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Chernobyl Diaries [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
  • Directors: Bradley Parker
  • Writers: Carey Van Dyke, Oren Peli, Shane Van Dyke
  • Producers: Alison Cohen, Allison Silver, Andjelija Vlaisavljevic, Andrew A. Kosove
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008VPF3LW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,608 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By I love New York VINE VOICE on 22 Nov 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The idea of a survival horror in the worlds biggest ghost town really got my attention. Look Prypiat up on Wikipedia it looks like a great setting.

What we get is a bunch of not very likeable American Tourists that visit a couple of abandoned apartment buildings and then when it goes wrong, they blame each other and then run around a bit.

The ending was just stupid. Such a let down, I would not watch this film again. 2 Stars is all I can give this film.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Burnett on 22 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
Disappointing. The idea was good. Extreme tourism in a abandoned city after a nuclear disaster. Woods and city full of wierd mutant creatures. Unfortunately, the acting was dire and they always choose annoying American tourists who deserve to get killed for being so stupid. It would have been better off as a computer game. I would have enjoyed it more if the characters had been more resourceful or had more wits about them to try and get out of their situation. Survival horror with the viewer wanting the actors to survive. But this is the opposite, I wanted them dead as they were just plain irritating. A tired formula, nothing new.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Sofopoulos on 22 Oct 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Ever since the naive American backpackers in Eli Roth's Hostel stumbled into Slovakia, it's been open season on tourists who go off the map. So why not a horror movie set during an illegal visit to Pripyat, the ghost city left behind when the Chernobyl nuclear reactor melted down and the entire population was evacuated? All you need is for a group of six young, disposable travellers and their ex-military extreme tourism guide "Uri" to get stranded there after dark, and for feral dogs and mutant humans to emerge from the shadows. First time director Bradley Parker makes decent use of the inherently eerie setting (locations in Belgrade and Budapest stand in for the real thing), but his disappointingly patchy, cod style documentary approach is hampered by a sketchy script from writer producer Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and brothers Carey and Shane Van Dyke. So once the annoying, two dimensional characters start getting bumped off one by one, it's just a relief that the actors have stopped improvising their own banal dialogue. The tension and atmosphere builds up well for the first half and the totaly deserted town of Pripyat is very spooky and gives a good impression how huge the disaster was, but is let down in the last half by running around empty rooms with a torch fireing a gun at shadows. There is a great shock with the most random use of a bear ever in a movie that what follows cannot match. It's an undemanding chiller that although the ending is a complete cop-out the novelty of the location, some creepy moments and a short running time just about save it.
See If you like........
The Hills Have Eyes.
Wrong Turn 1 - 4
Paranormal Activity 1 - 4
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 9 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
America has a rich history of sending its youngsters off into remote locations, only for them to end up getting slaughtered one by one by werewolves/vampires/cannibal rednecks and so on.

If modern horror films have taught us nothing else, it's don't go anywhere that doesn't have mobile phone reception.

Therefore, when a group of overly-attractive American teens go on holiday across Europe and end up in Moscow, they can't resist the offer of being driven round Chernobyl - the site of a nuclear reactor leak a couple of decades ago which left the neighbouring towns deserted - by a one-man Russian tour guide.

Yes, there's no cell phone reception. Yes, their van just so happens to break down once they get inside. And, yes, they ignore the warnings not to go there by the Russian soldiers who tell them there is `Maintenance' going on inside. So they go in. Guess what? They soon wish they hadn't.

I won't spoil the surprise of what awaits them inside, but they soon end up fighting and fleeing for their lives and screaming along the way.

It's not a bad little horror film. The performances are acceptable, but by the time the credits roll you won't really feel much of a connection to any of the characters as they have never really been properly developed. The real star of the film is the location itself. I don't know where it was filmed, but it's bleak, deserted and creepy, which does lend itself to the film's subject material.

The ending has come in for some criticism. And, yes, it did feel a bit `tacked on' to the rest of the film. Maybe there's an alternative ending out there that would suit the mood a little better?

Overall, okay, but probably not quite as good as it should have been (and I wished it was).
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Olly Buxton on 20 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Some of the more sensitive American critics found the setting of Brad Parker's new film at the site of a cataclysmic nuclear accident in poor taste. I didn't: I thought it was inspired.

Despite its title The Chernobyl Diaries is actually about Pripyat, the neighbouring worker's village, which was evacuated overnight in 1986 and has been cordoned off ever since. For most of the picture Chernobyl only glowers in the distance. It has a cameo at the conclusion.

Nonetheless, the location is terrific. Parker has managed to find, deep in Serbia and Hungary, a set spookily reminiscent of the real Pripyat, possibly another long-abandoned Communist power plant. It looks fantastic: dripping, derelict; full of burnt out cars, dilapidated industrial machinery, blown out plaster, rags of browned wallpaper and everything riddled with spindly, sickly looking vegetation, slowly reclaiming a once Ozymandial site. A wonderful metaphor for human hubris, it is badly wasted on this film's unimaginative screenplay.

That is to say, it isn't the location that is tasteless: it is the rest of the film. In genre The Chernobyl Diaries sits somewhere between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Blair Witch Project, and Elizabeth Olsen's recent Silent House. However it is only rated 15. This could have been a fascinating, harrowing thriller, or even just a drama. But it's a claw-free slasher.

No matter. This low-tensile horror has few of Chainsaw's ...
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