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DVD Reviews: Arlington Road

The Final Say!

Review Score
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 21 February 2003
Distributed by:
Magna Pacific
Running Time: 103 Minutes

What would you do if you suspected that your neighbour was a domestic terrorist? That's the question that Arlington Road asks, starring Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins. Jeff Robbins plays the part of teacher Michael Faraday who saves the life of his neighbour's son. After a dinner party held to thank Faraday, he notices some discrepancies in his neighbours tales and suspicions are raised. From that point on, the movie takes twist after twist until it's final fatal conclusion.

The tale of Arlington Road is gripping the whole way through. It is in every sense of the word a thriller and you cannot account for what is going to happen next in the story. To continue telling you about the story is going to give key plot points away so I will move onto what I thought of the movie as a DVD title.

Probably one of the first points to make about this title is that even though it sounds wonderful, it doesn't use surround. Whilst it's not really needed in a movie of this type there is a scene at the end of the movie that involves Bridges chasing a van that he thinks contains his abducted son. Surround would have been nice in this instance. The music that accompanies the title is appropriate throughout and certainly adds an air of suspense to it all.

The quality of the video transfer is fine and the movie looks very good almost all the way through. Rarely and barely noticeable is the fact that the skin tones of actors were a bit off once or twice but you really had to be looking for it to notice. This is an attractive movie to watch, however the style of camera work done is not groundbreaking. Once again though that is down to the type of movie that Arlington Road is, the tight story is what hooks you along for the ride.

The extras on the disc are also very nice to have considering the first time that the movie was released here originally with little to no extras. It appears now that we have most of the features previously associated with the Region 1 release. I do recommend that you save the extras till last as they do contain plot spoilers.

A must for all fans of thrillers that raises the question: Do you really know who your neighbours are?

Arlington Road Features

  • Scene Selections
  • Trailer
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Interviews


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