The film was produced and made by the Haxan Films production company. The film relates the story of 3 young student filmmakers named Joshua Leonard, Heather Donahue and Michael C. Williams who hike into the forest of Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland to film a documentary about a legend known as the Blair Witch, and subsequently goes missing. The viewer is told that the 3 were never found, although their sound and video equipment and along with most of the footage they shot was discovered 1 year later. This recovered footage is presented as the movie or film the viewer is watching.
Artisan has made and presented a DVD released of The Blair Witch Project in about it’s 1.33:1 original aspect ratio. It’s a full-frame image, and it was shot that way. The image quality differs throughout the picture and it’s an accurate representation of the image quality that everyone saw last Summer in different theater. Keeping in mind that this movie is a limited production, this is generally a very good looking picture. The outdoor scenes are crisp and clear, with the details of the forest such as the branches and trees remaining clear and not blurred. Colors look very natural and accurate throughout the picture as the group wanders through the vast forest.
The film is intentionally gritty looking by design just like in a reality show. Some of the night falls scenes and in the total darkness look grainy and this serves its purpose to be relatively real, but this looked the same way in theaters. There really aren’t any problems with pixelization or shimmering that everyone saw. The movie may not be a picture with a big budget look to it, but viewers was really pleased how well Artisan has transferred this picture to DVD format; it looks very clean and really, exactly how it looked in almost all the theaters. Viewers have been pleased with what they have seen from Artisan.