2" and "Scream 3" on DVD
by Les Enser
Heees baaack! How can it be! It sure looked like Sidney (Neve Campbell)
had done the old ghoul in on the first installment of Scream, which had
audiences sitting on the edge of their seats. This time around it looks
like someone is trying to bring back the horror to a College campus and
attempting, once again slashing and gashing, to make his or her way through
The story unfolds with a copycat killer re-inacting a sequel to Sidneys
previous horrific experience and has local authorities, the media and
of course Gale Weathers, played by Courteney Cox
TV reporter, to find out who the killer is.
Dewey (David Arquette) also returns to save Sidney from sure death.
The DVD retains the aspect ratio of Scream 2 in the 2.35 letterbox format.
The razor sharp color and contrast are evident on this disc without any
visible artifacts. Overall this disc has excellent picture quality with
Sidneys texture and sheen evident on her brown leather jacket before
the climax of the film. The sound quality reveals every steely slither
of the masked demons killer knife as he pulls it out of its sheath
to annihilate unsuspecting souls. Overall this disc is pleasant to look
at, besides the blood and gore. The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound featured
good ambience and plenty of spaciousness, almost like being there.
The only disappointment on the disc is the lack of interactivity in the
DVD menu. There is not much to see other than a trailer and basic text
information on the stars. Overall though, Scream 2 is worth watching on
some cool and gloomy Sunday afternoon.
by Johnny Bray
It's very rare that I sit down to a movie with the absolute lowest possible
standards, and still come out disappointed. But every now and then it
Wes Craven brings us the third and apparently final chapter in the Scream
trilogy (which just means they have to offer him more money to make the
next one). However, it turns out to be exactly like the first two, only
not as good.
Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox Arquette and David Arquette are all back
reprising the roles they played in the previous Scream films. Campbell
is Sidney, the girl everything revolves around, Cox is the bitchy journalist,
and Arquette is the clumsy guy who manages to come out on top every time.
In Scream 3, the movie Stab 3 is being made, and it's based on Scream
1 and 2. Scott Foley plays the director of the movie, and Parker Posey
plays the girl who plays Courtney Cox in Stab 3. The movie plays exactly
like the first two movies, with some killer in a ghost outfit going around
and killing everyone based on certain "rules" that must be followed. All
the characters know all the rules, yet they seem to get killed anyway.
A very interesting point, is how in the first movie, Sidney mentioned
how stupid it is that the lead character always runs up the stairs when
she should be running out the front door. In Scream 3, Sidney is out front
of the house built to represent hers in Stab 3, so she goes in and up
the stairs when the killer is after her. She falls out the window, lands
in front of the house, then goes back in and runs up the stairs.
Does anyone else have as hard a time understanding this as I do?
While watching the first two, I managed to have the killer pegged in
the first fifteen minutes. This time it took me till about halfway through.
Kudos to them.
The biggest mistake I made, was watching this movie with a bunch of "Scream
keeners". Every time the killer reared his ugly head, whether it be frightening
or not, they were screaming their heads off, all the while me saying "shut
up, I'm trying to sleep."
I'm willing to be a man and admit that I did jump once. However, I'll
also admit that it was when I was very comfortable and starting to fall
asleep. All of a sudden, I heard a loud scream, and I jumped. I'd waste
electrons telling you the plot of Scream 3, but if you've seen Scream
1 or 2, you already know it, scene for scene.
Scream 3 is a scare-less waste of two hours and however much money you
spend on it. Unless of course, you are a Scream keener.
Audio and video quality of the DVD are very good. The video is widescreen,
enhanced for 16x9 TV's, and the audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
The "Collector's Series'"DVD has lots of extras, though I can't figure
out why they'd bother. There's a running commentary from the director,
outtakes, a "Behind the scenes" from all three movies, deleted scenes
with commentary, Commercials and trailer, a "Creed" music video, cast/crew
Scream 2 and Scream 3, from Alliance Atlantis Home Video
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