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March 7, 2014 DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and exclusives

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May the odds be ever in your favor when The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return to ignite a revolution in the blockbuster second film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Directed by Francis Lawrence, it is based on the best-selling second novel of Suzanne Collins’ award-winning trilogy, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn. The film features a critically-acclaimed cast that includes Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Emmy nominee Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland as President Coriolanus Snow -- all reprising their original roles from the first film. The impressive line-up is joined by newcomers Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jeffrey Wright as Beetee Latier, Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Amanda Plummer as Wiress and Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair. The song “Atlas” by Coldplay was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture.

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Following Katniss and Peeta’s victory in The Hunger Games, they return home to Panem’s District 12 shortly before being whisked away on a “Victory Tour” through the districts. Leaving behind their loved ones once again, they witness a rebellion simmering that may have been sparked by them. President Snow also senses the growing defiance against the Capitol and warns Katniss that her family and others will be harmed if she and Peeta do not convince everyone during the tour her actions in the Games were only out of genuine love for Peeta -- hoping that will quell the uprisings. However, the plan does not work even after Katniss and Peeta announce their engagement.

As the unrest intensifies despite the arrival of the Peacekeepers, Snow announces a special 75th Hunger Games, the deadly Third Quarter Quell, to remind the districts of what the consequences are for rebelling against the Capitol. For this special event, one female and one male tribute from each district will be selected from previous victors. At the reaping in District 12, Katniss is the only female victor and has no choice but to return to the arena once again. Katniss and Peeta’s mentor Haymitch Abernathy is selected, but Peeta volunteers to take his place. As Katniss vows to ensure Peeta’s survival, Peeta likewise will do anything to protect Katniss. While they prepare for the Games, Haymitch advises them that the tributes are angry at being returned to the Games and they must make allies if they want to survive. As the Games begin and the killing starts all over again, a reminder of “who the real enemy is” sets in motion actions that will change Panem forever.

The DVD and Blu-ray special features include deleted scenes, audio commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson and a sneak peek at Divergent. Exclusive to Blu-ray is “Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire,” a 9-part feature-length documentary.

Cast:

  • Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
  • Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
  • Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
  • Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
  • Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
  • Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee
  • Jeffrey Wright as Beetee Latier
  • Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
  • Donald Sutherland as President Coriolanus Snow
  • Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith
  • Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair
  • Jena Malone as Johanna Mason
  • Lynn Cohen as Mags
  • Amanda Plummer as Wiress
  • Meta Golding as Enobaria
  • Bruno Gunn as Brutus
  • Alan Ritchson as Gloss
  • Stephanie Leigh Schlund as Cashmere
  • E. Roger Mitchell as Chaff
  • Maria Howell as Seeder
  • Willow Shields as Primrose "Prim" Everdeen
  • Paula Malcomson as Mrs. Everdeen
  • Nelson Ascencio as Flavius
  • Bruce Bundy as Octavia
  • Patrick St. Esprit as Romulus Thread

DVD Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
  • Deleted Scenes:
    o The Hob - Scene 8 (00:21)
    o Train Station - Scene 62 (00:23)
    o A Wrinkle - Scene 81 (01:42)
    o Switching Envelopes - Scene 84 (01:04)
    o Finnick Ties The Knot - Scene 119 (00:56)
  • Sneak Peek of Divergent

Blu-ray Special Features:
Includes all DVD Special Features plus:

  • Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire – 9-part feature-length documentary:
    o A New Kind of Hunger - Continuing the Saga (10:58)
    o Visual Vocabulary: Building a World (12:52)
    o Stirring Things Up: The Cast (17:52)
    o Fashion Forward: Make-Up, Costume and Hair (16:34)
    o Let It Fly: Production in Atlanta (15:09)
    o Moves and Countermoves: Stunts and Weapons (19:43)
    o Tick Tock: Production in Hawaii (14:26)
    o Threading the Needle: Post-Production (27:31)
    o The Revolution Lives: Reflections and Look Forward (09:06)

Exclusives:

Check out the slideshow to see what the exclusives look like.

USA

  • Best Buy - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray SteelBook. Also releasing on the same day is the Best Buy exclusive The Hunger Games Blu-ray SteelBook. Both include $8 Divergent Fandango Cash. Pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray SteelBook in-store and get a free LED key chain flashlight, which projects the image of Katniss's signature mockingjay bird.
  • F.Y.E. - Pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and receive a two-sided Catching Fire poster plus a single-sided Divergent poster.
  • Target - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 3-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack with booklet and 45 minutes of exclusive content including: “One Vision” (A Faithful Adaptation) - Translating Suzanne Collin’s source material to the big screen; “The Alliance” (Returning Cast) - An inside look at the close-knit relationships of the returning actors; and “Friend or Foe” (New Cast) - Finding the perfect embodiments of the new characters. Pre-order and get a free fabric poster (40.0 " H x 30.0 " W; a $9.99 value).
  • Walmart - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / The Hunger Games 2-Movie Set, available on DVD (with UltraViolet Digital Copy) and Blu-ray (with UltraViolet Digital Copy).

Australia
Release Date: March 19, 2014

  • JB Hi-Fi - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray with lenticular cover and exclusive bonus featurettes: “The Alliance” - An inside look at the close-knit relationships of the returning actors; “Friend or Foe” - Finding the perfect embodiments of the new characters; “One Vision” - Translating Suzanne Collin’s source material to the big screen; and “Inside District 12: The Hob” - A look at the citizens of District 12.

Canada
Release Date: March 7, 2014

France
Release Date: March 27, 2014

Germany
Release Date: March 27, 2014

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Fan Edition Digipak with movie poster and booklet, available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Japan
Release Date: April 18, 2014

United Kingdom
Release Date: March 17, 2014

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Limited Edition Triple Play Blu-ray SteelBook with DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy.
  • Amazon.co.uk - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Limited Numbered Deluxe Edition with: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on DVD and Blu-ray; The Hunger Games on DVD and Blu-ray; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire extra content on Blu-ray; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire original soundtrack; and eight art cards. Additional 45 minutes of exclusive content includes: “One Vision” (A Faithful Adaptation) - Translating Suzanne Collin’s source material to the big screen; “The Alliance” (Returning Cast) - An inside look at the close-knit relationships of the returning actors; and “Friend or Foe” (New Cast) - Finding the perfect embodiments of the new characters.
  • HMV - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray Digipak with exclusive sleeve art and art cards available in stores.

Best Deals:

Best Prices:

DVD (includes UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $14.99 at Toys R Us, $15.99 at Amazon.com, Target, $16.96 at Walmart stores, $17.99 at Best Buy, Walmart.com

Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $18.96 at Walmart stores, $19.99 at Amazon.com, Target, $22.96 at Walmart.com, $24.99 at Best Buy

Best Buy exclusive The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray SteelBook - $22.99

Best Buy exclusive The Hunger Games Blu-ray SteelBook - $17.99

Target exclusive 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack with booklet and bonus disc - $22.99

Walmart exclusive The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / The Hunger Games 2-Movie DVD Set (includes UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $19.96 in stores, $24.96 online

Walmart exclusive The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / The Hunger Games 2-Movie Blu-ray Set (includes UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $24.96 in stores, $29.96 online

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