Finally, "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" is on DVD. And just perfect as to the picture quality and sound quality. Brand-new looking for a 1973 movie, the master for this was great quality and maybe even further cleaned up. Watched it tonight upon receiving this pre-ordered item from Amazon.
A stunningly great movie as to the story, the Abby Mann script (1973 Emmy-winning), acting, etc. An infamous, sad, true story, based on NYC's "Career Girl Murders." Wonderful, not-found-anywhere-else, melancholy Andy Kim song used for the closing credits: "Don't Give Me A Road I Can't Walk." It's appropriately sad music and lyrics to close the show. The movie runs over 2:18.
"The Marcus-Nelson Murders" is the true story of a young, decent, poor, and mildly-mentally-challenged black man who was railroaded by the Manhattan police and D.A. for the 1963 murders of two white women in their 20s, and by the Brooklyn D.A. and police for the murder of a black woman and the attempted rape of a Puerto Rican woman, all separate incidents on different days. The young man told the police he didn't do any of these crimes, but by the next day, he had confessed, in great detail, in over 60 typewritten pages. Because, in actuality, . . . the police had beat it out of him. There are more twists and turns which I'll not mention here and which would ruin your viewing pleasure. (In real life, the young black man was named George Whitmore, Jr.) This story, as the movie notes, was one of the cases that formed the basis for the 1966 Supreme Court Miranda decision, requiring the police to read suspects their rights.
"The Belarus File", on the same disc #1, looks to be a soft-focus film-- literally it's recorded on film, not video, but not the high-quality film stock of "The Marcus-Nelson Murders." Didn't watch "The Belarus File" through, and never saw it before.
I haven't viewed the other discs yet, but this collection is worth it just for the magnificent copy of the now-released, great, "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" movie.