Holiday Gifts for the Entertainer
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
November 23 2012 5:00 AM ET
More DVDS and Sets for Your Stocking
Lifestyles and Boys for Sale (pictured above) are gay boxed sets that cover rent boys, rough trade, and more.
Shazam! The Complete Live Action Series is the subtextually gayest '70s classic TV series. Now the Warner Archive Collection is releasing Shazam! (and another gay fave, Alice: The Complete Second Season) as Manufactured on Demand (MOD) DVDs (meaning you can't get them on Amazon; they print them when you pay for it at Warner). Shazam! offers 28 episodes of the breakout Saturday morning live-action hit that changed kid vids for a generation, spawning spin-offs and successors that brought nonanimated action to the nation's children well into the '80. It follows Billy Batson, who traveled the country in a RV with an elderly 'mentor" (the great Les Treymane) but had armed help from Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, which transformed him into a mighty hero. $34.95, WarnerArchive.com or WBShop.com
Get the Party Started
The Michael Jackson Bad: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition comprises three CDs and a DVD, all remastered with rare and unreleased material. These bona fide hits, written and performed by Jackson in his prime, will get any party started. Meanwhile, Dance Central 3, the latest in the best-selling dance game franchise on Kinect for Xbox 360 lets everyone learn the dance crazes from the '70s to today (the Hustle, the Dougie, the electric slide) and get coaching on your moves from Usher. Party Central pairs modern songs (think Nicki Minaj) with old classics (think New Kids on the Block) and jas a party mode and crew throw-down mode that lets you either compete or play with your friends. Bad: $35.88, Amazon.com; Dance Central: $49.99, Target.com
Finally bringing the full series to DVD, the Cagney & Lacey: 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition Collector’s Set celebrates the best female buddy cop show of all time. This set includes over 93 hours of Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless solving crimes and bucking sexism on an elite detective squad. It also includes interviews, all four made-for-TV movies, the film of the same name with Loretta Swit, and the pilot with Meg Foster (who was originally Cagney).There's also an audio book from producer Barney Rosenzweig’s book Cagney & Lacey … and Me: An Inside Hollywood Story OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blonde and a fan photo autographed by Daly and Gless. This is a lesbian must-have. $169.99
Other lesbian must-haves are JAG: The Complete Series or House of Lies: The First Season if for no other reason than to watch Catherine Bell and Don Cheadle (pictured right), respectively, for dozens of hours. JAG: $279.98; Lies: $45.98, both Amazon.com
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 30th Anniversary Blu-ray is newly remastered with six times the resolution of the DVD for this set, which marks a reunion for all the players. You should get it because it is the movie that put bisexual actress Drew Barrymore on the map. $34.98, Amazon.com
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