Look Inside the DVD Bonus Features
Dying to know what’s on the BONUS FEATURES disc in The Hunger Games DVD? Check this out. And don’t worry, it’s spoiler free. We want you to watch and enjoy for yourselves.
Game Maker: Suzanne Collins & The Hunger Games Phenomenon
The bonus features start off with a handful of producers, actors, and other professionals talking about The Hunger Games and how it’s relevant in today’s society. There’s a lot of background on the books and how Suzanne came up with the concept. Once it was published, it turned into a runaway train. With praises from kids and adults alike, it was obvious this wasn’t a typical young adult novel. It’s turned into a huge community, and there’s been a resurgence in reading with the younger generations. It’s great to see all the interviews from the teachers and students who are reading them for school. Really, how cool is it that they’re teaching this book in school now?
The World is Watching: Making The Hunger Games
This is, by far, the coolest feature on the DVD. It’s a giant documentary broken down into smaller chapters.The individual chapters consist of things like Casting, Design, On Location, Effects, etc. This is the section to be watching for all of your THG needs. It gives you a behind-the-scenes of everything you could possibly want to see, and this is where you’ll find the fun side of the actors when the cameras aren’t rolling. There should be more than enough footage here to keep you occupied, and it’s probably something you can watch more than once in case you missed a detail the first time around.
Letters from the Rose Garden
Now, this is just cool. Donald Sutherland reads us the letter he wrote to Gary Ross about President Snow before Ross officially had him cast in the movie. The way Donald writes and speaks is very eloquent, and it’s immediately clear why he was cast as President Snow.
Controlling the Games
Take a closer look at how the producers and Gary Ross created what we couldn’t read on the page. As you all know, since The Hunger Games is in first person, Katniss doesn’t know what goes on inside the game room. Luckily for us, we do, and this shows us how it came to be and why it’s so important.
A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell
Elvis Mitchell is an American film critic, and he sits down with Gary Ross to discuss the intricacies of turning The Hunger Games into the powerful movie that it is. It’s a very solid and in depth interview, and it’s nice to see the steady flow of Gary’s thoughts.
Remember during the reaping when Effie introduces a short video brought straight from the Capitol? Well, here’s the longer version of the video. There’s no commentary or cutaways, and it’s shown as more of a commercial. It’s a great little piece, and it really does look like something that the Capitol put together to promote the Games!
The marketing gallery is exactly as it sounds. It’s a place where all the marketing materials they used for the film come together, and you can flip through them at your leisure. It consists of three separate areas for the theatrical trailers, poster gallery, and photo gallery. The photo gallery is actually pretty cool, and I hadn’t seen some of those pictures in there yet. Definitely be sure to check it out.
The one thing you might notice is missing is a blooper reel. That was my biggest disappointment in flipping through the special features, but if you watch The World is Watching documentary, there are plenty of funny moments that could be considered bloopers. It’s just a shame we can’t see them all condensed in one place! Don’t let that stop you from getting the DVD, though. Be sure to pick up your copy on August 18th.