Scream VI 4K SteelBook review

Jul 05, 2023- Permalink

Everybody likes to take a trip to the Big Apple and Ghostface is no different as Scream VI sees the latest killer head to New York City along with the most recent survivors. The cast of this latest slasher includes the returning Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Hayden Panettiere and Courteney Cox as well as Jack Champion, Henry Czerny, Liana Liberato, Dermot Mulroney, Devyn Nekoda, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra, and Samara Weaving. Paramount Home Entertainment has just released a Scream VI 4K SteelBook and I had a chance to take a look.

The 2160p HEVC / H.265 encoded native 4K digital transfer with Dolby Vision and HDR10 is presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The 4K resolution gives the digital transfer extra clarity and detail in the facial features, textiles and environments. The Dolby Vision HDR’s colour grading lends to brighter whites and darker blacks, with detail not suffering in the shadows and darker scenes. The rest of the colour palette includes popping primaries and natural skin tones. There are no signs of digital noise or compression artifacts.

On the audio side of things, you have the choice of an English Dolby Atmos soundtrack that folds back to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, as well as German, Spanish (España and Latin American), German, French (France and Canada), Italian and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available for English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Dutch. The surrounds, always important for good ol’ jump scares, are put to good use with sound effects and ambient sound and the subwoofer gives extra oomph to the proceedings. Music is dynamic and mostly placed in the front speakers, while dialogue is clear and centred.

The Scream VI 4K SteelBook also comes with a Blu-ray copy and a digital code. Bonus materials include an audio commentary by directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, producer Chad Villella, and writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. There’s a look at the franchise’s move to NYC, looks at the characters, franchise history, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. The collectible SteelBook case has Ghostface peering through a subway window on the front, an apple stabbed by a knife on the back, and Ghostface and the New York skyline in the interior.

The Scream VI 4K SteelBook combines great audio and video with a collectible case and a nice selection of extras. Though recommended for fans and collectors, if SteelBooks don’t rock your world, a regular 4K release with slipcover is also available.