This week in home entertainment, Peter Pan and Wendy ask us to believe in flying, Tyler Perry gives dramatic acting a major shot, Andy Samberg goes for poignant, some cougars drink a lot of wine, and Denzel possibly gives the performance of a lifetime. February’s usually a little slow for movie releases, but this week certainly offers some diamonds in the rough. Read on to learn about some of this week’s best releases, and maybe even a few that slipped under your radar.
Flight is a dramatic movie with a certain flair. Its focus is on Denzel Washington’s character, an alcoholic dealing who must deal with tragedy and addiction in the short span of a few hours on film. Washington’s performance has been at the front of the buzz surrounding Robert Zemeckis’ film, and as well it should, although I will say it helps that he has a great cast surrounding him, including Kelly Reilly, Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood, as well as a little comic relief from John Goodman.
Where the film is often gritty and layered, the Blu-ray set is sleek and professional, as evidenced by the really nice menu page. There are several different extras included with the set and the picture quality is better than expected—which might be hard to believe, since the film’s blue cover art with that shadowy figure is not the best box art effort I’ve ever encountered.
Best Special Feature: “Anatomy of a Plane Crash” is actually one of the most interesting extras, coupling images from the plane crash scene in the film with interviews and behind-the-scenes special effects footage. A flight simulator and a green screen are used and the process is actually looked at fairly extensively. Audiences don’t get a chance to see special effects of a plane crash nature all that often, and “Anatomy” is a whole lot of fun to watch.
Other Special Features:
“Origins of Flight”
“The Making of Flight”