Brother's Keeper [DVD] [English] [1992]

The absorbing documentary Brother's Keeper marks its tenth anniversary with this very good DVD. The film itself is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by co-directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, new footage, deleted scenes, the original trailer, and a still photo gallery. This is an outstanding release.
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Special Features

  • Filmmaker commentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
  • Deleted scenes
  • Never-before-seen short film: "The Wards Take Manhattan"
  • Photo gallery
  • Original theatrical trailer featuring Spalding Gray
  • Filmmaker biographies
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection

Synopsis

Brother's Keeper
The first feature-length effort by documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, Brother's Keeper unfolds a strange-but-true story about a most unorthodox family. 59-year-old Delbert Ward lives with his brothers Bill, Roscoe, and Lyman on a dairy farm near the upstate New York village of Munnville. Barely able to function on an adult level, the Ward brothers keep to themselves, ignored and shunned by their neighbors. When older brother Bill dies on June 5, 1990, the authorities determine that his death was not from natural causes. Suspected of a mercy killing, Delbert is charged with second degree murder. It gradually becomes apparent that the police coerced Delbert into signing a confession, whereupon his neighbors, who previously wanted nothing whatsoever to do with the man, begin lobbying passionately for his release. It's not that they believe that he's innocent, it's simply that he is one of "theirs." Berlinger and Sinofsky firmly refuse to sugarcoat their subject; their glimpses of the Mann brothers and their bizarre lifestyle might be unsettling to some. In addition to its other accomplishments, Brother's Keeper also demonstrates in a non-judgmental fashion how the media can manipulate public opinion, both positively and adversely. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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