On October 4th Australia’s Via Vision Entertainment will release a Blu-ray triple feature of Urban Legend, Urban Legends: Final Cut and Urban Legends: Bloody Mary. Not only is this the first time the set has been assembled as one collection on Blu-ray anywhere in the world, but it marks the worldwide Blu-ray debut for both Final Cut and Blood Mary. Yeah, this is kind of a big deal.
The original Urban Legend was released as part of a wave of post-Scream slashers trying to cash in on the success of Wes Craven’s meta hit. Director Jamie Blanks created arguably the most successful film of that bunch, assembling a cast of rising talent and cleverly creating kills based on urban legends. Plus he has us all terrified to mix soda and Pop Rocks, but intrigued enough that we all wanted to try it. Urban Legend may not be for everyone, but there are horror fans of a certain age that will always hold this film near and dear to the heart. Personally, I’m thrilled to see all three films getting a proper release together on Blu-ray.
Somebody at Pendleton College is fast turning many of the modern myths of night stalkers, axe murderers and lurking boogiemen into blood-soaked reality. Jamie Blanks’ smash hit, along with Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, helped refashion the slasher genre for a new generation in the 1990s. Set at a film school, its postmodern sequel hinges on a student filmmaker investigating urban legends as part of her thesis film. Soon a series of fatal accidents sweep through her crew. Can she uncover the killer before she ends up on the cutting room floor? Urban Legends 3: Bloody Mary sees the trilogy come full circle when a trio of high school friends chant an incantation unleashing an evil spirit from the past with deadly consequences, revisiting a fable, to chilling effect, introduced in the first film.
These contemporary macabre myths that have no traceable source come to terrifying life in this hip, wry and fast-paced horror trilogy. Unveiling a new generation of young stars including Jared Leto, Kate Mara, Tara Reid and Eva Mendes, the Urban Legend Trilogy is loaded with bonus features including audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and featurettes. It’s a feast for horror fans.
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