Suzanne Collins' best-seller, about a futuristic competition that pits teens against one another in a literal battle for survival, expectedly became one of the year's movie blockbusters as guided by director Gary Ross.
Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, who takes her younger sister's place in the televised contest and uses her archery skills in a bid to win ... and to live. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland also are in the excellent cast. DVD extras: five "making-of" documentaries; interview with Ross. *** (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times