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Quarantine (2008)

Jennifer Carpenter , Steve Harris , John Erick Dowdle  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Columbus Short, Jay Hernandez, Johnathon Schaech
  • Directors: John Erick Dowdle
  • Writers: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle, Jaume Balagueró, Luiso Berdejo, Paco Plaza
  • Producers: Carlos Fernández, Doug Davison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • 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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MVYUR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Quarantine" on IMDb

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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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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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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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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quarantine is a [rec] October 15, 2008
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality TV... March 19, 2009
Format:DVD
A Los Angeles reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) and her trusty cameraman do an on-site interview w/ the fire department that goes from routine banter to terrifying fight for survival. Carpenter is especially well-suited for her role as perky TV personalty-turned shattered victim of chaotic disaster. She carries a large chunk of the movie. The camerawork goes from controlled to frantic to insane! The horror builds slowly, allowing us to have some fun and get to know the characters (a bit) before plunging us into increasing anarchy. There are some memorable, heart-freezing moments in QUARANTINE that stick w/ me, like the old lady, the little girl, and that firefighter w/ the broken leg! Brrrr! Enjoy...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a shot-by-shot remake of the Spanish [REC] January 27, 2011
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A film team led by reporter Angela Vidale [Jennifer Carpenter] follows a fire crew for the night as part of a documentary for a light news show. When they get a call out, it's not to a fire, but a woman in distress. So begins a night of terror; the woman, and many other residents of the apartment building are infected with a virus that acts like rabies, but develops much faster. The infected foam at the mouth and are incredibly aggressive. As the night progresses, and the infection explodes, the film team must fight off the infected monsters to survive. What makes Quarantine interesting is that it is shot entirely from the viewpoint of the cameraman, Scott [Steve Harris]. It would be quite inventive if it were not a shot-for-shot remake of the Spanish film [REC].

Still, well worth seeing, but I'd advise seeing [REC] first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary movie
Great movie. Scary and a wild ride!
Published 3 days ago by Msdeedee
1.0 out of 5 stars ... waited for the moment the camera dude tell this annoying girl to...
i just waited for the moment the camera dude tell this annoying girl to shut the F*** UP. I never happened.
Published 19 days ago by yuri
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the price because oll of the rec series is in spanish &...
seen it before, but with no way to stream or viewI had to buy it. worth the price because oll of the rec series is in spanish & quarantine 2 just isnt quite as good. thanks amazon
Published 26 days ago by joseph kestell
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Good movie has its scary moments. Reminds me of Paranormal Activity movie with the really slow and boring beginning. Think the the second one is better though.
Published 1 month ago by Dylan scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great horror flick
It was a very good scary movie. I am a big zombie fan and even though this one was about getto rabies I enjoyed it. Also it scared the caca other of my wife !
Published 4 months ago by Al
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
Jennifer Carpenter is the lead in this film, and she is great! She plays a reporter going along on a ride with some fire fighters to investigate a call at an Apartment building. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sean Will
4.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer carpenter fans should watch this movie
Awesome movie that ranks high n the horror genre..!!!!!a Must see!! I also liked the excorcism of Emily rose.......if you follow Jennifer, you would as well
Published 5 months ago by sean yang
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun yet simple
Quarantine really isn't a complicated movie, however that statement will deter many from seeing either it or REC (the film this was based on). Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I had seen it before, that was why I bought it, I recommend this to anyone. You cannot go wrong with this product.
Published 6 months ago by Murph
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
I like this movie a lot. I didnt know that my PS3 saved it in the files. I thought i lost it so i got it again. Well now i have two copies :-).
Published 7 months ago by Darrell
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