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Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Blu-ray] [Import]

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  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B008JFUS8M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,828 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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When it comes to blockbuster franchises, the first sequel frequently offers pumped-up versions of the initial thrills--to diminishing results. Catching Fire, however, the second adaptation drawn from Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy, defies that trend with more finely drawn relationships. With the 74th Games in the history books, Katniss (Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, as comfortable in warrior garb as in designer couture) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, better than ever) set out on a victory tour across Panem with Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) and Effie (Elizabeth Banks). Despite her best efforts to feign romance with her co-competitor and to keep posttraumatic stress at bay, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) fears that Katniss's defiant nature will incite rebellion, so he takes a tip from new gamemaker Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and launches a Quarter Quell in which past champions, such as the hilariously bitter Johanna (Jena Malone) and the deceptively arrogant Finnick (Sam Claflin), will fight to the death. Not all tributes are quite so young, like Mags (Lynn Cohen), a senior citizen who suits up for battle and establishes a touching bond with Finnick (Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer play the craftiest teammates). Until the cliffhanger ending, director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) serves up an array of splendors, from killer baboons to the ever-amazing outfits of Effie and Caesar (Stanley Tucci). Most significantly, the script from cowriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) strengthens the bonds between Katniss and Peeta and Gale (Liam Hemsworth), who prove themselves more worthy than ever of Katniss's affections. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Synopsis

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

Recap of The Hunger Games

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she’s pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

About the Author

SUZANNE COLLINS first made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles for middle grade readers. Her debut for readers aged 12 and up, The Hunger Games was an instant bestseller, appealing to both teen readers and adults. It has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 180 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years since publication. Suzanne Collins also had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. In 2010 Collins was named to the TIME 100 list as well as the Entertainment Weekly Entertainers of the Year list. In 2011 Fast Company named her to their 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Praise for Catching Fire: The Novel Behind the Movie

#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction Book of 2009
A People Magazine (Top 10) Best Book of 2009
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
A Los Angeles Times Best Children's Book of 2009
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009
A Booklist Editors' Choice 2009
A Kirkus Best Book of 2009
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Meet the Characters of The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen

The Tribute who becomes a heroine when she volunteers to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games.

Peeta Mellark

The male Tribute from District 12, who has long harbored secret feelings for Katniss.

Gale Hawthorne

Katniss’s fellow hunter, rebel and best friend, who is heartbroken when she volunteers and departs for the Games.

Haymitch Abernathy

Victor of the 50th Hunger Games, now the rarely sober mentor for Katniss and Peeta.

Effie Trinket

Katniss’s elaborately-coiffed escort and PR handler for the Games.


Katniss’s personal Stylist for the Games who becomes her unexpected confidante and supporter.


--This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Format: Blu-ray
Liked first movie the Hunger Games though not hugely impressed. For me seemed derivative of reality tv, and lust for fame so epidemic among reality show participants, consumer society, and the use of tv to manipulate and control perceptions. At the time I was fed up with reality tv, the fault perhaps being mine rather than the movie's for how I received it.

Put me in mind of Oliver Stone's movie Natural Born Killers, keen satire on consumerism and how death somehow becomes entertainment, villains become icons, a great movie which coincidentally stars Woody Harrelson.

I remember thinking how much I loved Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods out at the same time. A group of young people in remote cabin on a weekend unaware they are on a reality show and slowly being killed off in creative and horrifying ways for ratings. The theme is a little similar, and it's a brilliant movie inspired by Sam Raimi's horror classic The Evil Dead.

Time passes, views change, upon the good word of some friends I decided to go see Catching Fire, and glad I did. I had not seen Jennifer Lawrence in a movie for almost a year, since before she won the Academy Award, and had forgotten how good she is. Have to admit that I like this movie way more than the first in the series, and will definitely go see the next one.

For one thing, the sequel moves from being a simple action movie, to still having action yet being more of a character driven piece. Katniss is told she will never have to fight again, yet despite ratings success of Hunger Games natives restless for reform, now surviving tributes admired by the public for their fighting skills viewed by President Snow as threat.
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Catching Fire is the rare sequel that surpassss the original. The problems and issues are raised higher as are the stakes and an awful sense of dread propelles not just Katniss, Peeta and others to begin to rebel, but the other tributes as well. It follows closely to the source material with a few notable sequences removed which I don't really care about. The ending leaves you wanting more and you know the next two movies will involve an epic battle of tremendous proportions (which I know because I read the books). Highly recommended. This one movie is better than the Host, Mortal Instruments, Percy Jackson and all of Twilight combined. Jennifer Lawrence does more Oscar worthy acting in one sentence than Kristen Stewart did in all four Twilight movies and would need to be in another six do even be considerd Oscar worthy. Bow down to the real successor of the Harry Potter series.
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I'm not really into "the next part movies" because it means you are always buying something else - But - the price of this and to my door (mailbox) I am a very happy customer. I have found my BEST partner in Amazon.ca - Please DO NOT ever change your customer service! I have bragged to the place I USED to buy my shows from (Walmart, Peace River) & they didn't care - WELL - that's going to cost them thousands over the next couple of years - Amazon, through your idea & web of suppliers - I almost EVERYTIME find WHAT I am looking for & at the PRICE I am looking for - and this was no exception - Great show, Great Delivery, Great Product!
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As it turns out the Hunger Games was not berry good for the empire as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has inspired hope and rebellion. Instead of just killing her, they have changed the rules ( see Jonathan "Roller Ball") and devised a new Hunger Game of past contestants. The game is stacked against her as contestants must battle the elements more than each other.

The beginning of the film lacks the crazy action of the second half, but it is theme driven for the true sci-fi fan. Katniss is a hero, but as she says, "By killing people." In those 3 simple words. Katniss who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, conveys the perplexity of war heroes with a moral conscience. The film also touches on the power of celebrity as they "never get off this train: and the trouble they cause if the don't "stick to the script." The culture is set up similar to the Roman Empire where bread and circus' s keep the masses in check and where Romans "Eat to puke and puke to eat." Katniss, is a hero because her compassion expresses in all of us the person we want to be. As such it is easy for her to gain allies.

The film contains all the elements of an ideal cult classic complete with theme, special effects, drama, top stars, and a touch of light humor.

I do not recommend watching this film if you haven't seen the first one (or read the books) as it doesn't recap.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is presented on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p encode: in 1.78:1 (48 minutes filmed with IMAX camera for the Hunger Games sequences) and 2.40:1 (for all other sequences). This sequel is perhaps appropriately an even darker, moodier experience than the first film, with deep, shaded scenes making up the bulk of the film. Contrast is very strong and shadow detail remains strong throughout the film. Colours have been graded fairly aggressively throughout the film. The intensity in the movie's colors is something to behold. With vibrantly bold primaries, the colour palette really radiates off the screen. Close-ups are full of fantastic detail, down to President Snow's errant beard hairs. This transfer recreates the original theatrical experience exceedingly well. (4.5/5)


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire features an incredibly well detailed, bombastic and immersive lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix. All channels are regularly employed with a wealth of well done foley effects and score. Crowd noises spill through the side and surround channels on regular occasions. Up front dialogue is always clean, always clear. Whispers are heard perfectly. This soundtrack gives us an immersive experience. (5/5)


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has an estimated budget of $130 million, but in return has a worldwide gross of $828 million. It is the 4th Highest Worldwide gross film in 2013: 1) Frozen ($1,027 million), Despicable Me 2 ($970 million) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($944 million). In North America, it was the highest grossing movie of 2013, and also the first film with a sole female lead to top the annual box office since The Exorcist (1973).
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