VFX Heat Up Hit Release of ‘Catching Fire’

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Catch up with Katniss Everdeen as she once again fights for her life in the home-video release of the VFX blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate, $29.95 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy), out this Friday to cap a robust week of releases.

Based on the smash-hit series of young adult books by Suzanne Collins, the second of four planned films in the saga stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson and Phillip Seymour Hoffman and grossed more than $860 million worldwide at the box office. The home release features more than two hours of bonus materials that include a Blu-ray-exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, “Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire,” deleted scenes and an audio commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson.

The film is full of visual effects, as readers of Animation Magazine know from this feature in our January 2014 issue. www.animationmagazine.net/features/let-games-begin/

With DreamWorks Animation’s big-screen version of Mr. Peabody & Sherman arriving on American screens this coming weekend, now is the perfect chance to catch up with Mr. Peabody & Sherman Volume 1: American Legends (ANconnect, $9.99) and Mr. Peabody & Sherman Volume 2: Great Explorers (ANconnect, $9.99).

Kid-oriented fare out this week includes Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team (Lionsgate, $14.98). Here’s a look at that title:

Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team

Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team

Other kid-friendly titles include: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Space is the Place! (NCircle Entertainment, $10.99), Dora the Explorer: Dora in Wonderland (Paramount, $16.99), Thomas & Friends: Spills & Thrills (HIT, $14.98), Marine Boy: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros. Archive, $35.99), Sid the Science Kid: What is a Rainbow? (NCircle Entertainment, $10.99), Teen Titans Go: Mission to Misbehave Season 1, Part 1 (Warner Bros., $19.97) and Ninja Turtles: Next Mutation East Meets West (Shout! Factory, $6.95)

Getting a Blu-ray upgrade is An American Tail (Universal, $19.98 Blu-ray), which will be a sure-fire hit for the movie’s many fans.

And the anime aisle is bursting with releases, including: Dragon Ball Z: Season 2 (FUNimation, $34.98 DVD, $44.98 Blu-ray), One Piece: Season 5, Voyage Six (FUNimation, $39.98), Nadia: Secret of Blue Water The Complete Collection (Section23 Films, $79.98 DVD, $99.98 Blu-ray), Myself Yourself: The Complete Collection (Section23 Films, $49.98), Maria-holic: Complete Collection (Section23 Films, $59.98 DVD, $69.98 Blu-ray) and Illumination 7 Mini-Movie Collection (Universal, $9.99).

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire