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DVD: “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Pit Stop,” House Of Versace,” & More!

 

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Drama reigns this week in home entertainment – from real-life AIDS activism to fashion divas.

A chapter from the AIDS crisis comes to life in the Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club, while Donatella Versace receives the biopic treatment with House of Versace (above).

Finally, we have writer/director Yen Tan’s acclaimed queer romance, Pit Stop.

 

Dallas Buyers Club

($34.98 Blu-ray, $29.98 DVD; Universal)

Matthew McCaunaghy plays Ron Woodroof, a straight, homophobic Texan stricken with AIDS during the 1980s. When he learns that many effective treatments are effective overseas, yet inaccessible due to FDA regulations stateside, he opens a sort of pay-per-month dispensary for the HIV-afflicted. Nominated for a bunch of Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto, who plays Ron’s transsexual business partner, Rayon. Based on a true story about a forgotten chapter in the AIDS crisis’ history, and a must-see. Extras include deleted scenes and a behind the scenes featurette.

 

 

Pit Stop

($24.99 DVD; Wolfe)

Two blue collar men living in small town Texas — Gabe and Ernesto — are each in the midst of disintegrating, tense  relationships. When they finally cross paths, might they share a lasting connection? One of the standout LGBT films on last year’s film festival circuit — it played Sundance and won awards at Los Angeles’ Outfest and Miami’s GLFF — Yen Tan’s serious, unconventional romance is sure to resonate. Extras include two commentary tracks.

 

House of Versace

($14.98 DVD; Lionsgate)

No stranger to over-the-top characters, Gina Gershon vamps it up as Donatella Versace in this made for Lifetime biopic that follows the high-drama diva/designer as she copes with and overcomes the murder of her brother, Gianni.

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By:           Lawrence Ferber
On:           Feb 4, 2014
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