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Murder in the First [Blu-ray] (2012)

Christian Slater , Kevin Bacon , Marc Rocco  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Embeth Davidtz, Brad Dourif
  • Directors: Marc Rocco
  • Writers: Dan Gordon
  • Producers: Marc Rocco, David L. Wolper, Marc Frydman, Mark M. Wolper
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NQZRBQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,514 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murder in the First [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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The story of the trial that shut down the dungeons of Alcatraz. Based on a true story that occured in the 1930s. A young, inexperienced public defender is assigned to defend an inmate accused of committing murder while behind bars.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartrending Prison Drama November 18, 2004
Format:DVD
This is a remarkable piece of Hollywood filmmaking, one of the best big studio efforts of the 90's and it was so poorly marketed that few have seen - or heard of - this picture.

The too often (and sometimes easily) dismissed Kevin Bacon is here Henri Young, a role as powerfully haunting as any actor could dream of. With an uncannily natural affinity for Henri, Bacon finds his way into the marrow of this tortured, downtrodden prisoner. In what could have too easily turned into a over-the-top "Look, Ma, I'm acting!" role, Bacon strikes a balance that is unique and rare. Unafraid of any aspect of Henri it becomes a performance nothing less than astonishing in its honesty.

The first 20 minutes presents us with the naked, filthy animal the system wishes to portray him as Henri. Yet, even here, with little more than a mad scene comprised of grunts, screams and incoherent mumblings about baseball, multiplication tables and The Lord's Prayer, Bacon makes Henri shine beneath the hair and grime introducing us to a pitiable sorrowful man not only wronged by the system, but utterly destroyed then forgotten by it. This is one of those rare performances where the work outshines the actor - I'd forgotten entirely I was even watching an actor.

It's a hard heart that will not be moved by Henri and Bacon should look back at this performance with nothing but pride. (The fact he was not nominated for an Oscar is astonishing as his performance.)

Christian Slater gives one of his best performances as well and Gary Oldman is, (predictably) wonderfully evil as is William H. Macy. The court room scenes fairly crackle, but ultimately the heart and soul of this movie is found in Kevin Bacon's Henri.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Prison Picture; Bacon Nails His Part Perfectly! October 29, 2004
Format:DVD
Based on true-life events, "Murder In The First" premiered in U.S. movie theaters in January 1995 and stars Kevin Bacon as Henri Young, a 28-year-old man who (as depicted in the film) stole five dollars and ended up doing 3-plus years in the solitary "dungeons" of Alcatraz prison in San Francisco in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Upon looking up some information on the Internet regarding the "real" Henri Young, it seems that the filmmakers of this finely-crafted and well-shot Warner Brothers' drama did, indeed, dish up a liberal dose of "dramatic license" regarding the true events in Mr. Young's life. But, I suppose, this is to be expected from a Hollywood story depicting real-life people and events.

One thing that's been fictionalized for the movie is the brief scene when we find out that Young died while still behind Alcatraz bars. It's never fully explained in the film just exactly HOW Young died while still in prison. I think this should have been more thoroughly spelled out in the movie (even from a "fictionalized" point-of-view).

Evidently, according to info I can gather, Young did NOT die while in prison, and, in fact, might still be alive to this day. Young disappeared after being paroled from a Washington State prison in 1972, after serving additional prison time for another murder. (Sounds like another "D.B. Cooper" type of saga.)

"Artistic filmmaking license" notwithstanding, "Murder In The First" is an excellent piece of motion-picture entertainment, IMO.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute MAGIC!!!!!! September 25, 2005
By G. Dhar
Format:DVD
I don't have to think twice in agreeing that Oscar Committee closed its eyes in the year this movie was released.

One of the very best movies I have ever seen that fall in the likes of The Green Mile and the Shawshank Redemption.

Kevin Bacon was outstanding and so was Christian Slater.

The picturization of the brutality was sometimes disturbing, but yet moving.

Definitely, this movie will be counted as a Masterpiece in Kevin Bacon's Filmography.

This is what I call Asbolute MAGIC.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE WAS OSCAR THAT YEAR? March 1, 2005
Format:DVD
Having just come off this year's Oscars, one need look no further than MURDER IN THE FIRST to see how the awards are merely an extravagant popularity contest that more often than not misses truly outstanding performances. Kevin Bacon's performance in this powerful film is tremendous and more than worthy of just a nomination, but a winner. Kevin brilliantly captures the person who is Henri Young. Physically, emotionally, Bacon brings a rare depth to a complex and wrongly treated person. Christian Slater, who I have long considered an average performer, also shines in this role as David, the public defender who fights to show the real villain - Alcatraz itself. Gary Oldman is superb as the assistant warden to whom cruelty and inhumanity is as natural as drinking water. Embeth Davidtz, William H. Macy, Kyra Sedgwick (as a hooker who tries to "service" Henri) and even the hammy F. Lee Ermey provide excellent support. To those reviewers who claimed the movie was phoney, poo poo on you. I found myself riveted to the screen and Bacon's performance alone should earn the movie five stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Bacon's BEST
I came across this accidentally at a hotel once. I was not a big fan of Kevin Bacon until then. This was very heart wrenching- like Schindler's List- I didn't know it was a true... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Charlotte Elmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the First
This movie is really put together well. Makes you really feel for the character that is played by Kevin bacon.
Published 1 month ago by rosemarie strohminger
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite movie
Love this move!!! Keven bacon does an amazing job in this movie! Amazing actor!! Must say one of my favorite movies!
Published 2 months ago by Tiffany
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Movie
Excellent movie. I could not take my eyes off the screen. Actors Christian Slater and Kevin Bacon gave superb performances.
Published 3 months ago by Joanna Morelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally
I loved this movie when I first saw it, and had it on my to-buy list, but the DVD price was too high. So now I have a Blu-ray copy for much less. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donald E. Dozer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome portrayal of cruelty
top rated actors give a top rated performance of the cruelty in the penal system I liked it very much.
Published 4 months ago by Kathy Mallonee
5.0 out of 5 stars True story of the cruelty on Alcatraz
Heavy movie Kevin Bacon is a great actor he portrays the inmate that was tortured at Alcatraz Island. It makes you cringe that people can be so cruel.
Published 5 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love this show. It's has some great acting in it.. I've seen it probably 100 times. You should see it if you haven't
Published 5 months ago by Robert Kastli
4.0 out of 5 stars Great actors and Intersting story
I love Kevin Bacon and others in this film and it leads to many questions about our prisons. Are they enough and what is cruel and unusual punishment?
Published 5 months ago by Sage
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Kevin Bacon's movies
This is a super film, a classic, a most watch! I watched this movie when it first came out, about 20 years and wanted to go thru it again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marta Melendez
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