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The Fear Of 13 (2015/Dogwoof/First Run DVD)

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

David Sington's The Fear of 13 (2015) is a beautifully edited and engaging documentary film centering around a Death Row inmate named Nick Yarris, whom petitions the court asking to be executed after spending over decades behind bars. Nick's intense and dramatic tale involves drugs, murder, his loss of freedom, a love of literature, and loneliness and mayhem in prison. At the same time, the film is something of a love story where we discover that his human condition is what keeps him going despite his misfortunes.

Some of the film's incredible cinematography and editing easily brings you into the piece and stands out in terms of style. One example of this is that the film starts out with Nick giving a monologue of sorts and then switches to a more personal, dead on, camera addressing approach that effectively raises the intensity. Similar in a way to some of the shows you see on late night cable that center around prisoners and inmates (like Locked Up on MSNBC). This film crafts a story that will make you happy to not be in this man's shoes and will make you question his logic but sympathize for him as well. This is definitely a unique way of telling a story using documentary filmmaking and I would suggest giving it a watch it if you are intrigued.

Presented in standard definition with a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. While the film looks fine on DVD, a high definition edition will most certainly outshine it in terms of texture and detail. No digital copy included.

The only extra is a Q and A with David Sington and Nick Yarris.

Interested in hearing a true modern day tragedy told from a unique perspective. If so, then definitely give this one a watch!

- James Lockhart



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