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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Lake House, The
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 114 (Nov 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dylan Walsh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Lynn Collins, Willeke Van Ammelrooy & Christopher Plummer

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features on both the Blu-ray Disc and DVD include five additional scenes and outtakes, the theatrical trailer, and up-front ads. This is the first title from Warner to be released day-and-date on all three formats (DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc), but the HD DVD version did not arrive in time to be part of this review.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Bros
(Catalog Number): 73672
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For some language and a disturbing image
(Retail Price): $28.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/26/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Alejandro Agresti
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dr. Kate Forster (Bullock) loved "The Lake House" she had to leave behind when she took a job in the city. Leaving a note for the next tenant to forward any mail she might receive, Kate had no idea she would begin corresponding with the stranger. As she and Alex Wyler (Reeves) began a meaningful relationship through letters, something unreal was revealed

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 DVD picture exhibits good contrast, deep blacks, and appropriate shadow delineation. Details can be resolved well, but there are scenes that have a softer focus. Hues are well balanced. Edge enhancement and pixilation can be noticed, and can become a distraction. The VC-1-encoded Blu-ray Disc release really shows off the high level of detail in some scenes, but it also makes it easier to see the scenes filmed with a softer focus. Colors are more deeply saturated and vibrant, blacks are deeper, but shadow delineation is slightly lacking, with details in the dark scenes often getting lost. The picture can look very good at times. Edge enhancement is not a problem with the Blu-ray Disc release. (Danny Richelieu)

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