New on DVD: Brandon Teena, Charlie Bartlett and other interesting men


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Matt Brunson of CL's Charlotte paper serves up another batch of DVD reviews in his weekly "View from the Couch" column. This week, Brunson reviews a spiffed-up re-release of The Teena Brandon Story, along with Charlie Bartlett, City of Men and Drillbit Taylor. The Teena Brandon Story (1998) appears to be the clear winner here, which preceded by one year Hilary Swank's Oscar-winning turn in Boys Don't Cry. One interesting footnote to the doc, according to Brunson's review:

This chilling nonfiction piece offers some additional facts that writer-director Kimberly Peirce wasn’t able to work into Boys Don’t Cry. Perhaps most shockingly, we learn that a third person was murdered alongside Brandon and his friend Lisa Lambert: Philip Devine, a 22-year-old black male who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
(Photo courtesy Docurama Films)


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