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DVD: “Big Eyes,” “Hustler White,” “Such Good People,” & More!

BIG EYES

We have quite the eye-opening selection this week in home entertainment releases, from Tim Burton’s biopic about the scandal behind those kitschy, iconic big eyed paintings of waifs from yesteryear (Big Eyes, above), to the long-awaited Blu-ray release of a hysterical and saucy gay comedy by Bruce La Bruce (Hustler White) to a new gay film with a couple of our favorite out actors, Michael Urie and Randy Harrison (Such Good People). And there’s more!

Now for the details…

 

Big Eyes

($34.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 DVD; Anchor Bay)

Amy Adams plays Margaret Keane, the artist behind those iconic (and some would say creepy) paintings of big-eyed waifs so popular during the 1950s and 60s, whose manipulative husband Walter (played by Christoph Waltz) took all the credit until she finally took him to court. Director Tim Burton tackles this biopic in truly accessible style, and it’s supremely entertaining stuff — you’ll be itching to see Walter get his comeuppance and Margaret finally vindicated by the end. Extras include a making-of and Q&A with the film’s creatives and subject.

 

Hustler White

($27.99 Blu-ray, $19.99 DVD; Strand)

Canadian bad boy director Bruce LaBruce teamed up with L.A. photographer Rick Castro for this raunchy, ribald 1996 comedy about a Santa Monica Boulevard hustler, here remastered and presented on Blu-ray. Madonna‘s erstwhile boy toy, model Tony Ward, stars as the titular rent boy, Monti, who finds himself the object of attraction of a fawning, nelly writer, Jurgen Anger (La Bruce, vamping it up), in between hookups with a rogues’ gallery of johns. Yes, there will be “stumping.” Extras include an introduction by LaBruce from a 2014 Toronto screening and more.

 

Beside Still Waters

($19.99 DVD; Cinedigm)

A memorial weekend for one man’s recently deceased parents at a lakeside house turns into a Big Chill-y trip down memory lane, but not necessarily a good one in this 75-minute indie ensemble drama that includes a gay character.

 

Such Good People

($21.99 DVD; Breaking Glass Pictures)

Out actors Randy Harrison and Michael Urie head up this screwball comedy about a gay couple who stumble upon a stash of cash during a house sitting stint. What to do? Keep it of course! Zany hijinks follow. Extras include behind the scenes footage and bloopers.

ALSO OUT:

117685_largeThe Babadook

 

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

 

The Woman In Black 2

 

Manny