2015 is off to a great start in home entertainment, with one of last year’s most acclaimed – and longest in-the-making – features, Boyhood, and the first season of HBO’s Looking (above) to binge-watch before season two’s January 11th debut. All this plus a delightful U.K. import about a boy staring mortality in the face, Ways To Live Forever.
Here are the deets!
($39.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 DVD; HBO)
January 11th sees HBO’s dramedy series about modern gay love in San Francisco (and Oakland!) begin its second season. Get ready by binge watching — or re-watching — the first season. It definitely grows on you, and these boys rock hipster duds and ‘staches like nobody else!
($39.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 DVD; Paramount)
Director Richard Linklater’s literal coming of age film was shot over 12 years, charting the journey from 5-year-old to high school graduate of its protagonist Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play Mason’s divorced parents, while the slice-of-life dramas Mason encounters include an alcoholic stepfather, sibling rivalry, and first love. An amazing piece of filmmaking that flows seamlessly and unpredictably. Extras include a making-of featurette and an hour-long post-screening Q&A with the cast and Linklater.
($29.95 DVD; Alive Mind Cinema)
A British 12-year-old, Sam, learns he will succumb to leukemia sooner rather than later, so he whips up a bucket list and with help from family and friends — and some nifty animation — gets to work living life. Adapted from Sally Nicholl’s bestselling novel, Ways is surprisingly upbeat and inspiring, while avoiding insipid trappings of the “dying young” genre. A sleeper worth a watch now that it’s on DVD. Extras include an introduction by the director, making-of featurettes, outtakes, and more.
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