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Randy A. Salas

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Randy Salas is a digital editor (homepage/features) at the Star Tribune. When he's not watching movies in his home theater, he's playing video games -- occasionally even both at the same time. (It can be done.) In Randy's world, life is high-def.
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Home video review: Latest 'Star Wars' film is a 'Force' worth reawakening

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

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

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.
Video game review: Avengers enter age of Lego

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

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

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.
Video game review: 'Tharsis' rolls the dice 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.
Home video review: 'The X-Files' goes high-def on Blu-ray

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

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

Tracking down the unchanged trilogy on DVD is no easy task.
Video game review: 'Star Wars' geekdom goes into hyperdrive in '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.
What happens when Adele shows up 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.
Video game review: 'Call of Duty: Black Ops III' misses the mark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Home video review: Dick Powell stars as Philip Marlowe in essential '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.
Video game review: 'Rocket League' mashes up cars and soccer

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

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.
Video game review: Six 'Mega Man' adventures make a sweet 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)…
Video game review: 'Mad Max' is engaging and fun

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…
DCI Minnesota drum corps contest arrives Saturday

DCI Minnesota drum corps contest arrives Saturday

DCI Minnesota drum corps contest arrives Saturday
July 9: Marching goes extreme as top drum corps compete at TCF stadium

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.
Video games: Trap is set in 'Deception IV'

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

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…
Home video: Plenty of room at the inn 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.
Video games: PS4 gets new sound experience

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

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.
Pros & cons: Sony ups its game with PS4

Pros & cons: Sony ups its game with PS4

Review: The PlayStation 4 will come out at midnight.. Should you invest in the Sony's new video-game console? Here are 10 things to consider before you buy.
Pros & cons: Microsoft goes big with Xbox One

Pros & cons: Microsoft goes big with Xbox One

Just a week after Sony introduced the PlayStation 4, Microsoft is releasing its Xbox One. Here are 10 things to consider before investing in the new video-game console.
Game's not over yet for holidays

Game's not over yet for holidays

"Halo 4" might be the biggest interactive title of the year, but it's not the only game in town for the holidays.
Video games: We can be guitar heroes

Video games: We can be guitar heroes

Mystic Lake hosts the state's largest "Guitar Hero" contest, but the world champ from Rochester can't compete.
Souped-up PlayStation Vita isn't just playing around

Souped-up PlayStation Vita isn't just playing around

Sony's new handheld video-game system does almost everything, but its biggest problem could be that it's not a smartphone.
DVDs gift guide: Discs are not dead

DVDs gift guide: Discs are not dead

Blu-ray is the way to go for that movie lover on your gift list, but there are other options, too.
Gaming gift guide: Thinking outside the console

Gaming gift guide: Thinking outside the console

Here are some ideas for that player who already bought "Arkham City," "Modern Warfare 3" or other new blockbusters.
This is not your father's 'Star Wars'

This is not your father's 'Star Wars'

Filmmaker George Lucas makes tweaks for Blu-ray release.
Theater event has a familiar 'Ring' to it

Theater event has a familiar 'Ring' to it

Even the geekiest of fans might need wizardly powers to keep track of the many editions of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy that have…
Science Museum's Imax films debut on Blu-ray

Science Museum's Imax films debut on Blu-ray

Imax films have always been ahead of their time.
Nintendo makes 3-D go portable

Nintendo makes 3-D go portable

Its $250 3DS video-game system offers convincing effects and needs no glasses.

Living Green

What exactly is being "green?" And if it's so good, why aren't we doing more of it? Here's how we all can live greener -- and why we should.
38-foot Gamin' Ride gives new meaning to 'gaming on the go'

38-foot Gamin' Ride gives new meaning to 'gaming on the go'

Dave Soliday's truck has enough gaming consoles for up to 24 players.
PS3, Xbox 360 get in on the action

PS3, Xbox 360 get in on the action

With Move and Kinect, these consoles are finally exploring the motion-controlled trails blazed by Nintendo's Wii.

Hollywood unlocks the combo

This season you can give Blu-ray and DVD in one nifty package.

Gift Guide: DVDs

But don't bother with Blu-ray if you don't have a big-screen HDTV. Or consider a PlayStation 3, which doubles as a Blu-ray player, if you're looking to switch things up on the video-game home front, too.

Gift Guide: Video games

Music-and-rhythm games are always a safe bet, because they have wide appeal. The latest entries, available for all three systems, offer plenty to sing about.

Video games: 'Modern Warfare 2' is the real deal

REVIEW But the latest "Call of Duty" game is a little off-target in its single-player version.
Scare tactics

Scare tactics

You think it's easy lurching for a living? Our news ghoul tried his (rotting, bloody) hand at frightening people for one night.
Electric Fetus has an answer to iTunes

Electric Fetus has an answer to iTunes

With a new service called ThinkIndie, the nation's independent record stores offer local bands a grassroots download alternative.
'Star Trek' begins high-def mission

'Star Trek' begins high-def mission

The fan-favorite franchise is hitting Blu-ray as part of the hoopla over the new theatrical release.

How to get started on Twitter

Tips from new and power users can make joining the online service a better experience.

Minn. stations pull plug on analog TV

It's part of the transition to all-digital television. All broadcasters will do the same by June 12.
Super buzz

Super buzz

Seriously, who watches the big NFL game just for football? The cool commercials are really where it's at.

Game face on

The video game industry defied economic woes, with Nintendo leading the way.

Video games: Cue the music

Few gifts are as easy as titles that ask gamers to sing, play or dance. This year, there are more than ever to choose from.

'Lame Duck challenge' met, so software will be free (for a day)

St. Paul software developer CodeWeavers came up with the gimmick that depended on events in Bush's last six months in office.

Video games: Names are mostly the same in games

Sequels to past hits are among the most highly anticipated titles this fall.
David vs. David

David vs. David

Tonight's final performances on "American Idol" come down to David and David, Archuleta and Cook. The former is a teenager who has made an early career of acing singing competitions, while the latter is a 25-year-old bartender who auditioned for the top-rated Fox show on a lark.
Getting back in the groove with LPs

Getting back in the groove with LPs

LP Dock is a handy system for transferring old vinyl albums to the digital domain.
Free movies! Line forms at the library

Free movies! Line forms at the library

Patrons seem more than willing to wait, at times for months, to borrow a free DVD.
Technobabble: Where's the Wii?

Technobabble: Where's the Wii?

Nintendo's hot video-game console is no easier to buy now than when it came out in November 2006 amid much buzz.
Mississippi King: National Geographic photographer comes to Minneapolis

Mississippi King: National Geographic photographer comes to Minneapolis

World-renowned photographer Sam Abell comes to Minneapolis to share his photos and stories of the Mississippi River.

A cyber tour of the Arts

Join our docent as we survey the websites of Twin Cities arts organizations to see how they're doing. And watch your step.
Hooey or True-y?

Hooey or True-y?

We scoured every source imaginable -- medical studies, debunking authorities, Brookstone catalogs -- to make our best guesstimate as to whether claims about "new and amazing" products are closer to gospel truth or to utter poppycock.

Make a video -- win an MRI system

Seven Minnesota hospitals are among 100 vying for the prize from a Pennsylvania company in an online contest.

Gamers' choice

Confused or undecided about which video-game system is best for you or someone on your gift list?

Technobabble: Online market awash in shoddy DVDs

Beware of bootleg TV shows that have not been officially released.
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