History repeats on home video this week, as the relationship between writer Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn is dramatized in Hemingway & Gellhorn, while documentary Hitler’s Children focuses on the not-too-proud descendents of the Third Reich’s elite.
Looking for more of a feel-good pick? The 1969 musical classic Hello, Dolly! has come to Blu-ray. And, for a token 21st century release, The Gay List dishes up queer stand-up.
Hemingway & Gellhorn
($24.99 Blu-ray, $19.97 DVD; HBO)
Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen were both honored with Golden Globe nominations for this HBO original film about the passionate and high-profile affair between war correspondent Martha Gellman and writer Ernest Hemingway. This sleeper is beautifully crafted with memorable supporting turns by the likes of Tony Shalhoub. Extras include a commentary and a couple of brief making-of featurettes.
($24.99 Blu-ray, $14.99 DVD; 20th Century Fox)
In this 1969 movie adaptation of the stage musical starring Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand fills the iconic role of matchmaker Dolly Levi, tasked with finding a wife for a well-to-do grump (Walter Matthau). It’s a whole lot of big-budget Hollywood musical eye candy. Extras include “Directing Dolly: Gene Kelly Remembered” and a 1969 vintage featurette.
The Gay List
($19.99 DVD; Nandar Entertainment)
Rebekah Kochan (Eating Out) emcees this queer stand-up roundup featuring Tony Tripoli, Teddy Margas, Heather Turman, and others. It’s funny ha-ha and funny gay!
($24.95 DVD; Film Movement)
Forget about being one of Michael Jackson’s kids: Imagine the baggage that comes with being a descendant of the most diabolical leaders of the Nazi regime. Director Chanoch Ze’evi profiles five individuals who deal with the onus of being related to Adolph Hitler’s cabal in ways ranging from activism to shame and isolation (in the case of Hermann Goering’s grand-niece). As with all Film Movement releases, extras include a short film—in this it’s case, “KUN 65,” involving a holocaust survivor.
ALSO OUT ON DVD:
John Dies At The End
You really should watch John Dies at the End above everything else listed here.
Hitler’s Children. Now on muh Ray-dah! I always wondered how it would be for them.
Hemmingway & Gallhorn is SO GOOD!
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