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DVD: “Endless Love,” “Valentine Road,” “Gambit” & More!

 

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Con men, teenage killers and star-crossed lovers fill the slate this week on home video.

British cutie Alex Pettyfer falls hard for an unobtainable gal in the teen angst romance Endless Love; HBO explores a real-life antigay crime in Valentine Road; and Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth become an unlikely con artist team in Gambit (above).

 

Endless Love

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

A loose remake of the 1981 Franco Zeffirelli film, this Romeo and Juliet for the Abercrombie crowd stars Alex Pettyfer as the hunky guy from the wrong side of the tracks who falls madly in love with the pretty rich girl, whose parents ain’t having any of it. It includes a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and an  extended ending.

 

Valentine Road

($26.99 DVD; HBO)

This gripping HBO-produced documentary investigates the hate crime murder of 14-year-old Larry King, whose classmate Brandon McInernery shot and killed him in Oxnard, California. Was the murder the result of a budding Neo-Nazi’s hatred towards an effeminate boy, or is an entire community to blame? Actress turned documentarian Marta Cunningham captures upsetting, unexpurgated commentary from conservative trial jurors and locals who sympathize with McInerney and believe King invited his own demise as well as moving testimonies from King’s friends and allies. It’s devastating, shocking, moving and essential viewing.

 

Gambit

($30.99 Blu-ray, $26.99 DVD; Sony)

Oscar-winner Colin Firth stars in this eccentric romcom, a remake of 1966 caper that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, as an art curator who seeks revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet. Of course, his actions require the services of Cameron Diaz, and sexy hilarity ensues.

 

 

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By:           Lawrence Ferber
On:           May 27, 2014
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