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The Errol Morris Collection (R2 Optimum) in June

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Errol Morris Collection for 26th June 2006 priced at £34.99. From the premiere of his groundbreaking 1978 film, Gates of Heaven to his Oscar winning documentary The Fog of War, Errol Morris has indelibly altered our perception of the non-fiction film, presenting to audiences the mundane, bizarre and history-making with his own distinctive élan.

Alerted by a headline in the San Francisco Chronicle which ran: "450 Dead Pets To Go To Napa", Morris decided to follow the story for his feature documentary debut in Gates of Heaven, uncovering the tale of two potential pet cemeteries. Morris’ second feature, Vernon, Florida, set out to document the inhabitants of a sleepy swamp town who lop off their limbs for insurance money. When his subjects threatened to murder him, he re-thought the project and came back instead with a delightful and truly original portrait of the town’s most eccentric inhabitants. The Thin Blue Line perhaps remains Morris’ most controversial and well-known work. Billed as "the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder," the film is credited with overturning the conviction of Randall Dale Adams for the murder of Dallas police officer Robert Wood, a crime for which Adams was to be executed. Featuring slick re-enactments, lush visuals and a pulsating Philip Glass score, The Thin Blue Line represents a landmark moment in documentary filmmaking and remains a profoundly influential work.

These three films are collected together here each with special introductions by the award-winning filmmaker Nick Broomfield. Gates of Heaven and Vernon, Florida are presented in 4:3 Full Frame with Stereo and Mono sound respectively, whilst The Thin Blue Line is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with Stereo sound.

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