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The Hunger Games (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence , Josh Hutcherson , Gary Ross  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks
  • Directors: Gary Ross
  • Writers: Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, Billy Ray
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9,838 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0084IG8TM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hunger Games" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1
• Feature Film

Disc 2
Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games Phenomenon
The World is Watching: Making the Hunger Games
• Letters from the Rose Garden
• Controlling the Games
• A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell
• Propaganda Film
• Marketing Archive

Editorial Reviews

Building on her performance as a take-no-prisoners teenager in Winter's Bone, Jennifer Lawrence portrays heroine Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross's action-oriented adaptation of author-screenwriter Suzanne Collins's young adult bestseller. Set in a dystopian future in which the income gap is greater than ever, 24 underprivileged youth fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest--but not too much, warns Panem president Snow (Donald Sutherland), because that would be "dangerous." Hailing from the same mining town, 16-year-olds Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right) represent District 12 with the help of escort Effie (an unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) and mentor Haymitch (a scene-stealing Woody Harrelson). At first they're adversaries, but a wary partnership eventually develops, though the rules stipulate that only one contestant can win. For those who haven't read the book, the conclusion is likely to come as a surprise. Before it arrives, Ross (Pleasantville) depicts a society in which the Haves appear to have stepped out of a Dr. Seuss book and the Have-Nots look like refugees from the WPA photographs of Walker Evans. It's an odd mix, made odder still by frenetic fight scenes where it's hard to tell who's doing what to whom. Fortunately, Lawrence and Hutcherson prove a sympathetic match in this crazy, mixed-up combination of Survivor, Lost, and the collected works of George Orwell. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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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.

Meet the Characters

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.


Product Description

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. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister's place and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she's pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared 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.

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1,026 of 1,330 people found the following review helpful
"Hunger Games" is certainly the best film I have seen since many many months, and it is a very successful adaptation of an excellent book.

In my personal opinion, both the book and the film are much deeper and much more ambitious, than what most critics and reviewers would make us believe. After reading the reviews in "New York Times", "Le Monde" and on "" (to cite only few) I was surprised that they mostly missed everything that is important in this film. With a kind of amused superiority, which people from Capitol in this movie would immediately recognize, the "professional" reviewers pointed at the obvious allusions to gladiator fights, the reality shows, the importance of trashy entertainment in today's TV, the search for a new franchise able to replace "Twilight", etc., etc.

But they almost entirely failed to see, that this film is first and above all about much more important things: how to keep hope, not lose the courage and preserve humanity and dignity under a totalitarian oppressive regime.

I believe that almost everybody now knows that when writing "Hunger Games" Susan Collins attempted basically a modern (even futurist) retelling of the old Greek myth of Theseus and Minotaur. According to this ancient tale, after losing a war, every year the city of Athens had to send a tribute of seven young men and seven maidens to the king of Crete. Once there the young people were locked in the Labyrinth, to be devoured by the monster Minotaur. This yearly punishment and humiliation lasted until Theseus, crown prince of Athens, volunteered to be one of the tributes and once locked in the Labyrinth he defeated and killed the Minotaur.

In "Hunger Games" what was once United States (and I think also Canada) is now called the Panem.
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216 of 295 people found the following review helpful
Director Gary Ross's version of Suzanne Collins's HUNGER GAMES manages to sanitize the entire concept of kids-killing-kids in order to produce a PG-13 blockbuster that's sure to rake in the big bucks. But what was devastating and heart-wrenching in the novel is glossed over and prettified here, leaving me feeling none of the emotional impact I experienced in reading the book.

[**SPOILER WARNING** I'm assuming readers are familiar with the novel, so some plot elements will be discussed in this review.]

Don't get me wrong, this is a slick and well-made film, with plenty of action and a sensational performance from Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen. The settings are well done, especially the Capitol in all its crazy-colored chic-ness and over-the-top luxury. District 12, the poorest district in Panem, is believably presented as well, complete with starving people dressed in rags and walking like zombies to their depressing jobs. The scene of the "Reaping" is chillingly done, and the scenes of Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) getting primped and trained in the Capitol hit perfect satiric notes (it's all so "reality TV," which is what makes it all so believable).

What doesn't work are the scenes of the Games themselves. From the start, Ross misses the mark. When the Games are seconds from beginning, the 24 teens are standing in a semi-circle, staring down at weapons and backpacks strewn about around the Cornucopia as they wait for the countdown to hit zero. We need to feel what they're feeling. We need to feel their terror, their horror, and yes, even their excitement. But Ross doesn't let us feel any of that.
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235 of 330 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book to flick. April 24, 2012
I enjoyed this movie. Yes, I've read the books. People will always be upset because things are always missing from the story when you take a book and transfer it to film. I thought it was done well. Other people didn't understand the concept. This is a trilogy, you're not supposed to learn everything in the first book. Everything will come together, and there will be more understanding. Overall, it was a great representation of the book, in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action flick January 17, 2014
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Book characters well matched with actors/actresses. Quick changes in settings and action. Kept my interest, only draw back was I felt movie was a bit too long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie January 17, 2014
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Read the book and loved the movie. It could happen to us in the future, you never know. My next cat will be named Katness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what mom thinks about this movie January 16, 2014
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Great movie...the killings were very tastefully filmed. Not a lot of gore thank goodness when it came to killing people for sport. Looking forward to seeing second movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique! January 7, 2014
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Credible. Plausible, but no real evidence for such a season, YET! Could this happen? My answer is YES! Throughout the film I was reminded of a book from long before in my past that has a similar impact- Lord of the Flies. This film is captivating in a way most others from Hollywood are not, and will leave you thinking about it for weeks after, and wanting for more..
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2.0 out of 5 stars SPOILERS AHEAD!! December 30, 2013
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How could an otherwise talented director take the most nail-biting, adrenaline-pumping, edge-of-your-seat story and turn it into one of the dullest, anti-climactic movies ever? The following are just a few of the wasted opportunities that made this one of the worst adaptations ever.

Katniss’s private session with the gamemakers. Dull. This was an excellent opportunity for some excitement. In the book, she shoulder rolls forward, lands on one knee and shoots out a light that explodes in a firework of sparks before she shoots the apple out of the pig’s mouth. This could have been a rockin’ scene with rockin’ music. Instead, they removed all the action, and lingered far too long on Katniss’s face as she stares at the gamemakers who are ignoring her. Ironically, the following scene where they discuss what she did was actually more engaging and entertaining.

The mockingjay pin. Wasted opportunity. “Here Prim, take this piece of tin I found at the flea market. It has mystical powers that will keep you safe.” Yet, five minutes after Prim puts it on, she gets picked at the reaping! How’s that for a bad omen? Is it too much to ask that the filmmakers put a little thought into the token that not only represents District 12 and Katniss, but the very movie itself? How about giving its origin some significance and not ladle it with bad mojo?

The Reaping. Dull and another wasted opp. The Reaping scene is just dull, and it’s not clear that the people’s refusal to applaud is a huge form of rebellion. If only they had shown us a couple of glimpses of other districts’ reapings, shown how the people are forced to applaud, perhaps at gunpoint, thus making the rebellious silence of District 12 more palpable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could our country end up like this?
I liked this action-futuristic drama for its unusual theme, suspense, & action. It is an interesting representation on how people might react in stressful situations they have no... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Connie Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie is very true to the book
I read the trilogy before the movies came out and loved the books. I was skeptical that the movie would catch the mood of the books and was ready for liberties to be taken with the... Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Sylvr
1.0 out of 5 stars Hunger Games more like Blunder Games.
Hunger Games falls short as it jumps back and forth like a child with diagnosed ADHD on a sugar high, skipping scenes and going to kids pawing at each other then BLUR away for the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars # 1
Very well played , have watched at least 20 times ...... Do get this set , has a lot of action in it .
Published 11 hours ago by Louise E. Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Second time through and still good
EXCELLENT, even though it was the second time around. looking forward to watching the second episode.
I'd recommend it.
Published 16 hours ago by William Tembey
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting
I waited a long time before I decided to watch this movie. I love the story the acting is alright.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you think its not for you... You are wrong
I disregarded this movie because I didn't think it would be something I would find interesting. I was so wrong. This movie is fun and full of entertainment. Watch it...
Published 16 hours ago by Paula Larue
5.0 out of 5 stars grilpping,exciting
great movie, loved the action and acting not bad. i would recommend.loved it what more can I say want to see the next one
Published 19 hours ago by Paris Gentzler
4.0 out of 5 stars Jackie's Review
The movie was great. I really enjoyed the suspense. I did not like the fact that they used kids to act some of the role.
Published 19 hours ago by stephen reid
5.0 out of 5 stars better than I thought it would be
Usually when I read a book and then see the movie, the movie leaves a lot to be desired. I wasn't interested in this movie as I thought it would be too gory, and it was long. Read more
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