Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scream Blu-ray Review

Release Date: March 29th, 2011
Disc Size: 22.0 GB
Film Size: 19.9 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A
The Video
Scream’ debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. I really didn’t know what to expect from the video presentation, but I had a feeling it would like quite decent as Lionsgate rarely disappoints me with their releases.

Watching the film I was actually pleasantly surprised by the quality. Many scenes were far more detailed than I expected for such a dated looking film. Everything about the about the film definitely looks dated, but doesn’t feature as much dirt and specks as I anticipated.

The film features an obvious high-def picture throughout, with only a few wide shot outdoor scenes that didn’t look up to par quality wise. Colors are well produced, at times a little bland but an improvement from DVD.

The quality won’t blow anyone away, but those who have had to stick with the DVD version of the film all this time will be very pleased by the obvious upgrade that is to be had. Some scenes (which are very few) don’t feature a drastic improvement, but the majority of the presentation certainly delivers.

If you go in with solid expectations I think you will be very pleased by the high-def presentation. Despite some flaws, I have to admit it was even better than I expected. If you are a fan of the film you will appreciate the upgrades, whether they are big or small. The film has always been somewhat soft and the Blu-ray appears to be an accurate presentation. 7/10

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless mix and only mix included, aside from the audio commentary. Optional subtitles include English, English SDH and Spanish.

The audio mix included here is a bit more front heavy than I would have liked, but that isn’t to say there is no surround use. Dialogue is the focus and is especially clear, similar to that of a new release film. Additional audio effects also sound quite good with very few weak moments.

The mix certainly enhanced my experience; there are times without the audio I don’t think I would have jumped. Lionsgate always brings some of the best audio experiences to Blu-ray and while this is not among the best we have heard, it certainly sounds great compared to your typical catalog release.

Overall I was very impressed by the audio. I wish more effective surround use was in place during certain chase sequences in particular, but that is a small complaint really. The film has never sounded this good and I think viewers will be very pleased by this audio experience. 8.5/10

The Extras

Audio Commentary
By Director Wes Craven and Writer Kevin Williamson

Production Featurette (6:13) (SD)
This feature includes cast and crew interviews with some behind-the-scenes footage and film clips thrown in.

Behind The Scenes (SD)
  • On The Scream Set (3:25)
  • Drew Barrymore (2:53)
Q&A With Cast & Crew (SD)
  • What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie? (2:44)
  • Why Are People So Fascinated By Horror Films? (2:32)
Trailers (SD)
  • Red Band Trailer (2:07)
  • Green Band Trailer (2:05)
TV Spots (SD)
  • Last Breath (0:32)
  • Do You Like (0:32)
  • Scary Review (0:32)
  • Deadly Game (0:32)
  • Trailer Cutdown #1 (0:59)
  • Trailer Cutdown #2 (0:32)
  • Trailer Cutdown #3 (1:00)
Also From Lionsgate (HD)
High-def previews for current and upcoming Lionsgate films.

Bookmarks
Save your favorite scenes and return to them later.

Bonus features from previous releases are ported over in standard definition. I was worried features would be missing from this release, but thankfully plenty is included. It would have been nice to see new features, but since this isn’t an anniversary or special edition release I can understand why nothing was produced. For a catalog release, this is not bad. 6.5/10

The Movie
When I think of iconic horror films I think of ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘’Halloween,’ ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ 'The Silence of the Lambs' and ‘The Shining’ to name just a few. One of the most recent films to stand the test of time is ‘Scream’ which is a film I haven’t seen in years.

‘Scream’ is another incredible film from the amazing Wes Craven. Recent films from Wes Craven have struggled (such as ‘My Soul To Take’) but there is no denying he has made some of the best and timeless of horror films.
I have always loved ‘Scream.’ I love horror films in general, but I always loved the fun nature of ‘Scream’ and always found it exciting. The villain’s look in the films has become a Halloween costume staple and is certainly one of the most memorable characters and situations in a horror film.

The film has a pretty impressive cast, including Neve Campbell, Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, and Skeet Ulrich to name just a few. With ‘Scream 4’ coming up, it is nice to see some original faces back for another sequel.

‘Scream’ certainly looks and feels dated, but I still found so much enjoyment from the film. I got that campy feel that you get only from the most entertaining of horror films. The film features a nice mix of jumps and laughs, often intentional. If you loved ‘Scream’ you will find great entertainment revisiting the film. 9/10

The Blu-news Summary
Scream’ is just a fun film that is just as fun today. The Blu-ray release appears to be an accurate presentation of the film with a solid video transfer and impressive audio mix. The extras included are nothing new, but thankfully there are features at all. Overall this Blu-ray release is easily ‘Recommended’ to any fan of the film.

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