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New on DVD: Return to Panem with ‘The Hunger Games’ prequel

By Tribune News Service
Published: February 9, 2024, 6:01am

A prequel exploring villainous origins tops the DVD releases for the week of Feb. 13.

“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”: This return to the dystopian world of “The Hunger Games” follows the young adulthood of Coriolanus Snow and his rise to power six decades before the events of the original film. Starring Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler, with franchise veteran Francis Lawrence directing.

“The film is essentially the ‘Star Wars’ prequels of the ‘Hunger Games’ world, as we watch Coriolanus turn from an idealistic young man to a power-hungry sadist, in the same way we watched Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader,” writes Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh in her review. “The problem? George Lucas took three movies to show us Anakin’s fall into darkness. Lawrence, and screenwriters Michael Lesslie and Michael Arndt, try to do it in one overstuffed installment.”

Also on DVD

“The Marvels”: The sequel to 2019’s “Captain Marvel” finds Carol Danvers teaming up with Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Kahn, and Monica Rambeau.

“Priscilla”: Sofia Coppola directs this biopic of Priscilla Presley, ex-wife of Elvis Presley, adapted from her memoir “Elvis and Me.”

“Hypnotic”: Ben Affleck stars in this thriller as a Texas detective who stumbles into a baffling government mind-control experiment while searching for his missing daughter.

“Monster High: Season One”: They’re too ghoul for school in this Nickelodeon animated series based on the toy franchise.

“Planet Earth III”: Third third installment of the breathtaking BBC nature series narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

“The Canterville Ghost”: Animated family feature based on Oscar Wilde’s short story about an American family that moves into an English manor occupied by the titular specter.

“The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon – Season 1”: Norman Reedus’ character, a fan favorite, washes ashore in France in the latest spinoff of AMC’s zombie franchise.

“Footloose”: This release, available as a two-disc 4K UHD/Blu-ray set, marks the 40th anniversary of the 1984 drama starring Kevin Bacon.