When The Hunger Games premiered in 2012 no one was surprised that it was a major hit like most of these young adult novels. With each installment the series gained more popularity as expected and even had some aspects that got better while others still struggled to get make it work. Fans have eagerly awaited the home release of the final chapter in the franchise and they are not only getting Mockingjay part 2, but also the ultimate release of them all with The Hunger Games: Complete 4 Film Collection.
In the off chance that you have been hiding in your district and do not already know, the Hunger Games saga follows Katniss Everdeen’s transformation from Tribute in the annual Hunger Games to the symbolic leader of the rebellion determined to bring down Panem’s tyrannical rule and stop the Hunger Games forever. Throughout this series there have been both ups and downs, but there is no denying that it found its desired audience and managed to bring the book series to complete life. The series features an all-star cast including Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherhland, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Julianne Moore, the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman and more all led by Jennifer Lawrence. The cast all did a great job throughout the series with their characters bringing the emotions, inner struggles, humor and passion needed to bring this story to life.
There were many ups and downs with this series with the first film being decent enough, but due to trying to keep it to a broader audience had a missed opportunity to really get the brutality across to sell the needed emotional response of children fighting. As the series moved forward the films got better on some level with just more compelling stories and execution. The second film in the series, Catching Fire, it pretty much rehashed the first film, but much better in execution and overall visual style. This time around there was a maturity to the characters and story that made for a better execution to the horrific nature of what they were actually forcing these people through. The final two films in the series were once again victims of splitting one book into two parts. Whether you believe it be for a cash grab or to give the full treatment to the story doesn’t matter as it happened none the less. These entries took the series in the new direction it needed with them rising up as into all-out war as opposed to just playing the game again. This is where the franchise could have shined, but sadly there are way to many slow moments in the films that just felt unnecessary.
With this part of the story you would expect a lot more action and twists and turns, but while they are here they are in less abundance than expected. The visuals in the film are well done with some great effects and clever usage, especially in the later films when they use the technology from the games as defense against the rebellion. In the final film there are even some creepy cool monster-like creatures that take the action in a new direction before bringing it right back to where it had already been. The numerous twists they go with in this series are sadly easy to spot a mile away whether you have read the books or not. In the end though, these are really geared towards the fans of the books first and then the rest of the audience after and has no doubt been successful overall. Fans fo the series will surely want to get their hands on this all-new collection that not only includes all four films of the series, but over 14 hours of bonus material including commentaries, music videos, deleted scenes including 12 never-before-scene from first film and 1 from Catching Fire, 70 featurettes from the films, 2 all-new featurettes Picturing Panem and Capital Cuisine and so much more.
Relieve the games and birth of the rebellion with The Hunger Games Complete 4 Film Collection on Blu-ray and DVD as well as the individual releases including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2 all available now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.