DVD: “Robocop,” “Big Joy,” “Fun In Boys Shorts,” And More!


It’s a pretty gay week in home entertainment, with a sci-fi remake for good measure.

A policeman gets a second life as gun-toting android in the big budget Robocop remake, while late queer filmmaker/poet/artist trailblazer James Broughton gets another breath of life through documentary Big Joy (above). And comedy rules the seven short films in compilation Fun In Boys Shorts.


Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

($29.99 DVD; Alive Mind Media)

Poet, filmmaker and artist James Broughton was an important queer trailblazer whose name has largely fallen out of the public consciousness. A member of the 1950’s San Francisco Renaissance, he helped found the Radical Faeries, won an award for his 1954 film, The Pleasure Garden, at the Cannes Film Festival, fathered a daughter with film critic Pauline Kael, and maintained a long-term relationship and creative partnership with a much younger man, Joel Singer, until his 1999 death at age 85. With plenty of clips and archival material, co-directors Stephen Silha, Eric Slade, and Dawn Logsdon bring Broughton’s accomplishments, creative works, and complicated life to the fore again.



($39.99 Blu-ray, $29.98 DVD; MGM)

The satirical 80s cult flick about a policeman who gets turned into an android receives a big budget Hollywood remake — and new black armor — with The Killing‘s Joel Kinnamin as the titular officer. Extras include making-of featurettes, deleted scenes and more.


Fun In Boys Shorts

($19.99 DVD; Strand)

The seven international short films making up this new compilation from San Francisco’s Frameline GLBT film festival lean towards the comedic and sexy, with plots and topics ranging from a musical about hair loss (Norway’s Bald Guy) to the realities of “perfect” relationships (USA’s Housebroken) to an animated character’s angst over being in a live-action world (Spain’s Unanimated).



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