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DVD: “Maleficent,” “The Dog,” “Tru Love,” & More!


The things we do for love – some of them cray cray – seems to be a theme this week in home entertainment releases.

Betrayal by the man she loves turns Maleficent into Sleeping Beauty’s baddie, while documentary The Dog reveals how a man’s desire to pay for his transgender lover’s operation inspired the classic crime film, Dog Day Afternoon.

Meanwhile, lesbians find romance in Tru Love, and a varied bunch of characters navigate love in Los Angeles in the collected 2012 Logo series, DTLA.




($36.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 DVD; Disney)

Decked out in cool horns and razor-sharp cheekbones, Angelina Jolie plays the Sleeping Beauty baddie in this fantastical, live action (with loads of CGI) origin story. Disney isn’t releasing a 3D edition of the Blu-ray in the USA, so if you want to see it in full 3D splendor you’ll need an all-region player and imported UK copy (available via Extras include five making-of featurettes and deleted scenes.


The Dog

($29.99 Blu-ray, $24.99 DVD; Drafthouse Films)

Brooklyn’s John Wojtowicz inspired Al Pacino’s bank robber character in the classic film Dog Day Afternoon. In this revealing documentary, Wojtowicz’s life — which included a relationship with a transgender woman — and queer identity is brought to light, both before and after his story made national news and a Hollywood film.


Tru Love

($24.95 DVD; Wolfe)

Tru is a lesbian playa, but when she meets 60-year-old Alice, well, she may just rethink her ways. A big LGBT film festival hit, written and directed by Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald (the latter plays Alice)! Extras include Johnston’s 15-minute short film Stormcloud and deleted scenes.



($26.99 DVD; Visual Entertainment)

This scripted Logo series from 2012 revolves around the romantic lives and friendships of a clique of racially diverse, queer Los Angelenos. Compiled for the first time on DVD, and clocking in at about four-and-a-half hours, DTLA stars some familiar faces including Darryl Stephens of Noah’s Arc, Leslie Jordan, Melanie Griffith and Sandra Bernhard.





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