Thursday, February 5, 2009

Quarantine Blu-ray Review

Quarantine Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 27.2 GB
Film Size: 23.5 GB
Film Rating: R

Quarantine comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film uses a perspective similar to Cloverfield, and translates to Blu-ray quite well. The film does a great job at looking nice, but not too nice to take away from the hand held HD camera experience. Colors were nice, and black levels were fine for the majority of the film. The film is shaky, but certainly not as shaky as Cloverfield for those curious. Detail was quite good as well, when the lighting allowed for it to be shown, as the film gets very dark at times. This is certainly a nice looking presentation, and certainly an upgrade from anything DVD could do. 8/10.

A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and sounds very nice. Some may complain that the realistic experience lacks because the audio manages to capture all the noises both inside and outside of the apartment building. Like Cloverfield, we are not going to get camera audio here. The audio track makes a nice use of the surround speakers, without being overly aggressive. The noises around the corner, to the sounds of helicopters around the building, it all was very impressive and clear. Dialogue was clear, while still staying realistic to the experience. 9/10.

Commentary with Writer/Director John Erick Dowdle and Writer/Producer Drew Dowdle
Locked In: The Making Of Quarantine (10:05) (SD)
Dressing The Infected: Robert Hall's Make-up Decision (7:29) (SD)
Anatomy Of A Stunt (3:12) (SD)
Previews (HD/SD)

There are not many extras on this release, but I enjoyed what was included. Unfortunately the extras are in standard definition, but I found all of them to be entertaining.
The Making Of Quarantine really goes behind-the-scenes on set, and discussed the difficulties of filming in the hand held perspective. Dressing the infected is about the make-up process, they did a great job with it in this film. Anatomy Of A Stunt shows how all the crazy stunts were done, later edited into the film, it was very awesome to see it done. We also get a bunch of Sony previews, with the majority in HD. BD-Live is yet to go Live, but it will lead to the Sony portal, which features downloadable Blu-ray and theatrical trailers. 5/10.

Blu-news Summary
Quarantine was not amazing, but it definitely was extremely entertaining. I found myself at the edge of my seat once the action started, and it was certainly a wild ride from then on. The ending was intense, and the acting was actually quite impressive and believable. I would definitely give this film a look, whether it be a rental or purchase.

The Blu-ray release is is great, featuring impressive video and audio, and a small (but nice) selection of extras. Quarantine on Blu-ray is 'Recommended.'

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Philip said...

I liked Quarantine and I'll most certainly be buying the Blu-ray, but I wish the original (and superior) [REC] would get a Blu-ray release, as well.

What trailers are on this disc?

Anonymous said...

Philip, if only we would have gotten [REC] over this. Then it would been truly the cherry on top. American remakes are failures.