By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Available Tuesday, May 26 on Blu-ray is Spike Lee’s “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.” A new kind of love story, the film centers on an addiction to blood that once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe.
When Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire.
Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayette’s wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.
A reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s horror cult film “Ganja & Hess,” which played as a Critics’ Choice at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee’s stylized thriller features an original score by Bruce Hornsby on Epic Records.
“Modern Family’s” Sarah Hyland stars in “See you In Valhalla,” available Tuesday on DVD.
Following the bizarre death of her brother, Johana Burwood (Hyland) must return home after four years to face her quirky family, including her estranged dad, her two competitive brothers and various significant others.
The family is uncomfortable with each other at first, and their inner turmoil manifests itself in quarrels and outright fights. Johana is forced to face some secrets from her past when she runs into an old boyfriend who just can’t seem to let go. It’s only when tensions are at a breaking point that someone comes up with a brilliant idea that will send their departed brother off with style.
Steve Howey, Odeya Rush, Bret Harrison, Emma Bell, Jake McDorman, Beau Mirchoff, with Michael Weston and Conor O’Farrell also star in this offbeat drama written by Brent Tarnol and directed by his brother Jarret Tarnol.
For kids, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon” is now available on DVD. Get ready to look your best for Pluto’s All-Star Pet Show with Minnie and all their friends. With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help. Luckily, Mickey and the gang are willing to lend a hand. When the adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mousketools—and the viewer—to find them in time for the big show.
Packed with over two hours of best-in-show fun, the DVD includes four additional episodes and a free exclusive pet comb.