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If you think you know the story of the Manson Family, you are dead wrong. Director Jim VanBebber (Deadbeat at Dawn) delivers an uncompromising snapshot of this cult of personality, hell- bent on executing the brutal vision of its leader, Charles Manson. On a ranch outside of LA the dream of the "Love Generation" is perverting into something evil. What was once an oasis of free love and acid trips has become ground zero for a madman’s paranoid visions. An average group of kids, the "Family", become engulfed in a delusional world where torment and slaughter is considered the path to righteousness. The Manson Family is a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the sex and violence that unifies the misguided group, and at the direction of their leader, ends in a brutal spree leaving seven people dead in a 48 hours. You’ve seen the story through the eyes of the law. Now witness it through the eyes of THE MANSON FAMILY.

Special Features

  • The VanBebber Family: documentary featuring all-new interviews with cast and crew
  • In the Belly of the Beast: documentary from the FanTasia festival in Montreal featuring Jim VanBebber and other independent filmmakers
  • An interview with Charles Manson
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Still gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Maureen Allisse, Michelle Briggs, Tom Burns (III), Marita Clarke, Carl Day
  • Directors: Jim Van Bebber
  • Format: Color, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000784WS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Manson Family (Unrated 2-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sir Jub-Jub on April 22, 2005
Format: DVD
While it took forever for this film to be finished, the question is if it was worth the wait. My answer is that it was. "The Manson Family" is a very interesting view of the events that preceded the infamous killings and how they culminated in the very murders themselves. Using a multiple time phase structure, the film moves back and forth between the past and present of the main characters involved in the murders. This results in a story that tries to show the killers as being "removed" from the actual crime, as if they were not really there and they comment on it in the third person. Essentially exactly what they do when going up for parole hearings. The film is very rough, scenes are filled with scratches and other defects that bring a documentary feel to the proceedings, as if the Manson Family themselves were behind the camera. The culmination of the film with the multiple murders presents them in a highly graphic and factual way which is to the benefit of the presentation. While all the talk and posturing was peace and love, to see the horrendous murders truly puts things in perspective. This is a great movie for people into true crime stories and for those looking for a realistic portrayal of the Manson story. The DVD also contains an excellent documentary concerning no budget, renegade filmmaking. This documentary interviews many directors of these types of film and is very insightful into the passions of these people. Other extras include a revealing interview with Manson himself which, if nothing else, indicates why he will die in prison. I would recommend this film to people who are fans of independent filmmakers and true crime stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roy Lee Henderson on August 29, 2013
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The Manson Family is a film that was 16 years in the making and what a result! Van Bebber and company did a spectacular job in displaying what life might have been like within the Manson family community and as accurately as possible showing the how and why the crimes were committed. It plays out as a psychedelic pseudo docudrama with great acting and great script. The film also has a 70ish true grindhouse feel which helped as it took the viewer back to the days of free love and flower power of the late sixties. the print was a work in progress as the Director took the film to various film festivals until the director finally felt he had a good cut of the film. Well, good became great as this film has attained a cult following. Phil Anselmo (The voice of Satan)is featuring the film at the Housecore Horror film festival. I highly recommend a this film to those that are into true crime and horror. As with the Manson family, there Is very little held back ( with exception of the Tate murder which the Director purposely did) for the viewer to behold. Overall, a sold effort by a solid film maker, Highly Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 11, 2013
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Jim Van Bebber crafted an unheralded classic with "Deadbeat at Dawn" back in the 80s, and here with "The Manson Family", he's nearly done it again. Beginning production towards the end of the 80s and shot sporadically throughout the years until 2003, "The Manson Family" is an uncompromising, graphic, and unforgettable take on the notorious Charles Manson and his group of followers. Shot in a pseudo-documentary style and reminiscent of a news program expose', and featuring a cast of mostly amateur actors (who are all close to perfect in their roles), "The Manson Family" is strangely magnetic nonetheless, and despite its otherwise off-putting content, you can't help but keep watching. I'm glad that Severin Films released this handsome Blu-ray set of the film, featuring a horde of special features including an insightful commentary from Van Bebber and an interview with Pantera and DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo (who helped provide music and is fittingly the voice of Satan in the film). "The Manson Family" definitely isn't for everyone, but if any of the above sounds like it's up your alley, check it out. You won't regret it.
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Sieber on April 23, 2005
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Jim Vanbebber proves once again, without a doubt, that he is the baddest mother(...)in indie horror. My Sweet Satan kicked (...), but it was short and it left viewers wanting more. The Manson Family is his greatest achievement to date. It's surely not for everyone, but those not afraid to look real horror in the eye will love this movie. In a time when the term, Underground, is as cliched as words like "alternative" or "hardcore", Vanbebber proves that minuscule budgeted films can be vital and be as effective as anything done on any budget. I watched the Unrated DVD (natch!) last night and I haven't been able to get it out of my head all day today. This movie is a masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Philllips on November 14, 2014
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What a rip off, I was expecting something like a film version of the Ed Sanders novel, but it was just a cheesy, gory, soft core porn, I found hard to even to watch. It advertised we would see all this new information about The family and the crimes, but I heard and saw nothing I didn't already know. I was 19 and adored Sharon Tate in August 1969, I actually heard the news on my radio while traveling in Colorado. I think the early head lines talking about dope, murder lists, satanic rituals, and such were probably true. I always thought Vince pulled Helter Skelter out of his butt, it did serve the purpose to get Charlie off the streets and he got rich and famous. My only regret is Rose Bird abolishing the death penalty as they deserved to die for their crimes. I just changed my mind I'm giving it another star because I do remember I had never thought about the overkill, until actually viewing it .It was horrific but it drove home the terror those poor people suffered. Tex and the girls behaved like maniac's under Charlie's direct influence..
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