DVD Verdict
Home About Deals Blu-ray DVD Reviews Upcoming DVD Releases Contest Podcasts Judges Jury Room Contact  

Case Number 19458: Small Claims Court

Buy David Koresh: His Final Hours at Amazon

David Koresh: His Final Hours

MVD Visual // 2007 // 48 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Steve Power (Retired) // August 11th, 2010

• View Judge Power's Dossier
• E-mail Judge Power
• Printer Friendly Review

Every purchase you make through these Amazon links supports DVD Verdict's reviewing efforts. Thank you!


All Rise...

Judge Steve Power still remembers Waco, Texas.

The Charge

"We didn't nail him on the cross…we burned him to the ground."—FBI Negotiator Clint Van Zandt

The Case

Until now, my experience with Final 24 has been exclusively in the realm of dead rock stars who had taken the lifestyle beyond the point of no return. Call it morbid fascination on society's part, but we never grow tired of stories where celebrities stick junk in their veins or drink until their body decides they've had enough. This particular volume was a game changer for me. The fall of the Branch Davidians and their compound at Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas was something of a shocking event in April of 1993. David Koresh had become an international figure, and most of the public just didn't, and probably still don't understand why over 50 people, including 21 children, had to die at what appeared to be the hands of the United States Government. This wasn't some overdosing celebrity; this was a religious figure, a powerful speaker and motivator who, at least to many those on the outside, was a man of peace and faith rather than some nutjob with a Messiah complex. Mount Carmel wasn't Jonestown, and David Koresh didn't plan on any sort of mass suicide.

What David Koresh: His Final Hours does exceptionally well, is present a detailed look at the dwindling days of this man and his flock. The approach is careful consideration and facts, authenticity over drama, reality over Hollywood. Koresh's past is explored, and we're given detailed interviews with everyone from the man's own mother to his closest followers (and some of the few survivors of what can only be described as a massacre.) The show remains objective throughout, neither laying the blame on Koresh and his leadership or on the failings of the Federal Government's attempts to negotiate. Some of the interviewees certainly give their thoughts, and the opinions may surprise you. It's an amazing hour of television, with great dramatizations mixed in with a truckload of incredible archival footage. The events returned to me with the same vivid clarity they had back in 1993 when I was following the standoff, and the fateful final outcome on live TV.

MVD does a great job with this disc; the anamorphic transfer is clean and sharp, with just the right amount of grain and no apparent authoring errors. The archival footage is of varying quality, but is well presented. The stereo track is deep and resonant, with voices that come through loud and clear and ambiance that sets the mood well. There are no extras included, but the technical quality of the main program is to be commended.

The Verdict

The Final 24 series continues to shine with its best entry yet. Not guilty.

Give us your feedback!

Did we give David Koresh: His Final Hours a fair trial? yes / no

Share This Review

Follow DVD Verdict

DVD Reviews Quick Index

• DVD Releases
• Recent DVD Reviews
• Search for a DVD review...

Scales of Justice

Judgment: 86

Perp Profile

Studio: MVD Visual
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 48 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Reality TV
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None


• IMDb

DVD | Blu-ray | Upcoming DVD Releases | About | Staff | Jobs | Contact | Subscribe | Find us on Google+ | Privacy Policy

Review content copyright © 2010 Steve Power; Site design and review layout copyright © 2016 Verdict Partners LLC. All rights reserved.