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The Blair Witch Project [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 3755617
  • Release Date: 10/22/1999
  • Rating: R
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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (156 out of 172)

    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


    The Blair Witch Project
    Combining Hi-8 video with black-and-white 16 mm film, this film presents a raw look at what can happen when college students forego common sense and enter the world of voodoo and witchcraft. Presented as a straightforward documentary, the film opens with a title card explaining that in 1994, three students went into the Maryland back woods to do a film project on the Blair Witch incidents. These kids were never seen again, and the film you are about to see is from their recovered equipment, found in the woods a year later. The entire movie documents their adventures leading up to their final minutes. The Blair Witch incident, as we initially learn from the local town elders, is an old legend about a group of witches who tortured and killed several children many years ago. Everyone in town knows the story and they're all sketchy on the details. Out in the woods and away from their parked car (and civilization), what starts as a school exercise turns into a nightmare when the three kids lose their map. Forced to spend extra days finding their way out, the kids then start to hear horrific sounds outside their tents in the pitch-black middle of night. They also find strange artifacts from (what can only be) the Blair Witch, still living in the woods. Frightened, they desperately try to find their way out of the woods, with no luck. Slowly these students start to unravel, knowing they have no way of getting out, no food, and it's getting cold. Each night they are confronted with shrieking and sounds so haunting that they are convinced someone is following them, and they quickly begin to fear for their lives. The film premiered in the midnight movie section at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Chris Gore, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Heather Donahue
      Heather Donahue
    • Joshua Leonard
      Joshua Leonard
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      Bob Griffith
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      Jim King
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      Sandra Sanchez

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 172 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie; Poor Release

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      "Blair Witch Project" can be a very divisive film; my opinion will not likely sway readers one way or another. My problem with this release is the fact that the studio could not be bothered to do anything more than upscale the original DVD and not offer any significant extras. To be fair, the alternate endings are included, but where is the famous "Sundance Cut" of the film? This is only worthwhile if you enjoyed the film and do not own the previous DVD. Otherwise, this can be summed up as a missed opportunity.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Absolutely Horrible

      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I saw this way back when you went to the store to rent it, and at the time people were making the claim that it seemed so real, and there was a myriad of rumors floating around about it. It was absolutely horrible, not at all realistic, just cheaply done and for some reason some people bought into it. Seriously, Tremors is more realistic than this garbage and much easier on the eyes. If you watch it using fast forward it's marginally palatable in 10 minutes time.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      I am a changed person because of this movie.


      It takes a bit to scare me, but when I saw it for the first time, scared the ever livin' _____ out of me! I have watched it since I found out the truth about the movie and it is not all that scary. Ya gotta hand it to the people who thought up the whole story. If that never had leaked out or however it was released, it would be one very scary movie! I have to admit, every time I see small clips of it, it will actually bring tears to my eyes.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Scary Movie

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      If you haven't seen this movie and enjoy scary movies you definitely should check it out (don't waste your time with the second movie). This movie freaked tons of people out when it first released and for good reason. The home movie style filming made it seem real. The acting is pretty decent and the overall story is good. Even better, you can usually find this movie on blu-ray for pretty cheap! It's not the best scary movie ever made, but it is still worth watching.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nice transfer


      This is a review of the disc not the movie. The picture look much better on todays plasma/lcd/dlp tv's.. I was surpized that the sound was clear even through it's in DTS 2.0. HD Digest has a good review but doesn't rank the movie high. This one is indeed for the fans' and Best Buy has it before everyone else..a month early and at a great price!! Bravo Best Buy for making this available at a great price!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Just watched for the 1st time...

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Wow. I can understand how this was special when it 1st came out, but wow what a bad movie.... I decided not to see the new one based off of this movie, and I am a huge horror fan. The lady in the movie was very annoying and the acting wasn't the best. Due to what you can tell about the budget, you can pretty much determine what will happen or won't happen. I will not watch it ever again.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The famous blair witch project

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this movie only having heard that it was one of the scariest movies ever made and that it started the found footage horror movies (which I am a huge fan of) and some people don't think it's that scary but being lost in the middle of the woods for several days and at night you hear children laughing, that is one of the creepiest things that I can imagine.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie!

      • Top 10 ContributorTop 10 Contributor

      This movie is a classic. A lot of people hate on this movie. However it's a movie where you have to let your imagination go free. It truly is a scary situation and the concept is simple and downright frightening. Watching it in my home theater was terrifying during the tent scenes. Also the suspense by the end is very heavy. I have always loved this movie and always will.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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