DVD: R-Patz In Bel Ami; James Franco In About Cherry, Bound,And More!

Is it just us or is everyone suddenly in heat? That’s certainly the case in home entertainment this week, specifically when it comes to female characters:  Two adult sisters get uncomfortable close the artful Mary Marie (above) and a frustrated mob moll and sultry lesbian neighbor team up in the Blu-ray edition of Bound. . Meanwhile, Robert Pattinson is working his way through the women of France in the lush period piece, Bel Ami, and Ashley Hinshaw is just working in San Francisco’s porn biz in About Cherry.


Bel Ami
($22.99 DVD, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)


No, Robert Pattinson has not turned to Eastern-European porn (yet): Adapted from Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel, Bel Ami stars the Twilight vamp as a destitute ex-soldier who seduces Parisian women—played by Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott-Thomas—while climbing his way up the social ladder. The DVD release includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.


About Cherry
(VOD, IFC Midnight)

High-school student Angelica (Ashley Hinshaw) flees Los Angeles and ends up working in San Francisco’s porn industry. (Yeah, we know, as if she had to leave L.A. for that?) First-time feature director Stephan Elliott peppers his film with familiar faces, including James Franco as a cokehead lawyer, Heather Graham as a porn-star-turned-director, Dev Patel as Angelica’s friend-without-benefits and Lili Taylor as her mom. (The VOD release precedes a theatrical release on September 21.)



($29.99 Blu-ray, $19.99 DVD, Olive Films)

The Wachowski siblings made their directorial debut with this sexy lesbian-noir flick from 1996 that sees neighbors-turned-lovers Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and Corky (Gina Gershon) hatching a dangerous scheme involving the latter’s boyfriend (Joe Pantoliano). This new Blu-ray release includes both the R-rated and unrated versions, the latter of which offers about 15 seconds’ more sex and violence. yes, 15 seconds.

Mary Marie

($24.99 DVD, TLA)

Sisters Mary and Marie have a close relationship, but the death of their mother pushes them into creepy closer-than-close territory. Writer/director/co-star Elxandra Roxo goes for visual poetry above all else, although some narrative tension arises when a frisky handyman butts into the girls’ world (and bed). Watch this one with a bicurious film-school grad (and a six-pack).



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