This week’s home entertainment slate is a mixed bag indeed — from Melissa McCarthy’s broad comedy Tammy to gay Israeli drama Snails In The Rain (above) to a real-life tale of a transgender ex-Navy SEAL in the original CNN movie, Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story.
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($35.99 Blu-ray, $29.98 DVD; Warner)
Melissa McCarthy plays the abrasive titular character, a fast food restaurant employee who sets out on a roadtrip with her sassy, sauced grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon). Lots of ridiculous antics transpire as McCarthy competes with Zach Galifianakis to play the most OTT cretin onscreen this decade, and perhaps they should just go ahead and play siblings sometime. Extras include an extended 101-minute cut, deleted scenes, gag reel and more.
($24.95 DVD; TLA)
Set during 1989, this queer drama sees a 25-year-old student, Boaz, receive a series of deeply personal love letters from a mystery — and closeted — man. These missives begin to rattle Boaz’s life with his girlfriend, and set off a chain of memories about past attractions to men and revelations. Who is writing these letters?
Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story
($24.95 DVD; Wolfe)
As a U.S. Navy SEAL, Christopher Beck garnered a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon leaving the military in 2011, however, Beck transitioned to Kristin and made national headlines upon the publication of her book Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s Journey to Coming out Transgender. This CNN documentary brings her process and experiences to light — a moving and inspirational tale indeed. Extras include a featurette about Beck’s activism since, and Anderson Cooper’s 2013 360 interview with Beck.
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