Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's documentary was completed before the men known as the "West Memphis Three" were freed from prison after 17 years, and while the filmmakers have added an epilogue about the hasty, unsatisfying resolution to the frustrating murder case, the third installment of this ongoing story still feels out of date for most of its two-hour running time. The case, though, remains fascinating, especially given the new evidence that Berlinger and Sinofsky have unearthed about another possible suspect in the killing and mutilation of three 8-year-old boys. The "Paradise Lost" series is chilling for the way it reveals how we try to fit heinous crimes into a comprehensible narrative, even when that narrative is a lie. The "Purgatory" DVD comes with bonus footage and interviews.
The Hunger Games
Lionsgate, $30.98;Blu-ray, $39.99
Available on VOD beginning Aug. 18
The big-screen version of Suzanne Collins' bestselling young adult novel didn't necessarily need to be any good to make half a billion dollars, but aside from the usual complaints about faithfulness — whether the adaptation is too slavish or too loose — director Gary Ross does a fine job in capturing what so many people love about the book. A lot of the credit is because of his cast, in particular rising star Jennifer Lawrence, who brings an earthy reality to the role of Katniss Everdeen, a teenager who uses her wit and bravery to survive in a future where kids fight to the death for the entertainment of the ruling class. Exciting, imaginative and even a little bit pointed in its class critiques,"The Hunger Games" is a zeitgeist-y blockbuster worthy of its fan base. The DVD and Blu-ray come with extensive featurettes.