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
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)
Jennifer LawrenceKatniss Everdeen
Josh HutchersonPeeta Mellark
Liam HemsworthGale Hawthorne
Woody HarrelsonHaymitch Abernathy
Elizabeth BanksEffie Trinket
Stanley TucciCaesar Flickerman
Donald SutherlandPresident Snow
Wes BentleySeneca Crane
Toby JonesClaudius Templesmith
Willow ShieldsPrimrose Everdeen
Paula MalcolmsonKatniss' Mother
Amber ChaneyAvox Girl
Raiko BowmanPeeta's Mother
Sandra Ellis LaffertyHob Vendor
Rhoda GriffisRegistration Woman
Dwayne BoydPeacekeeper #1
Anthony ReynoldsPeacekeeper #2
Judd Derek LormandPeacekeeper #3
Kalia PrescottTribute Girl District 3
Ethan JamiesonTribute Boy District 4
Annie ThurmanTribute Girl District 9
Dakota HoodTribute Girl District 10
Shane BissellBirthday Boy
Katie KneelandHovercraft Tech
Steve CoulterGame Center Tech #1
Sharon MorrisGame Center Tech #2
Tim TaylorGame Center Tech #3
Jack RossGame Center Tech #4
Suzanne CollinsBook Author
James Newton HowardComposer (Music Score)
Philip MessinaProduction Designer
Paul RichardsArt Director
Robert FechtmanArt Director
Aldric La'Auli PorterCo-producer
Louise Rosner-MeyerExecutive Producer
Robin BissellExecutive Producer
Suzanne CollinsExecutive Producer
Alex McCarrollSet Designer
Brian BakerSet Designer
George R. LeeSet Designer
John BergerSet Designer
Judianna MakovskyCostume Designer
Larry DiasSet Decorator
Kris FenskeSound/Sound Designer
Lon BenderSound/Sound Designer
William R. DeanSound/Sound Designer
Aldric La'Auli PorterFirst Assistant Director
Carl RudisillProduction Sound Mixer
Chad StahelskiSecond Unit Director
Chad StahelskiStunts Coordinator
Chantal FeghaliCo-Executive Producer
Christopher S. CappVisual Effects Editor
Clare GniadekKey Hairstylist
Colin BradySupervising Animator
Dan MooreCostumes Supervisor
Daniel LeducVisual Effects Producer
Dino AthanassiouSupervising Animator
Jacquie BarnbrookVisual Effects Producer
John F.K. ParenteauVisual Effects Supervisor
John R. SaundersSecond Assistant Director
Jon KilikSecond Unit Director
Jon ValeraFights Choreographer
Lisa TomczeszynAssistant Costume Designer
Louise RosnerUnit Production Manager
Marc SadeghiVisual Effects Executive Producer
Mark WeingartenProduction Sound Mixer
Michael KellerRe-Recording Mixer
Pierre RaymondVisual Effects Executive Producer
Robby BaumgartnerSecond Unit Director Of Photography
I saw this movie from start to finish and it was the bomb. This Hunger Games movie was off the chain and I say that this movie is way better than the rest of the other Hunger Games movies that I ever seen and if they have another Hunger Games movie that I want to get from Best Buy, I will be first in line to get it because the Hunger Games movies are truly my favorite movies ever. Thank you very much Best Buy, yours truly, Zaida Quijano.
I was going to a teenagers birthday party from a neighbor on my block.
Had a credit from B.B. so why not!!!!
Ended up being a "surprised perfect gift for Nichole & her Mom also impressed with my choice of selection!
Thanks for the $5.00 bin @ the check out line!
Great opener in the Hunger Games series. I really liked the story, plot, well acted and direction. J Law is shines bright in this movie that propelled her career! Lenny Kravitz always gives a solid performance as well. ~fin
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This movie is awesome! This is all I have to say. Now bestbuy if u don't like don't ask me to ever review a movie again!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
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.
It is always disturbing to see what could possibly happen to society in the future. In a way, it seems as though the movie tells the major part of the story as though it were reality TV. The country had been previously ravished by civil unrest. A powerful group has dominated, becoming the elite...the Capitol. The other factions have become laborers each within their specific "district" based upon the primary resource available. People are provided the basic necessities in exchange for the continued provision of the raw materials needed to maintain the Capitol's lavish lifestyle. Life in the districts seems to be stuck in the mid-twentieth century whereas the Capitol has progressed into a highly advanced (and gaudy) level.
To keep people in line, an annual "game" has been started...the Hunger Games...where each district sends one male and one female to the Capital where they receive a bit of pampering and heavy training before being sent to the staging area of the games. Once there, it is a fight to the end. Survival skills are tested, not only from the elements, but in how to survive from being killed by other participants. The entire time the game is going on, cameras everywhere are filming every move of each player and broadcasting the "show" back to the Capitol and districts, and if the action gets too dull, a control center can manipulate the environment to make things more interesting for the viewers. In a way, it is like Survivor, except instead of being voted off the show, you are killed during the show. Only one person is meant to survive.
Saw this in the theater, owned it on Blu-ray.
So is the 4K UHD version worth buying again ???
The answer in short is YES.
However that comes with some exceptions.
If you own a 4K Blu-ray Player then most likely
you already own a 4K TV. That's the only way to enjoy this
version of the Movie. Is that still enough to buy again ???
Well for me not exactly. I purchased again because of the
added Dolby Atmos Soundtrack. The standard Blu-ray uses a DTS 7.1 sound codec.. So if you have an Atmos enabled receiver and height / ceiling speakers installed then YES this is a much improved version of the movie.
When one thinks of a future Utopia, one imagines a place where people live in peace and harmony with many modern conveniences, yet in the Hunger Games you find that such a life only exists for the capital. The rest of the country, the "districts", are still barely surviving being forced into their routines at times by "peace-keepers." And to prevent future chances of civil war, the Hunger Games are created where a male and female from each district will go, to fight. Only one is supposed to survive out of all the contestants...the victor. And in the mean time, the whole country watches as the games are televised with ultra-modern technological advances. It is shocking to think that a society could actually reach that point. This isn't Survivor where we are looking to see who the last one voted off is, but to find out who actuallly lives to reach the end of the game.