Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Featurette-Special Effects Tour with Lou Carlucci
Featurette-Here Kitty, Kitty
Featurette-Behind The Make Up with Barry Koper
|Year Of Production||2001|
|Running Time||78:46 (Case: 82)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Keenen Ivory Wayans|
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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 . . .
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
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 . . .
An animated menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital stereo audio.
Photographs from the production.
Lou is the SFX Supervisor. He provides a very basic 'tour' of some of the movie's SFX.
A look at some of the cat puppets.
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.
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.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|