The UK Will Be Watching!

Today is finally the day that the UK get their hands on The Hunger Games on DVD and Blu-Ray!!! In celebration of this monumental occasion, Hunger Games UK are holding a shared viewing event beginning at 8pm GMT tonight! Here’s what theukwillbewatching.co.uk have to say about it…

 

AT 8PM ON 3RD SEPTEMBER, THE CAPITOL INVITES YOU TO TAKE PART IN THIS VIEWING EXPERIENCE OF THE HUNGER GAMES WITH ALL CITIZENS OF THE BRITISH ISLES DISTRICT. AS A CITIZEN OF PANEM, YOU ALREADY KNOW IT IS YOUR DUTY TO WATCH THE 74TH HUNGER GAMES. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE GAMES LIKE NEVER BEFORE, WATCHING IT AT THE SAME TIME AS ALL OTHER CITIZENS.

IN TRUE PANEM SPIRIT, THE CAPITOL ENCOURAGES YOU TO WATCH YOUR DVD, BLU-RAY OR OFFICIAL DIGITAL DOWNLOAD IN GROUPS, AND TO SHARE YOUR APPRECIATION ON THIS SOCIAL FORUM. TO SHARE THIS VIEWING EXPERIENCE, YOU MUST LOG IN USING EITHER FACEBOOK OR TWITTER. ONCE YOU HAVE LOGGED IN, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BE PART OF THE EXCITING NATION-WIDE CHAT.  SO AT 8PM – CLICK PLAY, LOG IN, AND ENJOY THE GAMES! THE UK WILL BE WATCHING…

 

 

They have also, via their Twitter, @HungerGamesUK revealed that they will be giving away some fantastic prizes! I wonder what they could be?! Will YOU be watching?

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‘The Hunger Games’ sells 3.8 million copies in its first two days

The Hunger Games sold a very impressive 3.8 million  DVD/Blu-Ray copies  in it’s first weekend!  See excerpt from The LA Times below!

“The Hunger Games” put life into the stagnant home entertainment market this weekend, as fans snatched up 3.8 million DVDs and Blu-ray discs in the title’s first two days on sale in the U.S. and Canada.

That’s more than either of the last two “Twilight” films, whose launch pattern” The Hunger Games” mimicked. In February of this year, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” sold 3.2 million DVDs and Blu-rays on its first weekend, while “Eclipse” debuted to 2.7 million units in December 2010.

However, “The Hunger Games” could not surpass “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which sold 4 million discs on its first weekend in March 2010, when the DVD sales market was somewhat stronger. The first “Twilight” sold 3.8 million DVDs and Blu-ray discs in its debut in March 2009.

While DVDs traditionally go on sale on Tuesday, “Twilight’s” studio Summit Entertainment has successfully turned the DVD debuts for its vampire saga into events for teenagers by launching them on Saturdays. Lionsgate, which acquired Summit in January, followed an identical strategy for “The Hunger Games,” to great success.

Who got their copy over the weekend?

Donald Sutherland’s letter to Gary Ross that inspired rose garden scenes

You may remember earlier this year when we told you how Donald Sutherland inspired new (and powerful) scenes in The Hunger Games.  Well thanks to the DVD/Blu-ray special features we now know just what he did to inspire those scenes.  In the special feature section titled Letters From The Rose Garden the three page letter Sutherland sent to Gary Ross concerning President Snow has been made available to all.

Dear Gary Ross:
Power. That’s what this is about? Yes? Power and the forces that are manipulated by the powerful men and bureaucracies trying to maintain control and possession of that power?
Power perpetrates war and oppression to maintain itself until it finally topples over with the bureaucratic weight of itself and sinks into the pages of history (except in Texas), leaving lessons that need to be learned unlearned.
Power corrupts, and, in many cases, absolute power makes you really horny. Clinton, Chirac, Mao, Mitterrand.
Not so, I think, with Coriolanus Snow. His obsession, his passion, is his rose garden. There’s a rose named Sterling Silver that’s lilac in colour with the most extraordinarily powerful fragrance – incredibly beautiful – I loved it in the seventies when it first appeared. They’ve made a lot of off shoots of it since then.
I didn’t want to write to you until I’d read the trilogy and now I have so: roses are of great importance. And Coriolanus’s [sic] eyes. And his smile. Those three elements are vibrant and vital in Snow. Everything else is, by and large, perfectly still and ruthlessly contained. What delight she [Katniss] gives him. He knows her so perfectly. Nothing, absolutely nothing, surprises him. He sees and understands everything. he was, quite probably, a brilliant man who’s succumbed to the siren song of power.
How will you dramatize the interior narrative running in Katniss’s head that describes and consistently updates her relationship with the President who is ubiquitous in her mind? With omniscient calm he knows her perfectly. She knows he does and she knows that he will go to any necessary end to maintain his power because she knows that he believes that she’s a real threat to his fragile hold on his control of that power. She’s more dangerous than Joan of Arc.
Her interior dialogue/monologue defines Snow. It’s that old theatrical turnip: you can’t ‘play’ a king, you need everybody else on stage saying to each other, and therefore to the audience, stuff like “There goes the King, isn’t he a piece of work, how evil, how lovely, how benevolent, how cruel, how brilliant he is!” The idea of him, the definition of him, the audience’s perception of him, is primarily instilled by the observations of others and once that idea is set, the audience’s view of the character is pretty much unyielding. And in Snow’s case, that definition, of course, comes from Katniss.
Evil looks like our understanding of the history of the men we’re looking at. It’s not what we see: it’s what we’ve been led to believe. Simple as that. Look at the face of Ted Bundy before you knew what he did and after you knew.
Snow doesn’t look evil to the people in Panem’s Capitol. Bundy didn’t look evil to those girls. My wife and I were driving through Colorado when he escaped from jail there. The car radio’s warning was constant. ‘Don’t pick up any young men. The escapee looks like the nicest young man imaginable’. Snow’s evil shows up in the form of the complacently confident threat that’s ever present in his eyes. His resolute stillness. Have you seen a film I did years ago? ‘The Eye of the Needle’. That fellow had some of what I’m looking for.
The woman who lived up the street from us in Brentwood came over to ask my wife a question when my wife was dropping the kids off at school. This woman and her husband had seen that movie the night before and what she wanted to know was how my wife could live with anyone who could play such an evil man. It made for an amusing dinner or two but part of my wife’s still wondering.
I’d love to speak with you whenever you have a chance so I can be on the same page with you.
They all end up the same way. Welcome to Florida, have a nice day

How amazing is this?!

Source: Business Insider

Savanna New’s ‘The Hunger Games’ DVD/Blu-Ray special features review

Does everyone have their copy of The Hunger Games movie yet?  If so have you check out that special features disc?  If you’re looking for a comprehensive and informative review of said special features we have one to share with you!  This review by Savanna New of Hunger Games Fireside Chat is so good, definitely worth a read!

Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenon
This is the first feature on Disc 2 and, fittingly, it takes us back to the beginning. Scholastic’s David Levithan, Lionsgate’s Alli Shearmur, Nina Jacobson, and a host of cast members and other experts discuss the origins ofThe Hunger Games and why it’s so different from other works of YA literature. Because I’ve been so heavily involved in the Hunger Games fandom for so long, there wasn’t a lot of new information here, but it was still fun to watch and will definitely appeal to fans who might not know as much about what inspired Suzanne Collins to write the series.

The World is Watching: Making The Hunger Games
This is, without a doubt, the highlight of the special features disc. “The World is Watching” is basically a self-contained, eight-part documentary that details every step of the making of the movie, from casting and choosing locations to recording the score and choreographing the stunts. I especially enjoyed learning more about the physical training that the tributes underwent, as well as Gary Ross’s script-writing process and how he collaborated with Suzanne Collins. It was also incredibly cool to see exactly how the digital sets, tracker jackers, and muttations were created.

To read the complete review you will need to click here!

Updated cast appearances at Walmart midnight release parties

As we previously told you, a number The Hunger Games cast members will be appearing at select Walmarts to help celebrate the midnight release of the DVD/Blu-ray.  Here’s the updated list of who will be where!

If any of you will be attending these events, we’d love to hear from you!  You can send your stories and photos to thefandomthg@gmail.com!

Win a signed copy of ‘The Hunger Games’ DVD or Blu-ray from Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks is giving away autographed copies of The Hunger Games DVD/Blu-ray to six random people through her site.  If you would love to be one of those six, and we know you do, see details below on how to make that happen!

My, how time flies! It seems like just yesterday they were caking make-up on my face and I was yelling about mahogany. Now the day has come—you can bring The Hunger Games into your home. Just the Blu-Ray or DVD version, please. Extreme sibling rivalry not condoned.

It’ll hit shelves on August 18 at midnight and include three hours of bonus material with an eight-part behind-the-scenes documentary called The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games. The Blu-Ray version will even come with an additional exclusive feature, “Preparing for the Games: A Director’s Process,” where you will get to see how the important scenes from the book were adapted for the screen.

Oh, you want to know how to win a signed copy? Right, right, let’s get down to business. Here’s how:

In the comments below, tell me which was your favorite scene of the movie (aka which you’re excited to watch 12,043 times once you get your hands on a copy). Six winners will be chosen at random to win!

May the odds be ever in your favor!

For complete rules click HERE!

Next Movie’s ‘Hunger Games’ party ideas

Need some ideas on how to celebrate this weekend for the highly anticipated release of The Hunger Games on DVD?  Well Next Movie thought you might and came up with this great compilation of ways to do just that!  See a few of the ideas below!

 

Eat Some Themed Food
It goes without saying that an essential part of the story of “The Hunger Games” is food. In Katniss Everdeen’s world, some have too little eat (that’s most of Panem), while others have much more than they need (the spoiled Capitol citizens). Part of the triumph of winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games is the bountiful array of delicious dishes that are given to victors. Katniss favors the lamb stew, and when we tinkered with “The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook,” we were fond of the goat cheese smashed potatoes. There are all kinds of food items mentioned in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, though, so this weekend pick a few favorites and make some themed food to really celebrate your “Hunger Games” nerdery.

Throw on Some Costumes
We’re not saying you need to invest in a wiry pink wig from the Effie Trinket school of hairstylings (though that would be awesome), but tying a few winks to Panem into your wardrobe this weekend would be a fun way to celebrate the occasion. Ladies, don a wicked braid or slap on some cargo pants; guys, whip out a white apron before grilling out (trust us, it’s very manly). Or if you’re really brave, dig through your old clothes, pick out your wackiest ensemble, and follow this Capitol make-up tutorial. Whatever you do, wear your “Hunger Games” fandomonium like a badge of honor.

You can see the complete list by clicking here.  How do you intend to celebrate?  We’d love to hear what you have planned, so let us know!