(2016/Lionsgate Blu-ray w/DVD)
B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: C
latest attempt at resurrecting The
Blair Witch Project
as some kind of franchise series (after the failed sequel Book
(2000) that nobody wants to mention they have sat through) is a giant
oxymoron onto itself. This one aims to be a found footage film, just
as the first in the series did, but instead ends up a cleanly shot
and obviously edited piece.
instance, many scenes have overlapping dialogue from shot to shot -
which is an obvious sign that what we are looking at isn't 'raw
footage' and yet half of the scenes with main characters involve them
holding a camera or wearing a camera. Sadly, the science behind the
filmmaking of the thing is the least of the film's worries as it
suffers from poor acting and a recycle of the first film's imagery
and story that it doesn't really bring anything we haven't already
seen to the table. Still, you have to hand it to Lionsgate, they
made a $40 Million profit off this little experiment (the film
reportedly only cost $5 Million to produce and grossed $45.2 Million
nationwide in 2016).
obviously filthy rich teenage girl named Lisa (Callie Hernandez) who
has every camera and accessory you can think of decides to help James
(James Allen McCune) unravel the mystery of his missing sister - who
died looking for the Blair Witch in the spooky Maryland woods many
years ago. Armed with a couple other attractive friends (Corbin
Reid, Valorie Curry, Wes Robinson, and Brandon Scott), they end up
going to the spot where James' sister went missing and soon find out
that the legends are real.
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1,
the film looks and sounds pretty fantastic for the format and
features a Dolby Atmos track (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 48kHz, 24-Bit core)
that is pretty impressive to go with it. No doubt that the film
looks and sounds as good as it can on Blu-ray disc. In some
respects, the film looks and sounds a bit too good considering that
the original was shot more effectively using lesser equipment.
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 DVD with a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
mix is weaker in all respects, but will do for the format.
Commentary with Director Adam Wingard and Writer Simon Barrett
Ending Night: The Making of Blair Witch (6-Part Documentary)
Fear: Story Origins"
Loss: The Cast"
in the Time Loop: Editing"
Reality: Music and Sound Design"
of Horrors: Exploring the Set" featurette
found the new Blair
film to be a bit of snooze, with a long build up only to take us
places that we've already been. Unless you're a diehard fan of the
original, you're not going to lose much sleep over missing this one.