OUT ON DVD: The Skin I Live In, Game of Thrones, Immortals And More!

Stories from the past dominate this week’s home-video picks: Ryan Phillippe goes kinda-sorta homo in the long-awaited Blu-Ray release of  the Disco Era drama 54. Ancient Greece comes to life in Tarsem Singh’s visual stunner Immortals. And fantasy fiends can feast on Season One of HBO’s medieval times-set series, Game of Thrones.

The Skin I Live In
($45.99 BluRay DVD Combo, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Antonio Banderas reunites with Pedro Almodovar, the director who made him a star, in this thriller about a plastic surgeon (Banderas) who holds a female patient captive as he continues to “perfect” her. Suspenseful and gleefully gruesome at times, Skin is good twisted fun—and reminds us that there’s more to Banderas than Puss in Boots and Nasonex commercials.

(49.99 3-D , $39.99 Blu-ray, $29.98 DVD; 20th Century Fox)

If you’re looking for some Joseph Campbell-type dissertation on the role of mythology on human development, Tarsem Singh’s blockbuster ain’t your movie. But if you dig on seeing hunks like Kellan Lutz, Henry Cavil and Luke Evans do battle in little more than loinclothes and ornate headgear (in 3-D no less!), the god have answered your prayers. DVD extras include deleted scenes, alternate endings and a behind-the-scenes featurette, “Caravaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsem’s Vision.”

($19.99 Blu-ray, Miramax/Lionsgate)

Ryan Philippe stars in this Saturday Night Fever-esque tale as a bridge-and-tunnel hottie who becomes wrapped up in the decadent world of New York’s legendary Studio 54. Mike Myers is amazing as gay club owner Steve Rubell, but we can’t forgive the producers of this edition for not including director Mark Christopher’s much gayer, unreleased original cut of the film.



Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season
($79.98 BluRay, $59.99 DVD, HBO)

Based on author George R. R. Martin’s addictive fantasy novels, HBO’s acclaimed series is chock full of swords, skin, betrayal and medieval realness. The Season One box set includes a bevy of extras about the show’s making, from background on the characters to details on the fictional language used in the show.


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