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  • Actors: Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LN6NRE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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America's Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil will strip the covers from a world of profiling, forensic science and painful investigation as history's most brutal serial killers are exposed.

Wars have terrorized entire populations for thousands of years. The American West was home to ruthless killers who were idolized in fiction and folklore. Evil evolved to a hideous new form with the genocidal dictators of the 20th Century such as Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse Tung who ordered the execution of tens of millions. But in the middle of the 20th Century a new and chilling phenomenon emerged in the post-war Western society: The Serial Killer! As if fashioned from our nightmares, they terrified and fascinated us. Lurking behind masks of bland normality, the serial killer often evaded capture for years, decades or eternity. These are America's Serial Killers!

Program 1 - The Monster Within and Among Us - The Case of Jack the Ripper

Program 2 - Killers Without Conscience - H.H.Holmes and Jane Toppan

Program 3 - The Bogeyman's Gonna Eat You - Albert Fish, the Vampire of Brooklyn

Program 4 - Serial Killing Begins Again - The Boston Strangler, Ed Gein and the Lipstick Killer

Program 5 - Men Who Like To Kill - The Zodiac, the Son of Sam, Charles Manson and Ted Bundy

Program 6 - Homosexual Serial Killers - John Wayne Gacy and the Highway Killers

Program 7 - Buddy Serial Killing - The Hillside Stranglers and the Beltway Snipers

Program 8 - The Many Faces of Serial Killers - The Gainesville Ripper, the Unabomber and others

Program 9 - To Catch a Serial Killer - The Green River Killer and BTK

Program 10 - Why Serial Killers Kill - The Night Stalker and Jeffrey Dahmer

Customer Reviews

It would be better to leave all that out and just give the facts.
Roger Long
This isn't what I expected it to be but it was still an interesting movie if serial killers spark your interests.
Natalie McKenna
I am not dissatisfied with the product at all, it is a good buy and good for learning.
Crystal Lynn Montiel

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By ac on March 5, 2009
...and it was worth every penny. You only get what you pay for, right?

The 5-star reviews and the 1-star reviews for those are both a joke, it's not terrible and it's CERTAINLY not perfect. You just kind of have to ask yourself why you plan on watching this. If you're looking for new insight into the mind of serial killers, there is nothing new to see or hear here. If you're looking for plenty of videos of the killers being interviewed or appearances in court or old news reels or whatever... well, there's SOME of that, but for the most part it's mainly clips that are available on youtube with narration over top. If you're looking for a look at a lot of obscure killers and not just the big names, well, honestly there are a few here or there that I was surprised about (I rarely see Albert Fish get mentioned elsewhere, and there were a few killer couples on the "buddies" segment that hardly ever get talked about).

If you're looking for high production values, sorry! While everything is competently-filmed and -edited, the creators of this made the mistake of interviewing the same 2 or 3 people for the entire 7 1/2 hours. So, if you don't like 1 of them (or all of them), you're out of luck... get used to seeing 'em over and over again! Also, if you're looking for something comprehensive, forget it. Did it even MENTION the Manson Family killing Sharon Tate?! Either I fell asleep for that brief part or they just skimmed right over it and started talking about the media's role in the Manson case.

The narration is great; don't let the other reviewers fool you, and the narrator himself doesn't do the voices of the killers, they have separate people doing the voices, and it works just fine. The soundtrack is amazing if you care about that when watching a documentary.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By VooDoo on May 11, 2009
Yes, I bought it at Walmart for five bucks too. Which I thought was a bargain price even if it didn't turn out to be all that good. I was wrong. This collection is not even worth that much.

I literally cried through the whole thing. Either because the voice-over was so terribly hilarious, or because of all the innacuracies that were presented as utter truth. This whole DVD comes off as something smashed together by someone who has only done the slightest bit of surface research on the subject matter and then padded the whole thing with vaguely related clips. Such was the case with H. H. Holmes. The only media to be found are some pictures and news-clippings, no movie was made about his killings. So what is used when focusing on him? Clips from an old movie that might have been what meeting the man was like?

Skip this one. It's not a good introduction to the subject matter, it's not a good representation of the history of it. You're better off keeping that 8 or 5 bucks and treating yourself to lunch.

Edit: I'm not sure how I can make this any clearer. This DVD is filled with FALSE FACTS. Underline that sentence. Bold it. Make it flash and scroll across the screen. Give it a little "DING!" sound effect when the words load on the screen. This DVD is riddled with outright false information, misleading statements, and sensationalist speculation with just enough of the truth to get away with it. Wikipedia has more accurate information when it's being hacked by 13-year-old trolls.

!<~*~This DVD lies to you.~*~>!

This is not a good source of information. This is not even a good place to start learning about serial killers no matter how cheap it is, because it will build a base of assumptions that flat out are not true.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Jimenez on April 2, 2010
I did not get it from Walmart, I actually got it from Best Buy for about twice as much, and I regret each of those nine hundred and ninety nine cents. Two stars may be a bit too much for this "production".

First, this is a very very repetitive, having an almost five minutes introduction, identical on each of the episodes, what, made more concise, would have made its running time already an episode shorter. After that, the narrative is terribly repetitive, gets to similar simplistic conclusions for each of the serial killers they "analyze", goes on and on over pointless arguments, making forced pauses that make it feel very sensationalist.

With all the repetition on it, it really does not tell you much about the individuals they analyze, even referring to their victims as "the less dead" because they were in marginal parts of society, and thus, they were "less alive" before they were killed. When they talk about the "buddy serial killers", they say that "the partners turn on each other, like the animals they were", or that "this or that other serial killer was bad from the beginning", and similar statements that try to drive the attention away from the lack of substance to the sensationalized gruesomeness of their crimes.

Finally, there are gross inaccuracies on the contents of this "documentary". I have to admit, serial killers is one of those topics I like to study as a hobby, and I have read over a dozen books on the topic, and watch many more documentaries that are in general consistent with each other and refute some minor and not so minor points exposed here.

My advise, don't waste your money on this.
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