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Randy A. Salas

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Porky Pig

Home video: 'Porky Pig 101' offers big set of the porcine punster

Fans of classic animation are in for a treat with the release of "Porky Pig 101"
Gal Gadot stars in “Wonder Woman.”

Home video: 'Wonder Woman' saves the day

One of the best movies of the year, "Wonder Woman" (out Tuesday) inspires as it entertains.
"Batman: Mask of the Phantasm."

Home video: Best Batman movie finally lands on Blu-ray

The poorly received debut of "Batman and Harley Quinn" recalls what is arguably the best Batman movie to date.
Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) in “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.”

Home video: 'Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2' is so spaced out

"Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" gleefully triumphs as the best Marvel movie so far.
Clint Eastwood stars in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

New Blu-ray of 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' offers best of Old West

One of the finest films ever made, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" gets a well-deserved makeover in a 50th-anniversary Blu-ray coming Tuesday from Kino.
Jeffrey Combs stars in “Re-Animator.”

Home video: New 'Re-Animator' Blu-ray offers all that gore, and more

Director Stuart Gordon's over-the-top gore-fest — based on H.P. Lovecraft's tale of a scientist's mad quest to bring the dead back to life — looks more gruesome than ever in a new, limited-edition Blu-ray.
Scarlett Johansson stars in “Ghost in the Shell.”

Home video: 'Ghost in the Shell' deserves a second look

"Ghost in the Shell" arguably works best for those who haven't seen the legendary Japanese animé upon which it's based.
The Moody Blues perform Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Moody Blues journey through 'Days of Future Passed' at Orpheum

The British rockers presented a live version of their landmark 1967 album to a sold-out crowd Tuesday night in Minneapolis.
Toshiro Mifune and Lee Marvin star in “Hell in the Pacific.”

Home video: It's war out there in 'Hell in the Pacific'

The new Blu-ray of 1968's "Hell in the Pacific" finally allows fans to watch the underrated World War II gem with a seamless presentation of director John Boorman's intended ending.
“Rocktopia” combines the worlds of ­orchestral and rock music.

Home video review: 'Rocktopia' puts on quite a show

Are you ready to rock? Are you ready to roll over Beethoven? "Rocktopia" might be just the ticket.
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Home video: 'Beauty and the Beast' is a tale worth retelling

Filled with sumptuous visuals and a fairy-tale flair, Disney's live-action revamp of "Beauty and the Beast" is a lovely surprise.
Hugh Jackman stars in “Logan.”

Home video: Stunning 'Logan' rides off into the sunset

The standard superhero movie refreshingly reinvents itself as a weighty neo-western in the stunning "Logan," out Tuesday.
Sennia Nanua stars in "The Girl With All the Gifts."

Home video: It's her show in 'Resident Evil,' 'Girl With All the Gifts'

When it comes to the end of the world, call a woman — or a girl — to fight the zombie hordes and other evil forces.
“The Great British Baking Show.”

Home video: Let's get baking with 'The Great British Baking Show'

With Mother's Day and Father's Day coming up, TV DVDs make thoughtful gifts. An ideal option is the well-loved "The Great British Baking Show."
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land.”

Home video: 'La La Land' brings all that jazz

"La La Land" is a lovely homage to Hollywood musicals of yore.
Felicity Jones stars in “Rogue One.”

Home video: The Force is strong with this one as 'Rogue One' debuts

"Rogue One" is essentially a back story, based on a line from the original "Star Wars" film's scene-setting opening-title crawl.
Eddie Redmayne stars in “Fantastic Beasts.”

Home video: Potter prequel 'Fantastic Beasts' works its magic

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" takes the familiar trappings of Harry Potter and runs with them — from the U.K. to the U.S.
Matthew McConaughey is Buster in “Sing.”

Home video review: 'Sing' offers the old song and dance

From the folks who gave us "Despicable Me" comes "Sing," out Tuesday on home video.
Jim Caviezel, left, as Jesus, and Mattia Sbragia star in"The Passion of the Christ."

'Passion of the Christ' Blu-ray offers old story in a new language

When "The Passion of the Christ" became a sensation in 2004, some viewers struggled with the film's violence and its sole use of Aramaic, Hebrew and Latin.
Benedict Cumberbatch in “Doctor Strange.”

Home video review: 'Doctor Strange' whips up some magic

Marvel movies aren't always fully coherent, but they sure do entertain. "Doctor Strange" is no different.
Andrew Garfield stars in “Hacksaw Ridge.”

Home video: Oscar nominees 'Hacksaw Ridge' and 'Manchester by the Sea' arrive

Still trying to catch up before next Sunday's big Oscars show? Tuesday offers more options when two best-picture competitors hit home video.
Amy Adams stars in “Arrival.”

Home video review: 'Arrival' is a welcome departure

Just when you think you know what will happen in "Arrival," events change as quickly as Earth's outlook after extraterrestrials arrive.
Poster art shows "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth."

'When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth' goes back to the Stone Age on Blu-ray

We probably have the upcoming film "Kong: Skull Island" to thank for Warner's new Blu-ray of 1970's "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth."
South Korean zombie film “Last Train to Busan.”

Home video review: Take thrilling 'Train to Busan' with S. Korean zombies

Despite its innocuous title, "Train to Busan" offers a terrifying, harrowing ride on the Zombie Express.
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in "His Girl Friday."

Home-video review: 'His Girl Friday' as timely as ever in new Blu-ray

Scheming journalists, lying politicians, conniving cops? It's not your Facebook feed. It's Howard Hawks' classic 1940 farce, "His Girl Friday,"
The original “Star Trek” series starred, from left, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner and James Doohan.

Home video review: 'Roddenberry Vault' goes where no 'Trek' fan has gone before

For the "Star Trek" fan who has everything, there's now "The Roddenberry Vault."
This file image provided by Nintendo shows the Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition.

How hot is new Nintendo system? Just the box is going for more than $200

"What's in the box?" says one eBay listing. "Nothing! It's an empty box." Winning auctions, including shipping, have closed for as much as $212.45.
Tom Hanks stars in "Sully."

Home video review: Fly the unfriendly skies in 'Sully'

We know how it turns out, but that doesn't make "Sully" — out Tuesday — any less gripping.
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad.”

Home video review: 'Suicide Squad' goes from bad to worse

"Suicide Squad" had promise: DC Comics' "baddest of the bad" are temporarily sprung from prison to fight forces even more evil. But the poorly paced story fails to deliver.
Charlize Theron in “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Home video review: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is back in black and white

George Miller has always wanted to make a "Mad Max" movie in black and white. Now he has his wish.
Nintendo's NES Classic Edition is one of the hard-to-find items on many gamers' wish lists. It sold out in minutes and now goes for big bucks on eBay.

Give the gift of gaming with these 10 ideas, from VR to retro classics

Where do you start if you have a video gamer on your gift list this holiday season and are overwhelmed with choices? Here are 10 ideas.
Ron Ely stars in "Doc Savage."

Home-video review: 'Doc Savage' embarks on Blu-ray adventure

Years before Batman or Superman swooped in, Doc Savage ruled pulp fiction.
Ellen DeGeneres voices “Finding Dory.”

Home video review: 'Finding Dory' is another Pixar film worth finding

Pixar's cinematic magic continues unabated with "Finding Dory," the recent sequel to 2003's "Finding Nemo."
“Star Trek Beyond”

Home video review: 'Star Trek' goes one step 'Beyond'

“Star Trek Beyond” goes way too “fast and furious” with hot-rod director Justin Lin at the Enterprise helm. He revs up a disjointed tale of…
Tim Curry as Pennywise in “Stephen King’s It.”

Home video: 'Stephen King's It' sends in the clown

With so many creepy clowns in the news lately, the timing couldn't have been better for the high-def release of "Stephen King's It."
“The Legend of Tarzan.”

Home video review: 'Legend of Tarzan' gets lost in the jungle

Tarzan is among the most filmed characters in cinema history, yet few of the dozens of movies from the past 80 years have truly captured the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs' most popular creation.
"The Monster of Piedras Blancas"

Rediscovering 'Monster of Piedras Blancas' and other movie beasts on video

With Halloween just weeks away, a spate of monster movies has invaded home video lately. A welcome surprise is the Blu-ray/DVD debut of 1959's "The Monster of Piedras Blancas."
Blake Lively in "The Shallows."

Home video review: Fear runs deep in 'The Shallows'

"Jaws" gets a heart-stopping homage in "The Shallows," a nifty little thriller that latches on as ruthlessly as its great white antagonist and refuses to let go.
“Beauty and the Beast.”

Home video review: 'Beauty and the Beast' celebrates 25 years

It's a "tale as old as time," but it's been 25 years since Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" first waltzed into the hearts of moviegoers.
“Captain America: Civil War”

Home video review: Whose side are you on in 'Captain America: Civil War'?

What if the superheroes charged with saving the world caused as much harm as good?
Home video review: Travel to Minnesota and beyond with 'TravelTalks'

Home video review: Travel to Minnesota and beyond with 'TravelTalks'

Hyperbole rules in James A. FitzPatrick's "TravelTalks," newly collected in two three-disc sets -- even when visiting Minnesota in 1942.
Patty Duke in “You’ll Like My Mother.

1972's 'You'll Like My Mother,' shot at Glensheen, still haunts on Blu-ray

Patty Duke stars as a pregnant widow who journeys to northern Minnesota to visit the mother-in-law she's never met. But then a snowstorm traps her and her late husband's odd kin in their musty manor — brilliantly played by the Glensheen estate in Duluth.
Daisy Ridley in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Home video review: Latest 'Star Wars' film is a 'Force' worth reawakening

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" debuts via on-demand services Friday and comes out Tuesday in a Blu-ray/DVD/digital HD combo that includes deleted scenes and other extras.
Robert Powell stars in “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Home video: 'Jesus of Nazareth' presents the Gospel according to Zeffirelli

When the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" first aired in 1977, about 90 million U.S. TV viewers tuned in. It's easy to see why.
In this March 4, 2015 file photo, American singer and songwriter Kelly Clarkson poses for a portrait to promote her album "Piece by Piece" in New York

Kelly Clarkson brings house down with emotional, tear-filled song on 'Idol'

Guest singer Kelly Clarkson performed a song about being abandoned by her father so powerfully Thursday night on "American Idol" that it brought the audience to tears. Even she couldn't help crying.
Thor takes flight in the video game "LEGO Marvel's Avengers."

Video game review: Avengers enter age of Lego

"Avengers assemble" takes on a whole new meaning as storied superheroes such as Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Black Widow make their brick-built game debuts in "Lego Marvel's Avengers."
Mary Crosby and Robert Urich star in "The Ice Pirates."

Home video review: '80s sci-fi sendup 'Ice Pirates' hits Blu-ray

As swashbuckling space adventures go, the 1984 sci-fi sendup "The Ice Pirates" has little competition.
Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen team up to fight mutant baddies in "Resident Evil Zero HD Remastered."

Video game review: High-def horror returns in 'Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster'

"Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster" returns with better graphics and creepiness, along with the original clunky game play.
In "Tharsis," gamers must deploy crew members to deal with various crises that emerge on a trip to Mars.

Video game review: 'Tharsis' rolls the dice on a trip to Mars

Timed to the home video release of "The Martian," the downloadable game ­"Tharsis" ($14.99 for PS4 and PC by Choice Provisions; rated Mature) also concerns a disastrous trip to Mars.
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny.

Home video review: 'The X-Files' goes high-def on Blu-ray

To mark the reboot of "The X-Files" in Januray, the series' initial nine-season run has been gussied up on Blu-ray.
Limited-edition DVDs of Episodes 4-6 include the originals.

Original 'Star Wars' films available on DVD, if you're willing to settle

Tracking down the unchanged trilogy on DVD is no easy task.
Rebel snowspeeders take on imperial AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth in "Star Wars: Battlefront."

Video game review: 'Star Wars' geekdom goes into hyperdrive in 'Battlefront'

Sometimes in "Star Wars: Battlefront" ($60 for PS4, Xbox One, PC; rated Teen), you just have to stop all the fighting and stare like a slack-jawed fanboy at what's happening around you.
Adele, back, in disguise as Jenny, waits her turn at an audition for Adele impersonators.

What happens when Adele shows up at an audition for Adele impersonators?

The British star — arguably the hottest singer in the world, at the moment — donned a disguise and showed up at an audition for Adele impersonators, all captured in a video from the BBC.
"Call of Duty: Black Ops III" made $550 million in its opening weekend, according to an Activision press release.

Video game review: 'Call of Duty: Black Ops III' misses the mark

"Call of Duty: Black Ops III" ($60 for consoles and PC; rated Mature), the latest entry in the popular run-and-gun franchise, quickly becomes a test of endurance for solo gamers.
“That ’70s Show” ran from 1998 to 2006.

Golden Valley company delivers groovy Blu-ray set for 'That '70s Show'

Golden Valley-based Mill Creek Entertainment specializes in budget home-video fare, so its recent release of one of the finest TV Blu-ray sets available comes as a sweet surprise.
"Fallout 4" features powered armor that can be customized to your heart's content.

Video game review: Time to go back to the retro-future with 'Fallout 4'

Wake up, Vault Dweller! "Fallout 4" ($60 for PS4, Xbox One and PC; rated Mature) is everything you've been waiting for — and more!
William Gillette plays Sherlock Holmes in a 1916 silent film.

Mystery of lost 1916 Sherlock Holmes film is solved, partly thanks to U library

Sherlock Holmes fans are in for a treat from master actors separated by 99 years: Ian McKellen in the recent "Mr. Holmes" and William Gillette in the once-lost 1916 silent film "Sherlock Holmes."
"Need for Speed" has been relaunched.

Video game review: Rebuilt 'Need for Speed' gets off to a slow start

Like the sweet rides that populate EA's flagship racer, "Need for Speed" ($60 for PS4, Xbox One, PC; rated Teen) looks stunning. But open the hood, and it's a different story.
Indominus rex runs amok in “Jurassic World.”

Home video review: 'Jurassic World' knocks it out of the park

Nothing can top the surprise, wonder and terror of the original "Jurassic Park," but darned if "Jurassic World" doesn't equal it.
Hero Nathan Drake even takes time out for romance in the "Uncharted" video games.

Video game review: Enter 'Uncharted' territory with Nathan Drake

Whiling away the hours with the "Uncharted" series, it's often hard to remember whether you're playing a video game or a movie.
“The Iron Giant” was first released in 1999.

Home video review: 'The Iron Giant' gets another chance to win fans

The failure of "The Iron Giant" to achieve Disney-like box-office success remains one of the great cinematic crimes of the 20th century.
The space family Robinson in “Lost in Space.”

Home video review: Blast off with 'Lost in Space' on Blu-ray

The endearing campiness of the 1960s TV series "Lost in Space" is exactly why the 50th-anniversary Blu-ray "The Complete Adventures" is such a blast.
Dick Powell stars in “Murder, My Sweet.”

Home video review: Dick Powell stars as Philip Marlowe in essential 'Murder, My Sweet'

"Murder, My Sweet" hardly needs an endorsement. But Warner Archive Collection's new Blu-ray gives fans a reason to rediscover the 1944 film noir classic.
"Rocket League"

Video game review: 'Rocket League' mashes up cars and soccer

The wild, ­adrenaline-fueled action of summer's biggest hit, "Rocket League," is a crazy mishmash that puts tiny souped-up cars on the soccer pitch.
“Star Wars Rebels” first aired on Disney XD.

Home video review: A new Force beckons in 'Star Wars Rebels'

Before the build-up for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" reaches Death Star proportions, now's a good time to check out "Star Wars Rebels," whose first season has just hit home video.
cover "Mega Man Legacy Collection"

Video game review: Six 'Mega Man' adventures make a sweet collection

Mega Man collected There’s something gloriously incongruous about playing a classic 8-bit game on the latest high-def consoles. “Mega Man Legacy Collection” (Capcom, $15)…
A scene from the video game "Mad Max."

Video game review: 'Mad Max' is engaging and fun

You can safely skip most video games tied to new movies. Not “Mad Max” ($60 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC; rated M). An open…
Santa Clara Vanguard of Santa Clara, Calif., is scheduled to perform its 2015 show, “The Spark of Invention,” featuring music by John Corigliano,

DCI Minnesota drum corps contest arrives Saturday

DCI Minnesota drum corps contest arrives Saturday
The Madison Scouts of Madison, Wis., are scheduled to perform their 2015 show, "78th and Madison," featuring music from "Singin' in the Rain," at 6:54

July 9: Marching goes extreme as top drum corps compete at TCF stadium

More than 2,000 musicians and performers in 20 drum and bugle corps will take over TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday to compete in DCI Minnesota, one of the nation's largest such marching contests this year.
“Deception IV: Blood Ties.”

Video games: Trap is set in 'Deception IV'

When it comes to guilty pleasures, few games will make you feel as gleefully guilty as "Deception IV: Blood Ties."
Melissa Sue Anderson and Michael Landon.

Home video: 'Little House on the Prairie' makes high-def debut

The Emmy-winning family drama — based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's tales of growing up in Walnut Grove, Minn. — has been given a high-def restoration for home video.
Video games: Tanks for the memories in 'World of Tanks'

Video games: Tanks for the memories in 'World of Tanks'

Tanks for the memories Some of the most fun in top shooter series such as “Halo,” “Call of Duty” and “Battlefield” comes not from running…
Julia Duffy played Stephanie on “Newhart.”

Home video: Plenty of room at the inn on 'Newhart'

The 1980s sitcom achieved a new level of zaniness in Season 2 with the addition of Twin Cities native Julia Duffy as the perky, pouty socialite Stephanie.
The new Gold Wireless Headset for the PS4.

Video games: PS4 gets new sound experience

When new video-game consoles come out, the seemingly glacial release of initial games and updates can test players’ patience. The PlayStation 4 has been no…
Milton Berle, Edie Adams and Sid Caesar in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

On video: 'Mad World' Blu-ray digs up buried treasure

Even if you know "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," you've never seen the zany 1963 comedy as in Criterion Collection's new Blu-ray/DVD release.