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  • Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci
  • Directors: Gary Ross
  • Producers: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2013
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,238 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CCE6VTG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gary Ross directs this sci-fi action film based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins. Jennifer Lawrence stars as 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a citizen of the totalitarian post-apocalyptic country of Panem, formerly the United States. Every year, the all-powerful ruling agency known as the Capitol selects one boy and one girl from each of Panem's 12 impoverished rival districts to fight to the death on live national television in a contest known as 'The Hunger Games', in which the winner is given food to feed their entire district for a year. When her younger sister Primrose (Willow Shields) is selected as a contestant, Katniss steps up to take her place in the match. Under the tutelage of inebriated former champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Katniss goes into training for the fight of her life.

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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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 3 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
All science fiction futuristic societies are written to have a message about the current day. This is normally contained within the text, or a line someone speaks. The movie starts giving us some background for the games, but we don't know why there was a rebellion in the first place, something that is in the book. The rebellion resulted in a lottery where teens from the various districts must now compete in a survivor battle to the death, all for the entertainment of the audience. Early in the film we hear, "If no one watches, we won't have a game." In other words if we stop watching reality TV shows, they will be taken off the air...not exactly a bad thing.

In those other films the evil of society had been either, capitalism, socialism, the super rich, corporations, religion, or science. The irony of the film/book is that it makes fun of the viewer/reader for enjoying it. They are the problem with today's voyeuristic dummy down society, which like the movie can be divided into two groups" Those who see the movie/games as entertainment. And the intellectuals who realize the metaphor contained within. I'm loving it! (Pardon my pop culture response, but it seems apropos.)

There is a stark contrast in wealth and dress between those who participate in the games and the society who runs them. However, it is those who participate who ultimately empower those who run them, just like with war, the second message of the film which dates from Homer "War is old men lying, young men dying."

Jennifer Lawrence, who I thought was Oscar worthy in "Winter's Bone," immediately becomes our heroine when she volunteers to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games. We don't expect her to die anytime soon.
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I actually saw the movie before reading the books, and then ended up reading the entire trilogy within a week.
This is actually a very good adaptation of the book, and the vast majority of the (relatively few) changes make sense in the context of the movie adaptation, and are in line with the tone and feel of the books.

---Brief story overview: Set in the future in the nation of Panem, where the 'capitol' rules over 12 surrounding 'districts'. After a rebellion by the (then 13) districts, which was crushed by the capitol, the capitol strengthened its grip and introduced the Hunger Games. In order to remind the districts of the horrors of the rebellion, and that they are contsantly under capitol control, the districts are forced to send a boy and a girl aged 12-18, picked out of a hat, every year to fight to the death in the Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen from district 12, the main character, volunteers in the place of her sister who was chosen. This is basically her story.

---Visually, the film is very well done. The CGI is thankfully quite limited (which is good as it isn't the best in the scenes where it is more liberally used - the final action piece in the arena comes to mind), and the art direction and production design is really great. The capitol really evokes a sense of power and strength, and the aesthetic and major landmarks in the capitol blend a modern aesthetic with more retro looks inspired by classic skyscrapers and fascist arhcitecture, to a great effect. The arena is also well done and very close to how it is described in the book, essentially a big forest with rivers and stuff.
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"Choo, Choo", the sound of `The Hunger Games' hype train coming into the station. I have to admit that this is a series that never really crossed my reading list, but as a fan of dystopian futures it should just be my bag. Katniss Everdeen is a young women living in one of various zones of Panem. Each year two young people from each zone are chosen to fight to the death in The Hunger Games as a way of reminding the general populous of a great battle that once occurred. Can Katniss survive the deadly game, and do we care?

For me, `The Hunger Games' is an ideas film; some of which work, other that fail to make sense. For a dystopian future to work it has to make sense - the world of Panem does not. The concept of the game itself is bizarre enough, but just about believable. The only problem is that `Battle Royale' did it already and better. I had more issues with the society on a wider level. This is a world obsessed with appearances on the surface, yet the TV show hosts and President are old. If director Gary Ross (or original writer and credited screen writer on the film Suzanne Collins) was trying to reflect on our own obsession with increasingly young leaders, why cast Donald Sutherland as the ruler? There are many small niggling issues like this with the world building in `The Hunger Games', but for most people they may not even notice.

As a film, it is ok. Jennifer Lawrence is certainly the star of the film and she brings her Oscar level of gravitas to a pretty bland role. The sections set during the games themselves are thrilling and will certainly make younger viewers tense. I was slightly more interested in the political intrigue going on outside and hope this is explored more in later films.
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