Divergent DVD Review – NZ Release

Divergent is available to buy or rent on Blu-ray and DVD in NZ from today, August 27, 2014!

The dystopian film, based on Veronica Roth’s young-adult trilogy of the same name, is set in a future world where society’s been divided into five distinct factions. But as you know Tris don’t play that one-group game because she’s divergent. Which isn’t something you want to be. So…conflict. There’s action, female badassery, humour, guns (in more ways than one) and romance.

I said, in our theatrical review, that the movie was a bit too long, and I still believe that. However with a DVD you can fast forward or rewind to your heart’s content. And also- the Special Features! You get a cool featurette, ‘Faction Before Blood’, with some behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast and Veronica Roth herself. You get audio commentary by Neil Burger and one with producers Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick. However you know what we’re really here for, the deleted scenes. Notably the infamous eye-stabbing scene which we thought was cut for PG13 reasons, although very important for both Edward’s character (the stabbee) and Peter (the stabber), was really cut due to it interrupting the ‘flow of the story’. More importantly there’s a deleted scene where dauntless cake is mentioned and SHOWN. ALL HAIL DAUNTLESS CAKE.

I was pretty keen for audio commentary by Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Theo James (Four) which unfortunately didn’t happen. However grab the DVD for the deleted scenes alone, or just so you can pause the film whenever you like to erm study mise en scene? Lighting? Camera angles? Theo James’ arms?

While it does have its faults, questionable timing and world-origin story, the film is a must-see for any dystopian fan. The action scenes are on point, the soundtrack is ace and the acting is above par, even if there was an unnecessary character- I still don’t understand why Max was given so much screen time when we could have had Uriah. However here’s to looking toward the release of Insurgent, next year, and the introduction of my favourite character. Until then, do yourself a favour get yourself a copy of the DVD/Blu-ray.



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