DVD Review: SCREAM: THE TV SERIES – SEASON 1

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SCREAM: THE TV SERIES is adapted from the late Wes Craven’s classic teen slasher Scream and stars Bella ThorneWilla FitzgeraldBex Taylor-KlausCarlson Young, John Karna, Connor Weil, Amadeus Serafini, Tracy Middendorf and Jason Wiles.

In SEASON ONE of the MTV and Dimension Films’ teen slasher series, what starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past. This cyberbullying/social media incident shakes things up and forces some of these people to revisit their haunted pasts. Not only do these people have to deal with their haunted pasts but the next generation, which happens to be this group of teens, get caught in the middle of this new string of murders orchestrated by a mysterious masked maestro – aka Ghostface.

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Possible spoiler ahead. The first thing I really liked about this freshman season is the shocking opening scene that sort of sets up everything, just like the movies did. There’s always a “popular character” that bites it in the opening scenes in the movies and the series stays true to this formula with Nina (Bella Thorne), an unlikable snobby girl, who gets paid a surprising visit by our old pal Ghostface who comes with a slightly new look for this television series. Ghostface teases the poor girl at first but the killer quickly lets her off the hook and takes her out. Yeah, she gets the knife!

The series centers around Emma Duval (Willa Fitzgerald) and her group of friends who get caught in the middle of this mysterious new killing spree that’s going on. This group of teens end up suffering the consequences for something that happened years earlier. The masked slasher slowly makes the rounds and the body count rises where there’s plenty of clues and hints left behind. There’s also the infamous phone calls from the killer. But who is it behind the mask? There’s a lot of slicing and dicing going on in the 10 episodes but I would have liked to see just a little more blood and gore.  I really like the smart writing and these interesting characters in this series. This is a new group of characters and not the same ones we all loved from the movies. I really like the feisty Brooke played to perfection by Carlson Young. The thing is, I ended up liking this new group of teens as much as I liked the ones in the movies. Everything is fresh and original but they still take the time to give a few nods and winks to the movies.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes series details, some images and list of special features. All three discs also features matching artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and sound at all. As popular as this series is, I’m not sure why we didn’t get a Blu-ray release.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Scream: The TV Series Season 1 that ended up being its own little original monster that gave a few nods to the movies from time to time. The writing for this television series is as slick as the movies were and they don’t really try to outsmart the viewer with cheap and unnecessary twists. One thing is for sure, nobody is safe in this series as we all learned here in the first season. As far as the young cast goes, the acting is great and all of the characters are really interesting and most of them are likable. This is surprising a little because you usually get your likable characters and the ones you hate. There’s the popular girl, the nerd, the jock, the clown, the loner, and of course the final girl. The word “hello” gets used quite a bit in this series so if you’re looking for a new drinking game to play, well here you go. Every time you hear a character say “hello” take a shot. Scream: The TV Series Season 1 slices its way to DVD on May 10th and is worth checking out. It’s good to see Ghostface back having some fun with a whole new generation of potential victims to play with.

Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Run Time: 3 Discs / 10 Episodes / 402 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: All of the extras are located on the third disc. There’s a 3 minute gag reel, 7 deleted scenes and a promotional gallery that gives quick intros to the six main characters. The cast teases the potential fate of their characters and there’s a brief behind-the-scenes featurette of “The Killer Party” that shows the various guest stars.

  • Gag Reel (02:52)
  • Deleted Scenes (05:32)
  • Promotional Gallery (08:26)
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