New to Blu-ray: FLIGHT, ALEX CROSS, PETER PAN: Diamond Edition, SIDE BY SIDE, and More

     February 5, 2013

This week on Blu-ray another Disney classic is released from the vault, an Oscar contender hits home video, and an in-depth look at the film vs. digital debate comes to HD.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for special features details.

Alex Cross [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]

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This Tyler Perry-fronted adaptation of the beloved James Patterson character was a bona fide bomb at the box office.  If you’re inclined to catch up with the film on Blu-ray, though, the extras include an audio commentary from director Rob Cohen, deleted scenes, and a 14-minute making-of featurette.

Cabaret [Blu-ray]

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Director Bob Fosse’s musical adaptation gets a Blu-ray upgrade.  The extras include everything that was previously released on the earlier DVD iteration of the film, along with a new half-hour documentary called Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals, an audio commentary by author Stephen Tropiano, and the digibook packaging.  The previous extras are bountiful, as they include documentaries, featurettes, interview snippets, and more.

Celeste and Jesse Forever [Blu-ray]

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This dramatic romantic comedy failed to catch on with general audiences, but the film scored some fairly favorable critical notice.  The special features on this Blu-ray include an audio commentary by Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, another commentary by Jones, co-writer Will McCormack, and director Lee Toldan Krieger, a 14-minute making-of featurette, red carpet Q&A’s, Chris Pine outtakes, and deleted scenes.

Deadfall [Blu-ray]

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I’m not entirely sure this movie had a theatrical release, but the cast (Eric Bana, Charlie Hunnam, Olivia Wilde) sure is promising.  Special features detailsa re hard to come by at the moment, but I assume there aren’t many extras included on the disc.

Flight (Two-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

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Director Robert Zemeckis’ triumphant return to live-action filmmaking.  The bonus material includes a 10-minute look at the project’s origins, an 11-minute making-of featurette, and an 8-minute look at how the harrowing crash sequence was created.  The disc also includes highlights from a cast and crew Q&A with the LA Times.

Here Comes the Boom (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

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Enjoy the latest Kevin James “comedy” from the comfort of your own home.  The extras include a bounty of deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a collection of featurettes covering everything from the cast to James’ stunt double to the MMA fighting.

House of Cards Trilogy: The Original UK Series Remastered [Blu-ray]

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Everyone’s currently devouring all 13 episodes of David Fincher’s Netflix adaptation of this BBC series, but once you’re done mainlining the show you can pick up this Blu-ray and revisit the original.  This pack includes all three parts of the series (House of Cards, To Play the King, and The Final Cut) as well as audio commentary on the first episode of every season and a couple of featurettes.

A Late Quartet [Blu-ray]

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This music-centered drama boasts a strong cast (Christohper Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Catherine Keener) and an intriguing premise, but extras appear to be in short order.

Peter Pan (Three-Disc Diamond Edition: Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy + Storybook App)

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The latest Disney classic to be unleashed from the vault is this 1953 animated film, and as expected it’s packed with special features.  The bonus material includes an introduction by Diane Disney-Miller, an audio commentary by Roy Disney, a 41-minute featurette covering the history of the “Nine Old Men” group of animators, 15 minutes of deleted songs and scenes, a collection of shorter featurettes, a sing-along, and more.

Side by Side [Blu-ray]

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This excellent documentary covering the film versus digital debate premiered VOD earlier this year, but if you failed to catch it I highly recommend checking out the film on Blu-ray.  The extras include a couple of deleted scenes and some additional interviews with the impressive collection of filmmakers assembled for the film.

Star Is Born [Blu-ray]

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Cabaret isn’t the only musical hitting Blu-ray this week, as the 1976 iteration of this classic story starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson comes to HD digibook as well.  The bonus material has all been ported over from the 2006 DVD, but there’s still some interesting stuff to sift through including an audio commentary by Streisand, wardrobe tests with Streisand commentary, and deleted/alternate takes again with a commentary by Streisand.

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