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DVD: “Hyde Park on Hudson,” “Love Free Or Die,” “Naked Lunch,” And More!

Naked Lunch

($39.99 Blu-ray; Criterion Collection)

David Cronenberg’s 1991 adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ classic cut-and-paste novel also amalgamates incidents and people from Burroughs’ own life, including the shooting of his wife and friend Alan Ginsberg. Peter Weller stars as Burroughs alter-ego Bill Lee, an addict who slips into a strange alternate reality where typewriters talk, insect powder is the drug of choice, and a whole bunch of gay boys await. Strange, queer stuff, and this Criterion Blu-ray release makes it look absolutely stunning. The generous trove of extras includes a commentary track, making-of, special effects gallery, audio recording of Burroughs reading from the novel, and much more.

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9 Comments

  • tdx3fan

    I have no comprehension as to why someone that is gay would want to be religious. Religion has condemned homosexuality for centuries. Just because some dying religions are now willing to get into bed with the gays simply for the profits, it does not mean we should flock to them. Anyone that does so is truly incomprehensible.

  • yaoming

    Why is the FDR movie on this list? Let’s keep it gay, please.

  • LARRYBMOVIE

    Funny, I didn’t know William Burroughs shot his wife AND Alan Ginsberg…..

  • DickGreenleaf

    Yaoming , Eleanor like ladies too.

  • DickGreenleaf

    Yaoming , Eleanor liked ladies too.

  • boring

    Don’t just concentrate on just the Gay releases, concentrate on awesome releases.

    It just so happens Naked Lunch is both Queer and totally fucking awesome.

  • carob

    @boring: A homophobic director bastardizing a beloved cult queer novel.

  • Lefty

    @carob: How is Cronenberg homophobic?

  • boring

    @Lefty: I think he mixed up “homophobic” with “Canadian.”

    Which is an honest mistake, really.

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