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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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  • Actors: Greg Germann, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Johnathon Schaech, Jennifer Carpenter
  • Directors: John Dowdle
  • Producers: Sergio Agüero, Sergio Aguero, Doug Davison, Roy Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MVYUR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Graves VINE VOICE on June 22, 2009
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Quarantine is a much better movie than its previews would lead you to believe. Previews make it look like people are trapped in an old building with zombies running amok in it. Maybe they came up from the sewers.

In fact it follows a reality TV reporter who is following an LA fire crew on calls. They go to a building when neighbors have reported screams coming from the apartment of an old lady. What follows is the outbreak of a savage, mind destroying disease where tenants and first responders find them sealed in with those already infected, by the CDC.

Like Cloverfield and Blair Witch, the film is shot from the single camera view of the reality reporter's camera man. Unlike those films the camera work is clean and does not distract the viewer. Watch the long shot when a call comes as the camera man has to follow the reporter down a hall, a flight of stairs and into a truck and realize it was all done in one take without cuts. The first 20 minutes of the film are the `reality show' walking around the fire house, talking to members of the fire crew and setting the stage by letting you meet the key players in the film. This is clearly the set up but it doesn't feel stilted. You don't feel like saying `get on with it" because you care about the characters. Carpenter, as the on air talent is likeable and believable, going from bubbly on air talent, to real reporter as things turn serious to scared human as she realizes just how deep in they are. And she takes the viewer with her.

Previews make this look like just another zombie film. There are certainly elements of that in Quarantine but for the genre it is so much better than much of the competition. They even have an explanation, scary in how reasonable it is, for what is happening. Is it "Sound of Music?" of course not. It is a horror film, but one in which the director has taken a lot of care to make the whole thing frighteningly possible.
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Terry Mesnard VINE VOICE on October 15, 2008
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I apologize for the pun above...I couldn't resist, mostly because it's true on both accounts. Firstly, a brief history lesson. Last year, a Spanish film called [rec] came out to much acclaim in Spain. It quickly traveled most of the Western world, building fans and kudos while systematically scaring the wits out of 99% of people who saw it. Since then, it's been out everywehre in the Western world in either theatres or on DVD.

Everywhere except the United States.

Here, we have Hollywood with the mentality of, "why bring over a perfectly terrifying film when we can remake it in our own language." Consequently, we still don't have [rec] here. But we do have Quarantine. Having seen [rec] and hearing that Quarantine was practically a frame-by-frame remake in some ways, I was curious to see how it'd hold up.

Things began well, with a nice set up that involved some good banter back and forth. The trip to the apartment complex and the realization that something horrible is happening works well. Sure, some scenes have been changed for added gore/shock value, but overall it was a good, if needless, remake. Unfortunately, what I like to call the "Marilyn Burns Effect" happens and ruins the last 1/3 of the movie. Horror aficionados will remember Marilyn as the actress in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. While many hold this film in high regards (and rightly so), Marilyn spends the last 10-20 minutes of the movie running, arms flailing and screaming her head off. Today, reviewing that film, it comes across more humorous than scary.

And unfortunately, that's what happens in Quarantine. Towards the end, you just want to reach through the screen and slap the main character.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Armando N. Roman VINE VOICE on August 9, 2012
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I'm not the kind of person to throw a fit over movie remakes. Some are good, some are bad. [REC] is one of my favorite modern horror movies since it practically came out of nowhere and managed to keep me interested every step of the way. I didn't know Quarantine was a remake of it until a few months ago (I pretty much ignored Quarantine when it first came out), so I finally gave it a shot to see how it stacked up against the original. Rather than saying that [REC] is better in every single way, I'll simply tell you that Quarantine is nearly a scene-for-scene remake of the original. As a result, I was getting bored with the movie about 1/3 of the way through. The only thing that really surprised me was a little bit more gore than what the original had, but that was it. If you've never seen [REC], then Quarantine should be a nice surprise. And hey, if you're one of those people that hates to "read movies", this one doesn't have subtitles.

Quarantine is a 'found footage' horror movie, shot by a news cameraman who followed news reporter Angela Vidal during a segment that showed the daily life of firefighters in the city. Angela interviews the firemen, sees the different rooms in the station, finds out what they do in their free time at work, and even finds out a dirty little bet one of them has that involves her. After some time, the alarm sounds and they head off to an apartment building where an old woman seems to be having some kind of strange problem. Angela follows the firemen and police officer to the woman's room as they try to calm her down and take care of the situation. After a couple of minutes, the woman takes a bite out of a man's neck and it's clear that she's more than disturbed.
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