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Mr. Death

The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr
(DVD - 2003)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mr. Death
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Provocative and chilling true story of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., the son of a prison worker and a self-taught execution expert who consulted with prisons across the country to make capital punishment more humane. When Leuchter is called in as a high-profile expert in a sensationalistic Canadian trial, his ego, bravado and absurd testimony reaches nation media prominence. Ironically, what Leuchter thought was going to be an apex in his career - only ruins it.
Title: Mr. Death
the rise and fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr
[videorecording]
Published: [S.l.] : Lion's Gate Home Entertainment, c2003.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1999.
Summary: Provocative and chilling true story of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., the son of a prison worker and a self-taught execution expert who consulted with prisons across the country to make capital punishment more humane. When Leuchter is called in as a high-profile expert in a sensationalistic Canadian trial, his ego, bravado and absurd testimony reaches nation media prominence. Ironically, what Leuchter thought was going to be an apex in his career - only ruins it.
Audience: PG-13.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 9781588178152
1588178153
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.6609 MIS
Statement of Responsibility: Lions Gate Films presents ; Independent Film Channel Productions in association with Channel 4 presents a Fourth Floor/Scout production ; produced by Michael Williams, David Collins, Dorothy Aufiero ; produced & directed by Errol Morris
Credits: Director of photography, Peter Donahue; editor, Karen Schmeer; music, Caleb Sampson.
System Details: DVD; Dolby Digital.
Other Language: Closed captioned.
English and Spanish subtitles available.
Subject Headings: Capital punishment United States Video recordings. Executions and executioners United States Biography Video recordings. Leuchter, Fred A.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: Capital punishment
Executions and executioners
Publisher No: VM 8363D
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Aug 08, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An electric chair consultant, and all-round stupid guy, is hired as a Holocaust consultant. His discovery of his German heritage is moving, in a perverse way. Mr. Death is a documentary, not an Eastern European farce.

Aug 01, 2012
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mr. Death is a riveting documentary about corrupted ideals, flawed scientific logic, and the fragility of truth.... American, Fred Leuchter Jr., a self-taught engineer and often-consulted expert on execution devices all the across the USA, is hired in 1988 by Canadian, revisionist historian, Ernst Zundel, to "prove" that there were no gas chambers present in the Polish, WW2 concentration camps at Auschwitz.... Mr. Death is a complex yet lucid character study that inevitably evolves into a meditation on the roots of evil.

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