DVD Release: The Decent One

DVD Release Date: Sept. 1, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber


The 2014 documentary The Decent One delves into the family life of the Heinrich Himmler, one of the most powerful leaders in Nazi Germany and one of those most directly responsible for the Holocaust.

Germany Himmler LettersIn May, 1945, soldiers of the US Army occupied the Heinrich Himmler family home in Gmund Germany where they discovered hundreds of private letters, documents, diaries and photographs. They were hidden in Tel Aviv for decades and ultimately sold to the father of the Israeli documentary filmmaker, Vanessa Lapa.

The Decent One makes use of these materials to sketch the biography and expose the inner mind, ideals, plans and secrets of the evil SS commander—the architect of the Final Solution and the man responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Second World War. Through readings of the Himmler family’s most personal writings and rarely seen restored film footage from key German archives, director Lapa fashions a case study that asks the question: How can a man become a hero in his own eyes but a mass murderer to the world?

The DVD of the critically well-received film, which is in German with English subtitles, contains the following bonus features:

-Introduction by Errol Morris
-Making of The Decent One
-Mixing The Decent One
-Q&A moderated by Errol Morris
-Researching The Decent One
-Trailer

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.