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Genre: Thriller
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Sarah Roemer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Aaron Yoo
Director: D.J. Caruso
Rating: PG (Some Frightening Scenes)
Year Made: 2007




- Commentary with Director DJ Caruso, Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer
- Serial Pursuit Trivia Pop-Up/Quiz
- The Making of Disturbia
- Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes
- Music Video - "Don't Make Me Wait" - This World Fair
- Photo Gallery
- Trailer



Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Thai
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 44 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




Living under three months' house arrest, Kale Brecht passes his days spying on the neighbours. It's all fun and games until things take a horrifying turn for the worse. Kale is convinced his neigbour next door is a serial killer - but he can't prove anything, can't convince anyone and can't leave his house without triggering an alarm. Enlisting the help of his friends, Kale is determined to expose the truth - but have they all taken on more than they bargained for with a cold-blooded murderer on the loose? With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, Kale and his friends are in a race for their lives.


DJ Caruso’s “Disturbia” is clearly influenced by the good old Hitchcockian’s thrillers of the past. But while the MTV generation of today’s society might not know or appreciate Alfred Hitchcock’s masterworks, at least Caruso ("Two for the Money") crafted a thriller that is close to Hitchcock’s style and revolutionize it to suit the taste of the younger viewers.

First, he cast Hollywood “IT” boy, Shia LaBeouf (“Surf’s Up”, “Transformers”) in the main role as Kale Brecht who lost his father in an accident. But things doesn’t get any better after a year (from the accident), Kale was put under house arrest after punching his Spanish teacher.

Second, as no-brainer as it sounds, Caruso knows who to cast. For newcomer Sarah Roemer, her role as Ashley, the new neighbour of Kale Brecht will rise to be the next poster girl for adolescents worldwide. Clad in skin-tight bikini while swimming and dancing in underwear sure helps to crank up the hot factor.

And third, young viewers will feel right at home with prominent product placements such as the famous iPod and X-box. If you insist, there’s Redbull and peanut butter as well.

Fortunately, it’s not your typical slasher teenage movie. It takes a while to build up the tension. The first half is more on establishing the relationship between Kale and Ronnie, (Kale’s best friend played by Aaron Yoo) Sarah and Kale’s mum (Trinity aka Carrie Anne-Moss). The later half starts to get in gear with the appearance of Kale’s mysterious neighbour, Robert Turner (David Morse).

Suspecting Turner of being a serial killer, Kale and gang become amateur voyeurs and started to spy on Turner’s whereabouts and activities. There are two heart-pounding sequences, one which took place in a hardware store and the other Ronnie’s attempt to break into Turner’s house that will get your adrenalin running.

With clever use of camera angles and homemade style camcorder shooting, “Disturbia” demonstrates a convincing usage of home digital equipments. Looks like we are not really safe in our own homes either. Without resorting to extreme violence, Caruso turns in an expected final act. A typical showdown to end the movie but who cares since there’s no mystery as to who the villain is anyway.

Nevertheless, “Disturbia” succeeds partly on Shia’s charm, comic-relief Yoo and the delicious Sarah Roemer. Veteran actor David Morse must be commented for displaying his ultra-compelling creepiness. Given Caruso’s chemistry with Shia and his ability to click with the younger viewers, expect another movie from the pair soon.


I’m surprised that a low-budget movie such as “Disturbia” has a slew of nice extras. (By the way, I’m not the one who coined it as “low-budget”, DJ Caruso mentioned it during the commentary as they couldn’t afford to shoot raining scenes instead they have constant wind and thunder towards the end)

The Commentary with Director DJ Caruso, Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer is an interesting one. One that will get you engaged throughout. You get phone interruptions all the while courtesy of Caruso. First, his wife called then his agent, followed by Aaron Yoo (who played Ronnie). Caruso even mentioned something about Roemer’s PMS and constantly commenting about putting Roemer in her bikini. Weird, but like I say engaging. There’s a slight reference to Shia’s upcoming movie too (i.e. Indiana Jones IV).

You want to know who is the composer for “Disturbia” and how much songs do a 60GB iPod stores? Serial Pursuit Trivia Pop-Up/Quiz is an enhanced feature in the form of a binocular which you can turn on during the movie if you are interested in knowing tidbits about the movie.

The Making of Disturbia is an approximate 15 minutes feature that of course summarises the making of the movie including interviews with the writers, director and cast. Pity you don’t see Steven Spielberg who plays quite a prominent role in getting this project greenlit.

Four Deleted Scenes mostly scenes extension, have Carrie Anne-Moss (who plays Kale’s mum) playing opposite Shia LaBeouf. Adds a little more emotionalbetween mother and son’s relationship.

You might laugh along during the short, one-minute plus Outtakes seeing Shia LaBeouf kissing a corpse dummy.

The movie’s Music Video: "Don't Make Me Wait", Photo Gallery and the Theatrical Trailer rounds up this Code 3 DVD.


There are plenty of nightshots (be it exterior or interior), shots from camcorder to fill up the entire length of “Disturbia”. I guess some shots are deliberately done in low-res to convey a menacing feel. Overall, I have no problem with the DVD transfer given the genre.

The audio gets a bit more exhilarating towards the end with speakers getting busy all round otherwise the soundtrack emotes creepiness effectively. Atmospheric sounds such as doorbell and dialogue crisp and audible. Shia LaBeouf do speaks fluent Thai on the alternative track.



Review by Linus Tee


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. Accepted

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. M:I:3

. Over The Hedge

. The Break-Up

. Curious George

. American Dreamz

. Bring It On All Or Nothing

. Aeon Flux

. Inside Man

. Elizabethtown

. Spongebob Squarepants Movie

. Four Brothers

. War Of The Worlds

. Munich

. Two for the Money

. King Kong

. American Pie: Band Camp

. Surviving Christmas

. Perfect Man, The

. Madagascar


This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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