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  • Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Warp Films
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun. 2005
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009OJ92M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,021 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The award winning Paradise lost films tell the horrifying true story of the West Memphis three, the notorious American murder case in which 3 arkansas teenagers, with a penchant for black clothes and heavy metal music, were accused and charged with killing three 8 year old boys in a satanic ritual.

Fraught with emotionally charged testimony, allegations of coerced confessions and a lack of physical evidence, the sensational trial prompted many to claim the teens were wrongly convicted in an atmosphere of 'Satanic panic'.

Review

Breathtakingly brilliant - 5 stars -- GQ

Gripping...The best documentary of the year, maybe of the decade. -- NEW YORK POST

True crime reporting and its most bitterly revealing. -- NEW YORK TIMES

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ni VINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2006
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This is a very well made documentary that, despite its length, manages to hold your attention all the way through. It is horrifying, emotional, and incredibly revealing. It is essentially the true story of six unfortunate boys who had their childhoods taken away from them during one harrowing incident in West Memphis. Three young boys were murdered and three young boys were hunted down like witches and incarcerated for the crime. The documentary features excerpts from the trial video, interviews with the suspects, the families of both suspects and victims, and very definitive shots of the murder scene.

Admittedly I was shocked when one of the very first visuals of the movie was the dead bodies of the three young boys lying in the woods. It was a very powerful opening and also very impartial as it makes sure that you start your journey as the viewer in exactly the same place as everyone who was there at the time, enabling you to feel the raw emotions of this terrible tragedy before you see the suspects.

The documentary, as it progresses, does however, have a subtle bias towards the side of the defence as we get to see the consultations between the defence attorneys and the three teenage boys accused of this 'ritual murder. This might seem like simply a tactic by the filmmakers; attempting to throw an 'innocent' possibility into the mix, spicing up the movie a little, but as shown in the second part, there are many people who believe this to be true and who campaign rigorously for the release of Damien, Jason and Jessie.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Polly Harvey on 24 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
Like many others, I had read snippets about this case in NME and other 'alternative' publications. It was only when the DVDs were released that I took more interest in the case. I won't go into the ins and outs of the case now, but you can read about it on the website made by their supporters.
The documentaries themselves are harrowing. The first one opens with the murder scene and police video of the boys' bodies; this is disturbing stuff. Unfortunately you get to see more photographs of the victims, but this isn't to shock, this is simply to aid the narrative.
After the first documentary, I could see why people still weren't sure of the boys' guilt. The documentary's style is deliberately unbiased (the film-makers simply set out to make a documentary about 3 boys they believed probably were guilty) and the narrative is guided by the people involved, not a 'voice of god' telling you what to think.
The second documentary is deliberately biased. The film-makers believed that the Memphis Three were innocent and therefore set out to make a documentary suggesting this. Again, there is no voice-over, so you are able to make up your own mind (my partner still doesn't believe all three boys are innocent, even after watching the documentaries) but it is very much in the favour of the WM3.
Brilliantly crafted.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 2005
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Three young boys brutally murdered, their bodies dumped in a drainage ditch in a West Memphis wood. One teenager sent to death row, two more sent to prison for the rest of their lives for the crime. Case closed, or one of the most disturbing legal cases in recent American history?
I first started to read about this case three years ago, and have read the two books written on the subject. So I came to watch these films with a fair amount of background knowledge of who was involved.
But they still manage shock me to the core - and the individuals say more on screen than a book could ever hope to convey. This case is about much more than the terrible, tragic murder of three boys. It's about the loss of freedom of three more as a result, and the possible chief suspect staring the viewer in the face. A witch hunt in a town of country hicks? A terrible miscarridge of justice? A pack of lies that tell only half the story?
Decide for yourself, but watch this film. The access given to the documentary makers is enough in itself (they later went on to make Metallica's 'Some Kind Of Monster' film). When a resonable individual looks at this case, it's hard to turn away and if you've ever felt as if you weren't part of the crowd - the issues raised will especially ring true.
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Format: DVD
This set represents the 1st 2 films in the "Paradise Lost" trilogy, 3 documentaries, make
over a period of 15 years, following the case of 3 young men convicted of horrible murders
if very little evidence, and lots of questions. This set really only makes sense if you already
have the third film separately.

In any case, here are my notes on these first two of the three films;

Paradise Lost (1996) Powerful and thought provoking look at U.S. justice, and how we treat those who
are outsiders or 'different'.

When three very young boys are found brutally murdered, and mutilated, the town of West Memphis demands
retribution and closure. So, after some fruitless weeks of police work, the suspects become three outsider
teen-age boys, who listened to heavy metal, and the oldest of whom dressed (somewhat) Goth and was interested in Wicca.

A strong indictment of how, at least some of the time in our justice system 'guilty until proved innocent' is the rule.

That said, the film makes some serious miss-steps by not being clearer about some of the evidence it brings up, but never
explores. For example, we're told early on by the filmmakers that all 3 boys had alibis for the night of the killing, yet we never
hear about it again. Are their defense lawyers THAT bad, or were the alibis not solid? Two said they were home with their
families, yet the families never mention being with them that night. Similarly, we are never told why the police picked up the
first of the boys, a borderline mentally retarded kid, who clearly didn't know what was going on, for questioning.
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