Scream – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review


In 25 years, Scream remains one of the cleverest horror films of the modern era. First of all, Scream pays loving homage to the slasher films of the ’70s while breaking down a lot of the slasher movie tropes. At the same time, it also mixes teen humor, social commentary on the perversion of society, and of course, all of the bloody violence. Yet, that self-referential treatment of the slasher genre is nothing new for Wes Craven. He went meta with New Nightmare, but he takes it to a whole new level with Scream.

As a result, it subverts all of your expectations with the way it plays with all of the tropes. First of all, the death of Casey (Drew Barrymore) sets the tone for the rest of the film with the way it builds up Casey to be the “final girl” only to be brutally killed. Also, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) loses her virginity in the film, which disqualifies her from being the “final girl” by the old slasher film rules. Thus, Craven starts to play with your head as he breaks all of the rules of the genre. Not to mention, he also makes everyone a suspect except Sidney and Tatum (Rose McGowan). Hence, everyone could be the killer, or they could be victims. You feel as if no one is safe because the rules are being broken all the time.

Overall, Scream is an irresistible one-two punch. It’s more than a horror flick since its self-awareness challenges other horror films to be more than what audiences expect them to be. It’s why Scream would continue to be an effective horror film for decades to come. With a new film on the horizon, Scream has proven itself to be a slasher staple and an unquestionable part of horror history.

Movie Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Scream - Drew Barrymore


Scream hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Vision/HDR10 transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The highlights and various light sources are insanely bright, and no details are lost even when it’s super bright. At the same time, the blacks and shadows are a deep dark black that never suffers from any detail loss, even during the many nighttime scenes. With the colors, they have a subtle natural saturation to them. No colors truly look bold except for, of course, red. The red is brilliant, and the gallons of blood spilled in the movie just pop off the screen. The details look fantastic in the Ultra HD release of Scream. So much of the film’s texture comes through cleanly and clearly. For one thing, you can see it in Tatum’s death scene since you can see the textured fabric and the sparkling specks on the black of Ghostface’s costume. There’s also a filmic grain that’s consistent throughout.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Scream - Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich


Scream hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. On the whole, the audio mix is more focused on the fronts with clear and accurate dialogue reproduction. The sound effects moving across the soundstage is smooth and flawless. Not to mention, the channel separation is nicely balanced, which in turn creates a spacious soundstage. Unfortunately, there’s not as much activity going on in the surround channels. However, the front channels still manage to fill the room. Marco Beltrami’s score also expands across the soundstage, including hints of the score in the rear channels. Also, the soundtrack sounds wonderfully full-bodied and immerses the viewer with the totally 90s music. When it comes to the dialogue, it’s crystal clear at all times.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

Scream - Neve Campbell and David Arquette

Special Features

Scream‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc has the following special features on it:

  • Audio Commentary by Director Wes Craven and Writer Kevin Williamson
  • A Bloody Legacy: Scream 25 Years Later
  • Production Featurette
  • Behind the Scenes
    • On the Scream Set
    • Drew Barrymore
  • Q&A with Cast and Crew
    • What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?
    • Why are People so Fascinated by Horror Films?

A Bloody Legacy has the franchise’s long-standing legacy actors (Neve, David, and Courtney), and the cast of the new 2022 film talk about what the first Scream meant to them. The documentary has some fun stories about the production of the first film, and it also includes a touching tribute to Wes Craven. Speaking of Wes Craven, the audio commentary with Wes and screenwriter Kevin Williamson is very enjoyable. Both of them discuss the plot, characters, and Scream‘s horror influences extensively. They also share their thoughts on the film and how they each reshaped the script during production.

Unfortunately, the rest of the bonus features are ported over from the DVD release of Scream in the ‘90s. The Production Featurette is nothing but an EPK-style documentary featuring various interviews with the cast. The Behind the Scenes feature is nothing but a montage of footage shot during the film’s production. There are no interviews in it; it’s just footage and music. The Q&A is a montage of clips featuring the cast and crew answering the questions that you select in the menu.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms

Overall, Scream remains one of the best horror films of the modern era. Even if you know who the killers are, Scream is still a thrilling and scary film after all these years. Thankfully, the Ultra HD video transfer looks great It’s just too bad that the audio mix and the bonus features aren’t as good as the video.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

Scream is now available in stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Paramount Home Entertainment.

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