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DVD: “What If,” “The Conformist,” “3 Scream Queens,” “Late Phases,” & More!

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We’re thankful for the diversity offered in home entertainment this week. There’s romance (What If; above), scream queens, werewolves, and a classic with queer undertones.

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What If

($35.99 Blu-ray, $30.99 DVD; Sony)

Originally titled The F Word in Canada, where it was made, this smart young rom-com stars Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace, a guy burned out on med school and relationships. Enter graphic designer Chantry, who becomes a close friend… and, just maybe, could be the one. Girls‘ Adam Driver is a bonus treat as Radcliffe’s roommate. Extras include deleted scenes, a making-of and several featurettes.

 

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The Conformist

($29.95 Blu-ray, $19.95 DVD; Raro Video)

Bernardo Bertolluci’s striking 1970 feature about an Italian police functionary — played by Jean-Louis Trintignant — tasked by fascists to assassinate his former teacher. There’s a serious queer subtext to this widescreen masterpiece, and a formative homosexual experience with a chauffeur. A major influence on films and filmmakers since, including The Godfather, it receives a sterling restoration here with extras including an hour-long documentary, trailers, and a booklet.

 

3 Scream Queens

($14.99 DVD; Rapid Heart)

David DeCoteau is back with a tale of three horror film cougars vying to star in a new slasher film with plenty of hot scantily-clad beefcake. But is this actually a contest for survival as well?

 

Late Phases

(VOD)

While Upstate New York retirement community Crescent Bay may seem quaint and idyllic, new resident Ambrose — an abrasive, blind Vietnam vet — comes to realize a werewolf is in their midst. Can Ambrose, his son, and a shovel come together and weed out the lycanthrope before the next full moon? The English-language debut of Spanish horror director Adrián García Bogliano features some incredible old school The Howling-esque effects, grue, and even some heart (in the emotional sense).

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The Giver

 

A Merry Friggin’ Christmas

 

The November Man

 

The Expendables 3