December 27, 2019
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing four titles from HBO’s documentary film library for purchase on digital. From true crime to social justice exposés, the newly available offerings will be sold separately in both high and standard definition formats.
Titles include True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality, available Jan. 21 for $12.99 SRP/HD and $9.99 SRP/SD ($14.99 SRP/HD and $12.99 SRP/SD in Canada); I Love You, Now Die, available Jan. 7 for $19.99 SRP/HD and SD ($24.99 SRP HD and SD in Canada); Who Killed Garrett Phillips?, available Jan. 20 for $19.99 SRP/HD and SD ($24.99 SRP/HD and SD in Canada) and, Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America, available Feb. 10 for $12.99 SRP/HD and $9.99 SRP/SD ($14.99 SRP/HD and $12.99 SRP/SD in Canada).
All titles are available from various retailers, including Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Microsoft and others.
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality will be available on DVD courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The DVD includes all the same content on the digital release and is also arriving Jan. 21, 2020. Warner Archive DVD releases are found at wb.com/warnerarchive.
The release of True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality on digital and DVD is timed to the feature film release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Just Mercy,” a new drama based on a memoir written by Bryan Stevenson, which stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson.
“We are pleased to offer these four remarkable films, which explore important issues in enlightening and entertaining ways,” Rosemary Markson, SVP of TV marketing, said in a statement.
From Emmy winners Peter, George and Teddy Kunhardt (King in the Wilderness, John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls), this feature documentary follows Bryan Stevenson – lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative — through his experiences as a capital defense attorney and advocate for community-based reform.
As a young lawyer in the 1980s, Stevenson witnessed firsthand how courts unfairly applied the death penalty based on race and the Supreme Court ultimately declared that racial bias in the administration of the death penalty was “inevitable.”
The film interweaves watershed moments from Stevenson’s cases with insights from his clients, colleagues and members of his family and focuses on Stevenson’s life and career — particularly his indictment of the U.S. criminal-justice system for its role in codifying modern systemic racism and tracks the intertwined histories of slavery, lynching, segregation and mass incarceration.
An intimate portrait of a remarkable man, the film chronicles Stevenson’s work in Alabama, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and home to the Equal Justice Initiative, as well as the early influences that drove him to become an advocate for the poor and the incarcerated. The film follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, and challenges viewers to confront it.
I Love You, Now Die (Available Jan. 7 on digital): Directed by Erin Lee Carr (At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, Mommy Dead and Dearest), “I Love You, Now Die” is a two-part documentary about the recent texting suicide case that captured national interest, raising difficult questions about technology, mental health, and whether or not one teenager can be held responsible for the suicide of another.
In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy committed suicide in his truck at a parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Police later discovered a series of text messages in which his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter seemed to encourage him to kill himself, an unearthing that sparked a controversial case that had the potential to redefine accountability in the digital age.
The two-part film unpacks that complicated relationship between Carter and Roy, utilizing some of the thousands of texts they exchanged over two years as a record in real time of their courtship and its tragic consequences.
Featuring unprecedented access to the families, friends, and communities that were forever changed by this unusual case, I Love You, Now Die explores the changing nature of the justice system at the hands of technology, following a story “that has wider implications for society at large, online and IRL.”
Who Killed Garrett Phillips? (Available Jan. 20 on Digital): From Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?), Who Killed Garrett Phillips? examines the 2011 murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips and subsequent trial of Clarkson University soccer coach Oral “Nick” Hillary, a black man living in the mostly-white town of Potsdam, New York, who was charged with second-degree murder.
The two-part documentary chronicles the five years following the murder, as Garrett’s family and community relentlessly seek justice for Garrett, and as Nick, who maintains his innocence, fights to clear his name and take back control of his life while raising five children.
Through exclusive interviews with investigators, lawyers and Hillary himself, along with extensive police and video recordings, Who Killed Garrett Phillips? is a true-crime documentary that takes on issues of racial fairness in law enforcement, while trying to uncover the truth behind both the horrific murder of a young boy that traumatized a town and the vilification of a black man who was swept up in a dogged quest for justice.
Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America offers a look at the varied ways Americans are choosing to celebrate life as it comes to an end. With attitudes about death and end-of-life choices rapidly changing, 2018 saw the first time more Americans chose cremation over more expensive burials, disrupting the $16 billion a year funeral industry.
As the baby boomer generation approaches death, more and more are rethinking the way end of life is recognized and are deciding to take control of what will happen when they die.
Alternate Endings tells six stories of people nearing death, as well as family members of the recently deceased, who have chosen non-traditional burial options, from celebrations of life and living wakes to green burials, space burials and more.
The film explores what it means to be near death, either from age or terminal illness, and captures that healing power of honoring, giving thanks and staying true to loved ones who have passed away.