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DVD: “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” “Big Gay Love,” “Last Summer,” & More!

A015_C018_1208ZJHoliday shoppers, you’re in for a whole lot of gift-giving – and self-gifting – options when it comes to home entertainment this month!

This week, we’ve got some Big Gay Love rom-com (above), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes action, queer mystery in The Dark Place, and the Last Summer for a young gay couple.

Now for the deets!



Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

($49.99 3D Blu-ray, $39.99 Blu-ray, $29.98 DVD; 20th Century Fox)

In the second chapter of the successfully rebooted sci-fi franchise about apes with evolved intelligence, the human population has been decimated by a killer virus. Although the leaders of both the apes and humans would love to suss out a way to peacefully co-exist, you know some idiots and power-hungry bastards are gonna screw that plan up. Andy Serkis again rocks motion capture as the ape Cesar, and the narrative is entertaining, and deliciously tense. Extras include deleted scenes, eight featurettes and a commentary.


Big Gay Love

($24.99 DVD; TLA)

Gayby‘s delightful Jonathan Lisecki stars in this delightful yet deep rom-com from writer/director Ringo Le. Lisecki plays Bob, a bear-ish party planner who’s just hankering for a boyfriend. Problem is, West Hollywood’s buff body culture makes Bob feel like a pariah, doomed to loneliness, so when handsome chef Andy (Nicholas Brendan) enters his life, he’s not sure if his body may be a deal-breaker. Will he learn the RuPaul lesson about loving yourself before it’s too late?


Last Summer

($21.99 DVD; Breaking Glass Pictures)

Poetic and minimalist — think low-budget Terence Malick — Mark Thiederman’s feature chronicles what may be the last summer together for a couple of gay Arkansas teens. Slow-moving yet beautiful.


The Dark Place

($21.99 DVD; Breaking Glass Pictures)

Blessed — or cursed — with a photographic memory, young Keegan Dark (Timo Descamps of Judas Kiss), heir to a wine-making estate, attempts to reconnect with his estranged, widowed mother, but instead discovers she has remarried a man with a grown son, Jake (played by Sean Paul Lockhart). Something smells rotten to Keegan, and it’s not the vineyard’s grapes — soon enough things spiral downward as his boyfriend leaves him, mom slips into a coma, and Jake proves to be a possible bad seed… Extras include a commentary and deleted/extended scenes.


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As Above So Below


The Hundred Foot Journey




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