It’s a fun week in home entertainment – and boy do we need a distraction from election-o-rama – with some of our favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race queens and comedians (Hurricane Bianca, above), an off-the-grid family forced to reconnect with on-the-grid relatives (Captain Fantastic), and a family stalked by a creepy thing that appears only in the dark (Lights Out).
Now for the details and trailers!
($26.95 DVD; Wolfe)
Roy Haylock, aka RPDR winner Bianca Del Rio, stars as Richard, a teacher fired from his Texas school for being gay. When Richard discovers the world of drag and how to be truly shady, however, he returns to the school as his female alter-ego, Bianca, a la Tootsie… with revenge in mind! Funny sassy stuff with a delicious supporting cast and cameos that includes Alan Cumming, Rachel Dratch, Margaret Cho, RuPaul, and fellow Drag Race alumni Willam, Alyssa Edwards, and Shangela. Extras include bloopers, a commentary, and more.
($34.98 Blu-ray, $29.98 DVD; Universal)
Viggo Mortensen plays Ben, the father of six kids who live off the land in the Pacific Northwest. When their mother, who was struggling with bipolar disorder, dies in a city hospital, they are forced back to American culture and civilization in order to help fulfill their mother’s wish to be cremated and ashes scattered… well, let’s leave that as a surprise. Unfortunately, the mother’s parents hold Ben responsible for her death and abhor his family’s way of life, which will lead to some serious clashing… A humorous, smart, and moving family drama for sure. Extras include a featurette.
($29.98 Blu-ray, $28.98 DVD; Warner)
Something creepy lurks in the dark in this ingenious, creepy horror flick, which is a feature spin-off from director David Sandberg’s 2013 three-minute short film. In it, a spooky and murderous creature lurks in dark spaces, but can be banished with light. A little boy finds his home stalked by this apparition, so his estranged older sister comes to the rescue, and finds this may in fact be an inescapable, deadly family affair. Funny enough, the film doesn’t really leave open a space for a sequel, which is refreshing… but probably won’t stop one from coming given its success! Extras include deleted scenes.