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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”
Celeste and Jesse Forever
There have been a slew of movies made about unconventional relationships in recent years, but Celeste and Jesse Forever may take the cake. It’s a story about a couple that is in the process of divorce, but still spend nearly all of their time together. The process of slowly detangling their lives can be painful or amusing, depending on the moment, but altogether Celeste and Jesse Forever puts together a satisfying package.
For a film that was created on a small budget and had an equally small theatrical release, Celeste and Jesse Forever comes with plenty of extras focusing on the cast and crew.
Best Special Feature: Deleted scenes. There are actually a ton of bonus features with this disc, but for a comedy that doesn’t always feel so lighthearted, a lot of the deleted scenes are humorous moments. A couple of them are even girl-humor moments between Ari Graynor and Jones, and since I felt the film could use a few more of those moments, I’m glad they are available in the extras.
Other Special Features:
Commentary with Rashida Jones & Andy Samberg
Commentary with Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, and Lee Toland Krieger
“The Making of Celeste and Jesse Forever”
“On the Red Carpet: Premiere and Q&A”
Chris Pine outtakes
Other February 5 Releases
In other news this week, Disney’s Peter Pan release is the first time the film has been available on 3D, so if you’re feeling a little Captain Hook in your life, today would be a good time to purchase. Additionally, Tyler Perry should be having a great week this week, between the release of Alex Cross and his most recent Madea flick. Read on to see what else may be worth a purchase this week.
Peter Pan: Diamond Edition (Read more )
Alex Cross (Read More)
Here Comes the Boom (Read more )
Madea Gets a Job: The Play
Cougar Town: The Complete Third Season DVD (Read more)
Animaniacs: Volume 4 DVD