Chris Mattson and his wife Lisa have bought their first hime in the sunny Lakeview Terrace. The idea is to start a family here and after a while sell the house with profit and move on. But that’s without counting on their neighbour, police officer Abel Turner.
Abel has lost his wife several years ago and is trying to raise his two kids by himself. He’s also very “oldskool” and doesn’t quite like the fact that Chris and Lisa are of different race.
As his obsessive behaviour with rules and regulations grows worse, Chris and Lisa become very aware that Abel doesn’t want to have them around, but how do you complain about indecent behaviour from a cop?
Sound and Vision:
We get a very decent transfer to DVD with as only small remark that the amount of shadow detail in the many dark scenes could have been better. That’s only a very minor downpoint though as for the rest the overall quality is very good.
A similar thing can be said about the sound which is focused mostly towards the front speakers for the many dialogues but does give the surround speakers and subwoofer some action when necessary.
– Audio commentary track
– Making Of
– Deleted Scenes
Very standard stuff that really doesn’t interest much
Lakeview Terrace combines parts of plots we’ve seen in several other movies already. Think of Pacific Heights with a touch of Maniac Cop and you get the picture. As such, the storyline is very predictable and Samuel L. Jackson – although we love the guy – isn’t capable of doing anything other than his standard act which makes you see the twists coming from miles away. Add to that the unnecessary symbolics of a huge forest burn that constantly comes closer and you end up with a movie that has a nice buildup but a rather disappointing ending that doesn’t surprise at all.
The dvd comes with good image and sound quality but the extras are very promotional and don’t really add much. Standard all the way!