Ladies or Gentlemen (NR)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Starz continues to dissect every minute sub-genre of cinema with its excellent documentaries. Ladies or Gentlemen takes apart the history of drag (male and female) in mainstream and not so mainstream film. Narrated by RuPaul, the tour brings us to one taboo-smashing gender-bender after another, with films as fondly remembered as Some Like It Hot and Tootsie, cult classics such as Pink Flamingos and Rocky Horror Picture Show, and surprises including The Birdcage and She's the Man. Even genre-defiers that maybe don't give the most positive view of the cross-dressing community (see: Psycho and Glen or Glenda) are dutifully represented. Like all these Starz docs, if Ladies or Gentlemen accomplishes anything, it piques your interest enough to fill your NetFlix queue for the month. Why else would I rent White Chicks? — Louis Fowler

Purchase the DVD: Ladies or Gentlemen

New in Town (PG)

Lionsgate Home Entertainment

As generic as its title, while also idiotic in its own way, New in Town is ridiculously simplistic, reducing even those characters it likes to cardboard caricatures. The ones it doesn't like — such as Renée Zellweger's corporate executive Lucy Hill — they're really in trouble. Imported from fabulous Miami to frumpy Minnesota to downsize her company's food-packing plant, Lucy is a shallow, vindictive, mean-spirited bitch. The movie would have taken a lovely turn if the "weird" Minnesotans (including the wasted Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Harry Connick Jr.) had pulled a Murder on the Orient Express and sent her body through a woodchipper. Alas, they're just too nice to do that. Bonus features include a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, cast and crew commentaries, and more. — MaryAnn Johanson

Purchase the DVD: New In Town (Fullscreen Edition)

Z Rock (NR)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Do you like the idea behind Flight of the Conchords, but hate the subtle "alternative humor" of the whole thing? Are you pissed because you just don't "get it"? Well then, idiots, here's a show called Z Rock, about a wholly unlikable Brooklyn band that moonlights as kids' entertainers, that will give you ample doses of broad comedy that you don't have to think about, like, ever. How about jokes featuring our studly "rockers" fighting effeminate rival kiddie-singers who wear sweaters with the letters F, A and G on the front of them? You like that? Great, because the humor of this abysmal series never rises above that level, and you don't have to, either. Surprisingly enough, this show was produced by the Independent Film Channel, which makes me never want to support independent film again. Rock on, fellas. — Louis Fowler

Purchase the DVD: Z Rock


Eddie Murphy Delirious: 25th Anniversary Edition (NR)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Sure, this might be a "double-dip" release, but if you don't already own this 1983 stand-up masterpiece, get off your ass, plunk down your hard-earned cash and get a copy now! This is Eddie Murphy at his peak, delivering a blistering, pointed performance that remains riotously offensive and insanely relevant. It's also bittersweet, considering how his career has devolved. Nothing highlights this more than the newly added extras, wherein Murphy, almost embarrassed, remembers half-heartedly the making, performance and reception of the comedy special. It's an interesting trip that attempts to offer answers about the "old" Murphy, but really says more about the "new" Murphy. Still, hardcore fans will require an upgrade from the original bare-bones DVD that came out a few years ago. An added bonus: If you know kids who know the comedian only as Dr. Doolittle or Sherman Klump, you can show them his "ice cream" routine to totally warp them! — Louis Fowler

Purchase the DVD: Eddie Murphy: Delirious - 25th Anniversary

Nightmare Castle (NR)

Severin Films

I have read a few reviews that said this '60s Italian thriller starring cult legend Barbara Steele was comparable to, or even better than, her classic Mario Bava-directed Black Sunday. Eh, not really. But still, the atmospheric Nightmare Castle has a lot going for it that will thrill Steele completists, as well as lovers of spooky black-and-white chillers. Aristocratic mad scientist Arrowsmith finds his wife cheating with the gardener and chains them both in a dungeon, thinking he'll collect on her wealth. It backfires when she's left it to her sister. So the diabolical doctor tries to make her go mad, with surprisingly supernatural results. While it's a bit too talky for its own good at times, it's beautifully shot and utterly charming in its innocence, and I'll take it over most of the recycled crap we're force-fed by the mainstream. — Louis Fowler

Purchase the DVD: Nightmare Castle


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