‘Mockingjay’ finale, or all four ‘Hunger Games’ films, now available for fans and collectors

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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 “The Hunger Games” loomed in popular culture just two years ago, it’s strange that the series-ender drew such a muted reaction. Blame the relative unpopularity of “Mockingjay,” the controversial third novel in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling dystopian YA fantasy trilogy. Blame also the decision to split the final film into two overlong parts. “Mockingjay Part 2” is more action-packed than its dreary predecessor, but while Jennifer Lawrence is as compelling as ever as reluctant people’s champion Katniss Everdeen, the excessive violence and sociopolitical cynicism make the finale a bummer. Still, kudos to all concerned for completing such an ambitiously bleak saga — now all collected in a features-packed four-disc box set. (“Part 2” is also available separately.)

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.

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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.

Human Highway

Virgil, $19.99

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.


Daddy’s Home

Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99

Available on VOD Tuesday

The Letters

20th Century Fox, $22.98

Available on VOD Tuesday