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***Gay-Friendly DVD's, Version 5***

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Thane, May 8, 2001.

  1. Thane

    Thane Well-Known Member

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    Was thinking someone needed to get this thread going again...so here tis! I received the DVD Chuck & Buck yesterday after reading people's comments in this thread (Version 4!)
    My son & I enjoyed the movie, although we both thought that perhaps this was a fairly low budget movie as the audio is a bit thin and even though the DVD is anamorphic, there's lots of grain to be seen. A rather unusual movie, however. Some scenes made me uncomfortable, and I had a clearer understanding of why I felt so after reading Roger Ebert's review of the film. How we all react to and deal with people who play by different rules and hear different drummers is an interesting subject, even for people who are different from the majority themselves!
    Ordered The 4th Man and it has shipped...am interested in checking it out!
     
  2. Steve Tannehill

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    For the record, thread v4.0 is still around in UBBS, just lacking the last month's worth of updates. And the last month's worth of updates are still readable at the vBulletin version of the forum. So, technically, nothing has been lost.
    - Steve
     
  3. Thane

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    Should this thread be deleted then...will the previous ver. 4 be updated with the last month's postings & then continue on?
     
  4. Mark Walker

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    Thane-
    As I understand from the e-mail I got
    from Ron and Parker, the thread is still here,
    but will have lost all posts that were submitted
    when the forum went through an upgrade.
    So, that time period's post won't get
    incorporated in version 4.0.
    Personally, I am fine if we stick with
    version 5.0 and just move on from here.
    Mark
     
  5. Joe Caps

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    I bemonaed earlier that Tales of the City is not avialable on any video format because of rights problems. However Showtime announced on their website that ALL THREE miniseries will be shown in June in a Tales of the City marathon!
     
  6. Steve Tannehill

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    Why don't we walk on the wild side and leave the new thread open. The links I provided will work for now, and then I'll archive the UBBS 4.0 thread so it won't get deleted.
    Will that work?
    - Steve
     
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    And, of course, I just cancelled Showtime. Sigh.
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  8. Mark Walker

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    For people wondering about the DVD specs on
    Psycho Beach Party:
    Non-anamorphic widescreen,
    Audio Commentary with writer/star Charles Busch
    and director Robert Lee King,
    trailer and music video.
    Plot synopsis:
    Spoof of 1960's Beach Party/Gidget surfing movies
    mixed with slasher horror films stars Lauren Ambrose
    as Florence Forrest, a not-so-innocent girl in 1960's
    Malibu who becomes "Chicklet" the first girl surfer
    at Malibu Beach,
    Only Florence suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder
    and occasionally her alter ego Amy Bowman,
    a sexually aggressive, foul-speaking girl,
    comes out in which during that time several beach
    goers are found murdered.
    The suspects include Chicklet herself,
    surfer guru Kanaka, B-horror film actress
    Bettina Barnes, exchange student Lars,
    and even Chicket's own mother.
    The film was adapted from the hit off-Broadway
    comedy. Since Charles Busch, who is really too old
    now to play "Chicklet" for a film version,
    they got an amazing young actress who really
    does sing that opera snippet at the end.
    Busch now plays a police detective, and a
    murderer is now part of the plot, rather
    than just having a psycho chick.
    Having seen the trailer, I was a little
    disappointed that the movie didn't have
    quite the energy level the trailer indicated,
    still, it is quite a hoot!
    Very entertaining.
    4 out of 5 stars is my rating. [​IMG]
     
  9. Mark Walker

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    Since I had this posted in the now defunct thread,
    I thought I would repost it here, since response
    has been good.
    I have a few "gay-centric" DVDs that
    I don't need in my collection anymore.
    I will put them up on eBay if I don't
    hear from people at my e-mail before
    May 18th.
    All are in excellent condition
    and $5.00, plus shipping in the US:
    Mandragora:
    A gritty realistic story following
    the life of one Czech boy as he
    becomes a street hustler in Prague.
    Good film, but too depressing for my tastes.
    In The Flesh:
    The story of a student-by-day/hustler-by-night,
    and the cop that falls for him.
    Some other people who post in this
    thread liked the film, but I found
    it kind of hokey, and the commentary
    track with the director just pissed me
    off.
    Boyfriends:
    This film wants to be a gay version
    of The Big Chill,
    (and again, others have liked it)
    but I found all the guys pretty
    boring as characters.
    The best thing about the DVD is
    that it contains the beautiful short
    film, Achilles,
    the story of Achilles and his young
    soldier lover, Patroclus,
    which is narrated by Derek Jackobi.
    Who knew stop motion animation could
    be so erotic?!?!?
    Men Men Men:
    an Italian film about a bunch
    of gay men hitting middle age
    (or later) and how they all
    cope (or don't) with that.
    The San Francisco Film Festival stated,
    "Sexist...hilarious..energetic..the
    laughs just keep on coming."
    (I found all the men annoying.)
    Okay, there's my sales pitch,
    which due to the nature of the films,
    seems more appropriate in this thread
    than in the "trade/for sale" threads.
    [​IMG]
    Mark
     
  10. Trace Downing

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    Ok not too early in the morning to rib a fellow HTF member...
    Mark...with a salespitch like yours, I bet you could sell me my own car! [​IMG] Those DVDs sound like must sees! I actually saw Achilles & Patrocleus a quite while ago on tape with a few other shorts...Death in Venice Ca. was also on it.
    I need some property in Arizona...preferably on the beach if you can swing it! [​IMG]
     
  11. Alan Light

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    Thane, the grainy picture quality of Chuck and Buck seems to be deliberate. It was filmed on digital video and transferred to film. Check out the deleted scenes feature on the DVD and you will see what a nice picture it would have had if left in digital video.
    By the way, maybe everybody knows this, but Mike White, who wrote and stars in the film, used to be a producer on the gay-friendly Dawson's Creek and is the gay son of Rev. Mel White, former ghostwriter for and friend of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell - turned gay activist.
    Re: Tales Of The City. Thanks, Joe, for letting us know that Showtime will be running a marathon in June. The first installment of Further Tales of The City was shown in anamorphic 16:9 widescreen on the Showtime HDTV channel and looked spectacular. The Tuesday night repeat (last night) however, was a square screen upconvert from the regular Showtime channel. Odd. Maybe someone fell asleep at the switch, or the HD tape got damaged between Sunday and Tuesday. The only Showtime series to be regularly broadcast in 16:9 HD is Queer As Folk.
    Re: Psycho Beach Party. I agree with your rating, Mark. We had a screening party here and everyone just loved it. What a fun film.
     
  12. Alan Light

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    I check June's Showtime schedule and here are the broadcast times for the TALES series (all times Eastern):
    June 5: Midnight, Tales Of The City (first half)
    June 6: Midnight, Tales Of The City (second half)
    June 12: Midnight, More Tales Of The City (first half)
    June 13: Midnight, More Tales Of The City (second half)
    June 19: Midnight, Further Tales Of The City (the whole thing, 3 hours long)
     
  13. Mark Walker

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    Ah, Trace!
    YOU are too funny! Hey, I just wanted to be honest.
    I mean, I wouldn't be selling them if I thought
    they were great films. [​IMG]
    I do love Achilles, but
    I have it on another DVD.
    Alan- I want to continue to thank you for
    the information you post in here!
    Mark
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  14. Mark Walker

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    Sex in The City: Season Two
    is coming to DVD on May 22nd. Since I do
    not subscribe to HBO, the first season
    was my "favorite surprise" of the year.
    The second season sells for about $10 more
    than the first season, but it also contains
    many more episodes.
    Just thought I would give everyone a Heads up.
    Mark
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  15. Alan Light

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    Mark, you won't be disappointed in Sex And The City Season 2. They are great shows. Season 3, last year, kept the quality high as well. Season 4 starts on HBO in June. Can't wait.
     
  16. Mark Walker

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    Alan- you're comments have got me "eager" for
    SITC:S2.
    Another title on my "MUST OWN" list is coming
    out as a nice SE this month:
    The Celluloid Closet will be
    released on May 29th. It features a commentary
    track with the writers/producers
    and apparently Lily Tomlin.
    Also arriving two weeks earlier
    (May 15th) is Before Night Falls,
    which we may remember earned Javier Bardem
    an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
    He won the Best Actor award from the
    National Board of Review, (USA) and
    National Society of Film Critics Awards, (USA).
    (And if you read his interview in
    --was it either Genre or Out?-- the gay press,
    he may be straight, but he
    found his "inner homosexual" to play the part.)
    I haven't seen it yet, so I cannot call it a
    "must own" from personal experience, but I will
    be buying it.
    Mark
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    I'm glad that The Celluloid Closet will be making it to DVD shortly.
    I saw film critic and author Vito Russo speak at a screening of Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt. He was angry at the disease that was shortly going to kill him, but was still very much a fighter.
    It is a tribute to Russo that the community came together and made the movie based on his book. I am looking forward to seeing it again.
    - Steve
     
  18. Elizabeth S

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    Mark, let us know your thoughts on "Before Night Falls". I was able to see it during its theatrical run, and thought Javier was excellent. It's quite moving and aptly poetic in parts, but it wasn't quite a rave for me. I can't quite put my finger on what was missing.
    Johnny Depp's cameos were quite amusing, in 2 very different roles!
    By the way, this is Eliz from the previous version 4 thread. For some reason, it wouldn't accept that name after the changeover, so I lengthened it.
     
  19. Mark Walker

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    Someone was asking about ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS
    in another thread, so I thought I would
    re-post my comments from the month-of
    no-return posts. [​IMG]
    I mentioned quite a while ago I would
    comment on the
    ABsolutely FABulous Box Set ,
    but haven't gotten around to it because I have
    been so busy.
    And because I have 10 hour project due in 46 hours,
    I will keep this too-too brief also,
    but basically the set is almost perfect!
    The only thing that was omitted was the
    AB FAB movie, The Last Shout.
    But the box set is definitly they way to go.
    The extra disc contains all the documentaries on
    the show, including one I hadn't seen (and I started
    watching this show religiously when it first aired
    on Comedy Central).
    The nicest extra is the inclusion of
    the original skit from the French & Saunders show
    that was adapted into AB FAB.
    Dawn French did a great job as Saffy!
    Also, the outtakes are quite extensive and VERY funny.
    (There are both on the 4th disc, and on each individual
    disc with some redundancy.)
    One of the best things is that on each disc,
    you get the option to pick
    an episode,
    a scene from the episode,
    AND you can decide to play just
    one episode
    or have them all play in order!!!.
    (This is one of my minor gripes with the
    Sex In The City: Season One Set:
    that you have to go in a select each episode to
    play it, and not just "play all in order.")
    As a side note, I am starting to believe that
    AB FAB has had a minor edit on home video.
    I noticed it on the VHS set way back when also.
    I could've sworn, that during the
    Death episode Edina quotes
    Madonna's Like A Prayer when she is grief-sticken:
    Edina is sitting in the dark in the kitchen,
    Saffy comes down and asks what she is doing
    sitting in the dark. Edina starts to talk
    about her mortality....
    Edina [somberly](to Saffy): "Life is a mystery.
    Everyone must stand alone. I hear you call my name
    and it feels like home."

    Saffy: "Oh that's lovely."
    Edina: "It's Madonna, darling.
    [starts actually singing it this time]
    ...'Just Like a Prayer...'"
    .
    I am guessing that they couldn't get US rights
    for the quote, or they were too costly.
    I think if you watch the show on television
    it is still there...at least I remember it.
    Anyway, I do remember it, but maybe I am confused
    about which episode it was in.
    Can anyone help me out?
    Mark
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  20. RafaelB

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    Hey Mark-
    You're not crazy- I remember that "Like A Prayer" scene vividly from the TV broadcast and found it strange that it wasn't on the laserdisc box set or the DVD release (even leading to beleive that I hallucinated it). But now I'm not the only one who's seen it.
    Thank you. [​IMG]
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