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PagelO POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 18, 2013 OOQOOOOOOOOOQOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOQOOQOOQOOOOO by Bob Morello .. more than meets the eye o 00000000000000000000000000000000 CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE (21-DVD) StarVista Ent.-Time Life Welcome to 'China Beach,' part EVAC hospital, part USA entertainment center -- this outpost of craziness and compassion introduces us to the Vietnam War through the eyes of the women who served there. An extraordi- nary group of characters in a unique, exotic place where so many things came to- gether -- horror and laugh- ter, heroism and sacrifice, and unforgettable and iconic music. The cast was made up of US Army doctors and nurses, officers, soldiers, Red Cross volunteers and civilian personnel, either on leave or at the end of their tour of duty. Many episodes and story lines were based on real-life stories of those who served, stories brought to rich life by a talented ensemble cast that featured many actors just beginning to make their marks on the industry. Including Dana Delany, Marg Helgenberger, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo and Ricki Lake. Con- tents have 62 episodes, a 32-page collector's book, 10 hours of bonus features and over 300 classic hit songs SESAME STREET: BEING BRAVE) Warner Bros. Home Ent. Children learn to overcome their fears with Sesame Street's special brand of hon- esty and humor. Elmo, Grover and friends learn strategies to deal with scary thunder- storms, strange shadows, unfamiliar dogs and buzzing bees! Plus, great ideas for managing common preschool fears, by focusing on strate- gies to overcome obstacles and face common fears. Grover asks --"Are you brave enough"? Enter to win a FREE copy of this DVD, see below. THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S EDITION (6-Blu-ray) Warner Home Video Christopher Nolan's three Batman films -- Batman Be- gins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, have been released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, as 'The Dark Knight Tril- ogy." This six-disc set fea- tures all three films with their existing extra content, two new featurettes and exclusive new collectible memorabilia. The extensive 'collector's edition' contains the following: Disc 1: Batman Begins (Feature and Special Features), Disc 2: The Dark Knight (Feature), Disc 3: The Dark Knight (Special Features), Disc 4: The Dark Knight Rises (Feature), Disc 5: The Dark Knight Rises (Special Features), and Disc 6: Bonus disc of new special features. Those features have, 'The Fire Rises: The Creation and impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy, A con- versation with directors, Nolan and Richard Donner, plus IMAX sequences! BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (DVD) HBO Home Ent. Outrageous entertainer and flamboyant pianist, Liberace (Michael Douglas) lived lav- ishly and embraced a life- style of excess. In the sum- mer of 1977, handsome young Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) walked into his dressing room and despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a se- cretive five-year love affair. 'Candelabra' captures the essence of Liberace's appeal, while taking a behind-the- scenes look at their tem- pestuous relationship. The film's all-star supporting cast includes Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds. DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SERIES (4-Blu-ray) BBC Home Ent. Thirteen blockbuster epi- sodes from the seventh series of the iconic sci-fi series 'Doctor Who.' Say fare- well to" the Ponds all over again. Met the enigmatic Clara for the first time -- and the second, and the third. Face enemies new and old, follow the Doctor to the one place he should never go, and learn the secret to a really great souffld. The cliffhanger ending will leave fans breathless and will remind fans of Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Spe- cial on November 23 and the Doctor's regeneration in this year's Christmas Special. ROBOT CHICKEN: SEASON 6 (Blu-ray) Warner Home Video 'Robot Chicken' is the lat- est release from Adult Swim, the top-rated animated TV series from Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. The se- ries continues to bring pop- culture parodies to life in the modern take on the variety/ sketch show format that has become its trademark. Featured are all 20 epi- sodes from season six, and boasts a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes footage and insider-access content -- enough to satiate any fan of Adult Swim and pop culture. WIN A COPY OF SESAME STREET'S 'BEING BRAVE Enter to win a free DVD copy of Sesame Street's 'Be- ing Brave,' by answering the following question correctly. Which Sesame character asks young viewers the ques- tion -- 'Are you Brave?' Send your answer to bobmorello@ Winners will be selected from correct entries received. 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 STARTING GATE Last week I was driving along Atlantic Avenue behind a tour bus full of, you guessed it, tourists. On the back of the bus was a sign reading "The journey is just as impor- tant as the destination." Personally, my journey improved once I got away from that bus. DOG WALK FOR QUINCY ANIMAL SHELTER The Quincy Animal Shelter's fifth annual "Cause 4 Paws" 5k run and 1 mile dog walk will take place on October 20~ at 10:00 am. Registration and pledge forms are available at For more infor- mation, email fundraising@quincyanimal or call 617-376-1349. LINEHAN OPENS SOUTHIE CAMPAIGN WHERE? District 2 City Councilor Billy Linehan recently opened up his campaign office on East Broadway, 666 East Broadway to be exact. When asked about "666"? He just laughed and said the devil made him do it. FIELDS CORNER NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL For nearly six months, the Fields Corner Community Action Network, consisting of community groups, non-profits, Area-C-11 and residents have been working to set up watches on all the streets in the Fields Corner community. Already 65 streets are getting watched with more to come. There are eight civic groups that share this area and now it appears they will be working together to tackle bigger issues. For more information, contact Barry Mullen at 617-593-1037. THE NEW WORLD HEADQUARTERS OF CONVERSE INC. As I drive over toward the North End from City Square in Charlestown, I keep watch- ing the construction work being done at 150 North Washington Street that ,once had a RMV office on the first floor Soon when com- pleted it will be the world headquarters of Converse Inc., the giant sneaker PeOPle. Right behind it the building that once housed the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company (Sunshine Biscuits) has been razed to make way for more residential units for the North Sta- tion area. By the way, my mother once worked there back when she was younger as did many Townies back in the day. HAVE YOU NOTICED THOSE BENNETT DOOR SIGNS? "Bennett for Sheriff" green wooden door signs. Doug Bennett, a candidate for city coun- cil in the past is now seeking to become Suffolk County Sheriff next year when Sheriff Steve Tompkins stands for election. Bennett has taken to painting old doors green instead of buying normal campaign signs. He says it is to help the environment. He apparently is into, I guess, ecology. Save the planet and recycle old doors. GRAND OPENING AT MAVERICK MARKET PLACE On October 10th, the newly completed Maverick Market Place at the old Welfare Building at 154 Maverick Street held its grand opening. Folks were able to visit the new shops and businesses that are calling Eastie home. I stopped by one recent after- noon for a great cup of coffee served up by owner Mercedes Pica. MASTERSON BASH BIG HIT I was back in my old hood in Roxbury two weekends ago at the revived Masterson Family September BBQ on Eustis Street right behind St. Patrick's Church at Richie Masterson's place. Richie is a great political guy. Back in the day, he was Dapper O' Neil's driver to wakes, funerals and even happy affairs too. City Councilor Steve Murphy showed up too. He too once drove Dapper all over the place and learned much from the Dap on how to be a: good cbur!cilor. BREAST CANCER AWARENESS EVENT AT SAVAS STUDIOS Louise Finno (seated in chair) with Anna DiBenedetto standing behind her and the Savas Studio and breast cancer volunteers taking part in this event. This past Saturday, Savas Studio down at the end of Hanover Street held a photo shoot day taking photos of cancer survivors. While I was inside this neat little shop, Louise Finno and Anna DiBenedetto stopped by to check out the event. Louise even had her photo taken. The color of the day was pink. SUFFOLK DOWNS HOLDS SENIOR LUNCHEON AT LOGAN Cassy Martorana, Sal LaMattina and Ayanna Pressley Two Mondays ago, more than 300 seniors from East Boston were guests of Suffolk Downs at the Hilton Harborside Hotel for a great buffet luncheon. City Councilor Sal LaMattina was a crowd favorite when he arrived as was City Councilor at Large Ayanna Pressley. Also showing up was City Councilor at Large hopeful Marty Keogh from West Roxbury. FREE WATER ANYONE I was over in the Quincy Marketplace recently near the Black Rose working a sausage cart. We also sell water. A young guy comes up and asked how much a bottle of water was. When I told him two bucks, he said that was outrageous. I laughed and he bought the water from me. He then asked me how much bottle water went for back when I was his age and I told him, we never bought our water. If I ever told my mother, I went to the store to buy water, she would have wanted to have my head examined. ;IT WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM City Councilor Steve Murphy and Richie .... ..... a.s.t.cllks 9 a. .....................