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Scary Movie

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Jon Abrahams, Rick Ducommun, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Anna Faris, Kurt Fuller, Regina Hall, Lochlyn Munro, Cheri Oteri, Dave Sheridan, Marlon Wayans & Shawn Wayans

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes six deleted scenes, a short making-of featurette with cast and filmmaker interviews, the theatrical trailer, five bonus trailers, and DVD-ROM extras for PCs.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Dimension Home Video
(Catalog Number): 18300
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for strong crude sexual humor, language, drug use and violence.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/12/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Keenen Ivory Wayans
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Making a spoof of a satire could prove to be an impossible task, but the Wayans clan seems to pull it off with

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits image quality that should surely delight fans of this wacky movie. Colors are bold and vibrant, with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are sharp and finely detailed, with nicely rendered background definition; though some scenes appear slightly soft. Shadow delineation and contrast are excellent. Sometimes, the visual experience is slightly "digital". The finer details shimmer on occasion, like Shannon Elizabeth

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DVD-ROM Review:
After installing the DVD-ROM components for this title, you are brought to the main menu, which has rotating pictures from the film and full sound. From this menu, you are given links to the sections Play Movie, Scary Movie: A Guide for the Culturally Challenged, Character Profiles, Screenplay Viewer, Screensaver, and DVD Destination Website. The screenplay is done well, with a theme that ties in nicely with the rest of the components. The only real problem I could find is the difficulty of selecting certain scenes right away. To view scenes further in the movie, you must scroll through each scene. The Guide for the Culturally Challenged is a trivia game for Scary Movie. There are two ways to go through this section. In the Guide Mode, it gives you information relating to each scene. If you switch over to Quiz Mode, you can be tested on your knowledge of the film. The Character Profiles give biographies of each character, including sound clips from the movie for each. The Screensaver is a simple slide show presentation of a few still images from the film, with quotes accompanying each of what the character is saying in the movie. When playing the movie from the PCFriendly software, it loads quickly and smoothly to the opening scene of the film. This title has a lot to offer, and is well presented. I really like the Guide for the Culturally Challenged, and think that something like that should be incorporated into many other title's DVD-ROM components. (Danny Richelieu)