Urban Legends: Final Cut appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not terrible, the transfer seemed lackluster.
Sharpness became one of the inconsistent elements, as overall definition varied. Some scenes showed pretty good delineation, but a number of shots seemed somewhat iffy, especially in wider elements.
I noticed no issues with jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to materialize.
In terms of palette, Legends opted for a subdued but fairly natural sensibility. Though the colors seemed adequate, they lacked much life, and instances of red lighting could look muddy.
Blacks looked a little too dense, while shadows could be slightly murky. I suspect most of the image’s issues came from the original photography, but I admit I can’t figure out why a fairly recent movie would look so bland.
While the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack fared better, it lacked a lot to stand out from the crowd. With a variety of action scenes, the movie managed to use the five channels in a fairly involving manner at times.
That said, the track wasn’t consistently active, and balance became a concern. Speech resided too low in the mix, so lines could get a little buried by effects and music.
Overall audio quality appeared fine, with music that came across as full and vibrant. Effects also demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy.
As noted, speech tended to get lost under the other material, but the lines still appeared concise and lacked edginess. The audio offered a mixed bag.
As we move to extras, we start with an audio commentary from director John Ottman. He delivers a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, tone, influences, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, editing, effects and related domains.
Ottman delivers a brisk, lively commentary with nary a pause for breath. He digs into a wide range of subjects and does so in an engaging way that makes the track a consistent delight.
Next we get The Legend Continues, a 17-minute, four-second program with producers Michael McDonnell and Gina Matthews, executive producers Brad Luff and Nick Osborne, Phoenix Pictures chairman/CEO Mike Medavoy, Urban Legend screenwriter Silvio Horta, and actors Loretta Devine and Rebecca Gayheart.
“Continues” looks at the choice to create a sequel, story/characters, cast and performances, and tone and criticisms.
It’s that last topic that makes “Continues” a bit unusual. Most of these shows offer happy talk, and some of that appears, but we get a discussion of the movie’s problems as well. The honesty allows this to become a pretty good overview.
An Interview with Jessica Cauffiel goes for 16 minutes, 41 seconds and features the actor’s discussion of how she got into movies as well as aspects of her Legends experiences. Cauffiel brings a likable chat about her work.
From 2000, we find a Making of Featurette that lasts three minutes, 35 seconds and includes Devine, Cauffiel, Ottman, and actors Jennifer Morrison, Joseph Lawrence, Hart Bochner and Anson Mount. Other than a few shots from the set, this offers nothing more than the usual promotional fluff.
Seven Deleted Scenes span a total of eight minutes, 39 seconds. Of these, the first offers the most extensive information, mainly in the way it expands the Sandra character.
A couple others add a bit to Amy, while the remaining beats provide brief snippets. None of the scenes would add much to the film, but they’re worth a look.
We can watch the scenes with or without commentary from Ottman. He tells us about the sequences as well as why he cut them. Ottman delivers good notes.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we finish with a Gag Reel. It runs four minutes, 59 seconds and shows the usual mix of mistakes and silliness. It’s not very interesting.
I didn’t think much about the original Urban Legend but I hoped its sequel might take advantage of the movie’s potential. Instead, Urban Legends: Final Cut delivers a tepid, trite effort without any scares or excitement. The Blu-ray brings us fairly mediocre picture and audio along with a collection of supplements led by a terrific commentary. Legends winds up as a forgettable horror tale.