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Scary Movie (One/2000/Blu-ray/Dimension)


Picture: B+     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Film: D



The Wayan Brothers will try anything once, as Little Man recently proved, for a laugh.  In the summer of 2000 when so many releases were awful and underperforming, their raunchy comedy Scary Movie managed to out-gross better films like Hollow Man, The Patriot, Space Cowboys and Chicken Run.  This shocked the industry as a whole and pale imitators are still being churned out all the time and sprung on the public at the last moment possible.


Taking its cue from the revival slasher hit Scream, the film randomly takes shots at every good (and especially bad) hit film it can, for 88 brisk and occurrently gross minutes.  The problem with the film is that it is a one joke film, no match for Airplane! or its imitators.  That kind of segmented, fragmented humor goes back to Woody Allen’s Take The Money & Run, but this is so choppy that any joke that could have worked is marred by bad pacing.  As a result, a bad film like this has aged very badly and been outdone by later sequels.  But you can always see for yourself if you never saw it before.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image looks good for a low budget comedy no one thought would do that much business, but in order for the visual aspects of the jokes to work, Director of Photography Francis Kenny, A.S.C., knew clarity was the key and fan will appreciate the big improvement over previous video versions.  The PCM 16/48 5.1 mix is not as good, but still an improvement over the tired Dolby Digital 5.1 mix presented here and in previous editions.  Extras include a behind the scenes featurette, original theatrical trailer and additional scenes not seen theatrically.


For more on Scary Movie 4, try this HD-DVD review:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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