Lakeview Terrace (Blu-ray)

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In Lakeview Terrace, a young couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) has just moved into their California dream home when they become the target of their next-door neighbor, who disapproves of their interracial relationship. A stern, single father, this tightly wound LAPD officer (Samuel L. Jackson) has appointed himself the watchdog of the neighborhood. His nightly foot patrols and overly watchful eyes bring comfort to some, but he becomes increasingly harassing to the newlyweds. These persistent intrusions into their lives ultimately turn tragic when the couple decides to fight back.


Studio Sony
SKU 210189864
UPC 043396253759
UPC 14 00043396253759
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/20/2011
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A quick perusal of any of LAKEVIEW TERRACE's promotional materials--its nervy trailer, its foreboding (and painterly) dawn-hued poster featuring Samuel L. Jackson looking less-than-neighborly in his squad car--not only reveals it as a thriller, but offers up aesthetic evocations of several popular home-invasion suspensers made in the early 1990s. Like UNLAWFUL ENTRY and PACIFIC HEIGHTS, LAKEVIEW TERRACE takes place in upper-middle-class Californian suburbia. The film's ubiquitous purple sky and poolside lighting create an air of domestic bourgeois comfort just waiting to be upended by deadly social unease. In this mode, the surprises start when the film opens with intimate household scenes not of the film's purported heroes, an interracial couple who's about to move next-door, but of its not-entirely-apparent villain--a curiously middle-aged beat cop (Jackson) who raises a few eyebrows when he close-mindedly bullies his children, but seems sad and sympathetic. The cop, a black man named Abel Turner, watches blankly from his home when the first new neighbor he sees is an African-American wife (Kerry Washington)--and then reacts with quiet shock and disgust when he realizes that the white mover is actually her husband, Chris (Patrick Wilson). The invasion in this home-invasion thriller is, ironically, the one perceived by its psychologically damaged bad guy. Abel, offended and ostensibly law-immune, immediately begins jabbing Chris with a toxic passive-aggression that quickly becomes impossible to ignore. LAKEVIEW TERRACE adheres to a satisfying thriller construct. It's also a little interested in exploiting the archetypes of squirm-inducing domestic threat--all the nasty scenarios viewers recognize from those earlier movies--to consider several facets of American racism: its inevitability in familial and casual issues and its existence in liberal white guilt as much as its poisonous mixture with mental illness.
Los Angeles Times "Jackson modulates Abel's internal turmoil and heated exchanges with enough shades of loneliness, steely generosity and wicked playfulness to give the actor firm control of our fascination and growing unease." 09/19/2008
USA Today "[LAKEVIEW TERRACE] delves often unflinchingly into issues of race, politics and class. Jackson's performance is mesmerizing." 09/19/2008
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "LaBute keeps the focus firmly on building up and paying off the tension in the film's swiftly unravelling showdown." 11/01/2008 p.48
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "LAKEVIEW TERRACE is a canny, effective mix of personal concerns with commercial storytelling..." 01/01/2009 64
Neil LaBute
Samuel L. Jackson
Patrick Wilson
Kerry Washington
Cast & Crew
Jay Hernandez - Star
Samuel L. Jackson - Star
Patrick Wilson - Star
Kerry Washington - Star
David Loughery - Executive Producer
Howard Korder - Screenwriter
Joe Pichirallo - Executive Producer
John Cameron - Executive Producer
Rogier Stoffers - Director of Photography
Jeff Danna - Composer
Will Smith - Producer
Bruton Jones - Production Designer
David Loughery - Story
Michael Danna - Composer
Joel Plotch - Editor
Jeffrey Graup - Executive Producer
Lynette Meyer - Costume Designer
James Lassiter - Producer
David Loughery - Screenwriter
Neil LaBute - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 25375
UPC 00043396253759
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed, Thai Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Neil LaBute's "Lakeview Terrace" is a film about a black cop who makes life hell for an interracial couple who move in next door. It will inspire strong reactions among its viewers, including outrage. It is intended to. LaBute often creates painful situations that challenge a character's sense of decency. This time he does it within the structure of a thriller, but the questions are there all the same...On top of all these questions, LaBute constructs a tightly wound story that also involves crude male bonding at an LAPD bachelor party, sexual humiliation, attempted rape (not by Chris or Abel), a cat-and-mouse game with cell phones and a violent conclusion during which we must decide if Chris is right about Abel, or wrong, or just discovering how to push his buttons. I'm surprised by the PG-13 rating...It's a challenging journey LaBute takes us on. Some will find it exciting. Some will find it an opportunity for an examination of conscience. Some will leave feeling vaguely uneasy...I find movies like this alive and provoking, and I'm exhilarated to have my thinking challenged at every step of the way...The effect is only intensified by the performances, especially by Jackson, who for such a nice man can certainly play vicious. Kerry Washington's character, in my mind, takes the moral high ground, although it's a little muddy. Her beauty and vulnerability are called for. Patrick Wilson plays a well-meaning man who is challenged to his core, and never thought that would happen. I think I know who is good and bad or strong and weak in this film. But here's the brilliance of it: I don't know if they do.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Jackson,Samuel L.
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Dennis Harvey, Variety ...tense and engrossing...
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader of the toughest racial dramas to come out of Hollywood...much tougher, for instance, than Paul Haggis's hand-wringing Oscar winner "Crash."

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