You can imagine how happy our family was to get a sneak peek at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this past week before it is released on Blu-ray in the stores on March 7th.  We sat down for a fun family movie night to check it out.

We absolutely loved this movie!  The first one was good, but I thought this sequel was more intense and action packed.  I loved the new characters and the challenges Katniss and Peeta face after winning the Hunger Games.  They must go on a Victory Tour where they realized they might have sparked a rebellion.  This has consequences and they find themselves in an unprecedented 75th Hunger Games.  This is a great movie and one your older kids will really enjoy!  The Blu-ray packs in some seriously great extra features, too, which fans of the movie will love.  It was also great to see a highly anticipated Divergent trailer in the combo pack!

As Catching Fire is released tomorrow, there are special fan events planned for late tonight into tomorrow to celebrate! Meet the cast members from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire film as they sign copies at Walmart at these locations in celebration of Lionsgate’s home entertainment release of the movie on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital HD, VOD and Pay-Pery-View March 6 at 11 pm leading up to the midnight release March 7th! Once the clock hits midnight more than 2,000 Walmart stores will celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release with special giveaways.  This sounds so fun and look at that, there is one in New Jersey!

Orange County, California
Who: Willow Shields (“Primrose Everdeen”)
Where: Walmart
2300 N Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92865
When: Thursday, March 6
Signing: 11pm – 1 am
Chicago Area, Illinois 
Who: Meta Golding (“Enobaria”) and Bruno Gunn (“Brutus”)
Where: Walmart
1100 S. Randall Road.
Elgin, IL 60123
When: Thursday, March 6
Signing: 11pm – 1 am
Secaucus, New Jersey 
Who: Stephanie Leigh Schlund (“Cashmere”) and Lynn Cohen (“Mags”)
Where: Walmart
400 Park Place
Secaucus, NJ 07094
When: Thursday, March 6
Signing: 11pm – 1 am

More about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:

The blockbuster second film of The Hunger Games franchise that took the world by storm ignites once again when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View Friday, March 7 from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF).  Academy Award® winning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence (2012’s Silver Linings Playbook) headlines the all-star cast in this action-adventure which became the #1 movie of 2013 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office.  The first film with a female lead to top the annual box office since 1973, the film has grossed nearly $420 million at the North American box office and over $850 million worldwide to date. 

The second installment of the worldwide phenomenon is packed with over two hours of extensive, must-see bonus materials that include a Blu-ray-exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, “Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire,” deleted scenes, an audio commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson as well as a sneak peek at the highly-anticipated theatrical action film Divergent from Lionsgate’s Summit label. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

Hailed as “a monumental achievement” (The Playlist), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire features a critically-acclaimed cast including Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson (The People vs Larry Flynt, 1996), Emmy® nominee Elizabeth Banks (TV’s “30 Rock”), Lenny Kravitz (Precious), Academy Award® nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, 2009) and Golden Globe® winner Donald Sutherland (Path to War), reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games. The impressive line-up is joined by Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, 2005), Jeffrey Wright (Codeblack Films’ The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete), Jena Malone (Into The Wild), Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman).

Based on the best-selling second novel of Suzanne Collins’ award-winning trilogy, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn and directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as, against all odds, Katniss and her fellow tribute Peeta have returned home after surviving The Hunger Games. Winning means they must turn around, leaving their loved ones behind and embark on a “Victory Tour” through the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses a rebellion simmering – one that she and Peeta may have sparked. At the end of the Victory Tour, President Snow announces a deadly 75th Hunger Games that could change Panem forever.

 BLU-RAY COMBO PACK SPECIAL FEATURES*

·       “Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire – 9-part feature-length documentary

·       Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson

·       Deleted Scenes

·       Sneak Peek of Divergent

*Subject to change

 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

·       Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson

·       Deleted Scenes

·       Sneak Peek of Divergent

*Subject to change

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*product was received to facilitate a review, all opinions are my own.