February 7, 2013

DVD Releases

New on the shelf: 'Alex Cross' / 'Flight' / 'Here Comes the Boom' / 'The Ballad of Narayama'

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Denzel Washington in “Flight.”

Paramount Pictures

Co-scripted by Jones and co-star Will McCormack, the couple of the title are recently divorced yet closer than most married couples, a conundrum that confounds friends and family alike but suits Celeste (Jones) and Jesse (Samberg) just fine -- until Jesse unexpectedly meets another woman, throwing Celeste into a turmoil that's as funny as it is sadly relatable. The chemistry between the stars and a wittily observant script result in an ideal film for people who like their romantic comedies with as little fluff as possible. Rated R. Running time: 1:32

Suggested retail price: $30.99; Blu-ray $35.99

"A LATE QUARTET," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken. The complex relationships, harmonious interplay and flat-out bad decisions of the Fugue String Quartet make for sophisticated drama of the highest order in this impressive film. Writer-director Yaron Zilberman details the tumultuous downward spiral that begins when cellist Walken announces that he is in the beginning stages of Parkinson's Disease and won't be able to continue with the group, leading to disagreements as to how the group should be restructured and further leading to deception, infidelity and other misunderstandings that threaten a once rock-solid group.

Aside from their expected excellent dramatic abilities, Hoffman, Walken and co-stars Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir do a masterful job of believably miming the musical performances, adding greatly to our investment in this troubled but fascinating fictional group. Rated R. Running time: 1:45

Suggested retail price: $22.98; Blu-ray $29.99

- Courtesy of Videoport

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