This Week In Home Entertainment: Best Man Holiday, The Jungle Book, The Americans And More

By Jessica Rawden 2014-02-12 13:10:00discussion comments
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The Best Man Holiday Blu-ray
The Best Man Holiday opens up with a montage to its predecessor. Footage from The Best Man is splashed across the title sequence, reminding us of a group of youthful characters just beginning to figure out what is important in their lives. Flash forward fifteen years and we meet a (mostly) much more mature group of people who are dealing with grown-up issues, including familial spats and the pressures of having a career. This doesn’t mean The Best Man Holiday is low on laughs. It just means the movie also gives fans a meaningful story.

It would take too long to go through the minutiae of each of the ensemble cast’s problems, so let’s just say the movie starts in a world where the best friends from The Best Man have grown apart in some ways. They live in different places, they’ve followed different career paths, and there are still plenty of past feelings just waiting to bubble up to the surface. However, for one Christmas Mia and Lance Sullivan (Monica Calhoun and Morris Chestnut) would like to get the gang, including Harper and Robin Stewart (Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan), Julian and Candace (Harold Perrineau and Regina Hall), Jordan (Nia Long), Quentin (Terrence Howard) and Shelby (Melissa De Sousa) together again.

The gang is back, and they all seem to be pretty comfortable with their characters, likely because this isn’t the first time they’ve inhabited those characters’ skins. While the movie begins with a comedic tone it does take a serious turn, so be prepared for a few sentimental moments and a few empowering ones. The emotional impact the film punches also manages to more than make up for a few jokes that do fall flat early on. All in All The Best Man Holiday is one to revisit again and again.

You can order The Best Man Holiday over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature:
The Best Man Holiday includes a slew of bonus features, one of which is an alternate ending. I wasn’t sure how serious of a change the ending would offer when I first saw the extra listed, but it is a welcome addition to the disc, offering a similar ending that explains one of the big plot points a bit more. Director Malcolm D. Lee offers an explanation of the ending via alternate commentary, which shows the publication of Harper’s book about Lance. Through a flashback sequence, we see Mia find Harper’s pitch and smile to herself before hiding it in her bag, a chain of events that ends up setting up the second half of the movie but doesn’t really get much screen time. In addition to the different ending, there’s also a lot of deleted scenes, so check that out if you have some time.

Other Bonus Features:
Deleted/ Extended Scenes
Gag Reel
"Holiday Reunion: The Making of The Best Man Holiday"
"Smack Talk: Filming the Girl Fight Scene"
Feature Commentary with Malcolm D. Lee
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