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New on DVD Week of Feb 05, 2013 - ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ and ‘Here Comes the Boom’

In our weekly column, we give you the lowdown on the weekly top three essential DVDs and Blu-ray releases.

We’ve got three wildly different picks this week, from the classic animated film “Peter Pan,” to the quirky indie comedy “Celeste and Jesse Forever” and the runaway hit that mixes fighting with teaching, “Here Comes the Boom.” From kid’s movies to more adult material, there’s a whole lot to love this week!

Peter Pan1. “Peter Pan”
Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Heather Angel, Bill Thompson, Paul Collins
Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney
Studio: Disney / Buena Vista
Running Time: 77 min.
Rating: G

Disney has opened its vault once again to release a classic animated tale.

One young flying man, Peter Pan, brings along some new friends to the magical fairyland of Neverland, where no one has to ever grow up. Along with Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys, Peter’s new friends must help defend him against the terrifying Captain Hook. Will these friends find their way home?

There are many special features on this release, including an introduction by Diane Disney-Miller, audio commentary, a mini-doc about the nine animators, deleted songs and scenes, and fun features like Pirate Training and a sing-along.

“Peter Pan” is now available in an exclusive Diamond Edition, featuring the Blu-ray, the DVD and a digital copy.

Celeste and Jesse Forever2. “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
Starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Emma Roberts, Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Eric Christian Olsen
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Running Time: 92 min.
Rating: R

Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) met in high school and married young. Now that they’re divorcing at 30, they’re struggling to remain friends with each other while discovering a whole new world of relationships. Celeste is trying to maintain contact with her best friends (Ari Graynor) while focusing in on her work promoting a young pop star (Emma Roberts), and Jesse keeps on doing what he always has — refusing to grow up.

The special features on this poignant release, which was written by co-written Jones, include audio commentary with the stars and filmmakers, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette and more.

“Celeste and Jesse Forever” is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Here Comes the Boom3. “Here Comes the Boom”
Starring: Kevin James, Henry Winkler, Salma Hayek, Greg Germann, Gary Valentine, Reggie Lee
Director: Frank Coraci
Studio: Sony Pictures
Running Time: 105 min.
Rating: G

A slacker teacher (Kevin James) accidentally becomes involved in a scheme to raise money for his school’s music program, which is taught by a nerdy teacher named Marty (Henry Winkler). Naturally, they turn to mixed martial arts fighting in order to win the money necessary to keep the kids learning and Marty employed. With plenty of outrageous fights and a love interest (Salma Hayek), will the teacher make a fool of himself or save the school?

“Here Comes the Boom” features deleted scenes, a gag reel, a look at the cast, behind-the-scenes info on the fights, locations, professional fighters and production, as well as previews for upcoming releases.

This Kevin James release comes with a Blu-ray and digital copy.

Want more awesome DVD picks? Check in with Queue it Up over at NextMovie!


Categories: DVD

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