The Staircase


This documentary examines the trial of author Michael Peterson who was arraigned on charges of murdering his wife after she was found dead at the foot of the staircase in their North Carolina home.
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This documentary examines the trial of author Michael Peterson who was arraigned on charges of murdering his wife after she was found dead at the foot of the staircase in their North Carolina home.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Step By Step: The Making of The Staircase; Filmmaker Insights; Filmmaker Biographies; Michael Peterson Follow-Up Interview; Never-Before-Seen Family Interviews
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Editorial Reviews

Village Voice - Joy Press
"The Staircase [is] a remarkable eight-part documentary that offers an intimate, vérité glimpse of a very sensationalistic trial...."
New York Times
"...not only is the editing prize-worthy, but the whole film is also so brilliantly conceived, reported, filmed and paced that you may come to wish it were twice as long."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2011
  • UPC: 767685261972
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Source: New Video Group
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 6:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,116

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade Director
Jean-Pierre Bloc Editor
Sophie Brunet Editor
Allyson Luchak Co-producer
Denis Poncet Producer
Jocelyn Pook Score Composer
Isabelle Razavet Cinematographer
Scott Stevenson Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Staircase
1. Crime or Accident? [9:38]
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Disc #1 -- Staircase
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   Episode Selection
      Secrets and Lies
      A Striking Coincidence
      A Prosecution Trickery
      Step By Step: The Making Of The Staircase (3:51)
      Family & Friends: Interview Outtakes
         Martha And Margaret Ratliff (9:33)
         Todd And Michael Peterson: (6:44)
         Ron Guerette Interviews The Clements (8:14)
Disc #2 -- Staircase
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   Episode Selection
      A Weak Case
      The Prosecution's Revenge
      The Blowpoke Returns
      The Verdict
      Filmmaker Insights (16:02)
      Michael Peterson Follow-Up Interview (13:23)
      Filmmaker Biographies
         Jean-Xavier De Lestrade
         Denis Poncet
      About Docurama
         DVD Catalog
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Baffling Murder Trial of Epic Proportions

    I first saw 'The Staircase' when it was shown on The Sundance Channel early this year. Because of the Scott Peterson trial, the Michael Peterson trial did not interest me. After watching the entire series I was as confused at the verdict as I was from the first frames. Did Michael Peterson actually kill his wife? I honestly do not know. The coincidences in his life having two women close to him falling down flights of stairs (Germany and North Carolina) seemed too insane to me. What are the odds of that happening? And yet, as the verdict is read, my mind is whirling Did he do it?! If I had been on the Jury I could not have voted guilty. The characters (and there are many)in this film are shown warts and all. The surprising thing for me is the house where Mrs. Peterson died is the real 'star' of this film. The house, like Jocelyn Pook's haunting music, will draw you in. Beautifully photographed, beautifully edited, incredibly informative, with music that will mesmerize you, this is one DVD you must buy this year. You probably won't be able to watch all eight hours at once, but over a period of a day or two or three, you will find yourself marveling at this incredible story. I still cannot tell you if Michael Peterson is guilty or innocent. It is a real mystery.

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