DVD: “Trance,” “Loose Cannons,” “The Jeffrey Dahmer Files,” & More!


Under the radar much? Well, this week’s home entertainment titles are ones that mostly got by us when they hit theaters and film festivals.

An art dealer gets sucked into a heist in Danny Boyle’s stylish Trance, while distinctive documentary-drama hybrid The Jeffrey Dahmer Files revisits the infamous serial killer’s crimes.

Finally, a gay Italian finds his plan to come out scrapped when a sibling beats him to it in Italian comedy-of-errors Loose Cannons (pictured).

Loose Cannons

($19.99 DVD; Virgil Films)

Gay Italian Tommaso returns to his Rome home to come out of the closet and proclaim his intention to abandon the family business and become a writer. Unfortunately, his older brother beats him to the punch, coming out during a family dinner that sends dad to the hospital. Knowing that his own coming out may be too much for dad to take, Tommaso must instead take the reigns and also figure out to handle the susprise arrival of his boyfriend and a gaggle of queens. Director Ferzan Özpetek, of gay must-see Steam: The Turkish Bath, brings us this hysterical queer comedy of errors with a poignant and thoughtful side order of family drama.


($29.99 Blu-ray, $22.98 DVD; 20th Century Fox)

James McAvoy plays an art auctioneer who ends up with some very dangerous enemies – and amnesia – when he botches a Goya heist in the latest from Trainspotting/Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Extras include deleted scenes, a making-of, featurettes, a short film by Spencer Susser, and more. Oh, and McAvoy fans are in for a treat — X-Men‘s young Professor Xavier also stars in this week’s Welcome to the Punch.

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files

($24.99 DVD; IFC Films)

In this drama-documentary about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, a homicide detective, a neighbor, and a medical examiner provide vivid recollections while actor Andrew Swant portrays the milquetoast-nerdy Dahmer in understated yet creepy reenactments. So understated and restrained is Chris James Thompson’s approach — completely devoid of onscreen grue to start — that it may leave the unfamiliar without a full sense of Dahmer’s crimes, yet if you do know Dahmer, a few hairs on your neck will raise.





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