'Catching Fire' DVD/Blu-ray Review & Giveaway Thursday 06 March, 2014

Catching Fire comes out on DVD and Blu-ray TOMORROW (March 7). If you haven’t already pre-ordered a copy for yourself, we’re here to help you decide which version to purchase (there are a few different options). We also have a copy to GIVE AWAY to one of you, so please enter our contest down below for a chance to win.

(Major thanks to Lionsgate for providing us with all of these options to review for you!)

Target Exclusive: Target’s exclusive Blu-ray/DVD edition includes 3 discs. The first disc gives you the Blu-ray version of the film and an absolutely awesome 9-part documentary entitled Surviving the Game: Making ‘Catching Fire’. The second disc is the DVD version. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include the option of audio commentary from Francis Lawrence and Nina Jacobson as well as several short (but enjoyable) deleted scenes. Disc 3 is a bonus disc boasting several interesting featurettes: The Alliance, Friend or Foe, and One Vision. It’s worth mentioning that Target’s packaging is quite lovely; the case opens like a little book and each page is “illustrated” with gorgeous images of Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, and Gale. ($22.99 at Target)

Walmart Exclusive: Walmart went all out for this one! Their edition is a 2-movie set containing both Catching Fire and the first film. The disc case comes in exclusive lenticular packaging (an image of Katniss that changes to an image of the mockingjay symbol when you shift the cover). This edition doesn’t come with any special features, but you do get both movies, which is pretty sweet. ($24.96 at Walmart)

Best Buy Exclusive: With Best Buy’s exclusive Blu-ray version, you get to experience the joys of SteelBook packaging. The case is metal (at least partially) and very hard and durable. The cover features a grey and silver-toned image of Katniss and Peeta standing in front of the mockingjay symbol (see image above). Since this is the Blu-ray, you do get the Surviving the Game documentary (plus the audio commentary and deleted scenes, of course). ($22.99 at Best Buy)

It’s worth noting that every version comes with a Digital HD UltraViolet copy of the film as well.

And just in case it wasn’t made apparent in our write-up of each option: The 9-part documentary can only be found on the Blu-ray version of Catching Fire. Even if you just purchase the standard Blu-ray that isn’t exclusive to one of the above stores, you will still get that documentary. But, sadly, the documentary does not come with the DVD. The DVD does come with the audio commentary and deleted scenes, though.

About those deleted scenes: We have to say, we were slightly disappointed when we saw how few there were and how short they were. But beggars can’t be choosers, right? We remember how upset fans were when no deleted scenes were released for The Hunger Games, so we’re certain you’ll love these despite their brevity. The highlights for us were an amusing moment between Katniss and Finnick in the training center (“Finnick Ties the Knot”) and a brief scene in which we get to see Plutarch really start to put his plan into motion (“Switching Envelopes”).

Now on to the giveaway! We have a Catching Fire DVD/Blu-ray combo pack to give away to one lucky winner (thanks again, Lionsgate). If you’d like to see what you’ll be winning, just take a look at the image above. Please enter using the Rafflecopter below (and don’t forget to leave a comment on this post, as that’s required). The contest is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada and will run through midnight ET on Wednesday, March 12. A random winner will be chosen and contacted via email. If you fail to respond to our email within 48 hours, we will draw a new winner.

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78 Comments

  • Traci Newcomb says:

    I cant wait to replay all the arena scenes.

  • Hayley Troendle says:

    I love this movie so much and am so excited to see all of the special features!!!!!!

    • Donte says:

      I can’t wait either!

  • Yay, opened to Canadians! Can’t wait to own the movie!

  • Laura Weber says:

    Thank you so much for spelling this out. I needed it. The only thing that would make it better is hearing you discuss them 🙁 best wishes – Laura

  • I can’t wait to watch all the behind-the-scenes stuff with our more than amazing cast!

  • Katy Chapman says:

    Can’t wait to watch every thing! 😀

  • Michelle p says:

    I’m excited for all of the special features!

  • Wendy Rozema says:

    I can’t wait to watch the entire movie! Also, I think i’ll really like the behind the scenes feature!!

  • kainat says:

    I can’t wait to see the deleted scenes!!! 😀
    I wish there were bloopers, though

  • Anusha says:

    The blooper moments are going to be awesome to watch 🙂

  • Lexie says:

    I am DYING to see this again! How intensive are the commentaries by Lawrence?

    • Savanna says:

      Pretty intensive! He and Nina talk over most of the movie lol — but it’s INCREDIBLY interesting and insightful. Good stuff!

  • Crystal Estes says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing all the scenes because I didn’t get the chance to see the film in theaters

  • I want to see this. but i want to know if there are actually subtitles on the special features cause i was disappointed that there werent any subtitles on the first movie special features

    • Savanna says:

      Really? I can’t believe they didn’t add subtitles to the special features for ‘The Hunger Games.’ That’s silly. I’ll check the ‘Catching Fire’ DVD and get back to you!

    • Savanna says:

      Melanie: I just checked the DVD & unfortunately the subtitles don’t work for the deleted scenes. Not sure about the Blu-ray features (documentary & featurettes). Will ask around for you.

      • I already bought dvd/blueray/digital copy — turns out theres no subtitles for special features either.. was wondering how to contact the makers and see if theres a way to get one cause i know they did breaking dawn part 2 i was able to watch subtitles for that special features.. it just not make sense that they dont provide subtitles for both movies… they should know that there are deaf fans like me out there 🙁

  • I definitely loved the special features in the first movie, and I’ve already heard enough about the ones in Catching Fire, so this is exciting! Can’t wait to see 🙂

  • Samuel says:

    Definitely cannot wait to watch Finnick Ties the knot in the Deleted Scenes! Also I just love seeing the scene where Katniss is going up the tube!

  • Ingrid Riley says:

    I cant thank you enough for this article…I have been looking all over for thr details of these “exclusive” movies.. I was so excited when FINALLY its all in one place! AWESOME WORK EVERYONE, and Thank you again!!

  • Bernie W says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the scene with the monkeys.

  • Johnny S says:

    Looks awesome! Does the digital HD include iTunes?

  • Tori says:

    I’m most looking forward to the Jabberjay scene (Lawrence’s acting was absolutely amazing in that scene [as it was in every scene she was in]) and I can’t wait to see the deleted scenes!

  • Cordelia says:

    I can’t wait to see the wedding dress!

  • Josh S says:

    I am interested in checking out the deleted scenes that i didnt get to see while watching in the theatre

  • Jordan says:

    I’m most definitely looking forward to all of the scenes in the arena!

  • Ann says:

    All the scenes with Peeta and Katniss!

  • Elis B. says:

    The deleted scenes

  • Rosey says:

    I can’t wait to see the deleted scenes!! I wonder what they decided to leave out.

  • Anastasia says:

    Katniss shooting the arrow into the ceiling! Watching it all blow up and fall apart s awesome 🙂

  • Sandra Lopez says:

    I can’t wait to see the deleted scenes.

  • Devin says:

    The Snow Katniss face off

  • Eleanor says:

    I can’t wait to replay the scene where Effie selects the District 12 tributes & gets obviously choked up.

  • Sara says:

    It’s hard to choose just one, but I can’t wait to re-watch the scenes where they are in the arena! I also can’t wait to watch the deleted scenes, behind the scenes, etc

  • discotia says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the Victory Tour montage again, I thought it was very well done!

    I must ask, when will Fireside Chat be back? I miss hearing all of your voices every week! 🙁

  • Angel says:

    I thought I already posted a comment but I don’t see it so i’ll just say again that I can’t wait to rewatch the scene on the hovercraft where Katniss finds out Haymitch has lied to her. So many feels. There will definitely be a lot of tears happening.

  • I love watching “making of” documentaries on DVDs/Blu-rays, so the documentary on this disc will be what I’m looking forward to.

  • Cheryl W. says:

    Oh my goodness, all of it, but most looking forward to the quarter quill scenes in the arena. I also liked when all the tributes stood on stage and united despite president Snow’s dislike.

  • Taylor Hill says:

    I’m so happy it is out on DVD! I have only seen the movie once in theaters because I couldn’t afford seeing it again. My favorite scene from what I remember is the rebellious scenes where the guy holds up Mockingjay symbol. 🙂

  • Adalee says:

    I’m most excited to see the deleted scenes. and the blooper reel if they were generous enough to include one!

  • Seriously can’t wait to watch this every night! About time it comes out on DVD!

  • Definitely when Cesar Flickerman interviews all of the victors. I love the reveal of Katniss’s mockingjay dress concealed by her wedding dress. I love Peeta’s coy confession of Katniss’s pretend pregnancy. And I love love love the unity the victors had at the end of the interviews that forced the black out of the show. Haha!

  • Stephen Nettles says:

    The lightning bolt strike!

  • Jordan says:

    I am looking forward to all the deleted scenes!

  • Amy P says:

    I haven’t seen it yet so everything.

  • Erika says:

    Can I say I’m looking forward to rewatching the whole movie! It was SO SO good! I’m so excited it is finally here! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Cassie Hayes says:

    I am looking forward to seeing the extras and deleted scenes.

  • Cory says:

    I have never seen this movie yet so I’m excited to watch it!

  • Samantha says:

    I can’t wait to see the deleted scenes!

  • Jamie says:

    There are so many parts that I want to rewatch. I think all the scenes with Finnick are great!

  • Priscilla S. says:

    I’m excited to check out the deleted scenes!

  • Sandra Vaughan says:

    Movies just keep getting better and better. They did such an excellent job bringing the Catching Fire book to life. Can’t wait to see Mockingjay

  • Amy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I should have read this before I ordered my boring bluray version.

  • Samantha N. says:

    The arena scenes!!!!! Excited to see all the extra features too x

  • I love deleted scenes. I haven’t seen this yet, so am looking forward to just watching the movie 🙂

  • Jonathan says:

    katniss’ archery training scene is worth watching!!!

  • I forget movies easily, so I excited to re experience this movie again!

  • Markella says:

    The scene where Katniss and Peeta kiss for real!

  • April Brenay says:

    I’m really looking forward to the behind the scenes, I know the costume and make up teams did an amazing job!

  • maleficent m says:

    i haven’t seen this yet so i guess i’m looking forward for the whole thing!!

  • shelly says:

    I like watching the making of the movie on special features.

  • Birdiebee says:

    I have never seen it before so I cannot give you any specifics.

  • Adna says:

    I cannot wait to see the interview scenes again!!!

  • lauren says:

    i love this movie!

  • Raul Tavarez says:

    I can’t wait to re-watch the scene in which Katniss trains with her bow and arrow! 😀 It’s so visually striking and well made.

  • Shemp DeYoung says:

    My daughter loves watching all kinds of special features.

  • Erika G. says:

    I still love the closing sequence with the mockingjay.

  • willgriesmer says:

    The scene where she shatters the dome

  • Emelin says:

    Really looking forward for those deleted scenes!

  • Lilly says:

    I’m most excited to see the making of the arena!

  • I’m looking forward to watching all the special features.

  • The scene with our beloved Philip Seymour Hoffman!

  • Cassie Fancy says:

    I would love to see all the behind the scene special features

  • Joanna says:

    I’m most excited to watch the audio commentary of the movie with Nina and Francis – all the production details, please!

  • Emily Y. says:

    I love this movie so much! I’d love to win this(:

  • Jackie says:

    All the Peeta scenes!!! And the audio commentary!!! x)

  • pinkghosta says:

    i cant wait to see the deleted scenes havent watched the new hunger games yet. amanda hoffman on rafflecopter


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