Home video: Bestseller spawns better film with 'Divergent'

  • Updated: July 31, 2014 - 10:23 PM
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Shailene Woodley stars as Tris in “Divergent.”

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Bestseller spawns better film

It’s rare that a movie is as good as the book on which it’s based. It’s even more unusual when it’s better. With the film adaptation of “Divergent,” the first novel in Veronica Roth’s trilogy of dystopian thrillers, director Neil Burger (“Limitless”) has crafted a leaner, more propulsive and more satisfying film than the bestseller that inspired it. Screenwriters Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor have cut the fat, picked up the pace and sharpened Roth’s themes celebrating individualism and ingenuity, which were muted in Roth’s sluggish and overlong telling. Daugherty and Taylor have even come up with an ending that more cleverly uses the story’s teenage heroine, Tris (Shailene Woodley), without changing the outcome. The DVD (Lionsgate, $30), which comes out Tuesday, includes commentary and deleted scenes. The Blu-ray ($40) adds a making-of documentary and a featurette.

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