Completeness for freakiness and geekiness

From left: James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, John Daley, Martin Starr, andSamm Levine on “Freaks and Geeks.”
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From left: James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, John Daley, Martin Starr, andSamm Levine on “Freaks and Geeks.”

It’s reunion time for “Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series” (1999-2000), as Judd Apatow’s short-lived, cult-worshipped high school dramedy debuts on Blu-ray. Talk about a group that’s blossomed since those awkward teenage years. Maybe you’ve forgotten — or have yet to discover — just how creatively stacked the show was. We had Linda Cardellini (“ER,” Netflix’s “Bloodline”) as self-searching ’80s everygirl Lindsay, of course, and John Francis Daley (“Bones”) as her sweetly meek younger brother, Sam. But no wonder Lindsay was a little tentative about joining the crowd out on McKinley High’s smoking patio: James Franco, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen these days constitute the highest-achieving crew of underachievers we can remember. And they’re not the only ones who’ve gone on to big things. Series creator Paul Feig registered as just a name in the credits at the time “F&G” originally aired, but over the last few years, his comedy stock seems to be climbing to near-Apatow levels. He’s directing this summer’s girl-powered “Ghostbusters” reboot, and he’s also been behind the camera for “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” and “Spy.” Extras: Apatow and Feig sit down for a new 45-minute conversation on the set’s bonus disc, marveling just as we do at the show’s casting. “We would laugh about Franco, like [in a half-whisper], ‘He doesn’t know he shouldn’t even take this job!’ ” Apatow remembers. “We knew that [these actors] were great even beyond the show.” The series is also formatted in optional enhanced widescreen — if that’s what a new generation of freaks and geeks demands. (Shout! Factory, $119.00)



The saga of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen concludes with more of the smart dystopian intensity audiences have come to expect. Still, it’s hard not to feel that everyone (save for profit-minded studio execs) might have been better served by forgoing the two-part treatment. Drawing out the story ultimately makes for some redundant action, and points up imperfections, such as the uneven chemistry between Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, not to mention the fleeting presence of late castmate Philip Seymour Hoffman. But we quibble because we care. Extras: filmmaker commentary; extensive featurettes; segment on the traveling “Hunger Games” exhibition. (Lionsgate, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99)




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Will Ferrell shifts from cluelessly swaggering to just clueless in reteaming with Mark Wahlberg, who also played cool opposite Ferrell’s fool in the “The Other Guys” (2010). Here they’re dueling for the affection of the kids that biological dad Wahlberg has neglected and unappreciated stepdad Ferrell cherishes. The musings on parenting aren’t nearly as unhinged as the race and sexuality satire Ferrell attempted in “Get Hard,” but you’ll be glad for the comparatively milder, funnier diversion. A word of caution: Some of the high jinks are family-friendly, but definitely not all. Extras: featurettes and deleted scenes. (Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99)

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