Scream VI 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 268, July/August

WSR Score3
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Strong bloody violence and language throughout and brief drug use
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Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett
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In "Scream VI," the four survivors from the most recent Woodsboro Ghostface killings have moved to New York City for a new start. Just as they begin to feel a sense of normalcy, they receive that infamous call. Ghostface is more brutal and relentless than ever and will stop at nothing to hunt them down. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by filmmakers; seven featurettes: "Death Comes To The City" (HD 07:57), "The Faces Of Death" (HD 14:10), "More Meta Than Meta" (HD 10:22) "Bloodbath At A Bodega" (HD 04:53), "An Apartment To Die For" (HD 07:30), "The Night Train To Terror" (HD 06:18) and "Theater Of Blood" (HD 10:52 ) and a digital copy.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K Digital Intermediate. There is also a 3D conversion by DNEG edition but no release was provided The imagery is perfectly natural and realistic in appearance with a vibrant color palette with nicely saturated colors and fine hue shadings. Flesh tones are accurate. Contrast is excellent with solid black levels in night scenes and in the Ghostface masks. Shadow delineation is revealing with good depth. White levels are realistic with excellent hue shadings. Resolution is superb with fine facial features exhibited in skin pores, lines, makeup, beard stubble, beards and hair. Costumes are vivid with fine detail in structure. As well, object texture is well defined and realistic. This is a well crafted picture that exhibits excellent visual quality. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with killing sequences accentuated with transient bass to heighten the fright. Atmospherics are realistic and sound effects are often powerful as enhancements such as the subway train to terror. The orchestral score is quite active and emotionally dynamic with a wide and deep soundstage with extension to the surrounds. The orchestral/choral score projects a foundational bass structure for dynamic impact. Surround energy is virtually constant and often aggressive and directionalized. Dialogue is intelligible with generally good spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of an extension of the music to the height layer as well as sporadic atmospherics such restaurant ambience, street sounds. subway sounds and loud announcements. Sound effects are limited but there is a sequence of thunder and lightening sounds, and an electronic hum in the Ghostface museum. So much more could have been achieved to enhanced spatial dimensionality.

Overall, this is a holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that delivers the screams. (Gary Reber)