Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

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Director: Joe Berlinger

Cast: Joe Berlinger, Kim Director, Jeffrey Donovan, Erica Leerhsen

     
 

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The sequel to one of the most successful independent horror films of all time, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 has been given a well-executed presentation for this DVD release. The film has been given a letterboxed transfer in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language

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The sequel to one of the most successful independent horror films of all time, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 has been given a well-executed presentation for this DVD release. The film has been given a letterboxed transfer in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language soundtrack appears in Dolby Digital 5.1, while alternate dubbed tracks in Spanish and French have been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround. No subtitles have been included, though the feature is closed-captioned in English. Bonus materials include a commentary track from director Joe Berlinger, commentary on selected scenes from composer Carter Burwell, and a performance from the rock band Godhead. This disc also features CD and DVD-ROM content; the CD side features Burwell's original score as well as songs from Godhead and Tony Iommi, while the DVD-ROM material includes biographies of the cast and crew, notes on the film's production, and links to related Internet websites.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
More than a year after three documentary filmmakers "mysteriously" disappeared in the Black Hills of Burkittsville, Maryland, Blair County has become a hotbed for crazed fans of 1999's marketing massacre, The Blair Witch Project. Cemeteries are raided, souvenirs are sold, and the locals are annoyed -- and not just in the real world, because this is also the backdrop for Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Choosing not to continue the story as seen in the original, Blair Witch 2 cleverly questions its own lore, its hordes of fans, and those capitalizing on it all. The story follows the scary sojourn of five young people on one enterprising local's Blair Witch "tour," from start to -- almost -- finish: During five lost hours of the night, mysterious ritual murder occurs. Heavily anticipated, hastily produced, and highly disappointing at the box office, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is more akin to modern teen horror sequels like Urban Legends: Final Cut than to its groundbreaking predecessor. Helping to transcend total teen horror hell, however, is director Joe Berlinger, who was hired, ironically, for his abilities as a documentary filmmaker. Berlinger (Brother's Keeper) demonstrates surprising chops in the realm of genre moviemaking, adding a hallucinatory feel to the film, while balancing well a charismatic cast of unknowns with the somewhat plain mystery story. The biggest mystery of all, though, is why there is no actual "Book of Shadows."
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The Blair Witch Project had a boring core idea (three people lost in the woods), but the verve of the filmmakers made it work. The verisimilitude the film achieved put the audience in the woods with those very distinct personalities. Book of Shadows starts with a great premise. Having people tour the fictional location of the original film provides fertile ground to add to the mythology of the first film, while simultaneously poking fun at its gargantuan success. The major problem with Book of Shadows is laid out by one of the main characters. He informs the others, "Videotape doesn't lie." The audience is treated to video images of the gang committing horrible acts they don't remember performing. Other events occur, but then the audience sees them differently on videotape. The viewer has no ability to discern what actually transpired that night. Since there seem to be no rules for the audience to follow, and not a single interesting character to care about, frustration and apathy set in. Blair Witch worked because the real world was palpable. Since the audience never saw anything that wasn't plausible, there was no need for them to question their suspension of disbelief. The original film felt like an inspiration, but the follow-up feels like a construction.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
UPC:
0012236117032
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
42,474

Special Features

"The Secret of Esrever"; Audio commentary by director Joe Berlinger; Select scene commentary with composer Carter Burwell; Live performance by the band Godhead; DVD-ROM: Web link access to exclusive never-before-seen footage and other extras; Cast and crew information; Production notes; Digitally mastered; Scene access; Interactive menus; Bonus CD, including complete Carter Burwell film score and tracks from Godhead, Tony Iommi, and Steaknife

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Director Kim Diamond
Jeffrey Donovan Jeff Patterson
Erica Leerhsen Erica Geerson
Tristen Skyler Tristen Ryler
Stephen Barker Turner Stephen Ryan Parker
Kurt Loder Actor
Lauren Hulsey Lauren Treacle
Lanny Flaherty Sheriff Cravens

Technical Credits
Joe Berlinger Director,Screenwriter
Joe Adams Casting
Dick Beebe Screenwriter
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Will Cantler Casting
Bill Carraro Producer
H.H. Cooper Asst. Director
Sarah Flack Editor
Ed Gerrard Musical Direction/Supervision
Susan Kessel Set Decoration/Design
Jay Meagher Sound/Sound Designer
Pat Moran Casting
Daniel Myrick Executive Producer
Vincent Peranio Production Designer
Eduardo Sanchez Executive Producer
Nancy Schreiber Cinematographer
Rob Simons Art Director
Bernie Telsey Casting
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer
David Vaccari Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
0. Scene Index
1. Fact or Fiction? [3:19]
2. "One Year Earlier" [1:38]
3. The Hunt Begins [3:07]
4. "That's Not What the Website Said..." [1:56]
5. The Rustin Parr Ruins [4:28]
6. Discourse on Hysteria [3:56]
7. Mystery at Coffin Rock [2:45]
8. Party in the Woods [1:27]
9. The Tapes Survive [:16]
10. An Emergency [4:27]
11. Exploitation 101 [:25]
12. Video Dreams [2:12]
13. Reality Halted [4:14]
14. "We Brought Something Back" [5:33]
15. Bad Service [3:53]
16. The Light of Darkness [3:16]
17. Deadly Accusation [3:34]
18. Who Do You Trust? [4:06]
19. "You Know What to Do" [4:01]
20. A File of Lies [2:18]
21. Jeff's Psychosis [3:01]
22. "Everything Backwards" [1:57]
23. Kill the Witch [2:07]
24. Video Equals Truth [5:31]
25. End Credits [3:02]

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Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this movie stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can someone tell me what kind of a world we live in where dreck like this can be made and released
Guest More than 1 year ago
i didnt like as much as the first but it's worth a watch. Very weird, gothic, and cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Go into this movie with an open mind and let it take you on the journey it can. Forget the mind-less screaming that was the first Blair Witch movie and check this one out. It is a truly scary and strange movie. Sort of like the thrillers of the 60's. It's one of those movies that when it ends you sort of wonder what just happened. Not because it is a bad movie as some un-trained eyes will try and tell you but because it's a film that wants to disturb you. It shouldn't have been a Blair Witch movie so that people wouln't have been so hard on it. It should have stood on its own. Which it could have done quite well. Fine acting, scary sets, good gothic story and great music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid movie watcher with a huge movie collection and a very open mind about movie genres, and I will go to the grave saying that this movie is without a shadow of a doubt the WORST MOVIE EVER MADE! I seriously longed for the time I spent watching it back. How this horrible excuse for cinematography could have been made is beyond me. The writer, director, producer and actors should all be ashamed of themselves and I honestly hope none of them ever gets another gig in hollywood!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish studios could on occasion resist the temptation to make a sequal on a movie that was a success. All of the subtle originality of the first movie is lost in this. Entertaining if you are desperate, but this is mostly an example of what happens to original ideas when in the wrong hands. *my 2 cents*