Brother's Keeper

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Overview

The absorbing documentary Brother's Keeper marks its tenth anniversary with this very good DVD. The film itself is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by co-directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, new footage, deleted scenes, the original trailer, and a still photo gallery. This is an ...
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Overview

The absorbing documentary Brother's Keeper marks its tenth anniversary with this very good DVD. The film itself is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by co-directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, new footage, deleted scenes, the original trailer, and a still photo gallery. This is an outstanding release.
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Special Features

Filmmaker commentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky; Deleted scenes; Never-before-seen short film: "The Wards Take Manhattan"; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer featuring Spalding Gray; Filmmaker biographies; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
The ability of Brother's Keeper to deal with so many different subjects -- problems of the elderly and mentally challenged, the debate over mercy killing, the shifting definitions of community -- is its greatest strength. Because there is a trial for murder at the center of this story, the film is also about the limitations of our justice system to deal with acts that fall in a gray area that borders on criminality. Delbert Ward may have helped his older brother Bill to die, but given the circumstances -- Bill's debilitating illness, Delbert and his brothers' inability to administer proper care, and their extreme sense of isolation -- passing legal judgment on the act is almost impossible. The film is most provocative in depicting the attitudinal shifts the citizens of Munnville, from indifference and even suppressed hostility to the Ward brothers to passionate defense of them as fellow citizens of a rural community that prides its being removed from the rest of the world. Would residents of an urban apartment building rally around their neighbors with the same kind of antipathy to outsiders? Brother's Keeper is that rare documentary that raises questions without definitively answering any of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • UPC: 767685954232
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,384

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lyman Ward
Technical Credits
Joe Berlinger Director, Editor, Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Bruce Sinofsky Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Douglas Cooper Cinematographer
Jay Jungar Score Composer
Lidsay Law Executive Producer
Molly Mason Score Composer
Jay Ungar Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introductory Titles [3:17]
2. On the Farm [6:07]
3. Questions [9:02]
4. Confession [9:34]
5. Support [7:14]
6. Delbert Under Scrutiny [6:04]
7. Brotherly Love [12:04]
8. Illiterate [12:04]
9. The Trial [10:49]
10. Lyman and Delbert on the Stand [:00]
11. Jury Deliberates [15:38]
12. End Titles [9:00]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      Filmmaker Commentary
         Play with Commentary
            On
            Off
         Play Deleted Scenes with Commentary
            On
            Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Delbery Enters His Plea
         The Morning of Bill's Death
         Delbert and Roscoe Half Brothers
         Harry on Delbert's Confession
         'Sco at the Waterfall
         Undercover Testimony
      Short Film: The Wards Take Manhattan
         Play Short Film
      Photo Gallery
      Original Theatrical Trailer
         Play Trailer
      About the Filmmakers
         Joe Berlinger
         Bruce Sinofsky
      About Docurama
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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Must See

    I remember when this came to PBS. The most interesting documentary that I can remember that I had to tape and rewatch. Now that VCR's are becoming a thing of the past I was delighted to see that B&N had it on DVD. I bought one for myself and two more for Christmas gifts!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An excellent documentary about a small town and their misfits.

    Shows and interesting dynamic that people from small towns would enlighten those who weren't. This will lead to a lot of discussion about how the town came to support those they had previously shunned. Very tender moments from the brothers and their cousin. Highly recommended.

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