The third installment in the ongoing Donald Strachey franchise, starring Chad Allen as a gay private investigator, hits DVD this week in the form of On the Other Hand, Death, co-starring Margot Kidder.
Directed by Emmy nominee Ron Oliver, On the Other Hand, Death begins with Dorothy Fisher (Kidder) and Edith Strong (Gabrielle Rose) asleep in each other’s arms on the second floor of their long-time farmhouse. Downstairs, a shadowy figure breaks through the glass door. When Edith goes to investigate the noise, she discovers hateful graffiti sprawled across the walls: “dykes go home.” After speaking with the neighbors, Donald discovers that Dorothy and Edith recently rejected a developer’s over-priced bid for their property. Everyone else in the neighborhood wanted desperately to sell their houses (though in this economy, I’m not sure who’s buying), and Edith would have sold as well, but Dorothy wanted to keep her home of nearly 40 years rather than merely make money for corporate profit.
As professional things heat up with regards to such hate crimes, and similar difficulties faced by the LGBT community, personal matters also get complicated when Donald’s partner Tim (Sebastian Spence) gets a surprise visit from his sexy and charming ex-boyfriend Andrew (Damon Runyan), who also happens to be a good friend of Dorothy. Andrew makes a pass at Donald, and challenges Donald’s loyalty to Tim. Andrew’s very presence thus puts the pair’s commitment to the test.
On the Other Hand, Death is presented in 16×9 widescreen, with Dolby digital 2.0 stereo and Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound audio tracks. For more information on the film, click here; to purchase the DVD via Amazon, click here.