The Tribute to Panem books and films have thrilled millions of fans. The Ballad of Songbird & Snakes continues the children’s brutal fight for survival and is now available for home cinema
Francis Lawrence returns to the director’s chair for the fifth installment of the Tribute of Panem saga, but a few other things have changed, as The Ballad of Songbird & Snakes takes a long leap into the past.
The Tributes of Panem – The Ballad of Songbird & Snakes will be released in cinemas on November 16 and can already be pre-ordered now. The 4K, DVD and Blu-ray versions will be released for home cinema on April 5.
For those who want to watch all the previous Tribute to Panem films starring Jennifer Lawrence again, the complete series is available with eight discs in 4K.
Positive reactions are already flooding in before the premiere. Daniel Howat from Next Best Picture gives free rein to his euphoria about X and praises it as the best Tribute of Panem film, which is convincing thanks to its serious character study, but is also entertaining. Alongside the terrific acting, the action is not neglected. Other voices also report positively on the latest adaptation of the novel
As in the previous films, Lionsgate was able to attract a number of stars to the cast. Among others, Peter Dinklage, Viola Davis and Jason Schwartzman are on top form. Leading actors Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler may not have that many films on their CVs, but the latter even won a Golden Globe for her debut performance in West Side Story.
This is what The Ballad of Songbird & Snakes is about
In just over two and a half hours, the story of Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth), who we know from previous films as the President of Panem, is told. But the new installment begins much earlier with young Coriolanus, who is the last hope of his disgraced Snow family. When he is chosen to mentor Lucy (Rachel Zegler), a girl from impoverished District 12, at the 10th Hunger Games, he sees a chance to change his fate.
The Tributes of Panem – The Ballad of Songbird & Snakes on 4K + Blu-ray
The prequel is once again based on a novel by Suzanne Collins, which was published in 2020. We’ll see in the cinema whether the reviews live up to their promise and the Hunger Games can then be seen again in home cinemas in the spring