Lionsgate has set The Hunger Games Blu-ray release date for August 18, 2012. An official countdown will begin this Friday, when the Blu-ray and DVD will become available for pre-order.
Interestingly the DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download will become available at 12:01am on August 18th as Lionsgate hopes to recapture the excitement from the midnight theatrical screening back in March.
The movie has earned $636 million worldwide to date ($391 million in the US and $244 million internationally), and we can expect The Hunger Games DVD/Blu-ray release to push the profits made by Lionsgate even higher. The sequel, Catching Fire, will begin shooting later this year under the direction of Francis Lawrence for a November 2013 release.
The Hunger Games Blu-ray & DVD Special Features
- “The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games” — an eight-part documentary covering the “making of” the film in all aspects from the pre-production process all the way through the theatrical release and fan reactions.
- “Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenon” featurette
- “Letters from the Rose Garden” featurette — insights from Donald Sutherland on the development of his role as President Snow
- “Controlling the Games” featurette — stories and concepts behind creating the control center
- “A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell”
- Propaganda Film (in its entirety)
- Marketing Archive
- “Preparing for The Games: A Director’s Process” (Blu-ray Exclusive)
Directed by Gary Ross and based on the Suzanne Collins novel, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.