The Hunger Games [Blu-ray] [2012]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1728 out of 1793)

Special Features


  • Disc 2 - Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenon
  • The World Is Watching: Making The Hunger Games
  • Letters from the Rose Garden
  • Controlling the Games
  • A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell
  • Preparing for the Games: A Director's Process (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Propaganda Film
  • Marketing Archive

Synopsis


The Hunger Games
Based on the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games tells the dark tale of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who volunteers to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses. In the future, North America is no more. In its place has risen Panem, a divided nation split into 12 districts. Every year, each district selects a teen of each gender (called "Tributes") to test their worth in a competition known as the Hunger Games, which are broadcast across the nation as entertainment, and to reinforce the government's total power. When her younger sister is selected as District 12's latest "Tribute," Katniss volunteers to take her place, and trains under hard-drinking former Hunger Games champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) to sharpen her killer instincts. Now in order to survive the game and emerge the victor, this young combatant must put all of her skills to the ultimate test. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jennifer Lawrence
    Jennifer Lawrence - Katniss Everdeen
  • Josh Hutcherson
    Josh Hutcherson - Peeta Mellark
  • Liam Hemsworth
    Liam Hemsworth - Gale Hawthorne
  • Woody Harrelson
    Woody Harrelson - Haymitch Abernathy
  • Elizabeth Banks
    Elizabeth Banks - Effie Trinket



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1793 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Entertaining

    Posted
    Treydle
    • Top 100 Contributor

    Surrounding the capital city of a nation in ruins, are twelve separate districts that are all over-populated by desperate residents. How do you pacify such angry citizens? Simple: Reality television. No, not Jersey Shore, something much worse. Or better, depending on how you look at it. Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence of Winter’s Bone and X -Men: First Class) is a skilled tracker, hunter, and survivalist who lives in the impoverished District 12 where most earn their living in the mines. Her mother (played by Paula Malcolmson) has been struggling since her husband died, leaving her to raise Katniss and her sister Prim by herself. Katniss (Lawrence) is sixteen and a close friend of Gale Hawthorne (played by Liam Hemsworth) who dreams of running away. Every year, each of the twelve districts randomly selects two children (one boy and one girl) or “tributes” no younger than 12 and no older than 18 and Gale (Hemsworth) believes he’s dodged the bullet as long as he can. Still, when the tributes are selected, Gale is spared and so is Katniss. But when Prim (Katniss’s sister) is chosen. Katniss volunteers to take her place. Making her and Peeta Melark, (a baker’s son portrayed by Jess Hutcherson of Bridge to Terabithia and Journey to the Center of the Earth) the candidates for the 74th annual, winner-take-all, death match known as The Hunger Games. Held in the Capital, The Hunger Games are broadcast live to the entire nation. Each participant is trained, sponsored, and ranked and then locked in a massive, futuristic Coliseum with remote control hazards, predators, and cameras hidden throughout. Now, this was a much-anticipated film. I was greatly intrigued by the trailers, but Twilight was also much-anticipated and no matter how much love it gets from the audience, I haven’t even been able to sit through the first installment. Then, I saw the generally positive response from critics and took it upon myself to see this highly entertaining, dramatic effort and I urge those patrons out there who haven’t seen it to do so at there earliest possible convenience. This is a great film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Avoid this version

    Posted
    posters5
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This movie was originally released with a second disc. All of the Extras were on the second disc. This new Steelbook only has the movie disc, so you don't get any Extras at all.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good movie; Spl Ed box is garbage

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The movie is very good and I am just walching the Blu-ray now. Best Buy's Special Edition Collector box set is garbage. The 4 DVDs are in a "CD case" size cardboard case; not in blu-ray boxes. The giant cardboard box it comes in is 90% empty and the useless souvenir it comes with is all scratched up. I wish I had just bought the regular bluray edition. It's going back to best buy or in the trash.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie and book.

    Posted
    Chuck21
    • My Best Buy® Member

    "Hunger Games" is certainly a very successful adaptation of an excellent book. The Hunger Games is not only the perfect movie for fans of the book, but is also a most wonderful movie for those who haven't read the book. Yes, the book is better, but the movie stays true to the story, the cast is wonderful, the parts are played as they should, and everyone has good chemistry. The Capitol, District 12, and the arena come right off the pages, and the costumes are just what I imagined. The score is also very good. If you have not seen this movie then i recommend you do. I would absolutely recommend this to Hunger Games fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie, but Subtitle Glitches

    Posted
    PsychoBabe
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I saw this movie twice in the theater with my son. We absolutely loved it! So, we went and purchased it today (the first day it came out on DVD.) However, I'm really upset that we purchased a brand-new movie that has glitches with the subtitles popping up out of nowhere towards the end. I was wondering if anyone else was experiencing this same problem???

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The possible reason for an almost empty box. ;-)>

    Posted
    Chicomon

    I just wanted to get on here, because from most of the reviews that I have read, most people are unhappy with the BIG EMPTY SPACE in the box. In the 80's I bought an Import CD Single Box Set of The Cure "Friday I'm In Love". When I opened it there was only 1 CD single and an empty space. A while later The Cure came out with a 2nd single, then a 3rd. See where I am going with this? Hunger Games has 2-3 sequels coming up. The 1st being "Catching Fire". I believe that the empty space that people are complaining about will be filled in a few years with the NEXT Exclusive Blu-Ray Sequels. Let us pray that I am right. I can't wait. ;-)>.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great movie ... Disappointing edition

    Posted
    AnnaLP20

    I'm a big fan of the series (books and now the movie) so i decided to buy the collector's edition instead of just the regular blurays. BIG MISTAKE! The price isn't bad. For $10 more, you get the box, a paper weight thing and dvd copy of the movie. BUT, like some of the reviews here, the bluray movie keep on freezing right in the middle. I tried playing it on 2 players because i thought my player was messed up. But i wasn't the only one having this problem. Best buy should have a solution for this because I checked to see where I can have it exchanged for a new one (hoping a new one would actually work!), but it was all sold out everywhere. I hope they just change the bluray disc.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Best Buy Blu-ray Box Set has skipping issues!

    Posted
    rrey1
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Bought the box set and tried playing the Blu-ray movie that evening. The disc began skipping and stopped play all together. I returned the movie and the salesperson and I opened 3 more boxed set movies and tried them...they all had the same skipping problems. This appears to be manufacturer defect. Best Buy ended up refunding my money. They should be pulling these off the shelves if you ask me. Bottom line...don't buy. Whoever manufactured these discs screwed up big time. Don't know how many manufacturers were used to mass produce the discs but...Best Buy got the junky release!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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