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The Hunger Games [DVD]

Jennifer Lawrence , Josh Hutcherson , Tom Stern    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (750 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci
  • Directors: Tom Stern
  • Producers: Danny Elfman, Nina Jacobson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (750 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but a good story line. 19 April 2014
By Gem
This film is one of those that is directed at young teenagers, when the real audience should be the adults. Yes, it follows the life of a young girl, however it is difficult for those in the young teenage age bracket to follow at times. It takes a fair while to get into the film, but when you've seen it once you can understand it more the next time, making the start more interesting. Once the action starts, it's difficult to so much as pause the film, it draws you in. Definitely worth a watch, and definitely worth buying if you enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film 19 April 2014
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Loved this film although didn't realise how brutal it would get and was glad my child had gone off to bed before the 'games' began! Saw the sequel this week but enjoyed this one best!
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117 of 139 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
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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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108 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a movie that follows the book! 22 Jun 2012
By Kirsty
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you shall not get me 18 April 2014
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the film was not as good as the first one but it was still enjoyable recommend to buy im getting on a bit so if I liked it most people will enjoy
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303 of 380 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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 "" (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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4.0 out of 5 stars An epic of modern age
This film has acquired a cult following (even among those who haven't read the books), and once you 'watch it' you get to know the obvious reasons. Read more
Published 1 day ago by RIJU GANGULY
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This worst DVD I ever purchase no story boring when you see the trailer it's look like a good film I wouldn't recommend this film. This film is only good if you can not sleep. Read more
Published 2 days ago by A. E. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
This was recommended to me and I was not disappointed. I don't watch many films but this was very entertaining
Published 3 days ago by Geoff (Del Boy)
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous film
My son informs me that this is a great film. Arrived in time, great packaging, great price, all in all super and would recommend
Published 3 days ago by Newcastle girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
...,soon to be bettered by the sequel as we have seen. But really well done. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are brilliantly cast?
Published 5 days ago by EMP
5.0 out of 5 stars Same rubbish as catching fire
Same review as catching fire,rating was more for the costumes,hair and make up boring story line, not my cup of tea give me GAME OF THRONES ANY DAY even lord of the rings.
Published 6 days ago by Roberta Irving
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly reccomend it!
I was so excited when I received this DVD! It came quickly and before it's estimated time of arrival, I watched it straight away and was pleased not to have experienced any... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jane Blackbourn
5.0 out of 5 stars films
Watched this last night. Thought it was good and will watch the follow film tonight. Good allround film for all ages
Published 11 days ago by Lesley Oseman
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic movie
Love the movie was only 5 Buy now its worth it came within 2 days i rate it 10/10 :)
Published 12 days ago by tia cox
5.0 out of 5 stars yhee
well well one f if not the best film of my life for many reasons ; the second was not so good woops
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