27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2013
Just a warning to others about this particular edition. The digital copy does not work in Canada. It is US-only. I now have a disappointed kid. I bought this edition specifically to get the digital copy for her laptop. When I entered the code I got an error message that the code could be used only in the US. The other problem with this being a US version is that the audio tracks are English and Spanish, not English and French, so the description of the product is wrong.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2013
This is the US version of the DVD, not the Canadian.
The Digital Download only works on a US iTunes account or a US Ultraviolet account. The code may also not be valid after August 18, 2013.
The second language is also not French, but Spanish.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
FIRST OFF: i don't know why people are reporting that the DIGITAL CODE doesn't work for canada…. MY CODE WORKED ON ITUNES CANADA… i purchased my copy of this EXACT dvd as pictured on amazon FROM AMAZON! perhaps the people reporting this didn't buy theirs from amazon (seller)? anyways DIGITAL CODE FOR CANADA DOES WORK "if u are buying it from AMAZON" at least
NOW: about the movie? it was ODD, it was just something i never could of imagined someone would come up with, the things people could do to one another, and making it out to be entertainment in the process… is quite sad
i knew absolutely nothing about this series at the time of purchase, i had only briefly googled it to see how many movies there were so i would be sure to be buying all the related movies as i had purchased MOCKINGJAY… didn't even know there was 2 movies made prior to it
anyways good movie, a bit twisted if u ask me, but nevertheless i would re-watch it again, and it was definitely worth the price
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Every year, twenty-four teenage "tributes" are brought to the Capitol of Panem, and sent out into the arena to kill each other on live TV. Only one will survive.
This chilling premise is at the center of "The Hunter Games," a brilliant, powerful movie adapted from the first book of Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy. It's a slow-burning thriller twined with some barbed satire (reality TV!) and an oppressive government -- but at heart, it's an uplifting story about a young woman fighting to be free.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) lives in the impoverished District 12, hunting food to provide for her mother and her beloved little sister Prim (Willow Shields). But on the day of the reaping, Prim is selected. And Katniss does something no one else has done -- she volunteers to go instead. Along with the male tribute, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), she is swept away to the Capitol.
Once there, the tributes are pampered, tutored, styled and turned into celebrities -- until they're released into the arena, and start killing each other to survive. Katniss must evade murderous gangs, traps, and genetically engineered beasts.
But because Peeta publicly declared his love for Katniss, the audience has taken a shine to the impoverished young "lovers" and are rooting for them to triumph. But if both Katniss and Peeta are to survive, they must learn how to play the game that the gamemakers and polticians are playing -- and use the Hunger Games against them.
I'm not sure why so many people compare "The Hunger Games" to the Twilight movies, because it literally has everything that "Twilight" does not. It has plenty of action, adventure, a subtle romance, and some barbed social commentary -- and it has a raw, passionate quality that easily matches its strong-willed heroine.
The movie also shows us what a rotten place Panem is, whether it's the sleek, colorful superficiality of the Capitol or the faded squalor of District 12. But "Hunger Games" is at its best when it's in the forests of the arena -- there's a primal, wild quality to Katniss' adventures there, tempered with tenderer moments (such as when she cares for the gravely wounded Peeta).
The romance with Peeta is also refreshingly uncliched, leaving the audience unsure of how much of their love was for the audience's benefit (although we glimpse some flickers of real love between them). The biggest problems are that a lot of the violence seems rather toned down, and the shakycam becomes rather annoying at times.
But Jennifer Lawrence does an excellent job bringing Katniss to life, imbuing her with strength, fear, brains and a fiery temper -- exactly what the "girl on fire" needs to have. Josh Hutcherson is equally good as Peeta, and there are a string of great performances by Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks and Amandla Stenberg. There's a lot of passion in even the minor actors' performances.
"The Hunger Games" successfully mingles dystopian sci-fi, romance and a tale of rebellion, giving us a brilliantly raw, passionate movie. A must-see.
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.
on December 14, 2014
Note that this is not a review of the shipping speed or the quality of the movie (which are both great):
It's an okay movie, the makers of this movie didn't have too big a budget, and it really shows sometimes, but they took a chance on a story from a book, and it's pretty good. There is some annoying tropes in this movie, like love triangles (this is just slightly annoying because of my hatred for the Twilight series). Pretty basic DVD setup with some special features. It's a good movie that's a tad-overrated. Only recommend you getting this if you were planning on getting the next movie, which is just so much better.