Here are three LGBTQ DVDs worth watching: Two dramas and a campy classic.
Following his son’s death, Brad O’Connor (Anthony Rapp of “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Rent”), a closeted, middle-aged man, grows distant from his wife, Marcia (De’Adre Aziza), and finds comfort through online dating. He eventually meets a 23-year-old Jamaican man, Yenny (Jimmy Brooks), and the two develop an online affair. From dating site messages to text messaging and eventually video chatting, the conversation between the two men grows from flirty to full out provocative.
“All of my previous films have explored the intersections of race, class and sexuality,” director John G. Young said in a press statement. “Especially interesting to me now is how these intersections are made so easily through the looking-glasses which are dating websites, mobile apps and the cellphone itself.”
Posing as a wealthy New York businessmen, Brad fuels the fantasy of being a “Daddy” by sending Yenny money without question. But as the discussion of meeting up is constantly coming up, Brad finds himself wrestling with not only the lies he’s elaborated to Yenny, but also his inquisitive wife.
“BWOY” is available on DVD and VOD.
Cheerfully psychotic housewife Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) goes on a murderous rampage in the John Waters camp classic “Serial Mom,” which is available for the first time on Blu-ray. Beverly unleashes her killing spree on anyone who doesn’t live up to her moral code. From her son’s mistaken math teacher to a juror in her trial, nobody is safe from Beverly’s stabbing plight.
The “Serial Mom Collector’s Edition Blu-ray” contains loads of bonus content to die for, including interviews with Waters, Turner and Mink Stole, who plays Dottie Hinkle, one of Beverly’s tormented victims.
Directed by Hong Kong LGBT auteur SCUD (the screen name of Cheng Wan-Cheung) (Amphetamine, City Without Baseball, Permanent Residence, Voyage), “Utopians” follows Hins (Adonis He), a university student in his final year of college. His cultural studies class is taught by a guest-lecturer, Professor Ming (Jackie Chow), who is on a visit from Australia National University. Ming shocks the classroom when he shows a sexually explicit image and asks the room, Who’s gay? Ming becomes intrigued by Hins’ when he notices Ming reading “Confessions of a Mask” by Yukio Mishima, a semi-autobiography book about a secretly gay, Japanese boy. Ming and his assistant engage with Hins and his religious girlfriend on a quest of understanding sexuality and desire. “Utopians” had festival screenings in 2016 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Outfest Fusion. “Utopians” is available on DVD, VOD, iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play and Vudu.