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James Ellroy’s Feast Of Death (2003/Dokument DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Documentary: B-



After L.A. Confidential, you would think every studio in Hollywood would have licensed James Ellroy’s books to death and made many more films, but that has not happened.  After seeing James Ellroy’s Feast Of Death (2003) as he deals with his career, frustration with life, has a vendetta against the Kennedys & Clintons and speaks his mind not matter what comes out of his mouth, you can see why so many are so cautious about working with him.


However, despite his inexplicably ferocious political point of view, he is a major writer of true crime at a time when that is going into decline thanks to the curse that is political correctness and in this case, just cannot seem to let go of the infamous Black Dahlia Murder.  Nick Nolte even shows up.


Of course, Ellroy has gone on camera before, so don’t think you’ve seen this before because he’s got much to get out of his system and doing these programs may be cathartic.  Feast Of Death is worth a look, but know it can be very rough going, so brace yourself.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 is softer, shot on video and rough, but has some character to go with the blunt language and dark look at life.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is better, though the audio is not perfect from so much location work.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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