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Old 03-05-2014, 04:15 PM
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Aaron Peck has reviewed 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'. He says this is even better than the first film. The Blu-ray features perfect video and audio, along with expansive extras. Highly recommended!

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http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/1043...hing_fire.html
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I agree, it was better than the first film (which I loved). I think this is one of the very few examples of a movie being better than the book!
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Aaron,
I was hoping the review talk more than 2 sentences about this:

"IMAX fans will be happy to hear that the IMAX ratios are kept. So, aspect ratios switch once Katniss enters the games."

Did you like it? It sounds like the switch only occurs once during the film? So it
wasn't like the Dark Knight's silliness of switching every few seconds? Did the
extra picture height add to the viewing experience? Were there objects in the
frame that otherwise wouldn't have that added to visual storytelling? Or was it
unnecessary? A gimmick in your opinion?
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:22 PM
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Aaron,
I was hoping the review talk more than 2 sentences about this:

"IMAX fans will be happy to hear that the IMAX ratios are kept. So, aspect ratios switch once Katniss enters the games."

Did you like it? It sounds like the switch only occurs once during the film? So it
wasn't like the Dark Knight's silliness of switching every few seconds? Did the
extra picture height add to the viewing experience? Were there objects in the
frame that otherwise wouldn't have that added to visual storytelling? Or was it
unnecessary? A gimmick in your opinion?
Can't comment on the BluRay. But It was nice when I saw it in IMax. It's more of a "oh wow, the arena is so much bigger then the normal world" moment in the theater. And I quickly forgot that the aspect even changed.
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Aaron,
I was hoping the review talk more than 2 sentences about this:

"IMAX fans will be happy to hear that the IMAX ratios are kept. So, aspect ratios switch once Katniss enters the games."

Did you like it? It sounds like the switch only occurs once during the film? So it
wasn't like the Dark Knight's silliness of switching every few seconds? Did the
extra picture height add to the viewing experience? Were there objects in the
frame that otherwise wouldn't have that added to visual storytelling? Or was it
unnecessary? A gimmick in your opinion?
I haven't seen the Bluray yet but when I saw the film at my local 70mm IMAX theater, the scene expand to fill the entire 6 stories screen and stay that way for about 40 minutes. It changed back to 2.39:1 ratio near the end of the movie.
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Aaron,
I was hoping the review talk more than 2 sentences about this:

"IMAX fans will be happy to hear that the IMAX ratios are kept. So, aspect ratios switch once Katniss enters the games."

Did you like it? It sounds like the switch only occurs once during the film? So it
wasn't like the Dark Knight's silliness of switching every few seconds? Did the
extra picture height add to the viewing experience? Were there objects in the
frame that otherwise wouldn't have that added to visual storytelling? Or was it
unnecessary? A gimmick in your opinion?
Aaron, since there is only a small handful of blu-rays that do this, and this is
HDD (it's not just regular movie review site), I would think the review should
discuss this more.

Not to sway your opinion, here's Peter Bracke:
"The upside is that the IMAX material does display a noticeable uptick in clarity and resolution. The 35mm-based footage is certainly no slouch, but there is an added sharpness and depth to the IMAX-originated footage that raises the bar for what Blu-ray is capable of."
http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/1825/darkknight.html

Here's Josh Z:
"The video quality of the IMAX footage on the Big Screen disc is noticeably better than the standard Blu-ray. The Big Screen disc is more like 'The Dark Knight'. The picture dramatically snaps into vibrant clarity in every IMAX shot."
http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/2780...enge_imax.html

What's Aaron Peck's opinion?

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What are other films that do this?

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What are other films that do this?
Blu-rays with alternating aspect ratios for IMAX scenes:

The Dark Knight
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Walmart exclusive copy only)
Tron: Legacy (not actually shot with IMAX film)
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Movies that had alternating aspect ratios in IMAX theaters but do not on Blu-ray:

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (general retail release)
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
The Amazing Spider-Man (not actually shot with IMAX film)
Star Trek into Darkness

Upcoming movie with IMAX alternating ratio scenes:

Interstellar

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Josh, you missed 'Oblivion' in the movies that had it on IMAX, but not on Blu-ray.
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Once again Target has an exclusive 3-disc version in a digibook/pak with ~45 minutes of unique material on a separate disc. Discs are in stupid slips.

Unfortunately, unlike their exclusive for the first film (which had an additional Blu-ray for exclusive content), Catching Fire's "bonus disc" is a DVD.

The DVD includes 3 featurettes:
- "The Alliance" (14:26) has cast and crew talking about the sequel as a "reunion". They all over-praise each other in EPK fluff.
- "Friend or Foe" (18:24) is all about new cast members and new characters.
- "One Vision" (12:36) discusses the process of adapting the novel to screen.

Some poor quality pics of packaging (with comparison to Target's 3-disc deluxe digi of first film):
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Target's 3-disc is $22.99 right now, marked down from $29.99.
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HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

There are no Blu-ray exclusives provided here.
The 9-part making of documentary is a Blu-ray exclusive extra. It's even noted as one in the tech specs, although it isn't listed as such in the body of the review.
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