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Blu-ray Review: URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT

URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT was directed by John Ottman from a screenplay by Paul Harris Boardman
and Scott Derrickson and stars Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, Joseph Lawrence, Eva Mendes, Anson Mount, Jessica Cauffiel, Anthony Anderson and Loretta Devine.

The making of a horror movie takes on a terrifying reality for students at the most prestigious film school in Urban Legends: Final Cut. At Alpine University, someone is determined to win the best film award at any cost – even if it means eliminating the competition. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. Urban Legends: Final Cut is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the shocking climax.

This 2000 horror sequel takes place at Alpine University and follows Amy Mayfield (Jennifer Morrison), a promising film student who’s got her eyes set on winning the prestigious Hitchcock Award for best thesis film. It doesn’t take long for a mysterious killer to arrive on campus and begins taking out Amy’s small group friends. Not only is Amy dealing with a murderer on campus who’s trying to sabotage her promising film career but she’s also dealing with the exit of her boyfriend Travis Stark (Matthew Davis) who dies and the entrance of his surprise twin brother, Trevor. She does have her loyal BFF Vanessa (Eva Mendes) to help her out with some personal drama as well as her cursed film project.

In comes Reese (Loretta Devine), the heroic security guard from Pendleton who’s somehow made her way to Alpine and now has her sights set on figuring out who this new killer is. There’s also Amy’s teacher, Professor Solomon (Hart Bochner), who’s there to give out some helpful advice but he’s one of those guys you better keep an eye on – if you know what I mean. There’s also Graham Manning (Joseph Lawrence) who’s more of a pain to Amy than a friend in the beginning but the two finally get on the same page by the end. The suspects continue to be introduced as the body count rises and Amy has to go on the offensive where she ends up luring out the prime suspect and unmasking the killer. The not-so-shocking reveal goes back and forth a few times but in the end Amy and her surviving friends (and Reese!) take out the villain and put an end to the killing spree.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Urban Legends: Final Cut is an okay horror sequel that pretty much uses the same basic formula as its predecessor but unfortunately it comes up a little short and isn’t as good of a watch. The Hitchcockian-style slasher does have a killer opening scene that sets everything up but the rest of the movie just isn’t up to par. Just like Urban Legend, there’s a cast of up-and-coming new faces who star in this one that a lot of people will recognize and that’s one of the cool parts about the movie. There’s also two familiar faces from the first movie – Reese and a psycho surprise cameo at the end who’s fitting queue to enter is the theme from Alfred Hitchock Presents. Unfortunately, the story for this one is kind of bland and the motive behind these murders just didn’t really add up. The killer looks like he/she just grabbed what was left as far as menacing disguises go because everything else had been used in previous horror movies so this clown was left with a fencing mask and black raincoat. Look, it is what it is and even though Urban Legends: Final Cut is a flawed and mediocre slasher at best, it still makes a good companion piece to the 1998 horror classic that Scream Factory is also releasing. Urban Legends: Final Cut will make its Blu-ray debut on November 20th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include new interviews with some of the cast and crew, some audio commentary, seven deleted scenes, a vintage making of featurette, gag reel and theatrical trailer.

  • NEW The Legend Continues: Urban Legends: Final Cut including interviews with producers Gina Matthews, Michael McDonnell, executive producers Nick Osborne, Brad Luff, chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures Mike Medavoy, writer Silvio Horta, actors Loretta Devine and Rebecca Gayheart (17:04)
  • NEW interview with actress Jessica Cauffiel (16:41)
  • Audio Commentary with director John Ottman
  • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director John Ottman (08:39)
  • Vintage Making of Featurette (03:35)
  • Gag Reel (04:59)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:23)

 

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