweeping cinematic sound that puts you in the middle of your movies, games and sports. Proprietary TrueSpace® technology enables this immersive performance–without immersing you in equipment. There are no rear or center speakers, eliminating much of the wiring of traditional 5-speaker systems. Just connect the system right to your TV and control basic functions with a simple four-button remote.

5. Sony BRAVIA DAV-DZ170 Home Theater System

List Price: $249.99
Price: $198.00
You Save: $51.99 (21%)

  • 1000 watts of 5.1-channel surround sound
  • DVD upscaling to near-HD picture quality via HDMI
  • BRAVIA Sync controls compatible devices with just one remote
  • Digital Cinema Audio Calibration for quick speaker set-up
  • Easy Setup Disc is included to guide you through the setup process
  • 1000 watt (167×5+165 3ohm, 1kHz, 10%THD) 5.1 channel surround sound
  • BRAVIA Sync controls compatible devices w/ one remote2
  • DVD upscaling to near HD picture quality via HDMI 1
  • Easy Set-up Disc is included to guide you through the set-up process

Add the cinematic thrill of surround sound to your TV viewing experience with this 5.1-channel BRAVIA theater system. Fusing style with performance, this 5.1-channel surround sound system features a built-in DVD player and 1000 watts of home theater power. You can also connect your iPod or other digital music player via the front USB port. In addition to Digital Cinema Auto Calibration which optimizes speaker placement in just 30 seconds, you can use the HDMI interface to upscale your DVD media to near-1080p quality.

6. Yamaha YHT-695BL Complete 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

List Price: $699.95
Price: $449.95
You Save: $250.00 (36%)

  • Automatic Speaker setup with YPAO optimization.
  • Front panel USB
  • Compressed Music Enhancer improves playback of your digital music library
  • Includes a RX-V471BL AV Receiver and NS-AP6500BL speaker package with 10″ 100W sub

The Yamaha YHT-695BL is a powerful system for use with Blu-ray players and flat panel displays, featuring a 105W 5-channel AV Receiver with HD Audio decoding, 1080p-compatible HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel. iPod/iPhone and Bluetooth compatibility, 4 SCENE buttons for easy control with 5-channel speaker package and 10″ 100W Subwoofer.

7. LG BH6820SW 1000W 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System with Smart TV and Wireless Rear Speakers

Price: $318.00

  • LG Smart TV offers a revolutionary, easy way to access limitless content, thousands of movies, customizable apps, and view video from the web all set up in a simple to use interface.
  • Installation placement is simple and speaker wire management is reduced with the wireless rear speakers.
  • Cut loose from messy wires. Integrated Wi-Fi connectivity allows you take advantage of Internet Entertainment Access from any available Wi-Fi connection, anywhere in its range.

What good is all the entertainment in the world if you can’t find what you want quickly and easily? An intuitive, easy way to access limitless content, thousands of movies, customizable apps, and videos all organized in a simple to use interface. The LG Smart TV experience: the next generation in entertainment. With Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D you can enjoy all the latest movies in full 1080p picture resolution. Perfect for playing all your 3D or 2D Blu-ray and DVD movies. Better yet, our line of Blu-ray Disc Players upscales existing DVDs to near HD quality. Less clutter. More possibilities. Cut loose from messy wires. Integrated Wi-Fi Connectivity allows you to take advantage of Internet Entertainment Access from any available Wi-Fi connection, anywhere in its range.

8. Boston Acoustics SNDWRESHTSB Compact Home Theater System – High Gloss Finish (Black)

List Price: $799.99
Price: $299.88
You Save: $500.11 (63%)

  • Small speakers provide big, high-performance sound
  • BassTrac circuitry for deep, powerful, room-filling bass
  • Included wall brackets can be positioned at almost any angle
  • Durable high-gloss feature for a modern look
  • Easy-guide wire channels for fast hook-up

Get powerful, room-filling sound from a compact package with the Boston Acoustics SoundWare S Home Theater Speakers. This 5.1 surround sound system includes five two-way satellite speakers and a high-performance subwoofer that let you take advantage of high-definition movie soundtracks and music. You’ll enjoy clear highs and deep, satisfying bass in a small, stylish package that suits any space.

The SoundWare S Home Theater System is a compact 5.1 speaker package that brings a new level of style and substance to the fast-growing surround sound home entertainment category. The speaker system provides rich, room-filling surround sound, while complementing virtually any décor in a stylish yet subtle manner. The system’s five compact, high gloss SoundWare S satellites are real two-way speakers, each features a high-performance 3 1/2-inch (89mm) woofer and a 3/4-inch (19mm) tweeter. The contoured-rectangle subwoofer features a 200-watt (300watts peak) amplifier and 10-inch (254mm) DCD driver. Wall brackets are included for easy installation of all five satellite speakers. To create a complete home theater system, use the SoundWare S Home Theater Speakers with an AV receiver, Blu-ray or DVD Player, and your TV.

9. Sony HTSS380 3D Home Theater System

List Price: $349.99
Price: $249.00
You Save: $100.99 (29%)

  • 1000 watt 5.1 channel surround sound (167 W x5 + 165 W)
  • Three HDMI inputs: single-cable High-Definition AV connections
  • HDMI Repeater with 3D pass-through
  • iPod/iPhone dock1 for video, music and photos
  • BRAVIA Widget unified on-screen interface

Complete your entertainment with 5.1 channels of audio and included iPod/iPhone dock1. Sony’s HT-SS380 system delivers a soul-satisfying 1000 Watts of power5. You’re ready for the future with connections for three HDMI sources including 3D pass-through and Audio Return Channel3. The system even matches the design of BRAVIA televisions and Sony BD players.

10. RCA RTB1016 300W Blu-ray Home Theater System

List Price: $199.99
Price: $172.90
You Save: $27.09 (14%)

  • Blu-ray player – Blu-ray Disc playback in 1080p
  • Stream Netflix movies and Listen to Pandora Internet Radio
  • 300 watts total power with AUX audio input and analog video outputs
  • BD-Live – profile 2.0 enables additional content via internet connection
  • HDMI output – HDMI V1.3 outputting 1080p video

Indulge in the wonders of home entertainment in Blu-ray technology with the RCA RTB1016 Blu-ray Home Theater System. Enjoy watching your favorite movies from your HDTV, Satellite, or Cable Box in 1080p resolution. This RCA home theater can accommodate straming services, such as Netflix, Pandora Internet Radio, and more. It features Ethernet, USB ports, HDMI connectivity, and BD-Live, which provide system flexibility and an enhanced multimedia experience. Journey into immersive multimedia with the RCA RTB1016 Blu-ray Home Theater System.

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Copyright David Masters 2012

 

Top 10 Best Solar Hot Water Kits October 2012

Top 10 Best Solar Hot Water Kits October 2012

If you’re thinking about, “going green,” interested in alternative energy, or, “going off-the-grid,” check out this…

1. Gulf Stream Solar Kits for a Large Family 6. Complete 6 Panel Hybrid Solar Water Heater Kit
2. SWH-1 Solar Hot Water Heating Package 7. Gulf Stream Solar Kits for a Medium Family
3. Sunchaser 20-tube Solar Collector 8. SWH-5 Solar Hot Water Heating Package
4. Solar Water Heater Complete Kit 9. 400 Liter Solar Water Heater System
5. Complete 2 Panel Hybrid Solar Water Heater Kit 10. Solar Hot Water Heater Work Station

1. Gulf Stream Solar Kits for a Large Family (5+ people) – Large Family – Zone 1 Solar Kit

Price: $2,535.00

  • Simple DIY Installation with Tech Service
  • Lower or Eliminate Your Water Heating Bill for a 5+ Person Family
  • (6kw) Gulf Stream back-up heater, 30 tube solar collector unit and frame.
  • Control panel, circulating pump
  • Complete Kit – Everything Need for DIY Install

The Solar Collector The solar collector is made up of several vacuum insulated glass tubes that absorb the sun’s rays. It contains a double tube design with intricate layers of borosilicate glass, aluminum, solar filament, and copper pipes. The unit works in such a way that the glass allows light in, connecting with the solar filament yet, the insulation prevents the heat/energy (just recently captured) from being released. Specifically, it absorbs at a rate of 93% but it has a heat loss of less than 6%. The glass tubes are sealed creating a smooth, nearly seamless casing. Borosilicate glass was selected not only due to its strength but also the ability to withstand warping (in either high or low temperatures). The solar collector frame is made of sturdy anodized aluminum and specifically designed to match and hold the 15, 20 or 30 tube collector units. The adjustable frame can be mounted anywhere from a 23 degree angle to a 46 degree angle. Depending on your solar zone and which way the back of your home is situated, the angle of your solar collector may be an important factor in obtaining the optimal amount of light. Back-Up Heater by Gulf Stream A back-up heater makes sure you have hot water instantly. This 9kw back-up heater has the most accurate wattage to match the needs of a medium family. What is most unique about this particular back-up unit is that it is flow sensitive. In other words, if hot water from the solar collectors isn’t available (i.e. a dreary day), the back-up will heat only what you use not the entire tank. This flow sensing back-up heater is the latest development in solar technology, but most importantly one that saves you more money. Control Panel If the circulating pump is the heart of the system then, the control panel is the brain . It regulates the temperature sensors and activates the circulating pump to go on. This small electrical unit can be mounted on the wall and used to control the system as the homeowner dictates.

2. SWH-1 Solar Hot Water Heating Package – DIY Solar Kits

List Price: $7,425.00
Price: $5,940.00
You Save: $1,485.00 (20%)

SunRain TZ-58 1800 30R Vacuum tube collector
  • 50 gallon SolarStor solar water tank; incudes built in heat exchanger with 4.5 Kw Back up heating element UL & CSA certified
  • PAW FlowCon C+ Wilo pump station with integrated RESOL digital controller for two heating zones
  • 100 of Aurora Solar Flex 3/4″ OD stainless steel piping, pre insulated and weather proof with sensor wire
  • all quick connect Aurora Flex Fittings for fast installation (no soldering)
  • pre-mixed ProSol LH-T high temp (475F) solar heating fluid for vacuum tube collectors
  • positive displacement drill pump for filling and servicing
  • 25 liter (6.6g) High Temp Solar Varem Expansion tank – Specifically designed for solar heating
  • Spirotech AutoClose Solar Air Vent – World’s only solar Auto Air Vent!
  • complete solar installation manual and free technical support

Complete solar heating package for domestic hot water for up to 4 person. These are the most advanced solar water heating kits on the market. Simple to install with no soldering or electrical wiring required. All kits come with every component you will need to successfully install your solar heating system. Includes items such as fill pump for quick pressurization and servicing of the heating system. All kits come standard with RESOL DeltaSol Bs+ controller two relays for optional 2nd heating zone for pools, hot tubs, hydronic heating, furnaces, or boiler systems. Advanced features such as holiday mode and energy monitoring are included.

3. Sunchaser 20-tube Solar Hot Water Heater/collector Vacuum Tube

Price: $695.00

  • Dimensions of evacuated tubes: 58mm(OD) x 1800 mm (Length), about 2.3″ x 72″. Dimensions of collector: 50″ (W) x 79″ (H). Weight of collector: 180lbs
  • Manifold Pipe Material: Copper Heat Pipe Material: Copper Manifold Pipe size: 1″ threaded (male) Tube Material: Borosilicate Glass
  • Coating of Glass Absorber: AL-N-AL, Fin: Aluminum Fin Insulation Material: Rock Wool Frame Material: 6063 Aluminum Alloy
  • Manifold Casing Material: 6063 Aluminum Alloy Max Operation Pressure (Bar): 6
  • Warranty: 5 Years 2 or more collectors can be connected to each other to create collectors of 32 tubes or more for more heating capacity.

Solar Water Heaters are a simple and cost effective way of harnessing the sun’s free energy. Solar hot water systems supply an average 80-90% of a household annual water heating needs. With nearly 1/3 of the average electric or more than 1/2 of gas bill devoted to heating water, a solar hot water system is the best choice and smart investment you can make for your house and for the environment. Energy savings will pay for the system in three to five years.

4. Solar Water Heater Complete Kit,minimum Budjet Kit,80Gal

Price: $3,999.00

  • indirect water heater 80 Gallons
  • work station with pump, expention tank and controller 120V system USA
  • no pipes included,you can use pex or copper pipes, comes with all small parts:
  • valves, safety valves, drain valves etc…
  • 30 tubes solar collector

Solar Water Heater Complete Kit for the minimum budget. Kit includes complete 80 gallon hot water tank system. This is all you need to make it work for, just buy pex or copper tubing.

5. Complete 2 Panel Hybrid Solar Water Heater Kit

Price: $488.75

  • Heats water for your house or cabin using the sun
  • Connects to your existing electric or gas water heater
  • Hybrid System – Never be without hot water even on cloudy days
  • Slash your electric or gas bill

Our 2 Panel SW 37 Solar Water Heating Kit comes with all the parts needed to install your solar water heater system on your house or cabin, Each panel weighs slightly more than 12 lbs, and is 24″ by 24″, but still can provide you with ample hot water.. We pre-assemble the fittings, pump, and ball valves so installation is fast and easy. As with all Heliatos Solar Water Heating Systems you can always add more panels if needed. Each Kit comes with: 2 SW 37 Solar Water Heating Panels 1 Panel Fittings Kit w/ 2 copper l tubes 1 Pump Fittings Kit 2 extra Tees 2 Aqua Pex Connectors 1 Topsflo pump 1 PV panel 1 Roll of 25 feet of red and black wire w/wire nuts 1 50 foot roll of Aqua Pex Tubing All You have to supply is: ? Fasteners to attach the panels to the roof, and the parts to feed the tubes through the roof if needed.

6. Complete 6 Panel Hybrid Solar Water Heater Kit

Price: $914.25

  • Heats water for your house or cabin using the sun
  • Connects to your existing electric or gas water heater
  • Hybrid System – Never be without hot water even on cloudy days
  • Slash your electric or gas bill

This kit includes all the parts needed to install a 6 panel solar water heater system on your house or cabin, based on the SW-37 Solar Water Heater Panels. We even pre-assemble the fittings, pump, and ball valves so you can put up your system in record time. Comes with all the fittings and 100ft of AquaPex Tubing. All You have to supply is: Fasteners to attach the panels to the roof, and the parts to feed the tubes through the roof if needed, insulation for the tubes, your existing Water Heater, tools needed for installation.

7. Gulf Stream Solar Kits for a Medium Family (3 to 4 people) – Medium Family – Zone 2 Solar Kit

Price: $2,205.00

  • Simple DIY Installation with Tech Service
  • Lower or Eliminate Your Water Heating Bill
  • (6kw) Gulf Stream back-up heater, 30 tube solar collector unit and frame.
  • Control panel, circulating pump
  • Complete Kit – Everything Need for DIY Install

The Solar Collector The solar collector is made up of several vacuum insulated glass tubes that absorb the sun’s rays. It contains a double tube design with intricate layers of borosilicate glass, aluminum, solar filament, and copper pipes. The unit works in such a way that the glass allows light in, connecting with the solar filament yet, the insulation prevents the heat/energy (just recently captured) from being released. Specifically, it absorbs at a rate of 93% but it has a heat loss of less than 6%. The glass tubes are sealed creating a smooth, nearly seamless casing. Borosilicate glass was selected not only due to its strength but also the ability to withstand warping (in either high or low temperatures). The solar collector frame is made of sturdy anodized aluminum and specifically designed to match and hold the 15, 20 or 30 tube collector units. The adjustable frame can be mounted anywhere from a 23 degree angle to a 46 degree angle. Depending on your solar zone and which way the back of your home is situated, the angle of your solar collector may be an important factor in obtaining the optimal amount of light. Back-Up Heater by Gulf Stream A back-up heater makes sure you have hot water instantly. This 9kw back-up heater has the most accurate wattage to match the needs of a medium family. What is most unique about this particular back-up unit is that it is flow sensitive. In other words, if hot water from the solar collectors isn’t available (i.e. a dreary day), the back-up will heat only what you use not the entire tank. This flow sensing back-up heater is the latest development in solar technology, but most importantly one that saves you more money. Control Panel If the circulating pump is the heart of the system then, the control panel is the brain . It regulates the temperature sensors and activates thecirculating pump to go on. This small electrical unit can be mounted on the wall and used to control the system as the homeowner dictates.

8. SWH-5 Solar Hot Water Heating Package – DIY Solar Kits

List Price: $17,322.25
Price: $13,857.80
You Save: $3,464.45 (20%)

5 x SunRain TZ-58 1800 30R Vacuum tube collector
  • 119 gallon SolarStor solar water tank; incudes built in heat exchanger with 4.5 Kw Back up heating element UL & CSA certified
  • PAW FlowCon C+ Wilo pump station with integrated RESOL digital controller for two heating zones
  • 100′ of Aurora Solar Flex 3/4″ OD stainless steel piping, pre insulated and weather proof with sensor wire
  • all quick connect Aurora Flex Fittings for fast installation (no soldering)
  • pre-mixed ProSol LH-T high temp (475F) solar heating fluid for vacuum tube collectors
  • positive displacement drill pump for filling and servicing
  • 80 liter (21.1g) High Temp Solar Varem Expansion tank – Specifically designed for solar heating
  • Spirotech AutoClose Solar Air Vent – World’s only solar Auto Air Vent!
  • complete solar installation manual and free technical support

Complete solar heating package for domestic hot water for up to 4 person. These are the most advanced solar water heating kits on the market. Simple to install with no soldering or electrical wiring required. All kits come with every component you will need to successfully install your solar heating system. Includes items such as fill pump for quick pressurization and servicing of the heating system. All kits come standard with RESOL DeltaSol BS+ controller two relays for optional 2nd heating zone for pools, hot tubs, hydronic heating, furnaces, or boiler systems.  Advanced features such as holiday mode and energy monitoring are included.

9. 400 Liter Solar Water Heater System with Electrical Backup Heating

Price: $3,850.00

  • 48 Tube Solar Collector, Tube Warranty: 15 Years, Manifold: 5 Years
  • 400 Liter (105 Gallon) Tank, Tank Warranty: 5 Years
  • Active System
  • Weather Resistent Glycol System
  • Includes all needed accessories

Separated High Pressure Solar Water Heater System System Includes: 18 Tube – 58mm x 1800mm Vacuum Tube Solar Water Collector 150 Liter (40 Gallon) Solar Water Tank Working Station Air Vent 1 Gallon of Food Grade Propylene Glycol Produces Approximately 140-200 Liters of 50°C Water per day Other Recommended Accessories: Gas Heating Upgrade – Add a 2nd coil to solar water tank for gas backup heating Solar Tube Increase Upgrade – Upgrade heating power of your system to compensate for cloudy days, extra demand for water & hotter stored water. Thermostatic Mixing Valve – For prevention of scalding in case of extra storage of heat Weather Resistant Closed Loop System Collector Warranty: 5 Years Tube Warranty: 15 Years SRCC Certified – Eligibile for Government Tax Rebate ISO 9001:2000 Standard – Reg: CN00208Q10492R0M ISO 14001:2004 Standard – Reg: CN-00208E20080R0M ROHS Report – Reg: SHR0808053030F001C About the Collectors & System Some of the many uses of solar water heaters: Heat domestic home water Solar Radiant home heating Radiant floor heating Pool & jacuzzi heating Biodiesel process heating Uses heat pipes to collect heat to the water supply. This solar heater can work under high pressures and can supply hot water to high and far away places. Product model: SC58## (## = number of tubes) Use of heat pipes allows for high heat absorption efficiency and rapid heat transfer. Also allows for freeze-protection for year round use. Easy plugin-in design and installation. Corrosion resistent aluminum manifold and frame. Optional 38° frame included for ground/flat roof installation. Can withstand wind velocity of 36m/s (81 mph) Can supply hot water to both small and large tanks of water and meet small and high demands. Economical for homes, hotels, schools, domitories, hospitals and any other tall buildings.

10. Solar Hot Water Heater Work Station W/pump Controller Universal

Price: $495.00

  • pump
  • Expansion tank
  • controller
  • 4 Temperature sensors

Work station model FSP-SP328 is equipped with WILO Star RS15/6 pump, FSP-SPI intelligent controller, and 24 liter/6.35 gallon Varem expansion tank. It is suitable for double pipeline closed loop split solar hot water heating system. 1.Display system pressure 2.Internet ready 3.Expansion vessel connect port 4.Automatic air exhaust function 5.Temperature display on flow and return pipe 6.Adjustable flow rate 7.FSP-SP I intelligent controller 8.One PT1000 sensor and three NTC sensors included 9.Network cable included

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Copyright 2012 David Masters

 

Top 10 Best Timeshare Books September 2012

Top 10 Best Timeshare Books September 2012

Want to learn how to get the most out of your timeshare, or want to sell it fast?

1. RCI Points User Guide 6. The Truth About Timeshares
2. Timeshare Tips & Tricks 7. Money-Saving Timeshares Investing Tips
3. Used Timeshares: A Guide 8. Top Dollar for Your Timeshare
4. Timeshare Whisperer to the Rescue 9. Simplifying Timeshare Vacation Ownership
5. Profiting From Timeshares 10. Interval Ownership Wisdom The Book


1. RCI Points User Guide: Tips, Tricks and Secrets – A practical guide to understanding and using RCI Points

Price: $12.95

From a history of timeshare and a history of RCI through the use of RCI points in both weeks and points environments. Emphasis also placed on instant exchange, last call, Getaway vacations and Platinum Points

The author has extensive experience in the timeshare industry and has worked for four of the major timeshare companies. He also worked for a timeshare resale company and understands the in’s and outs of time share resales including the advantages and disadvantages of same. Allen Kelley attended the Duke University School of Creative Writing and Rochester Institute of Technology. He has had numerous magazine articles published and also published the Florida Disaster Recovery Newsletter. Allen also wrote a PC technology column for a popular newspaper for a period of time.

2. Timeshare Tips & Tricks: Stay at five star resorts for pennies, eliminate maintenance costs, trade, what to do when you don’t want it anymore.

List Price: $19.95
Price: $17.95
You Save: $2.00 (10%)

This is a how to guide that explains in detail how to best utilize any timeshare. Written by a timeshare insider. This book gives you detailed instructions on how to do everything with your timeshare from renting it, to trading to 5 Star Resorts, selling it, as well as getting reservations you never thought possible! This book will help anyone who is familiar with the industry or anyone who owns any type of timeshare no matter who the developer is.

I began my career 10 years ago in the timeshare industry in the heart of the strip in Las Vegas Nevada. Starting out I worked for the first developer of timeshare industry which is now currently the 2nd largest private developer in the world. During my years I have worked in various different aspects of the industry and self-educated myself with all the information available through these companies as well as online books and courses. One of my first experiences in the industry was selling timeshare re-sales, where we charged people an upfront listing fee to sell their units. After this I became aware the company I was working for along with nearly every other was scamming owners out of their hard earned money. This job made me aware of the fact that nearly every timeshare owner would like to sell their timeshare or rent it at some point in their life, but there were few legitimate resources for them to turn to. Starting around 5 years ago I began a career as an in-house sales professional for one of the top private developers in the industry. During my first two years I was the number one sales agent in the entire corporation. During this time I talked to thousands of timeshare owners and found out their needs and concerns and how they would best like them handled. Progressing through my career I went into sales management and have lastly moved to the largest developer Wyndham Vacation Ownership. After dealing with owners of various different programs I had many more owners all with similar concerns. Because of the lack of knowledge and training the developers give timeshare owners many owners do not know how to use their property to their full advantage. I have written my book and started my accompanying business to bring honesty and ethics to the secondary market. My goal is to make sure as many people as possible never fall prey to a scam again and find legitimate and easy ways to use their packages to their fullest advantage.

3. Used Timeshares: A Guide to Buying, Using, Exchanging, Renting, and Disposing of Timeshares

Price: $14.50

Buying timeshares doesn’t have to be complicated. But you do need to know more about them before purchasing indiscriminately. If you don’t educate yourself, you could end up paying too much for a property that you don’t really enjoy. Even if you are happy with your choice, you may find it difficult to rent, exchange, or sell your unit when the time comes for you to enjoy a new version of paradise. Fortunately, this guidebook takes away the mystery from buying, exchanging, renting, and disposing of timeshares. You’ll find out everything you need to know, including: • how to avoid scams and save money on timeshares; • how to get the most enjoyment out of your stay; • how to exchange timeshares in order to experience new destinations; • how to escape unwanted ownership commitments. Written by a pro who makes it a point to enjoy all corners of the globe, this guidebook provides the definitive answers you’ll need to select the vacation spots that you’ll enjoy the most and that will maintain their value the best.

4. Timeshare Whisperer to the Rescue: Eliminate Maintenance Fees! Discover the Secerts of Selling, Buying, Rental, Bartering

List Price: $12.95
Price: $11.21
You Save: $1.74 (13%)

A descriptive and enlightening journey through the ins and outs of timeshare. Learn how to eliminate maintenance fees, exchange company membership and booking fees. Learn how to sell, buy, rent or trade your timeshare. A valuable and must have tool for anyone interested in the secrets of timeshare. For the past twelve years we have been teaching the owners and would be owners of timeshare the secrets of selling, buying, renting, and bartering of a timeshare. You are about to learn how to leverage your timeshare and make a small fortune with it! Could a technique that is thousands of years old be the key to turning your timeshare into a winning lottery ticket? The following pages are whispering secrets that will guide you through the do’s and don’ts of timeshare. You will soon understand why our students have such great success with their timeshare ownership, and rarely do they consider giving up that ownership. If you feel you are stuck in Timeshare level 101, after learning the tools in this book you will be ready for graduation. Frustrated or confused about what to do with your timeshare? This book gives you buying tips, selling tips, and even more importantly, it explains how to leverage a timeshare and possibly make a small fortune with it. Learn tricks of the trade from insiders and amazing facts very few people know about. Herein you will discover secrets of the timeshare industry known to very few. You will discover how to get the best use out of your timeshare ownership and put money right back into your pocket! Whether you are considering buying a timeshare, selling a timeshare, or if you just want the biggest bang for the buck out of your existing ownership, the answers are here. If you’re sick and tired of maintenance fees, if you have a hard time getting the exchanges you want, and, if you want to know how to stretch your one week of ownership into three, four, or more weeks of vacation each and every year, then read on. Many think that they “have what they have” and that is it. This is so far from reality. This book explains how to leverage a timeshare! If you use only one simple tip from this book, we guarantee it will be worth many times the amount you paid for it. Isn’t a great “ah-ha!” moment worth the price of a good lunch? Maintenance or H.O.A. fees from your home resort never stop. Exchange company membership and exchange fees keep adding up. Keep your hard earned money in your pocket. Use the tools available, then smile and wave goodbye to those never ending timeshare related bills. See how one family leveraged their $25,000 timeshare to a value of over $172,000 in just ten years! Even those that have owned since the ‘70’s can learn a few tricks with this information. Seem to get your exchange requests declined more often than not? Search results never seem to come up with a match? Regardless of the system you’re in, learn how to achieve greater success and get maximum results. “Knowledge is Power” Let’s give you some power!

5. Profiting From Timeshares In A Striving Economy: How to easily and successfully find and buy timeshares for sale and then make a profit from it!

Price: $15.95

If you are a family or an individual who goes on vacation on a regular basis simply to enjoy life, then investing in timeshares can be a really good decision! Timeshares are now the next preference to the expensive cost of hotel stays or owning a vacation home. Buying a timeshare is buying vacation property ownership for the right to use it at an agreed specified time period. Is it right for you? Does it make any financial sense to buy? How do you go about buying? Where do you look for prime vacation spots worthy of your investment money? How do you take full advantage of its investment value? Is it wise to buy in these hard economic times? You will find all of the answers to these questions in this book and more. So go ahead, choose your favorite vacation destination and invest wisely on timeshares, then profit from this investment even in this troubled economy.

6. The Truth About Timeshares: What is a timeshare? (Volume 1)

Price: $14.97

As a timeshare owner, you may have many questions as to what you really own. With the uncertainties of what a timeshare contract really is, you have lingering puzzle pieces in your mind, and are trying to fit them together with inaccurate or misleading information. The secrets of the timeshare industry are revealed in my book, The Truth About Timeshares. The timeshare resale market is saturated with timeshares for sale, but there are simply no takers these days! Many timeshare owners are questioning the truth about their timeshare interval ownership, whether they own with Wyndham or Worldmark, or at a diamond resort. Why is the timeshare resale market declining, yet maintenance fees are rising more than ever before? What is a special assessment?No matter what exchange companies they use; whether they exchange their week through RCI or Interval International, they are questioning why their interval exchange is so difficult. Many timeshare owners ask, “What is a vacation club?”, “What is a timeshare contract, and what does it really entail?” After years of ownership with non-use, and several listing attempts with no results, many owners are asking “How to sell my timeshare?” or simply “How do I get out of my timeshare?” These are just a few questions among many, and all the answers are revealed in my book, The Truth About Timeshares!

7. Money-Saving Timeshares Investing Tips: Basic Information About Timeshares Plus Good Strategies For Selling Timeshares So You Can Sell Your Timeshare … And Get Back Huge Profit From Your Investment

Price: $15.95

You are perhaps contemplating on buying timeshares in some part of the country or the world. You question, with the down economy is it a worthy investment at all? Or maybe you’ve already invested on timeshare property that you meant to use for vacation getaways but it’s nowadays, most of the time, not in use and yet you keep paying for the monthly and annual fees. And so, you think of selling it or renting it out to obtain much-needed money or to get your initial investment back. Timeshares can be very worthwhile investments. It is not only a practical piece of real estate for the reason that it is a residence standing by whenever you are ready to go on holiday. More importantly, you can really obtain a hefty profit from it when you sell the property or rent it out. This book will give out some of the following tips and more: 1. Foresight in location is important. We all know that in real estate, properties in major tourist destinations are pricey. If you’re buying timeshares, you might want to consider less popular locations but with the potential to grow big in years to come. This way, you’ve saved a lot of money in buying the property but earn a hefty return by the time you want to sell or rent out. 2. Do your research. Investing wisely requires common sense and shrewdness. Before finalizing any contract, be sure to make inquiries to evaluate several properties and investigate all there is to know about the property you plan to buy.

8. Top Dollar for Your Timeshare – How to buy or sell your timeshare for the best price

Price: $20.00

You can sell your timeshare, if you know how. Top Dollar for Your Timeshare will help you to understand the process and the methods used by sellers in-the-know. So, if you’ve ever asked, “How can I sell my timeshare?” With this book, you can get the best price for your timeshare. When you want to get out of, or transfer, your timeshare – for whatever reason – you want it done quickly. Also includes how to get the best price when purchasing a timeshare. Invaluable information for timeshare buyers and sellers.

9. Simplifying Timeshare: Vacation Ownership-The Complete How To

Price: $21.49

This book comes from personal experience, both as a long time timeshare owner and from selling vacation ownership. What prompted this book? Well, for too many years I have listened to too many people whom, for whatever reasons have a negative impression about the timeshare or vacation ownership industry. As an owner I inevitably found myself asking them why. The reasons varied from ?they do not work? to ?we cannot afford it.? For those folks this book will open your eyes. The second reason was for all those owners who honestly do not have a clue as to what they own. I wanted to let people understand something that they did not already know or have simply forgotten. Having been a timeshare owner for over twenty-five years I understand, and have experienced, the public perception of the industry. I have also seen it change dramatically during that time. However, it was during my first few years in Mexico when I sold timeshare that I came to understand, and appreciate, the real public perception of the industry. From these experiences I realized that the industry could use a simple ?how to? and ?why? book. The book is written in a simple, straight forward manner that is easy to understand. The book covers the history, marketplace, the players, the IN?s and Out?s of attending a sales presentation, of buying one — good and bad, legislation and much more. A quick, easy read it contains personal stories and antidotes, and easy, self awareness quizzes for you to do. By the end you will know whether or not timeshare is right for your lifestyle.

10. Interval Ownership Wisdom The Book About Vacation TimeSharing

Price: $15.69

There are only so many options available for vacationing. These include: owning a vacation home outright, pay as you go and stay at hotels & motels, camping or rving or motor homing, possibly staying with friends or family and timeshare or interval ownership. Interval ownership, hereafter referred to as timeshare, is where you receive all the same benefits of vacation home ownership, but you will generally own the week or two that you use.

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Copyright 2012 David Masters

 

Top 10 Best TV Shows on DVD August 2012

Top 10 Best TV Shows on DVD August 2012

Forget channel surfing and dealing with commercials. Watch the your favorite shows uninterrupted.

1. Breaking Bad: Fourth Season 6. True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season
2. Downton Abbey Season 2 Unedited Version 7. Leverage: The Fourth Season
3. MacGyver – The Complete Series 8. Eureka: Season Five
4. Sherlock: Season Two 9. White Collar: Season Three
5. Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season 10. Damages: The Complete Fourth Season

1. Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season

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The first murder happens barely five minutes into the episode that opens this fourth season of Breaking Bad. There will be many others. That’s no surprise; this show didn’t become one of the most highly acclaimed TV series of its time because of its light, frothy tone, and central character Walter White (multiple Emmy winner Bryan Cranston) won’t remind anyone of Grandpa Walton. Those who watched the first three seasons will be familiar with Walt’s story by now: a former chemistry teacher, he was diagnosed with cancer and turned to manufacturing 99% pure methamphetamine, ostensibly so his family could stay afloat after he died (the cancer is now in remission). Walt’s devolution into the hard-core criminal known as Heisenberg is pretty much complete by now, but the brilliance of this character is that he appears to be deeply conflicted. Is he the tough guy he acts to wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), bragging about his role in “a business big enough that it could be listed on the NASDAQ” and proclaiming, “I am not in danger–I amthe danger”? Or is he just a dude in way too deep who loves his family, and buys a gun he barely knows how to use, and whose actions have collateral consequences he never imagined? One thing is certain: Walt wants to stay alive, an increasingly dicey proposition given his relationship with his drug-lord boss, Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). It takes the entire season for that struggle to be resolved; by the end, we know a lot more about Walter, and very little of it is good.

There’s plenty else going on this season, of course. Walt is forever struggling with his partner, the wayward Jesse (Aaron Paul), especially once Gus tries to convince Jesse that he can cook the meth just as well without Walt. Skyler, who last season finally learned what her husband’s up to, convinces Walt that they should buy a carwash–mostly to launder money, not automobiles (Walt also goes along with her plan to pretend that he earned the money to buy the place by being a professional blackjack hustler). And his brother-in-law, DEA agent Hank (Dean Norris), who was badly injured in season three, recovers enough to resume his investigation into the identity of the infamous Heisenberg. Whatever the storylines, Breaking Bad continues to feature superb acting by all, outstanding direction and production values, and a wonderful eye for detail (one example: when Walt takes over the carwash, he breaks open the frame containing the prior owner’s first dollar and uses it to buy a Coke). The typically generous assortment of bonus material includes audio commentary for all 13 episodes, eight featurettes, deleted scenes, and 21 Inside Breaking Bad mini-docs, in which cast and crew discuss various aspects of the show.

2. Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 2 (Original U.K. Unedited Edition)

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Season 2 of the Emmy® Award-winning Downton Abbey returns as The Great War rages across Europe, and not even the serene Yorkshire countryside is free from its effects. The men and women of Downton are doing their part both on the front lines and the home front, but the intensity of war only serves to inflame the more familiar passions love, loss, blackmail, and betrayal.

…it remains a glorious, escapist entertainment which, as the fabric of society is torn asunder, the economy crashes around our ears and the autumnal rain lashes down, should at least keep us distracted until Christmas. –Andrew Pettie, The Telegraph
Sex, blackmail, girls in nice frocks and now a war. Downton Abbey just got even better. –Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

3. MacGyver – The Complete Series

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All seven seasons, 139 eppisodes.

Special features include MacGyver Movies of the Week: – Lost Treasure of AtlantisTrail to Doomsday

Like James Bond–but without the high-tech gadgets–Angus MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) is one of those rare beings who can avert any crisis without mussing a hair. (The rest of us should be so lucky.) In the pilot alone, the secret agent dismantles a missile using a paper clip and fashions a rocket thruster out of a pistol. Is there anything MacGyver can’t do? As the first season of ABC’s long-running adventure series proves, the answer is a resounding no. MacGyver’s secret: the everyday items he “finds along the way,” like matches or gum wrappers, and the ingenuity to put them to a myriad of uses (a background in physics and chemistry doesn’t hurt). Unlike Alias‘ Sidney Bristow, he isn’t a multi-linguist, a martial artist, or a master of disguises. Wits are MacGyver’s weapon of choice.

Produced by Henry Winkler (Arrested Development), The Complete First Season includes all 22 episodes from 1985-1986 (alas, there are no extras). MacGyver is joined by Phoenix Foundation director of operations Pete Thornton (Dana Elcar), who is introduced in “Nightmares.” Also, his grandfather, Harry Jackson (John Anderson), makes his first appearance in “Target MacGyver,” while friend Penny Parker (Teri Hatcher of Desperate Housewives) makes hers in “Every Time She Smiles” (they will appear more frequently in future seasons). Other notable guest stars include Joan Chen (The Last Emperor) in “The Golden Triangle,” Nana Visitor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) in “Hellfire,” and John De Lancie (Star Trek: The Next Generation) in “The Escape.”

MacGyver ran for seven seasons and was followed by two made-for-TV movies in 1994, Lost Treasure of Atlantis and Trail to Doomsday. In 1997, after a short-lived series for UPN (1995’s Legend), Anderson landed the lead in an even longer-running series, Stargate SG-1, based on the sci-fi extravaganza with Kurt Russell.

4. Sherlock: Season Two

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There is nothing elementary (a Holmesian cliché that this exceedingly smart and savvy series wisely shuns) about Sherlock. This sophomore season exceeds the pleasures and promise of the Emmy-nominated first season with three feature-length mysteries that fully test Holmes’s mettle and cunning, and shake his very high self-regard. The first and third episodes do full justice to two figures who loom large in the Holmes canon. The first is Irene Adler (Lara Pulver), a.k.a. “the Woman,” in “A Scandal in Belgravia,” a ripping and naughty yarn involving a high-class dominatrix and some scandalous royal photos. The second, of course, is Moriarty (an Emmy-worthy Andrew Scott) in “The Reichenbach Fall,” who hatches a mad scheme to bring about Holmes’s ruination. The middle mystery is perhaps Holmes’s best-known, “The Hounds of Baskerville,” a psychological thriller that lacks the other two’s worthy central adversaries, although Holmes’s rare moment of bafflement sets the stage for the seemingly game-changing finale that has Dark Knight echoes. Sherlock‘s high concept–transplanting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master consulting detective to 21st-century London–is brilliantly realized, but at the heart of this series’ success is the casting and chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson, who chronicles their adventures in–what else–a blog. While some may make innuendo about the nature of their relationship, it is their friendship that unfolds by degrees that holds the most fascination. “I don’t have friends,” Holmes confesses to Watson in one of his rare quiet and less prickly moments. “I have one.” Sherlock benefits from repeat viewings, not so much to decipher clues, but to savor the brilliant wordplay. Series three cannot arrive fast enough.

5. Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season

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Game of Thrones, the first book in author George R.R. Martin’s sprawling fantasy saga A Song of Fire and Ice, serves as the basis for this brawny, lusty series about courtly intrigue and civil war in a sprawling fantasy kingdom. TV and fantasy veteran Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, Sharpe’s Rifles) leads the massive cast as the warrior-noble Eddard Stark, who reluctantly assumes the role as the Hand of the King after the mysterious death of his predecessor. The King, Robert Baratheon, has leadership of the lands of Westeros, a mythical country plagued by severe, decade-long shifts in weather. His rule is challenged by the exiled Prince Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd), who trades his own sister (Emilia Clarke) for the allegiance of the Dothraki, a savage nomadic tribe led by Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa of the 2011 Conan the Barbarian). A shocking secret kept hidden by Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey, 300) leads to an upset in the balance of power and, ultimately, a challenge to the House of Stark to bring control to the bloodshed that threatens to overtake Westeros.

Fantasy has been a tricky genre for television–the scope required to bring the sweep and imagination to life is usually better suited for the big screen. But Game of Thrones neatly sidesteps the issue by virtue of the quality of the production at every level. Though the series is steeped in fantastic elements, from direwolves to dragons, series creators David Benioff (who wrote Troy and The Kite Runner, among others) and author D.B. Weiss (Lucky Wander Boy) have rooted the drama in the emotional landscape of its characters, which brings the end result closer to Benioff’s humorous description of the show as “The Sopranos in Middle-Earth.” Intricate plotting and direction with an eye for realism by a host of HBO veterans, including Tim Van Patten, Alan Taylor, and Daniel Minahan, underscores that notion, as does its stellar cast, which includes Mark Addy as Headey’s husband, King Robert, Iain Glen as the faithful knight Ser Jorah Mormont, and Aiden Gillen (The Wire) as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. However, the proceedings are handily won by Peter Dinklage’s Emmy-nominated turn as the cunning Tyrion, whose intellect is constantly disregarded due to his size. Of course, viewers can also tune in to simply enjoy the more visceral elements of Game of Thrones, which features quite a bit of medieval-style carnage, as well as an at-times unnecessary level of nudity, which feels like a network decision based on the amount of flesh on display in their other successful shows. Regardless, Game of Thrones is an entirely addictive experience for both fantasy and drama fans alike throughout its debut 10 episodes, all of which are featured on this multi-disc set.

6. True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season

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Alan Ball’s pop supernatural series True Blood expands its scope to an epic scale with its fourth season, which spreads its vast network of characters, human and otherwise, across the map while bringing aboard a host of new personalities, including a magic store owner-cum-white witch (Fiona Shaw) with a dangerous secret. Shaw’s transformation from a mousy magic practitioner to vessel for the soul of a long-dead Spanish sorceress is the most intriguing storyline in the fourth season, which also concerns the return of Sookie (Anna Paquin) from the Faerie Kingdom and her subsequent romantic yearnings for Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), which naturally upset her beau and newly minted vampire king of Louisiana, Bill (Stephen Moyer). Though these two arcs alone would be sufficient for most series, season four also manages to fit in a fairly ridiculous bit of business involving Sookie’s brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), who becomes a sort of stud for a commune of were-panther women seeking offspring, as well as the fate of Arlene’s (Carrie Preston) baby, which begins to share some personality traits with its father, deceased serial killer Rene. It’s a lot to pack into just 12 episodes, and as a result, some storylines that deserve to be fleshed out, like the relationship between fledgling vampire Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and human Hoyt (Jim Parrack), are left on the back burner while less effective but flashier ones, like Jason’s bout with the were-panthers, are granted a larger spotlight. The result is an uneven season in comparison to its predecessors, but that shouldn’t bother die-hard True Bloodfans, as the show’s steady diet of sex, death, and morbid humor is still operating on full blast.

The five-disc Blu-ray edition of True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season is fleshed out by a wealth of informative and entertainment extras that provide a detailed look at the series’ execution from the perspective of creator-executive producer Alan Ball, as well as key members of the cast and crew. Ball is front and center on the majority of the supplemental features, from commentary with Anna Paquin on “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?” to the 28-minute Final Touches, a postproduction documentary roundtable that explores the central themes and creative requirements of the season. Moyer, Skarsgård, Woll, Shaw, and Sam Trammell, who plays shapeshifter Sam, also contribute to five additional commentary tracks, and a vast number of the show’s supporting cast reprise their characters in the Enhanced Viewing mode, which offers both video and text commentary on individual episodes. Much of this is quite amusing and well crafted, though they can only be accessed through the Enhanced Viewing option and not separate from their respective episodes. The little details are also key to the True Blood Lines, a thumbnail encyclopedia of the show’s immense cast of characters, organized by their particular species (human, vampire, etc.), that traces how each are connected to the rest of the Bon Temps population. Each episode also gets a brief summation from the show’s writers and producers in the Inside the Episode featurettes. A pair of double-sided DVD copies and digital copies rounds out this impressive set.

7. Leverage: The Fourth Season

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The stakes have never been higher in this all-new season of Leverage, the thrilling crime drama that puts you at the heart of the action.

Timothy Hutton returns as Nate Ford, now more determined than ever to fight injustice with the help of his elite team of crack con artists.

8. Eureka: Season Five

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They can bend the laws of nature. They can push science to the absolute limit. But there’s one force they can’t change: their destiny. Return to the small town with big secrets as the geniuses of Eureka venture beyond everything they’ve ever known in the fifth and final season of one of TV’s most beloved shows. From searching for the lost Astraeus crew to experiencing a disaster drill that proves all too real, it’s anything but life as usual in the seemingly idyllic town. And as the final moments tick by, one question looms large for everyone: will Eureka be shut down for good? Guest starring sci-fi fan favorites Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day, this three-disc set is a fitting, mind-boggling send-off for the community that never “officially” existed.

9. White Collar: Season Three

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Matt Bomer is back for another thrilling season of high-class capers and criminal intrigue on TV’s slickest, sexiest show, White Collar! Bomer returns as suave con man turned FBI consultant Neal Caffrey, racing to stay one step ahead of the feds even as he helps his partner, Agent Peter Burke, bring down some of the world’s most clever criminals. The stakes are at an all-time high as Neal struggles to come to terms with his own checkered past, but will his greatest con cost him everything? Featuring DVD-exclusive extras, the white hot Season Three of White Collar is a whole new bag of tricks!

10. Damages: The Complete Fourth Season

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The change of network for the legal thriller Damagesdoesn’t appear to have hurt its core appeal–the fireworks ignited by Glenn Close’s dogged, morally ambiguous attorney Patty Hewes–in the series’ fourth season, which aired on DirecTV after three years on FX. Malfeasance on the part of a private security firm working with the US military in Afghanistan is the central case in season four, with Hewes and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) once again in uneasy cahoots to bring down the company’s bullish man in charge (John Goodman). In doing so, they attract the attention of an icy mercenary (Dylan Baker, fascinatingly malevolent) determined to keep them off the blood trail that links Parsons’s friend (Chris Messina), a former soldier-for-hire in the grip of posttraumatic stress after his experiences with the firm, to Goodman. As in previous seasons, the main case is the nucleus for several orbiting side plots, including Patty’s struggle with her son (Zachary Booth) over custody of her grandchild, as well as Baker’s personal connection to the case, all of which underscore the series’ recurring theme: everyone has a secret, and most likely, it will be their undoing.

As with previous seasons of Damages, the fourth season benefits greatly from its mix of regular players and guest actors, which include Judd Hirsch as a dipsomaniacal PI, Tom Noonan as a deceptively charming ex-cop, and Fisher Stevens as Patty’s court-appointed therapist, and the show’s trademark shifting timelines still create considerable tension as they inexorably snake together at the season’s end. If there’s any complaint to be had, it may be that the network shift seems to have reduced some of the show’s production value: the direction occasionally feels static, while sets and locations have a stage-bound feel that undercuts the show’s sense of realism. That may have little impact on die-hard fans, who come to Damages to watch Close’s finely tuned blend of legal demolition derby and predatory backroom maneuvers. Extras are limited to a pair of brief featurettes, one on the making of the new seasons, the other focusing on Close as she discusses Patty’s path to season four. Deleted scenes and an outtake reel round out the three-disc set.

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Top 10 Best Outdoor Equipment for Kids May 2012

Top 10 Best Outdoor Equipment for Kids May 2012

1. Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center 6. Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Play set
2. Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure w/9 Ft Wavy Slide 7. Flexible Flyer Fun Fantastic Swing Set w/Plays
3. Lifetime Ace Flyer Airplane Teeter Totter 8. Lifetime Helicopter Teeter Totter
4. Flexible Flyer Backyard Fun Swing Set with Plays 9. Swing – N – Slide Chesapeake Wood Complete
5. Lifetime Deluxe Freestanding A-Frame Swing Set 10. Alpine Custom Ready-to-Build Swing Set Kit


1. Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center (Primary Colors)

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Price: $226.49
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  • Heavy duty construction; weather and rust-resistant powder-coated steel
  • Strong, interactive design; high-density polyethylene (HDPE) climbing grips
  • Suitable for children ages 3-12; 400 lb. total weight capacity
  • 10 feet wide and 5 feet high, assembled dimensions
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • 10 ft. Radius when assembled; 6 ft. radius safety zone suggested

Lifetime Dome Climber Play Center provides a 10-Foot Radius climbing structure for 4 to 12 year old children. If you’re looking for big toys to keep the kids entertained in your own backyard, check out this awesome big toy from Lifetime–the geometric Dome Climber. This is a big toy that several kids can enjoy at the same time. Big toys like our Dome Climber help your child to develop strong muscles and coordination. Our Dome Climber is a fun, geometric design with real rock climbing hand grips. It is constructed of powder-coated steel to prevent rusting and peeling. Like all of our big toys, the Dome Climber is made from top-quality construction, and built to last–a big toy that will be a backyard attraction for many years. Constructed with 1.5″ diameter and 33″ lengths of tubing.

2. Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set with 9 Foot Wavy Slide (Earthtone)

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Price: $989.00
You Save: $410.99 (29%)

  • Measures 13.8 by 18.6 by 7.75 feet (W x D x H)
  • 3 belt swing; 1 trapeze bar with gym rings; 9-foot wavy slide; monkey bars; fire pole
  • Heavy-duty, weather-resistant powder-coated galvanized steel and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Plastic
  • 5-year limited factory warranty
  • Lifetime recommends using sufficient ground material for an 11-foot fall height

The Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set is constructed of heavy-duty powder-coated steel and UV-protected polyethylene plastic so it’s weather protected against rusting, discoloration, and heat retention. Won’t split, splinter, or warp like a wooden playset. Designed for safety with rubber grips on swing chains to keep little fingers from getting pinched, the Monkey Bar Adventure has capped or rounded edges with no rough edges exposed. This swing set is designed with lots of activities to keep kids happily in motion for hours, including monkey bars, belt swings, a 9-foot wavy slide, trapeze bar, and a fire pole. Slide can be set up to be on left or right side of the system. This unit is freestanding, with no cement required.

3. Lifetime Ace Flyer Airplane Teeter Totter (Primary Colors)

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Price: $274.49
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  • Unit Dimensions; 8 by 8 feet; weighs 105 pounds
  • 7-child seater; recommended ages 3 – 12 years old
  • Safety zone dimensions; 21 by 21 feet
  • Adjusts from 3 different heights
  • Interactive flight dashboard and propeller

Why settle for a normal teeter totter when your kids can enjoy the high-flying thrills of the Lifetime Ace Flyer Double Teeter Totter Airplane? Capable of holding up to 7 children, the Ace Flyer is perfect for childrens parties or youth groups. It is constructed of rust resistant powder-coated steel and features UV and weather-resistant high density polyethylene plastic parts. The double teeter-totter design allows for up and down or side to side motion. It also includes a double seat cockpit with an interactive dashboard and a spinning wheel. The Ace Flyer is designed to not rust, crack, or fade, and is much safer then splintering wood seesaws. Be different than the rest and try the Lifetime Ace Flyer Double Teeter Totter Airplane!

4. Flexible Flyer Backyard Fun Swing Set with Plays

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Price: $246.05
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  • Four-legged tubular-steel gym set with green wave slide, two swings, air-glider, trapeze swing, and see-saw
  • Swings feature green kid comfort seats with vinyl-covered adjustable height chains
  • Six-foot slide; two-seat air-glider; two child see-saw with green deluxe seats and handles
  • All painted parts and HDPE plastic parts have UV protection no fade feature
  • Designed for children from two to 10 years old; 180-day limited warranty

The Backyard Fun Swing Set from Flexible Flyer is designed to provide multiple kids from ages two to 10 years old with hours of outdoor fun–at an affordable price. The four-legged swing set frame is constructed to last of powder-coated, green and ivory painted steel tubing. The frame supports an attached, six-foot slide on one side and an attached see-saw on the other side with green deluxe seats and handles. The middle of the set suspends two traditional, stiff swings seats that support kids without squishing them, a green trapeze swing, and a two-seat air glider swing. Each individual seat on the play set can support a child weighing up to 105 pounds. Altogether the set holds up to 840 pounds and up to eight kids at a time. Built to last, all painted parts and plastic parts of the play structure are treated with a UV protection no fade feature. The swings are suspended with vinyl-covered, height adjustable 2/0 chains. Please note: adult assembly is required for this play set. Anchoring this play set is strongly recommended.

5. Lifetime Deluxe Freestanding A-Frame Swing Set (Earthtone)

List Price: $699.99
Price: $476.35
You Save: $223.64 (32%)

  • Heavy Duty A-Frame Design
  • 3″ diameter powder-coated, rust resistant steel poles
  • Two belt swings with rubberized chain grips and 1 trapeze bar
  • Free standing (no cement required)
  • Assembled Dimensions: 13′ x 11′ x 9′ height; Required Safety Zone area ; 30′ x 35′; 5 Year Limited Factory Warranty; Made in the USA

Give your kids a break from TV.. With this backyard swing set, they can entertain themselves in the fresh air and sunshine for hours — right in the convenience of your own yard! A metal swing set construction means low maintenance for you. Unlike a wooden swing set, with a metal construction you don’t have to worry about splinters, warping, or rough edges. It is constructed of powder-coated steel to resist rusting, and UV-protected polyethylene plastic to reduce heat retention, fading, and discoloration. This backyard swing set meets ASTM safety standards and is designed with rubberized chain grips to prevent little fingers from getting pinched. Made in the USA.

6. Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Play set, Freestanding (Earthtone)

Price: $1,505.90

  • Children’s outdoor play set; offers lots of activities to keep kids entertained
  • Freestanding, A-shaped frame made of powder-coated steel; zinc- and rubber-coated swings
  • High-density polyethylene roof and molded components; all-weather design; UV-resistant
  • Features clubhouse, swings, trapeze bar, 9-foot slide, propeller swing, climbing wall, and more
  • Covered by a five-year limited warranty; takes up an area of 13 feet 11 inches by 15 feet 9 inches

Are your kids ready for a big swing set? Lifetime’s Big Stuff Adventure set takes just a couple of hours to set up, but provides kids with years and years of safe outdoor fun. Lifetime’s big swing sets are designed with plenty of activities to keep your kids entertained all day, everyday. Powder-coated steel and UV-protected plastic construction reduces heat retention so children play safely and comfortably. For the best in big swing sets, get top quality construction and design with Lifetime’s Big Stuff Adventure. Features two belt swings, a trapeze swing, a propeller swing, an activity chalkboard, a cargo net, a climbing wall, a wavy slide, over-sized binoculars and a look-out deck clubhouse with a captain’s wheel and rigid polyethylene roof. 7 year limited factory warranty on set.

7. Flexible Flyer Fun Fantastic Swing Set with Plays

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Price: $214.99
You Save: $85.00 (28%)

  • Six-legged tubular-steel gym set with green wave slide, three swings, air-glider, trapeze swing, see-saw, and ground anchors
  • Swings feature green kid comfort seats with vinyl-covered adjustable height chains
  • Six-foot slide; two-seat air-glider; two child see-saw with green deluxe seats with handles
  • All painted parts and HDPE plastic parts have UV protection no fade feature
  • Designed for children from two to 10 years old; 180-day limited warranty

Each individual seat on the play set can support a child weighing up to 105 pounds. Altogether the set holds up to 945 pounds and up to nine kids at a time. Features: -Air Glide Rider for 2.-3 Kid Comfort Swings with adjustable height vinyl coated 2/0 chain.-Deluxe Trapeze Swing.-See-Saw for 2.-Ivory, Mocha and Hunter Green Powder Coat painted steel tube frame with U.V. Protectorant.-Tri Lingual Assemby Manual.-Made in USA.-Up to 9 Children can play on Gym set at once. Includes: -This set includes ground anchors. Dimensions: -6′ Hunter Green Wave Slide with U.V. Protectorant to prevent fading.

8. Lifetime Helicopter Teeter Totter (Primary Colors)

List Price: $349.99
Price: $208.97
You Save: $141.02 (40%)

  • Measures 8 by 8 feet; weights 105 pounds
  • 7-child seater; recommended ages 3 – 12 years old
  • Safety zone dimensions; 21 by 21 feet
  • Adjusts from 3 different heights
  • Interactive dashboard and propeller

Put your kids in the pilot’s seat with this helicopter-shaped teeter-totter from Lifetime Products. The toy seats up to four children at once–with a two-seat cockpit and dual jumper seats–and allows you to do up, down, or side-to-side movements. Fun features include a steering wheel and a spinning foam rotor and tail. This teeter-totter has a heavy-duty, powder-coated, all-weather steel construction and is designed to resist cracking, warping, rotting, and splintering. It’s also UV-resistant, so it retains less heat and maintains its color. This product has a weight capacity of 400 pounds.

9. Swing – N – Slide Chesapeake Wood Complete Ready – To Assemble Swing Set Kit

List Price: $1,415.10
Price: $949.99
You Save: $465.11 (33%)

  • Everything you need is in the box. Two Play Decks totaling 24 sq. ft
  • All premium pre-cut lumber and poly-coated uprights included
  • Award winning Bracket System saves you time, so you can Build and Play in One day
  • Assembled Dimensions; 15 Ft. W x 17 Ft. L x 11 Ft. H
  • For Residential Use Only. Unable to ship to commercial addresses

The Wood Complete Chesapeake Ready-to-Assemble Play Set ensures hours of fun in the sun for your little one! This features the award-winning Rapid-LOC bracket system, designed for families that want everything in the box. This play set includes swings, trapeze/ring combo, rock wall, and an awesome cool wave slide. It also includes twenty-four sq.feet of deck space with a durable pleated canopy for when it gets too hot out. The Chesapeake Wood Complete Play Set will provide fresh new experiences for many years to come.

10. Alpine Custom Ready-to-Build Swing Set Kit

List Price: $239.99
Price: $145.52
You Save: $94.47 (39%)

  • Kit Includes: 2 Swing Seats, 1 Multi-Colored Tarp, 1 pair of Safety Handles, 2 pairs of Swing Hangers
  • It’s up to you – simply choose your accessories, lumber and nails/screws (sold separately)
  • Up to 12 children can play
  • Designed for the Do-It-Yourself family
  • For Residential Use Only. Unable to ship to commercial addresses

Swing-N-Slide Alpine Custom Diy Wooden Playset includes: brackets, two swing seats, canopy, pair of safety handles, two pairs of swing hangers, screws and Torx bit Illustrated plans and DVD Build and play in one day optional giant cool wave slide, turbo tube slide, steering wheel, ring and trapeze combo, periscope, shooting star disc swing, discovery mountain, anchor it playground anchor set, swing hanger, and pair of safety handles are available at an additional cost. Lumber, swing, slide, and other accessories not included.

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Top 10 Best Selling Beer Home Brew Kits May 2012

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Home Brew Kits May 2012

1. Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit 6. The Beer Machine, Model 2000 +
2. Maestro Homebrew Beer Kit 7. Mr Beer 20629 Brewmaster’s Kit
3. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition 8. Superior Home Brew Beer Kit
4. Mr. Beer Deluxe Home Microbrewery 9. Superior Home Brew Kit with DVD
5. Coopers Brewery DIY Beer Kit 10. Strange Brew Home Brew Starter Kit


1. Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (K7) with 5 Gallon Glass Carboy

Price: $71.99

  • Easy to Use
  • Our Equipment Kits are assembled using the finest quality materials available.
  • With our easy to read instructions your assured a great brew every time.
  • Each ingredient kit (not included) makes 5 gallons of top quality homebrew.

Take your homebrew to the next level. The Gold Homebrew Kit has all you need to get brewing and adds a glass carboy for secondary fermentation resulting in a cleaner finished brew. Each Equipment Kit Includes: True Brew Handbook & Kit Instructions, 7.8 Gallon Fermenting Bucket, 1 Lid Drilled & Grommet, True Brew Rack & Fill kit, 5 Gallon Glass Carboy, Fermometer Fermentation Thermometer, Small Buon Vino Drilled Stopper, Hydrometer, Bottling Spigot, Emily Double Lever Capper, 3 Piece Airlock, Bottle Brush, C-Brite Sanitizer 8-Pack.

2. Maestro Homebrew Beer Kit with 3 True Brew Home Brew Ingredient Kits

List Price: $164.96
Price: $127.97
You Save: $36.99 (22%)

  • Our Equipment Kits are assembled using the finest quality materials available.
  • True Brew Ingredient Kits are assembled using the finest ingredients available.
  • Each kit contains: malts, hops, yeast and even bottle caps.
  • Each ingredient kit makes 5 gallons of top quality homebrew.
  • With our easy to read instructions your assured a great brew every time.

Looking for the perfect starter homebrewing kit? Our Maestro Kit with 3 ingredient kits is perfect for the beginning brewer. Make 3 great beers, with our easy to follow instructions and quality components, you’re assured a great brew every time. All you need for your own home microbrewery.

3. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brew Kit

List Price: $59.99
Price: $37.60
You Save: $22.39 (37%)

  • Includes 2-gallon fermenting keg with lid and tap assembly, two standard refill brew packs, eight reusable plastic 1-liter bottles
  • Includes eight reusable plastic caps, eight labels, Brewing with Mr. Beer brewer’s guide, and 4-step brewing instructions
  • Lightweight, shatter resistant keg is made from FDA compliant plastic and imparts no taste or flavor migration
  • Brew pack offers two distinct and popular beers for 2 batches (4 gallons) of home brewed beer
  • Keg’s wide mouth allows for easy cleaning; hand wash only; avoid using scouring pads or abrasives during cleaning; keg measures 9.5 x 13 x 9 inches

Everything required to brew 2 batches (4 gallons) of beer at home. Includes: brew keg, 2 standard refill brew packs (Classic American and Cowboy Lager), 8 re-usable 1-liter bottles w/caps and labels, Brewing w/Mr. Beer Booklet and easy to follow instructions.

4. Mr. Beer Deluxe Edition Home Microbrewery System

List Price: $40.00
Price: $28.49
You Save: $11.51 (29%)

  • Easy to brew, just add water
  • Premium beer at a fraction of the cost
  • Drink you own home brew in as little as 14 days
  • Re-usable kit for continued brewing
  • Makes an excellent gift

In just 14 days, beginning and advanced brewers alike can enjoy a glass of premium, handcrafted beer with this home-brewing kit. The 2-1/2-gallon brewing keg features a pour tap and wide-mouth lid for easy cleaning by hand. Included with this starter kit are a can of West Coast Pale Ale mix, which produces twenty 12-ounce bottles of mild, full-bodied beer, and a single-use packet of booster, which contains all-natural carbohydrates that enhance flavor and boost alcohol content. The beer-making ingredients are simply mixed with water, left to brew in the keg at room temperature for a week, and then put into bottles (not included) for another week, during which time natural carbonation takes place. No carbon-dioxide cartridges are needed to enhance sparkle or beer head. A dozen plastic bottle caps printed with the Mr. Beer logo are also included, as well as an instruction booklet full of brewing tips and recipes. Other Mr. Beer mixes and booster packs can be ordered separately. The keg is made of FDA-compliant PVC, which does not impart taste or color, and is virtually indestructible.

5. Coopers Brewery DIY Beer Kit

List Price: $125.99
Price: $109.99
You Save: $16.00 (13%)

  • Cooper’s New! DIY Beer Kit – Everything you need to brew 6 gallons of beer per batch.
  • From first time beginners to the most seasoned home brewer, this beer brewing kit is the answer.
  • Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations! Cooper’s beer brewing kit is fast, easy and the world’s best selling home beer making kit.
  • Includes instructional DVD-ROM and step by step directions, PET bottles and all the ingredients for your first batch.
  • Add on one of our many beer kits to brew your favorite style of beer including Pale Ale, Blonde, Lager, Draught, Dark Ale, Stout, IPA and Wheat style beers.

The new and improved Coopers DIY Beer Kit includes everything needed to make 6 gallons of great tasting beer- a new patented fermenter that makes brewing even easier and quicker, an easy to read plastic hydrometer specifically made for beer, plus an Instructional DVD-ROM to answer all your brewing questions. This kit comes with everything you need to get started including the fermenter, lid, Krausen Collar, 30 740ml PET bottles, tap, bottler, brewers log and marker and a complete Australian Lager Package including the beer kit, Brew Enhancer 1, yeast and carbonation drops for easy bottling and carbonation. The PET bottles include a CO2 and oxygen barrier.

6. The Great American Micro-Brewery Co. The Beer Machine, Model 2000 + Brewry Bottling Kit

Price: $114.95

  • Primary Components: Brew Keg, Carbonation Kit, Pale Ale Mix (28 servings), Booklet
  • Includes Brewry Upgrade Kit: Bottling Platform, Filler, and Nineteen re-usable 500ml bottles and caps.
  • Size/Capacity: Makes 28 full size 12-oz. servings (2.6 gallons)
  • Perfectly sized for conditioning beer in your refrigerator.
  • Carbonation unit and pressure relief system for maintaining optimal bewing conditions.

Want to bring your fresh brewed beer wherever you go? You can. And you dont have to balance your beer glass on the way. The BrewMaster system takes the ultimate brewing machine, The Beer Machine 2000, and gives you the capability to bottle your brew with a special attachment so your beer never is exposed to the outside air before it reaches your mouth. The BrewMaster comes with 6 PET reuseable bottles and caps. So you can be the beer baron youve always wanted to beone party at a time.

7. Mr Beer 20629 Brewmaster’s Select Home Beer-Making Kit

List Price: $99.99
Price: $70.14
You Save: $29.85 (30%)

  • Beer-making kit offers a fun way to brew 4 gallons of all-malt beer at home
  • Includes 2-gallon fermenter, 2 all-malt refills, and 8 reusable 1-liter bottles with labels and caps
  • Also provides 1 sugar measure, 1 thermometer, 2 pint glasses, 1 baseball cap, and 1 t-shirt
  • Brewer’s guide and instruction sheet supply easy tutorials; additional refill brew packs sold separately
  • Measures approximately 10-4/5 by 19 by 14-8/9 inches

When it comes to beer, few things beat the genuine flavor of fresh-brewed and homemade–and both can be effortlessly achieved with help from this all-inclusive beer-making kit. The top-of-the-line kit comes with everything required to brew and bottle four gallons of all-malt beer, including one keg-shaped 2-gallon fermenter with a lid and tap assembly, two premium all-malt refills, eight reusable plastic 1-liter bottles with caps and Mr. Brew labels, one sugar measure with self-leveling cylinders for a foolproof scoop-and-pour method, and one “Brew-o-meter” (thermometer) to ensure the brew reaches its proper temperature. In addition, the kit provides two pint-size glasses shaped to enhance beer’s head, aroma, taste, and appearance; a baseball cap; and a cotton T-shirt–all of which proudly sport the recognizable Mr. Beer logo. A brewer’s guide and simple-to-follow four-step brewing instruction sheet accompany the kit and offer user-friendly tutorials for properly operating the equipment. Additional refill brew packs in a variety of flavors can be purchased separately as needed. A great activity for game-day gatherings, camping trips, bachelor parties, and other occasions, the home beer-making kit measures approximately 10-4/5 by 19 by 14-8/9 inches.

8. Superior Home Brew Beer Kit

List Price: $147.99
Price: $138.99
You Save: $9.00 (6%)

  • Superior to Other Brew Kits Offered on the Market
  • Equipment Built to Last
  • Make Many Batches of Beer Before This Equipment Need Replacing
  • Designed by a Professional Brewer

This Superior Brewing Kit is an exclusive offer from Learn To Brew and includes all the equipment you need to get started home brewing excellent beer. No other kit is like this one. The other kits offered as deluxe beer kits do not include as much equipment or the best products for your brewing needs. For example, this kit includes a large 7.8 gallon fermenting bucket and lid as well as a siphoning set up and an auto siphon for easy priming of a siphon during transfer. The products included in the Superior Brew Kit were selected by our professional brewers to give you the best brewing experience possible and will help you make the best beer possible right from your own home. The kit includes: 6 Gallon Glass Carboy for Primary Fermentation, 5 Gallon Glass Carboy for Secondary Fermentation, Food Grade, Alcohol Filled Thermometer, Adhesive Fermentation Thermometer, 3 Disposable Hop Socks 1 Large Nylon Mesh Grain Bag, 7.8 Gallon Bottling Bucket, Drilled and Grometted Lid with Inner Seal, Bottling Spigot, 1 Drilled Rubber Stopper, Three-Piece Plastic Airlock, Auto-Siphon Pump, Racking Cane with Solids Reduction Tip, Siphon Hose Shut Off Clamp 5/16inch Food Grade Vinyl Tubing, 30inch Wire and Nylon Carboy Brush, Triple Scale Hydrometer with Instructions and Plastic Case, Durable, Double Lever Spring Loaded Bottle Capper with Magnet, Bottling Filler, 144 Bottle Caps, 15inch Wire and Nylon Bottle Brush, True Brew Handbook, Equipment Cleanser. You may hear that it is not advisable to brew in a plastic bucket. In general, if you do not take good care of your equipment, then no you should not home brew in a bucket. However, if you take good care of your food grade plastic bucket, do not throw brewing equipment in your bucket causing it to scratch the side walls, then you will be just fine brewing in plastic and will produce delicious high quality beers every time you brew. See Learn To Brew for the recommended care procedures for your bucket.

9. Superior Home Brew Beer Kit with More Than Just the Basics Brewing DVD

Price: $144.99

  • Superior to Other Brew Kits Offered on the Market
  • Equipment Built to Last
  • Make Many Batches of Beer Before This Equipment Need Replacing
  • Designed by a Professional Brewer
  • Includes Learn To Brew’s More Than Just the Basics DVD

This Superior Brewing Kit is an exclusive offer from Learn To Brew and includes all the equipment needed to start home brewing excellent beer. No other kit is like this one. Other kits offered as deluxe beer kits do not include as much equipment or the best products for your brewing needs. For example, this kit includes a large 7.8 gallon fermenting bucket and lid as well as a siphoning set up and an auto siphon for easy priming of a siphon during transfer. The products included in the Superior Brew Kit were selected by our professional brewers to give you the best brewing experience possible and will help you make the best beer possible right from your own home. The kit includes: 6 Gallon Glass Carboy for Primary Fermentation, 5 Gallon Glass Carboy for Secondary Fermentation, Food Grade, Alcohol Filled Thermometer, Adhesive Fermentation Thermometer, 3 Disposable Hop Socks 1 Large Nylon Mesh Grain Bag, 7.8 Gallon Bottling Bucket, Drilled and Grometted Lid with Inner Seal, Bottling Spigot, 1 Drilled Rubber Stopper, Three-Piece Plastic Airlock, Auto-Siphon Pump, Racking Cane with Solids Reduction Tip, Siphon Hose Shut Off Clamp 5/16inch Food Grade Vinyl Tubing, 30inch Wire and Nylon Carboy Brush, Triple Scale Hydrometer with Instructions and Plastic Case, Durable, Double Lever Spring Loaded Bottle Capper with Magnet, Bottling Filler, 144 Bottle Caps, 15inch Wire and Nylon Bottle Brush, True Brew Handbook, Equipment Cleanser, More Than Just the Basics Brewing DVD. You may hear that it is not advisable to brew in a plastic bucket. In general, if you do not take good care of your equipment, then no you should not home brew in a bucket. However, if you take good care of your food grade plastic bucket, do not throw brewing equipment in your bucket causing it to scratch the side walls, then you will be just fine brewing in plastic and will produce delicious high quality beers every time you brew. See Learn To Brew for the recommended care procedures for your bucket.

10. Strange Brew Best Home Brew Starter Kit

List Price: $209.99
Price: $199.99
You Save: $10.00 (5%)

  • Strange Brew Home-Brew Starter Kit
  • Ingredients and equipment included.
  • Bottles sold separately.
  • Make five gallons of high quality home-brew.
  • Kit included toll-free Home-Brew support.

K7 Gold Complete BEER Equipment Kit with 5 Gallon Glass Carboy, carboy brush, brewing spoon and Zymurgy for the homebrewer and beer lover book. The Strange Brew Gold Complete Beer Kit includes: 7.8 Gallon Drilled Primary Fermenting Bucket with Drilled & Grommeted Lid, Bottling Spigot, 5 Gallon Glass Carboy with Rubber Stopper, 3-Piece Airlock (for Fermenting Bucket), Adhesive Thermometer (for Fermenting Bucket), Glass Triple Scale Hydrometer, Strange Brew Rack & Fill Kit, 8 Packets of C-Brite Cleanser, Twin Lever Capper, Beer Bottle Brush, True Brew Handbook, Strange Brew Bumper Sticker, Zymurgy for the Homebrewer and beer lover (book), and Toll-Free Home-Brew Support from Strange Brew Home-Brew Supplies when purchased from Home-Brew. Kit also includes Carboy brush, 5 gallon stainless steel brew pot and Amber Ale Ingredient kit with ingredients, caps, and instructions for your first batch of home-brew.

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Copyright 2012 David Masters

 

Top 10 Best Selling Car Care Products March 2012

Top 10 Best Selling Car Care Products March 2012

What are the best products for your car, truck, or RV?

1. Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit 6. Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit
2. Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 7. California Car Duster
3. European Leather Restorer 8. No Heat! Liquid Leather & Vinyl Repair
4. Quixx Paint Scratch Remover 9. Lexol Leather Cleaner Combo Pack
5. The Absorber Synthetic Chamois 10. Meguiar’s Professional Polisher


1. Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit

List Price: $24.99
Price: $18.99
You Save: $6.00 (24%)

  • Fully removes haze and corrosion from headlight lenses
  • Lifetime warranty–performance is guaranteed for as long as you own your car
  • 3 easy steps that provide long lasting UV protection
  • Light output and beam pattern restored

Hazy, yellowed headlights are an inevitable consequence of weather and wear on plastic headlight lenses that is both unsightly and dangerous, as light output lessens and glare is increased. Restore original clarity and vision to plastic headlight lenses in minutes with the Headlight Restoration Kit from Sylvania. The Sylvania Restoration Kit is easy to use in three simple steps, requires no tools and is the only headlight restoration kit currently available that comes with a finishing UV-resistant clear coat application, designed to preserve lens clarity.

2. Zwipes Microfiber 36-Pack of Cleaning Cloths

List Price: $26.95
Price: $22.75
You Save: $3.20 (12%)

  • Microfiber contains 90,000 fibers per square inch lifts and holds dust, dirt, grease and spills
  • Lint-free, streak-free clean-ups and cleans with or without chemical cleansers
  • Non-Abrasive: Won?t scratch paint or clear coat
  • Absorbs eight times its own weight in liquid and dries in half the time as regular cotton towel
  • Reusable, machine washable, 12″ x 16″ cloths…Colors may vary

Zwipes Microfiber cleaning cloths are a revolution in cleaning that allows you to keep your automobiles, boats, RVs, motorcycles and other vehicles clean while investing less time, money, effort and chemicals than ever before. Designed around Zwipes’ unique Microfiber material that can be effectively used with or without chemical detergents, is super absorbent and dries in half the time or ordinary towels, these cloths are a must-have accessory for all your cleaning needs.

3. European Leather Restorer – Leather Cleaner & Conditioner 16 oz.

List Price: $19.95
Price: $14.95
You Save: $5.00 (25%)

  • Made of the finest Swiss tanning oils, blended in a cleansing and deep penetrating emulsion.
  • Use it to keep new and luxurious leathers soft and supple while restoring and revitalizing older leather.
  • For use on furniture, auto interiors, leather garments, purses, shoes and equestrian equipment. Not for suede.
  • European Leather Restorer will gently remove soil, surface body oil and food residue without drying out your leather.
  • Pacific Leather Works is a family owned company specialized in leather restoration.
  • Made in the USA. 16 oz.

European Leather Restorer is a pH-balanced mixture of the finest Swiss tanning oils made especially for fine leather. We have formulated it to be deeply penetrating and fast drying without solvents or silicone. Regular use will prevent your leather from drying out and cracking and add years of life to your expensive leather goods. Just put some on a cloth and gently massage into the leather you want to maintain. Ideal for furniture, leather garments, purses, auto and boat interiors and all other quality leathers.

4. Quixx Paint Scratch Remover

List Price: $19.95
Price: $12.53
You Save: $7.42 (37%)

  • Long-lasting, all-weather protection
  • Reflective high gloss
  • No stains on contact with rubber or plastic
  • Free of solvents
  • Also suitable for polishing machines

Quixx high performance paint scratch remover is the only product that completely removes scratches from all paint finishes. Imagine using a scratch remover on a car that actually repairs and completely removes the scratch, rather than just cover it up only to have it reappear after a few car washes. Quixx scratch remover is a unique repair system that through a German engineered process called plastic deformation, effectively removes scratches from all paint finishes quickly and safely, saving you thousands of dollars in auto body costs.

5. The Absorber Synthetic Drying Chamois, 27″ x 17″

List Price: $17.69
Price: $10.77
You Save: $6.92 (39%)

  • Dries anything faster and easier
  • Hundreds of drying uses
  • Great as a towel
  • Lint free and chemical resistant
  • Machine washable

The Absorber is NOT a leather chamois. Nor is it a terry cloth towel. But it’s probably the best drying tool you’ll ever discover. The Absorber is made of a unique material called PVA (Poly Vinyl Alcohol). The secret of the Absorber’s power is it’s amazing uniform, sponge-like pore structure throughout the product that enhances capillary action and gives the Absorber it’s super drying ability. Colors may vary.

6. Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit

List Price: $65.99
Price: $40.00
You Save: $25.99 (39%)

  • Complete car care kit featuring premium-quality products
  • Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner foams away tough dirt and road grime
  • Gold Class Wax nourishes and enriches paint to create clear, deep reflections and a brilliant shine
  • Tire Protectant provides an extra-long-lasting rich, dark, high gloss shine
  • Quick Interior Detailer gives your interior surfaces that natural, revitalized look in minutes

The Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit has inspired automotive enthusiasts worldwide to pamper, condition, and protect their treasured investments. This is one of the most complete kit on the market today, featuring Meguiar’s premium-quality products in one convenient, affordable package. The kit also includes two clay bars, clay kit instructions, microfiber towel, ultra-soft foam pad and a microfiber wash mitt.

7. California Car Duster 62443 Car Duster

List Price: $17.99
Price: $14.99
You Save: $3.00 (17%)

  • Don’t just move dust, remove it
  • Compact, lightweight and easy to use
  • Won’t scratch paint
  • Reduces number of car washings
  • Comes with handy carrying case

The Original California Car Duster literally works like magic. It utilizes the proven technology of baking a special paraffin wax into 100% cotton strands to assure that dust is lifted and removed, not just pushed around. The Original California Car Duster gives cars the appearance of looking just washed. The traditional, classic handle, and heavy duty mophead preferred by car show entrants and enthusiasts.

8. No Heat! Liquid Leather & Vinyl Repair Kit

List Price: $12.99
Price: $9.99
You Save: $4.00 (31%)

  • Three E-Z Steps for a near-perfect repair job:
  • Apply colored compound.
  • Cover with grain paper.
  • Allow to dry, peel off grain paper.
  • Will do 20-30 average size repairs.

Our leather and vinyl kits match popular colors and grains. This is the very best kit for people who want to repair items in their home, car, boat, office, luggage and apparel. It’s simple to use. Just apply colored compound, cover with the grain papers, allow to dry, and remove. Complete, easy to follow instructions in every kit. Three E-Z Steps for a near-perfect repair job: 1. Apply colored compound. 2. Cover with grain paper. 3. Allow to dry, peel off grain paper. There is no other kit like this today. Will do 20-30 average size repairs.

9. Lexol Leather Cleaner, Conditioner, and Vinylex 16.9 oz. Combo Pack with Sponge

List Price: $31.96
Price: $23.97
You Save: $7.99 (25%)

  • Lexol leather cleaner safely cleans leather and cleans normal surface dirt quickly and rinses easily
  • Lexol Leather Conditioner preserves, beautifies and strengthens leather to prevent cracking and premature aging
  • Lexol Vinylex Protectant for Vinyl, Rubber and Plastic features DH-60 UV sunscreen to filter out damaging ultraviolet rays while protecting the surface from fading and cracking
  • Lexol Premium Applicator Sponges are designed specifically for use with Lexol Leather and Vinyl Care Products
  • Prolong the life of all your leather goods by keeping them clean and healthy

This Lexol leather care kit includes a Lexol Leather Cleaner 16.9oz Spray Bottle, a Lexol Leather Conditioner 16.9oz Spray Bottle, and a Lexol Vinylex Protectant 16.9 oz Spray Bottle, plus 1 package of Lexol Premium Applicator sponges.

10. Meguiar’s Professional Dual Action Polisher

List Price: $249.99
Price: $149.99
You Save: $100.00 (40%)

  • Internal feedback circuit increases torque when downward pressure is applied
  • 1800opm – 6800opm, the most versatile speed range in it’s class
  • Easy side-port access for quick brush changes
  • Includes W68DA Soft Buff 2.0 DA Backing Plate and embroidered canvas bag
  • Soft touch finish prevents scratching your vehicles paint

This is Meguiar’s new and improved V2 of the G110 Dual Action Polisher. The G110V2 touts a new Cruise Control feature – an internal feedback circuit that actually increases torque when downward pressure is applied. And with an OPM (orbits per minute) range of 1800 – 6800, it has the most versatile speed range in its class. Other features include easy side-port access for quick brush changes — same as most professional rotary buffers. The Meguiar’s G110V2 also features a new rubber cord, convenient Meguiar’s canvas bag, and even includes a W68DA Soft Buff 2.0 DA Backing Plate.

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