DVD: “The Monuments Men,” “Birthday Cake,” “Pompeii,” & More!


Family dysfunction, erupting volcanoes, and Nazi art thieves round out the home video selection this week… plus naked abs in eye-popping 3D!

A newly married gay couple find their lives turned upside down by the arrival of unwanted house guests in Birthday Cake (above); George Clooney leads an international all-star cast in the WWII drama, The Monuments Men; a chiseled Kit Harrington dodges 3D fireballs in Pompeii; and a gay man discovers adoption can be a handful in The Evangelist.


Birthday Cake

($24.99 DVD; Ariztical Entertainment)

Daniel and his hottie soap star husband, Steven, invite all of their friends and loved ones to their Hollywood home to celebrate their daughter’s birthday. That is until Daniel finds out Steven has invited his estranged religious mother and sister to the festivities! A feature-length mockumentary follow-up to director/star Chad Darnell’s hit short film, Groom’s Cake, Birthday Cake is filled with delicious family dysfunction and a dead clown to boot!


The Monuments Men

($40.99 Blu-ray, $30.99 DVD; Sony)

George Clooney stepped behind the camera again to direct this true WWII tale of U.S. soldiers whom, under the orders of FDR, formed a task force to steal back priceless works of art pilfered by Hitler. Clooney co-stars with an A-list cast including Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and recent Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. Extras include deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and several Blu-ray exclusives.



($45.99 Blu-ray; $30.99 DVD; Sony)

Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington stars as a slave-turned-gladiator who races against time to save his love (Emily Browning) from the fires of Mount Vesuvius in this special effects-heavy 3D period piece.  A lot of stuff gets destroyed real good, but it’s Harrington’s rock-hard abs that will really make you quake. Extras include a filmmaker’s commentary and a featurette on the film’s effects.


The Evangelist

($14.99 DVD; MVD)

Gay theater director Danny Ziegfeld adopts a 12-year-old boy only to discover the kid’s a Jesus freak on a mission to convert the locals to Christianity. Wacky kids! Filmed in the LGBT mecca of Provincetown, MA and shot in B&W, The Evangelist is a bitingly funny look at unconventional family relationships.






The Right Kind of Wrong

Grand Piano

3 Days to Kill

Vampire Academy