Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 18th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2009
Directors: Paul South, William Taft
Writer: William Taft
Cast: Seth Correa, Steve Williams, Denise Carroll, Stephen Bellinger, Elmer Parker, Marcia Trayford, Marc Saleme, Vito Spino, Kelly Farrar
DVD Released: June 21st, 2010
Approximate Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Northeast Film Group
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $20 plus shipping
Berdella is a pseudo documentary that is based on a serial killer named Robert Berdella. Who over a four year period 1984 – 1988 killed at least six men. Berdella kept detailed torture logs and took numerous photographs of his victims.
This film quickly engulfs the viewer into the demented mind of a man. By meticulously recreating his gruesome and often sadistic killings. The film primarily focuses on the murders that Berdella committed. With very little revealed about his life before these killings. Any lack of back-story is quickly forgotten once Seth Correa first appears on screen as Robert Berdella. He gives a understated performance that makes the events which unfold all the more chilling.
As good as Seth Correa’s performance the rest of the cast are adequate at best. Another area where this film comes up short is its final act that drags. When compared to the first two acts that are flawlessly paced. Ultimately Berdella is a grueling experience that with stay with you long after the film has ended.
Berdella is presented in a anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer looks pretty good as colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels fare well and details generally look crisp throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English and removable English subtitles has also been included. This is primarily a dialog driven film. Dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a teaser, two trailers, two deleted scenes, a still photo gallery, a bio and a timeline for Bob Berdella. Overall Berdella gets a well rounded DVD release.