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‘Hunger Games’ Cast Preps for Blu-ray Release at Comic-Con

14 Jul, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

'The Hunger Games' actors Willow Shields and Amandla Stenberg show off a copy of the Blu-ray Disc in San Diego at Comic-Con.

SAN DIEGO — At this point you’d think the young cast of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games would be sick of watching the film.

Not a chance.

Lionsgate is confident that the Aug. 18 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of the $1 billion-plus box office hit will be the biggest home video release in the studio’s history. And the film's cast members said they will be watching it again, along with everyone else.

“I still can’t believe it,” said Amandla Stenberg (Rue). “It’s exciting to be a part of something like this. I feel like such a girl, but I’ll watch the cave scenes [again].”

Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh) said the Comic-Con fan reception was “like all the amazing adjectives out there,” and that if “we weren’t in the movie, we’d be waiting in line for [the DVD or Blu-ray].”

“If you’re like me and you buy DVDs solely for the special features, you’ll love this one,” he said.

The bonus features for this release are longer than the movie itself, running at three hours. There’s an exhaustive eight-part documentary, “The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games,” along with a conversation with director Gary Ross, featurettes covering the success of the books, the Hunger Games control room, “Preparing for the Games: A Director’s Process,” a commentary and more.

Alexander Ludwig (Cato) points fans to the “Tribute Diaries” bonus, where the actors recorded their journey in making the film.

“I might be more excited about this than the fans,” he said. “It’s a chance for fans to experience first hand what we experienced.”

Even if Lionsgate forgets to ship copies of the release to the actors, they’ll go out and buy it themselves, they said.

“It’ll be like the video of your piano recital that mom puts on [at Christmas],” said Jack Quaid (Marvel).

Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen) wasn’t confident the second two books in the trilogy would be turned into films when she first signed on. Now with three more movies planned, she figures to be 16 years old by the time the franchise is complete.

“I’m excited to see [the bonus features],” she said. “It will be a trip back to the set.”

Shields and Stenberg joked about who they would bring into the Hunger Games if they could choose one person.

“I don’t know how Justin Bieber would do in the arena,” Shields said.

And just how much has being a part of The Hunger Games changed Stenberg’s life? Not so much.

“I still have chores,” she lamented.

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