Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Hunger Games

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 18, 2012
Price: DVD $30.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: Lionsgate

The Hunger Games movie scene

Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games, the science-fiction action-adventure blockbuster film based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins, is primed to be one of the biggest home entertainment launches in producer/distributor Lionsgate’s history.

The Hunger Games, the first movie taken from Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy of bestsellers, has grossed more than $400 million at the domestic box office, and around $650 million at the worldwide box office.

Set in a future, dystopic America where the nation is divided into twelves districts, the movie is about an annual competition wherein one young male and one young female from each district us forced to participate. Broadcast live throughout the country for the entertainment of the Capitol’s wealthy residents live, the “Hunger Games” competition finds the participants placed in a hostile environment where they must fight each other to the death until only one survives. Seventeen-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class) volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts and skills when she’s pitted against highly trained competitors who have prepared for the Games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return to her home in District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games Blu-ray boxDirected by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit), The Hunger Games also stars Donald Sutherland (1900), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Woody Harrelson (Rampart), Lenny Kravitz (Precious), Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days), Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) and Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2).

The Blu-ray and DVD contain three-hours-plus of bonus features, which include the following:

  • “The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games” – an eight-part documentary covering the “making of” the film in all aspects from the pre-production process all the way through the theatrical release and fan reactions
  • “Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenom” featurette
  • “Letters from the Rose Garden” featurette – insights from Donald Sutherland on the development of his role as President Snow
  • “Controlling the Games” featurette – stories and concepts behind creating the control center
  • “A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell”
  • Propaganda Film (in its entirety)
  • Marketing Archive
  • “Preparing for The Games: A Director’s Process” (Blu-ray Exclusive)

Here’s a sneak peek at the special features:

And another sneak peek at the special features, first shown at Comic-Con:

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.