It’s an amazing week for home entertainment, with Blu-ray and DVD releases for the Oscar-winning Alan Turing pic The Imitation Game (above); Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar; autobiographical import about growing up gay in Morocco, Salvation Army; and a campy indie queer Seattle flick, Fallen Jewel.
Now for the details…
($34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 DVD; )
Benedict Cumberbatch plays gay genius Alan Turing, who cracked the Nazis’ Enigma Code during WWII and ultimately helped hand the allies a victory. While this biopic — which won best screenplay — skimps on the gay aspect, it’s still a solid watch. Extras include a making-of, deleted scenes, commentary and Q&As from several post-screenings.
($24.99 DVD; Strand)
Writer/director Abdellah Taïa’s film, adapted from his own heavily autobiographical novel, chronicles the emerging queer adolescence and tumultuous family life of 15-year-old Abdellah in down-low Morocco, where horny adult closet cases are keen to take advantage of his sexual curiosity, a later relationship with a Swiss professor, and eventual emigration to Geneva, Switzerland. It’s well-done, moving and thoughtful.
($39.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 DVD: Paramount)
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic stars Matthew McConaughey as a father tasked with saving a dying earth’s population through a last-chance space mission to find a new planet to colonize. It’s a bit long and downright sappy in spots, but there are also big thrills, twists, really cool robots and a major cameo. Extras include a bevy of featurettes on the science behind the sci-fi and the film’s making.
($24.99 DVD: Ariztical Entertainment)
Seattle’s gender-bending, Julliard-trained boylesque performer Waxie Moon stars in this zany, campy, and way way way queer fantasia. Extras include an introduction from fellow Seattlelite Jinx Monsoon and deleted scenes.