Blu-rays for the weekend: Young adult movies

Young adult author, J.K. Rowling, this week released an online sequel to the Harry Potter novels, which has sparked rumors that a new Potter movie might be on the cards. There is also a further Potter inspired film, Fantastic Beats a Where to Find Them due to hit cinemas in late 2016. So, this week, we thought you might fancy watching some of the top young adult novels that have been made into movies.

The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence bought Katniss Everdeen, the anti-authoritarian heroine of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, to international attention in 2012. Showing some serious steel, in this movie Katniss competes in a televised fight to the death against 23 other teenagers to win not only her survival, but fame and fortune. The Blu-ray includes some exciting special features too, with over three hours of extensive bonus materials, alongside interviews with the cast and director Gary Ross. With second sequel Mockingjay: Part One in cinemas later in the year, now is the perfect chance to acquaint yourself with the definitive modern screen heroine.









Golden Compass 2-disc Extended Edition

The Golden Compass is an adaptation of the first novel in Philip Pullman’s beloved His Dark Materials trilogy. The story is set in a parallel universe where humans each have their own daemon (an animal that represents your soul) and talking beasts. The movie features over 1,100 special effects to bring to life everything from talking bears to shape shifting daemons. This Blu-ray comes with so many special features that New Line Cinema had to release a 2-disc Extended Edition, comprising in-depth features on how the special effects were created, as well as interviews with author Philip Pullman, director Chris Weitz and the cast.









The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Teenager Clary Fray (Lily Collins) is shocked to discover that she is descended from a line of warriors who must protect the  earth from demons. After her mother disappears, Clary disappears into Down World, a dangerous alternative New York. The story is based on the  hugely popular young adult sci-fi fantasy novel by Cassandra Clare. The Blu-ray comes with a handful of special features, including a piece on bringing the original novel to life, deleted scenes and a look at how the action sequences were crafted.

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