New Release: Chain Letter Blu-ray and DVD

Image Entertainment released the horror/thriller film Chain Letter on Feb. 1, 2011, on separate R-rated and unrated versions on DVD and a Blu-ray with both versions for the suggested retail prices of $27.97 and $29.97, respectively.

Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga) stars in the movie as Jessie, a high-school student addicted to her laptop, cell phone and virtually every other mode of cyber-speech. But this communication takes a turn from amusement to menace when she and six of her friends become the subjects of a chain letter that is much more than the usual combination of annoyance and guilt. Arriving through e-mail and text message, the letter carries a threat that if it is not passed on, the party to blame faces an unexpected, horrible death.

The chain message cannot be deleted, but forwarding it would mean the death of a friend. As time runs out, the letter’s instructions become more challenging, and the survivors must find out who is behind the letter to stop the murders.

Directed by Deon Taylor (Dead Tone) and starring Keith David (Lottery Ticket), Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Betsy Russell (Saw: The Final Chapter) and Bai Ling (Love Ranch), Chain Letter received a limited release in theaters in October, grossing approximately $143,000.

The unrated version of Chain Letter has a running time of 89 minutes, which is two minutes longer than the R-rated theatrical cut.

No special features have been announced for the DVD and Blu-ray editions.


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