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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I volunteer as tribute!"
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...
Published on April 4 2012 by E. A Solinas

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1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but digital copy does not work in Canada
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...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but digital copy does not work in Canada, Oct. 23 2013
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Matthew West "progjam" (Atlantic Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Hunger Games [2-Disc DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual) (DVD)
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the US version of the DVD, not the Canadian., Nov. 15 2013
This review is from: The Hunger Games [2-Disc DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual) (DVD)
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I volunteer as tribute!", April 4 2012
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Rome in a Modern Technological Setting, March 23 2014
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Moodywoody (Ottawa, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Hunger Games [2-Disc DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual) (DVD)
The Hunger Games is a very good movie. Exceptional production, directing, and acting along with great writing. This is an easy film to view.

The Hunger Games is a modern version of the gladiator arena of ancient Rome, whereas in this case the participants are mostly unwilling and our put forward as a "tribute" to the capital, almost like a ritual sacrifice, by the twelve districts that provide the capital with its wealth and labour. But unlike other films of centre on violence, this film is somewhat different in that the violence really serves as a background to the complex character development and emotional story lines of the characters in the film.

Jennifer Lawrence is terrific in this film. Her performance is actually quite powerful, and consequently unforgettable.

Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nov. 2 2014
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I loved the acting and skill demonstrated by Jennifer Lawrence in this movie of torture reminiscent of ancient demon leaders who have to frequently reassure themselves of their power and their tyrant self image. While it is bewildering as to how they could have filmed some parts of this movie, it is even more despicable that they did.

I have to give 90 % of the movie's success to Jennifer Lawrence, and only 10% to all of the rest who created and produced this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good movie but too short, Oct. 16 2014
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It's a good movie but too short. One minute you're up to your eyeballs in action, the next minute it's over. Clearly they want you to look forward to the next movies for closure but they could have done it in a way that the audience didn't feel a huge part of the movie was left on the editing floor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as the original movie but sequels seldomly are, July 11 2014
Not as great as the original movie but sequels seldomly are! Still enjoyed it and it is a great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 3 2014
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Gabriel Daniel (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Très bon service et produit.
Merci,
Gabriel Daniel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 1 2014
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Good item
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great quality, June 29 2014
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Great movie, great quality.
This is one of my favorite movies so I had to buy it on blu-ray.. and the price made it even better. Shipping was very fast, it actually arrived sooner than it was supposed to.
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