Thursday, April 14, 2011

Scream 3 Blu-ray Review

Release Date: March 29th, 2011
Disc Size: 22.9 GB
Film Size: 19.4 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A
The Video
Scream 3’ debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. Previous ‘Scream’ films looked somewhat soft on Blu-ray as they did on previous home video releases. The same can be said about the look for ‘Scream 3,’ but it does have some sharp impressive moments throughout.

Colors are appealing and black levels are quite solid as a whole. The transfer features a thin layer of grain throughout, and perhaps a bit of edge enhancement during a few outdoor sequences (nothing too annoying though). The biggest issue with the presentation is it can be inconsistent, with a sharp scene followed by an extra soft scene and so forth.

Personally, I think the presentation is a very good upgrade from previous home video releases. The transfer will not be confused for a DVD release, even during the weaker looking scenes. The transfer will not blow your mind, but I never expected it to. As a whole I am very pleased. 8/10

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.

Being the youngest of the three ‘Scream’ films released on Blu-ray, I had higher expectations for this release than I did for the first two. I was quite impressed from the beginning, this is an aggressive mix with fantastic surround use.

Dialogue is presented front and center, always easy to understand. The film’s effects come through clearly as well, with some nice surround sound surprises. The film’s music is beautiful and adds a lot to the film experience.

Overall this is a strong mix and the best I have ever heard the film sound. This mix certainly falls short of demo material (especially compared to horror films in recent years), but it is a very pleasing and impressive mix. 9/10

The Extras

Audio Commentary
By Director Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena and Editor Patrick Lussier.

Deleted Scenes (13:34) (SD)
Include optional commentary by Director Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena and Editor Patrick Lussier.

Alternate Ending (10:02) (SD)
Includes optional commentary by Director Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena and Editor Patrick Lussier.

Outtakes (6:34) (SD)
A very funny collection of outtakes presented in standard-definition.

Behind-The-Scenes Montage (6:21) (SD)
Includes behind-the-scenes footage from the first three Scream films.

Music Video (4:57) (SD)
“What If” - Creed

Theatrical Trailer (1:26) (SD)
The U.S. theatrical trailer is included in standard-definition.

International Trailer (1:39) (SD)
The international trailer is included in standard-definition.

TV Spots (5:47) (SD)
A collection of TV spots are included in standard-definition.

Also From Lionsgate (HD)
High-def previews for current and upcoming Lionsgate films.

Bookmarks
Save your favorite scenes and return to them later.

The bonus features included are very enjoyable, however I do have to say the quality of certain features (such as the deleted scenes and alternate ending) is quite terrible. The image looks so low-resolution, so pixely, basically worse than YouTube quality. I don’t know where this footage was acquired, but it does not look good. The majority of the features look fine however. 6/10

The Movie
Scream 3’ follows on the huge success of ‘Scream’ and ‘Scream 2,’ and like with most trilogies…it continues to go down a notch in quality. That being said, ‘Scream 3’ is a lot of fun; you just need to dispense reality a bit more than you did already.

Once again, the cast who survived the second film return to reprise their roles, which I think helped the film very much. Deaths begin occurring on the set of ‘Stab 3’ (the in-movie adaptation of the Scream films) and they quickly realize the game is not over yet.There are some unique twists added to the third film, many which work well, and a few that don’t. The film’s humor is once again very strong and you will find yourself laughing from beginning to end. There are some really great lines in the film.

With ‘Scream 4’ now released (which I have not seen at the time of writing) it will be interesting to see the series continue even more. Films tend to go down in quality with each installment (with few exceptions), but I cannot wait to see it.

‘Scream 3’ is not among the smartest, greatest or scariest of films, but it is one of the most fun experiences you can have watching a film. Like previous installments, ‘Scream 3’ is best watched with a group of friends who love to laugh and like a few scares thrown in. 8/10

The Blu-news Summary
Scream 3’ is a VERY fun film, but certainly the weakest. The Blu-ray release features a strong video presentation and impressive audio mix. The selection of extras are enjoyable, it is just too bad the quality of certain extras leaves a lot to be desired. Overall this Blu-ray release is ‘Recommended’ if you are fan.

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