Exploring Alcatraz (2012) – By Jason S. Lockard

My father was going to be a history teacher before he became a preacher, but all his life he loved history and I get my love for historical documentaries from him. And when I got the new DVD ‘Exploring Alcatraz’ from Mill Creek Entertainment the first thing that popped into my mind was how much my dad would have loved to see this DVD.

Many of the notorious criminals in American history lived within the walls of ‘The Rock’ and now with this new documentary series you can uncover the real story of what it was like inside the walls of the ‘inescapable’ prison. In this documentary series you get personal accounts from Phillip Bergen, Captain of the Guard, and his daughter Patricia Bergen Rothchild, Frank Heaney, the youngest guard in prison history and the only Spanish speaking guard, Joab Picalla. Also you’ll hear unique perspectives of life on the island, Joline Babyak, the daughter of the Associate Warden in 1962 tells her story about growing up as a child on Alcatraz and the prison Chaplain, Reverend James Tupy shares his views of prison life.

And than there is the bonus features; film clips of the Riot of 1946, arrival of Machine-Gun Kelly and the most famous escapes of 1962 (Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin) are shown as counterpoints to the memories of strict routine and portray the true reality of life on Alcatraz. Than probably the best bonus feature the 1938 movie ‘Prison Train’ starring Linda Walters.

In the final analysis the video and audio transfer is great, the DVD menus are easy to access and this is probably the best documentary DVD from Mill Creek that I’ve seen to date!

So if your a fan of history, prison movies, documentary or you just want to learn more about the famed ‘Rock’ prison, you can’t find a better DVD on the market! Head over to www.Millcreekent.com or your local DVD store and pick up a copy of Exploring Alcatraz!

Moral Rating: Violence
Audience: Parental Guidance
Genre: Documentary Drama
Length: Over 3 hours
Released: 2012
Our Rating: A+