Scream 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 260, March/April 2022

WSR Score3
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual reference
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Matt Bettnelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett
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"Scream" takes place twenty-five years after a streak o brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a terrifying new iller resurrects the Ghost Face mask. As the deaths mount, Woodsboro's new targets must seek help from the survivors of the original Ghost Face attacks. Now, only Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), former sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette), and reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) can find a way to stop the iller when everyone is a suspect. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Directors Matt Bettnelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and Writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, the featurettes "Bloodlines" (HD 08:33), "New Blood" (HD 07:33) and "In The Shadow Of The Master" (HD 07:22), deleted scenes (HD 02:57), Scream 1996 trailer and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate. The color palette is natural in appearance with locations perfectly realistic. The color gamut is nuanced in hue density and depth. Flesh tones are natural throughout. HDR contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks, such as the garment on the person with the Ghostface mask. The white markings on the Ghost Face mask are pure white. Shadow delineation is excellent. Resolution is excellent throughout with fine detail exhibited in facial features, clothing, and object texture. This is a good looking visual presentation that is well crafted. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1-channel soundtrack is conventional sounding with all the expected gimmicks associated with the series. As doors open the tense music score swells in volume to create the anticipation of the killer. The sound favors a frontal focus, with aggressive surround moments activated during the more bloody attack segments. Other than the atmospherics and special effects that bolt out such as gunfire, the music score provides a more consistent sense of frontal stage dimension and surround envelopment that, at times, sounds aggressive. Dialogue is closed-miked or ADR or production sound, with mostly generally good spatial integration. Bass effects are, at times, energized in the .1 LFE channel for effect. Still, overall this is a rather non-inventive soundtrack experience that just adequately services the horror genre. (Gary Reber)