Lionsgate has announced that The Hunger Games will be available on home video on August 18.
I haven’t read the books, by Suzanne Collins, or seen the movie, but I still want to root for it to do big business, because it makes it very obvious how much a lie the idea that “women can’t star in action films” is. Jennifer Lawrence grabs the viewer’s eye whenever she’s on-screen, and the supporting cast, which includes Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, and Woody Harrelson, is pretty impressive, too.
The movie has already made almost $400 million domestically (actually $392) and $650 million worldwide. In case you somehow missed out on the premise of the film, here’s a trailer:
Lionsgate, for some reason, doesn’t do combo packs, so each edition is two discs, either Blu-ray ($39.99 suggested price) or DVD ($30.98), plus a digital copy. The highlight of the special features is an eight-part documentary, “The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games”, that covers the film’s creation plus fan reactions. There are also featurettes on
- “Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenom”
- “Letters from the Rose Garden” — Donald Sutherland on the development of his role as President Snow
- “Controlling the Games”, about the game control center
- “A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell”
Plus an archive of marketing material and the “Propaganda Film (in its entirety)”. I assume you know what that is if you’ve seen the movie.
Thankfully, Lionsgate also doesn’t stuff the Blu-ray with exclusives; the only extra not on the DVD set is “Preparing for The Games: A Director’s Process”, which “looks at the progression of taking three key scenes from the book to the screen.”