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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2-disc Edition) [DVD]

Jennifer Lawrence , Josh Hutcherson , Francis Lawrence    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson
  • Directors: Francis Lawrence
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lionsgate UK
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GJLPKTK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen in the second instalment of the sci-fi adventure trilogy based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. Fresh from her triumph in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss, along with fellow winner Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), returns home to District 12 for some much needed rest. But soon after, while on a 'Victory Tour' of the other districts, she becomes aware of growing dissent to the Capitol's rule, and realises that rebellion is in the air. As Panem prepares itself for the third 'Quarter Quell' (75th Hunger Games), autocratic ruler President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland), still smarting from the Capitol's humiliation in the last games, stacks the deck to ensure that the upcoming tournament will wipe out any resistance from the districts once and for all.

Special Features
(over 2 hours of content):
• Filmmaker commentary
• 9-part making-of documentary
• Deleted scenes

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94 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to the book - no spoilers 23 Nov 2013
Format:DVD
'Catching Fire' is my favourite book in the 'Hunger Games' trilogy and I wasn't disappointed by the translation of it to the big screen. Yes, some scenes have been left out or changed, but with the changes I personally think they work better for those seeing the film who haven't read the books. Overall, it's very faithful to the book.

The directing, special effects and acting all bring to life the darkness and emotional intensity of the story. Starting soon after the 74th games, Katniss and Peeta (along with their families and mentor Haymitch) are living in Victors Village. But with the victory tour of the other 11 districts, where all the tributes died in the arena, about to begin, and with rumours of a rebellion, it seems life is not to get any easier for Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch.

I don't want to spoil the film for anyone who hasn't the read the book so won't add any spoilers. Suffice to say that 'The Hunger Games' set the scene and 'Catching Fire' takes the story to a whole new level. It's a heartbreaking, shocking, breathtaking, suspenseful, funny, moving and thought provoking rollercoster ride of a film. Jennifer Lawrence is particularly outstanding as Katniss, although all the performances are strong. I'm only sorry we now have a wait a whole year to see the next installment, 'Mockingjay Part 1'.

Incredible, memorable film, well worth seeing even if you haven't the read the books (although it might help to see 'Hunger Games' first as it really does set the scene and will help you understand the background).
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51 of 64 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I found this second, more serious and much darker "Hunger Games" film, even BETTER than the first one. Below more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

First let's say that this film sticks to the book very closely. Of course there is no way you can show during 145 minutes everything that a book contains (and therefore the characters of Bonnie and Twill among others are not shown), but I believe virtually everything important is included. And that is a precious thing.

All actors did great. Jennifer Lawrence who plays Katniss Everdeen is of course THE STAR of this film, but everybody around her performed also flawlessly.

The best performance is offered by Josh Hutcherson who plays Peeta Mellark, a young boy madly in love with Katniss and linked to her in most complex ways since a long time. This role is the most difficult in all film as Peeta is a most complicated character: a baker's son, weaker than many of other young males around and definitely not born to be any kind of hero he nevertheless soldiers on through all the hardships and relentlessly pursues the woman of his life through all the nine circles of hell - and beyond...

Much more attractive, stronger and very manly Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) is by comparison a little bit easier to play, but the events put him also in a position not easy at all... Which gives a quite interesting love triangle.

Young actors who play new characters of Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) were very well selected. He is an extremely handsome and very vain young hunk - with brains and a plan.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great continuation 12 Mar 2014
By Dezza
Format:DVD
Catching Fire is a great continuation of the Hunger Games franchise, and is very true to the book which can't be said for many Hollywood films which have to skip parts of the books to fit the film into a reasonable length, I felt that Catching Fire was much darker than the first film but it was also much better.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
As it turns out the Hunger Games was not berry good for the empire as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has inspired hope and rebellion. Instead of just killing her, they have changed the rules ( see Jonathan "Roller Ball") and devised a new Hunger Game of past contestants. The game is stacked against her as contestants must battle the elements more than each other.

The beginning of the film lacks the crazy action of the second half, but it is theme driven for the true sci-fi fan. Katniss is a hero, but as she says, "By killing people." In those 3 simple words. Katniss who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, conveys the perplexity of war heroes with a moral conscience. The film also touches on the power of celebrity as they "never get off this train: and the trouble they cause if the don't "stick to the script." The culture is set up similar to the Roman Empire where bread and circus' s keep the masses in check and where Romans "Eat to puke and puke to eat." Katniss, is a hero because her compassion expresses in all of us the person we want to be. As such it is easy for her to gain allies.

The film contains all the elements of an ideal cult classic complete with theme, special effects, drama, top stars, and a touch of light humor.

I do not recommend watching this film if you haven't seen the first one (or read the books) as it doesn't recap.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better still 22 Nov 2013
Format:DVD
The film is quite long but, in my opinion, very well done. Great efforts were made to follow the book and the result is very satisfying. Unlike the endless changes made to How I Live Now, for example, this is a faithful attempt to recreate the story written by Suzanne Collins. Of course certain small details are changed, but the broad sweep of this cinematic blockbuster is likely to leave no-one but the most pedantic disappointed (and I am usually one of those).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars catching fire
loved the first hunger games no doubt in my mind after seeing it at the cinema i had to have it
Published 6 hours ago by tud619
2.0 out of 5 stars Catching Fire - a bit of a yawn
I enjoyed The Hunger Games and was looking forward to seeing what happened next. I should add that I have not read the books so can't comment on how accurate or otherwise this film... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Estee
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
We enjoyed this film very much. It does help if :

1) You have watched the first Hunger Games film.

2) You have read the books. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Ali-may
4.0 out of 5 stars Hunger Games
It looks as if it is going down a different path at times takes so long to get into the plot most of it I think is not attention holding. otherwise good.
Published 12 hours ago by Jim Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars Follows the book and is entertaining
I have heard people complain about it being "slow to start" but both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire focus more on life OUTSIDE the games than on the fight for survival... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Rebecca Bridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first
This series is smashing, real shame about Phillip Hoffman, I hope he managed to get some filming done, I'm hungry for more hunger games.
Published 18 hours ago by dazpanzan
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Superb acting and directing, made with real care, and a great follow-up to the first film. Enjoyed the 'making of' documentary too.
Published 1 day ago by Russ
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I don't usually write reviews but couldn't help myself. This film is just awful. My husband and I sat there hoping something was actually going to happen but then the credits... Read more
Published 1 day ago by rach
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel to the first film.
We enjoyed this. It was exciting and like the first film, visually stunning. I am looking forward to the 3rd film.
Published 1 day ago by Matthew Holmquist and Chris Holmquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie
Fantastic Movie. Captivating and inspiring to watch, I can’t wait for the next one to come out. Love it, and the books.
Published 1 day ago by V-1302
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