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Scary Movie 2
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 57 (Feb 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Chris Masterson, Kathleen Robertson, David Cross, James Woods, Tim Curry, Tori Spelling & Chris Elliott

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, alternate and deleted scenes, a still gallery, special effects and make-up tours, and DVD-ROM enhancements.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Dimension Home Video
(Catalog Number): 24014
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong sexual and gross humor, graphic language and some drug content
(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): 82
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/18/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Keenen Ivory Wayans
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Taking off from the wildly popular original, Scary Movie 2 spoofs popular movies like The House On Haunted Hill, The Exorcist, Hollow Man, Hannibal, The Haunting, What Lies Beneath, and even Save The Last Dance, among others. A group of high school students is invited to spend the weekend at a mansion under the guise of a class study trip by a nefarious professor (Curry). Little do they know that the home is the infamous haunted Hell House, where a child was once possessed by the devil.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture is bright, with generally sharp and detailed images, and pleasing contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are accurately balanced, with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Edge enhancement can be bothersome at times, while many scenes are free of its distraction. There is occasional pixelization, but nothing that is terribly distracting. (Suzanne Hodges)

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DVD-ROM Review:
Right off the bat, this title shows the creative genius of its creators, with a great way of introducing the DVD-ROM main menu. This darkened collection of pictures is navigated by maneuvering your mouse-turned-flashlight through the blackness, searching for links to other sections of the DVD. The links available from this page are Screenplay Viewer, Character Profiles, Play DVD, Online Trivia Game, and DVD Destination Web Site. The usual Screenplay Viewer can be found by clicking the spinning head. Nothing too spectacular pops out at first glance, besides the usual windows for viewing the script while watching the mini-boxed film and storyboards. I was impressed with the way the background image would change with the scene: a simple, but effective effect. In the Character Profiles section, you can read blurbs about the main characters in the film. Each caption includes a few movie still images from the film for each character, as well as a sound byte from the scene the picture was taken from. This section is not too incredibly exciting, although the clever use of replacing the familiar mouse cursor is worth a few laughs. The Online Trivia Game is a trivia game that is synchronized with the DVD, allowing you to see which scene the question refers to. Even though this version has its bugs, it has come a long way from its original version seen in The Matrix. This title has some great features, and is very well produced. I especially love the various mouseover routines used, all of which tie in perfectly with the movie. I wish a few more features had been included, including some crude screensavers and desktop images, but what is here is fun to try out. (Danny Richelieu)