Before Scream 4, There Was 1, 2 and 3… on Blu-Ray

We all know Scream 4 is a cash grab. Wes Craven hasn’t directed a hit film in years. Most of the cast has done nothing in the last decade. And the Weinsteins have never regained their glory from the 90’s.

That doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to it. In fact, I am excited for Scream 4.

The original Scream was one of the first slashers I ever saw. I remember being embarrassed because I went and saw it with my mom when I was 13 years old. Everyone else in the theater were couples, and I was with my mom. But I loved the movie, I loved the sequel… and I even liked the third one.

All three Scream movies are now available on Blu-Ray, which means you can see all the corn syrupy goodness in high definition. Unfortunately, Lionsgate/Miramax has added little in the way of bonus features for the Blu-Ray debut of the horror films.

And by “little”, I mean none at all.

There are bonus features, but they’re the same features found on the original DVDs. I only own the first Scream on DVD, but the bonus features are exactly the same (an audio commentary, production featurette, behind-the-scenes footage, Q&A with the cast and crew and the marketing materials).

Funny enough, you can tell how little effort was put into producing the Blu-Ray set because the back cover is almost identical the same. Same font. Same pictures. Same arrangement and same quotes. The only difference is the location of the bonus features list.

Scream 2, one of the best horror sequels in existence, is similarly done. The Blu-Ray comes with an audio commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes and a behind-the-scenes featurette. Scream 3 has the same choices.

By the way, it’s amusing how my opinion toward Scream 3 has fluctuated throughout the years. In my original review, I said “it is actually good. In fact, it is excellent. In fact, it is just as good as the original…” But then, two weeks later I said “the more and more I realize how silly this film [was] compared to the last two.” Ten years later, it’s not nearly as silly as I recall; Scream 3 isn’t as good as the first two, but it’s still entertaining and exciting.

Back to the Scream Blu-Rays. The movies look great, but if you already own the movies on DVD, there is little reason to spend more money to upgrade their appearance.

Watch for Scream 4 on April 15, 2011.

By Erik Samdahl
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