The Blu-ray Crypt – Feb. 5

Celeste and Jesse Forever blu

Celeste and Jesse Forever

I meant to see this in the theater but life intervened.  I would really like to see it as I’m a fan of Rashida Jones and the film’s other lead, Andy Samberg, is rather likable.  The performances are reportedly quite good and the film entertaining despite it not quite living up to the potential of a movie that examines a failing marriage.  The video transfer on this release is supposed to be very clean with near perfect results so high-def enthusiasts should be pleased in that regard. This should make for an easy rental choice.

Side by Side blu

Side by Side

This documentary presented by Keanu Reeves explores the ongoing debate between traditional celluloid and digital film.  It features conversation with a number of world renowned directors and industry experts including David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, James Cameron, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh and Robert Rodriguez.  The documentary tells the story of filmmaking and gives those on both sides of the debate the chance to argue their points and preferences as digital film begins to assert itself as a more cost-effective and accessible means of production.  Side by Side is by far the most interesting release this week (in my humble opinion) and I’m really hoping to check this out very soon.

Flight blu

Flight

I’m having a hard time getting the motivation to sit through this.  I don’t dislike Denzel Washington by any means and I am interested in seeing Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action film in some time but the reviews on it don’t exactly have me dying to see it.  I’ll check it out before the Oscars since Denzel is nominated for his role and I want to be able to fill out my Oscar ballot having seen his performance for myself.  There seems to be some rather mixed reactions to the film itself.  Did you see it?  What did you think of Flight?

Here Comes the Boom blu

Here Comes the Boom

This is a film I avoided in the theater.  I like Kevin James but his film roles in recent memory haven’t been all that great (cough cough Paul Blart: Mall Cop) and he’s not much of a draw for me.  On top of that, the story feels generic and I’m not that interested in a Rocky-esque Kevin James movie.  I could be wrong in my assumptions regarding the movie but I can’t see myself ever wanting to take the time to watch the film.  Then again, it does feature the awesome Henry Winkler.

Peter Pan blu

Peter Pan (Diamond Edition)

Disney’s classic animated film hits high-def and the results look to be top-notch.  The set features some nice bonus materials that include nearly two hours of featurettes, commentary from Roy Disney, deleted songs and scenes and an introduction from Diane Disney-Miller.  The film comes in both a 2-Disc (Blu-ray + DVD) and 3-Disc (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) edition.

Alex Cross blu

Alex Cross

Alex Cross, a character featured in movies like Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider, was previously played by Morgan Freeman in the aforementioned films.  So when Lionsgate decided to make another film that centered on the character they cast Tyler Perry, who is no Morgan Freeman.  In fact, any appeal the movie may have had was immediately lost with Tyler Perry’s involvement.  It’s pretty safe to assume that I’m not a fan of Perry as an actor, writer or director (though he only acts in this one) and I feel pretty happy in not giving this film an hour and forty minutes of my life.  For fans of the movie though, they should look forward to a quality video transfer but don’t expect much in the way of special features.

More titles released today:

Deadfall

Cabaret

A Star is Born

So Undercover

A Late Quartet

Toys in the Attic

Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes

Madea Gets a Job

Yelling to the Sky

The Coalition

Little White Lies

Laura

The Ballad of Narayama

by Ben McBride

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