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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Who Killed Nancy?')

Directed by Alan G. Parker
UK 2008

 

On October 12th, 1978, Nancy Spungen, girlfriend to Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was found dead at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. Sid was quickly accused of murder. Six months later he died of a heroin overdose and the case was closed. Per Sid’s mother’s request, Alan G. Parker set out on a journey to discover Who Killed Nancy?. Through conducting 182 interviews, re-examining NYPD evidence, and gathering a thorough understanding of the zeitgeist of those times, Parker delivers a compelling and moving documentary.

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Theatrical Release: February 6th, 2009

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DVD Review: Peace Arch Trinity - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Peace Arch Trinity - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:35:48 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.68 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1) , English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Studio: Peace Arch Trinity

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Donletts Archive (3:49)
• Alan's Interview (20:49)
• The Outtakes (9:14)
• Trailer (2:31)
• Bonus Stories (54:50)

• Proud Gallery (3:56)

• Neon Leon performs Fast Track to Hell (2:39)

DVD Release Date: August 24th, 2010

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Chapters: 16

 

Comments:

In recent years a good friend who was very interested in the Punk Rock phenomena has had me on the sidelines developing a passing interest. I don't know if, punk historian, Alan G. Parker - not the same Alan Parker of The Commitments (1991) and Angel Heart (1987) fame, by the way - fully achieved what he set out to do here. His own investigations border on obsession but it makes for some illuminating information for those keen on Sid... and Nancy's demise.

Dual layered - and progressive this seems a decent if not pristine representation of the source. It looks about probably as good as SD will ever relate this documentary but there are about 1.5 hour's worth of extras and this may have brought the compression down sharing the disc with so much. But this is less about image quality and more the revealing content with many interviews and some wild art shifts tucked in between. Audio gives two flavors - a stereo and a 5.1 surround mix. The latter has a few, but very few, notable separation moments. It is as consistent as the production allowed with off-the-cuff interview snippets and there are no subtitles offered.

There is a boatload of extras from 2.5 minutes of Neon Leon performing Fast Track to Hell to almost an hour's worth of 'Bonus Stories'. Parker gives a 20-minute interview touching upon his adoration and fascination, 10-minutes of Outtakes, a trailer and more. If the feature only whets your appetite - the extras will sate you to a higher degree.

 

There is a lot here and Peach Arch have done a solid job with the supplements. I'd have to say this would fare better for those already versed in the topic... than a novice. It is very interview/anecdote heavy which for many will be entertaining and educational. If you expect to get a definitive answer to the title's question - well this would seem to take only a healthy scratch at the surface. This doesn't make Who Killed Nancy? poor - but perhaps more appealing to a niche than the average viewer. It's closer to an homage than a vindication - maybe that was the goal. What I enjoyed were the many effects shifting from segment to segment - very artistic and in keeping with the punk vein. This is quite cool. I can't really recommend this outright - but for those who have an inkling it may be worth the indulgence.  

Gary W. Tooze

 



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