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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 14, 2014 .V00E.WS. = :re =: :ee:e .. i l CHICAGO: DIAMOND EDITION (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensa- tion Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and spotlight- seeking Roxie Hart (Rende Zellweger) both find them- selves sharing space on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notori- ous defendants into local leg- ends. But in Chicago there's only room for one legend. Winning over six Academy Awards, including Best Pic- ture (2002), this brand-new, fully restored feature film is set to razzle-dazzle audi- ences once again; includes an all-new feature-length documentary, "Chicago in the Spotlight." THE VENTURE BROS. - SEASON FIVE (Blu-ray) Warner Home Video The top-rated series "Th'e Venture Bros." returns with its exciting fifth season of adventures. The popular animated series, starring the super-science-minded youths of the Venture fam- ily, offers up all eight epi- sodes on this Blu-ray collec- tion. Join them as they explore it all, from the steamy jungles of Central America to the sparkling sands of the Greek Islands to the seedy back alley of Tangier to the jagged cliffs of By-Golly Gulch. In spite of it all, the Venture family can't escape the treachery of enemies old, new and within. Enjoy deleted scenes and commentary from series creator. GAME OF THRONES: 3 Rv SEASON (5-Blu-ray) HBO Home Ent. In the third season of the hit HBO drama series "Game of Thrones," the Lannisters barely hold on to the throne after a s'avage naval on- Slaught from Stannis Bar- atheon, while stirrings in the north threaten to alter the overall balance of power. Robb Stark, King in the North, faces major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannis- ters, while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings con- tinue their inexorable march south. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen -- reunited with her three fast- maturing dragons -- at- tempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne. The battling families of Westeros con- tinue to clash as bonds are strained, loyalties are tested, and cruel fates are met. Shocking! BEWARE THE BATMAN: SHADOWS OF GOTHAM (DVD) Warner Bros. Home Ent. Another night falls in Gotham City, and the ever- vigilant Dark Knight watches over his city and its citi- zens. With the help of his ex-secret agent butler, Alfred and sword-wielding assas- sin Katana, Batman wages a tireless war against Gotham's twisted criminal underworld. Buckle up for 13 all-new adventures from the first season and ride along as Batman battles the evil machinations of Profes- sor Pyg, Magpie, Mister Toad and criminal mastermind Anarky. It's a crime-fighting collection of hidden clues, cool tech and detective thrills as Batman prowls in the shadows, ready to de- liver action-packed excite- ment and justice! Villains beware! WINGS (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. A few weeks before a big air show competition, Ace, a young aircraft fighter, gets his acceptance letter to take part in the prestigious com- petition. Determined to be the next champion, he ven- tures out to find and train with Colonel, a legendary retired aircraft fighter. But lurking in the wings of the flight training camp is an- other competitor, Cyclone, who will stop at nothing to win the title for himself. On the day of the big competi- tion, Ace and Cyclone com- pete, leaving only one brave aircraft fighter not only the champion, but also a hero. It will be Ace's journey of a lifetime! YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON (DVD) Well Go USA From legendary action director Tsui Hark comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie's beginnings in the imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster ter- rorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treach- ery and betrayal, leading to the highest reaches of the imperial family. Martial arts at its best! SWAMP PEOPLE: SEASON 4 (6-DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. In Season 4, the resolute crews face wild weather, a ticking clock and life-threat- ening feats. While surround- ing states are knee-deep in drought and dehydration, the swampers once again wade through the Atchafalaya waters as Hurricane Isaac hits on gator season's open- ing day. With the ultimate goal of bigger" gators and higher profits, the hunters employ new and unconven- tional baiting techniques. The Federal Trade Commission " The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings AIR CARGO TIME COMING UP SOON Michelle DeFronzo just in- formed this column that the upcoming Air Cargo Club NE will be holding its 8  Annual International Trade Night at the Winthrop Yacht Club on March 204 at 6:00 pm. KUDOS TO BEACON HILL State lawmalers moved quickly last week, as did our governor, after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled it was not illegal to take photos or videos of unsuspecting skirt-wearing women, as one Arlington man reportedly did back in 2010. The House and Senate both passed a bill criminaliz- ing the secret video-taping or snapping pictures of a person's sexual or other intimate parts, known as "up-skirting." This legisla- tion was such a no-brainer. BAD FORTUNE COOKIE MESSAGES FOR CONDOMS Condoms with sleazy mes- sages led Boston Public Schools to pull tens of thou- sands of donated condoms from city schools after par- ents got rightly upset over inappropriate messages on the wrappers. The 40,000 condoms were donated by the State Depart- ment of Public Health, and now the condoms have been replaced by a new supply from the Boston Public Health Commission. What were state public health officials thinking? FABRICATED CONTROVERSY HURTS SOUTHIE Kudos to Paul Walkowski and Chester Darling for their great letter to the editor in the Boston Herald last week taking on a recent commen- tary by Margery Eagan on the South Boston Allied War Veterans, who put on the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. State the two letter writers, "The organizers don't de- serve Eagan's callous and by Sal Giarratani offensive remarks" and "Now, an obnoxious advocacy group with an agenda has tried to poison the event." HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY FROM SEN. SAL DIDOMENICO Over at the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown this past weekend, State Senator Sal DiDomenico held his annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. The color of the night was green and more green, but it didn't stop five Sals from showing up at the time. Photographers had to snap this moment in history as Senator Sal DiDomenico, his father Sal, his little son Sal, City Coun- cilor Sal LaMattina and I posed for the camera lenses. The hall was packed with Irish and the wannabe Irish. The food was Irish, the band was Irish-and Tony V, who is not Irish, told lots of good Irish jokes. While there I bumped into the Somerville aldermen's table and chattered with Ward 3 Alderman Bob McWatters and talked 01d Somerville politics. I told him that back in my 20- something years I lived on George Street, and he called the area almost Charlestown rather than East Somerville. We chatted about S. Lester Ralph and Marie Howe and had some good laughs. I should have given Bob a good campaign slogan for his next race, "Vote Bob McWatters: Be Ambi- tious. Not Thirsty." Get it, McWatters? Never-mind! NAZZARO CENTER AWARDS BREAKFAST The annual Nazzaro Cen- ter's Awards Breakfast will recognize all their young people who participated in the center's basketball pro- grams this winter. Three cheers for the Small Fry Leaguers and CYO Knights. A breakfast will be held at Filippo's Restaurant on Sunday, March 30 , starting at 10:00 am. For more FIVE SAL'S -- L to R: Sal Giarratani, Senator Sal DiDomenico, his son Sal, his father Sal, and City Councilor Sal LaMattina posed for the camera. details, stop by the Nazzaro Community Center or call 617-635-5166. SOLO MIO TIME The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will be hosting a Musical Explo- ration of Neapolitan Song on Saturday, March 15 th at 2:30 pm at the new North Bennet Street School on North Street. For more into, go to N.H. BILL BACKS D.C. VOTING RIGHTS The "Taxation Without Representation" advocates of getting voting rights in Con- gress to folks living in the District of Columbia arrived in New Hampshire at the State Capitol. D.C. citizens have only a non-voting del- egate in the House and no senator-in the Senate. All of the D.C.'s budget and laws are subject to congressional oversight. The executive director of "D.C.Votes" thinks it is time for direct representation in Congress for its 646,000 resi- dents. A hearing was held by the New Hampshire House Committee of State, Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs, and a state rep from New Hampshire actually introduced a resolution en- dorsing voting rights for D.CI residents. The House up in Concord sees a mid-March vote on the resolution. When our Founders moved the national capital from New York City to the city of Washington, the District of Columbia was carved out of two surrounding states, Maryland and Virginia, if memory serves me well. Our Founders saw the District as the government seat, not the large metropolitan area it is today. Something went amiss at some point and the City of Washington turned into a large urban center. How do citizens of the Dis- trict get on Capitol Hill if it isn't a state? Our national government consists of indi- vidual states within a fed- eral union. Like the District of Colum- bia, Puerto Rico lacks full representation in Washing- ton, D.C. because it is a commonwealth and not a state. Often Puerto Rican citizens vote on its future and statehood is not a majority viewpoint on the island yet. How do you make a city a state? How do you make a state that was carved out of other states? The real solution might be to return those sections of the District back to the states from whence they came. Then, keep the fed- eral government the only inhabitants of the entire Washington, D.C. Residents of the City of Washington do not consti- tute a state, plain and simple. Allowing the City of Washington to become a reality was not foreseen by any of the early 194 cen- tury American leaders who followed our original founders in running our , (PhptOo  JRo, sGr:/9 oS, cizbl ,o{[ P hpogrlaohyl,,,g.,I/.gI,pag,rlt,., .......... .,: