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Must have DVD Tuesday… and Saturday

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 5:04 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

This week we have a pair of great releases—one a re-release and one available for the first time on home video.

First up is Jaws on Blu-Ray, being released as part of Universal’s 100th anniversary.

From Amazon: Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss), and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.

The big addition to this anniversary edition is The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws, an all-new feature-length documentary featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with cast and crew, including Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, and Roy Scheider. Also included is all the previously released bonus features from the DVD and VHS special editions, including “The Making of Jaws” (another feature length documentary), deleted scenes, outtakes, and more. The 100th anniversary edition includes the Blu-Ray, DVD, digital copy, and an ultraviolet copy.


Coming out on Saturday is the release of this year’s blockbuster The Hunger Games.

From Amazon: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister’s place and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she’s pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Blu-Ray comes with all the following extras;


Game Maker: Suzanne Collins & The Hunger Games Phenomenon
The bonus features start off with a handful of producers, actors, and other professionals talking about The Hunger Games and how it’s relevant in today’s society. There’s a lot of background on the books and how Suzanne came up with the concept. Once it was published, it turned into a runaway train. With praises from kids and adults alike, it was obvious this wasn’t a typical young adult novel. It’s turned into a huge community, and there’s been a resurgence in reading with the younger generations. It’s great to see all the interviews from the teachers and students who are reading them for school. Really, how cool is it that they’re teaching this book in school now?

The World is Watching: Making The Hunger Games
This is, by far, the coolest feature on the DVD. It’s a giant documentary broken down into smaller chapters.The individual chapters consist of things like Casting, Design, On Location, Effects, etc. This is the section to be watching for all of your THG needs. It gives you a behind-the-scenes of everything you could possibly want to see, and this is where you’ll find the fun side of the actors when the cameras aren’t rolling. There should be more than enough footage here to keep you occupied, and it’s probably something you can watch more than once in case you missed a detail the first time around.

Letters from the Rose Garden
Now, this is just cool. Donald Sutherland reads us the letter he wrote to Gary Ross about President Snow before Ross officially had him cast in the movie. The way Donald writes and speaks is very eloquent, and it’s immediately clear why he was cast as President Snow.

Controlling the Games
Take a closer look at how the producers and Gary Ross created what we couldn’t read on the page. As you all know, since The Hunger Games is in first person, Katniss doesn’t know what goes on inside the game room. Luckily for us, we do, and this shows us how it came to be and why it’s so important.

A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell
Elvis Mitchell is an American film critic, and he sits down with Gary Ross to discuss the intricacies of turning The Hunger Games into the powerful movie that it is. It’s a very solid and in depth interview, and it’s nice to see the steady flow of Gary’s thoughts.

Propaganda Film
Remember during the reaping when Effie introduces a short video brought straight from the Capitol? Well, here’s the longer version of the video. There’s no commentary or cutaways, and it’s shown as more of a commercial. It’s a great little piece, and it really does look like something that the Capitol put together to promote the Games!

Marketing Gallery
The marketing gallery is exactly as it sounds. It’s a place where all the marketing materials they used for the film come together, and you can flip through them at your leisure. It consists of three separate areas for the theatrical trailers, poster gallery, and photo gallery. The photo gallery is actually pretty cool, and I hadn’t seen some of those pictures in there yet. Definitely be sure to check it out.

While Saturday isn’t the normal release day for DVDs, it is definitely worth stopping by your local store to pick up The Hunger Games.  Which one are you going to pick up?

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    • Mr. The Plague

      Smile you son of a b*tch!

    • I remember watching a feature on YouTube about the restoration process for Jaws to go to BluRay. Absolutely fantastic how Spielberg dedicated so much time and attention to making to look like it was shot with today's camera's and not just through an HD filter on it and call it a day.

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