The 4th and final film in The Hunger Games Trilogy (yep, thanks A LOT Harry Potter!) was released on Blu Ray just a few weeks back. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Electric Boogaloo) hit PACKED with over 5 hours of bonus content. How does this one compare to previous releases in the YA novel adaptation? Check out my review below!
To be fair, the picture quality isn’t BAD by any means of the word, it’s just DARK… though that’s because half the movie takes place in poorly lit tunnels and sewers and bunkers. STILL, I’d have loved to actually be able to SEE those CGI mutts that (SPOILER ALERT) kill Finnick for more than just a split second or two. It’s hard to judge a movie accurately when you can barely see what’s going on. I digress, as the daytime scenes, however far between they may be, do look great, and some of the CGI that’s in THOSE scenes is considerably better looking than some of the stuff in previous instalments of the franchise.
There’s not as much boom in this instalment, due to less BIG set piece-y moments. The audio is totally fine, some of the softer conversations are still definitely audible. Once the booby traps start popping up around Katniss and her crew, you can definitely hear the Dolby ATMOS mix kick in. There’s really not much to report here, dialogue and score are offered cleanly and clearly and with excellent clarity.
The label on the face of the Blu Ray touts FIVE HOURS of special features , and it features everything from a commentary track with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson, to a SERIOUSLY in depth making of documentary, which is just about as long as the movie itself, clocking in at just under two and a half hours. Past that, there’s ANOTHER collection of featurettes (The Hunger Games: A Photographic Journey, Cinna's Sketchbook: Secrets of the Mockingjay Armor, Panem on Display: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition) and an episode of a series called “Jet to the Set” based on the film.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 2 limps to the finish line here; but that’s what happens when you take what is the weakest book in the series, and split it into two even weaker films. This trend seems to be waning on audiences as well, as the box office haul for this movie was CONSIDERABLY lower than its predecessors (the fatigue is hitting other YA franchises as well, as the most recent entry into The Divergent series faced the same problem.) The package is loaded with supplements, which should please hardcore fans of the movies, audio and visual merits are above average as well. I’d recommend a purchase to completists and fans of the franchise for sure; otherwise, maybe you just rent this one.