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The Divide (Blu-ray + DVD) (2012)

Lauren German , Michael Biehn , Xavier Gens  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance
  • Directors: Xavier Gens
  • Format: Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007549YM4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,641 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

• Trailer
• Audio Commentary with Director Xavier Gens and Actors Michael Biehn, Michael Eklund and Milo Ventimiglia

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Prepare yourself for the unrated movie experience that critics are calling one of the most graphic and extreme end-of-the-world shockers of our time: As nuclear warheads rain down on Manhattan, nine strangers -- Lauren German (Hostel: Part II), Michael Biehn (Aliens, Tombstone), Milo Ventimiglia (''Heroes''), Courtney B. Vance (''Law & Order: Criminal Intent''), Ivan Gonzalez, Michael Eklund (Hunt To Kill), Ashton Holmes (''Revenge'') and Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction) -- barricade themselves in their apartment building's bunker-like basement controlled by the unhinged superintendent. But within days, supplies dwindle, tempers flare and the trapped survivors find themselves overcome by treachery, madness, sexual torment and savage violence. What follows is intense. It is raw. And it is all brutally, horrifyingly real. This is THE DIVIDE.

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76 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I didn't have any set expectations going into Xavier Gens' provocative survival drama "The Divide." Love it or hate it, one thing is certain: this is a movie that seems destined to polarize (or divide) its audience. Its supporters will call it a modern masterpiece. Guaranteed. Its strongest detractors will call it a nihilistic mess. Absolutely. Maybe its both--a modern messy nihilistic masterpiece. For the most part, the film was savaged by the mainstream media. On the other hand, the movie seemed to connect with audiences at key film festivals including Edinburgh, SXSW, Fant-Asia, and Toronto After Dark. So I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Make no mistake, the goal of Gens is to provoke and push buttons with his uncompromisingly unpleasant look at people pushed to extremes. And any film that can elicit strong emotions--good or bad--is a rarity in this movie world where we make homogenized formula pieces designed by committee.

"The Divide" literally starts with the end of the world as we know it. As a nuclear attack ravages the city, a small band of survivors makes it to safety in their apartment building basement. This disparate group seem well supplied for the moment thanks to the brusque building super (Michael Biehn) who instantly takes on the alpha male position. Amidst the usual squabbles, pettiness, and annoyances--their plan to wait out the radiation takes a radical turn when the outside world invades in a dangerously uncomfortable way. As time passes, the group faces increasingly unpleasant choices and this little microcosm of society starts to break down in harrowing and disturbing ways. Although the film is marketed as a horror film, in no way do I see it in this context.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense is an Understatement! April 27, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'll start by saying I purchased this film because I respect Milo Ventimiglia's previous work and figured I'd give it a chance. I'm not usually one for post-apocalyptic films as I often find them too depressing to watch so I wasn't expecting to really care for it but this film really blew me away.

This movie is dark. Dark, intense and very powerful. It's full of things we all fear but most of all it encompasses the depravity of human beings when put in a situation such as what befalls the characters in this film. The cover of the movie itself should be enough to tell you that this isn't going to be a happy film. Blood, violence and even a considerable amount of rape are all in this film and it's all done so very intensely! This film shows you the horrifying and frightening things people will do to each other in order to survive, when crammed into the basement of an apartment building. This movie didn't hold back. The characters didn't hold back.

Milo Ventimiglia's character of "Josh" was absolutely brilliant as was Lauren German who played "Eva". Ventimiglia's performance went above and beyond. The transformation that Josh goes through is just unbelievable and so very dark, that it left me really speechless. I have to say, this is probably Milo's best work yet.

The Divide is raw and has a very gritty feel to it, which I really liked. The director did a fantastic job, in my opinion. It's certainly not for everyone but for those who can appreciate a dark and intense film like this, should really give it a shot. I thought it was absolutely brilliant and I'm glad I purchased it. It gets five stars from me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I didn't like this film and I regret that I bought it, for many reasons, not the least of which is that I was deceived by the image and teaser on the cover of the DVD.

I thought I was buying a SF film about survivors of a nuclear war trying to go on with their lifes. This film however is something diiferent. The original cataclysm is barely shown and is never explained - we never learn what exactly happened. The whole story is in fact a study in the slow but certain disappearance of all social order and even purely human reflexes amongst a group of people who are trapped in a cage without exit (an underground shelter) and with dwindling food and water supply...

The film is full of incredibly vulgar language - it seems that absolutely everybody speaks with the "F" bomb beginning every sentence. There are purely obscene moments of sexual nature (nothing to do with love-making). Excrements, menstrual blood, rotting bodies and swarming cockroaches, all play considerable role by moments. There are very graphic scenes of murder, rape and torture. In one word, this film has more in common with "Saw" franchise than with SF movies. This is most of the plot and of the scenario - and this film REALLY disgusted me.

I would rate this thing one star, if it was not for the last five minutes, which contain one pretty cruel but really intelligent twist, which I didn't see coming at all. I also must admit that actors did a rather good job and the cast is strong: Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance, Milo Ventimiglia and Ashton Holmes all did very well. It is however Lauren German (an actress I never heard about before), playing the main female role, who offers the best performance - she sure can act.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Awesome movie! I would definitely recommend it to my friends and family! Very realistic and that's what's great about it.
Published 6 days ago by Mindy Dominguez
1.0 out of 5 stars Apocolyptic drama
A more unpleasant film I have never seen.
A group of people seal themselves into a cellar following a catastrophic event. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Annette Radocaj
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Ride In Spite Of Its Flaws
As the music swells we open on a close-up of a tear being birthed by an eye in which we see a reflection of missiles falling on Manhattan. Read more
Published 13 days ago by T. Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and real vision of what humans could face in an immediately...
I found this film on the shelf just recently by accident and thought I'd try it. Well in moments it was memorizing, no build up and in just seconds we are faced with the onslaught... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A watcher and thinker
5.0 out of 5 stars A brutal yet realistic look at the end
This will be a love it or hate it movie. There is no middle ground with this movie. It starts right off with bombs dropping on New York and a select few people making it down into... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adam J. Waters
1.0 out of 5 stars The "Divide" lives up to its name
This is one of those movies that, after it's over, you say "well, now, that's 2 hours of my life that I will never get back. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars THE DIVIDE
I WAS HAPPY WITH THIS PURCHASE. I AM QUITE PICKY WHEN IT COMES TO MOVIES SO I WILL TRY TO GIVE THIS A FAIR RATING.
Published 3 months ago by RON
1.0 out of 5 stars Just bad
Poor dialog, nothing intriguing about character development or interaction. Lord of the Flies is a better exploration of social de-evolution. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BanjoJuggler
2.0 out of 5 stars Peaked Early, Loose Ends, Stupid People, & Far Too Long
The subject line pretty much covers it. (Spoilers Below)

I bought this, really hoping for a good post-apocalyptic, bomb shelter-type movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Divide
A very weird movie especially the way you have to survive to fight for your life but the movie is interesting also there's alway's 1 person that survive last and the rest you no... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Efrain Rodriguez
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