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Page 1"0 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 10, 2015 i VlEWS...morethan I ............................... JAG: THE COMPLETE SERIES (DVD) CBS+Paramount Military murder ... treason ... terrorism. They're all in- vestigated and prosecuted by the elite legal wing of lawyers known as JAG (Judge Advocate General). This action- packed, 56-disc collection covers all 10 seasons of the se- ries that explodes with action, drama, and adventure, and stars JAG's top-flight team of characters portrayed by David ,James Elliott, Catherine Bell, John M. Jackson, Patrick Labyorteaux, Scott Lawrence, and Zoe McLellan. A highly stylized Complete Collector's Edition ready to soar, and loaded with special features. Also includes 'Insider's Manual' featuring Intel about the actual JAG Corps and military history, character biographies, trivia, and more. LONESOME DOVE CHURCH (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. Oscar nominee Tom Berenger delivers frontier jus- tice in this stirring Western based on the true story of the founding of the Lonesome Dove Church. John Shepherd (Berenger) is an itinerant preacher with dreams of build- ing his own church. When his estranged son, Isaac, is accused of robbery and murder, John puts his faith and future on the line by coming to Isaac's defense, facing off against a cold-blooded killer in a guns-blazing stand for redemption. IMITATION GAME (Blu-ray) Anchor Bay Ent. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in the film, 'Imitation Game,' were among the 8 Academy Award nomi- nations received. Cumberbatch was nominated for Actor in a Leading Role, and Knightley for Actress in a Support- ing Role. During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing on charges of 'gross indecency,' an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality - the officials not aware, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Fa- mously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. VICE (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) has designed the ulti- mate resort: VICE, where anything goes, and the cus- tomers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think, and feel like humans. When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian's mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) who is hell- bent on shutting down VICE, and stopping the violence once and for all. BOB DYLAN -- ROADS RAPIDLY CHANGING (DVD) Chrome Dreams A documentary film by Tom O'Dell, 'In & Out of the Folk Revival 1961-1965 has folk music looking to the past for inspiration. Minnesotan Robert Allen Zimmerman, renamed Bob Dylan, would compose and perform songs which virtually the entire revivals as based. He epitomized the scene like no other, and was no finger-in-the-ear tra- ditionalist. Follow Dylan's departure from the US Folk Re- vival, featuring new interviews with many of the big players from the scene as it unfolded, as well as timely footage, rare performances, archive media and numerous other fea- tures. Dylan begins an American tour in April in support of his new album, "Shadows in the Night." SON OF A GUN (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. 'Son of a Gun' is a gritty, action-packed heist film with an epic jailbreak, in a rough and tumble story of an unruly band of master thieves who launch a gold heist. After break- ing out of prison, Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor), Australia's most notorious criminal enlists 19-year-old JR (Brenton Thwaites) to accompany him and his crew on a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However when things start to go terribly wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. PETTICOAT JUNCTION: FAMILY FAVORITE EPISODES (DVD) CBS+Paramount Don't miss out on all the comical misadventures of the Bradley ladies with the 'Petticoat Junction Family Favorite Episodes' compilation. Featured in all eight of these beloved, top-rated episodes are the Shady Rest Hotel caretaker Kate Bradley and her three beautiful daughters, Betty Jo, Bobble Jo, and Billie Jo. Between keeping lazy Uncle Joe in line, as well as maintaining a watchful eye on her daughters' hectic love lives. Kate has more than enough to keep her hands full. These treasured episodes provide enough fun and entertainment to keep the whole family laughing for hours. SUBCONSCIOUS (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. In 1943, the Navy submarine USS Lionfish was inexpli- cably shut down, and its commander, Tony Sterling, disap- peared without a trace. Seventy years later, Sterling's grandson, professor Peter Williams, is recruited by a top- secret government agency to investigate. Aboard the Lion- fish, Peter and his team uncover clues to the sub's cryptic past -- and are plunged into a terrifying, supernatural jour- ney that will take them across the dark abyss of time, with history hanging in the balance. 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 STATE'S STUN GUN BAN DECLARED LEGAL According to Justice Fran- cis X. Spina writing for the state Supreme Judicial Court, "The Legislature can remove from public access devices that can incapaci- tate, injure, or kill a person by disrupting the central nervous system." So, our highest state court says none of us have a Sec- ond Amendment right to a stun gun. The court believes the stun gun issue was a Legislative right to decide. The court did say that stun guns may have value for pur- poses of self-defense, but the issue was not constitutional by jurisdiction. I see this decision headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the only likely alternative for those who believe stun guns are covered by the Second Amendment. ORLANDELLA RECEIVES PIONEER AWARD Phil Orlandella recently received the Nazzaro Cen- ter/NEAA's first Pioneer Award for all his community work over the years. The award is named for Dominic Campochiaro, who was a chartered member of NEAA. Coach Dom was the longest running NEAA president. Orlandella is the editor of the Regional Review and was presented the award at the Nazzaro Center/NEAA Bas- ketball Banquet at Filippo Ristorante. Orlandella thanked all for the award saying, "I received many awards in the past, but the latest one is always the best." REVERE ANNUAL 5K ROAD RACE JUNE 13 th The City of Revere's an- nual 5K Road Race is sched- uled for Saturday, June 13 th at the Whelan School. Last year over 200 participated in this event and either walked or ran on a beautiful spring morning. Hopefully, it will be another beautiful day with even more participants. Last year it was a great success. Stay tuned for more details right here. SHOULD THEY TAX POT? I say why not, they tax everything else, don't they? Hey, if pot shops are coming, it was only a matter of time that someone up on Beacon Hill would try to make a revenue stream out of it. Personally, I don't like taxes in general, but if they tax cigarettes and booze, why not pot? Recently caught up with Marie Giardina and Sonny Celona at Adrian Madaro's victory party. Looks like Sonny can't wait for the Red Sox season to k/ck-off. They are a popular couple on the dance floor. Many think they are very close to getting on Dancing with the Stars. HOLY TRINITY GOING CONDO TOO The Holy Trinity Church on Shawmut Avenue in the South End is going yuppie. South End-based developer New Boston Ventures has unveiled a plan to build a boutique condominium build- ing on the site of the former church, built in 1877. It will be turned into an eight-story building of glass and steel that will burst out of the Holy Trinity Church build- ing. Said architect James Alexander, "You could tear it down and start over, which would be a tragedy." BIG DOINGS FOR SOUTH BAY MALL South Bay Mall has turned into a great shopping mall since it opened in the early '90s at the site of an old Sears warehouse. It is right off the Southeast Express- way, an ideal place for suc- cess, which it has been for two decades now. Recently, the B.R.A. announced that the mall's operator, Edens Inc., wants to expand the complex by adding another 190 acres. They are talk- ing about a transit-oriented "town center" with more stores, a movie theatre, hotel and maybe up to 500 units of housing. A bigger and better South Bay Mall? Anybody out there have any opinions on this grand idea? KENNEDY INSTITUTE ANOTHER WASTE OF TAX DOLLARS Last week on Monday, March 30 th, I ended up stopped in traffic on the Southeast Expressway, right above 1-90. The State Police had halted all southbound traffic in anticipation of the presidential motorcade headed to Dorchester from Logan Airport via the Ted (Photo by Sal Giarratani) Williams Tunnel. At first I thought there was an acci- dent up ahead and then I remembered the grand open- ing of the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute at UMass Boston and that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would both be speaking at the ceremony. I still can't figure out why this Kennedy Institute is such a big deal. A tribute to someone who spent a half- century in the U.S. Senate. I know he did a lot of good along the way, but I also remember what he did that wasn't so good for the American taxpayers too. What bugs me is that originally, this shrine to Teddy was to be privately funded, but apparently there wasn't enough private funders out there. So, of course, who comes to the rescue? You, to the tune of a little less than $40 mil- lion. I hope this idea doesn't become commonplace be- cause we the people can't afford such shrines, can we? GIANGREGORIO HONORED WITH "I MIGLIORI" AWARD Giuseppe Giangregorio, co-owner of the Green Cross Pharmacy, has received an "I Migliori" Award as an Ital- ian American who has made significant contributions to his profession and the Ital- ian American Community over the years. BEAWOLFE RETURNING TO CENTER STAGE SOON The legendary rock band Beawolfe from Eastie will be performing at O'Brien's on Saturday, April 184. O'Brien's is located on Boston Street on the Saugus/Lynn line. "Best music around." says the electrifying Dom Petro- sino on guitar. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Cruz must widen his base to include more somewhat conservatives and moder- ates or face a big loss in November 2016 no matter who the Democrits put up against a Cruz candidacy. No Pay Annulments The Diocese of Pittsburgh has ended fees for annul- ments in keeping with the recent comments of Pope Francis that the church should make it less difficult for divorced Catholics to re- marry in the church. Said Bishop David Zubik, "My staff and I have long dreamed of this move. Our dear Pope Francis inspired us to act nOW." Pittsburgh is not the first U.S. Diocese to do so. The Diocese of Altoona-Johns- town in Pennsylvania stopped charging fees back in the late 1980s. WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM