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MOCKINGJAY PART 2

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 137 minutes, audio commentary, making-of documentary, featurettes, DVD, bonus Target DVD, digital HD ultraviolet copy

VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD), English 2.0 Dolby Digital for late night listening, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Lionsgate/ Color Force

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 11-20-2015

Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE DATE: 3-22-2016

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is recovering from the attack by a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) who tried to kill her after he was rescued from the Capitol.  She makes it her mission to be the one to kill President Snow (Donald Sutherland) by getting closer to the war zone, but she soon realizes she is a political pawn in President Coin’s bid for power. 

 

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 wraps up the series in proper fashion and is a good conclusion to Part 1 even though the ending runs one or two scenes too long (real or not real) and I wish they changed the fate of one character from the book.  The impact of the war on Panem is visible with the Capitol looking like Berlin under siege just with some deadly traps (fyi- part of MOCKINGJAY was filmed in Berlin).  You see the revolution against president Snow is about moves and counter moves.  The traps make Katniss and her group’s journey to Snow’s mansion is very much like The Hunger Games.  They are able to work around the absence of Philip Seymour Hoffman with great ease since there were only two more Plutarch scenes left to film (due to the actor’s untimely death during his break from production).

 

I will miss the series as these four films chronicle a journey for Katniss as she develops from a teenage girl trying to fend for her family to a woman who never wanted to be the face of a revolution against tyranny.   The only other flaw of the series is I never liked the character of Peeta whether I liked the performance of Josh Hutcherson or not.  The casting of great genre actors in supporting roles is a good spot the actor game like Michelle Forbes and Gwendoline Christie showing up in roles for this final installment.   It is recommended to watch Part 1 back to back with Part 2 (I watched MOCKINGJAY Part 1 again on the day I saw Part 2.)  I do think a rewatch of the entire series is in store for me when THE HUNGE RGAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 comes out on blu-ray next spring.  The whole series of THE HUNGER GAMES has great social and political commentary buried under the surface of the story and characters along with some hidden lessons about history.  Fans of the series will like this movie.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

PAWNS NO MORE: MAKING OF THE HUNGER GAMES- MOCKINGJAY PART 2 (blu-ray)- it is a very detailed over two hour making-of documentary on all aspects of the production with behind-the-scenes footage, footage from the movie, and interviews with cast and crew.

WALKING THROUGH FIRE: CONCLUDING THE SAGA-

REAL OR NOR REAL: VISUAL DESIGN-

HIGH VALUE TARGETS: THE ACTING ENSEMBLE-

FROM HEAD TO TOE: COSTUME, MAKE-UP & HAIR-

NAVIGATING THE MINEFIELD: PRODUCTION IN ATLANTA, PARIS, & BERLIN-

COLLATERAL DAMAGE: STUNTS, SPECIAL EFFECTS & WEAPONS-

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 (blu-ray)- an episode of a series that takes the viewers to locations of the movie and various Atlanta hotspots (for fashion and food) along with interviews with members of the cast and crew of MOCKINGJAY PART 2 (and one actress from ALLEGIANT)

Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson

 

The DVD has most of the above extras except of a couple which were just on the blu-ray along with the movie in standard definition.

 

The Target bonus disc has about 45 minutes of featurettes which has additional interviews with cast and crew along with a couple of featurettes that go into more behind-the-scenes detail than the same things covered in the making-of documentary:

WELCOME TO THE 76TH HUNGER GAMES: ON LOCATION IN ATLANTA, PARIS & BERLIN (13:56)-  This featurette has some additional cast and crew interviews, but the NAVIGATING THE MINEFIELD part of the documentary covers the production on location in more detail

GOING ROGUE: THE CAST (8:31)- interviews with supporting members of the cast

BECOMING TIGRIS (11:21)- go behind-the-scenes of creating the look of Tigris with special effects make-up artists Glen Hetrick and Ve Neil along with other interviews including the actress who plays Tigris

UNDERGROUND TERROR: BATTLING THE LIZARD MUTTS (12:35)- a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how they put together the sewer tunnel sequence from previs to production to post-production

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  Lionsgate has presented a great blu-ray package for the final film in THE HUNGER GAMES saga, but I wish they didn’t split off the four featurettes to be a Target exclusive for MOCKINGJAY Part 2. 

 

This review is 4-4-2016 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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