Scream (2022) – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Scream (2022)

When I reviewed the film back in January, I gave it a generally favorable review. Seeing it the second time around, my thoughts on the film has changed a bit. The Scream franchise has always been a self-referential commentary about the genre and Hollywood. With Scream (2022), the latest iteration of Scream is a biting criticism about fandom—specifically the toxic fans. It makes so much sense for this sequel/reboot because of the number of mixed reactions with each new requel announcement. You either love requels or hate it, but having toxic fanbases be the villain(s) in this film is c’est magnifique.

Unfortunately, the latest Scream is so in love with the original that it can’t help but have all these callbacks to the 1996 film. Part of it is to celebrate the legacy of Wes Craven, and the other part of it is to give a wink and a nod to old fans. Yet how much is too much? In this case, it’s a lot. I didn’t realize it at the time since I was bracing myself for all the scares but watching it the second time around, I saw how many callbacks were in the film. At the same time, the film is almost a rehash of the original with a few plot tweaks thrown in.

When it came to the Halloween requel, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green gave us a fresh take on a franchise that also paid homage to the 1978 flick. Scream (2022) is not that. It’s primarily a homage to the first movie that doesn’t feel fresh or new. Nevertheless, the fun of Scream is still there. It’s entertaining to interact with the movie and try to figure out who the killer is alongside the characters themselves.

Overall, Scream (2022) is an enjoyable slasher that features some grisly kills and sharp and witty dialogue. Unfortunately, the self-referential homage goes a bit too far with the plotline and the callbacks.

Movie Rating: 3/5 atoms

Scream (2022) - Jack Quaid and Melissa Barrera

Video

Scream (2022) hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Vision/HDR10 transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The highlights look refined and balanced, with no instances of blooming in these areas. Most importantly, since this is a horror flick, the black levels are solid overall—looking deep and inky while keeping all of the details in the shadows. When it comes to color saturation, the Dolby Vision enriches the palette of colors and makes them look vibrant throughout. The picture details are sharp as well. You can see so much detail from the closeups of the actor’s faces, the makeup effects, and the individual hairs and stubble. Not to mention, the rubbery texture of the iconic Ghostface mask looks fantastic as well.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Scream (2022) - David Arquette and Courteney Cox

Audio

Scream (2022) hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. As I’ve stated plenty of times before, the key to a good home release of a horror movie is through the audio mix. There are many terrifying moments in the film that the audio mix brings them all to your viewing area with depth and clarity. Each sound effect is placed accurately within the soundstage with perfect spatial awareness. At the same time, the track uses all of the channels to pan effects, which puts you right in the scares. The score and musical cues fill up the soundstage to create wonderful suspense. Lastly, the dialogue is crisp and easy to discern.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Scream (2022) - Neve Campbell

Special Features

Scream (2022)‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray release has the following special features on the disc:

  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • New Blood
  • Bloodlines
  • In the Shadow of the Master
  • Scream 1996 Trailer
Features Assessment

There aren’t a lot of bonus features but there are a few gems here. The Filmmaker Commentary features screenwriters James Vanderbilt and Gary Busick, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and executive producer Chad Villella. Their commentary is an enthusiastic and informative track where they tell so many stories about the film’s production. The deleted scenes involve a lot of David Arquette’s Dewey character. Two of them involve a subplot between him and Vince, and the third is an extended scene in the aftermath of one of the murders.

As the name suggests, “New Blood” focuses on the new generation of the Scream cast in this reboot/sequel and how the new and legacy characters bonded on set. As an extension of “New Blood,” “Bloodlines” highlights the legacy actors and a lot of the Easter eggs in the film. “Shadow of the Master” looks at the legacy of the legendary filmmaker—covering topics like his impact on the horror genre and the legacy actor’s memories of him.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms


Overall, Scream (2022) is a gory and entertaining slasher film that won’t revolutionize the genre as the 1996 original did. Both the video and audio presentations are top-notch, but it’s a bit sad that we didn’t get a lot of fun bonus features in this release.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

Scream (2022) hits stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on April 5th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beToTslH17s

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

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