The time is here, 'Mockingjay Part 2' is out on DVD and Blu-Ray, here's your guide!
Katniss' journey has sadly come to a very final end with the release of the DVD/Blu-Ray of Mockingjay Part 2. As a fan, I've dreaded this moment for five years. Can't we just have one more film? Unfortunately no, author Suzanne Collins made it clear it was time to leave Panem behind, and so we must. The upside? You can now own all four films, the complete collection, and watch Katniss' incredible transformation from the fearful girl from District 12 to Cinna's Girl On Fire andface of a revolution from your very own home! Along with the release of Mockingjay Part 2 on DVD/Blu-Ray, Lionsgate also released a complete collection of all 4 Hunger Games films, including Mockingjay Part 2, with over 14 hours of bonus features.
The 6-Disc Blu-Ray and 8-Disc DVD collection includes the original bonus features from the previous DVD/Blu-Ray releases of each film, as well as tons of never-before-seen additions. Yes, 14 hours of bonus features is both exciting and daunting, but don't worry, we have your guide to the can't miss NEW bonus features from collection!
Whether you binge watch all 14 hours or skim through, these top 5 bonus features in 'The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection' cannot be missed!
1. Deleted Scene: Gale teaches Prim how to hunt.
This was by far my absolute favorite single thing of all the 14 hours of bonus features. On the "Complete 4-Film Bonus Features" disc, under The Hunger Games never-before-seen deleted scenes, there is a scene between Gale and Prim that will move you to tears. Gale teaches Prim how to hunt, so gently, trying to teach Katniss' beloved baby sister how to fend for herself in the midst of losing her only provider, Katniss, to the reaping. I don't think it belonged in the film, but I didn't realize how much, I, as a fan, needed to see a scene like this.
2. Picturing Panem: Never Before Seen Photos From Set
Tim Palen, who exclusively shot all the photos for the Hunger Games films, collected his absolute favorites, including many we've never seen before, and some we have. We get explanations behind some of our favorite photos, like the very first image of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss ever released as the first film began production. Another image, shown above, features Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) and Willow Shields (Prim) touching heads and bonding before they film the reaping scene. The featurette reveals this photo that was not a still from filming, but rather one catching the pair off guard preparing for the emotional scene.
3. Pawns No More: The Making of 'Mockingjay Part 2'
This is a feature you'll find on the Mockingjay Part 2 disc, and it is a must watch, all the way through! It takes you on a fascinating journey through making the final film in the franchise, from the actors relationships, to the massive sets. Seriously, watching how they built the underground tunnels where the lizard mutts attack is really mind-blowing. The actors filmed under intense circumstances, and it's what made the film so real and grounded. Film production is truly fascinating to see.
4. Audio Commentary by Gary Ross and Nina Jacobson: 'Mockingjay Part 2'
Take my advice, turn it on. Turn on the audio commentary under the special features of Mockingjay Part 2, and then watch the film. Particularly during the last scene and then leading into epilogue. When Peeta asks Katniss "Real or Not real?", Nina Jacobson hilariously chimes in "I know there are a lot of fans that wanted to see a lot more than just hand holding, but it's too bad for them!". She's not wrong LOL! Then, during the epilogue scene, Gary explains why they chose to have Katniss speaking the "worst games to play" monologue as opposed to using a voiceover, and what it took to get Jennifer Lawrence to sing the meadow song for the credits!
5. Capitol Cuisine
This is a must watch feature! You can find it on the 4-film collection bonus features disc under Catching Fire. The food designer for the films, Jack White, takes you through creating the extravagant cuisine seen (and eaten) throughout all the films! From Seneca Crane's roasted pig in The Hunger Games, to the infamous juice that allows for more room to eat more delicacies in Catching Fire, we go behind the scenes of it all. The detail on the food is straight out of the books, and no expense was spared to create beautiful treats exclusively enjoyed by the Capitol!
As an avid fan of The Hunger Games films and novels, this 4-film collection is everything I ever wanted. It immerses you into the process of bringing these films into frustration, and will leave you with a grateful satisfaction over how carefully and detailed these films were crafted, and the people who made it happen. There will never be a film series like this again, and this 4-film collection is almost worth having 2 copies of, because one day it will definitely be worth something! Fans of the films are in for a treat with this collection, so take my word for it, you need to own it.
'The Hunger Games 4-Film Collection' on Blu-Ray/DVD is available NOW!