Insurgent Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 6/10
I liked it. Hmm that might not be enough for a whole review:) I’m not sure what else there is to say. I mean, there are reasons to like a movie that can be easy to explain, and then sometimes….well….it’s not.

I’m not a huge fan of these big franchise flicks lately. I mean, I enjoy the experience of an epic tale of good vs. evil, troubled characters trying to redeem themselves or save the world. It’s fantasy and fun and at times quite engaging. The thing is, with The Divergence Series, the main thing I do like is the idea of the separate factions. People are divided into groups based on personality traits they are born with. This is something I happen to believe in any way, not dividing people, but that we are born with traits that make us who we are and the rest is just what we learn from people around us.

This story, the second installment of the tale, gets us deeper into the politics and nitty-gritty of how the world order inside this city is playing out now that there has been a large revolt by the Divergents. Our heroine is as feisty and as strong as ever, which is nice to see. She holds up to the action, the fights, and the emotional tug of war she has to go through to try to bring down the system.

I enjoy the dystopian stories more and more as I get older and this one has captured my imagination. Maybe that’s the thing that makes me enjoy the series. Whatever it is I will keep watching. Oh, by the way, I’m definitely Divergent, in case you were wondering.

Features: 9/10

  • Insurgent Unlocked (2 Hours) – A picture in Picture version of the film that takes you through a variety of topics. It’s broken down into seven different sections as follows. Building A Better World, Creating The Big Screen Experience, Exploring The Factionless, From Factionless To Candor, A New Landscape For Weapons & Stunts, Composers & Simultors, A Fight To The Finish.
  • From Divergent To Insurgent (5 Minutes) – Cast and crew discuss the story so far.
  • Anatomy Of A Scene The Train Fight (4 Minutes) – A very brief look at the train sequence which was filmed in a very strange manner.
  • The Others (4 Minutes) – A close up look at the cast and characters.
  • The Peter Hayes Story (3 Minutes) – Miles Teller plays Peter Hayes in the story here we focus on his turnaround in this movie.
  • Marketing Gallery – Trailers, a HBO First Look and a bunch of artwork round out the disc.
  • Audio Commentary With Producers – Doug Wick & Lucy Fisher producers of the movie take us through the making of the film. Unlike the commentary for the first film this duo did, they spend a lot of the time here silent. There are some interesting tidbits though for true fans.
  • 3D Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital Copy

Cover Art: 7/10
I do like this cover, just because it reminds me of a cool part in the movie. I wouldn’t have it as a poster though, it’s not really my style.

Audio & Video: 9/10
Both the included 3D and 2D versions of the film are included here on separate discs, and both are stunning in their own right. using the AVC/MVC codecs and presented in 1080P with an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 fans of the franchise are in for a treat. Unlike most other Dystopian movies Insurgent is a more natural looking non color graded movie so it looks exceptional and very vivid. Black levels are very good on both versions of the movie but the 2D version manages to look better somehow. I only have 1 complaint, some of the panning shots at the start of the film are quite jerky, not sure if that is my setup or the film itself you be the judge.

Dolby Atmos is the star of the show here when it comes to the audio track, and I know many of you have not upgraded your receivers to Atmos Capable ones yet, but fear not the Atmos track will detect that and run an uncompressed Dolby True-HD 7.1 track if your running older hardware. This is a stunning sounding track that will literally rip the roof off your home theater at times. The LFE channel is used very aggressively and sometimes overwhelms the dialog. Talking of dialog voices are crisp and clear and often use a spacial effect that makes voices sound like they are in a large room. Dynamic range in the movie is very wide so if you are listening late night you might want to reach for the night mode button. This is a very well executed track that will impress adults and young adults alike.

Overall Score 6.5/10