DVD Review: 'Disturbia'
Extras reflect the fun atmosphere on set
Kale (Shia LaBeouf) is a teen under house arrest whose boredom leads him to spy on his neighbors: the unfaithful husband down the street, the randy kids sneaking porn, the hot new girl Ashley (Sarah Roemer) next door and the creepy guy (David Morse) across the street who just might be a serial killer. With the help of Ashley and his pal Ronnie (Aaron Yoo), Kale uses high-tech equipment to investigate the suspected murderer.
The various bonus features on the disc give a general idea about the fun, collaborative atmosphere on what LaBeouf calls the best set he's ever worked on. This is especially evident in the audio commentary featuring him, director D.J. Caruso and Roemer. Throughout the commentary, the three are munching away on snacks, Caruso takes a few calls on his cell, and they dish on subjects ranging from how Caruso got System of a Down to license one of their songs to the film to how some cannibalistic mice ruined chicken for Roemer forever.
The "Serial Pursuit Trivia" is a feature that plays pop-up trivia on screen while the movie plays. Although some of the info is covered in the commentary, like where certain scenes are shot, etc., additional playful data is provided, such as how many degrees of Kevin Bacon an actor is, where the film got the idea for the Twinkie tower (other house arrest inmates) and info on how Brandi Chastain popularized the sports bra. This feature is a good option to watch among groups of young friends who have already seen the film and want a little extra, mindless fun.
The "Making of" featurette is an adequate behind-the-scenes short that details how Caruso wanted to make a John Hughes-type thriller that highlighted today's culture of voyeurs. Everyone on set is everyone else's greatest cheerleader, especially the actors, who were happy with Caruso's policy allowing them to ad-lib lines. Another interesting tidbit discussed is how Morse's method acting caused him to avoid socializing with LaBeouf off camera in order to create that sense of animosity.
The deleted scenes are completely forgettable and benign, as are the outtakes, which are actually somewhat funny since most of them feature LaBeouf and his screen dad Matt Cramer riffing while fly fishing.
The disc also includes a tepid music video, photo gallery and various trailers.
EXTRAS: Audio commentary with director D.J. Caruso, Shia LaBeouf and Sarah Roemer; deleted scenes; making of; Serial Pursuit Trivia Pop-up quiz; outtakes; music video "Don't Make Me Wait" - This World Fair; photo gallery; trailers