[4K Ultra HD Review] ‘Scream 2’; Now Available From Paramount

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Director: Wes Craven

Cast: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox

Release Date: October 4, 2022

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Disc Rating: 7.5/10

Synopsis:

Away at college, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) thought she’d finally put the shocking murders that shattered her life behind her… until a copycat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel.  Now, as history eerily repeats itself, ambitious reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), Deputy Dewey (David Arquette) and other SCREAM survivors find themselves trapped in a terrifyingly clever plotline where no one is safe or beyond suspicion.

Please Note: Paramount Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.

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The hit horror sequel ‘Scream 2’ rejoins survivor Sidney Prescott who is now away at college and trying to forget about the terror she lived through. But when a film called ‘Stab’ based on a book by reporter Gale Weathers makes its debut and is accompanied by a new killer stalking the campus and its inhabitants, Sidney finds herself and those closest to her thrown back into the chaos she had hoped to leave behind. Now with the help of Gale, Dewey, Randy and some other new friends, Sidney will have to try and stay alive long enough to uncover the identity of the new killer and stop them before the bloodshed claims everyone she still has left.

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‘Scream 2’ was unleashed into theaters a mere year after the original and debuted in December of 1997, once again directed by horror master Wes Craven from a screenplay again written by Kevin Williamson. The cast this time around featured multiple new and returning individuals and includes David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf, Jerry O’Connell, Jada Pinkett, Liev Schreiber, Timothy Olyphant, Elise Neal, Omar Epps and more who each do their part to make this the rewarding sequel that it is, and help it to still deliver all of the blood-soaked fun and excitement today that it did twenty-five years ago when I first caught it opening weekend in theaters.

‘Scream 2’ managed to do a surprisingly capable job of delivering a worthy sequel that nearly holds up with the original, while also upping the ante in the body count, chaos and a few other departments as is often necessary for a sequel to succeed and keep the fans engaged. It also had a few twists and turns that for the most part worked relatively well, while perhaps most importantly it retained that clever balance of horror and fun, serving up nearly as many laughs and grin inducing moments as it does kills and surprises. The end result is a fantastic sequel that was better than most fans probably expected it to be and to this day still remains one of my personal favorite sequels in the franchise (although Scream 4 is right up there with it).

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Now, twenty-five years after its initial release Paramount Home Entertainment brings ‘Scream 2’ home on 4K Ultra HD for the first time featuring a pretty magnificent new Ultra High Definition presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 that’s not only the best home video presentation this film has ever seen but a quite substantial overall upgrade in its appearance across the board. While many fans may be disappointed by the absence of a new soundtrack, or even more so by a lack of any fresh bonus material, this upgraded video presentation alone will still make it more than worthy of the upgrade and a double dip for any diehard fans of the franchise that are fully 4K capable. If you’re a dedicated fan of the ‘Scream’ films and are considering a purchase, then this one is definitely recommended.

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VIDEO:

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Scream 2’ features a full 2160p Ultra High Definition presentation with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, presented in a 2.35:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks quite spectacular as a whole and delivers a clean, smooth and well detailed presentation from start to finish that never suffers from any unexpected problems or issues along the way. It’s a remarkable upgrade over the Blu-ray release in almost every way that shows notable improvement on everything including character’s facial details and clothing, as well as the campus surroundings and other background environments which are all sharper than we’ve ever seen prior. The Dolby Vision addition only helps to further improve upon it all by offering a spectacular color palette that brings new life and vibrancy to clothing and room colors which are only matched by deep and notably rich blacks that never slip or disappoint along the way. Overall, this is a very nice new Ultra High Definition video presentation that should have fellow fans of this classic horror sequel very pleased.

AUDIO:

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack appears to be identical to that included in the Lionsgate Blu-ray release (which is identical to the included Blu-ray disc in this Paramount release) but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It offers a clean, sharp and notably aggressive audio presentation throughout that repeatedly utilizes all five available channels in order to send the music, action and vehicle effects, along with some crowd noise and other fitting elements throughout the various speakers while never conflicting with any simultaneously occurring dialogue or other audio elements. Overall, this is a fully capable 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that still holds up nicely and should please any fans that don’t already own the film on Blu-ray and therefore know what to expect from it.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Scream 2’ features a collection of previously released extras on the included Blu-ray disc which itself is identical to the Lionsgate release from years prior (it even still has the Lionsgate opening/credits). Both discs include an ‘Audio Commentary by Director Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena and Editor Patrick Lussier’, while the Blu-ray disc also includes a couple of ‘Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena and Editor Patrick Lussier’ (running approximately 4 minutes in length combined), along with ‘Outtakes’ (running approximately 9 minutes), and a behind the scenes ‘Featurette’ (approximately 7 minutes). Also included are ‘Music Videos’ for ‘Master P – “Scream”’ (approximately 3 minutes) and ‘Kottonmouth Kings – “Suburban Life”’ (approximately 4 minutes), along with the ‘Theatrical Trailer’ (2 minutes) and numerous ‘TV Spots’ (6 minutes altogether) for the movie.

‘Scream 2’ is available on 4K Ultra HD in both a standard edition and a Limited Edition Steelbook. The Limited Edition Steelbook release of ‘Scream 2’ (which is the version I was sent for review) features a collectible Steelbook packaging with a glossy image and both discs packed inside. The interior features the original artwork behind the discs. You can view a beauty shot of the Steelbook artwork below for a better idea of what to expect.

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*Please note that the above images are taken from the included Blu-Ray disc and resized. They do not represent the quality of the 4K Ultra HD disc itself and will additionally suffer quality loss as a result of .jpg compression. Larger versions of each image can be viewed by clicking on the image. All images and content included on the 4K UHD & Blu-Ray release are the property of their respective owners.

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Disc Rating: 7.5/10

‘Scream 2’ 25th Anniversary Edition is Now Available to Own on 4K Ultra HD Limited Edition Steelbook & 4K Ultra HD from Paramount Home Entertainment

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