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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » The Blair Thumb
The Blair Thumb
Image // Unrated // January 22, 2002
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Review by Phillip Duncan | posted February 20, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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I'm afraid I'm becoming something of an expert on Thumb films. When they are as hilarious as The Blair Thumb, then that isn't such a bad thing.

The second film in writer (The Nutty Professor, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls) Steve Oedekerk's Thumbation series is much stronger than the first. The first relied heavily on the quirks of the Star Wars universe for its laughs and fell flat at times without that knowledge. The same can be said of Blair Thumb at times, but far less than before.

As in the original film, three documentary filmmakers venture into the woods to make a film about the Blair Witch (Thumb) and strange things begin to happen. They become lost in the woods and one member of the crew meets a vicious fate. All the thumbs are caricatures of characters from the film.

Again, most of the humor is absurd, over-the-top and quite strange. You will either love it or hate it. There are moments and jokes inserted for no apparent reason, other than being funny and the process used to graft the mouth and eyes onto the thumbs is funny by itself.

The Video:The quality of the pictures is quite good and better than the real Blair Witch film. For those that didn't like the shaky-cam feel of that film, there is little of that present here. Mostly it's a mix of color and black and white footage that appears saturated enough and is easily visible in the nighttime shots.

The Audio: The film has a nice and crisp 5.1 and 2.0 mix that works well enough. The dialog is easily heard and sound effects are crisp. Well suited for the feature.

The Extras:It's a shame most other discs, on average, don't have the extras that this one does. For a 28-minute film, the extras abound. There are two audio commentaries. The Sane audio commentary is by the filmmakers and relates the process of how the film was made and the setup of the shots and story. It's interesting, but not as much as the accompanying Insane commentary. This is the most disturbing 28 minutes of babbling I've ever heard. There are no coherent thoughts and barely any complete sentences in this. It's as if an insane asylum were show the film and recorded while watching. The talent it took to fill 30 minutes like this is amazing. There are also interviews with the Thumb cast and director that highlight the traits they displayed in the film and show the director as a raving egomaniac. Once again there are trailers for coming attractions as well. FrankenThumb looks good, but I seriously want to see Bat Thumb. The trailer for it perfectly rips on the original Keaton/Burton film.

Overall: If oddball humor is your thing, pick this disc up. You'll likely get a laugh from watching it if you've seen the original film (no matter if you liked or disliked it). It's definitely worth the $10 you should be able to find it for.

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