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Scream remains the high point of the series--a fresh take on a genre long since collapsed into routine, but Scream 2 spoofs itself with witty humor ("Why would anyone want to do that? Sequels suck!" opines college film student Randy), and delights with more elaborate set pieces and all-new rules for surviving a horror movie sequel. The endangered veterans of the original film reunite one last time for Scream 3, which plays out on the movie set of Stab 3. (It's a trilogy within a trilogy!) With Williamson gone, replacement screenwriter Ehran Kruger tries to mine the formula one more time. It's a little tired by now, and pale imitations (Urban Legend, I Know What You Did Last Summer) have further drained the zeitgeist, but the film bubbles with bright humor, and director Craven is stylistically at the top of his game. As a trilogy, it remains both the most consistently entertaining and self-aware horror series ever made. --Sean Axmaker
Still Scary: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective / Scream: The Inside Story
As most horror devotees already know, the Scream franchise was fraught with production troubles from its inception through its fourth and apparently final entry, and the two documentaries included on the fourth disc of the Scream collector's set (both of which are feature length, which explains the confusion over the set's "5 Film" label) represent the first attempt to bring together a cohesive portrait of the series' behind-the-scenes history. Both Still Scary: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective, by ShockTilYouDrop.com editor Ryan Turek, and Scream: The Inside Story, which was produced for the Biography Channel by much of the same creative team behind the epic Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, cover the same ground, which is director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson's struggles with the MPAA, producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, and a myriad of other outside forces throughout the series through interviews with many of the production principals, most notably stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Jamie Kennedy (Williamson and Courteney Cox are conspicuously absent from both projects). Still Scary offers the more comprehensive presentation, thanks largely to its inclusion of such less well-known players as Scream 3 scribe Ehren Kruger, who capably defends his much-maligned script, and offers welcome touches of visual and editorial style in its "quick cuts" segments, which present tidbits of info that, while not entirely germane to the documentary's main thrust, provide the sort of detail that dedicated fans of the series will love. The Inside Story delves deeply into pre-production issues, from Craven's reluctance to helm the series to the battle over Ghost Face's iconic mask and costume. In-depth discussions of the characters through dialogue readings by the original cast and screen tests, as well as split-screen comparisons between the original NC-17 edit and the R-rated theatrical cut, are equally invaluable. Though some viewers may argue with the documentaries' conceit that the Scream franchise reinvented the horror genre--reinvigorated is a more accurate description--the wealth of information presented in both films sets the bar for future horror documentaries. --Paul Gaita
I was very happy with my purchase, it came on time and the quality was great. I am now a dedicated amazon shopper.Published 4 days ago by PHYLLIS SHUBIN
i had scream 4... so this triple feature is treat for my collection!Published 5 days ago by Nancy Madden
Good value. Still, this is a great example of how a series goes downhill quickly. I'll never forget how good the first Scream was when released in 1995.Published 21 days ago by BobLoblawLawBlog
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The site is not there anymore. :(
Apr 24, 2014 by compsciguy | See all 2 posts
|Still no director's cut?||
In the US there was a widescreen laserdisc in the summer of '96 released. The Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven commentary comes from that laserdisc. So, even though they talk about how what they're watching is the Director's Cut, the viewer of the DVD version sees the R rated cut.
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Sep 25, 2011 by Alfred Borden | See all 10 posts
|No set with all 4?||
Part 4 is the beginning of a 2nd trilogy. Makes more sense to own two box sets or wait 'til the 6th film comes out buy all six together...
Jul 12, 2011 by Jonathan Cardwell | See all 21 posts
|Does blu ray scream 5 film set come with slipcover||
Mine didn't. And I ordered it in 2011.
Apr 24, 2014 by compsciguy | See all 2 posts
The 4th disc will include AT LEAST the feature length documentaries Still Screaming and Scream: Inside Story. Still Screaming is about all 3 films and making it's debut here. Scream: The Inside Story is about just the first film and aired on BIO right before the premiere of Scream 4.
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Jul 18, 2011 by Alfred Borden | See all 3 posts
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