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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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  • 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 (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MVYUR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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Shaky camera work makes it hard to follow.
Tiffany P.
There were just too many things in this movie that makes it just seem contrived, and hence, not scary.
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I highly recommend this film to horror movie fans everywhere!
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Graves VINE VOICE on June 22, 2009
Format: DVD
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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31 of 41 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 19, 2009
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RMurray847 VINE VOICE on October 14, 2008
QUARANTINE, I'll tell you right here, is better than I would have expected (or hoped). It provided some genuine "jump-in-your-seat" moments and there is no doubt my heart was racing during much of it. It is a pure formula film, almost totally unoriginal...yet it also shows that competent execution is so much a part of the success of a film, particularly in a genre like horror.

This is another one of those "Point of View" (POV) films, where we see it all, unedited, through the lens of a camera (CLOVERFIELD and DIARY OF THE DEAD being recent examples). This technique allows for some sloppiness of editing, lighting, and even continuity. It saves, no doubt, a great deal on a film's budget. However, it also requires the film to be effective without the use of a musical soundtrack and frequently requires some very lengthy takes, in which a major mistake by an actor or in the realm of special effects would call for an entire scene to be run again from the top. I'm not suggesting such film techniques are technical marvels...but they have their own requirements that make the difficult. As much fun as BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was when it came out (we'd not seen a film like it before), the movies that have come since using the POV method have really jumped ahead in terms of what they can do. CLOVERFIELD, of course, was heavily computer enhanced after filming (unless I'm much mistaken, the monster destroying NYC was not real)...but QUARANTINE is much more down and dirty. (I also acknowledge that it was a remake of a foreign film entitled REC, which I've read was also very good, even superior, but I have not seen it, so I can only comment on my experience seeing QUARANTINE.)

We begin one evening in front of a fire station.
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