DVD: “Cloudburst,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Black Rock,” & More!


July hasn’t exactly been a big month for LGBT home entertainment, but ends with a much anticipated, delightful entry from a fantastic Canadian director… and a blockbuster with Channing Tatum!

A pair of elderly lesbians go on the lam in the wonderful, moving Cloudburst, while a trio of young women find their camping trip turn into a test of survival in thriller Black Rock.

And G.I. Joe gets another big-screen go – with Channing Tatum and 3D to boot – in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.


($24.95 DVD; Wolfe)

In the latest from acclaimed gay Canuck director Thom Fitzgerald, Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker play Stella and Dot, a lesbian couple of 31 years. When the latter’s daughter threaten to split the aging pair apart by banishing Dot to a nursing home, the lovers high-tail it from Maine to Canada, where they can get legally married and live out their years in bliss. En route, a la Thelma and Louise, they pick up a young male hitchhiker, and find their road trip punctuated with laughs, poignancy, and superb acting. Extras include actor interviews and a behind the scenes featurette.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

($54.99 3D Blu-ray, $39.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 DVD; Paramount)

Action and Channing Tatum fans are in for a treat with this latest installment (or is it a reboot?) of the OTT franchise. This time, the President of the US has been replaced with an imposter by the diabolical Cobra organization, and the G.I. Joe commandos, including Bruce Willis and The Rock, are up against serious odds to fix the situation. It’s action set piece-o-rama up in heah! Extras include a commentary, deleted scenes, and eight behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Black Rock

($24.99 Blu-ray, $19.98 DVD; Lionsgate)

A trio of longtime friends, Sarah, Abby and Lou, head out to a remote Maine island called Black Rock for a weekend of camping and bonding. This being a survival thriller, though, we know things won’t go so smoothly when the girls run into a group of male ex-soldiers… Extras include a commentary and pair of making-of featurettes.




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