Quarantine (Blu-ray)

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When a news crew decides to trail a brave fire-fighting team, they never suspect that the first call for help they respond to that night may be their last. Now they're trapped in an apartment complex sealed off by the government. With no way of escape, they find themselves surrounded by frightened residents who are infected with a deadly mutant virus. What happens next is only known because of the footage they left behind.

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Studio Sony
SKU 210499919
UPC 043396253704
UPC 14 00043396253704
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/20/2011
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Carpenter,Jennifer
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ReviewSource Reel.com
Review With innovation such a scarce commodity, Hollywood should really stop remaking foreign films. Aside from their almost universal track record for underachieving, there is something so basic about experiencing a movie in its native tongue that no translation (or poorly scripted dubbing) can match. This past August [2008], the sensational Spanish thriller [REC]--as in the "record" button on a video camera--caused an uproar in New Zealand when one beleaguered audience member soiled themselves during a screening. Naturally, Tinseltown already had its version, Quarantine, ready to jump on such publicity. As found footage/first-person POV style shockers go, it's pretty good. You can leave your adult diapers at home, however...If you never saw [REC], never read a single review of the mesmerizing shocker, or have no idea of the brilliant work done by directors Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza, then Quarantine will appear absolutely fresh and highly imaginative...But true to the American way of "bigger is better," the small scale Spanish production is given a much broader cinematic canvas from which to work. Most of the previous shocks are present again, but Poughkeepsie Tapes director John Erick Dowdle (who co-wrote with brother Drew) can't leave well enough alone. He does add a couple of clever gross outs--including one involving a mad dog, a man, and a closed elevator--but he counters that with an overabundance of unimportant characterization...Quarantine is not perfect, but it takes its unusual premise (and by now, overused approach) and manages to find a way to make it all work well. Fans of what Balaguero and Plaza accomplished should probably steer clear. But if you're in the mood for a solid, suspense-filled 90 minutes, this movie will definitely give you the creeps.
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Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It has become tiresome to travel to a multiplex seemingly every other Friday to see the latest remake of a foreign horror film. For the most part, the problem isn't that these productions are remakes but that they're bad remakes. In some cases, that's because the source material isn't good and in some cases it's because something is broken in the translation. The reason the term "remake" has developed a negative connotation isn't because the re-imagination of a story in another era or for a different culture is inherently flawed but because so many of them are produced without any concern for intelligence or artistry. Quarantine is an English-language remake of the 2007 Spanish horror film [Rec]. While the films are in many ways similar (with certain shots and passages of dialogue being identical), Quarantine fails to correct some of the problems evident in its predecessor while also incorporating a few defects of its own...The first-person style is an inherent roadblock to Quarantine achieving any degree of mainstream acceptance. Nausea-inducing movies like this rarely work well with audiences, even when there's a huge marketing campaign at work (Cloverfield, for example). Quarantine is a small movie with a mostly unknown cast, and it looks like it was made for next to nothing...Based on multiple viewings of each, The Blair Witch Project, Diary of the Dead, and Cloverfield all play better on DVD than in theaters. There's something about the approach that is more effective on a smaller screen. Maybe the same will be true of Quarantine. It's easily the weakest entry into this ever-expanding category and is inferior to its subtitled source material. Quarantine implies "stay away" and that's not bad advice.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Carpenter,Jennifer
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Brad Miska, Bloody-Disgusting.com Quite possibly the best horror film this year.
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times ...delivers the heebie-jeebies with solid acting and perfectly calibrated shocks.
Jeremy Wheeler, TV Guide ...a stripped-down bloody thrill ride that -- while certainly not catering to everyone's tastes -- should satisfy gore-hounds...
Jim Ridley, L.A. Weekly ...scary as hell.
Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail ...uses consistent logic and confinement to find new ways of being scary.

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