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DVD: “After Earth,” “Laurence Anyways,” “Tumbledown,” & More!

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This week’s home entertainment line-up has a bit of everything – sci-fi, sobering documentaries, bromedies, queer drama…

Let’s start off with a big-budget sci-fi flick starring two generations of Smiths, After Earth, then a sometimes ethereal and artful study of a man’s transition to woman in Laurence Anyways. Finally, a based-on-a-true-story love triangle thriller from prolific queer indie auteur Todd Verow, Tumbledown.

 

After Earth

($35.99 Blu-ray, $30.99 DVD; Sony)

M. Night Shyamalan directs this tale, starring Jaden and Will Smith, of a teenager crash landed on a dangerous future earth, with only his father’s voice to help guide him to survival. Extras include seven featurettes dedicated to the making-of and an alternate opening sequence.

 

Laurence Anyways

($29.99 Bluray, $24.99 DVD; Breaking Glass Pictures)

Set over the course of a decade between the late 1980s-90s, this nearly three-hour Cannes Film Festival pick tells the tale of 30-something Montreal schoolteacher Laurence (Melvil Poupad), who, stunning his girlfriend (Suzanne Clement) and mother (Nathalie Baye), transitions to female. This third feature, by 23-year-old Quebecois wunderkind Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Hearbeats), entails a gorgeously assured, stylish work complemented by Anne Pritchard’s cool production design and an impressive soundtrack featuring Visage, The Cure, Duran Duran and Jean Leloup. Extras include an almost 80-minute conversation with Dolan at the Museum of Modern Art, and almost an hour’s worth of deleted scenes.

 

Tumbledown

($19.99 DVD; TLA Releasing)

A gay love triangle between a couple and hunky bartender goes awry during a sex-filled weekend in a country cabin, leading to an act of revenge and a video camera that could hold more disturbing revelations than the one in The Hangover. Prolific queer filmmaker Todd Verow (who also co-stars) has crafted another disturbing yet skin-filled psychodrama, and based on a true story to boot!

 

 

ALSO OUT:

 

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The Hangover Part III

 

Much Ado About Nothing

 

The Purge