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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 (397 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsř 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 (397 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008VPCL7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,932 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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17 of 19 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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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! October 19, 2012
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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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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seen this type of movie countless times October 8, 2012
By Jos
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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8 of 9 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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8 of 9 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! October 21, 2012
I am shocked by the all the negative reviews about this movie. I am one of those people who does not need sex, nudity, or gore in my horror movies. I love movies that set mood and atmosphere. The best horror movies do not need to rely on gore to be scary, nor do they need to show monsters throughout the whole movie. Showing just enough so that a person's mind fills in the blanks are the best kind of movies. Chernobyl Diaries is not original and the ending does not really come as a great surprise, but for a low budget film this one is great. The empty buildings actually sent shivers up my spine during the day, let alone at night. This movie really succeeds with its use of light and shadow. Thus for me it was the ride getting to the ending that made this movie. Do not let other negative reviews sway you, rent it first and check it out for yourself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie could have been so much better. When you have a low budget...
This movie could have been so much better.When you have a low budget you need a good script.The writing is lightweight. Read more
Published 6 days ago by ker
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a really spooky good time. It tells a nail biting story with ...
I'll give it 3 stars. It's a really spooky good time. It tells a nail biting story with decent scares and without alot of gore. Awesome movie.
Published 6 days ago by tony griffin
2.0 out of 5 stars Hazmat suits, optional..............
A functionless muddle with dialog that could have been lifted from Ghost Hunters ("Did you hear that!?" "What was that!?"). Read more
Published 8 days ago by Einsatz
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless Piece Of Garbage With No Payoff
This was about the dumbest piece of garbage I've seen in a long time. The film had such promise, with a young cast of "victims" and the premise of them visiting the town... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Fred Rayworth
4.0 out of 5 stars i do like this movie
i do like this movie ...sort of edge of the seat at times kind of is a little drwan out also but the excitement makes up for it... Read more
Published 10 days ago by connie
3.0 out of 5 stars Think "The Blair Witch Project" With Radioactive Mutant Bears
"Chernobyl Diaries" is a pseudo-reality horror film, with lots of atmospheric, panicky hand-held camera work. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Robert I. Hedges
3.0 out of 5 stars You could do better ..
I keep wanting to love this movie, but it's just a very watered down zombie move, with very little focus on the zombies. There are so many unanswered questions at the end.
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars "My face is burning."
Awesome. Unlike most of its ilk, the First World tourists being led into a hellish situation all seem like real, sympathetic people. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Binky Chottorrhśhia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie.
Published 29 days ago by kyle
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The setting and scenery were great, but did not enjoy everything else
Published 1 month ago by Zato
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