Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Making Of-Making Scary Movie 3
Featurette-Making Of-Making Scary Movie 3...For Real
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Hulk Vs Aliens - Alternate Ending
|Year Of Production||2003|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||David Zucker|
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
James L. Venable
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian Audio Commentary
German Audio Commentary
Spanish Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
††† 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.
††† 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.
††† 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.
|Surround Channel Use|
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.
††† All versions of this DVD are essentially the same.
††† 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.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||LG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie|