New on DVD

Jason Statham, Luke Evans Make A Blitz Play, Jodie & Mel Skin The Beaver, Pam Grier And Other Women In Cages

The Beaver ($26.99, Summit Entertainment)
In this surreal family drama, Hollywood’s premier A-list lesbian directs Hollywood’s most notoriously  drunken, homophobic anti-Semite with woman issues who isn’t Charlie Sheen. And it makes more sense than you’d think—they’re old friends from co-starring in the 1994 western-comedy, Maverick. You can see from how Foster guides Gibson’s performance through the bizarre story—a mentally unstable man copes by speaking through a beaver  puppet—that she genuinely cares for the troubled actor she chose to star as the film’s troubled protagonist. You can hate Gibson personally but, along with the truly disturbing Edge of Darkness, this is one of his best, most anguished performances in a long time.

 

Blitz ($28.99, Millennium Entertainment)
Little-seen stateside, this UK flick is notable for starring all-action-all-the-time Transporter and Crank stubble-dude Jason Statham, as well as British Queer As Folk star Aiden Gillen and Immortals‘ Luke Evans. It’s about tough policemen chasing a cop-slaying  serial killer—but you might get a different read on it given Evans’ publicist’s recent media blitz to shove the once-out actor back in the closet.

 

The Women In Cages Collection: The Big Bird Cage, Big Doll House, Women In Cages ($34.98, Shout! Factory)

You can debate the wisdom of releasing high-def Blu-Ray versions of cheapo’ 70s grindhouse classics, but there’s no denying the lurid girl-on-girl thrills offered by these three campy women-in-prison films starring Pam Grier.  In Big Doll House, Grier and other sexy, roughed-up prisoners struggle against a sadistic warden while, inside The Big Bird Cage, Grier engineers a daring prison break—from the outside in. And in Women In Cages, the Jackie Brown star is on the other side of the bars, playing a tough-as-nails warden who seduces and torments her buxom inmates in the Philippines jungle. These tasteless time capsules offer something for everyone: gay dudes who like to watch angry chicks mud fighting, straight guys who want to see women soaping each other in the prison showers,  lesbians who can appreciate the old-school weirdness of Sapphicly-tinged sadistic sexploitation films. Advice before buying: Find the nudity-rich NSFW trailers on YouTube before they’re taken down. They’re entertainingly offensive all by themselves.