The Hunger Games DVD UK Release Date is in September

The Hunger Games DVD/Bluray will be released on September 3, 2012 in UK. You start pre-ordering your copy in Amazon UK. The special features include:

  • 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
  • Preparing for the Games: A Director’s Process (Blu-ray exclusive!)
  • Propaganda Film
  • Marketing Archive

The Hunger Games DVD/Blu-Ray Rumored to be Released on August 18, 2012 in the US

According to The Digital Bits, the DVD and Blu-ray release date for the Hunger Games movie will be on August 18, 2012. Find out what might be included in the Hunger Games DVD/Bluray in their statement below.
Retail sources are telling us to expect Lionsgate to release The Hunger Games on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. on 8/18. Expect an official announcement soon. There will be multiple SKUs and editions, including discs only, discs plus bonus swag and Target and Walmart retail exclusive versions as well. Expect several retailers to hold “Twilight like midnight release party” events around the country. Sounds like they’re going to make a pretty big deal out of this one. 
Remember: This is just a rumor. Let’s wait until Lionsgate releases its official announcement. 

It’s Official the Hunger Games DVD and Bluray Will be On August 18 (With Trailer)

In the previous post, we have talked about the rumored August 18, 2012 release date of the Hunger Games DVD and Bluray. Now, it has been confirmed by Lionsgate and you can actually see the trailer for the Hunger Games DVD/Bluray by following this link. Sorry I can’t embed the video since it has been disabled by the channel. But, I have here some screenshots from the trailer. 

The contents of the Hunger Games DVD/Bluray (August 18, 2012) according to Chicago Tribune and EW.

  • “The Hunger Games” will debut on a two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, video on demand and digital download with over three hours of bonus materials. 
  • The Blu-ray and DVD editions will come with digital copies.
    Among the special features will be an eight part documentary, “The World Is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games.” 
  • A conversation with director Gary Ross 
  • Featurettes about the book and key sets and scenes. 
  • Interviews with the cast and crew
  • Details about some of the story lines that differed from the book — like President Snow’s character (Donald Sutherland) and the role of the game maker (Wes Bentley).
  • The extras also include the full-length “Propaganda Film” shown during the Reaping.

The Blu-ray will cost $39.99 and the DVD will sell for $30.98.

Here’s a statement from Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate Executive Vice President & General Manager, Home Entertainment.

“The motion picture event of the year is poised to become the home entertainment event of the year, and with a midnight launch and midnight retail events scheduled at stores around the country, we expect to replicate the same level of consumer excitement generated by the film’s theatrical debut.” 

You may pre-order your DVD/Bluray copy of the Hunger Games at Amazon. Click this link for the Hunger Games DVD while click here for the Hunger Games Bluray. Preordering starts on May 25, 2012 (Friday).

Screenshots from the Hunger Games DVD/Bluray trailer.

Hunger Games DVD Release Date and Catching Fire Script News

A press release from Lionsgate (via Wall Street Journal) on the much anticipated DVD/Blu-ray release of the Hunger Games movie plus news about Suzanne Collins’ involvement in Catching Fire. 
As “The Hunger Games” approaches $400 million in domestic box office receipts, the studio behind the film is busy plotting the series’ three remaining installments—and already running into a few hurdles.
In addition to hunting for a new director, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. is working to develop a script for the second film, “Catching Fire.” The studio must also plan “The Hunger Games” home-video release and figure out how to roll out the remaining three films in a way that dovetails with the finale of the “Twilight Saga” franchise, which Lions Gate acquired when it bought Summit Entertainment.
For “Catching Fire,” now in preproduction and expected to hit theaters in fall 2013, Lions Gate—also known as Lionsgate—lost the director of the first film, Gary Ross, who issued a statement earlier this month saying he couldn’t work on the studio’s time table.
Lions Gate, which said at the time that it was sorry Mr. Ross had chosen not to direct the film, is now close to a deal with Francis Lawrence, whose previous projects include “I Am Legend” and “Constantine,” according to people familiar with the matter.
Given the monumental success of the first film in the series, Lions Gate has at stake the potential for billions at the box office and beyond. “The Hunger Games,” which cost $80 million to make, has grossed $360.2 million at the domestic box office during its first five weeks, with world-wide receipts now totaling $577 million. And it became the first film since 2009’s “Avatar” to top the box office for four consecutive weeks.
“It’s an anchor tenant” for the next several years, said Lions Gate Vice Chairman Michael Burns, referring to the series.
That performance may help Lions Gate join the elite ranks of Hollywood’s most powerful entities—the six studios known in the industry as “majors.” Speaking at this week’s CinemaCon trade show, John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners, noted that “The Hunger Games” had the biggest March opening ever, at the same time that Lions Gate acquired rival independent studio Summit.
“We may just be witnessing the arrival of a seventh” major movie studio, Mr. Fithian said.
One issue that is under control: All the primary “Hunger Games” cast members are signed up for the entire four-film series, so none are likely to follow Mr. Ross to the exit.
But the studio has yet to finalize a script, now being written by “Slumdog Millionaire” writer Simon Beaufoy. The author of the series, Suzanne Collins, will have input, as she did with the script for the first film.
“I would call it a collaborative effort,” said Rob Friedman, Lions Gate motion picture group co-chair, referring to Ms. Collins’s participation. “Suzanne has always been very, very involved.”
The massive success of “The Hunger Games” will doubtless create momentum for the sequels—a good thing for the studio, since it probably won’t be able to rely on the same marketing playbook it used for the first film.
A central component of the marketing strategy for “The Hunger Games” was boosting book sales, particularly as new titles in the series were rolled out. With no new titles remaining, Lions Gate will focus on pumping up book sales internationally, in hopes that it can draw an even more global viewership for “Catching Fire,” Mr. Friedman said.
The studio will also rely on the DVD release of “The Hunger Games” to fuel anticipation for “Catching Fire,” a strategy it credits with helping make the second “Twilight” film an even bigger success than the first. Due to the first film’s exceptional box office performance, the studio is considering pushing the DVD release to five months after its theatrical opening, as opposed to the usual four-month window, according to people familiar with the matter. That time frame would also allow it to take advantage of back-to-school momentum in the retail environment.
Mr. Friedman vows to be “very aggressive” in pushing DVDs at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retail outlets.
Still, while plans proceed full-steam-ahead for “Catching Fire,” Mr. Friedman cautioned against looking too far into the future. “We’re still in the afterglow” of “The Hunger Games,” he said, before quickly correcting himself. “We’re still performing great, so we’re still in the glow, I should say.”