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Paradise Lost (Collector's Edition) (Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills / Paradise Lost 2: Revelations) (2009)

Joe Berlinger , Bruce Sinofsky  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)


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  • Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
  • Format: 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DOCURAMA
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDEGWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,945 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On May 6, 1993, the mutilated bodies of three 8-year-old boys were found in a shallow creek in West Memphis, Arkansas. A short time later police arrested three local teenagers, linking the boys' killings to a satanic ritual. One of the boys confessed. The intriguing court case was about to unfold as filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky ventured forth to make the Emmy-winning documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. They captured footage of not only courtroom proceedings but also interviews with the major players in trial--parents, suspects, lawyers. The documentary filmmakers, whose previous film, Brother's Keeper, is as intriguing a crime story you'll ever see, tells this story without re-creations or flashbacks. The film makes a clear argument that the court trial may not be about witchcraft but a witch hunt. As with any great drama, the faces and situations are etched upon the viewer; however, we are dealing with real lives and real crimes (told gruesomely and necessarily by police photographs and videotape), and the impact is far greater. And so is the maddening ambivalence of the trial. Like the O.J. Simpson fiasco, a verdict is reached but the truth is questioned. Did police make fatal errors the night of the crime? Do last-minute clues lead to justice? Who's lying on the stand? As with Roger and Me and Hoop Dreams, we have a provocative single incident that holds a mirror to many of society's problems. The results are just more horrifying. --Doug Thomas

Four years later, Directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky return to the scene of the crime with Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, the urgent follow-up to their harrowing 1996 documentary, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. That profoundly disturbing film chronicled the tragic and twisted case of three young men--Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley--who were convicted of the brutal 1993 murders of three second graders. Revelations, which, for those who missed the first film, efficiently recaps the case, and charts the trio's maddening appeals process (police browbeat a confession out of Misskelley, who has an IQ of 71, after 12 hours of questioning), as well as the efforts of a group of Internet advocates to "Free the West Memphis Three." Byers is back as well, and he is infinitely more terrifying than anything in Book of Shadows, Berlinger's Blair Witch sequel. We learn that Byers had all his teeth extracted in the years after the murders (human bite marks are among the new evidence introduced). We also learn that his wife has since died of undetermined causes. When Byers passes a suspect lie detector test, he exults, "I knew I was innocent." A further mystery is why both Paradise Lost films have not garnered the media attention or sparked the outrage that attended Errol Morris's The Thin Blue Line, which led to the release of an innocent man who was imprisoned for more than 10 years. Both films give new meaning to the concept of reasonable doubt. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

From Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky comes for the first time in one collector s edition two of the most shocking documentaries of all time about a gruesome triple murder in West Memphis.

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarier than any slasher flick December 20, 2008
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These docs are scarier than anything Hollywood could ever come up with. In West Memphis, Arkansas it is now a capital crime to be a teenage outcast. This is the story of six boys. Three were killed by an unknown perpetrator(s) the other three are being systematically murdered by the State of Arkansas. The total failure of the justice system should shock and anger any American who loves their country. Watch these docs and prepared to be angry.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNBELIEVABLE BUT TRUE February 4, 2010
By AGD
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This doco is like watching a train wreck in slow motion under water and completely helpless. Heart breaking and terrifying all at once. If there is any justice in America, which I sadly doubt, then these young men will be set free and that monster will be put behind bars for life. You are about to witness one of the scariest real life psychos you have ever clapped eyes on, he would eat Hanabal Lecter alive for breakfast and pick his teeth with bones whilst trying to illicit sympathy from anyone daft enough to give it. He will stand one day before the Lord he claims is his king. Judgment day means no one gets away with anything. This monster will pay for what he did. One can only hope these young men get their day in court before a judge and jury that believe in justice and can see the truth. Amazing, but disturbing doco. Well worth 5 stars. Also, check out The Staircase.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills February 24, 2010
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Harrowing documentary first shown on HBO - tells the story of three teenage boys who are accused and later charged with the murder of three 8 year old boys.
This story has a twist though; did the accused get a fair trial?;how much weight can you put on the confession of a 16 year old intellectually challenged boy?
You be the judge..to follow up look at the website for the WM3 (West Memphis 3 as they are called now)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Lost , Justice isn't found November 27, 2009
By Nza
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This 2 disc collection is the bizarre and disturbing tale of the Murders at Robin Hood Hills. Back in the early 90's three children were found brutally murdered aand this docuementary shows the trail of the accused killers. The true victims in this case may the rest in peace i feel still have not found justice. Disc one documents the trial of the West Memphis Three , the three teenagers accused of the murders. Disc two raises more questions odf their innocence. I feel that is the most disturbing , what if these boys didnt do it. who did , only god knows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must see this! December 20, 2012
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I watched both of these documentaries years ago and had to own them. They are shocking, sad and bizarre. I still find myself watching these back to back and wondering what the hell went wrong, even though they have been released for over a year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Criminal Justice December 19, 2012
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I got this for a Criminal Justice class I teach and it was extremely well received, we then could follow those young men through up-to-date stories as well on social media. Good use of showing court activities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Lost December 18, 2012
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Amazing story and a must see to believe the judicial problems in this country. You can truly get railroaded even today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the other five star reviewers are correct December 4, 2012
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I could give you tons of anecdotes about growing up one state over in Missouri and seeing similar types of kids getting railroaded albeit not as badly. West Memphis isn't far from the Ozarks, where paramilitary hate groups congregate. Just earlier this year, en route to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, I witnessed many road signs accusing the president of being a Muslim, satanic, atheist, homosexual, communist, foreigner with a phony birth certificate every two or three miles. Does anyone remember the ruckus over the integration of Little Rock High School in 1957? On one level I want to write off the entire section of the country as a backwater as alien to Chicago or New York as the mountainous regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the Taliban live. Certainly some people in Arkansas are savages, especially the evangelical brutes that railroaded the WM3. Sadly we're finding out that even in New York City this kind of stuff can happen too. See the case of the Central Park Wilding incident for a similar case based upon a hatred of a different counterculture's music and clothes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I bought this as a (requested) gift for my daughter-in-law ...
I bought this as a (requested) gift for my daughter-in-law. It was all she could talk about after watching it! I may borrow it from her!!
Published 14 days ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very sad but informative documentary... makes you realize how far awry the justice system can go!
Published 17 days ago by MelanieTJR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good price and shipped on time!
Published 1 month ago by justin riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story..
I actually picked this up a few years ago but am just now getting around to posting a review. I was very intrigued with the story about the West Memphis Three and had already read... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Erica Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Captured the reality and tragedy of the murders and subsequent...
Great supplement for my class to get a feel for the investigation, the pressure on law enforcement to solve a case from the community.
Published 6 months ago by Richard Kohli
5.0 out of 5 stars Total eye opener
There are actually three parts to Paradise Lost. Each focuses on differnet aspects of this absolute miscarrage of justice. Read more
Published 11 months ago by amanda debany
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Lost
The law sometimes, you wonder.... Excellent documentary. Alrighty then, 11 more words required view tips and guideline says... Thanks, Dave
Published 17 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars :D
I was so excited when I was finally able to find this & then the third installment. It's a case I've always been fascinated by & have kept on since I was around 15.
Published 18 months ago by Kari
5.0 out of 5 stars WM3 are free
historical documentary of an unjust america as well as the struggles that ensue when you are "different" a very good reminder of society! Very good documentary. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Peter Litzinger
5.0 out of 5 stars paradise lost
this is a true account of the court system convicting 3 boys and putting them on death row because they were different, in this movie you get to watch from the beginning to the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by debbie newcomb
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