Blu-ray, DVD Release: West of Memphis

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug 6, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony

West of Memphis movie scene

Damien Echols in West of Memphis

The 2012 documentary film West of Memphis tells the remarkable the story surrounding the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, and exposes the wrongful conviction of three teenagers—known as the West Memphis Three—who lost 18 years of their lives imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.

West of Memphis chronicles the untold story behind the extraordinary and desperate fight to re-open the case following the discovery of new forensic evidence which points to the convicted men’s innocence. A number of documentaries have been based on the case over the years, and celebrities and musicians have held fund raisers in the belief that they are innocent.

Directed and co-written by Amy Berg and Billy McMillin and co-produced by Lord of the Rings filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (the most notable celebs to take an interest in the case) as well as West Memphis Three member Damien Echols, the film ultimately led an Arkansas judge to accept a unique new “plea’ and alter the sentence of the three men to time served.

Following a high-profile series of screenings at film festivals, the R-rated film opened in a limited run in U.S. theaters to many positive notices, garnering a strong 7.9/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 110 published reviews.

The Blu-ray and DVD contain the following bonus features:

·         Deleted Scenes
·         Damien’s Past Re-Creations
·         Commentary with Amy Berg, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis (Blu-ray only)
·         Toronto International Film Festival Red Carpet and Q&A (Blu-ray only)
·         Toronto International Film Festival Press Conference (Blu-ray only)

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About Laurence

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.