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  • Actors: Merida Urquia, Daniel Paez, Alberto Sornoza, Hugo Pereira
  • Directors: Spiros Stathoulopoulos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based On The Shocking True Story Of
The Most Bizarre Terrorist Act Of Our Time!

They locked a bomb around her neck. It will be detonated in 84 minutes. The ransom demand is impossible. The alternative is unthinkable.

In 2000, a group of masked men invaded the home of a poor family in rural Columbia. They then attached a bomb encased in PVC-1 tubing around the mother s neck and demanded 15 million pesos. The family would be told by phone where to bring the money. If the ransom were not delivered according to exact instructions, the collar bomb would be detonated. Greek/Columbian writer/director Spiro Stathoulopoulos films the story of this harrowing ordeal in one unbroken take for an unprecedented achievement in real-time suspense that stunned audiences at the Cannes Film Festival. PVC-1 is an amazing nail-biter and a complete miracle, raved Latino Review. You won t see a better thriller from Hollywood this year!


A GROUNDBREAKING THRILLER. Spiros Stathoulopoulos s debut feature takes you on a tense and suspenseful journey that you won t forget! --Raindance UK

Succeeds in creating the suspense that most thrillers, horror and action films fail to! --Fipresci

As much an experience as it is a film.
PVC-1 is absolutely not to be missed! --Over the Top Fest

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on July 19, 2011
Format: DVD
The few reviews I've read of this movie were very positive and focused on the fact that it consisted of (or seemed to consist of) one long tracking shot. It looked as though it were shot on film as opposed to video but I know of no 85 minute rolls of film, and the director is listed as the editor, and there is no need for an editor if there is no editing. So somewhere there must have been some very clever and subtle editing going on.

That being said, this isn't a very good movie. A farming family is set upon by bad guys demanding large sums of cash. The farmer says they don't have it so said bad guys proceed to put a PVC collar, containing a bomb, around the wife's neck and say they'll be back for the cash in some certain amount of time. The farmer, wife and daughter proceed to call the officials and go to meet them to get the bomb diffused.

Though this is a clever exercise it is unnecessary and the story could have been handled better using more conventional film making methods. The action and dialogue are sparse and there seemed to be too many times where the camera would pull away from the action only to return again. It felt as though they were stretching the clock. There was one scene where time was taken out so the victim could relieve herself. All this did was pad the clock. And though there were a couple of tense moments, much more tension could have been created with real editing.

The ending was also pretty terrible. I'm not arguing what happens there, merely the way in which it was handled. I got a decent enough taste for the lead characters but it made me want to know more. All it did was drive home the point that this would have been better with a more traditional approach.
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