New Release: Amanda Knox Murder On Trial In Italy DVD

Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In ItalyLifetime‘s controversial TV movie about Amanda Knox, the American exchange student whose two-year murder trial in Italy ended in a conviction and sentence of 26 years in jail, arrived on DVD on May 17, 2011, from A&E Home Entertainment.

The 90-minute film Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, which stars Hayden Panettiere (TV’s Heroes) as Knox and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden (for Pollock), has been criticized as being made too soon after the trial (which is currently on appeal in Italy) and containing errors that could affect the outcome for the real-life Knox. Knox’s lawyers asked for the movie to be banned in Italy so as not to sway jurors, who do have access to the media in that country.

If you didn’t see the headlines in 2007 and 2099 of Knox’s trial, she’s a Seattle native who was charged with killing her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy, during a sex game gone wrong. Knox was referred to as “Foxy Knoxy” by the Italian media and painted as an oversexed, remorseless killer during the trial, according to DVD supplier A&E.

Many of those involved in the trial spoke openly about the movie’s errors, and some say it was irresponsible. Whoever’s right, A&E says the film, which aired on Lifetime in February, leaves the judgement up to the viewer.

The DVD was priced at $19.95.


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Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.