It’s a grab bag week in home entertainment! We’ve got something for everybody!
Two gay twentysomethings find love in In Bloom (above); Chris Pine goes undercover as the hottest CIA spy ever in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit; Jamaica’s rampant homophobia is explored in the documentary The Abominable Case; and Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth try to solve child murders in the Southern drama, Devil’s Knot.
($24.99 DVD; TLA Releasing)
A hot Chicago summer brings together pot dealer Kurt and cashier Paul. The two become seemingly inseparable, only to have their relationship threatened when a rich boy becomes obsessed with stealing Kurt away. This must-see gay romance scored good reviews for first-time filmmaker C.M. Birkmeier.
($39.98 Blu-ray, $29.98 DVD; Paramount)
Chris Pine stars as everyone’s favorite CIA agent Jack Ryan, previously played by Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin, who in the character’s fifth cinematic outing discovers a Russian terrorist plot to crash the US economy. Keira Knightly, Kenneth Branagh, and Kevin Costner round out the cast in this action-fueled escapist spy thriller. Extras include deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary, and a special making-of featurette.
($24.99 DVD; Passion River)
A harrowing documentary, The Abominable Crime examines the overwhelming and deadly culture of homophobia in Jamaica as seen through the eyes of several gay Jamaican men who must choose between staying in their homeland or saving their lives. Winner of several best documentary awards at film festivals all over the world.
($34.97 Blu-ray, $29.96 DVD; Image)
A dramatic retelling of the real-life “West Memphis Three” murder case that shocked the country in 1993 when the mutilated bodies of three young boys were found in the woods of a small Arkansas town and three outsiders were wrongly accused and convicted for the crime. Directed by indie darling Atom Egoyan, with Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Dane DaHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), and Mireille Enos (The Killing). Special features include deleted scenes and a making-of documentary.
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