Missing Katniss and Peeta already? Catching Fire‘s November 2013 release date seem like an eternity to wait for your next fix? Not to worry: Later this summer you’ll be able to whip up some groosling and settle in on the couch at home to watch The Hunger Games. The first film based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel trilogy hits Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 18.
Lionsgate kicks off its official 12-week countdown to the release on Friday, May 25, when the Blu-ray and DVD will become available for pre-order. EW is helping with the celebration by hosting the exclusive premiere of the trailer.
The two-disc set will include over three hours of unreleased material, with features that provide insight into how the film was made, interviews with the cast and crew, and details about some of the story lines that differed from the book — like President Snow’s character (Donald Sutherland) and the role of the game maker (Wes Bentley). An eight-part documentary entitled The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games delves into the behind-the-scenes aspect of creating the film. The extras also include the full-length “Propaganda Film” shown during the Reaping.
By releasing the Blu-Ray/DVD at midnight, Lionsgate hopes to recapture the excitement from the midnight theatrical screening back in March. “The motion picture event of the year is poised to become the home entertainment event of the year, and with a midnight launch and midnight retail events scheduled at stores around the country, we expect to replicate the same level of consumer excitement generated by the film’s theatrical debut,” said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate Executive Vice President & General Manager, Home Entertainment.
The Hunger Games — starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, alongside a cast of other major stars including Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz — has already raked in nearly $400 million at the U.S. box office and is one of the most popular films released so far this year. The next installment in the series, Catching Fire, will be directed by Francis Lawrence — Hunger Games director Gary Ross left the project earlier this year — and is due in November 2013.