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The Ruins (Unrated Edition) (2008)

Shawn Ashmore , Jena Malone , Carter Smith  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone, Jonathan Tucker, Laura Ramsey, Joe Anderson
  • Directors: Carter Smith
  • Writers: Scott B. Smith
  • Producers: Ben Stiller, Chris Bender, Gary Barber, Jeremy Kramer, Roger Birnbaum
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00196UTEG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ruins (Unrated Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Alternate ending
  • Original theatrical ending
  • 3 deleted scenes
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes

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Based on the terrifying best-seller by Scott Smith "The Ruins" follows a group of friends who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting a remote archaeological dig in the Mexican jungle where they discover something deadly living among the ruins. "The Ruins" stars Jonathan Tucker ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre" "The Black Donnellys") Jena Malone ("Pride and Prejudice" "Donnie Darko") Shawn Ashmore ("X-Men: The Last Stand") Laura Ramsey ("She's the Man") and Joe Anderson ("Across the Universe").System Requirements:Running Time: 90 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR/MONSTERS & MUTANTS Rating: UNRATED UPC: 097361385846 Manufacturer No: 138584

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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
This rather bleak film is actually well acted, but not well paced and has an ending that is fairly predictable based upon how the story boxes itself in early.

The story is about two couples who get caught up into checking out some ancient Mayan ruins meet up with some weeds that have incredible abilities. We get enough background on the characters to care about them and it helps that they are all rather appealing even if somewhat flawed. They are refreshing nice young adults who are not the stereotypes we've been seeing in horror films lately. Their interactions with each other are very believable.

They discover an old temple/pyramid and hike into up and into it to discover that the locals will not let them leave it for fear of spreading what lurks in the ruins. This is a clever low-budget way of keeping the action in one or two locations (on top of the ruins and in the ruins), however, it also greatly limits the direction the story can go in and, thus, makes it predictable. There is a generous amount of old fashioned horror bloodshed and very brief nudity that is not gratuitous in any way (for a change). The violence is of the strong R variety and definitely not for the faint of heart. The effects are minimal, but good as is the make up which is quite graphic.

This movie is certainly not all it could have been and borrows heavily from better films like The Descent, The Day of the Triffids, and
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thing I'm not into gardening April 4, 2008
I never read the novel, but The Ruins is a worthy horror film for those with a strong stomach. There are two really disturbing scenes that put Hostel to shame and the camera doesn't shy away. I can't imagine what they cut out for the Unrated DVD (which you know is coming), but it probably isn't much. The cast is good overall (especially Laura Ramsey in a chilling performance) and there were only a couple of times when I sat shaking my head at the stupid things they said or did. A couple of times is not bad when compared to most horror films, besides it comes with the territory.

My only gripe is that the "creature" isn't shown enough (much like Cloverfield) which can add to the suspense, but by the end of the film I was hoping to see or learn just a little more about it.

All in all, The Ruins is one of the most shocking horror films I have seen in quite some time and worth a trip to the theater.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
My wife and I both read Scott Smith's "The Ruins)" two summers back when it came out, which is why she did not go to the theater this afternoon to see the movie version. Previously she has left me sitting alone in the movie theater during showings of "Snakes on a Plane" and "Planet Terror," and I am pretty sure that there is some sort of third strike rule here that I need to stay clear of (for the record, she walked out of parts of "The Passion of the Christ" too, but she went with her mother and I was the chauffer and therefore not on a date). So I returned from seeing the opening showing of "The Ruins" this afternoon, and reported to her that yes, indeed, the scenes that she did not want to see and in the movie, so we was wise to stay eating popcorn in bed and watching episode after episode of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," because she would have fled the theater. Then she asked how the movie was, and I told her in one concise sentence was happens at the end. She frowned and said, "So they ruined it."

Down in Mexico on Yucatan peninsula a pair of American couples are nearing the end of their vacation. We have Jeff (Jonathan Tucker) and Amy (Jena Malone), along with Eric (Shawn Ashmore) and Stacy (Laura Ramsey). They meet up Mathias (Joe Anderson) and his friend Dimitri (Dimitri Baveas). Mathias is trying to track down his brother, who is working on an archeological dig in the area.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bunch of vines that eats people... September 8, 2008
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this movie and having not read the book I was surprised to find it to be pretty decent. It starts off just like an original horror movie but shift as you get further into it. The Ruins takes place in Mexico with four college-age kids (Tucker, Malone, Ashmore and Ramsy) and another guy (Anderson), the latter who takes them to a Mayan temple where his brother is working supposedly on a dig. When they get there, a bunch of angry Mexican-Myans attack them, they scurry up to the top of the temple, and are basically quarantined with a host of virulent, monster-type plants and vines, who in typical horror fashion kill them off one by one. That's the basic premise, anyway, and if you know that and have seen the trailer you probably took a guess whether this is up your alley.

The film really came through for me and I was pleased with the outcome. The cast was pretty respectable and I really came to love Stacy's (Laura Ramsey) character in the end. The characters did have their brainless moments at times, but were believable and you could tell they were desperate to get down there. The film has it's shocking moments and those come about halfway throughout the film. There was one scene that stood out and made me at awe.

On the downside of it all I would have loved more character development and transition scenes between the characters. I hear there was a bit more of character development scenes that were cut. Why? Next, I got a very different vibe from the trailer than the actual film. Finally, I'm sure this is the most talked about negative and that would be the ending. It felt rushed and quick. The truth is it could have been so much stronger of a film if it had more of a psychological ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
No problems
came as expected
always loved the movie, was excited to get it.
Like that it is unrated
Recommended if you like creepy things and suspense
Published 1 month ago by Tess Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
great movie great timing it came in great condition I have no issues with it I still have the movie today and watch it very often I'm very pleased with this order
Published 1 month ago by latisha kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
I read the book, so I had to see the movie. It ran pretty close. I thought it was okay.
Published 1 month ago by Denise Bonnier
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary as all he--,
but supposed to be! Enjoyed it a lot. I had read the book just before buying the DVD. Couldn't believe how close the book and the movie were to each other.
Published 3 months ago by don jarvis
3.0 out of 5 stars Book and Film as Dyptychs
The Ruins, a dark and visceral novel of modern horror by Scott Smith, has been named as “The best horror novel of the new century” (Stephen King). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Noah C. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars great transaction
it was a life changing transaction that will forever change me and shall have deep meaning for my connection with Amazon and everyone affiliated with such a grand company
Published 5 months ago by Tara
5.0 out of 5 stars What a film!
What impresses me about these single location films (mostly) is that in order for them to work we rely heavily on the acting to carry us through. Read more
Published 5 months ago by charliedog
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Very fun gory film...very entertaining...ended up being "a classic" I've seen it so many time...never get tired of it. Thanks
Published 5 months ago by 150
5.0 out of 5 stars great
fantastic movie . would recommed. just as good as the book.can see why they made it,like is was. keep up the good job
Published 6 months ago by Richard Cashman
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I really liked this one a lot. Great translation to Blu-ray when compared to the DVD. Great story, Great acting, good cast, and great low price. Read more
Published 6 months ago by nolaboy2003
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