special DVD collection of Chad Allen starring as gay sleuth Donald
Strachey arrives on November 9.
The Donal Strachey Four Pack
includes On the Other Hand Death, Shock to the System,
Third Man Out and the newest Strachey movie, Ice Blues.
The made-for-tv movies, which premiered
on all-gay cabler here! tv, are based on novels by mystery writer
Allen stars as Strachey, a detective
involved in a healthy, functional, loving and monogamous marriage
with New York State Senate staffer Tim Callahan (played by Sebastian
“An important component of each
Donald Strachey mystery seems to be the social and political aspects
of gay life,” On
wrote in reviewing On
The Other Hand Death. “Previous installments dealt with so
called 'gay reparative therapy' (a.k.a. the 'ex-gay movement') and
the outing of celebrities or political figures.”
“The down-to-earth decency of Allen's
Strachey immediately makes him likeable, as does the stiff but fierce
supportiveness of Spence's Callahan.”
The 359 minutes of mystery solving in
the collection are not rated.