Writer/director Gary Ross' adaptation of Suzanne Collins' hugely popular novel — a teen book that crossed over to the adult market — is one of this year's nicest surprises so far. Lionsgate's video release is also a pleasant surprise: They've gotten nearly everything right. There's no commentary track, but that will probably show up on some “super” or “ultimate” edition in the future.
As far as my old home-theater equipment and my even older biological equipment can tell, the video and audio quality is essentially perfect, reproducing the theatrical experience in all ways possible (since size, loudness, and a couple hundred other watchers in the room aren't possible … yet.)
The video quality is presumably in part because Lionsgate has put nothing but the film (and some trailers) on the first disc, making more room for the encoding. All the extras are gathered on the second disc — roughly three hours worth. The longest of these is “The World is Watching: Making the Hunger Games,” which is also accessible as eight separate chapters focusing on specific subjects — casting, design, stunt work and the like. The great amount of detail makes up for the fact that — as in most such “making of” extras — everyone goes on about how wonderful and brilliant everyone else is. Do you really expect that cast and crew are going to dish gossip? Particularly when most of them will be working together on three sequels?