SRP $28.95 2.35:1 DOLBY TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

What could've been a terrific opportunity to create a semi-anthology of short horror films running together with a common thread of "Urban Legends" ends up becoming a mediocre slasher film, complete with a ridiculous, incredibly stupid, ending!

The film's opening sequence, while semi-predictable, is at least semi-creative in its execution, setting up the film's implied take on "urban legends" by featuring a young girl driving alone on a rain-filled night on a desolate road, and coming upon a small gas station. After a few tense moments, she takes off but not before realizing the attendant who appeared so menacing, was only trying to warn her of the crazed killer that only he could see, was HIDING IN HER BACK SEAT!!!!  Unfortunately, the story that follows, having nothing to do with the film's opening set-up, follows a young and pretty University transfer student, whom soon enough realizes a campus killer is after her, staging elaborate gruesome murders based upon urban legends. The student is smart enough to reach out to a young journalist and her friend, but nothing else smart is evident about her or her fellow student's actions for the duration of the film. While never boring, "URBAN LEGEND" just fails to break any new ground, and retreads everything that's been seen before.

SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this release, The 1080p AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray image is often dazzling in its depth. Colors are typically rich, and, more importantly, during frequently darker moments, inky blacks help provide stunning contrast. There are plenty of scenes wherein the image jumps off the screen in detail. Sure, there are plenty of flat scenes too, but there are more than enough moments of great resolution to leave viewers pleased.

SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  Unlike many horror/slasher films, "URBAN LEGEND" sports an aggressive mix. There are plenty of discrete and bass effects, adding to the intended menacing atmosphere, but even subtler moments showcase great dynamic range. The dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

The audio commentary and featurette found on the standard dvd, have been carried over. A theatrical trailer for other releases, is offered in full HD.