Lakeview Terrace Blu-ray Review
PictureLakeview Terrace comes to Blu-ray presented with a glorious 1080p High Definition video rendition in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.4:1. Although it is clearly not a movie populated with grand effects sequences, or even lavish landscapes, it depicts the subject matter with absolute clarity, resounding detail that only suffers occasionally at the hands of negligible edge enhancement in order to abate any softness. The colour scheme is quite luscious, again given the limited material, the California setting really giving us some lovely sun-blessed scenes, vivid greens and rich locales. Skin tones are rendered authentically throughout, again everybody looking glossily tanned by the beautiful weather. Black levels are solid, which make for decent night sequences, largely eschewing grain in favour of superb shadowing.
SoundOn the audio front too, Sony do not disappoint, providing us with a solid Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track. Again, there is little material here which could ever be used to showcase the best of such a track, but the track certainly showcases the material on offer in the best possible light. Dialogue comes across clearly and coherently across the frontal array, and what little effects there are get keen presentation, often giving us some nice surround dynamics. This is certainly a track more about atmosphere than bombast, and as such it does quite well at painting an authentic picture of suburbia. Bass seldom comes into action (except during Chris' random playing of loud music in his car) and there is nothing here to rock your living room or show off your equipment, but what is given to us in terms of nice atmospherics and decent enough score, comes across well on this track.
ExtrasThere are a few nice extras to accompany the release, including a full length Audio Commentary from the Director and also the actress who plays the victimised wife, Kerry Washington. Washington does little but sit back and agree once in a while, offering very little opinion on the proceedings, with Neil LaBute giving the majority of the informative stuff. There's nothing wildly controversial or thought-provoking here, just technical trivia and general observations about the plot, cast and performances.
We get three Featurettes comprising the Behind the Scenes material - split into An Open House, Meet Your Neighbours and Home Sweet Home, which take a total of about twenty minutes to dissect, respectively, the story, cast and the production in general, with note to the setting. All include some behind the scenes footage and cast and crew interview snippets, and whilst there is nothing particularly meaty on offer here, it all suits the main film well. There are also a few Deleted Scenes, totally nearly fifteen minutes of extra footage, although nothing here is particularly worthy of reinstatement, or even anything more than a cursory glance. Rounding off the disc are a few trailers.
VerdictLakeview Terrace is a perfectly acceptable, decent enough nasty neighbour thriller, with the added spice of the neighbour being both a cop and a racist. It may all hinge on Jackson's integral performance, and may not be exactly groundbreaking, but as a small-scale slow-burning drama it works quite effectively, in a matinee kind of way. On Blu-ray it gets superior presentation on the video and audio front, even if the material is not the best with which to showcase your home cinema. A small set of reasonable extras round off the disc and make this a good buy for fans, and a take it or leave it rental for others. As low-key, largely unmemorable thrillers of this nature go, it will at least keep you entertained for the duration.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.99
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