Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lakeview Terrace Blu-ray Review

Lakeview Terrace Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 34.4 GB
Film Size: 28.1 GB
Film Rated: PG-13

Video
Lakeview Terrace comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks nice and clean, which is to be expected of a new release. Colors are vibrant, while staying very natural. Black levels were also very solid as well. A very thin layer of grain was featured throughout the transfer, but it was never intrusive. Overall, there's not much to complain about. 9/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and sounds surprisingly immersive. I was quite surprised with the amount of little effects put into the background used to create a realistic environment. Dialogue stayed front and center, clear at all times. The film's score made a light use of the surround speakers, while staying more aggressive in the front. This track isn't going to be any new demo material, but it sounds very nice. 8.5/10.

Extras
Commentary with Director Neil Labute and Kerry Washington
Deleted Scenes (Available with optional commentary from Director Neil Labute) (13:49) (SD)
"Welcome To Lakeview Terrace: Behind The Scenes" Featurettes (19:31) (HD)
Previews (HD)
BD-Live

Blu-news Summary
Lakeview Terrace is a definite mixed bag for me, while I did find it decently entertaining overall, the story in general is quite stupid. The movie description alone makes it sound almost like a comedy, with the intent of a thriller, and the actual film is kind of in the same department. It definitely delivers in the thrills at the end, but I felt anything really exciting took too long to happen. I would suggest giving the film a rental before considering a purchase, but I know plenty of people who loved it as well.

The Blu-ray release though is quite impressive , featuring a top notch video and audio presentation. While there are not many extras, I found what was included to be quite entertaining. The Blu-ray release is 'Recommended' as far as quality goes, but the actual film (while not terrible) leans more towards a rental in my book.

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