DVDs coming out Feb. 5

January 31, 2013 

  • Also out “Celeste and Jesse Forever” “A Late Quartet” “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” “Omnibus: Gene Kelly – Dancing: A Man’s Game” (1958, Golden Age of Television episode hosted by Alastair Cooke) “The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections: Musicals” (20-film set commemorating the studio’s 90th anniversary) “Cougar Town: The Complete Third Season” “Southland: The Complete Second, Third and Fourth Seasons”

Picks of the Week

‘Flight’

(R, 138 minutes, Paramount): With nerve-racking authenticity, director Robert Zemeckis puts viewers on board the routine 52-minute short hop that will have life-changing repercussions for ace pilot Whip Whitaker.

Portrayed by DenzelWashington with his characteristic somber focus, Whip is introduced in the film’s opening sequences waking up after a night of hard partying. Just another day at the office, until turbulence and a defective plane send Whip, his crew and his passengers on a spectacularly terrifying controlled dive from which the pilot will emerge a hero. Only a handful of people know that he’s a sullied Sullenberger. The twist is that the arrogance and illusion of invulnerability that could keep him from saving his own life are the very qualities that help make him an excellent pilot.

Zemeckis reins in the story’s potential for moralizing and melodrama, instead delivering a refreshingly sophisticated, mature human drama.

Contains drug and alcohol abuse, profanity, sexuality, nudity and an intense action sequence. Extras: behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes; “Anatomy of a Plane Crash” featurette; cast Q&A highlights.

‘Alex Cross’

(PG-13, 102 minutes, Lionsgate): Does Tyler Perry carry it off? Sort of.

As novelist James Patterson’s beloved detective/forensic psychologist Alex Cross, Perry has a tall order to fill. Not only must he banish all thoughts of Morgan Freeman, who portrayed the character in earlier films, but he also must shake his association with Madea, the over-the-top drag role for which Perry is best known.

Over the course of “Alex Cross,” which follows the detective’s pursuit of a psychopathic assassin who has killed Cross’ wife, our hero turns into a morally dubious avenging angel. “Alex Cross” is surprisingly violent.

Contains brief crude language, gunplay, torture, violence, drug references and sex. Extras: commentary with director Rob Cohen, “The Psychologist and the Butcher: Adapting and Filming Alex Cross” featurette, deleted scenes.

‘Here Comes the Boom’

(PG, 105 minutes): Kevin James plays Scott Voss, a Boston biology teacher who comes to the aid of the school’s gentle music instructor, Marty Streb (Henry Winkler), when the board tries to cut extracurricular activities, band included.

So the former wrestler looks into MMA, where the loser of a bout can bank $10,000. For the most part, “Boom” lazily follows Adam Sandler’s proven recipe for box-office success. Safe, predictable director Frank Coraci does the bare minimum. Sandler holdovers Winkler and “Grown Ups” beauty Salma Hayek waltz through the motions while contributing next to nothing.

Because of James, however, “Boom” isn’t a total bust. The genial entertainer remains as likable as a slobbering puppy dog. But what’s missing is the bizarre touch of eccentric humor Sandler often lets creep into his comedies. By comparison, “Boom” comes off as bland; it needed to land a knockout blow.

Contains some rude humor, language and bouts of combat sports violence. Extras: deleted scenes, gag reel, “Here Comes the Cast” featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: five more featurettes, including “Learning How to Fight” and “Gino vs. Richie.” TheWashingtonPost

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