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Killing Jimmy Hoffa (2014/MVD Visual DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C

As far as documentaries go, Killing Jimmy Hoffa is a pretty interesting little film. For those that are unfamiliar, Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance is one of the great loopholes in crime. Despite a massive Federal investigation spanning 4 decades and hundreds of suspects, only the general contours of the crime are known. In the American mythology, Hoffa is both hero and villain; a self-made man who ran the nation's largest union and was so beloved by the rank and file Teamsters he represented that they supported him as union president even as he served time in prison.

Hoffa's name is synonymous with corruption thanks to Bobby Kennedy's campaign against him, but the truth is much more complex. Hoffa's glory years coincided with the golden age of the Union movement and the American economy; he also was enmeshed in the Machiavellian world of organized crime.

Killing Jimmy Hoffa tells the whole story for the first time, using exclusive interviews and never before seen news footage and photographs in attempt to piece together the pieces to the puzzle. Also seen here is the real story of the day he died... or did he?

The documentary does a pretty job of staying on point throughout and not repeating itself over facts and making it interesting. I think it should be noted that the filmmakers here are kind of theorizing and filling in the gaps... who knows if what they disclose here is what really happened or not but it serves as a nice 'what if' story... a collection of facts and 'what ifs' that are pretty effective in the narrative.

Presented in standard definition, the film looks and sounds fine for the DVD format with a 1.33:1 full frame format and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, this looks and sounds about as good as it should. Unfortunately, no extras are on the disc.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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