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  • Actors: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak, Rick Roberts
  • Directors: Bruce McDonald
  • Writers: Tony Burgess
  • Producers: Ambrose Roche, Henry Cole, Isabella Smejda, J. Miles Dale, Jasper Graham
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: July 21 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0029KS8NU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,995 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Shock jock Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) has been kicked off the airwaves and now works at a small-town morning show. Another mundane day on the job quickly turns deadly when reports pile in of people developing strange speech patterns and evoking brutal acts of violence. Before long, Mazzy discovers that the behaviour is actually spread through language. Does he stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or, is he providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the real world?

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Stephen McHattie has a great central role as a veteran 'Johnny Fever-like' dee-jay in Pontypool; a small Central Ontario town besieged by some unknown terror. The claustrophobic setting of a radio station located in the basement of a church where there are no windows puts the viewer in the same shoes as the three principal cast members. Kudos to McDonald for bringing this suspenseful Tony Burgess novel to the screen and proving that low budget filmmaking can triumph over the blockbusters as long as you trust your audience's imagination. Only quibble for me is that the pay-off of the terrific set-up is a little disappointing and ambiguous. Still a worthwhile flick to check out late in the evening.
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I watched this movie on a plane back from Toronto and I've got to say I thought it was wonderful. Stephen McHattie's brooding and caustic dj is a joy to behold and the simple and skilled management of the tension build and film direction really impressed me. I loved the end too but I won't spoil. What I would say is if you like mindless gore, go see Hannah Montana, if you want grace, charm, wit, creativity and the odd body go see Pontypool, (my mother's birthplace, by the way, in South Wales where we do have zombies every Friday and Saturday night!)
PS The other reviewer makes good point too.
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The film spends the first five minutes explaining where the word "Pontypool" comes from and I still couldn't tell you right after I heard it. Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) is a fallen from grace radio newscaster who likes to philosophize his broadcasts to the dismay of his small Ontario town employer Sydney Briar (Lisa Houle). Laurel-Ann Drummond (Georgina Reilly) who screens calls and runs the boards likes Mazzy's style and sides with him in minor disputes with Sydney.

As Mazzy starts his broadcast the town goes viral in an "Impulse" (1984 Meg Tilly) type of way. What I disliked about the DVD cover description is that it gives you the cause of the infestation, which takes away from the fun of trying to figure it out. The production is shot rather modestly inside a radio station. This could become a zombie play, although the infected people are not true zombies even by our expanded movie definition.

The production has a unique plot and well played. It would definitely make for a conversation piece of anyone's zombie collection.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, no sex. no violence. Some Blood.
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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 17 2013
Format: DVD
Pontypool(released March/09)stars Stephen McHattie as Grant Mazzy,Lisa Houle as Sydney Briar,Georgina Reilly as Laurel-Ann Drummond and others.This is a small cast and budgeted Canadian film that puts a very simple concept into action,which blossoms forth into a very scary and deep psychological horror/Sci-Fi film.In other words,it is making something big from something little.And the surprising thing of all is,that against all odds,it works.
The story finds a radio talk host,McHattie,in the rural town of Pontypool,Ontario(in the Kawartha's).He is a drinker and has been fired from his big city gig,and has been forced by circumstances to try his luck out in rural Ontario.His first morning there he spends trying to "get" his audience,and their attention("Take no prisoners"),while getting on the last nerve of his female producer.On his way into work that snowy and cold morning,he had a very brief encounter with a woman who came towards his stopped car,then mysteriously backed away.
The first glimmer of something really amiss comes when the stations "eyes in the sky" reporter witnesses the walls of a doctors office burst outward,with many people dying in the process.As they try and digest this their broadcast gets interrupted by a transmission in French,which we later learn is from the military.They ask people not to use any terms of endearment and not to speak English.Things start spiraling downward from here,even to getting a hook up with a BBC program who seem to think this incident and others they have heard about there,are related to separatist activities.The stations"eyes in the sky" reporter now becomes holed up on a farm and witnesses the crowds walking by and their strange behaviour and babblings.Eventually the reporter himself starts to talk in riddles and they must cut him off.
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Huddle around the speakers for this one, the dvd has the original (CBC or BBC?) radio recording in the bonus features, and it's just as intense as the movie itself. It's like listening to George Noory's most intense day on the job (or someone similar). I'd love to see an online prank of someone pretending they were listening to it on the radio.

Best recent canadian movie since REAL TIME.

It's more of a slow paced thriller rather than a horror. Also, you shouldn't be able to call it low-budget, they didn't need to waste millions on pointless explosions; they spent the money needed, and it works. Some people seem to think low budget means shotty and not worth the time. There are some plot holes when you think about it, but very logical online arguments would prove otherwise.

movie rating 9 everything on the dvd 10
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I made sure to check beforehand via [...] .... and i can confirm that this blu-ray 'Pontypool [Blu-ray] [Import] Studio: Ais
Release Date: Jan. 25 2010'....... IS region FREE !

which is great since there doesn't seem to be a north american hi-def release. the xfer is wonderful (no noticeable DNR EE etc) and the audio is as well, and it's lossless.

right now, I think it's my favourite bruce mcdonald film actually, even though i'm still a huge fan of 'roadkill' , 'highway 61' and 'the tracey fragments'.

my 'reviews' are essentially technical ... of the release itself, and not of the film. there are plenty of reviews of the plot etc .....

if you like this film and own a blu-ray player, THIS is the version to get for sure.
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