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DVD Release: Devil’s Knot

June 17, 2014

Devil's Knot DVD

After premiering at TIFF last year, Remstar Films is releasing Devil’s Knot on DVD & Blu-ray today.  Dramatizing the story of the West Memphis Three, the film follows Pam Hobbs (Reese Witherspoon), the grieving mother of one of the three young boys that were killed in 1993.

We see everything from the events of that fateful day, to the court case that was set in motion, falsely accusing Jessie Misskelley Jr. (Kristopher Higgins), Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether) and Damien Echols (James Hamrick) of the crime.  There was practically no convicting evidence aside from the fact that they were involved in the occult, and we are shown the struggles of Ron Lax (Colin Firth) to turn around this breach of justice. 

Directed by Atom Egoyan, Devil’s Knot often feels like a smoothed over dramatization of the well documented true story, and this approach is sometimes surprisingly safe.  But this is still an unsettling film that is carried by fine performances and is mildly worth a look on DVD, providing an okay introduction to this tragic case that remains virtually unsolved.

The DVD includes no bonus features.

Devil’s Knot is 114 minutes and rated 14A.

-John Corrado

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