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The Blair Witch Project [DVD]

Heather Donahue , Michael Williams , Patricia Decou , Daniel Myrick    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffith, Jim King
  • Directors: Patricia Decou, Daniel Myrick
  • Producers: Tony Cora, Gregg Hale
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037Z969Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,874 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Anyone who has even the slightest trouble with insomnia after seeing a horror movie should stay away from The Blair Witch Project--this film will creep under your skin and stay there for days. Credit for the effectiveness of this mock documentary goes to filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, who armed three actors (Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, and Josh Leonard) with video equipment, camping supplies, and rough plot outlines. They then let the trio loose into the Maryland woods to improvise and shoot the entire film themselves as the filmmakers attempted to scare the crap out of them. Gimmicky, yes, but it worked--to the wildly successful tune of $130 million at the US box office upon its initial release (the budget was a mere $40,000). For those of you who were under a rock when it first hit the cinemas, The Blair Witch Project tracks the doomed quest of three film students shooting a documentary on the legend of the Blair Witch from Burkittsville, Maryland. After filming some local yokels (and providing only scant background on the witch herself), the three, led by Heather (something of a witch herself), head into the woods for some on-location shooting. They're never seen again. What we see is a reconstruction of their "found" footage, edited to make a barely coherent narrative. After losing their way in the forest, whining soon gives way to real terror as the three find themselves stalked by unknown forces that leave piles of rocks outside their campsite and stick-figure art projects in the woods. (As Michael succinctly puts it, "No redneck is this clever!") The masterstroke of the film is that you never actually see what's menacing them; everything is implied, and there's no terror worse than that of the unknown. If you can wade through the tedious arguing--and the shaky, motion-sickness-inducing camerawork--you'll be rewarded with an oppressively sinister atmosphere and one of the most frightening denouements in horror-film history. Even after you take away the monstrous hype, The Blair Witch Project remains a genuine, effective original. --Mark Englehart,

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This cult movie took the world by storm in 1999, grossing over $200 million dollars despite an original budget of just $30,000. In Burkittsville, in the year 1994, three students - Heather (Heather Donahue), Josh (Joshua Leonard) and Michael (Michael Williams) - head into the woods to investigate the local legend of the Blair Witch, a spirit blamed for the deaths of various children. However, soon after setting out, the trio run into trouble...

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A successful experiment 27 Feb 2001
The Blair Witch Project has something that most "horror" films don't have - horror. It's too easy to assume that "horror" equates to "blood and gore", and yet Hollywood's dark side appears entirely focused on blood and gore as its standard fodder. BWP, however, makes full use of a technique only seen elsewhere on such films as "Predator" (up until "Predator"'s ludicrous ending, of course) in which the audience never actually sees just what is terrorising the cast.
It's a cheap film made extremely well for its budget. Its approach is novel, and extremely effective. It is by no means perfect - but when I can produce the perfect film then I'll start levelling the more trivial criticisms. Contrary to the comments made by some reviewers, the story is very well thought out and there are no noticeable "contradictions" which cannot be resolved by simply paying attention. For "newbie" actors and directors, it's a very fine first effort, and certainly worth a look provided you're flexible enough to believe that there's more to the horror genre than simple flying entrails.
(As an aside, and slightly off-topic - "Blair Witch 2" isn't nearly as bad as people say it is, provided that you're prepared to be open-minded and think about the actual plot.)
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trick of the Light? 10 Jun 2000
There are different types of people in the world. For those who love dripping blood, creatures with enormous claws, werewolf transformations - this film will not appeal. For those who have ever lain awake at night, listening to a creaking floorboard and just wondered...this film will revive such memories.
Nevertheless, while it is a generally well executed film it is not perfect. I enjoyed it, and have watched it twice. Its not a bad film but I think its appeal comes from playing on childhood fears - the dark woods, strange sounds at night. Suspend disbelief, imagine you are watching a tape belonging to a friend who mysteriously disappeared - that's the power of the film.
The DVD is an excellent transfer, variance in picture quality is deliberate, the home movie feel giving it a greater ambience than it might otherwise have had. It also triumphs over the R1 release by presenting it in full screen and not adding a frame around the whole picture (supposedly to make it look as if the viewer is actually watching through a camera viewfinder).
Extra features include commentary track, The Curse of the Blair Witch, trailers, TV spots etc.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant and genuinely frightening 8 Oct 2003
The Blair Witch Project is the most brilliantly creepy movie I have ever seen. I can no longer say just how many times I've watched this film, but I become more and more impressed with its production with each viewing. I can't really imagine how so many people can claim that this film didn't scare them in the least. I am a long-time horror fan, inured long ago to almost everything the movie studios throw out there on the big screens with a "frightening" label. The Blair Witch Project, I am delighted to say, creeped me out quite impressively. It may well be that this is a different movie experience depending on the venue of its audience. Those watching the film for the first time at home can turn off all their lights and watch the movie in the dark, but there is really no way to recreate or equal the powerful mood and atmosphere that came rushing in icy waves on to a theatre audience. When I go to see horror movies, there is almost always some laughter to be heard from time to time, and usually I am the one doing the laughing. Once Heather, Michael, and Josh got into the Maryland woods and the spooky meter began to rise, an eerie, almost unprecedented silence took over those of us sitting in the theatre. There was no laughter; I heard no one sucking on a straw or chomping on popcorn; no adolescents whispered back and forth. There was no longer an audience around me; I and the film were locked together in a mortal embrace, and as the suspense built up at the end I felt as if some force were pushing me farther and farther back into my seat. When the movie ended, I don't remember anyone really talking about what they had just seen; I think we all just wanted to get the heck out of that darkened theatre. That kind of experience, I must say, is what my horror dreams are made of. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oooo look, a house.... 13 Mar 2014
In October of 1994, three student filmmakers hike out to the woods of Blair, hoping to find evidence of a local legend "The Blair Witch".

At first, they find nothing except a pile of stones arranged by hand. As the sun goes down, they realise they are lost, but there is little panic.

They camp out, and in the middle of the night they see and hear things, things that are not normal.

When they awake, they find wooden dolls in cross-like formations. They were not there that night.

Then one of the students, Josh, is separated from the group.

The other two finally realise that they are in a very serious situation, and that they are being stalked, stalked by something that may be the very thing they were looking for...

I really do think that this is the mother of all found footage movies, and we wouldn't have films like 'Paranormal activity' and 'cloverfield' without it.

Yes, the last broadcast was made first, but which one has had the most recognition? which one pulled out all the stops in the marketing campaign? and most of all, which one is still as effective today as it was back then? The film works because it is simple. It's split in two, day and night. Daytime the audience is relatively safe because we just feel the despair of the group, but when the title card says 'night', thats when the dread kicks in and the film becomes something else.

Of course there are plot holes, such as 'when they lose the map, why don't they just rewind the footage because they have filmed the map?' or 'after all that time being lost, you come across a house, would you really go in?'.

These are all minor things, but other wise, this film is still as scary today as it was back in 1999, the performances are great, the sound is superb, and the overall feel of dread and despair etched on to the cast is excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The father of all found footage type movies!!
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Published 2 months ago by Maciej
3.0 out of 5 stars Blair Witch.
Personally, I found Tony Blair to be more scary than this.
Nice idea to an extent. But, would you be filming every growing moment of unease
with a cine camera instead of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dave Burchell
2.0 out of 5 stars What's the fuss all about?
I love scary films. I love suspense, creaking stairs, spooky reflections in cobwebby windows, that sort of thing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Pumpkin Man
4.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't been lost in the woods, now is the time
If I am not wrong, this is the movie that set up the "lost footage" trend, so comparing a 1999 movie with the heavyweight champions of the genre is a bit unfair. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Stan
5.0 out of 5 stars The blair witch
I had already got Blair witch book of shadows then found out my boyfriend only had Blair witch on video so I sent and got it for him on dvd now he watches them one after the other
Published 5 months ago by janet cassley
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine one off -
It's hard to believe that almost 15 years have past since TBWP graced the big screen - What makes this film utterly unique is that we will never see it's kind again - It's hard now... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Persona
3.0 out of 5 stars Was a alright film
It came in good condition, not broken or anything but I didn't find it to the film I was looking forward to but that's just me
Published 6 months ago by Kieran Coveney
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