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The Covenant [DVD] [2007]

Steven Strait , Laura Ramsey , Pierre Gill    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steven Strait, Laura Ramsey, Sebastian Stan, Taylor Kitsch, Chace Crawford
  • Directors: Pierre Gill
  • Producers: tomandandy, Gary Lucchesi
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MZGVXI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Supernatural teen thriller. The story begins in 1692, when five families from the Ipswich Colony of Massachusetts formed a covenant of silence that would forever protect their remarkable powers. One family went too far, though, and as a result of their transgression they were forever banished from the land. Flash forward to the new millennium and the four Sons of Ipswich are now the student elite at the prestigious Spenser Academy. Bound by their sacred ancestry and sworn to silence, these four teens share a secret so remarkable that it has served to protect their families for hundreds of years. But the past has a way of coming back when you least expect it, and when the fifth Son of Ipswich returns seeking to harness the powers denied him in the past, the battle is on to ensure the safety of The Covenant and lay the one descendent who threatens to reveal their secret to rest once and for all.

Synopsis

Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Deep Blue Sea) directs this supernatural thriller about descendants of powerful New England families. The sons of Ipswich are legendary at Spenser Academy, the local boarding school. Handsome and popular, these four teenage friends can trace their roots to the founding families of the Ipswich Colony, settled in the late 1600s. For years these Massachusetts families have harboured the secret that they possess supernatural powers. Their descendants--Caleb (Steven Strait), Reid (Toby Hemingway), Tyler (Chace Crawford), and Pogue (Taylor Kitsch)--have inherited magical powers that first manifested themselves when the boys turned 13 years old. In a nutshell, they can do anything. As they approach their 18th birthdays, they are preparing to 'ascend', which means their powers will grow stronger. The downside? The magic is seductive and addictive, and causes premature aging with each use.
Ringleader Caleb tries to keep his friends from using magic recklessly, but as the school year begins, strange events and a strong gut instinct convince Caleb that someone is using very powerful magic. Meanwhile, Caleb is exploring his newfound affection for transfer student Sarah (Laura Ramsey). To Caleb'’s dismay, Sarah becomes a pawn in a power struggle with a descendant of the fifth founding family of Ipswich, a line thought to be lost during Salem’'s witch trials. Is Caleb strong enough to maintain his power and keep his family and friends safe, or will he yield to this new threat and sacrifice himself? The film draws interesting parallels between the luring, addictive power of magic and the addictions real teenagers face. The sufficiently creepy setting echoes New England and sets the stage for supernatural phenomena. The Covenant also stars Sebastian Stan as Chase Collins, a wealthy newcomer to Spenser, and Jessica Lucas as Kate, Sarah’'s roommate and Pogue’'s girlfriend.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars just a little bit of buff-fluff 30 Nov 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love how evenly reviews for this movie are spread - half for and half against, with just one 3 star rating in the middle. Therefore I've decided to tip the scale and say - 4 stars - because I enjoyed it.

Okay, the plot is (at best) basic and (at worst) times confusing and I wont confess to having understood all the dialogue however it had some great set pieces (like a car that breaks apart and then reforms to avoid a collision and the battle sequence at the end, where the two guys 'magic battle').

I thought it was fun to have a male-spin on 'The Craft' (which 'The Covenant' shares alot of similarities with) and the fact that these four buff guys call themselves witches was a fun twist. The Covenant lads are also 'One Tree Hill' hot and the several swim team scenes added nothing to the story but allowed these wideboys to strip down to their trunks and stand around looking at each other (any excuse, eh?).

This is a film where the special effects cost more than the cast and I don't mind that. If you want a hunkier Harry Potter, or a gay 'Craft', or you're just happy watching anything, then you cannot go wrong with 'The Covenant' - sexy-bad-boy-buff-fluff-magic-nonsense is always a winner with me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glossy, teen friendly supernatural thriller 11 April 2010
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This gothic overtoned movie is first and foremost a teen movie, and then secondly has some supernatural thriller elements. If approached on that basis, it's quite passable and indeed quite slick in it's production. The story is Twilight - lite, but transposed to the world of witches rather than vampires, and with far less teen-angst. Four teenage friends in Ipswich hold a secret - they are actually descendents of witches, and have special powers.. powers which are magnified when they reach their 18th birthday. However, the powers come at a terrible cost. Two newcomers to the private school they attend make things complicated - a beautiful woman (mmhh.. wonder what happens there, then...) and another schoolboy - who turns out to have a link to the other 4. The hero finds himself having to choose what to tell the lady about his secret - and just maybe he will have to make a decision... his powers, or the girl.
It's not rocket science, and holds few surprises. The cast are all standard eye candy Hollywood teens, the school seemingly entirely populated by perfect specimens. The production looks glossy but is brilliantly clear in this bluray transfer - The dark scenes (and there are plenty of those) are crystal clear, the condensation in the obligatory "woman-feels-like-she-is-being-watched-in-the-shower" scene actually feels real, and the few special effects scenes - the car crashing into the truck, for example, are just vivid enough in HD in sight and sound to help wake you up just when you are getting bored with the dragging plot. Watch out for the surprisingly convincing cgi spider.
The ending feels more like a set up for a sequel than a satisfying resolution in itself, but overall if you're not expecting much - there are worse ways to kill a couple of hours. Movie making by numbers, perhaps - but the numbers add up to passable if unsurprising entertainment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter can kiss my... 3 Feb 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Just consider it a male version of "The Craft" -- "The Covenant" is basically a flimsy witchcraft story dressed up with lots of male eye candy. The candy is nice for the eyes, but it would have been nice to have a little meat for the brain as well.

Ipswich has four (used to be five) witch families, and the eldest son inherits a dangerous bunch of magic in his early teens, before coming into his full power at eighteen (do I smell another magic/sexual maturity analogy here?). They mainly use these powers as... well, the way you'd expect any teen boys to. But then the body of a student is found in a car, and the sons of Ipswich are suspected.

And Caleb Danvers (Steven Strait) starts to figure out that something weird is happening -- ghosts, magical peeping-toms, and a mysterious student who just transferred there. Not only must Caleb stop the magical attacks -- but keep his own burgeoning powers under control too, as he confronts the secret enemy.

"The Covenant" is pure fluff from start to finish, and at times it feels like it isn't aspiring to be much more -- the plot is quite basic and rather suspenseless, since the bad guy practically has a "REALLY SINISTER AND CREEPY" sign around his neck -- and a five-year-old could guess who he is just by the backstory.

In a way, it feels bad to kick such an unpretentiously popcorn movie, but it could have been way better -- instead, it's loaded with with cliches galore. There are a few cool scenes, such as a car flying apart and reconstructing -- quite nice, visually speaking.

But the rest of the time, it's just predictable and rather cheesy -- dialogue is extremely teen-movie ("You ready to say "uncle"?" "I'm ready for you to go to hell!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't As Bad As I Was Lead To Believe 5 April 2008
By Caleb Williams VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
The Story: In 1692, five families in the Ipswich colony of Massachusetts hold a mysterious power that they are forced to hide from society for fear of being executed of witches. To hide themselves, they form a secret Covenant which will help protect their ancestors from being hunted down.
Fast forward to the present day and four teenagers are forced to live in the modern day with these powers, though they can't resist the temptation of using them now and again. Caleb Danvers is coming up to his 18th Birthday and will thus ascend to the next level of this mysterious power, although a mysterious 5th power is seeking to destroy Caleb and take it from him.

The Review: This was a surprisingly entertaining film which, for the teenage movie genre was very unique. The friendship between the four boys, and the development of the relationship between Caleb (Strait) and Sarah (Ramsey) are in my eyes very believable which leads you into caring for these characters on another level. Being of the story behind this movie and the overall format, I felt that the director was trying way too hard to bring up the age rating by adding some random pointless nudity and language in an attempt to have it appeal to an older audience. The scene transition I felt didn't work as well as I'd hoped, some scenes will feature some really cool and memorable moments, e.g. the scene where Caleb is driving and he hits an 18 wheeler head on. This type of scene would have you think this is worthy of a 5 star rating but then the next scene would contain some extremely corny dialogue which will make you want to bury your head in your hands in shame.

Overall this is an entertaining film that you will enjoy as long as you're not expecting to see a movie with a 5 star script and 5 star acting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars witches
four friends later joined by afifth and two girls in dorms and flash cars.the boys are witches and one sets his sights on kabel for revenge,ok for kids and teenagers ,people my age... Read more
Published 1 month ago by davidhattermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Flick movie
Easy to watch, nice story ideal for young teenage girls who like eye candy in this film. Not a bad buy. My daughter loved it.
Published 3 months ago by sam66
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Another fantastic blue-ray this product was delivered fast and I enjoyed every minute of the film would 100% recommend
great quality picture as well
Published 4 months ago by peter j pate
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
I love this movie. It has its flaws, but at the same time it has everything that a good story needs; an likeable hero, girl in distress, nice visual, interesting powers, nice... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ela Lond
5.0 out of 5 stars The Craft..... with men
I actually enjoyed this i saw it on Channel 5 a few years ago and i thought it was rather good and bought the DVD now years later i bought the Blu Ray and im glad i did not much... Read more
Published 6 months ago by OwenDavies2
4.0 out of 5 stars It's The Craft But With Boys
Canny film good transition to blu ray. Wanted it for a while after seeing it on Channel 5 a few years ago. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Craggle
3.0 out of 5 stars average teen flick
Your typical teen flick. Much of the same feel as films like 'soul survivors' 'prom night' the acting is as expected for the type of film. Some good music in the film too :-)
Published 10 months ago by tina Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad film at all.
This fim is about 4 high school warlocks..My first impression was a male version of The Craft, but it was not as good as that..It a good film, without being great.
Published 16 months ago by Ern
5.0 out of 5 stars my kind of chick flick
I can't understand why people complain about the "depth" of the story when this film was obviously designed to be a bit of fun. Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by Su
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
The covenant is a great movie. It is great to see this kind of movie ruled by young professional actors. Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by JRivera
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