Featured In Issue 191, November 2014

WSR Score1.5
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Pervasive language, strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use throughout
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Nicholas Stoller
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By all appearances, new parents Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) are living the American Dream—complete with an adorable baby girl and a beautiful new starter home in the suburbs. Still, the early-thirty somethings want to believe they have a modicum of coolness left within them. So when they discover that their new next-door "Neighbors" are none other than dozens of Delta Psi Beta fraternity brothers led by charismatic president Teddy Sanders (Efron), they try to make the best of an awkward situation. But when the frat's parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides of the property line begin to fend for their turf. The neighbors' relentless sabotage escalates into outrageous one-upmanship, beginning a Greek war for the ages. (Gary Reber)

Special features include an alternate opening; eight deleted/alternate scenes (HD 12:55); five featurettes: "On The Set" (HD 03:41), "Line-O-Rama" extended scene (HD 02:52), "An Unlikely Pair" (HD 05:34), "Partying With The Neighbors" (HD 07:17), and "Frat House" (HD 05:44); a gag reel (HD 05:57); upfront previews; BD-Live functionality; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally in the anamorphic Panavision format with the Arri Alexa camera system. The color palette is rich and warm, with strong primaries and highlights that are fully saturated. Fleshtones are naturally hued but distorted, due to set lighting effects during the frat interior scenes. Contrast is well balanced, and considering the darker scenes, blacks are deep and shadow delineation is revealing. Resolution is decent but a bit soft at times. Overall, this is a colorfully saturated visual experience that is pleasing. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with decent spatial integration when not ADR infused. The music score is strong, with a dance genre that accentuates deep bass in the .1 LFE. Recording quality is generally good. Atmospherics and sound effects are decent but generally frontal focused. The music is the source of aggressive and directionalized surround envelopment. This is generaly a mediocre soundtrack due to the "produced" ADR-sounding dialogue, which becomes energized during the party segments. (Gary Reber)