Welcome to Part 3 of our Mockingjay Part 1 Blu-ray/DVD Review! In this final section, well be focusing on the Target bonus disc which provided four more behind the scenes featurettes for the film.
Target was the only retailer to receive extra bonus content from the production of Mockingjay Part 1 for the home entertainment release. Contained in their “Exclusive” edition this DVD bonus disc showcases four featurettes: Rubble and Ashes, Utilitarian Chic, The Propos Team and Combat Zone: Stunts. Each section covers aspects that were also discussed in The Mockingjay Lives documentary, but in many cases in greater detail or revealing new information as well.
We don’t want to spoil all the goodies for you, so here are a few of our favorite details from each section.
Welcome to Part 2 of our Mockingjay Part 1 Blu-ray/DVD review! As with Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part 1 provides a commentary reel featuring Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson. As the movie plays, the pair give us greater insight into the process of making the film. It’s hard not to reveal too much because there are so many fantastic tidbits they share, as well as small teases to Part 2 that those who have read the book will understand. So, below we’ve shared some of our absolute favorite moments from the commentary. Read on with caution, because there are spoilers!
There is so much to the Mockingjay Part 1 DVD bonus features, that we decided to break it down for you in three parts! In this section we’ll go over highlights from the documentary, and briefly review what to expect from the PSH tribute, the Lorde mini documentary, and the deleted scenes.
The Mockingjay Live: The Making Of MJ1 Documentary:
I always enjoy watching Hunger Games DVD documentaries. The amount of thought, time, and effort that goes into these movies from the cast and crew is awe-inspiring. The documentary is long, but well worth the watch. Of course I couldn’t review everything, but here are some of my favorite facts and highlights from the documentary:
At first, Suzanne Collins was iffy on bringing Effie on board for the last two movies. Suzanne was concerned that Effie was a “fish out of water” and not to keen on being a rebel aid. We can certainly tell from Mockingjay Part 1 that Elizabeth brought the perfect amount of change to Effie to make her hold on to some of her diva qualities, while adapting to life in District 13.
The schematics for District 13 are absolutely amazing. The amount of thought behind every room is so detailed. Francis talked about how they layered the old with the new, like using old computer systems with new high tech screens to balance out the control room in D13.
They used a lot smoke to make it seem like there was no fresh air in District 13.
The District 13 staircase set looks amazing inside and out. It was a staircase on the inside, but also a network of scaffolds and stairs on the outside so extras and the cast could be fed through from the top of the stairs. You just have to see it to believe it.
For the Hydroponics lab (deleted scene), they grew about 8,000 lettuce, kale, and swiss chard plants in a working greenhouse. For all that work, it’s a shame this scene didn’t make it into the movie.
Jennifer said she was crying as her and Francis pulled up to the set for the Hanging Tree scene. Francis tried to comfort her and totally failed haha.
During the Peeta/Katniss choking scene, Josh said his shoulder got bruised after Mahershala had to hit him over and over again with a foam plate.
The Hanging Tree collab is absolutely stunning. Suzanne Collins, The Lumineers, Jennifer’s beautiful voice, The Trinity School Boys Choir pitching in, and James Howard Newton have created this masterpiece of a song. You can see the song come together in the last part of the documentary.
They used over 12,000 white roses for the scene after D13 gets bombed by the Capitol. They originally wanted to film it on February 15th (the day after Valentines Day) but rose prices would have been ridiculously expensive.
Imagine dropping 500 feet from the top of hotel. That’s what 6 stuntmen did at the Marriot Marquis for the rescue scene at the end of MJ Part 1. To create a more real feeling, Liam and Mahershala rappelled from 100 feet to complete the scene.
The District 8 battle scene was filmed half in Atlanta and half in Berlin. It took the visual effects team quite a while to blend the two filming sites together.
Straight From The Heart – A Tribute To Philip Seymour Hoffman - The cast and crew gave an emotional farewell to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was tough hearing the pain and sadness in their voices as they talked about Philip and how they were so shocked to loose him, especially in the middle of filming. They couldn’t even wrap their heads around it. Philip brought so much amazingness to Catching Fire and the Mockingjay films. He will be missed, but he will never be forgotten.
Songs Of Rebellion: Lorde On Curating The Soundtrack - If you ever wondered why there is so much humming in Yellow Flicker Beat, Lorde describes her reasoning behind it. Lorde also tells how she individually reached out to artists to be on the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack and why she picked them. I was actually really pleased with the soundtrack so it was nice hearing Lorde talk about how she brought the whole thing together.
Deleted Scenes – The deleted scenes are good. It makes sense why they cut most of them out for timing reasons, but heck, I wouldnt have minded all of them being in the film. My favorites are a toss up between the scene with Snow and Peeta and Haymitch and Katniss. I think the only thing missing from the deleted scenes is the ever so famous Finnick Odair underwear scene. At least we get a sneak peek of it in the documentary.
There you have it! The bonus features are a little time consuming, so make sure you set some time aside to watch and enjoy them. Still not sure which Mockingjay Part 1 DVD to purchase? Check out Aldrin’s packagaing review here. Aldrin goes over each DVD and what bonus features are on each one. We also created a handy dandy DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Release Guide here so you can further decide which DVD will be the best for you!
The image of Katniss Everdeen as the Mockingjay is crucial to the propaganda the rebels need to stir up in Mockingjay. And if you were blown away by the beautiful design and detail that were put into Katniss’ Mockingjay suit like we were, then you’re going to love this.
The film’s costume designers, Kurt and Bart, recently shared some exclusive drawings with Time Magazine that were seen in Part 1 when Effie reveals Cinna’s final creations for Katniss. Better yet, they further explain their inspiration and provide some insight into their vision.
Design team Kurt and Bart say they took inspiration from the armor collection at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as historical depictions of Joan of Arc. The result is this sketchbook, depicted in the film as belonging to Katniss’s stylist, Cinna.
The designers say creating the outfit through that character’s eyes was a helpful approach to the process. “He knew [Katniss] was to become not only an actual on-the-ground leader of a rebellion,” says Kurt, “but also the symbol of the revolution. Symbol and soldier was our mantra.”
Kurt: In this drawing you can see one of the earlier versions of the shoulder armor which was a bit more stylized. The asymmetrical breast plate was informed by the gear worn in the Japanese martial art of archery Kyudo. We gave all of these hard armored parts a very subtle sheen of iridescent blue back which referenced the Mockingjay bird. The jacket itself was built almost like a corset with a woven maze of nylon webbing at the waist that when zipped gave Jen an even smaller waist.
Bart: The costume was built to be modular and at its base was a set of tactical combat fatigues featuring a jacket and pants. We designed this fatigue for maximum functionality. This sketch shows that base fatigues that are similar to the lean silhouette of the rest of our D13 soldiers in the film, but there are very considered design details specific to Katniss and her weapon of choice the bow and arrow.
Kurt: This drawing shows several studies of what would become her three finger shooting glove that was attached at the wrist and featured ballistic materials also found in the protective gear in the costume.
Well tributes if the rumors are true it looks like there may be a reason to run out and see Lionsgate/Summit’s Insurgent when it hits theaters on March 20th.
According to The Projection List and a theater contact of Jabberjays.net “something” Mockingjay Part 2 related will be attached to the debut of the next installment in the Divergent Series. The Projection List suggests it’s a “teaser trailer” but there is no confirmation as to what kind of “teaser” it could be.
Looking at the possibilities based on Lionsgates’s past trailer schedule, it seems a bit too early to have an actual teaser with footage from the film. Though we’d love to be wrong, our expectations would be more along the lines of either the reveal of the motion poster for Mockingjay Part 2, title treatment for the film, or perhaps even a propo along the lines of those from the Capitol and President Snow that we saw during the promotion of Part 1. For now we’ll just have to wait and see.
We are awaiting official confirmation from Lionsgate on these reports, so until we hear something officially treat this as a RUMOR!
Josh Hutcherson appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night to talk about his latest project Project Imagination with Ron Howard. While there Josh also adamantly declared #thedress as blue/black, shared why he isn’t allowed to know his own twitter password and his early days in pagents. He then played a rematch of hockey with Jimmy. You can check out his appearance in the video below. Note this is the full episode so scroll to the 25:10 mark to see Josh’s segment.
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We received an exciting package in the mail from Lionsgate today containing review copies of the Blu-ray/DVD of Mockingjay Part 1. (Check out Aldrin’s great packaging review here!). Included with it was a Standard copy of the Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack for us to give away to one lucky US tribute! So, now here’s your chance to win it, before you can buy it! Read on for details!
UK Tributes get those vocal chords warmed up! We know you love The Hanging Tree and now creating your own version of it could help you get to the Mockingjay Part 2 Premiere. Check out the details in the press release and video below. Continue Reading »
Josh presenting at the Academy Awards on February 22, 2015.
Josh Hutcherson is teaming up with Ron Howard and Canon to judge user-submitted movie trailers and then star in a movie based on the winning entry. “It’s a little scary for me because I have no idea what these submissions are going to be, so I signed on to play a character that I haven’t even seen yet,” he says in an interview with Yahoo!
What about the Hunger Games press tour as a movie? Josh discusses the idea:
Any experience from making The Hunger Games that would make a good movie? There’s a lot of stories from shooting that would make cool movies, but maybe the press tour. The press tour is such a crazy experience, it’s really hard to explain to someone what that feels like, to hit a different city every day and have to do an entire press junket and premiere, every single day in different languages.
I see them for maybe one day, at a junket. I can’t imagine what the entire tour is like.
During the press tour for Catching Fire, we were in Europe and we did five cities or six days. Every day, you woke up and did press for six hours, with the round tables and the same questions a thousand times in a row and you try to make it sound interesting. But it’s painful. And then after that you go and get changed for the premiere, you do this crazy, super-high energy tiring thing where you see all the fans and the press on the red carpet. Then you hop on a plane, fly to the next city, go to sleep, and wake up and do it all again. So it’s a weird Groundhog Day type of thing, but in slightly different hotels with slightly different languages.
What are the questions you get the most?
Every press tour has had a different most-asked question. At the beginning, it was like, “So did you read the books?” And I was like, “Yeah, I definitely read the books.” Everyone always wants to hear a funny story from the filming process. The question I get the most is “Tell us something that no one else knows.” And you’re like, “I’m doing press, everybody knows these things!”
Would you watch about a movie the Hunger Game Press Tour? Because I would. I’d watch the heck out of that. What other Hunger Games related experiences do you think would make a good movie? Let us know in the comments.