Great googly-moogly, this week sees an avalanche of great home titles, including a couple of offerings for the gay boys!
James Dean makes his debut on Blu-ray, Henry Caville suits up as Superman in reboot Man of Steel, and Greta Gerwig cements her “It Girl” awesomeness in Frances Ha.
Meanwhile, Sean Paul Lockhart (aka Brent Corrigan) makes his directorial debut with Triple Crossed, and a 17-year-old deals with his homosexuality and an opinionated teddy bear in Animals.
James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition
($99.98 Blu-ray boxed set, $27.98 each film is available as a stand-alone Blu-ray; Warner Brothers)
East Of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant, each starring bisexual screen icon James Dean and each loaded with unbelievable homoerotic tension, are now available on Blu-ray. The lavishly-appointed double-wide boxed set is complete with a 48-page photo book and three insightful documentaries about Dean’s short life and the impact he continues to have on the world.
($44.99 3D Blu-ray, $35.99 Blu-ray, $28.98 DVD; Warner Brothers)
Superman gets the reboot treatment from director Zack Snyder. This time, Henry Cavill dons the cape and must save earth from the villainous General Zod (Michael Shannon), tearing up a whole lotta buildings to do so. Incredible production design, world building, costumes, and CGI may not entirely make up for the lack of humor and optimism (and, yes, John Williams’ theme) many have come to expect from the iconic character’s films and comics, but this is still a must-see. Extras include a handful of behind-the-scenes featurettes.
($24.99 DVD; TLA Releasing)
Sean Paul Lockhart makes his debut as director with this dramatic feature about a damaged ex-soldier, Chris (Josh Brockett), who is enlisted to kill his deceased friend’s ex-boyfriend (Lockhart). You can guess from the title that things get messy. Extras include outtakes, a message from Lockhart (who raised production funds via Indiegogo), a behind-the-scenes, and music video.
($24.99 DVD; Artsploitation)
The pitch for this Spanish import by director Marçal Forés sounds like a queer, arthouse twist on Ted. High school student Pol imagines that his teddy bear, Deerhoof, is his best friend and not only speaks, but plays drums. However, real life – including an attraction to a new boy at school – forces Pol to make a difficult decision between childhood fantasy and adulthood. The Hobbit star Martin Freeman appears as Pol’s teacher. Extras include a making-of, a short film, audio commentary, and booklet.
($39.95 Blu-ray/DVD; Criterion Collection)
Evoking both French New Wave and Woody Allen films, director Noah Baumbach’s black-and-white confection stars co-writer (and offscreen girlfriend) Greta Gerwig as a 27-year-old dancer in New York negotiating relationships, career, and identity. Extras include conversations between Gerwig and Sarah Polley, Baumbach and Peter Bogdonavich, and more.