New on Blu-ray
"I Am Not Your Negro" (Magnolia DVD, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98; also available on VOD)
One of the most popular documentaries to hit art-house theaters in years, Raoul Peck’s provocative, probing “I Am Not Your Negro” turns an abandoned
"Loev" (available May 1 on Netflix)
First-time feature filmmaker Sudhanshu Saria takes a couple of fresh approaches to a gay romantic drama with "Loev," a movie about two old friends — and occasional lovers — who reunite for an awkward rendezvous, in both a mountain resort and an upscale urban hotel. Set mostly in India, where homosexuality isn't exactly widely accepted, the film stars Shiv Pandit as as an ambitious young businessman who lives in New York City, and Dhruv Ganesh as a Mumbai musician who spurns his boyfriend to reconnect with his now-distant pal. The pacing's too choppy and the dynamic between the workaholic yuppie and the flighty artist is a little stock, but the scenery's beautiful, and Saria has a nuanced understanding of how our oldest relationships are sometimes the hardest to sustain.
TV set of the week
"Bob Hope Salutes the Troops" (Time-Life DVD, $29.95)
For decades, comedian Bob Hope starred in periodic TV specials for NBC, including near-annual Christmas shows where he'd bring celebrities and USO performers to entertain American fighting men and women overseas. The three-DVD set "Bob Hope Salutes the Troops" compiles six of those holiday extravaganzas, originally broadcast in the '60, '70s and '90s, spanning wars both popular and unpopular. Guests range from Ann-Margret to Ann Jillian, with popular athletes like Roman Gabriel and Vida Blue dropping by to lift morale.
Special features: A short documentary about Hope's USO service during WWII
From the archives
"Saturday Night Fever: 40th Anniversary Edition" (Paramount Blu-ray, $16.99)
The 1977 cultural phenomenon “Saturday Night Fever” is so associated with the disco explosion and its garish fashions that it has a reputation today as a lightweight, teen-friendly exploitation film. Don’t believe it. It’s actually an earthy, funny, often melancholy slice of life, with
Special features: A Badham commentary track, deleted scenes, retrospective featurettes and two different cuts of the film
Three more to see
"The Age of Shadows" (Sony DVD/Blu-ray combo, $19.99); "Right Now, Wrong Then" (Grasshopper DVD, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95); "The Salesman" (Sony DVD, $30.99; Blu-ray, $34.99; also available on VOD)