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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] [Includes Digital Copy] [2013]

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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5105 out of 5196)

    Synopsis


    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    The Hunger Games saga continues in this sequel that finds a revolution brewing as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) take a "Victor's Tour" of the districts, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plots their downfall during preparations for the Quarter Quell, which only occurs every 25 years in celebration of the Capitol's victory over the districts. Hoping to put an end to the growing threat of rebellion, President Snow announces that the Quell's tributes will be reaped from the existing pool of victors -- guaranteeing Katniss a place in the arena. Though Katniss vows to keep Peeta safe even if it means sacrificing her own life, her fellow tributes have a different plan. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jennifer Lawrence
      Jennifer Lawrence - Katniss Everdeen
    • Josh Hutcherson
      Josh Hutcherson - Peeta Mellark
    • Liam Hemsworth
      Liam Hemsworth - Gale Hawthorne
    • Elizabeth Banks
      Elizabeth Banks - Effie Trinket
    • Stanley Tucci
      Stanley Tucci - Caesar Flickerman



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 5196 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Inspiring movie for all ages

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      Sarah1233
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      Nothing could have prepared me for Catching Fire; it was, quite simply, an astonishment on every level. It is so much more than just an action movie; it is also a thought-provoking look at hope, revolution, rebellion, and the importance of government. It's themes encompass grand ideas and touchy subjects with utter fearlessness. Let us examine what sets The Hunger Games: Catching Fire a cut above the rest: 1. CAST: Surrounding the amazing Jennifer Lawrence (who has matured into a riveting young actress) is a supporting cast to die for. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth give good roles, but it is the incomparable Donald Sutherland, who oozes quiet menace from every pore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who chews the scenery with a subtle performance, and the amazing Jeffrey Wright who truly astonish. Look also for Jena Malone as Johanna Mason in a brilliant, scene-stealing performance of incredible charisma. 2. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Filled with gorgeous and eye-catching shots, Joe Willems's cinematography fills Panem with striking, practical, gritty, but never dour visuals. From the browns and greys of District 12 to the lush, green, cramped hell of the arena, Catching Fire is one of the best photographed films of the year. 3. COSTUMES AND SET DESIGN: Catching Fire offers, courtesy of small genius Trish Summerville, some of the most luscious, gorgeous, and eye-catching dresses this side of Lord of the Rings. Look for the marked contrast between the grit and the ash of District 12 with the gleam and color of the Capitol. THG's realistic set design and costuming brings a whole new field of "real" to the game. 4. ACTION: The perfect blend of psychological build-up and riveting action, the last hour of Catching Fire is an absolute powerhouse of action. Prepare to be glued to the edge of your seat as poisonous fog, lightning, monkeys, psychological torture, and floods beset our heroes. The stakes are raised, and the action is upped, but GONE is the shaky-cam that plagued the first film. Catching Fire has matured in every way. 5. THEMES: This is what astonished me the most; the subtle, devious, brilliantly convoluted game of cat-and-mouse ("moves and counter moves") played by President Snow, Plutarch Heavensbee, and Katniss Everdeen over the course of the film. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a thought-provoking and stimulating look at fascism, revolution, revolt, and the dangerous side effects of hope. Bravo for the decision to insert such smart material into a film of this calibre. On the whole, the cons of Catching Fire are few, and it's pros are many. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the blockbuster event of the year. 5 tributes out of 5.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Best Buy needs FAR better product details!!!!!!!!!

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      Chad
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      This is not a review of the movie, not really - those are a dime a dozen. The film sets up the next installment well, but wasn't entirely necessary on it's own, kind of like Potter 7. It's mostly just filler or padding, but fun nonetheless. The Blu-ray looked and sounded great in our dedicated HT. The extras weren't anything to get excited about. This review is really about the packaging, the inconsistency of Best Buy's exclusives and the abysmally lacking information provided on their site. It's a nice case, far more appealing than cheap plastic. One great thing about steelbooks is the lack of clutter on the artwork - no reviews and cast names plastered everywhere, no guady format banners running across the top, clashing with the art design. They are cases truely befitting the collector market. I was very disappointed to discover upon receipt of the item that Best Buy skimped on the disc count that standard release was getting and failed to mention such in the preorder details so that customers can make an informed buying decision, especially when their status quo with such exclusive packaging is to include everything from the regular release with it. Sadly, if you don't preorder these things, the limited quantities Best Buy sometimes orders, results in shortages, making it almost impossible to get the day of release, as was the case with Thor. As much as I like the case, I'm not sure it was worth paying more for, when you're losing a disc. Best Buy claims to be focusing their media sells online now. Yet, based on the amount of information they provide on many of their products, the lack of pictures, poor stock and not accepting orders when something is just temporarily OOS, they've got a lot of room to improve, if they hope to compete with dedicated etailers.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hunger Games Catching Adversity

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      wisdomseeker
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      I finally had a chance to watch Hunger Games Catching Fire yesterday. The Hunger Games Catching Fire movie definitely has me looking forward to watching the 2014 installment and the other movie that comes out later this year. It helps to watch the first Hunger Games installment because so much of the plot in Hunger Games Catching Fire is tied into what happened during the first movie. Hunger Games Catching Fire has Katnis Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) still coming to terms with how her life has changed. She is grappling with dealing with the pros and cons of being known as one of the game survivors and handling the complex relationship dynamics with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). To complicate matters, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) seems to want to do everything in his power to prevent Everdeen from being able to fully enjoy her life. As a matter of fact the only time Snow seems to have any heart is when it comes to his granddaughter (which doesn’t say much because even some of the most known evil people in real-life are known to at least show some semblance of humanity towards their own kids and/or grandchildren). I understand that Sutherland was only doing his job, I just found it jaw dropping how sinister he was required to be. For instance, one of Snow’s motives for wanting to target Everdeen has more to do with the hope that she brings rather than what she has done. There are a multitude of other famous celebrities that star in this movie as well (Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, the late Phillip Seymour, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and more). Music by Coldplay features at the end credits of Hunger Games Catching Fire.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Special Features could be better

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      thejamestrenda
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      The movie itself is great. I'm not sure if it's full-screen the entire time, but I do remember at least some of the movie goes full-screen (no black bars at the top). I'm pretty sure in the beginning there are black bars but I noticed it went full-screen at some point. Perhaps it was when they started using the IMAX cameras in the jungle, but then it seemed to stay in full-screen even after that. I have a plasma, so I hate black bars. The deleted scenes are not worth watching at all. The DVD only has the deleted scenes and the Divergent sneak peek for the special features. Obviously, the DVD doesn't have enough room for the rest. Having said that, the other special features on the blu-ray (the behind the scenes, "making of" stuff) is pretty extensive and you really get a fascinating look at all the work that went into making this film. I really enjoyed that part of the special features. I just wish there were more in terms of deleted scenes and gag reels and stuff like that. The Divergent sneak peak was pretty good, though. One other complaint is the cover art. It's very similar to the first movie. They don't really seem to put much thought into the cover art for these movies. I know they have a steel book version, but I honestly couldn't care less about the steel book. I prefer the paper slip covers for my blu-rays.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Watch it over and over again.

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      RLL9147
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      This is the warning offered to Katniss Everdeen by a frostily whiskered President Snow early in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to the 2012 franchise opener. But it works pretty well, too, as a critique of the first film and a promise that this one will be better. Which it is: better directed, better scripted, better cast. Perhaps most important, Catching Fire does a more faithful job of capturing the grim vision of Suzanne Collins’s source novels than its rather tepid predecessor. This movie feels hungry. To recap: Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is a resident of District 12, an impoverished mining province held in thrall by a remote and tyrannical Capitol. Every year, in punishment for a past rebellion, the Capitol requires all 12 districts under its rule to supply two teenage “tributes”—one girl and one boy—to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised, to-the-death tournament with only one survivor. In the previous movie, Katniss was selected to represent District 12 along with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), a sweet young baker who also happened to be in love with her. Pretending to love him back, Katniss succeeded in engineering a scenario whereby both she and Peeta were allowed to survive the Games.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An improvement over the first

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      Roguemaster
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      In this world, there was an uprising by the 13 Districts of Panem, a totalitarian nation which exists in place of North American nations. Why that is, I don't know. After District 13 was wiped out, the Capitol forced a surrender, and the Hunger Games were created to punish the Districts, who were then forced to offer up one male and female between ages 12-18 to fight to the death until only one was left. For the first time, there were two winners: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), and Peeta has major feelings for Katniss, whose heart may or may not belong to him. She has become a symbol of hope and rebellion in Panem, causing big problems for the Capitol. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) knows he can't simply kill her, so he announces the Quarter Quell, in which only past victors can be sent into the Games. The biggest problem I had with the first movie is the soundtrack. It's about teenagers trying to kill each other. You'd think that it would sound more exciting, but it wasn't. Still, Jennifer Lawrence is enough of a reason to watch. The story is told in a more bold fashion this time.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nice collectible case for a great movies

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      Elarcadia
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      I picked this up the week Best Buy was having the special price of $25 for both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire steel book editions. I enjoy both of these movies, so I would have paid full price, but $25 for both was an insanely good price. On top of that, both movies came with $8 off digital codes to go see Divergent via Fandango which I am planning on seeing, so really I got both movies for $9. I couldn't have asked for more when it came to the price. Catching Fire got all sorts of mixed reviews online, but from someone who read the book I think Lionsgate did a great job of adapting the book into a movie. It was exciting and flowed well, and followed the book in almost every aspect, give or take a few points. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one. In my opinion, it was even a little better than the first, so kudos to the actors and team for pulling off a great sequel. In all, I would highly recommend this product. On top of the great price and movie, the collectible steel book and extras are also a nice touch. If you have a Blu-Ray capable device, get on this pronto!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Just As Good As the First One

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      Rico16
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      An entertaining, meatier sequel detailing the lives of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and how the lives they are promised to have after surviving the "Hunger Games" quickly turns dour after the Capitol goes back on their word and instead focuses on taking over their lives and not leaving them be. This includes having them potentially involved somehow in the upcoming "Hunger Games". The beginning of the film is a flat-out nasty slice of satire on reality TV and how enamored the public is with the medium of television, especially when it involves a love story. The film is a little long for my liking, but the direction it takes in its final ten minutes is exciting and not expected at all given the situation these characters are thrown into. The acting is top-notch (especially Phillip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles), the art direction is simply amazing, and the story remains interesting and avoids being repetitive based on how it concludes. Overall, very watchable, and perhaps better than the first film.

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