“The Jinx” is going to be remembered as one of the greatest TV documentaries ever made. Not so much because of what Andrew Jarecki offered to the HBO viewing audience. It’s just the historical impact of Robert Durst’s admission of guilt and how it played out. How many documentaries actually bust their subject and bring justice to a cold case? It’s the kind of stuff that makes documentarian filmmakers cream themselves at night.
Robert Durst is a villain of the modern age. Not threatening, but aloof. He knows what he did and has convinced himself that rules don’t apply to him. Honestly, it goes a bit beyond it as he regales us with his story, while so many others shoot down his version of events. Durst is the kind of monster that refuses to admit that he has fangs.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is strong for a documentary. Still, this had an HD release and demands the Blu-Ray version. While HD doesn’t normally help documentaries, I believe the extra clarity helps out with some dialogue drops and a few archival issues. In the end, it’s still worth a purchase.
Release Date: 9/15/15