Blair Witch Project

Blair Witch Project

3.3 25
Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez

Cast: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez, Heather Donahue, Michael Williams

     
 

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Artisan's DVD of The Blair Witch Project is a Dolby 2.0, full-screen 1.33:1 presentation. What would one expect from a movie famous for shaky camerawork? Predictably, plenty of the special features explore the made-up mythology of the film. The best of these is "Curse of the Blair Witch," the 45-minute "documentary" originally aired on cable TV to hype the filmSee more details below

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Overview

Artisan's DVD of The Blair Witch Project is a Dolby 2.0, full-screen 1.33:1 presentation. What would one expect from a movie famous for shaky camerawork? Predictably, plenty of the special features explore the made-up mythology of the film. The best of these is "Curse of the Blair Witch," the 45-minute "documentary" originally aired on cable TV to hype the film. The fascinating commentary and production notes step out of the "documentary" conceit to explain the nuts and bolts of the filmmaking. Two things were frustrating about the commentary by directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez: discussion of deleted scenes that the filmmakers hoped to see "end up somewhere" (they didn't), and references to specific dialogue that the viewer can't hear over the commentary (the directors may have the movie memorized, but most of us don't). Beyond those two problems, the commentary is a great window into the movie-making process, including the techniques used to make the actors almost as hungry and scared as their characters. To find some semi-hidden features, select "Special Features," arrow down to the stick figure symbol, and press enter. Ignore the ad for Stephen King's The Stand and watch the trailers for Blair Witch instead.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Massively hyped before its release, this high-concept, low-budget, mega-grossing indie horror film achieved instant cult status with its improvised performances, handheld cameras, and a savvy Internet marketing campaign that boosted the film's suspense quotient to the stratosphere. It's also one of the scariest movies of the '90s. The story chronicles the misadventures of three film students who get lost in the woods of Maryland while shooting a documentary about a legendary local witch. Cocky and full of Gen-X attitude when they start out, the trio quickly lose their cool as they are terrorized by the strange sounds and enigmatic offerings of an unseen predator. While The Blair Witch Project taps deftly into ancient fears about the evil that lurks in dark forests, it is also very much of the moment -- a cautionary tale about overzealous snoops with movie cameras.
All Movie Guide
If you've ever been camping in the woods, you know that a campfire's light doesn't reach more than a few feet into the darkness, but someone in that darkness can see you for a mile. Taking this creepy concept to its extreme, a couple of Florida film school grads turned $50,000 into more than $100 million -- proving to Hollywood that you don't always have to spend money to make money. Directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez dropped their three "actors" (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael Williams) in the woods with video cameras, providing them with instructions and supplies. By the end of the film, it's easy to forget that these people aren't actually in mortal danger: we really do believe they're terrified. The Blair Witch Project is extraordinarily successful at dissolving the boundaries between film and viewer, fiction and reality. Reaction to the film is often highly mixed, with some viewers finding little suspense in the student-project concept. Donahue's character does become a little grating, and those prone to motion sickness should be forewarned: there is no respite from the jerky camerawork. But even if you don't feel The Blair Witch Project lives up to its considerable hype, it's worth seeing simply for its creative achievement -- one that proves that less can indeed be more.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/1999
UPC:
0012236112662
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Pan & Scan]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
23,739

Special Features

Newly discovered footage; Director and producer commentary; 4:3 full-screen version; 2.0 Dolby Surround; Animated interactive menus; Scene access; Production notes; Cast and crew information; Theatrical teaser and trailers; "Curse of the Blair Witch"; Mythology; DVD-ROM features:; Exclusive website access; Map; Excerpts from the Dossier and comic book

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heather Donahue Actor
Michael Williams Actor
Joshua Leonard Actor
Bob Griffith Actor
Jim King Actor
Sandra Sanchez Actor
Ed Swanson Actor
Patricia Decou Actor
Kim Richards Actor

Technical Credits
Daniel Myrick Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Eduardo Sanchez Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Tony Cora Score Composer
Robin Cowie Producer
Bob Eick Executive Producer
Kevin J. Foxe Executive Producer
Neal Fredericks Cinematographer
Gregg Hale Producer
Dana Meeks Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Monello Co-producer
Ricardo R. Moreno Art Director
Ben Rock Production Designer

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Scene Index

Scene Index
0. Scene Index
1. The Blair Witch Project [:45]
2. Day 1 [9:13]
3. Night 1 [1:24]
4. Day 2 [5:23]
5. Night 2 [:12]
6. Day 3 [6:25]
7. Night 3 [2:53]
8. Day 4 [3:25]
9. Night 4 [3:34]
10. Day 5 [11:22]
11. Night 5 [3:21]
12. Day 6 [8:55]
13. Night 6 [1:15]
14. Day 7 [2:22]
15. Night 7 [3:31]
16. Day 8 [5:47]
17. Night 8 [7:23]
18. End Credits [3:35]

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