It’s a good week for VOD and streaming fans — and something for the old school hard copy crowd, too.
Netflix subscribers can watch the heartwrenching gay documentary, Bridegroom, while James Franco’s latest directorial outing (har-de-har-har), As I Lay Dying, goes VOD.
Finally, gay Israeli-Palestinian romance, Out in the Dark, hits DVD.
The loving relationship between Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom came to a tragic, early end when the latter met with a fatal accident. Because they weren’t legally married, Crone suddenly found himself cut off and with no rights to his deceased partner, and up against homophobic family members. As inspiring as it is heartbreaking — a Netflix must-see.
($24.99 DVD; Breaking Glass Pictures)
Nimr is a Palestinian University student living in a homophobic West Bank village. There, he is repressed, but in nearby Tel Aviv he finds not only a refreshing and gay-friendly atmosphere, but a lover in Jewish lawyer, Roy. While their love may know no borders, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict crosses into this relationship with potentially devastating, bloody consequences.
James Franco’s latest directorial effort is an adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1930 novel about a family journeying through Mississippi. Determined to bring their late mother’s coffin to her hometown for burial, the members of this clan finds the trip challenged by elements of nature and inner demons alike. Available on VOD starting November 1, and DVD — with a behind the scenes extra — on November 5.
La Notte (Criterion)