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West of Memphis [DVD]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Although the infamous case of the West Memphis Three has already been the subject of three first-class documentaries from director Joe Berlinger, Amy Berg's WEST OF MEMPHIS again explores the oft-documented incarceration of three teenagers for a triple homicide that many believe they never committed. Co-produced by one of the three supposedly falsely convicted men, WEST OF MEMPHIS lays out the case for their innocence and details how a number of high-profile figures -- including Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, and Natalie Maines -- helped raise money and awareness in order to free the trio. WEST OF MEMPHIS played at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Critic Reviews
    "WEST OF MEMPHIS delivers a gripping overall picture of the West Memphis 3 wrongful-conviction saga....Thorny, blood-boiling and finely made..."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "[I]t exonerates Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. by digging into the evidence in newly dogged detail..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[A] work of fierce documentary advocacy directed by Amy Berg that follows the successful crusade to free three men..."
    New York Times

    "[A] strong, blood-boiling documentary from director Amy Berg..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "WEST OF MEMPHIS is a well-assembled, well-argued documentary..."
    A.V. Club

    "[Berg] tells the story with unprecedented clarity. She has a dramatist's eye for what was irretrievably lost -- the innocent lives of the children, plus 18 years of three other innocent lives."
    Wall Street Journal

    "There are clear parallels with Errol Morris groundbreaking THE THIN BLUE LINE, which likewise targeted a miscarriage of justice and fingered the real culprit..."
    Total Film

    "Berg's restraint, never haranguing us or resorting to emotive voiceovers, leaves us free to follow the story without feeling manipulated."
    Sight and Sound

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