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DVD Reviews: Scream Collectors Edition

The Final Say!

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Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 29 March 2003
Distributed by:
Magna Pacific
Running Time: 111 Minutes

I loved this film! Believe it or not I had never seen it before reviewing this DVD so for those of you who the film is old news for, it was a totally fresh experience for me. The film is a clever take on a number of horror flicks out there and heavily references from them.

The story is about a young girl named Sidney who's life isn't exactly like everyone else's. Sure enough she goes to school and has a boyfriend and active social life. However her mother was brutally murdered a year ago and her father is never home due to his business.

Everything seems to be settling down however a killer has surfaced yet again in the town and this time he is after the blood of more than just one person. What's his motive? The only thing that anyone knows is that the killer is fascinated with scary movies and is using references from them to kill his victims. Finally it seems that the world has turned full circle and the killer's attention has turned back to Sidney. But is it the same killer that murdered her mother? All things seem to point to that despite the fact that a man has been convicted of the murder already and is in jail for it.

Scream looks and sounds out of this world with a beautiful widescreen transfer of 16:9 which is just the way it should be. There is very little in the way of faults in the transfer and no low level noise that I could see. The colours are rich and vibrant and considering the amount of claret flowing during the movie, this is a good thing. The camera loves this movie and it's actors and it's indicative of the quality of director Wes Craven.

Audio will knock your socks off with two main options of Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 . Normally I love DTS however this time around the hat must go off to the Dolby audio version, as the sound seems to be a tad fuller than DTS which is in my experience an odd thing. The whole setup will get a work out to great effect as well with a surround setup helping to keep you on edge during the watching of the film. There's nothing better than the audio equivalent of a maniac in your house as the killer stalks his prey through your speakers. I did notice some sync problems with some of the dialogue, but I mainly noticed it because I am a geek and stuff like that normally annoys me no end. This movie was so damn cool I just didn't care and it didn't last too long in my opinion.

The extras are an absolute delight and should satisfy anyone who likes to know a bit more about the film and what made it tick. There is some truly awesome stuff in there. Also a word of warning, the animated menus are very very gruesome to the point of being slightly unpleasant. I must be de-sensitised but it put off some of the people watching with me.

It's simple - get Scream Collectors Edition and get it now. It'll be a great addition to your collection.

Scream Collectors Edition Features

  • Scene Selection
  • Commentary by Director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson
  • Trailer
  • Production Featurette
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Q & A with cast and crew
  • Directors Comments
  • Outtakes


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