Monday, January 21, 2008

This Week on DVD: January 22nd Edition

As a group, Torchwood's characters are almost as queer as the B-52's.

The first season of
Torchwood, the Dr. Who spin-off and brainchild of Queer as Folk creator Russell T. Davies, comes to DVD this week in a 7-set disc set. The series stars openly gay actor John Barrowman and is notable for its bisexual storylines.

More Tuesday releases of note:

The kind souls at the Criterion Collection have done their part to make this week's new DVD releases more exciting than last week's fare -- in addition to Alf Sjöberg's 1950 adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie and Lindsay Anderson's British New Wave classic This Sporting Life, they're offering 4 by Agnes Varda, a collection that bundles their previous Varda releases (Vagabond and Cleo from 5 to 7) with La Pointe Courte and Le Bonheur.

Oscar: "I wish I knew how to quit you."

Felix Unger and Oscar Madison continue to fight their mutual attraction in The Odd Couple - The Complete Third Season.

Felicity Jones and Henry Tilney star in the new Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, from a script by Andrew Davies, the prolific screenwriter who adapted Tipping the Velvet for the BBC.

Dr. Kerry Weaver marks her first full season as a lesbian who knows she's a lesbian in the eighth season of ER.

And finally, 20th Century Fox has assembled an attractively priced but redundant package of five of their Best Picture winners. The selections include How Green Was My Valley, Gentleman's Agreement, The French Connection, All About Eve, and The Sound of Music. As a bonus, because I neglected you over the weekend, here's a bizarre YouTube clip that turns The Sound of Music's infamous "cunt face"-sounding line into a Tourette's-like outburst.

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