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A Finished Life The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour (2008/First Run Features/Documentary DVD)

 

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

 

 

Gregg Gour made an interesting decision recently, one that many in his position may not have made. He was 48-years-old, alone and has had AIDS for years. Told he had only six months to live, no matter what medication he took, he dumped the prescriptions, grabbed a video camera and taped his final months going on a road trip. A Finished Life The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour (2008) is the result of the recording; a well-edited piece showing the man fitting in as much as he wants and needs in his final days.

 

Sometimes hard to watch, other times interesting, there are many times you would never know he was dying. However, he has accepted his fate and the others around him start to become affected by a good man who is about to lose his life to an illness that should have been cured by now. It is brave, unexploitive, non-opportunistic, realistic and it works. Most would have never done this, no matter what the disease, but he did and he leaves behind an interesting document of his legacy and of those millions silent forever. Michelle Boyaner and Barbara Green completed this and deserve kudos for such a fine job.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image is a little soft, but looks good considering the circumstances in which it was produced. The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is a mix of simple stereo and some mono, but is in better overall shape than you would expect. There are no extras.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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