Boy Next Door, The

Featured In Issue 197, June 2015

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In The Boy Next Door, Jennifer Lopez stars as Claire Peterson, a high-school literature teacher struggling to get back in the dating game after separating from her cheating husband while raising her adolescent son. When handsome and charismatic 19-year-old Noah (Guzman) moves in next door, Claire has a moment of weakness that leads to an intimate night together. Noah’s attraction quickly turns into a violent obsession, threatening to tear apart Claire’s world and endanger the people she loves. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Rob Cohen, a making-of featurette (HD 09:17), five deleted scenes (HD 09:34), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was digitally photographed with the Arri Alexa XT camera system. The image quality is terrific and cinematic throughout. The color palette is robustly saturated yet naturally hued. Primaries really pop with richness and warmth. Fleshtones are healthy and naturally rendered. Contrast is excellent with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Sharpness and clarity is excellent as well, with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially during close-ups. This is a vividly colorful and visually dynamic picture that is sure to please. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack sounds dynamic, with an aggressive surround presence during the more intense scenes. Atmospherics and sound effects are spread across the soundstage and at times are directionalized in the surrounds. Deep .1 LFE bass is energized during moments of intensity. Dialogue is the focus and is nicely integrated spatially. The orchestral music score is well recorded and spans the width and depth of the soundstage and extends aggressively to the surrounds. But first and foremost the dialogue reins. (Gary Reber)