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Rec (Single Disc Edition) [DVD]

Manuela Velasco , Javier Botet , Pablo Rosso , Jaume Balagueró    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Manuel Bronchud, Martha Carbonell, Vicente Gil
  • Directors: Pablo Rosso, Jaume Balagueró
  • Producers: Paco Plaza
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Contender Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,929 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Rec starts with a good, solid, straightforward idea. Its plan? To focus us on TV reporters, who are following a group of firemen as they go about their shift. Said shift, however, doesn’t quite go to plan, as what starts as a seemingly standard rescue mission soon takes a disturbing, chilling turn, and this sets the scene for a very effective horror film.

One of the reasons why Rec works so well is the manner in which it’s shot. It’s not the first film to adopt the handheld shooting style, and indeed there have been many clichéd attempts to follow the success of The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield. Yet the style suits Rec well, with the photography less a gimmick, and more a legitimate storytelling device.

It’s fair to say that Rec is a dish best served cold, so it’d be unfair to expand on the plot. However, be in no doubt that the mix of psychological creepiness and outright horror is very good, making the most of the claustrophobic surroundings, and wisely sidestepping many of the pitfalls of the genre. It has one or two problems, but it’s hard to quibble too much when the main feature works as well as this low-key, yet ultra-effective film does. --Jon Foster

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Spanish horror film about an ambitious young television reporter who covers the night shift in one of Barcelona's local fire stations. When Angela (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman Pablo follow the fire crew to a distress call from an elderly woman locked in her apartment, they're not expecting much in the way of excitement. With the cops already on the scene, all the firemen have to do is break down the door and make sure the woman is okay. If only it were that simple. Before too long, Angela and Pablo are trapped inside the building - the only witnesses to the unimaginable horror contained within...

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just keep recording...... 17 Aug 2008
This one's a bit of a curate's egg for me to be honest.

I've been searching for a really scary horror film that creeps me out the same way classic Asian horror films and "Blair Witch" did. I've been true-fright-free now for a couple of years and the current celluloid trend for questionable torture-porn/gore-no is something I deliberately choose to avoid.
Anyway, after several recommendations I arrived at "Rec"

Yes, admittedly the PoV thing is generally overdone. Personally I can never see any reason for a character continuing to film in situations of fear and terror and as we see more films using this technique the more tenuous it becomes as a device. Surely it would be the last thing on your mind but finally here we have a film where the continuation of filming is 90% believable. "Rec" starts as a documentary until things start to go downhill. The inclusion of real TV presenter Manuela Velasco as the main character (Angela) is clever but obviously means little to those of us who don't watch Spanish television.
As events take a turn for the worse, Angela's insistent demands (for the unseen Pablo) to "keep filming" are reason enough to keep the PoV going. Later on several static, accidental and incidental shots reinforce this illusion effectively and later still the camera becomes a tool rather than just our surrogate eye.

So having effectively conquered the "keep filming" issue Rec is free to indulge itself and to crank up the tension. Sadly (for me) after an intial peak I found the survival horror element slightly less than original and in danger of becoming "same old, same old". I actually caught myself thinking "oh no..not xxxxxxx again".
It's probably all my fault for being too old and having seen far too many films of this genre already.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personally, I loved it! 12 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The film really different to a usual American Horror. First of all it isn't American, its Spanish, however, don't let this put you off. It does have English subtitles. I don't speak a word of Spanish and it is still one of my favorite horror movies of all time. At this low price and on Blu-ray it is a steal and a great film to add to your horror collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of the 'hand held horror craze' 14 Mar 2013
Whilst the roots of the 'hand held horror' film can be traced back as far as Cannibal Holocaust it was The Blair Witch Project that kicked started the craze properly.
After the phenomenal success of BWP a slew of horror films such as Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity and Diary of The Dead littered the video stores but for me REC is the best of the bunch.
Don't be put off by the fact that it's Spanish and with subtitles (unless you understand fluent Spanish which means you should enjoy the film even more).
Whilst filmed on a budget it does not show and all of the cast perform superbly.
It's a short film (77 minutes) with a fairly slow build up but those final 20 minutes or so are quite terrifying.
Watched under the right circumstances (at night, with the lights off, the sound up loud and preferably on your own) this film will scare the crap out of you.
I watched it during the middle of the day and it still had me jumping and I'm a veteran horror film watcher of over 40 years.
Highly recommended. Just don't be tempted to watch the US remake entitled "Quarantine". The original version is far superior.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BLU-RAY REVIEW 2 Oct 2010
By The usual suspect TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've seen Rec around several times so I finally took the plunge a bought it on the strength of the comments on the cover.

Not a bad short story actually. Not fantastic either but I'm happy enough for it to have a place in my collection. Basically, it's another amateur filming style chiller ala Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, Blairwitch only this time, it's two person documentary team trying to follow firemen on a typical night. Of course, it goes a bit wrong and zombies get involved. It happens all the time...

It is quite scary in places but I didn't find it had the same full-on effect that Paranormal Activity had on me. Again, watching this in a darkened room too. It doesn't quite live up to the 'The scariest film ever' claim from the ever fantastic, News of the World, in my book.

On the Blu-Ray front, picture quality is good but the real strength comes from the use of HD audio, it's fantastic. Very immersive.

Subs: English

Languages: Spanish DTS-HD Master 5.1
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive! 13 April 2013
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Arguably one of the finest examples of the "found footage" horror genre this Spanish gem, well scripted and brilliantly acted, deserves the critical plaudits it received on first release. The concept, characterisations and realism results in a wonderful little shocker which never falters during it's brief running time and often delivers some very frightening moments. A great cult movie for the future I suspect and a very impressive calling card for the director and lead cast members!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hand-held horror. 7 July 2012
By Mark G.
A TV documentary crew (well a cameraman and a reporter) are doing a piece on what happens at a fire station on the night shift when they get a call from a woman who is trapped in her flat. They then end up trapped themselves when the building is placed under quarantine, leaving them stuck inside with the tenants...and not not all the tenants are exactly human anymore.

Shot in a hand held first person style in the same way as Cloverfield this is a really good film although to get the most out of it you need to watch it on your own, in the dark, with the sound cranked up. Once the action starts it barely lets up and the final half hour is fairly relentless and filled with tension.

Well written and well filmed and even though it's all shot hand held it doesn't suffer from "shaky cam" like others shot in the same way.

If you are one of those people who can't handle subtitles ( the film is Spanish) then it has been through the remake grinder despite being only a few years old & has been released as Quarantine but what that's like I can't say as I really have no interest in watching that version.

A great movie that will have you on the edge of your seat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Spanish Film. Incredible!!
Great spanish film that marked the beginning of a saga as regards other issues regarding visual, like enjoying a great movie with just shooting it with a single camera journalism. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Artistsparda
3.0 out of 5 stars cheap rip off
this film is basically a cheap rip off from quarantine which is much better than this.
not great but not terrible
Published 1 month ago by aaron paul whitworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely scary with lots of suspense.
This movie is terrifying! Although, it does use the first person video camera effect which I feel is now often overused with modern movies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars SCARY ?
I bought this based on the reviews I read. It is Spanish so has sub-titles, no problem with that. Similar to The Blair Witch and Cloverfield. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KATMAC
2.0 out of 5 stars foreign subtitles
dont buy if you cant stand subtitles was a good film but all the way they dont speak english i relised id bught the wrong film
Published 4 months ago by Cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars My face is shiny....
We follow a Spanish late-night television reporter Ángela Vidal, through the lens of her cameraman, Pablo. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
3.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN QUARANTINE
To say this is the movie on which quarantine would be incorrect. Quarantine is a remake of this movie, down to the last scene. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a good zombie film.
One of the best zombie films I've seen recently, this manages to create an claustrophobic and gripping film that is a classic in it's own right. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hugh_B
4.0 out of 5 stars Will Have You Scared!
Yes this maybe a spanish movie, but coping with the subtitles will be the least of your problems when watching this well-paced, tense horror movie. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Josh
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't know why it's so highly rated..
I love horror films and I watched this movie with high expectations with it being rated 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and also from seeing other great reviews on it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by cmcintyrex
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