Scary Movie 2 (2001)

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Released 23-Jul-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Deleted Scenes-19
Alternate Ending-3
Gallery
Featurette-Special Effects Tour with Lou Carlucci
Featurette-Here Kitty, Kitty
Featurette-Scary Effects
Featurette-Behind The Make Up with Barry Koper
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 78:46 (Case: 82)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Keenen Ivory Wayans
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Shawn Wayans
Marlon Wayans
Anna Faris
Regina Hall
David Cross
Tori Spelling
James Woods
Tim Curry
Christopher Masterson
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $34.95 Music Nelly
Tom Hiel


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Italian 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
Italian
Italian Titling
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Scary Movie 2 manages to be even worse than the first movie -- and that took some doing.

     Whereas the plot of Scary Movie was based loosely on Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, the plot of Scary Movie 2 is based on The Haunting and House On Haunted Hill. Of course, like the first Scary Movie, the sequel also parodies a number of other movies, television programs, and commercials.

    The story opens with a decent parody of The Exorcist, but after that, it's all downhill. The crass and low-brow humour is unoriginal, and caused me to wince more than laugh. I can forgive a comedy anything if it's funny, but sadly this movie is not. In fact it's boring, and the movie seems to run a lot longer than its running time.

    The plot of the movie is hardly important here, but basically, Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) entices a group of high school students to stay in a haunted house for research purposes. Those young people are mainly characters taken from the first Scary Movie. Anyway, soon a ghost is on a rampage, and well, you can imagine the rest . . .

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Another excellent transfer wasted on a crappy movie.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness of the transfer is excellent throughout. The black level and shadow detail are also great, as evidenced by the dungeons scenes at 45:38.

    The colour is rich and flesh tones are accurate.

    There are no MPEG artefacts or film-to-video artefacts to complain of.

    Film artefacts appear throughout, but most are small black or white flecks. Larger examples can be seen at 40:49 and 46:18.

    All the subtitles promised on the packaging are present, and the English subtitles are accurate.

    This is a RSDL disc, but I did not spot the layer change. I suspect that it is between the feature and the extras.

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Audio

    Apart from the English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track, there are also an Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are excellent on the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.

    The musical score is credited to Tom Hiel, with additional music by Kevin Kliesch, Buck Saunders, and Michael McCuistion. There is also a rap song by Nelly over the end credits. Almost all of the music is a variation on the original film score of the movie being parodied, whether that be the industrial house music of Charlies Angels, or the lush orchestral score of Titanic.

    The surround presence and activity is subtle but effective. The rear speakers are used effectively to help carry the score, for example at 57:58, and to provide ambience. There are not a great deal of rear directional effects, but good moments include the storm at 36:35, and the explosion at 68:11.

    The subwoofer is also utilised very subtly but effectively, such as the rocks tumbling down the stairs at 52:59.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    There are plenty of extras, but no trailer. Unless stated otherwise, all the extras are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital stereo surround-encoded audio. They're all fairly self-explanatory . . .

Menu

    An animated menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital stereo audio.

Behind The Scenes Featurette (7:49)

Alternate and Deleted Scenes (41:55)

Still Gallery

    Photographs from the production.

SFX Tour with Lou Carlucci (5:31)

    Lou is the SFX Supervisor. He provides a very basic 'tour' of some of the movie's SFX.

Here Kitty, Kitty (1:44)

    A look at some of the cat puppets.

Scary Effects (2:02)

Behind the Make-Up with Barry Koper (4:06)

R4 vs R1

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

    Scary Movie 2 has been released in Region 1, and appears to be the same, except that the Region 1 version claims to have some DVD-ROM content. I would call it even, but I would favour the local release for its affordability, and most importantly, its superior PAL image.

Summary

    Scary Movie 2 is a crappy comedy with a great transfer. One of the worst things I can say about a movie is that it wasted my time. After reviewing this movie, I felt robbed of the time it took to watch the feature (twice) and then all the extras.

    The video quality is great.

    The audio quality is also very good.

    The extras are plentiful.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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Comments (Add)
Although Not as Funny as thr First its still a great spoof movie - Anonymous
Re: Although Not as Funny as thr First its still a great spoof movie - Rodda (This... is my *bioom* stick!)