OVERVIEW: Lionsgate, the premier next generation global content leader, will release the electrifying first installment of the blockbuster action adventure franchise Divergent on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on August 5, the Company announced today. The film will be available on Digital HD two weeks early on July 22.
Based on Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times best-selling book series which has sold nearly 22 million copies worldwide, the film features an all-star cast including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet and Ashley Judd. To date, Divergent has grossed nearly $150 million at the domestic box office and more than $250 million worldwide in its theatrical release on Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label, getting the new franchise off to a fast start. The next three installments -- Insurgent and Allegiant Parts 1 & 2 -- will be released theatrically on March 20, 2015, March 18, 2016 and March 24, 2017, respectively.
Packed with bonus material, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the documentary "Bringing Divergent to Life,” an in-depth look at the making of the film plus the exclusive featurette “Faction Before Blood,” detailing the film’s future world. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD both feature deleted scenes and two audio commentaries – one with director Neil Burger and one with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher.
SYNOPSIS: Divergent is a thrilling action adventure set in a future world where society has been divided into five distinct factions. But Tris will never fit into any one group—she is Divergent, and what makes her different makes her dangerous. Targeted by a faction leader determined to eliminate all Divergents, Tris turns to the one person she believes she can trust: Four, an instructor for the militant Dauntless faction, and a man full of dark secrets. Together, Tris and Four uncover a mind-bending conspiracy that will put their courage to the ultimate test…and forever link their destinies.
FILM REVIEW: So
here's my take on it. Its quite simple. If you liked 1997s
Gattaca or loved 2012s The Hunger Games, then you will certainly
fall in love with this latest film adaptation of the bestselling
novel, by Veronica Roth. Divergent, directed by Neil Burger, has
the capacity to be the next big thing, in terms of following the
current trends of J.K. Rowlings (Harry Potter series), the likes
of the Twilight - series and Lord of the Rings, etc. In my
humble opinion, this was so much so that I found myself
constantly comparing Divergent to those aforementioned films
with every twist and turn of the of the
The soundtrack and score complemented the movie exceedingly well
and really brought the futuristic atmosphere of the movie, to
life. The raw emotions displayed by Shailene Woodley (The
Descendants, 2011), in a few key scenes (No spoilers here), were
utterly touching and heartbreaking and serves to show the
diversity of her craft. I can imagine viewers being extremely
moved with her expressions and character traits. She's just one
of the many that allowed this flick to redeem its placement in
the young adult genre, with great acting from an all-star cast
amongst other great attributes.
In a recent interview, Burger did mention how they had shot many
more scenes to be consistent with the novel, but as many did not
fit right within the big scheme of things, many good pieces had
not made the final cut. However, in my opinion, those missing
scenes could be overlooked when compared to the amount of
greatness in this film.
On a less positive note, the movie spends a little too much time
setting up as a huge franchise style flick throughout the entire
hundred and forty minute runtime and not enough time on things
like the creative renderings of the futuristic set and the
eclectic characters that embodied the story. And at some point,
I did feel as though the movie could potentially be a little
daunting to those who have whole-heartedly embraced The Hunger
Games franchise and could simply be rejected as a shallow, dull
carbon copy movie that is attempting to capitalize on the young
adult genre (Which seems to dominate Hollywood these days).
Additionally, the ending of the movie might feel a little too
rushed for most viewers and could leave some scratching their
heads about what just went down. Nevertheless, those decisions
could be viewed as very stylistic choices that may be the
smarter approach, in the grand scheme of things. I do believe
the movie will make up for its shortcomings in the series
plotlines to come.
All in all, Divergent (the film) is very much on point, bringing
realism to the storyline, but not overdoing with blood and gore.
It certainly wasn't a perfect flick, by any means (because no
movie is, after all), but the positives here, undoubtedly
outweighs the negatives and do I think the franchise will go
places. Four and a half stars out of five is a good assessment
and it is well worth the theater visit with popcorn.
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 7.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9
English 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English Spanish
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"Bringing Divergent to Life" Documentary
“Faction Before Blood” Featurette
Audio Commentary with Director Neil Burger
Audio Commentary with Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher