Saturday, 1 March 2014

Blu-ray Review - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson,Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Pillip Seymour, Jeffery Wright, Jenna Malone, Amanda Plummer, Sam Claflin
Studio: LionsGate
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 146 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Link: Amazon


Actress Jennifer Lawrence had a memorable 2014 by winning an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, staring in the all-star heist American Hustle (which she is nominated for best-supporting actress) and she returned to her role as Katniss Everdeen in 2013's biggest blockbuster, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire based on author Suzanne Collin's book of the same name. The box-office hit is arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on Friday, March 7, 2014. Special Features include filmmaker commentary, 9-Part Making-Of Documentary, deleted scenes and a sneak peek of the upcoming Divergent adaption.

Grossing over $850 million worldwide, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire once again stars the talented Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Petta Mellark, the winners of the 74th Hunger Games, whom have returned home to District 12 for a short visit before going on the Victory Tour.

Donald Sutherland returns as the wicked President Coriolanus Snow, who fears a growing rebellion within the districts over Katniss's actions during the Hunger Games. He is determined to have Katniss killed, therefore there will be a major twist to the 75th Hunger Games - all of the tributes will consist of former winners. Of course, Katniss name is drawn for the Games, while Petta volunteers.

This time the Hunger Games would be more controlled by the Capital, but the President's outcome won't go the way that he planned. As revolution is about to begin.

After the overrated Twilight Saga hit the movie screens, Hollywood has been turning every Young Adult novel into a feature film, but those films barely but a dent in the box-office, mostly because of bad casting and a poor script adaptions. The Hunger Games has overcome all odds by casting the perfect actors and actresses for the roles and staying close to the novels (well, at least for the first novel, as I haven't read the second or third book). The Hunger Games: Catching Fire could have flamed out because of the new director Francis Lawrence, but he cleverly went beyond the first movie making Catching Fire a superior film, especially with its pacing. The CGI effects are better that the first, mostly because of the increased budget; all of which looks amazing on Blu-ray. There is a neat 9-Part Making-Of Documentary exclusively for Blu-ray. I missed the film in theaters, but I enjoyed watching the movie in the comfort of my own home. Spoiler: The movie does end in a cliffhanger; making the viewer count the days until Mockingjay, Part 1 is released. Overall, I loved watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and I highly recommend it.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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