DVD of the Week: 'Flight.' Plus a Great Documentary on Movies and 40 Years of 'Cabaret'

Flight Director Robert Zemeckis hasn't made a live-action film since 2000's Cast Away. His return to live-action is a psycho-thriller centering on planes again, and features another thrilling and well-done almost-air disaster scene and excellent, Oscar-nominated performance by Denzel Washington. Here he plays a drug- and alcohol-addicted pilot who pulls off an amazing landing and saves everyone on board from certain death, but this feat is tarnished by an investigation into whether or not he was high at the time. Extras: "Origins of Flight," "The Making of Flight," "Anatomy of a Plane Crash," Q&A (BD only).

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Alex Cross It was doomed from the moment Tyler "Madea" Perry was announced as playing the detective from the James Patterson book series made famous by Morgan Freeman a decade-plus ago. Matthew Fox takes on villain duties as the serial killer Picasso. Extras: Director commentary, featurette on adapting the book, deleted scenes (DVD/BD).

Here Comes the Boom
Kevin "How Does He Keep Making Movies? Oh Wait, Adam Sandler" James stars as a high school biology teacher who enters the MMA ring to raise money for his school's music program. Okaaayy... Extras: "Here Comes the Cast," 18 (!) deleted scenes, gag reel (DVD/BD).

Celeste and Jesse Forever Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Rec) co-wrote and co-stars with Andy Samberg in this cute comedy about a couple who've drifted apart but still enjoy hanging out together. Extras: Director/star commentary, deleted scenes, making-of, red carpet premiere footage (DVD/BD).
 
A Late Quartet This indie got barely any theatrical love in November, which is probably why you missed some good performances by Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener who become embroiled in drama when one member of their string quartet develops Parkinson's disease.

Side by Side Lots of good documentaries have come out on video at home recently, not the least of which is this movie-about-movies hosted by Keanu Reeves, who interviews big name directors like Soderbergh and Scorsese about digital filmmaking and all the changes--good and bad--it's bringing to the industry.

New on Blu

Disney's Diamond Collection celebrates the 60th anniversary of Peter Pan with this first-ever high-def edition featuring restored picture and sound. The BD/DVD combo pack includes some new features including Disney Intermission as well as some added featurettes about the animators, deleted scenes and a never-released song.

Bob Fosse's classic musical drama Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli as pre-war Berlin nightclub entertainer Sally Bowles, gets remastered for its 40th anniversary special edition. The Blu-ray book-format includes a 40-page booklet with photos and factoids and a new documentary, Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals," as well as vintage featurettes and photos.

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