Scream 1-3 [DVD]
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UK Released DVD/Blu-Ray item. It MAY NOT play on regular US DVD/Blu-Ray player. You may need a multi-region US DVD/Blu-Ray player to play this item. When Randy the video geek rattles off the rules of surviving a horror movie in Wes Craven's Scream, he speaks for a generation of filmgoers who are all too aware of slasher-movie clichÃ©s. Playfully scripted by Kevin Williamson with a self-aware wink and more than a few nods to its grandfathers (from Psycho to Halloween to the Friday the 13th dynasty), Scream skewers teen horror conventions with loving reverence while re-creating them in a modern, movie-savvy context. And so goes the series, which continues the satirical spoofing by tackling (what else?) sequels while sustaining its own self-contained mythology. Catty reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) turns grisly murders into lurid best-sellers, a cult of killer wannabes continues to hunt spunky psycho-survivor Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) for their 15 minutes of fame, and a cheesy movie series (Stab) develops within the movie series.Scream remains the high point of the series--a fresh take on a genre long since collapsed into routine, but Scream 2 spoofs itself wittily ("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 humour and director Craven is stylistically at the top of his game. As a trilogy, it remains both the most consistently entertaining and self-aw
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Throughout the series, there is an undercurrent of humor or lightness, if you will, which keeps each film from becoming overbearingly ugly or, even as in many horror films, unintentionally ludicrous blood baths. Undoubtedly the guiding force in the success of the series was Director and Horror Film Eminence, Wes Craven. He hit the jackpot with this one of his many efforts.
In sum, these are entertaining movies which are bearably horror-filled and well above the usual entries in the genre.
I had put off buying the films when they were on DVD because I would usually only watch them once a year and could usually find them on television around Halloween. However, after seeing the fourth I was very interested in revisiting the earlier entries to see how it matched up. Seeing that this set was on the way I decided to hold off my purchase and I am quite glad. The films look good on Blu-ray, not great by most people's standards but better than they did on DVD, IMO. The value is great, you get all three for only twenty bucks but you also get two recent documentaries with all the major players (other than Courtney Cox) involved. While the documentaries are slightly repetitive and cover similar topics, at twenty bucks they are really just gravy on top of owning the original films.
The three films each have the extras (I believe are the exact discs) from the earlier blu-ray releases. I enjoy listening to Craven's commentaries and watching the trailers and tv spots as well as a few featurettes. That said, it is annoying not to have a directors cut of the original. They clearly released this set to cash in on the upcoming release of Scre4m but I'm okay with that because it worked out great pricewise for me.
Not worth a rebuy for those who already own the series on Blu-ray but definitely good for fans wanting to update to HD at a cheap price and a must for those like myself who have put off owning the films until now. I can't wait to buy the fourth and listen to Craven's commentary. Thanks