Lakeview Terrace (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama / Thriller
Sony || PG13 - 110 minutes - $39.95 || January 27, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-01-28


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Neil LaBute
Writer(s): David Loughery (story), David Loughery and Howard Korder (screenplay)
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington


Theatrical Release Date: September 19, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby TrueHD), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD), Spanish (Dolby TrueHD)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Thai, French, Chinese, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

Chris (Wilson) and Lisa (Washington) think they're moving into their dream home nestled on a cul-de-sac in California. Lisa works from home designing children's clothes while Chris is a manager for a growing grocery chain. The two appear to love each other very much which is a good thing because Chris is white and Lisa black. This causes a bit of a stir with Lisa's father, but the two don't seem to care (being married and all) and in today's society itís not really much of a shock anymore. That is until they meet the neighbor, Abel Turner (Jackson) - a rough and tough police officer who is raising his two younger kids all by himself.

Abel, a man of color like Lisa, does not approve of the relationship the couple share and gives Chris hell for it at any chance possible. The two quickly begin a cat and mouse game where Abel appears to terrorize them while Chris does his best to get back at him. Sadly, with Abel being a seasoned police offer who is the young couple suppose to call for help?

This film made me really uncomfortable almost from the get go - it does not hide the racial tensions between Abel and Chris/Lisa and instead tends to blow them out of proportion and put us, the viewer, is a position where we might feel like we have to make a decision which "team" we have to root for. While I obviously do not agree with Abel's stance of dating someone only of the same color, he sure made everyone in the film feel like they should Ė Chris included.

Several large plot-holes in the film are exposed and even when we get to the gripping conclusion I have to wonder how stupid some of the characters are. Without spoiling the film, Chris makes one of the stupidest decisions of his life when he finds something on the floor and decides to use it. Why would anyone do that with what they had just experienced mere moments before?

Performances are all over the board in this film. Jackson is the clear stand-out here who nails all of his lines and really makes us believe that there are people like that - and we all hope we don't get him as a neighbor. Wilson and Washington do a decent job but I found their characters lacking in development (which is somewhat explained in the deleted scenes).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Director Neil Labute & Kerry Washington

Welcome To Lakeview Terrace: Behind The Scenes Featurettes (20 Minutes; HD) - Separated in three parts (Open House, Meet the Neighbors and Home Sweet Home) is a mixed bag of talking heads discussing the film, production, sets etc. Not really all that interesting.

Deleted Scenes (14 Minutes; SD) (With Optional Commentary) - A handful of deleted scenes that help flesh the story out a bit more and includes a rather chilling one with Abel and Lisa that I dare not mention here...

As usual, Sony has tossed in a BD-Live option for those that want to stay up to date on all the latest BD films ready to hit (or already have) Blu-ray.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Lakeview Terrace is presented in 2.40 (AVC) on a 50GB Disc. Closeout shots looked great in the film, but ones of a larger scope tend to feel a bit cramped and become soft a bit too fast. Colors are rather drab but Blacks very strong. Much like the audio, itís a mixed bag.

Sony has included English, French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby TrueHD track for this release. Surrounds were pretty much inactive for most of the film instead putting most of the work on the front speakers and center channel. Dialog was nice and clean but there was just something off I can't place my finger on. Just an average track for a below average flick.



.::OVERALL::.

If you want to feel uncomfortable for 2 hours then gives this a rental. I didn't care for the ending and most of the film takes a bit too long to gain suspense. With a short-stack of Special Features and average Picture and Audio quality I would give this film a rental at best.