As an avid fan of Herzog's wonderful film 'Grizzly Man', and having already watched some of 'Death Row' when it was aired on TV, I was very much looking forward to viewing the series in its entirety.
However, while Herzog is undoubtedly a highly skilled film-maker, I can't help feeling that, on the whole, the four short films of which this series is comprised were a little dull and tedious at times. While I accept that gaining access to death row inmates for the purpose of making a film is likely extremely difficult, it sometimes felt as if these inmates had been picked at random and simply stuck in front of the camera, with little thought as to how each interview (and those of others involved with the case) contributed to any overall narrative. Furthermore, it would appear that even less thought went into ensuring the films were sufficiently engaging for viewers, and they sometimes seemed to be little more than an unstructured - and quite boring - account of the events surrounding the crimes in question, with little input or artistic direction from Herzog himself.
Rather ironically, for me what really stood out was the music: bleak and haunting yet beautiful, and perhaps the perfect accompaniment to the subject at hand. However, when the best thing about a film is the music, this tells me that something, somewhere, is amiss.
While 'Death Row' is undoubtedly interesting, ultimately I found it a bit disappointing, and as such it compares rather unfavourably with such films as 'If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front', Herzog's own 'Grizzly Man', or even documentaries by the likes of Louis Theroux.