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What to Rent/Buy This Week on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Room 237,' The First Gruesome Season of 'Hannibal' and More

By Indiewire | Indiewire September 24, 2013 at 12:01PM

VOD is all the rage right now, and for good reason (check out our September list HERE). But while it's gratifying to know that you can watch pretty much anything with the simple click of a button, there's something comforting about tearing into a DVD/Blu-ray case and popping the disc into your player. That, and not even a VOD film in HD can rival the clarity a Blu-ray disc offers. To keep you up to date with the current goings-on in the home video marketplace, here are this week's new releases worth your time and money.

"Dear Mom Love Cher"
The doc chronicles Cher's mother, Georgia Holt's, life story as well as delving into other aspects of Cher's fascinating family history, featuring in-depth interviews with Holt, her daughters Cher and Georganne LaPiere Bartylak, and grandchildren Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman. Born in rural Arkansas, Holt went on to pursue a career in Hollywood as a singer and actress, enduring a plethora of setbacks and triumphs both personally and professionally.

Extras: A birthday video from Cher to her mother.

"Hannibal: Season One"
In NBC's acclaimed "Silence of the Lambs" prequel series, Hugh Dancy plays Special Agent Will Graham, who's able to get inside the minds of the killers he chases using his splendid unstable imagination, while Mads Mikkelsen is Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the acclaimed forensic psychiatrist brought in to treat and help Will, his own murderous habits not yet discovered.

Extras: Audio commentaries on select episodes; a number of featurettes; gag reel; deleted scenes; and pilot episode storyboards.

"Call Me Kuchu"
Specifically focused around LGBT people and activists in Uganda, "Call Me Kuchu" (gay and transgendered citizens are called "kuchus") centers around the life and tragic death of David Kato, a veteran activist who spent years fighting against his country’s insanely homophobic society. Among other terrifying things, an anti-homosexuality bill proposing death for HIV-positive gay men is introduced and Kato is one of the few brave enough to try and stop it.

Extras: 4 deleted scenes and a Q&A with the filmmakers.

"In the House"
Starring Fabrice Luchini as a frustrated, unappreciated schoolteacher and Kristin Scott Thomas as his wife, Francois Ozon's latest follows Luchini's character as he is increasingly obsessed with a pupil's voyeuristic essays focusing on a classmate's perfect family. While he sees that the envious, fantasy fulfilling papers are potentially unethical and dangerous, he continues to prompt the teen because of the strength of his writing. As you can see in the unsettling, suspenseful trailer, the boy (Ernst Umhauer) takes things a little too far.

This article is related to: Call Me Kuchu, Hannibal, Television, Room 237, New On DVD, DVD / Blu-Ray, Small Screens, Blu-ray, On Blu-Ray

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