Monday, May 16, 2016

Liongate Home Entertainment Tab July 12 For DVD, Blu-ray And 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack Editions Of The Divergent Series: Allegiant

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Ralph Tribbey
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will have both DVD and Blu-ray SKUs as well as a day/date 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack edition of director Robert Schwentke‘s The Divergent Series: Allegiant.   This third installment in the lucrative Divergent film franchise will be ready for fans to enjoy on July 12.

The ARR comes in at roughly the current industry average of 116 days and ticket sales currently amount to $65.7 million.   Still, that’s a solid box office take, but about half of what the second installment pulled in … the series concludes early next summer with the release of The Divergent Series: Ascendant.

The captives from the Maze Runner series escaped their walled confines and so do Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James) and some of their friends in The Divergent Series: Allegiant … and what they find outside the walls of Chicago is, sadly, beyond stupid.   The two series are very similar in that aspect … trapped, escape, explore and the discovery of the real purpose of their entrapment is a let down.

There was so much in the way of an opportunity here to make some serious sci-fi (good lord they had the budget and an established film franchise), and the escape from the confines of Chicago was both thrilling and well staged.   Their entry into the wasteland was foreboding and seemingly fraught with peril, but what ends up on screen after that point is so uneven as to be downright baffling. 

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Ralph TribbeyThere is still time to wrap the series up on a positive note — note to Lionsgate, it’s not about the money (budget), it’s about the writing.

That said, bonus features include commentary by producers Douglas Wick (Oscar-winning for Gladiator and nominated for Working Girl, plus such production credits as Hollow Man, The Craft, Spy Game, etc.) and Lucy Fisher (The Great Gatsby, Jarhead, Memoirs of a Geisha, etc.), plus a pair of featurettes — “Allegiant: Book to Film” and “Battle in the Bullfrog.”

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, The Perfect Match, Ralph Tribbey
Exclusive to the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD SKUs are four additional featurettes — “Finding the Future,” “Characters in Conflict,” “The Next Chapter” and “Building the Bureau.”

In other release news from Lionsgate this past week, director Bille Woodruff’s romantic comedy, The Perfect Match — teaming Terrence J (aka: Terrence Jenkins) with Cassie Ventura — will be available on July 19 as both DVD and Blu-ray product offerings.

The ARR is 130 days and ticket sales amounted to $9.7 million.

Bonus features include “cast and director” commentary — we are guessing that would be Bille Woodruff (Beauty Shop, Honey, etc.), Terrence J (Baggage Claim, Think Like a Man Too) and Cassie Ventura (Step Up 2: The Streets) — and a pair of featurettes — “What’s Love Without Comedy” and “Nobody’s Perfect.”

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