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Paradise Lost 2 - Revelations (2001)

Damien Wayne Echols , Melissa Byers , Melissa Byers , Bruce Sinofsky  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Damien Wayne Echols, Melissa Byers, Norris Deajon, Tim Sullivan, Chris Worthington
  • Directors: Melissa Byers, Bruce Sinofsky, Joe Berlinger
  • Producers: Bruce Sinofsky, Joe Berlinger, Michael Bonfiglio, Nancy Abraham, Sheila Nevins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MKOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,950 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paradise Lost 2 - Revelations" on IMDb

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Paradise Lost 2: Revelations revisits the 1994 Arkansas murder of three 8-year-old boys and the three teenagers convicted of the crime. A follow up to Paradise Lost, Revelations features new interviews with the convicted men, as well as with the original judge and police investigators. While focusing on advocates who believe the young men are innocent Revelations also includes footage of the stepfather of one of the victims, who some suspect might be involved in the crime.

A disturbing and moving documentary, Revelations is investigative journalism and advocacy at its best. This case, as with the OJ Simpson and Jon Benet Ramsy murder trials, for better or worse, will remain in the spotlight for years to come as an example of America's judicial system gone astray.

DVD Features: Filmmaker Filmographies; Exclusive Photo Gallery; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection


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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars, though not quite on a par with the first July 1, 2001
By T. Falk
Format:VHS Tape
Paradise Lost introduced us to what may be the most frightening onscreen villain in years : a biased judicial system. 24 jury members (2 separate trials) that had made up their minds before they had even set foot into the court room. And like any good villain, it has to slaughter a few innocents to be really scary. PL2:Revelations shows us the aftermath of said slaughter: The seemingly destroyed lives of Jessie Misskelly, Jason Baldwin, and Damien Echols (Even though they seem to have come to terms with their fate. That doesn't mean we should). Just like a good horror sequel, it shows us that the monster is even bigger and more powerful than previously guessed. The prejudice towards the 3 innocents spreads a lot further than the original trial courtroom. We have some heroes along the way in the name of the Free The West Memphis 3 organization, and seemingly at the center of it all, John Mark Byers, one of the parents of the 3 murdered children, and the mysterious death of his wife. Just like the first, this film moves, touches, infuriates, frustrates, and compels everyone I know who has come in contact with it. It is a testament to how powerful a film camera can truly be, and regardless of your opinion on whether or not the 3 are innocent, it is impossible to walk away from this film and forget it. This, like the first, is one of those film experiences that will haunt you for a long, long time. Don't miss it.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important and profoundly disturbing documentary March 30, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
"Paradise Lost 2: Revelations," a documentary film by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, is a sequel to their earlier documentary "Paradise Lost." These films investigate the aftermath a a horrific triple child murder and the conviction of three young men who continue to maintain their innocence.
PL2 picks up where the first film left off. We meet the three convicted young men--Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, all older and still imprisoned. Damien, the only one of the three to receive the death penalty, is appealing his conviction, and his life-and-death situation gives PL2 a particular power and urgency.
There is extensive interview footage with many of the individuals involved in the case: the original judge, Jessie's defense attorney, and more. Especially poignant is the footage with the family members of the convicted. But as in the first film, the most indelible character is undoubtedly the controversial John Mark Byers, the angry stepfather of one of the murder victims. One issue PL2 explores is the question whether Byers was actually involved in the actual murders.
Also fascinating is the footage featuring members of the support group of people who believe that Echols, Baldwin, and Misskelley were all unfairly convicted. The young men have become known as the "West Memphis Three" to their supporters, and PL2 tells about the origins of the WM3 Web site.
I will warn potential viewers that this film contains graphic photographs of the murdered children, one of whom was sexually mutilated. Overall, PL2 is a gripping and, in my opinion, important film. It's more than just a real-life human drama. The film raises compelling issues about crime, justice, punishment, prejudice, truth, and the impact of the media. Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scary that this can happen here in the U.S. ... May 10, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I have been a West Memphis Three supporter since 1999. It is of upmost importance that everyone who sees this documentary and is shocked, interested, or angry, pass the word on! The more people who know about it, the better chance of getting Damien, Jason, & Jessie new trials. Not everyone is convinced of their innocence (I, after lots of research, am. Everyone should should study up & come to their own conclusions. All the info you need can be found at [the website]) but EVERYONE will agree that this trial was a sham. An 18 year old boy was sent to death row based on nothing but someone else's word & a bag of black t-shirts. The fact that this has been allowed to happen in this country in the 20th century is both embarrasing & horrifying. Evidence was lost, not followed up on, and the trial took place in a community where all three were tried and convicted before they ever set foot in a courtroom. If it happened to them, it could happen to you, or your child, your sister/brother, friend, etc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling indictment of American "justice" system November 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Paradise Lost" is a documentary film that will permanently open viewers' eyes to the tragic miscarriages of justice that can occur in the American court system. Warning: Viewing this film may result in emotional discomfort and sleepless nights.
With more felony cases being reopened and overturned every day, often due to reexamination of physical evidence with DNA testing unavailable when the cases were first tried, false convictions are beginning to cause a stir in the public consciousness. "Paradise Lost," however, depicts not a case in which physical evidence was misinterpreted, but something much more disturbing: a horrific murder case in which a justice department, law enforcement organization and twelve members of a jury chose to prosecute and convict three easy (but likely innocent) targets rather than do the difficult work of searching out the actual guilty party.
"Paradise Lost" is a warning cry to all Americans, demonstrating that innocence is *not* always assumed until guilt is proven, and that a rush to judgement can create situations of unparalleled injustice.
"Paradise Lost 2 - Revelations" continues the tale of the three railroaded teens who were falsely convicted of murder. While this sequel could be viewed alone, it will stand in a more coherent context if the viewer has first seen the original documentary "Paradise Lost."...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just great! It brings more information forward from the first ...
Just great! It brings more information forward from the first documentary filling in some gaps and asking more questions and making it even clearer that the accused boys are... Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Robert G Betke Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars They did it. Wait, they didn't do it . . .
Even better than the first installment, this story's twists and turns are quite intriguing.
Published 14 hours ago by Brian H. Walls
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I can't believe something like this can happen...
Published 5 days ago by Gisela Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So sad, but informative.
Published 6 days ago by D. Van Kleef
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on real events.
Real documentary, these boys were escape goats for the justice system.
Published 16 days ago by sue m
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film...Keep your neevs high
Even if I didn't know the story I found this film realy intrested and I started to warch all the parts cause of this one
Enjoy!
Published 21 days ago by Ioannis Remoundos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good!
Published 24 days ago by brenda casto
3.0 out of 5 stars and what I enjoyed about the first film was it's seeming objectivity
Unfortunately for the filmmakers, the limited access they were allowed for this second film takes a lot away from the drama and intrigue that made the first so interesting. Read more
Published 27 days ago by URL$
4.0 out of 5 stars the rest of the story
The rest of the story to "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills." It is so profoundly sad what happened to the three boys, and equally tragic to the three... Read more
Published 1 month ago by charm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great documentary
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen McNally
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