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Rec (Single Disc Edition) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Manuel Bronchud, Martha Carbonell, Vicente Gil
  • Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
  • Producers: Julio Fernández
  • 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 (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DSPHEW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,629 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By G. Thomas VINE VOICE on 17 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Crossman on 14 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Ponias on 27 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
spanish cinema has done it again and for once its not del toros work! pans labyrinth ,devils backbone and the orphanage were all v good, atmospheric and maybe disturbing at times, but were not proper horror films..
rec on the other hand is..
the reviewers who compare it, and find it weaker, than the romero films or the succesful 28 days/weeks later, dont realise what true horror films should be like and are younger in age and taste in my opinion!
u dont need litres of blood, and zombies to be eating people in every other scene, as u dont need torture nasties or slasher films, to define horror..
ok the film steals the hand held camera idea from the blair witch project, (wont even mention cloverfield) but the people who really know cinema, should also know that blair witch project, stole that idea from cannibal holocaust of the late 70s ..
great unknown cast, no music score at all (!) to great effect, superbly shot and suitably short in time - as the story really is v simple - this is arguably one of the best true horror films of the last few yrs.. up there with superb asian offerings as the ring, dark water, tale of 2 sisters, eye etc as well as works from dario argento, s king & j carpenter and of course the one and only blair witch, i believe its destined to become a classic.. dont miss it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Oct 2013
Format: Blu-ray
To say this is the movie on which quarantine would be incorrect. Quarantine is a remake of this movie, down to the last scene. I wish I had never seen Quarantine before I watched this film as it ruined it. What makes this movie better is that there is less lame build up time at the fire department. I have a prejudice against these stupid cheap hand held movies. Having said that, this one wasn't too bad as much of the film didn't have that stupid herky-jerky motion, i.e. it was professionally shot and in wide screen. If you watch this film and haven't seen Quarantine, don't bother, or vice-versa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Clarke on 3 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
Don't think about buying this film anymore, just do it! Although a slow start this film builds and builds to an intense climax that will leave you behind the sofa. I think this is probably the first spanish film I have seen but I will be looking for more now. Don't be put off by the subtitles, the acting is great and the charaters very watchable - especially the lovely Manuela Velasco who is very convincing in her role. This film will appeal to wide range of horror and suspense fans and not just those of the zombie genre.
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