March 28, 2022
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:
street date 04/05/22;
Box office $81.62 million;$25.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD;
Rated an “R” for heavy gory violence, consistent language, and some sexual innuendos.
Stars Melissa Barrera, Jack Quaid, Mikey Madison, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Jasmine Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Sonia Ammar, Marley Shelton, Kyle Gallner, Heather Matarazzo, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich.
Instead of using the idea of a franchise relaunch to make a standalone film unrelated to what came before, or ignoring previous sequels, the creators of the new Scream specifically wanted a sequel that honors all previous installments.
As such, a lot of care went into creating the fifth Scream movie, and the result could be the best entry into the franchise since the 1996 original.
The new Scream focuses on a girl named Samantha (Melissa Barrera), a former Woodsboro resident who is drawn back to town when her younger sister (Jenna Ortega) is attacked by the latest Ghostface killer 25 years after the events of the original film.
Sam turns out to have a secret connection to a character from the original film, and imagines communicating with that person in a way that might draw some comparisons to “Dexter.”
To understand what’s happening, Sam and her boyfriend Richie (Jack Quaid) recruit Dewey (David Arquette), which eventually leads to Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) also coming back into the picture.
Continuing the tradition of the “Scream” films dissecting and being part of the horror film genre, the remake manages to deftly assemble a series of homages to the original while layering in an amusing satire of fan culture.
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The film’s home video configurations include separate DVD, Blu-ray and 4K versions that are not combo packs (i.e. the 4K version does not also include a regular Blu-ray), with digital copies included in the Blu-ray and 4K versions are included.
Extras are included on both the 4K and Blu-ray discs, led by enthusiastic and informative commentary with co-writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, co-directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and the executive Producer Chad Villella.
There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes: the seven-and-a-half-minute “New Blood” about the new characters; the eight-and-a-half-minute “Bloodlines,” about connections to the earlier films; and the seven-and-a-half-minute “In the Shadow of the Master,” a tribute to the late Wes Craven, who directed the first four films.
Rounding out the extras are three minutes of some pretty good deleted scenes and the trailer for the 1996 film.