Conclusion: Justice is supposed to be blind, but in the case of the West Memphis murders, it was also deaf and stupid. 'West of Memphis' proves to be an excellent re-cap of all that's come before, with some additional new light shed on the case that just might finally point to the truth. Whether you're brand-new to this story or a long-time follower, this Blu-ray comes highly recommended.
Excerpt: Remakes are nothing new for Hollywood but it's not a concept normally associated with documentaries. The Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh-produced West of Memphis follows closely on the heels of Paradise Lost , the three-film HBO documentary series that introduced the world to the "West Memphis Three"—three teenagers who were arrested and wrongly convicted in the early '90s of the horrific murder of three grade school boys in rural Arkansas.
Excerpt: Directed by Amy Berg, who co-wrote with Billy McMillan, and produced by Peter Jackson's Wingnut Films, 2012's West Of Memphis tells the now fairly infamous tale of the so called West Memphis Three: Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin. These three young men were tried and found guilty of the murder of three young boys: Steve Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byer.
Summary: If one were to conduct a survey of the general public and query subjects about the origins of the media frenzied court cases and the highest of the high profile trials, many might respond that it was the O.J. Simpson spectacle that was the first of the major modern era headline-grabbing, news channel dominating, cameras-in-the-courtroom media circus trials that would continue on a startlingly regular basis with names ranging, literally, from A (Anthony) to Z (Zimmerman)...
Excerpt: It’s all but impossible to watch the Peter Jackson-produced, Amy Berg-directed West Memphis 3 documentary West Of Memphis without comparing it to Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s three WM3-focused Paradise Lost films, especially since Berg and Jackson themselves acknowledge that their movie wouldn’t exist with its predecessors .
Excerpt: At this point, it's probably safe to say that the case of the West Memphis Three has been covered, documentary-wise. It first came to national attention back in 1996, when filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky made Paradise Lost , a riveting documentary account of the murders of three little boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, and how three teenagers were accused--wrongfully, it seemed--and convicted of the crimes.
Excerpt: Holy snapping turtles, the story of attaining freedom for the men known as the 'West Memphis Three' makes a compelling documentary. The cause was picked up by so many people that this is regarded as the first case of crowd-sourced justice. The crime and the trial that followed are meticulously reviewed on the screen, stirring our values around fairness and integrity to a state of disbelief and outrage. Arkansas law enforcement stands accused of going west.