Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mockingjay Part 2 Blu-Ray and EPIC Box Set Details!

Four-Film Collection


HOLY SPECIAL FEATURES BATMAN!

Here are all the details on the Mockingjay Part 2 Blu-Ray/DVD and the 4 Film Collection Box Set Blu-Ray/DVD coming out in March. The digital versions of each come out March 8th and the Blu-Ray/DVD combos come out March 22nd.

Check out the Blu-Ray trailer:



The special features for The Hunger Games Blu-Rays over the years have always been plentiful since Francis Lawrence came on board. Mockingjay Part 1 set a precedent for SPECTACULAR physical effects and putting lots of content for fans. Not only is there the usual lengthy documentary about all aspects of making the film, but the 4 Film Collection has all the deleted scenes that was mysteriously absent on the first Hunger Games Blu-Ray. Check out all these features!!



THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2 BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES*  
  • Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson  
  • “Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” 8-Part Documentary**  
    • Walking Through Fire (Concluding the Saga) o Real or Not Real (Visual Design)  
    • High-Value Targets (The Acting Ensemble)  
    • From Head to Toe (Costume, Make-up & Hair) o Navigating the Minefield (Production in Atlanta, Paris & Berlin)  
    • Collateral Damage (Stunts, Special Effects & Weapons) o Tightening the Noose (The Post-Production Process)  
    • A Different World (Reflections) 
  •  The Hunger Games: A Photographic Journey  
  • Cinna’s Sketchbook: Secrets of the Mockingjay Armor  
  • Panem on Display: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition  
  • Jet to the Set**
 *Subject to Change
**Exclusive to Blu-ray/ Digital HD
THE HUNGER GAMES COMPLETE 4-FILM COLLECTION BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*  
  • Over 14 Hours of Bonus Content Including: 
    •  12 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games  
    •  6 Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Including 1 Never Before Seen 
    •  9 Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 
    • 2 All-New Featurettes: “Picturing Panem” and “Capitol Cuisine”  
    • 70 Additional Featurettes (Blu-ray); 69 Additional Special Featurettes (DVD) 
    • Audio Commentaries, Music Videos and More 
The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $64.97 and $54.98, respectively.

You can Pre-Order at Amazon for the Part 2 Blu-Ray, DVD, 4-Film Collection Blu-Ray, and DVD.

Check out the full press releases for the Mockingjay Part 2 Blu-Ray and the 4-Film Collection for more details!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Mockingjay Pt 2 Countdown: EPILOGUE

Epilogue

And here we are, this is the bittersweet ending to not only the movie series, but also our Mockingjay Countdown posts! To celebrate that, check out some of our favorite countdown post artwork!

Chapter 15


mmmmmm whatcha sayyyyy // video by Denise featuring Denise and Courtney

Chapter 16

the Odair-Cresta wedding was GREAT but we didn't get to see the cake! Luckily, we know what it would have looked like. // graphic by me (Janine)
Chapter 22

:( // video by Denise

Chapter 23

we LOVE Tigris and her shop (and Eugenie Bondurat who is gorgeous and super nice in person) and this commercial is probably our favorite video! Tigris, if/when your shop opens up again, call us! // video by Denise

Chapter 25



We didn't get to see Katniss' parachute-induced dream, but you can't help but imagine this exact thing when you read it! // Art by Courtney

Chapter 27http://www.welcometodistrict12.com/2015/11/chapter-25-creature-as-unquenchable-as.html



Katniss' book. Ending the countdown with all the feels! // Graphic by Tiffany

And now let's talk about the Epilogue!

We’re sure the epilogue presented a slight challenge for the movie adaptation, since there is no voiceover from Katniss. The overall message of the epilogue was there, but instead of Katniss telling the readers, she’s speaking sweetly to her baby.

In the book, Katniss has an older girl with dark hair and a younger boy with blond hair, but since the movie used Jennifer Lawrence’s nephews, this is different. Katniss mentions the Hunger Games more directly in the book’s epilogue, saying that they’re taught about in school and that their daughter knows that Peeta and Katniss played a role. Despite these changes, the epilogue for the movie definitely fit the tone of the book’s epilogue without making it longer than it had to be.

Both epilogues end with the same line, and the movie’s credits roll to Jennifer singing Deep in the Meadow, whose lyrics are in the epilogue. My favorite thing in the epilogue though, which felt like a nod to book fans, is Peeta and their son playing with a dandelion. Overall, we feel that the movie epilogue was well adapted. Kudos to Francis!

- Tiffany

So there you have it! Do you have a favorite countdown post! Let us know here or tweet us @WtoD12

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Girl Who Was On Fire Giveaway!



Looks like we have one more giveaway in celebration of Mockingjay Part 2! This giveaway is brought to you by Smart Pop Books, known for books such as The Girl Who Was on Fire and The Panem Companion!

Back when The Hunger Games franchise was young, we didn't have any movies to go crazy over. We spent our time chatting with fans, having discussions, and reading what few resource books were available. If you haven't had a chance to read The Girl Who Was on Fire and The Panem Companion, we highly recommend you do so ESPECIALLY if you are a Hunger Games super fan.

1 winner will receive prize pack including:

                                           -The Girl Who Was On Fire
                                           - The Panem Companion
                                           - Complete Set of District Buttons




Contest ends on Dec. 9th midnight PST, winner must respond to email within 24 hours to claim prize. We will give a heads up on our twitter when the email will be going out.
US and Canada residents only.

Enter Below:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mockingjay Part 2 - Los Angeles Premiere and After Party

Monday evening, the beginning of the end. After getting ourselves beautified, Courtney, Tiffany, Janine and I arrive at LA Live to enjoy one last Los Angeles Hunger Games Premiere. After spending days camping out for the first two premieres and jumping in line last minute after a shift at work last year, this year we got to have a mini reunion with our fellow fansite runners before getting our tickets to the movie and passes to the after party.

The fierce faces behind Welcome to District 12


The first thing that made this premiere stand out from the others was the INSANE WIND! We went from polished to THIS

Courtney being a beautiful butterfly flying against the wind
It was so cold and windy that the heaters they had initially wanted to put out kept falling over so we had to suffer. Though I was wrapped in the warmth of a faux fur coat, Courtney, the poor girl, had made incredible archery inspired accessories to her outfit that she wanted to put on display, so she suffered. 







Arm Guard 
and
Gloves







Courtney also made President Snow inspired accessories for all of us!

Foreshadowing!!!!
After getting our amazing view at the front of the red carpet we waited until the stars arrived.

Taking selfies before the actual celebs showed

The drummers finally start and the red carpet begins! 

Meta Golding, who made a wonderful cameo in the film. 

My favorite little sister ever, Willow Shields, being incredibly adorable.

Elden Henson and Wes Chatham as the brother Star Squad cameramen, Castor and Pollux.

Literally my favorite person in these films because he's so incredibly hilarious in person, Sam Claflin.

Patina Miller, who was wearing the most beautiful dress and was so insanely sweet and a joy to meet.

The man at the helm, the amazing Francis Lawrence. I will always adore this guy.

The amazing and beautiful Stef Dawson who I can't even put into words how generous and wonderful she is.

The woman who made these films happen, producer Nina Jacobson 

One of my favorite fallen tributes, Alan Ritchson, who I dorked out over.

The great Jeffrey Wright who is always such a wonder to meet (and not only because he looks like Court's dad).

The incredible Jena Malone! Johanna is still my favorite.

I was beyond excited to meet Eugenie Bondurant, who plays the breathtaking Tigris. If you've followed our Mockingjay Countdown, you know how amped I was for Tigris.

The woman who started it all! Suzanne Collins, who Courtney got a wonderful hug from.

Saved this for last because NATALIE DORMER!!!! Need I say more?

Sadly, our picture opportunities with Josh and Liam didn't go smoothly, so we don't have those, and poor Jennifer got whisked through the red carpet after press photos. 

After the last of the stars made their way into the theater, we got to go in to see the last film for the first time! The cast and key members of the crew came onto the stage to give a final send off before the film rolled. Thankfully Janine had spare tissues, because I cried my way through that movie.

As we made our slow exit out of the theater, we got our passes ready to enter the after party.

aww yeah vip

As we ascended the stairs, the first thing we see is a three finger salute, which we had to take a picture in front of. 

For those about to kill totalitarian rulers, we salute you.

The entrance of the party was made to look like President Snow's mansion!

Thankfully there were no parachutes raining down on us at this point.

We filmed the way into the mansion, and you might catch a glimpse of JK Simmons to our right as we walked in.

A video posted by Welcome to district 12 (@welcometodistrict12) on


We entered the party and one of the first things you see in the middle of the room was a greenhouse filled with white roses, while the rest of the room was filled with red roses. We had such a wonderful time and the cast was all over. We even ran into Amandla Stenberg, who I had to gush over!

The VIP section was closed off with a Capitol symbol hanging over it, but we made our way over to say hi to some friends. Stef Dawson was awesome and took pictures with all of us!

              


We then ran into Jackie Emerson and told her about the Samsung experience, which they had at the after party! We all went over to check it out. Sadly they stopped doing the Faces of the Revolution posters because of the high demand, but we managed to take our own photos.


Sadly, the night had to end at some point (and that point was nearly 3AM) so we had some dessert with the other fansites and said our goodbyes. What a wonderful end to many years. It was a dream come true to get to have an opportunity like this. Thanks to Lionsgate and to the cast and crew! You made this girl's heart soar.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Letter From Suzanne Collins

Scholastic posted a letter from our OG fearless leader Suzanne Collins thanking everyone involved with the Hunger Games movies. Read it below and get teary eyed with us!

A Thank You to The Hunger Games Film Team

Having spent the last decade in Panem, it’s time to move on to other lands. But before I do, I’d like to say a tremendous thank you to everyone associated with the film franchise. I’m thrilled with how this quartet of films, which I find both faithful to the books and innovative in its own right, has been brought to life on the screen.

In an earlier letter I credited director Gary Ross for his wonderful rendering of the first book, but now I turn to Francis Lawrence who has so amazingly helmed the rest of the franchise. Creating three big budget films in three years, that’s a feat in itself. But I doubt many could do it with his incredible visual style, edge-of-your-seat action sequences, and hardcore commitment to difficult themes. Thank you, Francis, for showing up, for staying, for always hearing me out, for your unfailing good nature, and for bringing your remarkable talent to these films.

Billy Ray, Gary Ross, Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt, Danny Strong and Peter Craig, gifted writers all, thank you for sharing your pens, brains, and wealth of experience as we transformed three books into four scripts. A screenplay is a very different animal than a novel, and it was a pleasure and an education to work with you and watch you weave your magic.

There’s no Hunger Games without Katniss. I hoped for someone good enough, and I got someone who exceeded all my expectations. Jennifer Lawrence, your emotional depth, luminous presence, and sheer power carry this story and I will always be grateful to you for opening the door and allowing it to come into your life. And for the rest of the cast, if I had a chance, who would I replace in these films? No one. I don’t think there’s a weak link in the chain, and what an exquisite chain it is. I still can’t believe half of you came on board. You blow me away with your ability to bring out the humanity of these characters from under outlandish wigs, while fighting lizard mutts, pumped with tracker jacker serum, waging war and so much more. Thank you for volunteering for the Games and inhabiting these characters with such texture, color, humor and pain.

Much thanks to our masterful Production Designer Phil Messina and the many top-notch designers who signed on. It has been a delight to watch you fashion and expand the world of Panem, whether by hand-crafted or computer-based means. From the excess of the Capitol to the claustrophobic hive of District 13 to the violent scenes of civil war, you have taken the ball and run with it in fabulously detailed and thoughtful ways, grounding the fantastical, and fusing disparate elements into a cohesive reality. And to composer James Newton Howard for his moving and evocative scoring of the franchise, which so hauntingly reflects the heart of the story.

For my producers, Nina Jacobson of Color Force, who was there from the beginning, and Jon Kilik, who joined us soon after, thank you both for bringing your dedication, energy, and many talents to this huge project. I can’t emphasize enough how grateful I am to you and the excellent team at Lionsgate for protecting the work, for not swerving away from the harder moments, and for allowing the themes and narrative of the books to play out as originally conceived. And sincere appreciation to Tim Palen for his brilliant marketing campaign, Julie Fontaine for her stellar PR, and the entire gang at Lionsgate for tirelessly presenting the franchise to a global audience.

Thousands of people have worked on these films in a myriad of ways, prepping, shooting, in post production, and promotion. Please, anybody seeing them, take a few moments to watch the credits and acknowledge the enormous collaborative effort that goes into making a franchise.

For me, The Hunger Games Trilogy is part of a larger goal to introduce the ideas of just war theory to young audiences, but how much wider and more varied an audience came with the films, and the credit for that goes to all of you who contributed so much to this project.

Finally, to all the readers and viewers who have accompanied Katniss on her journey, thank you for playing a role in The Hunger Games, you are truly a vital part of the experience.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

-Suzanne Collins

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mockingjay Pt2 Countdown - Chapter 27


Chapter 27

We're almost to the end of Mockingjay and our countdown, and as the movie draws nearer, we're at a chapter that we're anxious to see on film.

After Katniss kills Coin, she's taken to her old room in the Training Center as her trial goes on without her. Will we see Katniss's trial? Will she be there or will they hold her in the room like in the book? So many questions about how this part of the book has translated to the movie, and we haven't had any indication either way. Since the books are limited to Katniss's POV and the movies aren't, we could very well see the discussion about what to do with her.

Eventually, Haymitch takes her home to District 12. He's charged with looking after her since her mother will not be coming home. Katniss struggles to look after herself, only eating when Greasy Sae comes over to cook for her. She comes across Peeta when he finally arrives back in District 12. He's planting evening primrose in her yard in memory of Prim. Katniss finds out Gale won't be coming back. For the sake of pacing in film, this might not be as dragged out in the book. It's likely Peeta may come back with Katniss and Katniss finds out that Gale won't be coming back sooner.

Katniss tries to go hunting, but she's too weak. Buttercup shows up when she comes back, and Katniss yells at the cat that Prim isn't coming back. We're praying this scene makes it to the movie as it resonates with a lot of fans. This triggers the beginnings of Katniss's recovery. Afterwards, she speaks with her mother and Dr. Aurelius on the phone. Katniss decides to fill a book with memories of the people she's lost and does so with help from Peeta and Haymitch. It would be a nice touch to see it in the movie.

At the end of the chapter, she reveals that she and Peeta fall in love:

So after, when he whispers, “You love me. Real or not real?” 
I tell him, “Real.”

Cue intense crying and sobbing from everyone in the audience. Probably.

Next up on our Countdown, we'll have the infamous Epilogue to lead us into the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

#MockingjayPart2 Lionsgate and Fandango Giveaway!



Hello tributes! We've got exciting news about a giveaway celebrating the release of Mockingjay Part 2 and our 5 year anniversary as a fansite! It's been a long and fun road these past few years, and we are thrilled to give fans a chance to win some rad stuff here at the end of the franchise. Thanks so much to both Lionsgate and FANDANGO for giving us sweet prizes to make this giveaway all the more epic.

Here is what you can win:

Grand Prize:

·         The Hunger Games DVD Pack – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay Part - 1
·         1 Mockingjay Part - 2 Gold Pin
·         1 Black Revolution Leaders Pin
·         1 Final Katniss Poster
·         1 IMAX Katniss Poster
·         1 Faces of the Revolution Poster (Peeta, Gale, OR Katniss to be selected randomly)

FANDANGO prizes:


1 pair of Fandango tickets to see Mockingjay Part 2
        (we're giving away 2 sets of tickets!)


ENTER BELOW. Prizes to be shipped by Lionsgate, so U.S. only! Contest ends November 23rd, 2015 @ 12:00 am





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May the odds be EVER in your favor!