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SCARY MOVIE 4

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Bill Pullman, Carmen Electra, Cloris Leachman, Molly Shannon, Regina Hall, Anna Faris, Michael Madsen, Leslie Nielsen, Anthony Anderson, Chris Elliott, Shaquille O’Neal, Craig Bierko, Kevin Hart, Phil McGraw
Director: David Zucker
Video: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Studio: Dimension
Length: 91 Minutes
Features: See Review
Release Date: August 15, 2006

Tom Ryan – [after hitting Cindy with a baseball] “Oh, hey, I’m sorry!”

Cindy Campbell – “Oh, it’s okay!  I’ve taken balls to the face before!”

Film **

The first movie was (as Mr. Burns would say) “Excellent!”  The second film was, even better!  The third movie while not as funny as parts 1 and 2, still managed to make me laugh quite a bit.  So what happened to the fourth entry in the Scary Movie franchise?

Loveable yet dimwitted Cindy Campbell is back and ready for action in Scary Movie 4.  Joining her on this journey through the land of odd is Tom Ryan and his two kids.  Tom turns out to be as danger prone, and weird as Cindy which makes him a perfect love interest for our lame brained heroine! 

Aliens are invading earth and bringing with them a War Of The Worlds, while The Village people (no, not the musical ones) are holding a Grudge over what they Saw!  How’s that for punning?


Will Tom and Cindy be able to save the world from alien invaders?  Does Tom’s danger prone daughter manage to stay alive till the end of the movie?  How did the President end up naked on national television? Yep, you guessed it, all of the answers to these questions can be found by taking a peek at this DVD! 

Okay, I did not hate this film.  It was not a total bomb, but it does not rank anywhere close on the funny bone scale to the first three films.

The name Anna Faris is synonymous with the Scary Movie series.  In my opinion she is one of Hollywood’s most gifted actresses.  The range of emotion this girl can bring forward in a single scene is phenomenal.  Unfortunately, her performance in this film left me feeling as though she was a million miles away despite being, front and center onscreen. 

I think part of my problem with the film, and the actors/actresses, had to do with the writing for part 4.  The dialogue in the first three films was sharp, and witty.  The dialogue in this film was slow, and unbalanced.

As I stated I didn’t hate this addition to the series, but it could have been better. What I will give this DVD credit for is all of the guest stars that took a turn on the Scary Movie circuit this go round.  Check out the list at the top of this review! 

Some of my favorite scenes: Shaquille O’Neil and Doctor Phil’s parody of the limb losing scene in Saw, Cindy’s shower scene, and the Tri-Pod Alien coming up out of the ground looking like an I-Pod!  I snorted chocolate milk out my nose more than once over that one!

Things I liked the least: Bathing the old lady in urine was just gross! 

I don’t like giving any film a negative review.  This film wasn’t horrible, but it could have been better.  I have been a fan since the beginning, which means I expect more, not less from the sequels! 

Video ***

The video was presented in a 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen format.  Colors were crisp and clean with an acceptable/expected amount of dirt visible on the print.

There were a lot of extra features with this DVD.  However, I didn’t notice any artifacting despite the compression used to fit everything on this disc.

Audio ***

This DVD is presented for your listening pleasure in a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound format.

The thing I enjoyed most about this DVD’s audio was the sound FX.  The dialogue as well as the music bed came together with the special sound FX to create an optimized listening experience that as easy on your sound system as it was on my ears!

Language options are available in 5.1 English, and 5.1 French.  Subtitles are also available in English, and Spanish.

Features ***

The only thing that scared me about this DVD was the amount of extra features!!! 

Starting from the top you get 15 Deleted and/or Extended Scenes with Commentary!  I can see why some of them were taken out, but some of the others would have enhanced the humor a bit more.

This is definitely the kind of movie where a Blooper reel can be appreciated, and whadaya know, they included one.

“The Man Behind The Laugh (Director David Zucker)” and, “ Zany, Spoof Humor” will send you on a behind the scenes tour of this movie and it’s making. 

“Interviewer’s Worst Nightmare” is a really fun featurette, which is almost as fun as the movie to watch.

“The Visual Effects of Scary Movie 4” gives you the inside scoop on how they did that thing they did…in the film!! 

“The Youngbloodz” along with “Rappers & Actors” bring the featurettes to a very well rounded close.

Feature Commentary with the filmmakers (Audio Only) is also available. 

Summary:

Scary Movie 4 was not the best movie to come out of this franchise.  However, it is somewhat funny, and the DVD does contain plenty of extra features.  I think this is one of those where you’ll just have to decide for yourself!

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