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  • Actors: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Drew Barrymore
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Kevin Williamson
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Cary Woods, Cathy Konrad, Dixie J. Capp, Harvey Weinstein
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYJ3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wes Craven's smash hit horror movie is a post-modern take on the slasher cycle of the late Seventies and early Eighties, which included the director's own 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'. In the small American town of Woodsboro, a psychotic freak with a love of horror flicks murders teenager Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore). The killer then begins terrorising Casey's classmate, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), whose mother was murdered a year earlier. When Sidney encounters the stalker and escapes, her boyfriend Billy (Skeet Ulrich) is arrested. However, the phone calls and killings continue.

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With the smash hit Scream, novice screenwriter Kevin Williamson and veteran horror director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) revived the mouldering corpse of the teen horror picture, both creatively and commercially, by playfully acknowledging the exhausted clichés and then turning them inside out. Scream is a postmodern slasher movie, a horror film that cleverly deconstructs horror films, then reassembles the dead tissue, and (like Frankenstein's monster) creates new life. When a serial killer starts hacking up their fellow teens, the media-savvy youngsters of Scream realise that the smartest way of sticking around for the sequel is to avoid the terminal behaviours that inevitably doom supporting players in the movies. They've seen all the movies, and the rules of the genre are like second nature to them. One of the scariest and funniest setups features a kid watching John Carpenter's seminal Halloween on video. As Jamie Lee Curtis is shadowed by Michael Meyers and the kid on the couch yells at her to turn around, Craven reverses his camera and we see that the kid should be taking his own advice. The fresh-faced young cast (including Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette) is fun to watch, and their tart dialogue is sprinkled with enough archly self-conscious pop-culture references to make Quentin Tarantino blush. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2015
Format: DVD
The nineties was a good decade for the teen horror movie, and 1996's 'Scream', by the master Wes Craven ('A Nightmare on Elm Street') is one of the most memorable and original. Many low-budget straight-to-DVD 'horrors' have tried to copy it since, but none of them have even come close to capturing the intensity and wit of the original.

Horror is probably the most 'hit-and-miss' of genres, but films like this help to restore the faith. 'Scream' is unpredictably scary, and has a completely original plot, as well likeable characters (I shouldn't really admit this, but I was even quite fond of the baddies at the end, despite hoping that they would not succeeded further in their evil, crazy deeds).

From the excellent opening scene, things never wain in the horror/comedy department. In a usually quiet little town, people are being murdered by an knife wielding, mask wearing maniac, branded by the locals as 'Ghost-face'. One year previously the mother of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) was brutally murdered, and it now looks as though the case is connected to the current happenings. Despite Sidney's initial refusal to believe it, the killer of her mother is still out there, and begins to start targeting her with strange phone calls. All of the actors, which include David Arquette and Neve Campbell turn in excellent, believable performances, and I particularly loved the character of Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), an unscrupulous journalist who has already written a book on the case, and is more than eager to boast her sales by investigating the new developments.

A solid little horror, 'Scream' certainly deserves the 18 rating as some of the deaths are pretty bloody. The DVD contains lots of bonus features including an audio commentary with Wes Craven, insightful Q&A sessions with the cast and crew, and a behind the scenes look at the set by Drew Barrymore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Scream (DVD).
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Miramax
Running Time: 111 minutes

Special Features.
Theatrical Trailer
Audio Commentary
Outtakes
Behind the Scenes: On The Scream Set
Drew Barrymore
Production Featurette
TV spots
The Longer scenes featurette (Jumps to a kill)
Special Effects Gallery
Cast & Crew Q&A
Why are people so fascinated by horror films?
Trivia (text form)

Cast.
Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers
David Arquette as Deputy Dwight 'Dewey' Riley
Rose McGowan as Tatum Riley
Skeet Ulrich as Billy Loomis
Matthew Lillard as Stuart "Stu" Macher
Jamie Kennedy as Randy Meeks
Drew Barrymore as Casey Becker
Liev Schreiber as Cotton Weary
Henry Winkler as Principal Arthur Himbry
Lawrence Hecht as Neil Prescott
W. Earl Brown as Kenneth "Kenny" Jones
Joseph Whipp as Sheriff Burke
Kevin Patrick Walls as Steven Orth
Lisa Canning as Repoter Jenna Welles
Carla Hatley as Mrs. Becker
David Booth as Mr. Becker
C.W. Morgan as Hank Loomis
Roger L. Jackson as the voice of Ghostface.
Linda Blair as reporter: (cameo)
Wes Craven as Fred the Janitor: (cameo)

Trivia.
1)Courteney Cox & David Arquette met & fell in love on the set of this movie, They eventually married but have since separated.
2)The boyfriend in Psycho (1960) is named Samuel Loomis. Samuel Loomis was the doctor in Halloween (1978). In Scream, the teens are watching Halloween. In Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), the teens are watching Scream 2 (1997).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caligula II. on 15 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
REVIEWED VERSION: 2005 Kinowelt Unrated German DVD

Director: Wes Craven

Cast: Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard

SYNOPSIS

In small town Woodsboro a killer wearing a ghostface is on the loose, brutally stabbing and gutting a girl and her boyfriend. Despite the efforts of the local Sheriff and Deputy Dewey (David Arquette) the body count rises, and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), still mourning the violent murder of her mother, finds herself in the killer's crosshairs.

THE PROS & CONS

SCREAM is not your typical slasher movie, it's has more of a parody undertone which results in endless quotes and conversations about horror classics, which is my main point for criticism: what starts out just fine soon takes the upper hand and just gets boring, which is the reason why I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5.
On the other hand, SCREAM is an incredibly well-written (thanks to Kevin Williamson), very suspensful, very well-acted and quite smart horror thriller. The opening scene is one of the best in a horror movie.
Wes Craven delivers his best directing performance since the original A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Incredibly well-paced and full of clever plot-twists and surprises. The suspense is maintained all the way through the movie. Keep your eyes open for his cameo as Fred the Janitor early in the movie.
The acting is top-notch for a horror film, also thanks to the brilliant script which allows the "deeper" characters. Neve Campbell gives a superb and believable performance as the vulnerable, but strong heroine. Skeet Ulrich who plays Sidney's boyfriend was perfectly cast for the role, as was Matthew Lillard as the crazy guy.
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