Scare Package appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.00:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a pretty good transfer.
Overall definition seemed positive. A modest lack of delineation hit some wider shots, and one segment used stylized softness, but most of the movie showed fairly nice delineation.
I witnessed no issued with shimmering or jagged edges, and edge haloes remained absent. No print flaws cropped up along the way.
Like most modern horror tales, Package opted for a fairly teal and amber palette, though occasional variations occurred, such as heavy greens for one sequence. The hues worked fine for the material.
Blacks seemed dark, while shadows showed largely positive clarity, though they could feel a bit flat at times. This became a quality presentation much of the time,
Similar thoughts greeted the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. It went for a fairly atmospheric air, as the mix gave us logical accompaniment for the horror visuals.
This meant music popped up around the room and became somewhat dominant while effects remained mostly in the environmental realm. Violent scenes used the five channels in an active manner, though, and those added pizzazz to the proceedings.
Audio quality was good. Dialogue appeared natural and concise, while music showed nice range and impact.
Effects boasted positive punch and dimensionality, with deep low-end when necessary. Though not a killer mix, the audio fit the story.
When we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from concept creators Cameron Burns and Aaron B. Koontz. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, connecting the various segments, influences and references, cast and performances, sets and locations, effects, and connected domains.
Overall, this becomes a fairly good commentary, as it covers the complicated production in a reasonable manner. It collapses into praise too often, but it still brings enough useful material to make it worth a listen.
Called “Locker Room Z”, a Bonus Segment runs eight minutes, 58 seconds and brings a scary tale set in a gym. A zombie story, it features a clever twist because most of its dialogue comes via texting. It’s not great but it comes with some decent moments.
The film’s Original Ending fills one minute, 25 seconds and offers a less meta conclusion. The existing finale fares better.
Rad Chad’s Rad Ad goes for one minute, 32 seconds and shows a phony TV promo for the video store. It’s moderate fun, especially when it mocks Package itself via a comment on the generally iffy nature of anthologies.
Next comes a Blooper Reel. It fills five minutes, 29 seconds and offers a fairly typical collection of goofs and giggles, though some alternate takes make it a bit better than most.
The Last Drive-In runs two hours, 23 minutes, 30 seconds and features an episode of that Joe Bob Briggs’ hosted series. Don’t expect 143-plus minutes of Joe Bob content, though.
Instead, Briggs introduces the film – and rambles about Graceland – for the first 13 minutes. Then Scare Package runs with occasional interruptions from Briggs to discuss it.
This doesn’t feel like an especially satisfying way to watch a movie, and Briggs’ comments add little to the experience. However, the fact Package works as an anthology and not one long narrative means the format becomes less of a distraction.
Still, Briggs fans may enjoy this optional way to watch the film. I do appreciate his willingness to criticize Package, though, as he offers negative remarks at times.
Note that if you watch the standard version of Package, you’ll encounter occasional pauses that resemble layer changes on DVDs. These appear to relate to the “Drive-In” presentation.
I think the Blu-ray encodes the “Drive-In” Package as the main one, so these pauses occur when it needs to skip the Briggs segments. It’s a weird effect.
Rife with influences from other films, Scare Package offers decent entertainment for a while. However, it becomes less coherent and interesting as it progresses. The Blu-ray offers pretty good picture and audio along with a decent array of bonus materials. Though it boasts potential, Package seems too inconsistent to really work.