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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 11,2013 @@@@@@O@@@@@@@OQ@@@@@@@O@@@@@@@O@@@@@@@@@@@@ | _IIDEO ! i Bob Morello "VIEWS : ... more than meets the eye eoOOoooooooooooo@oieoooOtoOoeooeo THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS (6-DVD) StarVista Ent. -Time Life What began as a ratings booster for the final season of "The Dean Martin Show" in 1973, evolved into "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts," an eagerly awaited franchise of regular NBC TV specials that targeted the biggest names in the world of entertainment and beyond. From Bob Hope to Muhammad All, Johnny Carson to LuciHe Ball, Gov. Ronald Reagan to Redd Foxx (roasted twice), anybody with a thick skin and a good agent was fair game. Roastmaster General Martin kept things loose and lively, deflecting his share of stray barbs from the guest roasters. Honorees were billed as "Man/Woman of the Week" during the last season of Martin's variety show and "Man/Woman of the Hour" for the specials. In 1974, the show moved from Los Angeles to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas for the remainder of the run. The 54 roasts ran until 1984 and Dino hosted all but One of them -- "Mr. Warmth" Don Rickles took over for Dean in that roast. This 6-disc Collector's Edition, is available at retail outlets nationwide, and includes 12 complete and unedited Celeb- rity Roasts. See below to win a copy. THE FUGITIVE (Blu-ray) Warner Home Video It's been two decades since the chase began. For Dr. Rich- ard Kimble (Harrison Ford), a wrongfully convicted fugitive, the trail leads toward the one-armed man he believes mur- dered his wife. For U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones), the hunt will end with the capture of escaped pris- oner Kimble. Filled with tension, twists and an unforget- table train wreck, this critically acclaimed thriller remains one of the greatest cat-and-mouse pursuits of all time. LUTHER 3 (DVD) BBC Home Ent. Idris Elba returns as John Luther in the role, which earned him a 2012 Golden Globe for 'Best Actor.' In the third mini- series of this riveting psychological thriller, a twisted fetishist is targeting young women in London. As Luther is called to another case, will the killer escape his grips? Luther faces an even bigger threat, as members of his own team will stop at nothing to bring him down And as a vigilante killer takes justice into his own hand, Luther questions his owns sense of morality. Can he contime to walk the thin line between right and wrong or has he fnally met his match? REVOLUTION: THE FIRST SEISON (DVD) Warner Home Vide In this epic adventure thriller, a famiy struggles to sur- vive in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of overgrown cities, treacherous militias md heroic freedom fighters, fifteen years after every single piece of technology -- computers, planes, cars, phones, evea lights -- had sud- denly blacked out ... forever. A swashbuckling journey of hope and rebirth, 'Revolution' is seen through the eyes of a strong-willed woman, Charlie Matheson, who has lost mem- bers of her family in the blackout's tragic aftermath. With a rogue band of survivors -- including her mother, Rachel and uncle Miles, an ex-marine and militia leader, she sets out to destroy the dangerous Monroe Militia in order to re-establish the United States of America. LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. A romantic comedy set in Sorrento, Italy. Philip (Pierce Brosnan) an Englishman living in Denmark, is a middle- aged widower and estranged single father. Ida (Trine Dyrholm) is a Danish hairdresser whose husband has just left her for a younger woman. The fates of these two souls are about to intertwine as they embark for a trip to Italy to attend the wedding of Philip's son and Ida's daughter. It's a story about seeking love and having the courage to change your life -- even when you think it's too late. PARADE'S END (DVD) HBO Home Eng. Set over a tumultuous ten-year period in the early I900s, it centers around honorable English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), who puts principles first by marrying Sylvia (Rebecca Hall), a pretty, manipulative socialite who gives birth to a child who may not be his. While enduring his new wife's whims and overt indiscretions, he finds himself captivated by a fearless young suffragette, Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens), but refuses to give in to their mutual passion or end his marriage to Sylvia. War and the far-reaching changes to the English class system, plus being the possibility of a future where honor and passion might co-exist, he lets go of the ties and tradi- tions of his privileged past. WIN A COPY OF THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS Enter to win a 6-DVD set of this 'Collector's Edition.' Dean Martin did not host all 12 roasts -- who took over for him? Send to: Winners selected from correct entries. r ,q J.M. MECHANICAL SERVICES, INC. Plumbing , Heating . Gas Fitting o Fire Sprinklers BackflowPreventers COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL INDUSTRIAL 24- HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE (617) 561-4733 , 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 THERE WAS A CAR UN- DER ALL THOSE BUMPERSTICKERS Last Thursday, I was behind a car along Centre Street in West Roxbury. The car, I kid you not, had ten, count 'em, ten bumper stickers on it. The rear win- dow, the bumper and even on the trunk door. The driver even had an aging oval- shaped "Fitzy" bumper sticker which had to be close to 17 years old. I could tell by the ethnicity of the candidates, that the driver was Irish and from the old Kevin Fitzgerald sticker originally from Mission Hill too. My old car once looked like this woman's car but now I try and tone down the political look. Even I never put I0 bumper stickers on that old car of mine. ALFA IS ALPHA WITH PUMP PRICES Two Fridays. ago, I stopped by the ALFA gas station just outside Roslindale Square on Washington Street. The prices here are always great. On this particular day, 87 octane was, I kid you not, going for $3.27. I love this place. PAULA KNOWS BETTER? Joe Young has a new cook down at the Elite in Day Square. I love this place and the great food there. Paula just started at the grill behind the counter and is doing a super job of it. I love my pancake and oat- meal breakfast. I call it my "usual" but apparently, my "usual" seemed boring to her. She asked if I would like to have blueberry oatmeal one morning and I said, "Why not"? The next morning she wanted to serve me straw- berry oatmeal and I said "why not" again. On the third morning she said she had nothing new and I said, "How about my plain oatmeal again." She laughed and started boiling my plain oatmeal. Her oat- meal experiment was over. Thank God. PHIL FHATTAROLLI HAD A GREAT RUN Phil Frattarolli didn't make it out of the preliminary. His campaign for city council at large grind came to an end. However, he showed some political promise. He ran a good campaign and looked good on the stump. He will be back. In District 1 he did quite well especially in East Boston where I was working the polls at the high school. SANTARPIO'S EASTIE TRADITION Boston politics are very traditional. In South Bos- ton, on the morning of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, they have gathered for a pre- parade breakfast roast. In Charlestown, the Bunker Hill Associates do pretty much the same thing the morning of the Bunker Hill Day Parade. Over in Eastie, poli- ticians and political junkies gather around noon time on Election Days at Santarpio's for pizza, lamb, sausages and jokes. ..... This year at Santarpio's, City Councilor Sal LaMattina ran the show and all went well as the mayor showed up and yukked it too. Next March will be interesting over in Southie as Senator Linda Dorcena Forry takes on emcee duties the morn- ing of the parade. We shall see how that turns out and that's no blarney. There are some upset about her leading the morning jokefest and view her as a banshee which she is not. But neither is she Irish except by marriage. KUHNER WOULDN'T EVEN TAKE A LIFEJACKET Sometimes I don't get Jeff Kuhner at all. Recently, he got on this kick about the banning of tattoos in the military below the elbows and knees. He said it was an at- tack on manhood. Whatever. Even when callers who had served in the military 10, 20, 30 years ago said there was no issue of tattoos to rev up over, he continued on his merry way. Finally, he must have seen the light because after coming back from a break, he was on a new kick. He went from tattoos to foot- ball just like that rather than admit he didn't know what he had been yelling about for about one hour on the air. Kuhner is very en- tertaining but one can't be seemingly that ignorant. Most of the time I learn much from Kuhner's opines because the mainstream media likes to hid lots from its readers. CAN CHARLIE BAKER WIN? Charlie Baker is back on the campaign trail for gover- nor next year and at the moment, the Republicans seem to be clearing the field. Last time around he had his clock beaten by Governor Deval Patrick which shocked many conservative Demo- crats like myself. He had a great running mate in Tesei but it didn't work. Baker never gelled with the elec- torate. This time around we are told, he will run as the real Charlie Baker. Who was he in 2010? He still looks like a Republican nerd. If Coakley gets the Democrats' nod, I hate to think how low the voter turnout will be in November 2014. I loved that so phony looking diner tour of the state Coakley took after announcing her candi- dacy. Does she really look like the diner type? I heard reportedly in Medford, most diners at Dempsey's never saw her in there before the tour. Anybody have any ideas on appropriate running mates for both or either of them for Campaign ' 14? KATZ ANF GRAHAM IN THE BOSTON HERALD Two of my favorite Boston Herald columnists are Jeff Katz and Michael Graham. They are informative and entertaining and make readers think about the issues out there of impor- tance. Recently, Graham wrote about public housing in Cambridge why the city is now banning smoking inside apartments of public housing residents. Graham thought that this is another example of government try- ing to protect us from our- selves. However, I looked at this issue in a different light. Back over 40 years ago, I lived in Orchard Park over in Roxbury. Had the B.H.A. told project residents to smoke outdoors, there (Continued on Page 15) HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY America in History Landing of Columbus Designs created & implemented by Constantino Brumidi (1805-I 880) The Michelangelo o[ the United States Capitol OCTOBER ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH COMMITTEE Giuseppe Pastorelli, Consul General of Italy, Honorary Chairman James DiStefano, President Dr. John Christoforo, Chairman of the Board Salvatore Bramante, Vice-President Fiscal Affairs Marisa Di Pieco, Recording Secretary Dr. Spencer DiScala, Historian Dr. Stephen F. Maio, Director of Education Carmelite Bello, State President OSIA, Director Maurizio Pasquale, President COM/TES, Director Anna Ouadri, President Italian American Assoc. of N.E. Director Comm. Ling Rullo, President Emeritus Hon. Joseph V. Ferrino, Ret., Chairman Emeritus Hon. Peter W. Agnes, Jr., Chairman Emeritus (617) 499-7955 Happy Columbus Day 2013] Green Cross Pharmacy FARMACIA CROCE VERDE J. Giangregorio, Reg. Ph. - F. 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