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The Manson Family (Unrated 2-Disc Special Edition)

3.1 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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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 (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000784WS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,891 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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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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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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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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This was a movie I which I really didn't even want to finish. The movie was a reinactment and not historically accurate. Most people will watch it and think that is exactly how it all went down but while it does miss some key things the idea was on and that is why I only knocked it to a 3
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A terrifying vision of the past, deliriously mixed up with our horrific present. An astounding grindhouse epic, and one of the best serial killer horror films ever made next to Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer and Maniac. and the blu-ray is a thing of fractured beauty, and such phenomenal extras. This film is intense. And perhaps going out of print? A shame if so. It's a superb cult classic.
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This movie is a cool look into the true crime that took place. The cool thinf is it shows the perspective of the actual killers. The movie was finally debuted at Philip Anselmo(Pantera,Down,Superjoint,The Illegals,etc) his horror fest Housecore Horrorfest which are amazing by the way. He did alot of contribution to the movie. He scored almost all of the film. It's a gory story bit a true story. Not quite as nasty as othwr people claim "it's vile" it isn't that bad i'm not grossed out. But it is a story thay needs to be told. Manson is the icon of the youths of the 70s and 80s. Hell ive got a few Manson shirts of my own
As well as Manson books. If your interested in true stories or Manson then get this.
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