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Bazaar Bizarre [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

James Ellroy , Robert Berdella    DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Product details

  • Actors: James Ellroy, Robert Berdella, Roger Coleman, Christopher Leo
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000EJ9ROM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Docu/Film About A Sick Serial Killer 18 May 2011
Bob Berdella was a right sick individual. He would pick up men and kill them in nasty ways. It's thought he may have killed 50 people.
This is part documentary and part film showing some of the ways bob carried out his evil. It's an interesting way of presenting a very bad man. How true any of this is, is unclear and I suppose testimony from the real people interviewed, court records etc have been used to make this.
It's a very low budget piece but entertaining in a weird kind of way as some of the filmed scenes were a bit brutal, while some of the docu stuff included real pics of Bob himself.
Extras include deleted, stills, bios and trailer. USA Release but plays Region zero.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both Campy and Gory, but interesting. 13 Dec 2006
By Duane - Published on
I think only those aware of the Berdella story will like this. It's part documentary, part campy reenactment. Berdella is interviewed, as are the detectives who worked the case and Chris Bryson--the young man who escaped and brought an end to Berdella's murderous reign.

And, to those who, like me, have a morbid fascination in wanting to see the Berdella photos (other than those displayed in the book written years ago), throughout the film, during the reenactment scenes of Berdella taking pictures of his drugged victims, shots of the actual victims are quickly flashed on the screen.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Documentary with reinactments! 22 Dec 2006
By True Crime Grrl - Published on
I think your ordinary "scary" movie watcher might not like this. But as a serial killer buff i must say this was good! If you want to know about Bob Berdella and not just watch reinactments (like Bundy, Gacy and Dahmer) this is a good one! You get to see the blood in the reinactments but you also get to hear from an actual victim, see the place and the town and more about the one and only Bob Berdella who was one sick bastard ;)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two stars deducted for the campy musical interludes 29 Sep 2007
By kohoutekdriver8 - Published on
Were those really necessary? And the band wasn't even that good.

That said, I had barely heard of Bob Berdella until I found the book "Rites of Burial" a while back. It's one of better true crime books I've seen, and it never fails to amaze me how some of these people can do what they do under many people's noses, and nobody seems to suspect a thing.

Incidentally, there is little evidence that Berdella cannibalized his victims or served them at potlucks.

A Web search after reading that book revealed that Christopher Bryson, the escaped victim filmed here in silhouette, changed his name and moved to another part of the state. I don't know if his marriage survived this ordeal and its chaotic aftermath, but if you get this DVD, be sure to watch the filmmakers' comments. One of them said that Bryson had never told his children about the kidnapping and torture (he had one at the time, a son) and hadn't intended to, and when he was approached about making this film, he knew he would have to and when he did, "he felt like a tumor had been cut out of him."

The interviews with the key players in this story, and the narration by James Ellroy, are chilling. This film is unrated, but if it had a rating, the re-enactments with the carrot and cucumber would in themselves merit an NC-17.

One need not fear Berdella any more because he died in 1992.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing despite itself 31 Oct 2012
By Rainbow Zen - Published on
Bazaar Bizarre is a strange little film. A mixed beast, partially a brutal documentary about a very heinous serial killer, Bob Berdella, and partially a campy festival of BADLY acted reenactments and worse music (it's from Troma, what do you expect?) the movie manages to be seriously disturbing despite its' infinite cheese. The segments of actual interview footage with the police, court reporters, and Berdella himself present a case riddled with problems--not least homophobia and a nonchalant attitude toward the disappearences of male prostitutes--and Berdella himself one of the most cold, unsympathetic characters one could interact with. Against this chilly backdrop, we get occasionally laugh-out-loud reenactments with B-movie acting, copious nudity, poor special effects and the omnipresent Terrible Music. It shouldn't work, but somehow it does. At the end, you'll ask yourself what the hell you just watched, but it's still worth watching. There's a lot of food for thought in there, buried in the dreck.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative creation of art! thus rarely seen in serial killer documentary..., 21 Sep 2009
By Ph.D Madsen - Published on
It's sure a strange case of Bob Berdella. This both documentary and almost film alike version here is very interesting for what you otherwise find on serial killers, this guy is sick, and I have watched it 3-4 times within a month.

I found it very thrilling and obscure, abit comic here and there, but a new innovative way to make documentaries, and I think the result and my 5 stars talks for it self.

Worth buying! But only if you are abit sickening yourself, or into pathology studies of primate instincts & psyche, thus criminal psychology, I mean, this DVD is offending many with a fence of morality build around them I would assume?, but a psychological kick to study upon.

Bob Berdella was both smart and dumb person in same objective form, that is seen on his crimes, and the sloppiness, and so on, he was a big large homosexual serial killer who took whoever which entered his home with him, he was a sadist, very regardless of his victims emotions. His torture, was repulsive in my view. Through the film, described both verbally/visually and with drawings + his diaries, one surviving victim tellings + footage with Bob himself,

This is indeed a true documentary.

And I hail those who made it!
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