Now Available to Own: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Foxcatcher, Adventure Time, and More

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Screenshot Jennifer Lawrence Katniss

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of March 3, 2015. Each week we run down new movie, television, and video game releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can save you some coin. On shelves this week you can find The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Foxcatcher, Adventure Time, and more. Check out the complete list after the jump.

Movies on Blu-Ray

Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller) [Limited] Rated R [134 min] Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances. Starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Michael Hall, and Steve Carell

My pick for one of the most overrated movies of 2014. There’s nothing really about Foxcatcher that caught my attention with its drawn out narrative and looming climax. For all that build up, the end result is rather lackluster. The characters are not built up enough to feel attached and even the wrestling matches are pretty lifeless. Special features included are:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • All-New Featurette: “The Story of Foxcatcher”

Life Partners (Susanna Fogel) Rated R [93 min] – Sasha and Paige’s co-dependent friendship is tested as Paige gets serious with a guy for the first time. Starring Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, and Adam Brody

I found this indie to be sweet and charming. At times it can meander just a bit and you’re not sure exactly where things are going, but it wraps itself up in a neat little bow that is satisfactory. It’s lighthearted, but has those indie tropes that aren’t exceedingly exciting or new. The cast is great, with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and the humor isn’t bad. Special features included are:

  • Behind The Scenes: Cast and Characters
  • Behind The Scenes: Costume Design
  • AXS TV: A Look At Life Partners

The Captive (Atom Egoyan) Rated R [112 min] – Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she is still alive. Her parents and detectives, and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, and Rosario Dawson

It’s amazing to see what kind of roller coaster of a ride stars can take. For instance Rosario Dawson starred in one of the better movies of yesteryear with Chris Rock in Top Five and Ryan Reynolds had such an up and up in the mid-2000’s and hasn’t been really in the spotlight lately. And now we see them here in The Captive, a terribly drawn out procedural that takes place over the course of eight years, bouncing back and forth in time, with horrendous villainy and inscrutable character motivations. It’s all over the place and borderlined hilarious. Special features included are:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Atom Egoyan
  • “Captive Thoughts” featurette
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (Francis Lawrence) (Available March 6) Rated PG-13 [123 min] – Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Jeffrey Wright, and Sam Claflin

After how much I loathed reading this book, I was taken aback with how well directed Mockingjay Part 1 was. It’s not better than Catching Fire, but it works profoundly well. The thing about these Part 1/Part 2 systems is that they don’t feel like complete films, and it’s just dragged out with filler and it screws up the pacing. Lawrence does his best to batten down all the hatches and gets rid of a lot of the internal nonsense Katniss is going through in her head that was written in the book, which I felt was the biggest success. Special features included are:

  • “The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of Mockingjay – Part 1”: 8-part feature-length documentary
  • “Straight From the Heart: A Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman” featurette
  • “Songs of Rebellion: Lorde on Curating the Soundtrack” featurette
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat” – Lorde music video
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
  • Sneak Peek of The Divergent Series: Insurgent

TV on Blu-Ray

Adventure Time (Vol 9 – Frost & Fire) (Pendleton Ward) (DVD ONLY) – A human boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a magical, talking dog, set out on their adventures in the magical Land of Ooo. Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, and Tom Kenny

Now, through the midst of season six, Adventure Time continues to entertain to its fullest content, even without Pendleton Ward acting as showrunner. This collection of 16 episodes is a hodge podge of some of the best episodes that feature the Ice King and Flame Princess. There are no ties to these episodes in general, but they’re fun to revisit if you’re not looking to buy full seasons worth of the show. There are no special features with this disc.

Longmire (Season 3) (John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin) – Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is back in the saddle for a third thrilling season. After winning his heated re-election as Absaroka County sheriff vs. his ambitious deputy Branch Connally, Walt now faces a stampede of problems both personal and professional. Last season, Walt and his deputies each braved a storm and did it nobly. But for every storm, there is an aftermath. Starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, and Bailey Chase

This is a show I have not seen yet, but have heard middling things. The only special feature included is:

  • “The Ghost in the Storm” featurette – the documentary will focus upon the density of material that is viewed through the simplest of human emotions regarding obsession. Once the ghosts are vanquished, where do the characters go from here? Have they truly survived trauma and picked up their proverbial “pieces”? Is the end of obsession, the end of purpose over their lives, or is Season Three the re-birth?

Outlander (Season 1; Vol. 1) (Ronald D. Moore) [64 min] – Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, and Duncan Lacroix

Another show I have not had time to check out, but I heard it is pretty much just OK. Special features included are:

  • 21 Deleted Scenes
  • Six all-new featurettes:
    • “Outlander: An Epic Adaptation”
    • “Authentic in Design: The Dresses & Kilts of Outlander”
    • “Casting Outlander”
    • On Location: Castle Leoch and the Magic of Scotland
    • Emerging a Scot: Cast Goes to Bootcamp
    • Walk Through the Sets and Stages with Ronald D. Moore

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (Criterion) – $19.99
  • Life Itself – $13.49
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $9
  • Melancholia – $7.64
  • I Saw the Devil – $7.64
  • Happy Feet 1 & 2 – $7.99
  • Jurassic Park Collection – $42.99
  • Mars Attack – $10.49
  • Looper – $8
  • Apollo 13 – $8
  • V/H/S/ – $7.64

All prices from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices.

What will you be taking home this week? Tell us in the comments section below!


New Movie TV Video Game Releases on DVD and Blu-ray

You can find me on Twitter @TyRawrrnosaurus

All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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