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Scream: Collector's Series

review by Justin Meyers

 

 

Rated R

Running Time: 104 Minutes

Starring Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Drew Barrymore

Studio: Disney

Written by Kevin Williamson

Directed by Wes Craven

 

Retail Price: 39.99

Features: Theatrical Trailers, Audio Commentary with Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, Production Featurette, Behind the Scenes Footage, Interviews, TV Spots, Film Facts, Cast and Crew Bios

Specs: 2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital English, English Captions, Chapter Search

The smash hit that transformed the horror genre into a phenomenon, Scream also launched the careers of some of today's brightest stars! After a series of mysterious deaths, an offbeat group of friends get caught in a lively mix of thrills and chills.

With hot stars Drew Barrymore, Courtney Cox, Neve Cambell, Skeet Ulrich, and David Arquette. Now you can experience this edge-of-your-seat thriller like never before with the Dimension Collector's Series on DVD.

Scream is the best movie in the Scream Trilogy. Written cleverly by Kevin Williamson. It has witty dialogue, black humor, and unimaginable death scenes. This is one scary film and it broke the mold for all other horror movies. There are some scenes that you will jump and keep you on the edge of your seat. The score mostly brings this on. The music is a key to the brilliance of this movie.

Wes Craven is one of the, if not the best horror directors ever. He has made this movie one of the best horror movies of the 90's. With his camera style and Williamson's script, this production could not have gone wrong. You can tell by the Audio Commentary that they loved this movie, and really enjoyed making it.

I enjoy watching this movie over and over again. It is an entertaining movie and it's fun to watch people jump in some of the scenes even though they've seen it before. Courtney Cox really steals the show, as a news reporter trying to get her story. Neve Cambell is a great victim/heroine that you can associate with. There is some great acting for a horror movie that usually only has corny lines and bad actors. It is the best slasher movie I have ever seen. With the who-dunnit twists, this is not only a horror movie but a mystery too, with a shocking ending.

 

The picture of Scream is really terrific. It's not anamorphic, but it is in 2.35:1 Widescreen and is pretty flawless. The shadows and darks are vibrant and clear. The colors and flesh tones are crisp and natural. The blood in the film, which the color red is a highlight of this movie, is right on and looks realistic. For an example of the blood go to time 1:26:12. This is one quality video here. It actually makes the film scarier. You can see everything.

It is expected that the sound play a huge part in horror movies. On this DVD, it's no different, as the Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds excellent. The musical score is brilliant by a very talented man named Marco Beltrami; it leads you up to something that will or will not happen. The sound of the phone is quite impressive. It has the reality it needs to scare you. The opening title sequence is the best part to try out your sound system. You can hear screams and heartbeats as the logo title races from your front to the rear speakers. The voices are centered but when certain action takes place it follows from left to right. The sound on this DVD is superb!

This Collector's Series from Dimension really has some great extras for you. The audio commentary is the best part of this DVD. It features Director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson. It tells you everything you would want to know about the production of the movie. From casting, to how the writer came up with the ideas for the script. This is one of the best commentaries I've listened to.

There is a production featurette. It is pretty good. It was included on the VHS version. It has some behind the scene information and interviews with the cast and crew.

There are behind the scenes footage of the opening scene and the end chase scene. I thought these were great to see. I really enjoyed watching from behind the camera.

There is a Q & A with the cast and crew. It has a bunch of the cast and crew answering "What's your favorite scary movie" and "Why are people so fascinated by horror films." It is great to see some of the cast and crew and to hear what they think of these questions.

To finish off these great extra's there is a special effects photo gallery, 2 theatrical trailers, 7 TV spots, cast and crew profiles, and film facts.

This is one grand DVD. Dimension has put a lot of time and effort on this DVD, and it shows. This is one of the best transfers of video and audio I have seen and it has a lot of extras. The only thing lacking is the menus, which are static of the box cover. If you have to pick a movie of the Scream Trilogy, pick this DVD. I must warn you though, there is a Scream Trilogy Box set that comes out soon. It will have a new anamorphic transfer, but as far as I know it will only be available in the set with the new Collector's Series of Scream 2. You will enjoy this film and DVD, pick it up as soon as you can!

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