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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
- Photo Gallery, including behind the scenes photos not seen in film
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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.
1.) Alibis- In the first film, all 3 defendants claimed to have alibis for the night of the murder, but we learned very little about them. I thought to myself, "why didn't the defense play this card in court?" The testimony of the alibis themselves should have been enough to exonerate the defendants. I was hoping that "Paradise Lost 2" would address the issue, but it didn't. So I looked into the matter, and found out that Damien and Jessie's lawyers tried, but the alibis fell apart in court. Damian tried to claim that he was visiting a relative for the night of the murder, but under cross-examination, it turned out to be a different night. Jessie's alibi tried to say that he was at a wrestling tournament that night, but the receipt for the tournament was for a different night. Jason didn't even try. All of this makes an impact on how one views the case, doesn't it? Now lack of alibis does not in itself establish guilt, but the filmmakers' failure to include this part of the trial in the first movie or to discuss the issue in the second, casts doubt on the "miscarriage of justice" angle.
2.) Damien Echols- I didn't think that the previous film was complete in exploring Damien's psychological history. For instance, is there any evidence of psychological disorders or sociopathic tendencies. These are the kinds of questions that need to be explored in a documentary about someone accused of murder, and I was hoping the sequel would address the issue. It didn't, and in fact further confused it.Read more ›
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great awesome story that keeps you wanting more. its also a very sad too.Published 2 days ago by heather
Excellent sequel to the first one. It's really worth watching all 3 parts of this documentary. Another fine example of our flawed justice system.Published 29 days ago by tunnel312
"Return to the scene of the crime with this urgent follow-up to their harrowing 1996 documentary, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave B.
I remember watching the first documentary in the 90’s and felt even back then that something was being missed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael
couldn't stop watching it. Amazing what happens to innocent peoplePublished 2 months ago by joi suissa
A great documentary about how cruel the justice system can be. Allowing innocent to be locked up and their future taken away, due to pressure to find a killer.Published 2 months ago by Kristine
a truly scary story about superstition and witchcraft a screwy twin to the CruciblePublished 3 months ago by Thomboze Amazon Customer