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**Note: This will be at the top for a bit; new stories will appear below!** It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of remakes -- also known as the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of bad, it was the epoch of incredible; it was the season of fright, it was the season of dumb; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair -- and man, did we have a lot of it; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; some flicks took us directly to heaven, others took us the other way. The year was 2008, and it was pretty memorable.
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Since the film's theatrical releases have officially come to a close and thanks to Leigh over at Michelle Rodriguez's official site, I can now share some exclusive details about the upcoming release of the film on DVD.
'Battle in Seattle' will be released on DVD for rental Exclusively at Blockbuster Video on January 27, 2009. It will then be available for purchase in retail stores in March 10, 2009.
It will be available in both DVD and Blu-ray format. The Blu-ray retail price is $29.98, and you will be able to pre-order it at Amazon for $20.99. I've been told that fans may want to hold off on ordering it from Amazon, because there are also plans for a 2-disc special edition DVD in March »
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Full package art is in Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's DVD presentation of Quarantine ( review ). As you can see, they've taken arguably the worst poster of the year , added a rabid maniac behind star Jennifer Carpenter and tossed in a staircase for good measure. The disc streets on February 17th (so does the Blu-Ray) with the following special features: . Commentary with writer/director John Erick Dowdle and writer/producer Drew Dowdle . Locked In: The Making of Quarantine . Dressing the Infected: Robert Hall's Make-Up Design Click below for a hi-res version! »
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Over 130 stars have weighed in on the SAG strike authorization, coming out firmly against. Citing the economy, the A-listers “strongly” urged SAG members not to authorize a strike, and instead “take the high road … unite with our brothers and sisters in the entertainment community and … three years down the line … make a great deal” when all the union contracts expire roughly simultaneously.
In addition, SAG President Alan Rosenberg was forced to cancel the emergency in-person National Board meeting he had scheduled for this Friday, after SAG activists pointed out in the strongest terms that Rosenberg had no right under the SAG constitution or state law to require that the meeting be in person, rather than by videoconference. »
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On January 6, 2009 your favorite serial killer will make his way to Blu-ray. Actors: Michael C Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Julie Benz, Erik King, James Remar, Lauren Velez, David Zayas Synopsis: Dexter is a crime drama about Dexter Morgan, a man who leads a double life as an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Police Department and as an emotionless vigilante serial killer. Taught by his foster father to harness his lust for blood and killing, Dexter lives by his own strict moral code - he only kills murderers who can’t otherwise be brought to justice. Dexter is a killer who grapples with fitting into society while, at the same time, [...] »
- Brian Corder
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced today that Quarantine (the American remake of [Rec]) and Screamers: The Hunting (aka Screamers 2) will both street on February 17th, 2009. Directed by the Dowdle Brothers, Quarantine stars Jennifer Carpenter (The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, Dexter), Jonathan Schaech (Prom Night) and Jay Hernandez (Hostel).
Special features will include:
- Locked In: The Making of Quarantine
- Dressing the Infected: Robert Hall's Make-Up Design
Screamers: The Hunting was directed by Sheldon Wilson directed from a script by Miguel Tejada-Flores and stars Gina Holden, Greg Bryk, Tim Rozon, Stephen Amell and Christopher Redman. The DVD will have a featurette on the making-of the film. No DVD artwork for either title yet, but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out the trailer to Screamers: The Hunting at our previous news post Here!
Sony Home Entertainment has announced a February 17th release for John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle's Quarantine on both DVD and Blu-ray. Special features include: Commentary with Writer/Director John Erick Dowdle and Writer/Producer Drew Dowdle, Locked In: The Making of Quarantine and Dressing the Infected: Robert Hall's Make-Up Design. In the film a reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman are trapped in downtown Los Angeles where a mysterious deadly and highly contagious strain of rabies has broken out resulting in a quarantine of the building and all its residents. No cover art has been released yet. Columbus Short, Jay Hernandez, Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Jonathan Schaech, Rade Serbedzija, Greg Germann, Bernard White, Zulay Haneo, Marin Hinkle, Denis O'Hare and Stacy Chbosky all star. »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced the Dowdle Bros. remake Quarantine ( review ), starring Jennifer Carpenter and Jay Hernandez, is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on February 17th. Special features: . Commentary with writer/director John Erick Dowdle and writer/producer Drew Dowdle . Locked In: The Making of Quarantine . Dressing the Infected: Robert Hall's Make-Up Design Artwork to come. Also on the same day, Sony is premiering Screamers: The Hunting , the sequel directed by Sheldon Wilson ( Shallow Ground , Kaw ) and starring Gina Holden, Tim Rozon, Greg Bryk and Lance Henriksen. Set more than a hundred years in the future on an uninhabited planet, Sirius 6B, the story follows a military unit who are determined to uncover the mysteries that surround the »
Quarantine is coming to DVD Feb 17th and Sony was nice enough to shoot along some specs for it. Below you can also checkout 3 clips from the film in case you forget what this zombie flick is all about. A remake of the Spanish film Rec, a downtown Los Angeles apartment building is quarantined after a mysterious deadly and highly contagious strain of rabies breaks out. A reporter and her cameraman are among those trapped inside. Television reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a r »
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The movie Quarantine takes an interesting premise, and goes nowhere fast with it. The host of a "reality lifestyle" show and her cameraman spend their late nights with various groups who work or play during the 3rd shift--cops, EMTs, and in this movie, firemen. She focuses on two of them in particular, played by Jonathan Schaeck and Jay Hernandez (Hostel).The evening is relatively uneventful, until they go on a call to an apartment complex, »
Showtime's website has released 2 video clips from tonight's episode of Dexter titled "Turning Biminese". For a sneak peek sample, check out the 2 clips below, followed by a behind the scenes video with the cast talking about their thoughts on Dexter becoming a dad.
Showtime has renewed their hit series Dexter for 2 more seasons according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The premium cable network has ordered 12 episodes each for Seasons 4 and 5, with the fourth season set to go into production in the spring in Los Angeles," the article says. "Dexter," which stars Michael C. Hall as a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department who moonlights as a serial killer, was nominated for five Emmys this year, including best drama series and best lead actor in a drama. The show also received a 2008 Peabody Award.
"I thought at best we would attract a devoted cult audience but soon realized that, ironically, this show is so thematically rich and layered with humanity that audiences of all kinds have flocked to it, »
Showtime's serial killer thriller series "Dexter" recently debuted its third season to hit ratings -- but will it be coming back for another season? Variety is reporting that the answer is yes -- Showtime has renewed the series for, not only a fourth, but also for a fifth season. Each season will include 12 episodes, according to the trade. “Dexter”’s third season brought back Michael C. Hall (“Six Feet Under”) as the show's central character -- a serial killer with a heart of gold -- and saw the debut of Emmy winner Jimmy Smits as Miami's grieving District Attorney who seeks to avenge his brother's mysterious death. The cast is rounded out by Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez and James Remar.
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Not as bad as might have been feared, American remake Quarantine delivers on the blood and guts while falling short on the nerve-jangling tension served up by [Rec], the Spanish original. Given the current Us theatrical horror climate, though, it’s refreshing to see a genuine R-rated thriller that goes for the jugular, even if it doesn’t entirely succeed.
The premise remains the same: television reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman Scott (Steve Harris) plan to spend a normal shift with a firefighting crew for a feature story. After observing the men in the fire station, they accompany the crew on what should be a routine call to an apartment building. The call quickly turns into a night of deadly terror. The entire story is told from the point of view of the cameraman.
If you haven’t seen the original, Quarantine offers several sharp jolts and creates »
- Peter Martin
Watch the latest Spill.com movie review of the horror film “Quarantine” aka Rec by director John Erick Dowdle and starring Johnathon Schaech, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Steve Harris and Jay Hernandez (Hostel 2). Synopsis: Television reporter Angela Vidal (Carpenter) and her cameraman (Harris) are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew [...] »
- Brian Corder
Release Date: Oct. 10
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Cinematographer: Ken Seng
Studio/Running Time: Screen Gems, 89 mins.
As a few of the many recent horror filmmakers to adopt a pseudo-documentary conceit, the good people behind Quarantine betrayed the movie the moment they cast it. Headliners Jennifer Carpenter and Jay Hernandez, if not exactly marquee stars, are both recognizable enough (he from the Hostel films, she from Dexter and The Exorcism of Emily Rose) that the notion we're seeing real-time footage of people that have since disappeared has zero credibility from the first moment they appear on screen. »
Quarantine is a mostly effective movie whose achievements are nonetheless hard to quantify. Specifically, it’s difficult to judge the achievements of its makers, because they’re such a direct echo of someone else’s work. Shot for shot, if not line for line, Quarantine is almost entirely a replay of [Rec], last year’s genuinely terrifying vérité shocker by Spain’s Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza that sent a two-person TV crew into an apartment house of horrors, with the entire story told from their camera’s vantage point. Directed by John Erick Dowdle, who scripted with his brother Drew following the festival success of their as yet unreleased, similarly reality-themed The Poughkeepsie Tapes, the English-language redux adopts the same visual tack and follows the same path into an identical setting (an La residential building with remarkably Spanish-looking interior architecture), making just a handful of tweaks along the way.
Talking dog flick 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' led the box office for the second week running, taking in $17.5 million, according to preliminary studio estimates. The film about a posh Beverly Hills chihuahua who finds herself lost while on vacation in Mexico and seeks help to return home stars Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Andy Garcia and George Lopez. Horror pic 'Quarantine' debuted at No. 2 with $14.2 million. "Dexter"'s Jennifer Carpenter stars as a TV reporter whose routine fire department ridealong turns into a living hell when she is trapped inside a mysteriously quarantined apartment building to deal with unspeakable horrors. Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe's Iraq war thriller, 'Body of Lies,' premiered in third with $13.1 million. In 'Body of Lies,' Leo and Russell play CIA operatives who team up to track an al-Qaeda leader rumored to be planning attacks against America. Leo's character is »
John Erick Dowdle's coldly calculating Quarantine plugs simultaneously into three of the hottest trends sweeping horror movies since masked, seemingly indestructible madmen began disemboweling horny, beer-drinking teenagers. Like The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Diary Of The Dead, and Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon, it's a cinéma vérité horror film compiled from ostensibly real footage shot by one of its characters. Like just about every horror film since The Ring, it's also a remake of a recent foreign fright flick, in this case the 2007 Spanish chiller [Rec]. Finally, it's the latest in a lurching, erratic line of horror movies about zombies, or at least zombie-like ghouls. Quarantine isn't original, but at least it offers a relatively novel synthesis of ubiquitous trends. Jennifer Carpenter stars as a plucky television reporter who spends a night covering the everyday heroes at a local fire department. Events take an »
- Nathan Rabin
Orlando -- Ay, "Chihuahua!"
Disney's "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" was top dog in the domestic boxoffice for a second straight weekend, making a mutt out of the pre-frame favorite for No. 1 -- Warner Bros.' star-studded Middle East thriller "Body of Lies."
"Chihuahua" fetched an estimated $17.5 million this session, as a miniature weekend-over-weekend drop of just 40% groomed a 10-day cumulative boxoffice of $52.5 million. "Lies" truly underperformed expectations with a shocking $13.1 million bow good only for a third-place showing.
Sony Screen Gem's horror thriller "Quarantine" scared up a healthy $14.2 million to open in second place, while Universal's pigskin pic "The Express" registered a disappointing $4.7 million in a sixth-place debut. And the Fox-distributed family fantasy "City of Ember" crashed and burned over its first frame with only $3.2 million in 10th place.
Warners execs blamed the prevailing dour mood of the country for moviegoers' rejecting the dark subject matter of "Lies," a Ridley Scott »
- By Carl DiOrio
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