A flight of fantasy starring Channing Tatum, campy vampy comedy, and a gritty-while-sexy queer import (Eastern Boys, above) are among the highlights this week in home entertainment.
Now for the trailers and details!
($44.95 3D Blu-ray, $28.98 DVD; Warner Bros.)
Forget “magic” Mike — in the latest fantasia from the Wachowski siblings, Channing Tatum plays an elf-eared, flying sci-fi hero on a mission to save Mila Kunis from a whole bunch of interstellar power-grabbers including a totally vamping Eddie Redmayne. This is total batshit cray cray spectacle with totally out-there art direction, costumes and aliens. This is a whole lot of zany, visionary popcorn (and cheese!) fun. Extras include making-of featurettes.
($24.95 DVD; Wolfe)
Gay Asian-American restaurant owner/chef Elliott is struggling to keep his business afloat. When his estranged and recently separated mother, Emma, turns up at his door, and soon enough learns her son is gay, not only does Elliott have to deal with her reaction and hopefully, acceptance, but also the attentions of a hot romantic potential, Ian. Some zany antics, of course, ensue. Bonus: George Takei makes a cameo!
($24.99 DVD; First Run Features)
Middle-aged Parisian Daniel trolls Paris’ Gare du Nord station for a hustler when he comes upon Marek, a seemingly newbie (and super young-looking) Ukrainian. When their hookup results in Daniel’s home being ransacked by a group of hustler thugs, things look dire… until Marek and Daniel find a certain spark between them. Touching on issues of immigration, economy, and identity, this film delivers depth and sexiness and at least one harrowing home invasion. This is one of the best recent LGBT films to come along in a while.
($29.99 DVD; RapidHeart)
Director David De Cocteau shelves the barely-clad beefcake to focus on bitchy cougar antics in this zinger-filled comedy about three sassy actresses — including ’80s action diva Rae Dawn Chong — brought together for a sequel gig.