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Manson 40 Years Later DVD (2009)

Non Provided , Neil Rawles  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Non Provided
  • Directors: Neil Rawles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FZL9DA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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He was the mastermind of the most notorious murders in U.S. history, a crazed guru who terrified the world and plunged the city of Los Angeles into a state of paranoia and panic. This two-hour docudrama from HISTORY takes viewers deep inside Charles Manson s twisted world of hate, fear, and mind control to tell the story of how one man transformed a harmless group of hippies into a gang of brutal murderers. Intertwining first-person accounts with rare archive footage, Manson looks back at the nine months leading up to and including the brutal murder of Sharon Tate, the Manson family s most famous victim, four decades after her bludgeoning. It features key Manson family member Linda Kasabian, who was at the scene of the Sharon Tate murders as lookout and getaway driver, in her first interview in 20 years, as well as interviews with fellow Manson family member Catherine Share; Vincent Bugliosi, the lead prosecutor who wrote Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders; and Deborah Tate, Sharon Tate s sister.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Docu-drama on the Manson Family September 18, 2009
First let me state that I'm writing this review as someone who has seen this program on TV and the History Channel DVD release which is currently available for sale. I've followed this case for many years (I'm old enough to remember when it actually happened.) I've seen many documentaries on this case and never seem to tire of them. If you are well informed on the details of the lifestyle of the'family' and the events that led up to the Tate / Labianca murders this offers no new information. The only interesting point I found in this is the interview with Linda Kasabian (who does not do many interviews) and her recollections of those days spent with the family.

There are good and bad points to this DVD. First the good points- the production quality of this program is excellent. The music and photography is well done and to my best recollection this is the only documentary (officially released) that contains the pictures of the actual crime site, although in black and white.

The bad points are in the recreation of the facts. Though Linda Kasabian accurately describes what she went through on those 2 nights of murder, the producers show a very inaccurate portrayal of the events. For example the house used for the Tate house does not resemble it one bit. Even in the layout. There is no gate the killers avoid and climb around, and they slice open the screen on a patio door! They shoot Steve Parent from the wrong side of the car, and on and on it just doesn't match what has been written about for so many years. The house that they use for the LaBianca house is also wrong and in this one there is a gate (they should've used this for the Tate house.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Could Have Been More Accurate September 24, 2009
Like the other reviewer of this DVD Documentary on the Manson murders I totally agree that while the production values were adequate and the interview with Linda Kasabian most riveting, the inacurracies are numerous and ruin what could have been an excellent documentary of one of the most famous murder cases of the 20th century.

Although I was only 3 years old when the murders took place in August of 1969, I've read most of the books associated with the Tate-LaBianca murders - most especially "Helter Skelter". Two made-for-TV movies, one released in 1976 and the other in 2004 are much more accurate in re-creating the events leading up to the murders as well as the capture of the defendents and the subsequent trial.

The best thing about "Manson 40 Years Later" is clearly the interview with Linda Kasabian. Even though it's been 40 years since these horrendous murders took place, her recollection of the events are clear and insightful and it's evident that she still feels tremendous guilt, sadness and remorse for her peripheral involvement as the driver/look-out. There was a very interesting addition to her interview that didn't appear in previous books, testimony or in any other movies or documentaries done on this case. I was surprised to learn that after the shooting of Steven Parent by Tex Watson, he instructed Linda Kasabian to go into the car and take the wallet out of the dead man's pocket.

Other than the interview and recollections of Linda Kasabian, the re-creation of the family members and the murders themselves are filled with many inaccurancies and oversights. First of all, most of the actors portraying the killers looked nothing like them.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poorly done, inaccurate September 28, 2010
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The movie is a re-enactment that was poorly done and poorly casted. The people who played the various family members were not even close in appearance. I actually thought this was more of a documentry with actual footage, instead, it was cheesey actors with Linda Kasabian going on and on about how remorseful she is.... actually myself and the people who watched it with me didnt buy it. I think she said what would look good, and collect a paycheck. A waste of money in my view. I am not a kid, I was 22 myself with the manson murders happend. I ve read most of the books and seen most of the movies... this one is forgetable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say about Charlie June 12, 2014
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It really says something about Charles Manson that not only could he convice them people to do that and have them believe it was a good thing but also that over 40 yr later we are still intrigued by him. He may have been twisted but you got to admit that he is a very charismatic and intriguing person. They will be talking about him in another 40 yr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd July 19, 2013
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think the history channel ran this and I came in to it when it was half over. Liked the interview with Linda Kasabien and her memories of the Tate murders. Chilling!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting documentary March 18, 2013
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This documentary in my opinion had a great interview with Linda and told the story pretty well. Good for people who want to know in detail of what happened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great docu December 23, 2012
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This is a good docu on the subject of Manson. I've seen better and personally wished they'd just complie a whole DVD of every news cats, story and mini docu made on this subject. It's such an incredible, bizarre and interesting story. Check out these books. This subject has so many twists, turns and side stories happening. It's just an incredible story. My picks in order on this subject are - 1) The Family, 2) Shadow Over Santasusana, 3) Manson: In His Own Words, 4) Will You Die For Me?, 5) Helter Skelter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Interesting and Shipped really quick
Published 16 days ago by Roxana B. Camacho
5.0 out of 5 stars Interviews with Linda Kasabian make this a MUST have...
I pretty much know the story of Charles Manson having read "Helter Skelter". However, it is chilling to hear one of the Manson family"s account of the night of the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by T. Vassallo
4.0 out of 5 stars Manson 40 Years's ok
"Manson 40 Years Later" was o.k.

Interviews with Linda Kasabian, Catherine Share, Vincent Bugliosi and Debra Tate provided key insights. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by Ernie BigCat Ladd
1.0 out of 5 stars No DVD included
I order the movie Manson 40 years Later and the DVD case was cracked and partly opened, when I opened it the DVD was not there. What kinda of nonsense is that??
Published on September 30, 2011 by MovieMan
4.0 out of 5 stars Much closer to reality
It seems that everybody forgets this production is by the History Channel. They don't have the dollars to make it perfect even for prime time network TV broadcast yet did a... Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by J. Youngblood
4.0 out of 5 stars gussy73
This is an Awesome u an inside account of what happended on that summer night of August 1969. By Linda Kasavian...the look-out person at Cielo Drive.. Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by gussy73
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the definitive account
I have difficulty picturing Charlie Manson as some criminal mastermind who somehow mesmerized pretty young women to do his nefarious bidding. Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Roger Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Libraries will find this outstanding DVD a popular pick, offering a fine historical and biographical review. Read more
Published on November 16, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
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