This week’s home entertainment slate leans toward the queer-adjacent side rather than full-on gay: Madonna‘s finest film performance, Evita, gets its Blu-ray release after more than 15 years, while Sister Act (above) and Sister Act 2 pull a sister act with a double Blu-ray set.
Featuring two of the least stereotypical gay guys on television, Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program gets the box-set treatment this week, while Canuck auteur Guy Maddin’s Keyhole serves up noir realness.
UP FIRST: Don’t cry for Evita
Evita: 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray
($25.99 BluRay, Disney)
What a happy coincidence that this 15th anniversary edition of director Alan Parker’s Evita hits now that Madonna’s back big-time with a tour and success of her 2011 directorial effort, W.E., and the stage production has been revived on Broadway starring Ricky Martin. We won’t nitpick and point out that the film is actually from 1996, so it’s, like, 16 years, since Madge is pretty darned fabulous as the Argentinean icon. Extras include a making-of featurette and Madonna’s video for “You Must Love Me.” We do, we do!
NEXT: It’s a nun’s story in Sister Act
Sister Act/Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
($29.99 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo; Touchstone/Walt Disney)
Speaking of Broadway shows, a musical adaptation of this Whoopi Goldberg vehicle pulled into the Great White Way last year, justifying a second look at the original. It’s bundled with Sister Act 2, which we doubt will get the jukebox musical treatment (though you never know). Blu-ray extras aren’t miraculous—mostly include making-of featurettes and some heavenly music videos.
NEXT: Sarah Silverman is the female Daniel Tosh. Discuss
The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series
($49.99 DVD, Shout! Factory)
A delightfully un-PC friend-to-gays, Silverman (who’s the grand marshal at SF Pride this year—how’s that for queer cred?) finally gets some respect with a box-set release of her acclaimed Comedy Central series featuring all 32 episodes. Brian Posehn and Steve Agee play Silverman’s gay-dork neighbors, with hot-button issues like same-sex marriage, abortion and discrimination regularly get skewered. Plenty of extras here, including commentaries, digital shorts and footage of the cast at 2007’s Comic-Con.
NEXT: Guy Madden gets Greek with Keyhole
(BluRay $34.99, DVD $26.99, Monterey)
Canada’s answer to David Lynch, Guy Maddin, has crafted a dreamy black-and-white noir based on Homer’s The Odyssey, except instead of traveling to the Underworld, the protagonist, Ulysses (Jason Patric), treks through his own house to find his missing wife (Isabella Rossellini). Keyhole is fraught with profound discoveries, ghosts and a whole lot of weird—plus an appearance by queer cult fave Udo Kier.
ALSO OUT ON DVD:
Louie: Season 2
Web Therapy: The Complete First Season
Sister act is still my all-time favourite film. The sequel was one of those sequels
you’d rather just forget about (though Whoopi was still hilarious)
Ahh, vintage Madonna, back after she has already shown her tits, ass, pussy in the SEX bood, and she was trying to be taken seriously as an actress. And now she’s back to showing her tits and ass, desperately trying to be a relevant MILF. Wonder which concert Madge will show vadge?
Fortunately, Whoopi has played it classy and kept it covered up. Sister Act, great movie.
W.E. was a success? Didn’t it crash and burn like all of Madonna’s movies?
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