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Paranormal Activity

3.2 out of 5 stars 738 customer reviews

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This intense edge-of-your seat horror film follows a young suburban couple who record the sinister disturbances in their home while they sleep – even as the domestic haunting becomes more frequent, more threatening and all too personal. Hypnotic and harrowing, Paranormal Activity uniquely delivers frightful suspense punctuated by moments of sudden and unexpected terror, all the way to the shocking ending.

Featuring a version not shown in theaters with an exclusive alternate ending, Paranormal Activity is the one supernatural thriller DVD to own that plays on your most primal fears, and guarantees you’ll need to sleep with the lights on.

Special Features

- Unrated Version with Alternate Ending
- Alternate Ending "

Product Details

  • Actors: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat
  • Directors: Oren Peli
  • Writers: Oren Peli
  • Producers: Oren Peli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (738 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VKE1K2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paranormal Activity" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
A well-written review of any film should never label its subject "good" or "bad". Rather, it should give you an idea of whether or not you can expect to enjoy it, based on your own preferences and expectations. Paranormal Activity is a particularly controversial film when it comes to the potency of its terror. Most reviews either complain, with great disdain, "I hated it - it wasn't scary at all" or exclaim in total satisfaction, "It scared the pants off me - I loved it". There seems to be little in-between.

I saw the film today, having read enough reviews to know pretty much what to expect. But before I reveal my own reaction to Paranormal Activity, I would like to offer a few ideas that those who know little about this film may find helpful.

Alfred Hitchcock, the celebrated director who was known as "The Master of Suspense" held many interesting theories about what frightens an audience. Hitchcock believed that, when properly stimulated, the viewer's imagination was far more powerful - and far scarier - than many direct images that may or may not frighten the average viewer. Directly depicting a ghost, a monster or a demon for example, even with today's special effects, may scare many viewers, but that will depend solely on the quality of the effects. And even if well done, many viewers may find the images unconvincing or downright laughable, for they may have other ideas about what a ghost, monster or demon should look like.

However, if the filmmaker merely implies that a supernatural event is taking place, and sets up the situation with enough skill, the viewer's imagination can take over and sometimes yield a far more frightening experience than any vivid imagery ever will.
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Format: Blu-ray
Paranormal Activity is a film about a couple, Katie and Micah, and their experience being haunted by a demon. Although the film starts off slowly as the plot is sketched out, about a third of the way into the film (when you start witnessing the paranormal activity for yourself) you are drawn into the film and can really enjoy it. The film is based on the "found footage" premise made famous my The Blair Witch Project. The viewer is told that this is a true story at the beginning, which adds to you caring about the characters and events in the film. The film is legitimately scary with a terrific ending...if you can get past the 30 minute mark you will enjoy it, but if you have a short attention span or need a whole lot of action, then avoid this movie - it's a character centric movie rather than action or special effects focused.

While I enjoyed the movie, the extras were simply non-existant. The only extra was an alternate ending. This film could have used a commentary as the story behind the film is exceptional. The director used his own home for the film, the actors were paid only $500, one of the actors was actually the cameraman, and the film is one of the most profitable films of all time. It would have been interesting to hear how the director came up with the idea, what led him to utilize the found footage premise, and how the minimal special effects were done.

I recommend that anyone interested in scary movies watch this - it's better at night curled up in bed, since most of the action takes place late at night in the couple's bedroom - but it is not a must own since there are no extras to make it a worthwhile purchase.
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Format: Blu-ray

STARRING: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat and Mark Fredrichs



Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 16 October 2009

Several movie advertisements have used this line for years and I have never found it to be even remotely true until now; so I'm going to use it: Paranormal Activity is the scariest film since The Exorcist. There, I've finally been able to use it!

Now that I have your attention, let me save half of you the three minutes that it will take you to finish reading this review and the roughly 90 it'll save you from actually watching the film. If you hated The Blair Witch Project because you thought it was stupid, then you will inevitably despise this film as well. There. See how nice of a guy I am? Now you can spend those 90 minutes doing something you enjoy.

For those of you still reading, I will take it that you appreciated the brilliant and unique style of The Blair Witch Project, as did I. You will most likely love this film as well.

The Blair Witch Project clearly inspired this film, as it has others and was a slightly better film. But Paranormal Activity is easily 10 times more frightening.

I'm told its entire budget was just 15 thousand dollars and it has already grossed over 100 million dollars at the box office.

NO; regardless of what you have heard, the film is not real. Neither was The Blair Witch Project or Quarantine or The Fourth Kind.

The film looks and feels real though, and that's why it's so terrifying. We are lead to believe that it is `found footage' by the police and that for whatever reason, they are allowing it to be released in theaters nation-wide.
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Question about ending... confused
I didnt like the theatrical ending, but at least it allows for more sequels (the hollywood way)
The original ending is the scariest, imo (talking about the lights in the back room) and the most logical.
The theatrical ending was just a lil too 'hollywood' (lil girl throwing an adult male across... Read More
Oct 25, 2011 by Shrapnel the Indoctrinated |  See all 7 posts
The one I got only had two. I was under the impression that the blu-ray would have everything on it. Wrong. Not happy.
Jan 24, 2010 by Sean F. Strahon |  See all 3 posts
Where's the unrated version?
the one with the alternate ending IS the unrated version since that ending never made it to the theaters so you do have 2 versions one with the theatrical ending and one with the alternate
Jan 4, 2010 by William J. Robinson |  See all 7 posts
And what about the packaging?
it comes in a box cardboard box that opens at the top the shirt is size large and is limited to 5,000 and the film cell is on a collector card if you hold it up to the can see the cell and it comes with the dvd of the movie...if your a big fan i say get it while you can..if not...just... Read More
Jan 6, 2010 by William J. Robinson |  See all 3 posts
Fans names in Credits
was wondering the same thing. I will wait for a response before I order anything
Nov 24, 2009 by Agnes Wilson |  See all 3 posts
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