Featured In Issue 194, February 2015

WSR Score5
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Summit Entertainment
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The setting is in a future world where society has been divided into five distinct factions. But Tris (Woodley) 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 (Jones), 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. Based on the novel by Veronica Roth.

Special features include commentary with Director Neil Burger, commentary with Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, the Bringing Divergent To Life documentary (HD 47:17), the Faction Before Blood featurette (HD 14:51), four deleted scenes (HD 04:27), “Beating Heart” music video (HD 03:48), a marketing gallery, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The Alexa digital cinematic 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is stellar in its depiction of a disturbing future world. Color fidelity is excellent, with strong saturated hues that are rich and vibrant. Lighting highlights effectively contrast with darker colors, which create a dimensional effect. The color palette is consistently natural in appearance. Fleshtones are perfectly natural. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a well-crafted picture that exhibits enhanced dimensionality, dynamic contrast, and bold color fidelity, for a reference-quality visual experience with stimulating production design.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dramatically holosonic® sounding with an aggressive, directionalized soundfield presentation. Surround envelopment is virtually constant throughout, with the added two channels providing effective dimension and depth. Deep bass is prevalent with extended .1 LFE energy that is immersive. Atmospherics and sound effects are both aggressively dynamic and nuanced, as well as envelopingly dimensional. The music score is powerfully dynamic and exciting with a wide and deep soundstage and huge soundfield presence. Fidelity is excellent throughout. Dialogue, however, is largely ADR and at times is not well integrated spatially. This is a reference-quality, thrilling soundtrack, with an effectively punchy essence that is thoroughly engaging.