Divide, The

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Anchor Bay Entertainment
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In The Divide, a sudden nuclear attack forces nine strangers into a small, decrepit apartment building basement for shelter. Trapped for days underground with no hope of rescue and unknown horrors awaiting them outside, the group begins to descend into madness, acting out vicious bouts of psychological and physical torture upon one another. As supplies dwindle, tensions flare, and they grow increasingly deranged, each digresses into a volatile and primal state of being. As everyone in the bunker gradually sheds the humanity they once held, even the thinnest chance of escape holds no promise of salivation on the outside. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the theatrical trailer, up-front previews, and a digital copy.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is digitally photographed and exhibits a slightly desaturated tonal balance for dramatic effect. As such, there appears to be a slight sepia overcast to the visuals. Still, the picture exhibits a rawness and naturalness that is compelling visually. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation in the dimly lit basement environment. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail revealed in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. The imagery is graphic and quite engaging in the portrayal of human disintegration. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is terrific with, at times, an energized soundfield that sounds holosonic®. The two added surround channels are positioned to the back, not at 90 degrees relative to the sweet spot listening position. The added sonics encompass atmospherics and special effects, expanding to the entire soundfield with enveloping directionalized effect. Additional energy is provided by the .1 LFE channel, with bass extended oftentimes at sub-25 Hz. The synthesized and orchestral music score is nicely recorded with, at times, a featured piano presence. Dialogue is spatially integrated and always intelligible. This is a dramatic soundtrack experience that perfectly communicates a powerfully and intensely emotional volatile state of affairs. (Gary Reber)