LGBT Weekly’s 2011 media closet gift guideEntertainment News, Section 4A, The Media Closet Monday, December 12th, 2011
It’s that time of year when soccer moms get to pushing, shoving and even pepper spraying at Wal-Mart, all in order to get the perfect gifts. Seeing as our community likes to take a decidedly different tack and deliver a sack full of goodies to their loved ones, without bodily harm being involved – shouldn’t that good behavior be rewarded?
Well, consider this my gift to you in finding last minute presents to make your yuletide bright with divas, DVD delights and even a little guy candy … happy holidays.
A diva’s Christmas
The Impossible Princess showcased her nickname with the awe-inspiring, death-defying and very eye-popping Aphrodite Les Folies Tour.
The spectacular concert has it all, dancing boys, dancing girls and the woman herself giving audiences more than their fair share of bang for their buck; while she sings the songs that have endeared her to both gay and straight fans alike for many years.
The concert, which was recorded at London’s O2 Arena, not only includes the aforementioned hits like “Spinning Around,” “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” and “Slow,” but there are two ways to enjoy it. There’s the Special Limited Edition DVD boxed-set with two live concert CDs, plus a 12-page booklet and for you high-end types, there is the blu-ray DVD with a bonus 3D DVD – which will come in handy for her number “Cupid Boy.”
Adele is England’s modern day version of what fellow singer Alanis Morissette was to ’90s music. With her Live At The Royal Albert Hall, she kind of makes up for the fact that she cancelled, rescheduled and cancelled most of her U.S. tour. Yes, I know it was because of throat surgery that went very well, but this DVD should appease even her most ardently disappointed fans.
The DVD/Live CD combo finds the “Someone Like You” singer in fine form, resplendent with a new hairdo, as she musically vacillates between being 19 and 21. Sure “Rolling In The Deep,” the song you could not gleefully escape on the radio this year even if you foolishly wanted to, is included during her performance; as are “Turning Tables,” “Set Fire To The Rain” and “Chasing Pavements.”
Britney Spears proved this year that her comeback, via her last album Circus and its subsequent tour, was no fluke.
And her career resiliency resulted in one of 2011 catchiest CDs, Femme Fatale that has some of the best Brit Brit tracks ever, especially in the form of “Till The World Ends” and “I Wanna Go.”
So those of you that want to geek out, just let your inner 13-year-old girl out to play with The Femme Fatale Tour DVD and watch her perform her hits of yesterday and today “live.” C’mon, we know she’s aided by backing tracks, but it’s Britney, bitch.
There’s no way to get around the fact that Lady Gaga has had an incredible year professionally, as she will have a lot to fill in on her Christmas cards about what happened for her in 2011. She sold 1,000,000 copies of her single “Born This Way” in just five days time on iTunes; her album of the same name set another iTunes record for fastest ascension to No. 1 for a release date.
She also embarked on The Monster Ball Tour and the event was captured for prestige on HBO in May, which in turn has made its way onto DVD.
So set your fiery bra to flame on and watch as the Lady breaks out her unique brand of entertaining – and the aforementioned fire bra – for her little monsters.
There is plenty to get your paws up in the air about, as she performs such Gaga staples from “Bad Romance” to “Born This Way.”
New to blu-ray
Disney’s The Lion King has to be in the Top 3 of the animated features that the House of Mouse has ever produced; with its plethora of Elton John tunes and the tried-and-true Disney tradition of killing off the main character’s parent.
But for the tale of Simba, now out on blu-ray after it dominated the box-office earlier this year in a “Circle of Life” kind of way, the aforementioned passing makes the young lion eventually grow into the title of the movie.
With his home base being Pride Rock and his Uncle Scar being one of the queerest Disney villains this side of Ursula the Drag Queen of the Sea in The Little Mermaid, and the previously mentioned Elton John songs makes for a gay ole time to be had; even if you have seen it countless times.
If one of your holiday wishes is to live out the essence of the song “I Feel Pretty,” then you are certainly in luck because West Side Story is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a beautifully done blu-ray boxed set, which also includes a DVD version, a CD, a making of the book, plus foreign language postcards featuring many versions of the film’s poster.
You can relive every exciting moment of the star-crossed lovers, Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood) all set to songs that highlight the conflicts of their forbidden love, and how it affects their respective gangs The Jets and The Sharks.
You can also take in the splendor of why this movie musical snagged 10 Academy Awards in 1961, including a Best Supporting Actress win for Rita Moreno and for George Chakiris, her Best Supporting Actor counterpart.
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