The Covenant

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Overview

An ancient secret threatens to unleash the powers of darkness on a group of modern prep-school students when the sole survivor of a cursed bloodline returns to lay claim to the powers denied to him centuries ago in a supernatural teen thriller from director Renny Harlin and screenwriter J.S. Cardone. 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 ...
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Overview

An ancient secret threatens to unleash the powers of darkness on a group of modern prep-school students when the sole survivor of a cursed bloodline returns to lay claim to the powers denied to him centuries ago in a supernatural teen thriller from director Renny Harlin and screenwriter J.S. Cardone. 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. The past has a way of coming back when you least expect it though, 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.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Renny Harlin; Breaking the Silence: Exposing The Convenant featurette
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
More than 300 years after five families enter into a covenant of silence to escape witch hunts, thus preserving both the secret of their magic powers and their respective bloodlines, a quartet of their young male descendents have enrolled at the elite Spenser Academy. Laconic Caleb Danvers (Steven Strait) is the unofficial leader of this particular brat pack, which includes long-haired motorcyclist Pogue (Taylor Kitsch), laid-back Tyler (Chace Crawford), and constant troublemaker Reid (Toby Hemingway), who can't resist working his magic at inopportune moments. Things heat up when Caleb takes a fancy to transfer student Sarah (Laura Ramsey) and befriends a mysterious newcomer named Chase Collins (Sebastian Stan). From that point on The Covenant abounds in disturbing visions, suspicious accidents, and an alarming rise in the student population's death rate. The screenplay, while chock-full of clichéd and corny dialogue, nonetheless offers some surprisingly effective shock sequences and helps establish an oppressively malevolent mood that's sustained by conscientious trouping from key principals Strait and Stan. Director Renny Harlin, an old hand at this sort of material, deploys special effects parsimoniously until the climatic duel sequence, which echoes such films as The Matrix in its complexity and intensity. Pierre Gill's camerawork creates appropriately atmospheric images, and Tomandandy's pulse-pounding music accentuates the on-screen action perfectly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/2/2007
  • UPC: 043396170032
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 17,026

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steven Strait Caleb Danvers
Sebastian Stan Chase Collins
Laura Ramsey Sarah Wenham
Taylor Kitsch Pogue Parry
Toby Hemingway Reid Garwin
Jessica Lucas Kate Tunney
Chace Crawford Tyler Simms
Kyle Schmid Aaron Abbot
Kenneth Welsh Provost Higgins
Wendy Crewson Evelyn Danvers
Stephen McHattie James Danvers
Christian Baril Dead Teenage Boy
Barbara Basia-Jasinski Nicky's Bar Waitress
Robert Burns Mr. Pennyworth
Robert Crooks Ryan Bael
Steven Crowder Party Kid
Larry Day Patrolman Reeve
Vito DeFilippo Mr. Hoffman
Jonatan Deveau Semi-Driver
Frank Fontaine Gorman Twoberry
Dawn Ford School Nurse
Paul Hopkins Fireman
Pierre LeBlanc Mr. Waugh
Travis Martin Student
Basil McKenna Patrolman Endore
Jon McLaren Bordy Becklin
Neil Napier Coach Hamm
Charles Papasoff Security Guard
John Robinson Patrolman Byers
Sarah Smyth Kira Snider
Paul Stewart School Doctor
Jean-Loup Yale Nicky the Bartender
Richard Zeman Sergeant Sobel
Susan Calloway Singer
Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director
Reg Ashby Special Effects
J.S. Cardone Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Chirs Cochlin Production Manager
Nicolas de Toth Editor
Sean Dwyer Asst. Director
Scott Einbinder Executive Producer
Michael Friedman Musical Direction/Supervision
Bruno Gatien Makeup Special Effects
Pierre Gill Cinematographer
Kathy Kelso Makeup
Carol Kottenbrook Executive Producer
Andre Lamal Executive Producer
Felix Lariviere-Charron Set Decoration/Design
Raymond Larose Set Decoration/Design
Claude Letessier Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
James McQuaide Executive Producer
Roger Mincheff Executive Producer
Adrien Morot Makeup Special Effects
April Napier Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre Perrault Art Director
François Perrier Camera Operator
Anne Pritchard Production Designer
Lucie Robitaille Casting
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Tomandandy Score Composer
Michael Williams Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Covenant
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
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Disc #1 -- Covenant
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      Featurette
         Breaking the Silence: Exposing the Covenant
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Movie!

    Such a good movie! I personally liked it a lot, but it's not really one of my favorites. Of course, with hot guys and the use of magic, it's pretty close =D

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Spellbinding

    If you like magic and hott guys you'll love this movie. Steven Strait is a great actor. The fighting is awesome! Love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I thought it was a great genre movie

    I thought that The Covenant was pure escapism but with a slick style that took a novel approach to an old theme. I liked the way they dealt with the conundrum of having this super power but by using it you lost a piece of yourself. It makes you think about the consequences of your actions and how they impact others as well as yourself. The lighting, set, special effects and the model good looks of the whole cast made for a fantastic visual throughout. Great movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Little Bit of Magic to go, Please.

    This movie explores the possibilities and mysteries of magic that is not for children. Growing up I loved movies such as Hocus Pocus, Escape to Witch Mountain, Witches, Teen Witch, etc... Now that I am an adult it is nice to watch a movie with a similar theme without watching a movie made for children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie!!!

    The first time i saw this movie i fell in love with it , my eyes were glued to the screen . My favorite is caleb , he's Hot!.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The first time I saw this movie I was in love! It's easy to follow, kept my attention and was very interesting. The guys were all hot, but my fav is the guy who plays Caleb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this movie!!!

    When I first heard of it, I heard it on YouTube, and from my friend. So I went to a Barnes&Noble and purchesed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the covenant

    kept hearing about this movie and the whole oh it sucked or ohhh steven strait!!! anyway, i first heard about in a magazine and thought it was a show lol, the movie was alright and the plot was interesting but yes it could of been better, and i wondered what if caleb was the baddie instead? fave out of the four is of course caleb and pogue i don't know why reminds me of a young johnny depp back in his early days as an actor or something. and caleb so cute and a def jacob black from the twilight series especially new moon and eclipse and once again looks so much like josh hartnett just with black hair but love love steven's smile. this is like one of those movies where it kinda sucks but you can't help at least watch once and remember "that guy from that movie" where you know the face but not the name kind of that of thing. the others were cool too especially reid with the harry potter and dreamcatcher comment. in the final scene you know you're reminded of dragon ball z. why is it always the guy falls for blonde chick all the time and not like the black haired or brown or even red? it was an alright movie but a little weird at times little cliche.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    someone

    great. funny in some parts and creepy in others makes it a great movie to watch if you're anything like me. although i do disagree that it is an action/thriller/horror film. its more of a movie that has supernatual feel that can keep you on edge for some of the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It might be overused, but...

    Okay so I agree that the plot of the movie might be the same old boys have powers, and one misuses it. But I'm a fan of the same old. It's great to see how other people portray things. Some people might not like it, but I would reccommend it. This might be Steven Strait's best role yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Same old formula

    This movie is a good one to pass an evening, but it's still the same old formula of boys have power and one wants to mis-use it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Witch Hunting in the 21st Century: Hunky Molochs!

    THE COVENANT is not a great film by any definition but it is worth seeing for the cast of characters doomed to portray the rather shoddy script: the live Abercrombie & Fitch appearing models make up for allure in screen presence what they may lack in a solid story. In the 1600s, during the witch trials, there were five families who secretly survived, holding 'The Power', to send their descendents into the future. It is now present time and four of the families are represented by young hunks, the Ipswich Guys, who are attending a private school in autumnal Massachusetts, careful to keep their Power hidden for the most part: the Power is the ability to do fantastic feats of force and sorcery which, if it is used to much carries the punishment of aging the body quickly... The four lads are Caleb (20-year old stud model Steven Strait), Pogue (sculpted body man Taylor Kitsch), Tyler (Chace Crawford), and Reid (Toby Hemingway) and aside from Caleb and Pogue the other two are pretty much set decoration, so minimal are their lines and involvement. Into this setting comes one Chase Collins (Sebastian Stan, a handsome lad from 'The Architect') who just happens to be the surviving member of the fifth family and who is greedy for Power beyond his own abilities. A series of confrontations results in Caleb facing Chase in a showdown, but not before the girls involved with the good guys - Caleb's girlfriend Sarah (Laura Ramsey) and Pogue's girlfriend Kate (Jessica Lucas), equally as beautiful as their partners are handsome - critically enter the picture. There is, of course, a showdown in an old ancestral barn during the requisite thunder and lightning storm background which serves as a stage for the silly computer generated graphics that throw Caleb and Chase around with jellyfish balls and the like. The ending makes it very clear that a sequel (probably more than one) is planned and if that means more exposure for this attractive young cast of actors, bring it on. Director Renny Harlin and writer J.S. Cardone know they have a kitschy formula movie and seem to have a great time making it as fun and creepy as possible - good music, great lighting and camera work, and a penchant for locker room shower scenes that guarantee success with the intended audience. THE COVENANT is often silly but it is a good escapist movie and may just be the springboard for some new faces! Grady Harp

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