Scary Movie 3 (2003)

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Released 2-Sep-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Deleted Scenes-9
Alternate Ending
Featurette-Making Of-Making Scary Movie 3
Featurette-Making Of-Making Scary Movie 3...For Real
Outtakes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Hulk Vs Aliens - Alternate Ending
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 80:36
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By David Zucker
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Pamela Anderson
Jenny McCarthy
Marny Eng
Charlie Sheen
Simon Rex
Jianna Ballard
Jeremy Piven
Anna Faris
Timothy Stack
Elaine Klimaszewski
Diane Klimaszewski
Camryn Manheim
Drew Mikuska
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI ? Music Frank Fitzpatrick
Fat Joe
James L. Venable


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
French
Italian
German
Spanish
Italian Titling
German Titling
Spanish Titling
Italian Audio Commentary
German Audio Commentary
Spanish Audio Commentary
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

††† Scary Movie 3 differs significantly from the previous 2 entries in the franchise, as Director Keenan Ivory Wayans was replaced by veteran David Zucker. Those familiar with comedy will recognize the name Zucker from numerous comedy greats such as Flying High, Top Secret, and The Naked Gun. The winning formula for those films was simple - bombard the audience with gags and hope that enough work to carry the film. The first two instalments of the Scary Movie franchise used the `everything but the kitchen sinkí concept but added outrageous gross-out humour to the mix. The films made a fortune.

††† Now we have Scary Movie 3. The gross-out element is missing, but the jokes are thrown at the audience by the dozen. However, only a small percentage of the humour actually works. The film's plot is so convoluted as to be inconsequential. The filmmakers lampoon everything from Signs to 8 Mile, The Ring and The Matrix. You would think that all these films would provide an abundance of material, but sadly they donít, although granted there are several jokes that work excellently. Of particular note are the gags aimed at The Ring. The mysterious death tape, so unnerving in the Naomi Watts blockbuster, is hilarious as spoofed by Director Zucker.

††† The cast give it their all. Charlie Sheen, Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson and, Leslie Nielson do their best with the sporadically amusing material, but all the best intentions in the world can't make up for sloppy writing and tired jokes.

††† Scary Movie 3 as a whole is basically a pleasant diversion for 80 minutes with only a handful of laughs to justify its existence.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† The film has been presented in its original aspect ratio of 1:85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

††† The transfer has a razor sharp image with no aliasing or edge enhancement problems. Shadow detail is first rate with strong blacks and a well defined background image. There are no grain or low level noise trouble spots.

††† Colours are rich and natural with no image bleeding.

††† There are no dirt or film artefact nasties.

††† This is simply a great looking picture.

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Audio

††† Scary Movie 3 has been given four audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1. The tracks are in English, Spanish, German and Italian.

††† Dialogue is clear with no audio sync errors.

††† The film's musical score is standard fare - it emulates the film being lampooned when required.

††† Surround channel usage is strong. Given that this was a comedy I did not expect such a solid mix. The rear channels contain a wealth of directional sound effects. For example: When Charlie Sheen's character is racing through the corn field, the slapping of corn ears against his body as he searches for his daughter is very immersive, with the rear channels dominating the sequence. I was very pleased with the 5.1 mix found here.

††† The subwoofer adds the required bass and reverberation.

††† Note: A 2.0 audio commentary is present on this DVD according to the packaging. This is incorrect. See the Extras section for more details on this error.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio

††† An excerpt from the film's score underscoring a montage of film elements.

Deleted Scenes

††† 10 deleted scenes comprising 25 minutes in total. There is nothing found here that belonged in the completed film.

Alternate Ending - Hulk Vs Aliens

††† Undoubtedly the disc's highlight for me. The scene runs about 15 minutes and is most amusing - it should have been left in. The scene is self explanatory.

Featurette-Making Of Scary Movie 3

††† Runs 22 minutes and is standard behind the scenes fluff with little insight into the film.

Featurette-The Making Of Scary Movie 3 For Real

††† A 4 minute send up of the making of special. Moderately amusing.

Outtakes & Bloopers

††† 5 minutes of pratfalls and forgotten lines.

Featurette-Behind The Scenes of the alternate ending.

††† Another half dozen minutes on the making of the Hulk sequence. Interesting if brief.

NOTE: The disc advertises an audio commentary by the filmmakers, but this is sadly incorrect. There is an option in the bonus materials menu for the commentary, but when you select this option the disc reverts to the Spanish 5.1 soundtrack.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††† All versions of this DVD are essentially the same.

Summary

††† Scary Movie 3 is a passable 80 minutes of humour that won't strain the grey matter. The disc has a very good transfer with a decent array of extra material.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Sunday, February 06, 2005
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