By the time that a franchise makes it to their fourth film, there is a very good chance that the movie will be virtually unwatchable. I believe that the years that were taken between Scream 3 and 4 were enough to properly allow the writers to make up a great story and strong cast to make this film one of the strongest in the franchise. Scream 4 focuses in on Sidney Prescott’s fame after creating a self-help book; meeting up with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, things start to get crazy. Who is behind Ghost Face this time around, and what does it mean for each of the movie’s main characters? By updating the Scream series to the current period, I believe that Wes Craven has given the series (and the horror genre) a little momentum as the 2010s continue to roll on.
Anchor Bay has placed a number of featurettes on this DVD. This means that a whole different context to the film can be created if you put together the bulk of the film with the alternative beginning and openings, while Wes Craven eirself gives listeners an earful in the commentary which extends through the entirety of the feature film and into the deleted scenes. While not adding anything to the feature, the presence of the gag reel showcases the friendship between the different members of the cast and crew – what happens with each screw-up and minor error will have viewers continually in stitches.
If you liked the previous Scream titles or scary movies in general, make it a point to pick up this DVD release. It can be bought for around $16 on a number of online retailers, while brick and mortar locations will have it for a few more dollars.
Scream 4 (DVD) / 2011 Anchor Bay / 103 Minutes / http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com