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posted Friday, July 13 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 28
New DVDs highlight Channing Tatum, Sarah Silverman, Whoopi, Madonna
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New DVDs highlight Channing Tatum, Sarah Silverman, Whoopi, Madonna

by Chris Azzopardi - SGN Contributing Writer

21 Jump Street
His clothes stay on, but Channing Tatum - aka Magic Mike in his new stripper flick - is still a sight to behold in a comedy that reboots an old TV show and amazingly doesn't screw it up. Tatum plays Greg Jenko, a moronic officer-in-training who pairs with former classmate Morgan Schmidt (Jonah Hill) - whom he bullied in high school - to be badasses of the law. The comedic twist? They suck at their jobs. As the 20-somethings go undercover - totally out of their element among the student body (they two-strap their bags!) - this cop romp becomes a riotous mix of drug gags, pro-Gay hilarity, whip-smart dialogue, and scenes of dry-humping that could only be better if Tatum, who really should do more comedy, got completely naked. EXTRAS: The best gags are in the movie, but more of the duo goofing off in a blooper reel ain't a bad thing. And don't miss the many deleted scenes to catch Tatum engaging in some undercover self-love.

The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series
The crass absurdity of Sarah Silverman's prematurely offed Comedy Central series - one day she's licking her dog's butt to understand what he finds so appealing about it; the next, she's an AIDS activist because she just might have HIV - is what made its genius three seasons a racy rollick. Joined by a neighboring Gay couple and her real-life sister Laura, slacker Silverman finds herself in crazy, exaggerated, and politically incorrect predicaments that teach her all the wrong lessons. (Remember when she tried to be a Lesbian? Or got suckered into joining an anti-abortion group?) Thirty-two episodes of this over-the-top ridiculousness are nowhere near enough, but they'll have to do. EXTRAS: Lots! Commentaries from the crew (including Silverman), behind-the-scenes footage, audition videos, animated shorts, and a fun Q&A from Comic-Con.

Sister Act/Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Sister Act doesn't just give me the giggles because one of my best - and Gayest - memories is linked to it: my 12-year-old self draped in a white sheet with a black pillowcase wrapped over my head, reenacting 'I Will Follow Him' with my girl cousins, hitting those high notes while biology was still on my side. No, Marc Shaiman's nuns-on-the-run revelation, now 20 years old (holy cow!), was so much fun it made me wonder why the real Catholic Church couldn't have a Whoopi. If only God's house were as Gay as this movie, which has gotten a fab Blu-ray transfer. Also included is the sequel, with a very young Jennifer Love Hewitt and an awful plot - a sin, for sure. EXTRAS: Almost none, but who cares as long as Lady Soul's music video for 'If My Sister's in Trouble' is included? And it is. God bless them.

Mirror Mirror
Who's the fairest of them all? Certainly not this take on the classic fairy tale Snow White. Julia Roberts camps up the Evil Queen role with sassiness and a smile that's reminiscent of, well, Julia Roberts (her sidekick is Nathan Lane, having a ball). No wonder Snow, played by a fantastic Lily Collins, doesn't seem all that threatened as she gets into girl-power mode, demonstrating that chicks don't need a prince to save the day. But even so, you can't blame her for keeping Armie Hammer (star of J. Edgar) around. Along with the divine visuals and costumes, he's the eye-candy that helps make Mirror Mirror almost worth biting into. EXTRAS: Meh. Just a few extra scenes and cast interviews. Oh, and you can learn how to 'dance like a princess,' if that's your thing.

Evita
Don't cry for her, Argentina - this is still Madonna's best film role. That doesn't mean the 1996 movie did Eva Peron, or her deeply inspiring and tragic story, justice. Besides avoiding political insight, this flawed musical drama, also starring Antonio Banderas, felt like the longest music video ever - over two hours of lip-syncing is just too much. The Andrew Lloyd Webber score, however, ranks high in Madonna's catalog - the Oscar-winning 'You Must Love Me' is easily one of her best ballads. And the Blu-ray re-master looks like a virgin: fresh and new. EXTRAS: A long and thorough look into the making of Evita, including Madonna being as narcissistic as ever.

Chris Azzopardi is the editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBT wire service. Reach him via his website at www.chris-azzopardi.com.

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