Today, I bought Quarantine on Blu-Ray. I'd been wanting to see it for awhile, and I believe it was just recently released on video.
First, let's talk about how the movie was filmed. It was filmed all from the point of view from a tv cameraman, which is basically more or less the same as blair witch and cloverfield and some other movies seem to be filmed now days. I shouldn't be surprised by this, but I was.
This movie is about a rabies-like virus that was either created by a madman or stolen from some biological facility and is either released or escapes when a dog apparently gets infected in the building. When police and firefighters are called to a building for a sick lady, who is obviously infected, every one in the building is suddenly locked in.
Cable, internet, all forms of communications, and eventually electricity is cut off from the building, and police tell the media that they've already evacuated every one from the building, but they hadn't. The movie eventually becomes a rabid bloodfest.
When the movie was over, I thought it was a ripoff of cloverfield, despite the fact that the movies have completely different plots from each other. A few examples: #1: the way the movie was shot #2: The doom and gloom scenario (it's pretty obvious that there's not going to be a happy ending) #3: To make up for the visual style with very awesome sound effects.
Obviously, this movie's lack of visual style isn't something that could be showcased on the blu-ray. The sound quality, however, just might, but I just don't have a dvd version to do a side-by-side comparison for it. It's in Dolby TrueHD though.
They've setup the sound to not only have an impact on the movie itself but also as an (or rather several) attempt(s) of catching you off guard and scaring the crap out of you.
The first part of the movie was pretty boring. At around the 2/3rds mark, you start to see some of what the movie is about, and in the last 3/3rds of it, it does get to a faster pace but the scenes start to be a little too tense. You know, too much running, screaming, looking over the shoulder, heavy breathing.
Conclusion: Even though I consider the movie very much a ripoff of cloverfield, I actually liked the movie a bit more than cloverfield. Video quality doesn't showcase blu-ray or any hi-def format. Audio is great, but if you don't have a nice surround system and subwoofer, it's just not going to do much for most people.
I'm only going to give it a 3 out of 5 for a rent only, or if you have a nice home theater system, possibly a buy.