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14 June 2012

FilmBuff and MPI plot A NECESSARY DEATH (review)

From director Daniel Stamm (THE LAST EXORCISM) comes the DVD debut of his earlier faux-documentary feature A NECESSARY DEATH.  Gilbert, a young L.A. Film Conservatory decides to do his thesis project on suicide and searches for an interview subject who is ready to actually commit the deed on camera.  He finds the perfect candidate in Matt, a young British immigrant who has an incurable brain tumor.  Despite misgivings of his crew (as well as the filmmaker documenting the making of his controversial documentary) and the potential legal trouble, Gilbert presses on.  As Gilbert and his crew get to know Matt (and vice versa) neither side is sure that they can go through with the their side of the project; but ambition, financial troubles, jealousy, and manipulation may lead to a more deadly finish than any of them had anticipated.  Several years in the making, A NECESSARY DEATH intelligently uses the faux-documentary genre conventions while nicely balances drama, black comedy, and suspense.

REVIEW LINK: FilmBuff/MPI Media Group (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

A NECESSARY DEATH DVD specs:
  • Original 1.33:1 Fullscreen Aspect Ratio (inside 16:9 frame)
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director Daniel Stamm
  • Audio Commentary by actor/producer G.J. Echternkamp and actors Valerie Hurt and Matt Tilley
  • 35 minutes of deleted scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Two Trailers for the film

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