We had the opportunity to take an advance look at the DVD/BluRay options available from Target, Walmart and Best Buy. We wanted to share our thoughts on the packaging, extras, and our thoughts on each retailer’s version.
All three versions had many of the same extras. We’ll share some information on those here, before we get into each of the individual disc details. Included in all versions of the DVD/BluRay, there are everyone’s favorite, DELETED SCENES. Also featured is commentary from director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson in which they give a LOT of BTS information you otherwise would have never known! Lastly, if you are an initiate, you will love the Divergent 10-minute sneak peak!
We get some pretty cool deleted scenes on the DVD in the set, including the one that was released as a teaser where Finnick teaches Katniss a thing or 2 about tying knots! Among others is a scene from the Hob, an intense scene with Katniss and her family, and my favorite, a VERY interesting scene with Plutarch Heavensbee that would have strange to see how it may have changed the film a bit! These are must watch scenes!
Francis Lawrence and Nina Jacobson comment through the whole film and give us some crazy cool BTS information! They talk about what scenes were moved or slightly adjusted from the book, what scenes were exactly the same. Nina talk’s Buttercup and joke that Deb the casting director will no longer receive death threats over the cat LOL! Moving further into the film we learn lines or scenes that were semi improvised and ended up working, we learn some scenes that nearly didn’t make it into the film, and some filming Oops! moments! Like Josh Hutcherson’s pants ripping during a ‘romantic’ moment! You have to watch the commentary on your favorite scenes, you never know what you will learn! I loved hearing the commentary during my favorite scenes (when Peeta almost dies by electrocution and Snow and Finnick learn her love for Peeta is in fact, real).
“Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire” Documentary (BluRay Exclusive)
This was a real joy to watch. Considering I run a fansite, I really want every bit of information on the book-to-film process. In addition to the commentary, this is the place to go. Not a detail is overlooked, from how the producers moved forward after losing director Gary Ross and choosing the cast, to the production and costume design and visual effects. It’s a treat to sit back and enjoy this documentary, which includes interviews with producers, director, actors, and other contributors such as costume designer, makeup artists, effects artists and more. Carve out a couple of hours to watch this special, you won’t regret it.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Target 3 Disc BluRay Combo Pack including DVD & Digital HD Ultraviolet
Having seen and been through all of the special edition Catching Fire DVD’s and Blu-Ray, I have to start by saying the Target edition is my favorite, from the packaging to the features. The image on the cover is my FAVORITE image out of all the posters from the film, and has this red fire theme. The package is like a book, and when you open it there are pages, each one with a different image (Katniss, then Peeta, Then Finnick, then Gale) and each page includes a Disc!
You get both the DVD & Blu-Ray of Catching Fire so you have options! Also the special 3rd disc DVD if filled with 3 separate 30-40 min Featurette’s/BTS footage/cast interviews.
3rd Disc Special Features
In The Alliance, we revisit our favorite characters still alive from the last Hunger Games and coming back for Catching Fire. Josh, Jen, Liam, Francis, and even Nina Jacobson and more are interviewed. Surprisingly, Nina’s commentary on all of her lead actors is actually really awesome and not boring, as commentary from people behind the camera can be. That’s why we love her, she loves the books and film as much as we do.She explains how Jen’s head hasn’t grown an inch since her fame, how Gale has grown as character, and my favorite, WE GET A LOT OF KATNISS/PEETA JOSH/JEN footage and BTS information. Its awesome watching our favorites transition into Catching Fire from the Hunger Games.
Friend or Foe
In Friend or Foe, we learn more details about casting the new cast members, especially the important ones such as Finnick and Plutarch. They explain how Sam put up with A LOT to get through and finally be cast, while Jena was game over the minute they saw her. A very sweet part of this section is the part where Plutarch Heavensbee is discussed, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman speaks about taking on the role. I am appreciative we have those words from him and they alone are worth the WHOLE Collector’s Edition. In the background of all of this there is a lot of BTS filming footage which is awesome!
In One Vision, we are guided through the importance of keeping the film as close to the book as possible. Francis explains how he was do drawn to Suzanne’s vision of the consequences of war, and it was so important to him to uphold her voice in the film. The producer’s, the cast, the casting directors, everyone knew this was the most important piece. Francis tells us what he feels is the most important catching Fire scene, Jennifer reflects on Katniss’s new role in Catching Fire, and once again we are treated to BTS footage in the background!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Walmart DVD & Digital Ultraviolet 2-Movie Set (Includes original The Hunger Games disc)
The cardboard sleeve for this two-disc set features a lenticular image, which, depending on which angle you are seeing it from, features a fiery Katniss or the Catching Fire mockingjay logo roaring with flames. While the set does not include the third disc that the Target version has, the bonus for this is you also receieve a copy of The Hunger Games. This is a great purchase for a newcomer to the series that needs both, or if you have already worn out your copy of The Hunger Games, and need a replacement DVD.
Because this set does not include a BluRay, it does not feature the 2 hour Making of Catching Fire documentary, which is a great documentary to have in your collection. However, if you don’t have a BluRay, you won’t be hurting with this set!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Buy BluRay Steelbook & Digital HD Ultraviolet
Best Buy’s steelbook packaging is very sturdy (and good for if you have kids, like me), and has a cold and industrial look to it, much like some of the districts of Panem. The front of the steelbook is the only version I’ve seen that features Peeta along with Katniss. The duo are decked out in their arena uniforms with a mockingjay in the background. The back of the steelbook features a fiery mockingjay. The packaging also includes an $8 Fandango Cash offer, good toward a ticket to see Divergent in theaters March 21, 2014. I’d say the advantage to this particular version is the alternate image on the cover and the pretty cool steelbook.
In addition, we are excited be giving away a copy of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Download! One lucky winner will receive their very own copy!
Rules to enter:
1) Contest ends Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm.
2) Contest open to U.S./Canada residents only
3) Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be notified.
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