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Chernobyl Diaries (DVD + Ultraviolet Digital Copy) (2012)

Devin Kelley , Jonathan Sadowski , Brad Parker  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Jesse McCartney
  • Directors: Brad Parker
  • Writers: Oren Peli, Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke
  • Producers: Oren Peli, Brian Witten, Richard Sharkey, Rob Cowan, Andrew A. Kosove
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: October 16, 2014 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008VPCL7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chernobyl Diaries (DVD + Ultraviolet Digital Copy)" on IMDb

Special Features

- Chernobyl Conspiracy Viral Video

Editorial Reviews

A big part of the marketing pitch for Chernobyl Diaries is that it sprang from the mind of Oren Peli (cowriter and producer), the creative force responsible for birthing a new genre of "reality" horror with Paranormal Activity. Chernobyl Diaries doesn't follow the same Paranormal rules of pretending as though what we're seeing is genuine found footage of something horrific, or documentary evidence of actual supernatural events. But it does stick to the general rules of the slick new breed of horror movies that force a more immediate sense of dread by placing us within the action in periods of real time. Added to that is the stylistic use of jangly hand-held camera, natural light, and nerve-wracking glimpses of action that mimic the unsettling effect of peripheral vision. The setup is as old as Friday the 13th: a group of beautiful young bodies trapped in an island environment are gruesomely knocked off one at a time by a barely seen vengeful presence. A couple of movies have exploited the creepy potential of the deathly ghost town of Chernobyl and the adjacent city of Pripyat, where the doomed nuclear plant workers lived, but none with such an air of hair-raising authenticity (there's lots of seamless digital background fakery, and the actual stand-in filming location was Serbia). Four American friends and a pair of European travelers take a spur-of-the-moment "extreme tourism" visit to the wasteland city with a mysterious Russian guide based in Kiev, only to be turned away by Russian authorities when the vanload of them try to enter through the main gate. Undeterred, they find a back way in and at first have lots of creepy fun wandering the ominously desolate ruins, with nary a thought for the clacking of a Geiger counter or the strange signs that they may be under surveillance. The big trouble begins when they find the van sabotaged, stranding them overnight while feral dogs, psychotic bears, and possibly something more sinister circle around to mess with their minds and their bodies. It all ends very badly over the course of the next day and night. The presence of mutated creatures is hinted at, and they're briefly seen in the dank corners and dusty halls of abandoned apartment flats, institutional chambers, or industrial warehouses that have become home to ghastly inhabitants in the intervening years since the nuclear accident. While not a classic of the genre, Chernobyl Diaries makes excellent use of its premise and surroundings to keep the tension high. Horribly rendered things happen unexpectedly on the edges of the frame or just out of sight from a flashlight beam or around the corner of a decaying concrete slab. A whiff of conspiracy is suggested when the Russian authorities make brief appearances, but the more disturbing and effective scares grow from the threat of activity that's a result of the paranormal elements in a story and a place where no hapless, numskulled young thing should dare tread. --Ted Fry

Product Description

Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.

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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! October 19, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
I see alot of bad reviews for this movie but....I simply enjoyed it not really original but what is in this day and time.I love movies so i never,ever listen to bad reviews i watch them for myself due to the fact people like different things.The movie had a few jumps and scares but i freaking loved the ending!!!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chernobyl Diaries Exposed November 29, 2012
I just finished watching Chernobyl Diaries. I saw there were mixed reviews but I thought I would give it a shot. The beginning was your typical young travellers going thru Europe and one of them finds someone to take them on this big adventure.Once they get to the Chernobyl area, things begin falling apart and I must say from that point on ,I was hooked. The movie did exactly what it was suppose to do ,I really felt engrossed in what was going on and uncomfortable. In other words, it delivered.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seen this type of movie countless times October 8, 2012
I'll give it 2 stars for the simple fact that the first 15 minutes or so of the film is decent. The setting is original but that's pretty much it.
If you've seen The Hills Have Eyes 1 or 2, then you've seen this movie also. Any movie goer will be able to predict who dies next in the group with astonishing accuracy. Many of the scenes in the movie are just simply ridiculous and obviously meant to prolong the storyline. It would have been a good 45 minute short film but the director saw fit to include another 45 minutes of cliche 'Hills Have Eyes' horror into the movie.

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I began losing interest in the movie when a bear comes blazing down the hallway but what did the movie in for me was when the ex-spetsnaz (Russian special forces) takes running off into the woods at night with just a 9mm and no light to find out what's making a strange noise. He already knew the woods were extremely dangerous at night. Why not just stay in the van until morning when he said he would fix it? To me, the scene was solely shot so that the movie would keep dragging on. Plus, why would you start blaming and yelling at the guy who quite literally, is their only hope of getting out alive. It's just common sense not to piss off the guy who can fix the van and has the only gun.
Next plot hole, the girl who was taking all the pictures see's a guy in one of here pictures looking at them from a 6 story window but says nothing to anybody about it....why? So far, theyhave only seen dogs but now she knows there are other things here also. Why wouldn't you share that information?
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CHERNOBYL WOLFPACK VS. NEW YORK SIRLOINS August 16, 2012
The film opens up with all the excitement of watching your neighbor's vacation films...which is what we are doing. Two couples are touring Eurasia. Chris (Jesse McCartney) the sensible one, and Paul (Jonathan Sadowski) the wild man are brothers. There are two lovely young ladies with them, Amanda (Devin Kelley) and Natalie (Olivia Dudley). Paul hooks up with the proverbial Russian named Uri (Dimitri Diatchenko) who offers him a backdoor tour of the abandoned city of Chernobyl (Pripyat). Another couple joins them because seven people make for a better horror film than five...except in this case.

While I was waiting for a scene out of "Hostel" or something interesting to happen, it didn't happen. Instead the van breaks down (it would be a quick movie if it didn't) and our group of tourists are stuck in a restricted area with no communication. The movie has that jittery hand held camera action to it, which I have grown to hate. To make the thrills cheaper, they turn out the lights and have everyone scream in terror. Oh, Chris has a boo-boo on his leg.

Eventually the film budget allows them to use lighting and then they run the credits.

F-bombs, no sex, no nudity.

***Possible Plot Spoiler**** This film is similar to "Quarantine" in that you have to wait until the very end to get a glimpse of what is causing the terror. And by end, I mean followed by a credit roll.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not bad...but very predictable December 10, 2012
By Sandro
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Not a bad movie. The fact that a creepy place like Pripjat could indeed work very well as the location of a horrorfilm seems to have evaded all sorts of moviemakers for the last 25 years. So it was about time that someone took notice. The problem here is, they could have done so much - imagine this abandoned city, perhaps mutation of animals and nature through radiation from the reactors, or maybe a cover-up story by the government etc. but no! I'm not gonna spoil who or what the villains are, but I have to say this: if this is really all that the filmmakers could come up with, man, my dead grandpa would have had more imagination !
If there wasn't this terrible lack of originality, it could have been a truly great movie. But there are lots of films that are much worse, so if you are able to look beyond the (very) average storyline you might still enjoy it. At least the setting is perfect.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good premise but clumsy execution October 19, 2012
The idea of an "extreme tour" of an abandoned city is a good one, this city being Pripyat, which was home to the workers and their families that ran the Chernobyl reactor, up until the disaster in 1986 which led to its abandonment. A group of young tourists go in a van to see this place but are turned away at the checkpoint due to "maintenance". Their tour guide, however, knows more than one way into the place, so the group gets to see the abandoned city, but something else is going on and they're stranded when someone or something tampers with their van. The good bits are that the film is creepy and the atmopshere is good. The bad bits is that the film becomes increasingly clumsy and events are a bit beyond belief as the film rolls on toward the end. Yeah, it's a movie, and things are not necessarily meant to be believed. As the surviving members flee for their lives from mostly unseen assailants and you realize where they actually are, it's a bit shocking, but the ending itself is just a bit too ridiculous. Overall, it's worth a watch, not great but definitely passable. 3 out of 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Love this movie, was loking for this movie long time ago but i could'nt findit in any store dont know why they discontinue it defenely recomende this movie....
Published 1 day ago by Nancy
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh
Eh....okay.... marginally entertaining
Published 1 day ago by kk39hotarianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Chernobyl Diaries
I love a good scary movie and this is a good one.
Published 1 day ago by Mary R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
It was somewhat interesting, and it was worth watching.
Published 7 days ago by MaximumMike
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad!
Boring. Poorly written.
Not a wise way to spend money.
Published 9 days ago by Stephen Small
2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPOINTING
The trailer is much better than the movie. The story line is great, and could of been made into excellent movie. The filming seemed cheap and the movie too predictable. Read more
Published 13 days ago by J Peterson
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Movie
I found this movie to be not only implausible, but also quite unenjoyable. The plot line did not seem to follow a discernible pattern, and the ending left me wishing for a lot... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Cpt. Taler
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste.
The movie started out good but it gradually deteriorated to the point of no recovery. To me, it wasn't a Chernobyl experience. It was a totally waste of time experience. Read more
Published 26 days ago by R. Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
Only watched a few minutes. Too silly to even continue. This was a big mistake and I can't believe I had to pay for this.
Published 1 month ago by Janet Ward Kiel
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what i expected
I would of gave this a higher rating but i don't think i jumped once or even flinched at any of the "Scares" in the movie, considering i watched this with a fairly jumpy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jake Burke
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