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Cozy Up to These Romantic Films

25 Jan, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, the studios have a load of new releases on home video that just may put you in the mood for love.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment recently released Now Is Good on DVD ($30.99), a heartwarming romance starring Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse). In the film, a young woman who is told she only has three months to live spends her remaining days with unexpected adventure, laughter and love.

The film is based on the bestselling book Before I Die. Special features include three deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.

Romantic comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever arrives Feb. 5 from Sony Pictures. Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”), who wrote the screenplay, stars alongside Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”) in the film about a young couple who decides to get divorced and attempts to remain best friends while pursuing other love interests.

The DVD ($30.99) and Blu-ray ($35.99) include commentaries, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette and a red carpet Q&A.

Bringing the sass also Feb. 5 is director Bob Fosse’s Cabaret (1972), which Warner Home Video is re-releasing as a Blu-ray Disc book ($27.98). Liza Minnelli stars as a flamboyant American entertainer who sings in Berlin’s Kit Kat Club during the rise of Nazism in 1931, while sharing a lover (Michael York) with a German baron (Helmut Griem).

The musical, which celebrates its 40th anniversary, is generous with bonus material, including a commentary, several featurettes and more.

Currently available for the first time on DVD from Lionsgate is Love Notes ($14.98), a 2007 Lifetime Original Movie. Laura Leighton (“Pretty Little Liars”) stars as a classical music critic and Antonio Cupo (“Bomb Girls”) portrays a country music star in the love story about opposites attracting.

Making its Blu-ray debut Jan. 29 from Lionsgate and StudioCanal is That Obscure Object of Desire ($29.99), the final film from director Luis Buñel. The 1977 film, which was nominated for two Academy Awards, centers on an urbane widower (Fernando Rey), who has it bad for the elusive Conchita, played by two different actresses.

Bonus material includes various interviews with cast and crew about the director, the romance film’s two temptresses and more.

Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, Feb. 12 presents The Perks of Being a Wallflower on Blu-ray ($39.99) and DVD ($29.95), both with UltraViolet. The film already is available via digital download.

Wallflower follows a high school freshman (Logan Lerman) who discovers new friendships, his first love, budding sexuality and other adventures, when two seniors (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller) take him under their wings. Special features include commentary with writer-director Stephen Chobsky, commentary with Chobsky and the cast, a “Best Summer Ever” featurette, deleted scenes with optional commentary by Chobsky and dailies.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Feb. 12 makes time for The Sessions, described as a “triumphant true story about love, sex, desire … and making every breath count.” It stars Helen Hunt as a therapist and William H. Macy as a priest helping a 38-year-old poet-journalist (John Hawkes) with an iron lung lose his virginity.

The Sessions is listed at $29.99 on Blu-ray and $22.98 on DVD. The BD includes an UltraViolet copy, as well as featurettes, deleted scenes and “A Session With the Cast.”

For those interested in going the dinner-and-a-movie route for a Valentine’s Day date night, Paramount Home Media Distribution is re-releasing 1986’s Top Gun in select Imax 3D theaters Feb. 8, for a six-day engagement.

The action-packed film about fighter pilots also dishes out a dose of passion, as Maverick (Tom Cruise) romances his civilian instructor (Kelly McGinnis). Top Gun will be re-released Feb. 19 on 3D Blu-ray with a digital copy and UltraViolet ($29.99).

Also arriving Feb. 19 is Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law in a reimagination of Leo Tolstoy’s epic love story. The film is listed at $34.98 on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with a digital copy and UltraViolet, and $29.98 for the single DVD.

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