- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 10, 2012
- Originally Released: 2011
- Label: IFC Independent Film
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - Spanish
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Wall Street Journal - 09/09/2011
"What's revealed here is by turns horrifying, surprising, anguishing and deeply moving."
Film Comment - 11/01/2011
"[T]he film's most lasting impression is of the resilience and repression of memory that the crime's survivors require to cope."
Movieline - 11/09/2011
"[A]n outlandish, compassionate and, at times, improbably buoyant film about life's capacity for grief and horror and about how it bubbles on miraculously in the face of such things. It's the best thing Herzog's done in years."
Los Angeles Times - 11/11/2011
"Werner Herzog's understated new documentary, INTO THE ABYSS: A TALE OF DEATH, A TALE OF LIFE, is at its core the filmmaker's personal argument against capital punishment.
Hollywood Reporter - 11/05/2011
"[The film] bores in deep, for an unsettling inquiry into capital punishment in America....It's certain to be among the year's most-seen and most-lauded non-fiction features."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2012
"HERZOG wisely omits any anti-capital-punishment tub-thumping: a SHOAH-like documentation of the bureaucracy of executions is enough."
Total Film - 05/01/2012
4 stars out of 5 -- "Herzog's eye stays keen, his lateral style of inquiry drawing out details only he could....A piercing film that finds affirmative value in the places other filmmakers wouldn't look."
Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog uses a disturbing triple homicide that took place in Conroe, Texas, as a springboard to exploring capital punishment in this challenging, thought-provoking documentary. In late 2001, Texas teens Jason Burkett and Michael Perry were arrested for a pair of murders related to a car theft gone horribly awry. Ten years later, Perry sits on death row awaiting execution, and Burkett languishes in prison with a lifetime sentence. Through interviews with the condemned man, his partner-in-crime, friends and relatives of both, local policemen, and the prison official in charge of carrying out executions, Herzog presents an unflinching portrait of the capital-punishment process, one that raises numerous questions about the high price we pay in our quest for justice.