Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 9th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: Austria / Germany, 2012
Director: Michal Kosakowski
Writer: Michal Kosakowski
DVD released: July 23rd, 2013
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English, German, Polish, Serbian
DVD Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
In the mid-1990’s filmmaker Michal Kosakowski sought out individuals for a project that dealt with not only viewpoints on murder, but how would they if given the opportunity go about killing someone. From there he had each participant act out their murder scenario and captured these performances via short films.
Flash forward, many years later he would revisit this project by conduct new interviews with those who participated in those aforementioned short films.
The participants who are interviewed in Zero Killed make a wide range of nationalities. Thus, reinforcing the universality of the subject matter at hand.
In between these new interview clips are sections of the short films that serve as the foundation from which this documentary has sprung forth. The comments are brutally honest and the diverse range of opinions on the subject matter give the viewer a lot of food for thought.
When viewed out of context and as standalone moments carnage caught on film. The majority of these short films are truly disturbing. Fortunately, since this is first and foremost a documentary. The way in which information is presented lessen some of the aforementioned shock value.
One of this documentary’s greatest strengths is that is does not try to steer the viewer in a deliberate direction. It gives both sides of the argument an equal amount of time to state their cases. And lets the viewer decide where to go from there.
Ultimately Zero Killed is an exceptional documentary that proves without a shadow of doubt that murder does not discriminate.
Cult Epics presents Zero Killed in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films intended aspect ratio. The transfer does a great job with the source material which varies in degree quality wise.
This release comes with one audio mix, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English, German, Polish and Serbian. the audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film and a ‘Making of’ featurette (23 minutes 16 – anamorphic widescreen, in German, Polish, Serbian and English with English subtitles). The featurette is well rounded overview about how the project came about and those involved with this project also discuss their involvement. Overall Zero Killed gets a solid release from Cult Epics.