Newest Review: ... and it would have been nice had they been a bit more indepth. The audio and picture quality is really good and a marked improvement ov... more
Scream if you want to get plastered
Scream 3 (DVD)
Member Name: ryanando
Scream 3 (DVD)
Advantages: Best film to watch after 1 and 2. much more plot orientated. better acting. less tits
Disadvantages: none really
Righto, time for the final Scream! The last addition to the Scream Trilogy and the last disc in my box set. You may wish to read my reveiws of the first two before you sink your teeth into this, if you haven't already.
Rather fantastically, you get the option to watch this disc in 2 whole languages! Imagine the possibilities.
I have nothing but praise for Scream 3. A million times better than both 1 and 2 put together. By Scream 3 the whole movie has grown right up. It has evolved from a cheap tits and blood slash em up to an expensive, plot based film with only a small dependence in the wallets of teenage, boner beleaguered boys.
Number Three has gotten a lot more serious in that it has stopped relying on the well breasted women and took some time on the story. At the same time, it has stopped taking itself seriously at all, riddling the movie with some brilliant cameos: Jay and Silent Bob slink in with a few comments thrown in Cox's direction and Carrie Fisher plays a receptionist who hates Carrie Fisher. Humour is fun.
Scream 3 begins when Cotton Weary (the suspected killer of the first film) and his girlfriend are murdered. Soon after, the people working on the in-movie filming of "STAB 3" begin dying. More to the point, they begin getting the crap sliced out of them. How fabulous. Since Scream 2 Sydney (Neve Campbell) has (rather understandably) went into hiding and someone is trying to lure her out one last time. The game is not over. In fact the game just got a lot deeper, delving into Sydney's mothers past, revealing secrets and lies all over the place. It has an extra little eerie edge to it when Sydney starts roaming around the set of "STAB 3" which is the exact set used for Scream 2.
The performances from Campbell and the others was just brilliant. (Campbell isn't in enough things. Where is she?? Get her out of hiding!!) By the time this film was made, Courtney Cox and David Arquette had tied the knot, so seeing them work together as a "will they won't they" couple is just pure comedy. Jamie Kennedy (who plays Randy in 1 and 2) also gets a tiny part in this film as a voice from beyond the grave warning about how trilogies work. All bets are off, no one is safe and things tend to get a bit more spectacular.
I would have to say Scream the Third stuck well to these rules. Number 3 had me jumping out of my seat, excited and shouting "Shoot them in the head!!!" (they never listen). I've seen this film before. I know what happens. It's just THAT good.
It certainly redeems the previous Scream films if only for the little insider touches that can be seen throughout the film (lines like "Stab 3? Jesus, I have to get a new agent" from the stab actors and posters for Creed, the band who headline the soundtrack, in Sydney's recreated room on the "STAB" set).
The extras on Scream 3 kick off on the same note as the second film, providing us with some giggle worthy out takes from filming. Nothing hilarious but again there were smiles to be had and I quite enjoyed laughing at the antics caught on camera. Yay for out takes!
---Behind the scenes montage---
Oh dear god, Drew Barrymore is back. This is not cool. Thankfully it's not for long. This montage deals with all three movies, and it is literally that. A montage. Not much explanation. But overall the clips are better than the random crap thrown at you from the first Scream extras. I'd say this extra is worth watching despite its lack of amazingness. It's a nice look behind the scenes. And the music is pretty rocking too. The only downside is that it may leave you in a similar state to me, singing "we need a montage" from Team America
Continuing on from the great idea of letting you choose to have the commentary on deleted scenes, this box set allows you to watch unadulterated deleted scenes. You can also have people talk over the top if you really want. I didn't want. The scenes are very similar to the ones actually in the film, the first one only features one of the characters getting stabbed in a slightly different way than they did in the film. The next scene is...well...the same again. Same scene, different death. The last cut scene is different, thankfully. Just a random out take though. Nothing to wet your pants and write home about.
Don't get too excited. There is always a reason they never went with the alternate. The reason this time? It's simply not as good as the one they ended up going with. Another problem I have with this "alternate ending" guff is that it implies there is a total change in the story line. Incorrect. All that happens is some of the more exciting bits weren't in this version. Probably the reason it was rejected and replaced with its jumpier, sexier, more sophisticated twin. You suck Alternate Ending!!
The theatrical trailer. A staple of extras. The only downside is that the trailer they have chosen to include here is the same one that advertise Scream 3 on both the first and second DVD. We have seen it. It is not an extra. The only difference is that it has a Cinema release date stapled to the end of it that was obviously lopped off for the DVD adverts.
....Er... what? So the international trailer has had the cinema release date lopped off and had Mr low hanging voice put over the top of the Theatrical trailer for a second or two. In essence it is no different from the theatrical trailer. I revert back to my earlier "Two trailers?? NO NEED!!" argument (see my whinging on the previous films). Pointless pile of pointlessness. Yep.
This is literally an advert for the scream 3 soundtrack. Someone full of wit and charm decided to call it...wait for it... "SCREAM 3: THE ALBUM". Wow. The advert itself is akin to those cheap infomercials that beg you to by some really bad country music at 4 in the morning. On the upside, it does give you a handy list of bands who are on the soundtrack such as Creed, Godsmack, Staind, System of a Down, Static-X, Incubus and Slipknot, as if to apologise for Scream 2's sound track and confirm to everyone that it is ok, we know rap sucks, come home to rock. Fate had something to do with the choice as the movie just missed out on the 90's by landing in the year 2000. Thank god for that. I may actually have to hunt the soundtrack down.
---Creed Music Video---
As if the soundtrack trailer wasn't enough to redeem their taste in music, they have included a music video for Creeds' "What if" featuring David Arquette. Only the smallest amount of cheese is included in the video and the song kicks ass. Yay for rock!!
---Cast and Crew Biography---
As with the previous two sets of extras, we are treated to the biography of the cast and crew rather half heartedly displayed in text format next to a picture of them. The recurring cast seem to have the exact same bio on all three discs. The only treat here is finding out that one of the first victims in this film was in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". I want to say she was Joan of Arc...but I am still without net. Must check up on Kelly Rutherford later and see if I'm right.*
I'm sure by now you know the drill. Commentary = Not for me. Marmite, blah blah, you might like it, blah blah blah, I'm not watching it. Next!
By far the best of the three films, the extras were quite alright too. If I had giant thumbs, I would put them up for this DVD. But I don't. I will, however, put my normal thumbs up for them.
And thusly we come to the end of the box set / Scream trilogy. Overall, The box set is something a horror movie buff will need to add to their collection. Said buff should also have to admit that the Scream films are typical, cheesy, teen slashers only atoned for by the much better finale film, Scream 3. All the while the films do give a brilliant insight (and poke fun at) the time honoured formula used in slasher films which I believe is part of their charm. You will either love them or you won't. .
To buy them separately, you will need to shell out about £4.99 each. If you are sensible, you'll go for the box set which ranges between £7 and £13. Either way, the films are a bit of good messy fun for all the family. Ok well...maybe not them ALL since all three films come with an 18 rating and Gran probably wont be able to stick out the 333 minutes (almost 6 hours) of slice and dice
*re bill and ted, I was wrong. She was a voice for the cartoon. Damn lying extras!!
Summary: A great ending for a rather awful (but must have) trilogy