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The Hunger Games (2 Disc) [Blu-ray]

Jennifer Lawrence , Josh Hutcherson , Gary Ross    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (843 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci
  • Directors: Gary Ross
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (843 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0063FQRTO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,714 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Building on her performance as a take-no-prisoners teenager in Winter's Bone, Jennifer Lawrence portrays heroine Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross's action-oriented adaptation of author-screenwriter Suzanne Collins's young adult bestseller. Set in a dystopian future in which the income gap is greater than ever, 24 underprivileged youth fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest--but not too much, warns Panem president Snow (Donald Sutherland), because that would be "dangerous." Hailing from the same mining town, 16-year-olds Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right) represent District 12 with the help of escort Effie (an unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) and mentor Haymitch (a scene-stealing Woody Harrelson). At first they're adversaries, but a wary partnership eventually develops, though the rules stipulate that only one contestant can win.

For those who haven't read the book, the conclusion is likely to come as a surprise. Before it arrives, Ross (Pleasantville) depicts a society in which the Haves appear to have stepped out of a Dr. Seuss book and the Have-Nots look like refugees from the WPA photographs of Walker Evans. It's an odd mix, made odder still by frenetic fight scenes where it's hard to tell who's doing what to whom. Fortunately, Lawrence and Hutcherson prove a sympathetic match in this crazy, mixed-up combination of Survivor, Lost, and the collected works of George Orwell. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Hunger Games


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Been Done. Better. 22 July 2014
By Francois The Armaldo VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I'm a bit ambivalent to the Hunger Games franchise. I've never read the books, and after watching the movie have no desire to. It was OK. Just OK. I'm frankly amazed there's so much hype about it!

My main bugbear with THG is not with the story - which is a mediocre, censored version of better stories - it is with the author. Suzanne Collins claims to have been inspired to write it when she was flicking through tv channels and saw a gameshow, followed by a documentary on war. She claims the concept came together in her head and that's what inspired THG.

Now, Suzanne Collins is either a liar or a massively incompetent author. Before your writing gets published - hell, before you even start sending it out to agents - you have a professional obligation to ensure that you are not ripping off someone's else's work. If you don't even bother to spend 10 minutes Google searching to check whether your story has been done before, you are an unprofessional idiot. And if you know about these stories and decide to publish anyway, merrily ignoring these authors whose shoulders you are standing on and pretending that you were big and clever and came up with the idea on your own, you risk becoming a plagiarist. And looking like an immature plonker.

Even the greatest author will tell you that no idea is original - only the execution of it. That's perfectly fair. The Hunger Games would irritate me far less if only Collins would admit she has influences, was inspired by stories that came before. But no. She watched a game show and a war documentary and got the idea all on her own. What, was she living in a cave? Maybe she'd never heard of Battle Royale. It's fairly niche - although the aforementioned Google Search of a responsible author would've turned it up pretty darn fast.
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122 of 147 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Four-Star Film of a Five-Star Book 4 Sep 2012
By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Firstly I have read the books and I loved them. They were brutal, funny, tragic, romantic and heartwrenching. Everything a good adventure novel should be.
So it was I was waiting eagerly for the film. I never got the chance to see it at the cinema; but based on the numerous good reviews I preordered the blu-ray. I really enjoyed the film; but as with many other reviewers I felt that the book was better.
The book spent much more time establishing characters and relationships and I really liked that. Obviously, with the book being in first person, everything was from Katniss' perspective - but that only serves to makes you sympathize with her predicament and those around her more. Her relationships with Peeta and Rue go much deeper in the book and I felt the film foolishly downplayed these moments. Likewise, the other contestants in the games seemed vastly under utilised in the film; and as a result they either became unimportant or impotent. Cato was a fierce and imposing killer in the book - but reduced merely to a brooding bully in the film (albeit one with a sword).
Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the film and I'm glad I bought it, but I just wish it been a little better. However, I am sure when I watch it again - knowing everything that's changed or omitted - I will enjoy it much more. I felt the same way with Twilight - hated it on first viewing.
I look foward to Catching Fire and Mockingjay!
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113 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a movie that follows the book! 22 Jun 2012
By Kirsty
Format:Blu-ray
Having read all the Hunger Games books I could not wait for this to come out in the cinema but part of me was worried that making such a complex book into a movie would not be possible (lets face it most books are miles better than the movies due to the simple fact they can go into a lot more detail)but I have to say I did not need to be worried in the slightest, I loved it that much I ended up going to see it twice!

The film is set in the future in an american nation called Panem which is split into districts. Each year the capitol of Panem forces each district to volunteer up a boy and a girl to compete in the annual "Hunger Games" as punishment for rising up against the capitol many years ago.
As the 74th Hunger Games is about to start Katniss Everdeen finds her 12 year old sister is chosen to compete, knowing she would never make it out alive Katniss offers herself in her sisters place and from then on is put into the arena with all the other tributes to fight for her life.
However there is one slight problem - Peeta Mellark, the boy who once saved her life is in the arena with her and how can she bring herself to kill him when she just might be falling in love with him.

This film does the book justice and it actually follows the majority of the book down to the very lines spoken.
The acting is amazing from everyone in the film, it is without a doubt Jennifer Lawrence's best movie yet!

I can't wait to own such an amazing movie, I'm sure it is going to be one I will watch again and again!
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307 of 388 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Hunger Games is certainly the best film I have seen since many many months, and it is a very successful adaptation of an excellent book.

In my personal opinion, both the book and the film are much deeper and much more ambitious, than what most critics and reviewers would make us believe. After reading the reviews in "New York Times", "Le Monde" and on "Msn.com" (to cite only few) I was surprised that they mostly missed everything that is important in this film. With a kind of amused superiority (like people from Capitol in the film), the "professional" reviewers pointed at the obvious allusions to gladiator fights, the reality shows, the importance of trashy entertainment in today's TV, the search for a new franchise able to replace "Twilight", etc., etc.

But they almost entirely failed to see that this film is first and above all about much more important things: how to keep hope, not lose the courage and preserve humanity and dignity under a totalitarian oppressive regime.

I believe that almost everybody now knows that when writing "Hunger Games" Susan Collins attempted basically a modern (even futurist) retelling of the old Greek myth of Theseus and Minotaur. According to this ancient tale, after losing a war, every year the city of Athens had to send a tribute of seven young men and seven maidens to the king of Crete. Once there those young people were locked in the Labyrinth, to be devoured by the monster Minotaur. This yearly punishment and humiliation lasted until Theseus, crown prince of Athens, volunteered to be one of the tributes - then, once locked in the Labyrinth, he defeated and killed the Minotaur.

In "Hunger Games" what was once United States (and I think also Canada) is now called the Panem.
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