hBrace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of March 22, 2016. Every Tuesday we run down new movie and television releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can help save you some coin. New on shelves this week are The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Daddy’s Home, Freaks and Geeks Season 1, and more.
Movies on Blu-ray
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Francis Lawrence) Rated PG-13 [2h 17min] – As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and Sam Claflin
I’ll say this about Mockingjay Part 2: they did the best they could with what they were provided with. The source material is atrocious. I enjoyed reading Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, and I really liked Catching Fire, but Mockingjay is a complete mess that I wouldn’t recommend anyone reading. With that said, Mockingjay Part 2 is a decent conclusion to the cinematic franchise. It’s just hard to give it a solid pass when the plot is so terrible. And dividing the book into two parts definitely hurts the story. But hey, there’s a lot of great special features to remember the journey we’ve all been through over the past four plus years inviting these movies into our lives.
Special features include:
- Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
- “Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” 8-Part Documentary
- Walking Through Fire (Concluding the Saga)
- Real or Not Real (Visual Design)
- High-Value Targets (The Acting Ensemble)
- From Head to Toe (Costume, Make-up & Hair)
- Navigating the Minefield (Production in Atlanta, Paris & Berlin)
- Collateral Damage (Stunts, Special Effects & Weapons)
- Tightening the Noose (The Post-Production Process
- A Different World (Reflections)
- The Hunger Games: A Photographic Journey
- Cinna’s Sketchbook: Secrets of the Mockingjay Armor
- Panem on Display: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
- Jet to the Set
Daddy’s Home (Sean Anders) Rated PG-13 [1h 36min] – Stepdad, Brad Whitaker, is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him and call him Dad. But his plans turn upside down when the biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns. Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, and Linda Cardellini
Daddy’s Home exceeded my expectations, which isn’t saying much since they were so low to begin with before seeing this film. Based on what the trailers set up, it’s pretty much how you would perceive the events of this film would go. The shining moment of this film is the end, which makes up for all the contrived, eye-rolling, predictable comedy and plot points. The supporting cast is probably one of the best parts of the film. And the cameo at the end is fantastic. I really like when Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell work together, they have good chemistry, and you can see that in the special features. But Daddy’s Home is pretty mediocre at best.
Special features include:
- The Making of Daddy’s Home: Get an inside look at how the film was made, featuring hilarious cast interviews including Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
- Daddy-Off: Sit down with Will and Mark as they discuss how their characters compete to be the “Best Dad” and how they eventually learn to share a common ground.
- Daddy Daughter Dance: Join in on the fun as Will and Mark bust out their best dance moves in this behind-the-scenes look at the Daddy Daughter Dance.
- Halftime Stunt: Check out the outrageous NBA halftime stunt as director Sean Anders and Will Ferrell break down the hilarious scene when a cheerleader takes a ball to the face.
- Tony Hawk: Skater Double: Experience the ultimate reveal as world-famous skateboarder Tony Hawk gets back on the halfpipe while doubling for Will Farrell’s character during the epic skateboard stand-off between dads.
- Child’s Play: A cute and heartfelt piece showcasing the incredible talent of the child actors who play “Dylan” and “Megan” in Daddy’s Home.
- Hannibal Buress: The Perfect Houseguest: Go behind-the-scenes in this unfiltered featurette about rising comedic star Hannibal Buress and how he became involved in the film.
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
Freaks and Geeks: The Collector’s Edition (Paul Feig) Rated TV-14 [44 min] – After her grandmother’s death, a high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year. Starring Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Samm Levine, Jason Segel, and Martin Starr
Although this series is on Netflix currently, you can’t go wrong with making it a part of your collection. There are so many special features for this beloved cult classic that it’s hard to say no. Freaks and Geeks is charming and honest. It’s incredible to see how Judd Apatow and his group of kids started their careers and have flourished to become who they are now. Yay nostalgia!
Special features include:
- All 18 episodes in both original aspect ratio (1.33:1) and widescreen (1.78:1)
- Museum of Television & Radio Panel Discussion
- Complete Script for a Never-Shot Episode
- Three Full-Episode Table Reads
- Deleted Scenes
- Original Cast Audition Footage
- Raw Footage
- Mr. Rosso Live in Concert
- Sober Students Improv Players
- Tales of the Secret Service
- NBC Promos and EPK
- Behind the Scenes
- Seven Minutes in Heaven
- Thanks, Goodbye
- McKinley High lives on.
- New booklet packed with a letter and Q&A from creators Paul Feig and Judd Apatow, essays, and memorabilia
- And More
Also Available to Own
- Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 (Special Edition)
- Fairy Tail: Part 19
- Little House on the Prairie Season 8
- Disturbing Behavior
- Kill Me Again
- Tokyo Story (Criterion Collection Edition)
- A Brighter Summer Day (Criterion Collection Edition)
- Michael Collins
Blu-Ray Deals and Steals
- Brooklyn – $12.99
- SPECTRE – $12.99
- The Peanuts Movie – $12.99
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $7
- The Divergent Series: Insurgent – $7
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – $19
- The Martian – $13
- Game of Thrones (Season 3-4) – $29.99 each
- Aladdin – $19
- Inside Out – $19
- Blade Runner – $4.75
- Hop – $10
- The Flash (Season 1) – $14.99
- Despicable Me 1 & 2 – $10 each
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!
All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com