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The Last Broadcast [DVD] [2000]

David Beard , Lance Weiler , Lance Weiler , Stefan Avalos    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Beard, Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos, Jim Seward, Rein Clabbers
  • Directors: Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos
  • Writers: Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos
  • Producers: Lance Weiler, Stefan Avalos
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Prism
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TIXJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,364 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Comparisons to The Blair Witch Project are inevitable for the inventive, satirical The Last Broadcast, a chilling and funny mockumentary by filmmakers Stefan Avalos and Lance Weiler. Besides being made and coming to prominence around the same time (though without a Blair Witch-style marketing juggernaut), The Last Broadcast also details the doomed travails of some amateur filmmakers as they track a mysterious, murderous legend in a dark forest. Hmmm, sound familiar? Actually, The Last Broadcast takes a different tack on this premise, one more media-savvy than Blair Witch. Turns out that this is the latest instalment of the X-Files-ish public access show Fact or Fiction, and its goofy hosts (Avalos and Weiler themselves) plan on doing a live broadcast from deep in the New Jersey woods on their ongoing quest for the Bigfoot-like Jersey Devil. Teaming up with two Internet-based fans, they plunge themselves and their equipment into the wintry woods; only one man, the creepy psychic Jim (Jim Seward), returns, and is promptly convicted of the murders of the other three. While it does boast footage made by the "dead" filmmakers, The Last Broadcast is more formally structured as a documentary, complete with officious, muckraking host (David Leigh) and much behind-the-scenes footage. We are let in on the backgrounds of the victims, the 911 phone calls, the murder trial, the inconsistencies the prosecution overlooked and the painstaking work of reconstructing the film stock, which may unlock the mystery of the true killer. Filmed entirely with digital cameras and assembled on digital systems for a mind-boggling $900, The Last Broadcast boasts a great look and a sharp, satiric eye for sending up the media--Avalos and Weiler are in calm command of their medium and message. The film does take a sharp turn that could either enrage or amaze viewers enraptured by what's preceded, but it's a minor quibble at best. And unlike The Blair Witch Project, The Last Broadcast does answer all the mysterious questions it raises. --Mark Englehart

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A cult film which is widely thought to have been the inspiration for 'The Blair Witch Project'. On Dec 15th 1995, the four-strong crew of a cable access show head into the woods to search for the legendary Jersey Devil. Two days later the bloody corpses of three of the crew are discovered and the sole survivor is charged with murder. A year passes and filmmaker David Leigh (David Beard) makes a film investigating the killings...

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
This film is all about the end. Where as Blair Witch was frustrating with little resolve and storyline, this film answers all questions raised during it's 1hr documentary style build up. The first hour does indeed seem little more than a moderately interesting Channel 5 murder mystery documentary, but then as more evidence is pieced together the film suddenly becomes very very dark. The piece by piece digital remastering of the video-tape found in the woods builds tension very effectively, but nothing can prepare the viewer for the grand finale, which includes images that still haunt me now! The more you think about the end, the more morals you realise are being put across: never believe the media representation of the truth, never assume anything. This is the real Blair Witch, watch it alone with the lights out, but be prepared to be very scared!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Alarm bells should have been ringing when the best quote they could find to put on the front cover was "May have influenced Blair Witch", which is the faintest of praise by any measure.

The film is not completely without merit if you can look beyond some of the worst acting ever committed to film on the part of the documentary's narrator (which takes some doing, admittedly). The build-up to the denouement is tense enough and it manages to paint a realistic enough picture to make you drag yourself to its conclusion. In fact, switch off 5 minutes from the end and you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd seen something of occasional merit. Or watch the last 5 minutes, swear a bit at the screen, and reflect on a couple of hours of your life you will never, ever get back.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, dark and not what you expect. 2 July 2000
By Alan
You might go into this film expecting another Blair Witch, but though it has a lot of similarities, it's definitely a different film altogether. Here we follow the documentary maker as he investigates the conviction of Jim Suerd for the murder of his two (and possibly a missing third) colleagues in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Using a combination of footage shot by the men themselves, interviews with those who knew the victims and the accused, and a reconstruction of the trip, David Leigh attempts to prove that Suert was innocent of all charges and that something far more sinister was taking place.
The day after the death of Suert a box containing undiscovered mangled footage arrives on the film-maker's doorstep and things take a disturbing and unforseen twist. The footage is painstakingly reconstructing and the shocking truth hits home.
This is a great little film and all the more surprising for the completely unexpected ending which reminded me greatly of 'The Vanishing'. Better than Blair Witch? Very possibly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying 21 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A lot of reviewers on this page have likened this film to "Blair Witch", I shall simply agree and make no more mention of it; this film is quite simply in a class of its own.
I am writing this review to plead with people to stick with this film. It begins very slowly and does not pick up pace until much later on (actually, depending how you look at it, it never picks up pace), but within 20 minutes you'll be totally hooked. The best thing about this film is definitely the ending. This is for two reasons. Firstly it's both terrifying and suprising (at least I was terrified and suprised), but more importantly; many seemingly pedestrian facts and lines from earlier in the film become chilling in light of the finale.
Watch this film. Right now. I'll look after your computer. Just go.
And don't let *anyone* tell you the conclusion until you've seen it.
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A strange slow burning thriller that actually had me on the edge of my seat in places. I didn't realise that the budget was tiny, tiny beyond belief and I think the team did a cracking job with the film. Although everyone mentions the end of the film it was actually the part I disliked the most. I paid 1p, you have to be happy with that.. Would I watch it again ? I think I would...
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4.0 out of 5 stars This came first 22 Oct 2013
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Made before Blair Witch Project but released just after. A great example of the 'Handheld Camera' genre. Very atmospheric & not a little scary. Had it on video for years but decided to replace with DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you think its true, itll scare ... you. 3 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I was flicking through the channels late one night and came accross this documentary program featuring the events of 4 students who went out in to the woods to film a documentary about the "Jersey Devil".Only one returned. As i thought this was a real life documentary I started to become really wrapped up in the story line.after about an hour of watching, i could hardly move. Towards the end i started to realise it was a film, thank god i did! A fantastic film to show your mates(tell them its a real life documentary and theyll be more than scared)as it is portrayed to be real and it works aswell. I can only speak from my point of view, but if you do not know that this is a film you will be very very scared.BUY IT.
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At the start of the film you are told that everyone in it is not an actor. This is very important, for if you really want to fully appreciate this film you need to believe it was true. Just for the duration.
The direction style is not dissimilar to a "real life crime documentary". However the similarities stop there. The intricacy of the plot is more deep and interesting than any other film I've seen, it's absolute writing genius.
From the first scene of the film portraying the beleaguered 911 call made by one of the characters, you are sucked right in. The four young filmmakers, who unwittingly capture their own demise in the remote pine forests, have a certain naivity and charisma which really makes you empathise with their plight.
The film builds slowly from the start, with piece after piece of evidence being brought into the equation. This makes you ask questions of yourself. How? Why? Who?
Some people may find the documentary style a bit boring and slow, but if you take it for what it is. Which is a very original piece of filmmaking (despite the blair witch project), it is an entertaining and enthralling journey.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Crap.
The first 15 minutes I tried to cope with it. Then I continued by pressing the "Fast forward" button on the remote controle, and the last few chapters I skipped... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mario Strehlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Santa Maria!!!
As previous reviews have indicated, patience is rewarded for those willing to persevere. The lo-fi documentary style & droning voiceover almost sent me to sleep but then the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by kim
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, if somewhat slow, thriller with tense moments!
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Published on 15 Sep 2011 by Louise Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars welcome to stenchville...
Right.. listen up. This film was recommended by a 'friend' who later on turned out to be retarded, deaf, dumb and blind. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2007 by D. V. De Pasquale
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to rate and to classify
Like many people I came to this film based on the revelation that it pre-dated 'The Blair Witch Project', but didn't get any of the hype or praise. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2006 by Mr. I. S. Fairholm
3.0 out of 5 stars Good? Disappointing? Crap? I can't decide...
I bought this film to make up the £15 on Amazon so I could get free delivery! So, I can't say it's one of those films I was desperate to see, more like "Well I... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2006 by Ms. S. J. Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Forests & Grim Remains
Leaving aside any lengthy comparisons with "Blair Witch" (which incidentally, I preferred) this is a nice little movie based on a cable TV team's 'live' foray into... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2006 by Green Man Music
4.0 out of 5 stars CREEPY AS HELL!!!
Published on 15 Feb 2005 by Mrs. J. M. Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it time...
... and this film is truly chilling. 'The Blair Witch Project' has NOTHING on the ending of this film, which completely freaked me out (and which I can't talk about here or it'll... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2004 by Mr. J. R. Coupland
1.0 out of 5 stars Blair Witch's annoying older brother
You liked 'Blair Witch Project'? Then you may have been subject to a wry, knowing smile from a film buff and told that it nicked all of it's ideas from 'The last broadcast'. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2003 by Mr. D. S. Tomlin
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