This week in home entertainment is all about international homos… and a hetero (but gay friendly) American comic book superhero.
Want big-budget glossy? Iron Man 3 (in 3D!) sees the Marvel superhero go up against some diabolical villains. On the totally low-fi side, Waterberry Tears sees a gay Mexican teen deal with family dramz. A cute Russian immigrant does the hustle in Aleksandr’s Price, while a gay Egyptian’s queerness stands to tear his family apart in My Brother The Devil. Finally, a brave gay Ugandan fights his country’s virulent homophobia in Call Me Kuchu.
($49.99 3D Bluray, $44.99 Bluray, $29.99 DVD; Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.)
Billionaire Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man struggles with panic attacks, and terrorist attacks by a villain called The Mandarin, in this third bombastic outing of the Marvel superhero series and follow-up to The Avengers. Amazing action set pieces that really pop in 3D, hilarious twists, and writer/director Shane Black’s delicious dialogue (he previously collaborated with Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) combine to make this a fantastic popcorn flick. Extras include a commentary, making-of featurettes, deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, and “one shot” short film that ties into the Captain American series.
($21.99 DVD; Breaking Glass Pictures)
Writer/director Pau Masó stars as Aleksandr, a young Russian emotionally adrift in New York City. Crushed by his mother’s untimely death, the lad finds himself lost in a sea of drugs and prostitution. Extras include an interview with Masó and deleted scenes.
($29.95 DVD; DOCURAMA)
Russia may be getting all the press, but Uganda is as fiercely homophobic as counties come with a law in the works that would put gays, aka “kuchus,” to death. Activist David Kato, the country’s first out gay man, risked his life to combat Uganda’s homophobia, and this documentary — winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s Teddy Award — follows Kato during the year leading up to his tragic, horrific murder. It’s a powerful, moving, and shocking work.
($19.99 DVD; Virgil)
Mo and Rashid, two young Egyptian brothers living in a gritty section of London, find risk and reward in the city’s criminal underbelly. Yet the real danger to this family’s bond, and very lives, arrives when Rashid’s homosexuality is discovered.
($24.95 DVD; Ariztical Entertainment)
Mexican teen Goyo is gay, and while he struggles to keep his sexuality a secret from his homophobic father, he also must compete with his twin sister, Rosa, for the affections of a hottie, Lucio.
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