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Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 48 (May 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Kim Director, Jeffrey Donovan, Erica Leerhsen, Tristen Skyler & Stephen Barker Turner

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Artisan Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 11577
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for violence, language, sexuality, and drug use.
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9) + CD
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/13/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Joe Berlinger
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 finds tourists descending on Burkittsville, Maryland after the phenomenon of first movie. Four young fans decide to spend the night in the woods with devastating consequences. Note that the reverse side of this DVD-9 disc is a compact disc offering the movie soundtrack. It

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.80:1 DVD, shot in various formats, exhibits generally good quality overall. Colors can be rich and bold, with nicely balanced fleshtones and deep, pure blacks. Images are generally sharp, but there is some smearing apparent. Contrast and shadow delineation are mediocre, considering the stylization. Pixelization is noticed, for a picture that is not very solid, and edge enhancement is also detected at times. Overall, the picture lacks crisp, clean imagery, but otherwise illustrates the vision of the filmmakers. Film grain is revealed at times, but does not distract.(Suzanne Hodges)

The soundtrack presentation in Dolby

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DVD-ROM Review:
From the DVD-ROM main menu, it looks like not much time was put into creating the DVD-ROM portions of this disc. After further inspection, that initial observation proves correct. The links given to you from the main menu are Discover More, Go To Menu, and Play Movie. If you try to Discover More, you are brought online to a site that is designed to be viewed only by DVD-ROM users. This is a great feature, but only makes me wonder why they implemented this, without putting it on the actual disc. Anyway, from this sections menu, you can find links for viewing the trailer, ways to discover new Satanic rituals, sneak peaks of upcoming Blair Witch games, director's cut footage, a Blair Witch chronicles comic book, and even a link to download Interactual's Player 2. Viewing this site using the PCFriendly software looks rather uninviting, but if you switch over to Player 2, the site looks the way it was intended. The Go To Menu link is only a way to jump straight to the DVD-Video main menu. If you choose to Play Movie, you will go straight to the opening scene. There are some great features available in the Discover More section, but none of it is available unless you have an Internet connection established. This bothers me greatly, especially when all of the information could have been stored on the disc itself just as easily. (Danny Richelieu)