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Scream (1996)

Neve Campbell , Courteney Cox , Wes Craven  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (693 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Drew Barrymore
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Kevin Williamson
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Cary Woods, Cathy Konrad, Dixie J. Capp, Harvey Weinstein
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 1997
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (693 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304711875
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,637 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scream" on IMDb

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With the smash hit Scream, novice screenwriter Kevin Williamson and veteran horror director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) revived the moldering corpse of the teen horror picture, both creatively and commercially, by playfully acknowledging the exhausted clichés and then turning them inside out. Scream is a postmodern slasher movie, a horror film that cleverly deconstructs horror films, then reassembles the dead tissue, and (like Frankenstein's monster) creates new life. When a serial killer starts hacking up their fellow teens, the media-savvy youngsters of Scream realize that the smartest way of sticking around for the sequel is to avoid the terminal behaviors that inevitably doom supporting players in the movies. They've seen all the movies, and the rules of the genre are like second nature to them. One of the scariest/funniest setups features a kid watching John Carpenter's seminal Halloween on video. As Jamie Lee Curtis is shadowed by Michael Meyers and the kid on the couch yells at her to turn around, Craven reverses his camera and we see that the kid should be taking his own advice. The fresh-faced young cast (including Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette) is fun to watch, and their tart dialogue is sprinkled with enough archly self-conscious pop-culture references to make Quentin Tarantino blush. --Jim Emerson

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DVD - Scream David Arquette and Neve Campbell Clever hip and scary. Soneone's taking their love of scary movies one step to far

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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray is NOT the Unrated Director's Cut April 15, 2011
By Nick-L
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Please note: I'm rating the release, not the movie (which is a favorite of mine).

Save your money and wait for a complete, uncensored release, preferably with some new bonus material.

***SPOILER WARNING***

I broke down and picked this up because Amazon had it on sale for $6. Though not perfect, the picture quality is good/very good. The sound, on the other hand, is fantastic - one of the best DTS-MA tracks I've heard on blu-ray. However, despite all the audio and visual goodness on display, the admittedly small edits to achieve the "R" rating are annoying. The tone of the film changes subtly as a result.

The slow-mo zoom at the end of the opening scene is far more effective than when sped up. A snipped second here and there in a number of other death scenes make them seem cartoonish and sanitized. Two characters appear to repeatedly stab each other with little consequence.

If Scream were released today, it would surely receive an "R" in its uncut form. Compared to the likes of Saw and Hostel, the on-screen violence is positively restrained. Lionsgate dropped the ball on this one. Please don't wait another 15 years to fix it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes....I think it's worth 5 stars October 2, 2009
Format:DVD
I'm sure in this day and age it's appropriate to give "Scream" less than 5 stars. Plenty of folks will say how "unoriginal" the movie is, or how it's just a rip-off of a bunch of 80's flicks......and I say Bull***t.

"Scream" jump started the horror movie genre in the 1990's. Without "Scream" we woudn't have flicks like "I Know Whay You Did Last Summer" or "Urban Legend". Without "Scream" we might not have "Inside" or "Martyrs". Sure "Scream" ushered in the 90's version of slasher flickes, but it also ushered in an era of self referential horror films. Wes Craven was able to poke fun of the genre he helped create....and the "Scream" audience was in on the joke.

So many horror films since "Scream" have come to rely on the horror converntions set forth in "Scream" that it actually feels original.

"Scream" is meant to be fun, the cast, and the soundtrack both indicate that this is a fun film, not to be taken too seriously. If you've seen "Terror Train" or "Prom Night" or "Hell Night" than you are the target audience for "Scream", as an homage to 80's horror, you won't find a better film. It plays on the viewer's recollection of Jamie Lee Curtis' early film work, and updating the horror genre beyond what is found in the latest "Halloween". If you are a fan of 80's horror this is a must see.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the blu ray transfer May 21, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Finally we get all the SCREAM films on blu ray and here we have the first and best that was hugely original and put a much needed original kick in the horror movie genre. We all know the story and we also know that when an older classic film comes out on a blu ray transfer it is really important to find out the quality and if the transfer succeeded. I was thrilled when I popped this movie into my blu ray player and was itching to see the infamous opening scene with Drew Barrymore. Sadly it was a huge disappointment. The audio was great but the video totally lacked clarity and seemed blury and overly grainy. For me the full effect of the scene was lost. Luckily when we get to the next scene with Neve Campbell at her computer the video had hugely improved. The picture was pretty crisp, colors were vibrant, flesh tones realistic and I was then impressed. Throughout the rest of the movie the video quality gets about a B. The dark scenes work well. Black and white ratio is clean and the colors do blend in well. The graininess after the opening scene is there on purpose and looks fine. When the villian dashes in and out of the picture the black and white of the costume looks great. But the part of the movie that is a truly huge improvement over the dvd is the audio. The DTS HD Master 5.1 audio track uses all surround speakers to full effect. Dialogue is crisp and you will be jumping out of your seat in all the right moments. The track is perfect for this classic horror movie and shines. The soundtrack blends in with all the films sounds perfectly.

But the video is where opinions will clash. For me the upgrade to blu ray is much better than my dvd version. I never liked the dvd presentations and the blu ray is in a 1080p enhanced widescreen which makes viewing the film better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies out there. July 4, 2001
Format:DVD
I admit that I didn't see this movie when it first came out, as I wasn't interested in it. But then I began to hear how popular it was--not to mention how cute all the actresses were--so I decided to give it a try. Reluctantly, at first. But I was hooked at the opening moment. We're talking a thriller filled with horror, suspense, action, and humor, combining it all into a great movie. Neve Cambell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox are a great team, and make the sequels excellent, as well. Sydney Prescott (Cambell) is at the center of a series of gruesome murders. She is a young woman with several skeletons in her closet, the doors ready to be opened by reporter Gale Weathers (Cox) who is in town to cover the murders. Sydney's past and present collide when her boyfriend is the suspected killer, and yet the murders continue. Officer Dewey (Arquette), a not-so-hip cop who has a crush on Sydney, begins to fall in love with Weathers, and still the bodies pile up. Try to guess who dunnit, and then try to stay in your seat as the climax approaches. An engrossing thriller from the master of the genre, featuring a talented cast and an intriguing plot. Don't miss it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackly humorous homage to horror films
West Craven and company threw in everything but the actual Jamie Lee Curtis in this first of a series of "Scream"'s honoring the cheesy but venerable horror film tradition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lonebeaut
5.0 out of 5 stars classic terror
I've always loved the scream movies and now i own all 4... its classic terror that makes this fulm so great... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tanya credit
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny stuff
Good laughs, scary fun and good casting. I really enjoyed this movie and would recommend this to any one, scary stupid fun.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Horror Movies of All Time! Spoilers.
Scream is one of the greatest horror movies of all time. It provided a rebirth and second great era of horror movie slashers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cagneyfan67
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Love this movie. It's a great 90's film. It has great characters. You won't be disappointed. It's a fun thriller.
Published 2 months ago by MS.J
5.0 out of 5 stars Dingleberry More
Great flick. Just can't describe the vibe I get when I see drew berrymore. Nothing butt love. seriously, good movie.
Published 2 months ago by Alexander
3.0 out of 5 stars Gen X Classic
Classic comedic horror film with star cast for generation X. Can probably truly be appreciated for those born between 74-79
Published 2 months ago by Jekyll & Hyde
5.0 out of 5 stars scream
This movie is one of my favorites. It for here on time and the DVD was in good shape. I think if you like scary movies you will like this.
Published 3 months ago by RubyRed
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time
Don't waste you time, it's not that good compared to other like movies I've watched. I would not recommend this movie.
Published 4 months ago by Robert M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Campy scarefest
Loved this movie when it was first released, still love it. Even better to be able to watch on a whim from Amazon Prime.
Published 4 months ago by Thorn
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