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  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073V2GFQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,357 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man), probes the human psyche to explore why people kill and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as a gaze into the abyss of the human soul. Herzog s inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who have been with death row prisoners as they ve taken their final breaths. As he has so often done before, Herzog s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World, Ode to the Dawn of Man

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By mister joe on 9 Jun. 2012
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The title of my review comes from a former state executioner who oversaw around 120 inmates put to death.He was saying that on your tombstone you have the day you were born,the day you died and the dash between these dates is your life.Werner Herzogs documentary Into The Abyss is an exploration of a triple homicide case that occurred in Texas which lead to a death sentence for Micheal Perry and a life sentence for Jason Burkett.The crime was just a profound waste,a pointless tragedy seemingly all down to wanting to steal a car.
We hear from the families of the victims,the police,a pastor,the father of one of the perpetrators which really builds a complete picture and also reveals just the complete complexities,emotions of events that just happen.Things out of anyones control.
As a viewer i just soaked the film in,in many ways at a loss at what to think or feel.Obviously the question of the death penalty hangs over the proceedings Herzog explicit in his view that he doesn't agree.I have always made clear concerning my feelings,i believe the rights of victims come first.I really struggle with the ideas of showing compassion to criminals who showed none to their victims who they snub out and in this case dump into a river.
Herzog as a documentary maker and interviewer is suberb,you just know he wants to get right inside the subject,he wants to capture what these people think,feel,regret.Herzog is an old school maverick,give this dude a battered camcorder send him out and he will capture some magic.What really strikes you is just the amount of sadness that can be experienced in a persons life,one family member detailing the death of her father,sister,uncle on top of the senseless murders of her brother and mother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The usual suspect TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2012
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I had no idea what I was buying when I came across Into The Abyss. Didn't have any history of Werner Herzog. Even when I started watching, I still had no idea what was to come. 15 mins in and it becomes very apparent that this is going to be a jaw dropping experience - one of shock at how the human race can produce such horrific individuals.

Loius Theroux has been there with some of his shock docs but this is on another level of depth. Take a guy on death row and then take apart every aspect of the crime. How it happened, how it came to be, where the individuals came from, who are involved with the individuals now. This all sounds a bit like cheesy reporter with a microphone running around interviewing purely for the shock factor but it isn't. Werner is genuinely interested and interesting as he asks the questions we may well ask in his situation. He made the movie for reason other than financial gain.

103 mins of hypnotic viewing that will have you swearing in disbelief constantly. Everyone will have their most shocking moment, for me it is the woman towards the end (those that have already viewed will know whom I am referring to). Remarkable film making.

No subs or alternative audio. Just English.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By balsall on 10 Feb. 2013
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On the case it states "Will stay with you long after the credits have rolled"; a week after viewing I still have this stuck in my mind. It is a stunning documentary of a pointless act (the theft of a car) which left three people murdered, a fourth executed and countless other lives broken to pieces leaving scars that will never heal. In the end who gained from this carnage? No-one. The dvd is a rare view into utter futility.
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I've just finished watching this film, and it has moved me profoundly. Herzog is opposed to the death penalty, but ironically it's made me change my mind: I'm now in favour of it.

We see Michael Perry, the murderer sentenced to death answer questions as he meets Werner Herzog for the first time - we hear Werner's gentle Germanic tones as he says to him (amongst other things) that "When I talk to you, it does not necessarily mean that I have to like you" - he is setting the rules of the interchange that follows. I hate Perry and Jason Burkett for what they did.

We hear the account of the murders as told by law officers - their account of events accompanying police footage of the crime scene and the bodies as they were left: how two teenagers firstly killed a woman for her car, then her son and his friend. I know the world contains callous, stupid people - but their deeds offend me to the core. Discarded corpses left like litter without a second thought.

We then hear the accounts of witnesses and the victims' families, and of the perpetrators themselves; Werner Herzog is never directly seen during the film - sometimes we catch the merest glimpse of his reflection in the prison glass, but mostly we hear him - asking always the direct questions, the ones that take the quickest route to the truth he wants to discover. Never does he betray partiality, or emotion; always it is the truth that he is trying to catch. It is all the more powerful for this. It is beyond doubt that both teenagers are guilty, but one has life imprisonment rather than death to look forward to. Disgustingly, both Michael Perry and Jason Burkett lie about what happened - both try to maintain their innocence; this is almost too much to bear.
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