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POST-GAZE'n'E, JANUARY 29, 2016 PAGE 9 ~OOQOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOQO00000000000000000000~ i by Bob Morello i .. more than meets the eye ooeooooooeooooiooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooeooo EVEREST (3-Blu-ray) Universal Pictures Home Ent. Unbridled ambition, a fero- cious storm, and the limits of human endurance collide at the top of the world in the white- knuckle adventure Everest. Following a pair of expeditions to the highest point and most dangerous place on Earth, Everest captures the brutal majesty of the deadly peak, and the boundless courage required to conquer it, with breathtaking cinematography and spectacular storytelling. This 3-disc collection is chock full of extras that bring viewers behind the scenes for a look at the making of the film, as well as astonishing insights about the real-life 1996 summit at- tempt that inspired it. Based on an incredible true story. LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE: SEASON EIGHT (5-DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. Flash back to 1981-1982, the years that Little House on the Prairie was living season eight. This 5-disc set allows you to relive the newly restored and remastered uncut broadcast length 22 episodes. Experi- ence the Olsens' adoption of Nancy, and every endearing moment of season eight of this epic series. Follow Charles and Mr. Edwards as they search for answers after the death of Mr. Edwards' son; share memo- ries with the Wilders and Ingalls when snowed in at Christmas; witness Almanzo's stroke and the birth of baby Rose; and behold Charles' faith as he pleads for his adopted son's life. Unforgettable! GOOSEBUMPS (Blu-ray) Sony Pictures Animation Home Ent. After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper (voiced by Dylan Minette) finds a silver lining when he meets next-door neigh- bor Hannah (Odeya Rush), the daughter of best-selling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine (Jack Black). Stine is very mysterious and a prisoner of his own imagination. The monsters that his books made famous are real, and he protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their manuscripts. When the monsters are accidentally unleashed and begin to terror- ize the town, it's up to Stine, Zack and Hannah to get them back in their books where they belong! SWAMP PEOPLE: SEASON 6 (4-DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. Swamp hunters fight massive alligators and Mother Nature in this top-rated history series, as they journey into previ- ously unknown, hostile areas of the swamp. Shrewd gators try to outwit the hunters' new methods of capturing their prey. Whether using new indigenous bait, old decoys, or employing a primitive alternative to the modern hook, these hunters constantly adjust their tactics to catch and fill their tags. Enjoy 20 exciting episodes on this four-disc collection. JESSE STONE: LOST IN PARADISE (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Based on the best-selling books by Robert B, Parker, the Jesse Stone movies chronicle the cases of fictional Police Chief Jesse Stone of Paradise, MA, respected law enforcement officer whose life is complicated equally by alcohol and his rela- tionship with his ex-wife. With things running smoothly in Paradise, Stone (Tom Selleck) agrees to serve as a consultant on an unsolved murder case in Boston. Local police suspect "The Boston Ripper," a killer who is already behind bars, but Stone believes the murderer is a bit closer to home, setting him off on an investigation flled with surprises and grave danger. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 (Blu-ray) Sony Pictures Animation Home Ent. In this all-new monster come- dy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his ador- able half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn't show- ing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as Drac enlists his monster friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a "monster- in-training" boot camp! UNREAL: SEASON 1 (2-DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. Set against the backdrop of the fictitious, hit dating compe- tition show "Everlasting," UnRE- AL is ted by flawed heroine Ra- chel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby), a young producer whose sole job is to manipulate her relation- ships with and among the con- testants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage that the program's dispassionate executive producer, Quinn King (Constance Zimmer), demands. What ensues is an eye-opening look at what happens in the outrageous world of unscripted television, where being a con- testant can be vicious, and pro- ducing is a whole other reality. AGIRL LIKE HER (DVD) Cinedigm Based on a million true sto- ries. Sixteen-year-old Jessica Burns has a secret that she's afraid to share with anyone except her best friend, Brian Slater. For the past year Avery Keller, her former friend and one of the most popular and beautiful girls at South Brook- dale High School, has bullied her. With Brian's help and a hidden digital camera, the evidence of Avery's relentless harassment is captured and finally exposed. But as Jessica begins to face her bully, the two girls reach a critical point, and ultimately reveal there truly are two sides to every story. THE CONDEMNED 2 (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. After a failed mission to cap- ture the leader of a deadly gam- bling ring, bounty hunter Will Tanner (WWE Superstar Randy Orton) becomes the hunted a human target in a game in which contestants must kill or be killed. As high rollers .bet on who will survive, Will, his dad (Eric Roberts), and mem- bers of Will's team wage an all-out war against the game's mastermind. The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani LAURA ANN LAVEY, RIP A good friend of mine for over seven years passed away on January 12th after a long illness. She was only 49 years old. She suffered much the last several years, but courageously fought to live and take care of her daughter Chloe, who is just 13 years old. Her funeral at St. Augustine's Chapel was packed with fam- ily, friends and co-workers. It is always difficult to watch someone good die this way. We ask, "Why so young?" We ask, "Why so much suffering?" We ask, "Why her?" These are questions that none of us can answer. However, all of us have to believe that she is no longer suffering and has gone home to God in paradise. She will be missed and re- membered as a good and caring person. A piece of South Bos- ton died along with her as she passed from this life to the next. GAS GOING DOWN, DOWN, DOWN The price of gas at the pumps keeps dropping and don't we like this trend, huh? Look at the price over near Roslindale Square at the ALFA gas station on Washington Street. GEE, HOW EXCITING, GE IS COMING TO BOSTON Big news, so it seems, for the Bay State and City of Boston, as General Electric announced it will be opening its corporate headquarters at the Seaport. The move will bring many cur- rent employees to Boston. Both Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh are jumping for joy over this news; Senator Elizabeth Warren not so much. She has been critical over U.S. corporations who avoid paying their proper share of taxes. I am not jumping up and down for joy either. Recently, GE announced it has agreed to sell its appliances business to Qingdao Haier of China for $5.4 billion in cash. Also, the deal includes a 48.4 percent share of GE Appliances owned in Mabe, a Mexican appliance company. General Electric has moved far from the days when Ronald Reagan was the public voice of GE. That was then, this is now. Is it true that former GE employees never think about purchasing anything with the GE label on it? Why is that again? ANOTHER MOVIE NIGHT IN EASTIE Coming up at the East Bos- ton Branch Library on Thurs- day, February 4th, will be The Thomas Crown Affair, filmed in Boston back in 1968. It was a great movie starring Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Paul Burke, who played a TV detective for many years on The Naked City.If you're old like me, you will remember this long- running cop show where there were "eight million stories and this has been one of them." CARNEVALE TIME AGAIN Seems like we just celebrated Christmas and already there's talk about Carnevale. Don't forget the Carnevale Celebration that will be held at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall on Friday, February 5th. Get your tickets after Sunday Masses or at the rectory. MESSAGE TO THE LONELY AND DESERATE The MBTA and Samaritans, Inc. of Boston have teamed up to offer help to folks on subway platforms who are feeling pretty desperate and depressed. How often do we hear of jumpers on the T who sadly decide that life is so bad that jumping in front of a train looks like a good idea? It doesn't happen on a daily basis, but it does happen often enough to at least try and do something positive about it. The T's "You Are Not Alone" program says even saving one life will have been worth it. In the past three years, there have been 28 deaths ruled as sui- cides, 16 on the commuter rail and 12 more on MBTA subway tracks. A big thank you to the MBTA and Samaritans for teaming up on this issue. COPS CAN SEARCH CELLPHONES The state Supreme Judicial Court, in a split decision, has ruled that photos found on cell phones are fair game for police so long as they have a warrant. This has alarmed defense attor- neys and civil rights advocates who say the ruling chips away at privacy rights. One argu- ment against the ruling is that it opens the door to potential violations of citizen privacy rights. Search warrants are for a reason, not a fishing trip. However, the Court in this case has ruled that if there is prob- able cause, the information on a phone should be made available to the cops. BOSTON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATION The Boston International Women's Day Celebration will be held on Sunday, March 6th at 1:00 pm at Spinelli's Function Facility on Route 1 in Lynnfield. For more information, contact Francesca at 781-654-5975. MASCOT FUTURE IN DOUBT? Up in Tewksbury, for de- cades, athletes at Tewksbury Memorial High School have proudly worn sweatshirts and jackets that display the school's nickname and an image of a Native American in a feath- ered headdress. However, a parent of an elementary school student who came home with forms to order Redmen apparel said, "No." She reportedly is uncomfortable with the town's mascot. Spurred on by her and another parent, there will be a public forum on this issue on January 27th to discuss whether it is time for a new mascot. The battle has begun, as sup- porters of the Redmen mascot have joined a Facebook group called "Redmen ... Here to Stay" and are buying Redman attire to wear to the upcoming meeting. Go Redmen! GREAT LETTER IN 1/19 BOSTON HERALD "Now that the federal gov- ernment is looking at housing hundreds Of unaccompanied migrant kids at Hanscom Air Force Base ... how will the good liberals of the abutting towns of Lexington and Bedford react if it comes down to taking these kids into THEIR school sys- tems? ... I am sure sanctuary cities are fine with them as long as it is someone else's city." FIDELITY CEO RICHEST IN BOSTON Anybody out there shocked by the above news? Certainly not me. Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson is worth a whopping $12.3 billion and is rated the richest person in Boston according to a Forbes ranking of the wealthiest people in America's 50 largest cities.