The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Lionsgate, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99
Available on VOD Tuesday
The Hunger Games: Complete 4 Film Collection
Lionsgate, $54.98; Blu-ray, $64.97
It'd be silly to call a movie that made over $600 million a "letdown," but given how big
Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
Starz/Anchor Bay, $39.98; Blu-ray, $49.99
Less a prequel than a companion to AMC's massive hit "The Walking Dead," the hit-and-miss "Fear the Walking Dead" is set at the beginning of the same zombie outbreak as its sister series but on the other end of the country, in a Los Angeles that's quickly sliding into chaos. Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis play a middle-age couple who struggle to figure out what's happening and try above all to keep their respective families intact. The show spends too much time on the heroes' domestic problems — which "Walking Dead" fans know won't matter much in the long run, given that the dead are rising — but at its best this is a nerve-racking depiction of how ordinary folks figure out the rules of the apocalypse. The DVD/Blu-ray set for the six-episode first season adds deleted scenes and featurettes.
A Brighter Summer Day
Criterion, $29.95; Blu-ray $39.95
Taiwanese director Edward Yang died in 2007 after a long bout with cancer, just when his work was starting to become better-known worldwide. Outside of the 2000 masterpiece "Yi Yi," Yang's movies are hard to find in the U.S., but the Criterion Collection means to remedy that with the DVD/ Blu-ray release of his acclaimed four-hour 1991 period drama, "A Brighter Summer Day." Set in the 1960s, the film is a coming-of-age saga set against the backdrop of political change and the criminal underworld. It's a sprawling, absorbing story, with a cross-cultural resonance. The Criterion disc comes with a commentary track by scholar Tony Rayns, plus video footage of a Yang-penned stage play and a two-hour documentary about Taiwan cinema in the 1990s.
Shot off-and-on between 1978 and 1981, "Human Highway" is rocker Neil Young's singularly bizarre fusion of sci-fi B-movie, concert film and avant-garde surrealism, featuring guest appearances by Devo, Dean Stockwell and Dennis Hopper. Young himself plays a naive mechanic who works in the shadow of a slipshod nuclear plant while dreaming of becoming a rock star. Carelessly digressive and stylistically muddled, "Human Highway" features songs from Young's folksy album "Comes a Time," his punk-influenced "Rust Never Sleeps" and his techno-pop experiment "Trans," in what amounts to a big-screen adaptation of a notebook. Casual fans will want to steer clear, but Young devotees should be pleased to see this long-buried curiosity now remixed and restored on a "director's cut" DVD.
Available on VOD Tuesday
20th Century Fox, $22.98