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Exploring Alcatraz - Collectable Tin (2011)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 201 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XJ0J4W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,766 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Uncover the REAL story about life on Alcatraz. Hear first-hand from notorious criminals, employees and their family members who lived on the island as they debunk the myths and give an honest recount of life on the rock. Witness the last documented interview of Clarence Carnes, the last survivor of the 1946 Riot Blastout, listen to Robert Guilford recount his frightening arrival on the island and hear from inmates Leon Whitey Johnson and Charley Berta. You ll get personal perspectives from Phillip Bergen, Captain of the Guard, and his daughter Patricia Bergen Rothchild, Frank Heaney, the youngest guard in prison history and the only Spanish speaking guard, Joab Picalla. To round out the unique perspectives of life on the island, Joline Babyak, the daughter of the Associate Warden in 1962 tells her story about growing up as a child on Alcatraz and the prison Chaplain, Reverend James Tupy shares his views of prison life. Film clips of the Riot of 1946, arrival of Machine-Gun Kelly and the most famous escapes of 1962 (Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin) are shown as counterpoints to the memories of strict routine and portray the true reality of life on Alcatraz. Includes bonus feature film Prison Train.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Documentary, Disappointing Extras October 29, 2012
The history of Alcatraz prison is varied, fascinating, and at times tragic. The federal prison on Alcatraz Island in the chilly waters of California's San Francisco Bay housed some of America's most difficult and dangerous felons during its years of operation from 1934 to 1963. Among those who served time at the maximum-security facility were the notorious gangster Al "Scarface" Capone (1899-1947) and murderer Robert "Birdman of Alcatraz" Stroud (1890-1963). Allegedly no inmate ever successfully escaped "The Rock", although more than a dozen known attempts were made over the years. After the prison was shut down due to high operating costs, the island was occupied for almost two years, starting in 1969, by a group of Native-American activists. Today, historic Alcatraz Island, which was also the site of a U.S. military prison from the late 1850s to 1933, is a popular tourist destination. This Documentary tells the story of Alcatraz and the people who lived there.

I think this is an interesting release by Mill Creek Entertainment, and people who have an interest in the history of Alcatraz and the history of American law enforcement will enjoy this DVD Set. The main documentary is very interesting and very informative. In this documentary you'll find interviews with former Alcatraz inmates and interviews with people who worked there ( Captains, Guards, etc. ). These people all have very interesting stories to share, and these interviews really gives you an inside look at how life was inside the prison. It was great to hear from Clarence Carnes, the man who was allegedly the "Godfather" of Alcatraz, very interesting interview. The narration is great, the footages are very good, overall this is a very solid documentary and a great watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool Box set! February 10, 2013
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Best part of this collection is all of the interviews, both guards & Cons, who talked about what their time was like on island. Added a lot to the normal historical information I expected to find. Very interesting set of DVD's to watch and gain a new perspective on Alcatraz.
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