Frisky business is the theme of this week’s home entertainment round-up, featuring a trio of films about men — including designer Yves Saint Laurent — who just can’t resist affairs and flings and, well, plain ol’ slutting it up (as in Prick Up Your Ears, above), not to shame anyone or anything.
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($34.99 Blu-ray; Sony)
This second 2014 biopic to focus on fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, starring Gaspard Ulliel, is arguably the better one and made without the approval of YSL’s estate and life partner, Pierre Bergé. Gorgeously art directed, in episodic fashion it traces their relationship and YSL’s stardom and tortured genius-fueled delves into drugs and promiscuity.
Prick Up Your Ears
($29.99 Blu-ray, $14.99 DVD; Olive)
Stephen Frears’ 1987 biopic about genius British playwright Joe Orton is essential LGBT cinema, and comes hot on the heels of Criterion’s release of Frears’ My Beautiful Laundrette. Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina portray one of the most dysfunctional gay couples ever committed to celluloid — Love Is Strange indeed! — as Orton, who became the toast of London’s West End with cheeky plays like Loot and was even hired to pen a screenplay for The Beatles, and his not-so-talented-wannabe-writer mentor/boyfriend, Kenneth Halliwell, who went bonkers over Orton’s insatiable appetite for cruising and hookups. Comical and tragic, this one’s a must and quite the history lesson to boot.
($24.99 DVD; Strand)
A graphic novelist in midlife crisis starts shifting his attentions from his therapist wife to a gay neighbor in this sleeper dramedy.
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