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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."
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.
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."
"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.
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.
What if the superheroes charged with saving the world caused as much harm as good?
Hyperbole rules in James A. FitzPatrick's "TravelTalks," newly collected in two three-disc sets -- even when visiting Minnesota in 1942.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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."
As swashbuckling space adventures go, the 1984 sci-fi sendup "The Ice Pirates" has little competition.
"Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster" returns with better graphics and creepiness, along with the original clunky game play.
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.
To mark the reboot of "The X-Files" in Januray, the series' initial nine-season run has been gussied up on Blu-ray.
Tracking down the unchanged trilogy on DVD is no easy task.
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.
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" ($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-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.
Wake up, Vault Dweller! "Fallout 4" ($60 for PS4, Xbox One and PC; rated Mature) is everything you've been waiting for — and more!
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."
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.
Nothing can top the surprise, wonder and terror of the original "Jurassic Park," but darned if "Jurassic World" doesn't equal it.
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 failure of "The Iron Giant" to achieve Disney-like box-office success remains one of the great cinematic crimes of the 20th century.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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)…
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
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.
When it comes to guilty pleasures, few games will make you feel as gleefully guilty as "Deception IV: Blood Ties."
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
"Halo 4" might be the biggest interactive title of the year, but it's not the only game in town for the holidays.
Mystic Lake hosts the state's largest "Guitar Hero" contest, but the world champ from Rochester can't compete.
Sony's new handheld video-game system does almost everything, but its biggest problem could be that it's not a smartphone.
Blu-ray is the way to go for that movie lover on your gift list, but there are other options, too.
Here are some ideas for that player who already bought "Arkham City," "Modern Warfare 3" or other new blockbusters.
Filmmaker George Lucas makes tweaks for Blu-ray release.
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…
Imax films have always been ahead of their time.
Its $250 3DS video-game system offers convincing effects and needs no glasses.
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.
Dave Soliday's truck has enough gaming consoles for up to 24 players.
With Move and Kinect, these consoles are finally exploring the motion-controlled trails blazed by Nintendo's Wii.
This season you can give Blu-ray and DVD in one nifty package.
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.
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.
REVIEW But the latest "Call of Duty" game is a little off-target in its single-player version.
You think it's easy lurching for a living? Our news ghoul tried his (rotting, bloody) hand at frightening people for one night.
With a new service called ThinkIndie, the nation's independent record stores offer local bands a grassroots download alternative.
The fan-favorite franchise is hitting Blu-ray as part of the hoopla over the new theatrical release.
Tips from new and power users can make joining the online service a better experience.
It's part of the transition to all-digital television. All broadcasters will do the same by June 12.
Seriously, who watches the big NFL game just for football? The cool commercials are really where it's at.
The video game industry defied economic woes, with Nintendo leading the way.
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.
St. Paul software developer CodeWeavers came up with the gimmick that depended on events in Bush's last six months in office.
Sequels to past hits are among the most highly anticipated titles this fall.
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.
LP Dock is a handy system for transferring old vinyl albums to the digital domain.
Patrons seem more than willing to wait, at times for months, to borrow a free DVD.
Nintendo's hot video-game console is no easier to buy now than when it came out in November 2006 amid much buzz.
World-renowned photographer Sam Abell comes to Minneapolis to share his photos and stories of the Mississippi River.
Join our docent as we survey the websites of Twin Cities arts organizations to see how they're doing. And watch your step.
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