Nick Broomfield’s first documentary about Aileen Wuornos is a mixture of media clips andinterviews Broomfield conducted with Wuornos and the major figures in her trial, notably heradoptive mother and her unbelievably sleazy and incompetent lawyer (his “Dr. Legal” ad markshim as the legal equivalent of Dr. Nick Riviera). Then there’s the issue of police corruption. Allin all, essential viewing, especially in conjunction with the later film (which shows that, at thevery least said la…yer suffered some consequences thanks to this documentary) andMonster.
The sound quality is, of course, subject to the source material, and so there is plenty ofrawness here, but that has nothing to do with the quality of the transfer. Anyway, if you’rewatching this film, it’s for the content, not the sound design. Still and all, the sound is surround,and you get some environmental effects where possible.
As with the sound, so with the picture. Complaining about grain or faded colours is utterlypointless. The picture is presented fullscreen, which is likely the original format, though some ofthe subtitles during Wuornos’ confession seem to be slightly cropped.
Nothing but a TV spot for Monster. The menu is scored.
One of those films that makes you wonder which is worse: the murderer, or the society thatsurrounds her.
Special Features List
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