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The original 1973 MANSON documentary, now on DVD and signed by the filmmaker Robert Hendrickson- EXCLUSIVE NEWS: New MANSON Book "Death to Pigs" Now for sale on AMAZON

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Limited Edition "MANSON" DVD signed by the filmmaker and personally issued to you, with your name hand printed right on the DVD cover.

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  • Format: Full length
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QGRBO0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First of all, it was a thrill to receive this film on DVD period. But this is by far the best quality release of this title yet on DVD. This film has had limited availability through the years on VHS and DVD put out by fly-by-night companies using very poor film elements which resulted in abysmal sound and picture quality. But now the filmmaker himself has taken the time to lovingly re-master the film for DVD release, restoring it's original vibrancy of color and sound. In addition to this, the buyer receives the DVD with his/her name handwritten on the cover and initialed by Robert Hendrickson himself.

Shot in 1970-71 the production of this film is actually mentioned in Vincent Bugliosi's true crime classic "Helter Skelter". Hendrickson and crew caught the Manson family at the height of its madness in the wake of the Tate/LaBianca/Hinman murders and Manson's subsequent arrest. Shot on location at Spahn Ranch and featuring extensive interviews with key "family" members such as Squeaky Fromme, Sandra Good, Bruce Davis & Steve 'Clem' Grogan as well as Manson prosecutor Bugliosi himself and ex-family members Paul Watkins and Brooks Poston we are given insight into the cult-group-brainwash tactics employed by Manson to gain total control over his followers. Especially eerie are the interviews with Fromme and Good as the young women play around with a weapons arsenal of guns and knives. Manson's "death is beautiful" worldview seeps from the lips of his obedient proselytes as they discuss their hatred of the establishment and of society in general while espousing the virtues of their fly and filth-ridden communal lifestyle.
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Before I get into the film I need to mention that I received this DVD in record time. I ordered it on Wednesday and received it on Friday. That is the kind of customer service which needs to be celebrated. I will definately order more product from this vendor.

Now to the film itself.

It is the definitive visual account of the Manson family and their crimes. As a documentary it is very effective interspersing images(incredible picture quality) of Manson, Susan Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van Houten in court with interviews with prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi and interviews with Family Members at Spahhn Ranch.

The stars of the film are Lyn Fromme and Sandy Good who are wonderfully creepy and maniacal in their devotion to Manson. These girls who could have lived next door to you growing up are now handling guns and knifes and talking casually of murder. Hollywood couldn't write anything this perfect

This documentary works as a straight up horror movie due to the wonderfully grainy and unsteady camera work and psychedelic visuals which give it a similar feel to alot of the horror movies of the era.

An awesome documentary...visually stunning and it allows the family members to really open up to the camera. Incredibly fast shipping.

Highest recommendation
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I am giving this DVD-R a five star rating but I do have a few caveats to point out to potential buyers:

This is a hand-made DVD-R. Though, it is an "authorized" version that comes directly to you from the filmmaker Robert Hendrickson, it is questionable the he has the actual rights to officially release this film. The back cover states, "This is a Limited DVD Edition of the now legendary 1973 MANSON. This Promotional DVD is being issued only to specific persons and or entities by way of ExclusiveFilms.com only." Well, I got mine from Amazon, so the exclusivity mentioned in the above quote is definitely in question and by "specific persons" I'm guessing he means anyone willing to shell out $35. Promotional items are supposed to be free. I'm not complaining, I'm just pointing these irregularities out to potential buyers.

The cover is a black and white digital copy. I would have preferred the original movie poster or original VHS art have been used, and that it would have actually been printed, but since this is a "Promotional DVD" it is likely there would have been copyright issues using the original art. This DVD cover looks sort of cheap and rushed; there is no company logo printed on the spine, just the word, "MANSON" printed in Ariel. A bonus is that it will come to you personalized with your name printed on front cover next to Robert Hendrickson's signature (he also signs the actual DVD), which makes it fun for collectors, but is really there to prevent this version from being bootlegged; stated on the back cover, "If both do not have an original signature and or the cover does not identify the person or entity to whom it has been issued, this DVD is likely to be pirated."

The transfer on the DVD is the best I have ever seen.
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I was really looking forward to viewing this DVD and it did not disappoint. The shots of the ranch, victims homes and various interviews with family members helped me piece everything together, even after reading a couple Manson books. If you are a Manson Family enthusiast this DVD is a must. Very informative, to see them in their natural environment back in the day was like being back in the 60's all over again.
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