Scream 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This wasn’t a bad image but it seemed less than stellar.
Overall definition was fine. The movie showed a little softness in a few shots, but it usually demonstrated good clarity and accuracy. I noticed no jaggies or shimmering, but edge haloes could be noticeable, and the film showed a somewhat “processed”, digital look that may’ve come from too much digital noise reduction. Print flaws weren’t an issue.
Colors seemed pretty good. The palette remained natural and the tones showed nice vivacity much of the time. They could be a little dense but that wasn’t a significant issue. Blacks came across as pretty deep, and shadows were fairly visible; a few shots seemed a bit dark, but those weren’t a frequent distraction. Really, the “digital” look was the weakest link here, but the overall impression of the film was positive.
More consistent pleasures came from the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, as the track delivered a nice impression. The soundfield used all the speakers well, as it broadened the action around the room. This became most important in the violent scenes; those delivered solid impact and put the killer in appropriate spots. Music spread to the channels nicely and the whole thing combined in a satisfying manner.
Sound quality was strong. Music seemed bold and vibrant, while effects followed suit; those elements came across as accurate and dynamic. Speech appeared natural and distinctive as well; the lines were clear and without edginess or other concerns. This ended up as a solid soundtrack.
As we shift to the disc’s extras, we open with an audio commentary from director Wes Craven, producer Marianne Maddalena and editor Patrick Lussier. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story, characters and themes, cast and performances, editing, sets and locations, camerawork and music, reshoots, alternate scenes and a few other areas.
While we learn a fair amount about the movie, the track tends to drag more often than I’d like. The commentary for the first film cranked at a good pace, but this one meanders on occasion. Still, it includes enough useful material to make it worth a listen.
Two Deleted Scenes go for a total of four minutes, nine seconds. One shows an alternate version of the classroom discussion of sequels, while another shows a different edition of Sydney and her friends in the aftermath of Derek’s attack. Both let us view scenes that were later reshot, so neither of them shows much truly “deleted” material.
We can watch these with or without commentary from Craven, Maddalena and Lussier. They tell us a little about the scenes and let us know why they needed to be reshot. We get a few decent details from the participants.
Under Outtakes, we find an eight-minute, 54-second reel. I hoped this would show little snippets of deleted material, but instead, it’s a long blooper collection. That’s a whole lot of goofs and giggles, and it does little for me.
A Featurette lasts seven minutes, five seconds and includes Craven, writer Kevin Williamson, and actors Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy, Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Arquette, Omar Epps, Liev Schreiber, Jada Pinkett, Courteney Cox, and Elise Neal. They give us some general notes about the script, the sequel and other movie elements. It’s a general overview with a promotional emphasis.
Next we get Music Videos for “Scream” by Master P and “Suburban Life” by Kottonmouth Kings. I always thought P and his incessant “uhhhs” was about the most annoying rapper out there, and this ugly, irritating video/song don’t change my mind. Amazingly, the Kings are even more obnoxious – I guess Master P wasn’t the worst of the era! Was rap circa 1997 really this awful?
The disc opens with ads for Scream 4 and the Saw series. These show up under Also from Lionsgate as well. In addition, the Blu-ray provides the trailer for Scream 2 and 11 TV spots.
As a sequel to a semi-spoof, Scream 2 encountered unusual challenges. It didn’t surmount all of these, but it worked well enough to provide a mostly entertaining flick. The Blu-ray delivers good audio along with inconsistent visuals and a decent set of supplements. Scream 2 may not be as good as its predecessor, but it’s fun.