Rectify

Rectify

DVD - 2013
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After spending 19 years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Daniel Holden is going home. His conviction has been vacated due to new DNA evidence, thrusting him back into a world he no longer knows. As he struggles to adapt to his new life, his return will reignite the fears of a small town and threaten to shatter his family's fragile peace. Daniel's alleged crime divided a community. His freedom could tear it in half.
Publisher: [United States] : Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2013.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD TV RECT
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (272 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

Sources are reporting that Mr. Holden is still considered a suspect, in spite of the DNA results.
-Well, I'm sure our current DA will address some of these complex procedural questions this new breed of lawyer loves to go on about. I'm just here to remind ya'll of a few things that seem to have gotten lost in this DNA hysteria. Daniel Holden confessed to raping Hannah. He confessed to killing Hannah. Now, where I come from, we put a lot of stock in that sort of thing. And please-please, don't-don't report that he was exonerated. The sentence was vacated on a technicality, which sure as hell does not make him an innocent man.
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I don't know why you wouldn't ride with us.
-Something seemed karmically wrong about that, mother.
Well, we're late, karma or not.
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Where are you?
-Closer by the day.
Uh, if you don't get here soon, I may have to recruit some people from the crowd to play the family. At least pick people who are glad he's still alive.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

I'm not sure what to make of this drastic change of course in my life. I'm certainly not against it. Over the past two decades, I have developed a strict routine, which I followed religiously, you might say, a way of living and-and thinking, or not thinking, as was often the point of, well, the point. Now, this way of being didn't encourage the contemplation that a day like today could ever occur, or a tomorrow like tomorrow w-will be for me now. I had convinced myself, that kind of optimism served no useful purpose in the world where I existed. Obviously, this radical belief system was flawed, and was, ironically, a kind of fantasy itself. At the least, I feel that those specific coping skills were best suited to the life there behind me. I doubt they will serve me so well for the life in front of me.
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For God's sake, it's normal, mom.
-How is any of this normal? How? Nothing about this has ever been normal, Amantha, and it never will be.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

Perhaps I will be angrier later, as I will be happier.

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Then why in the hell would a person confess to somethin' they didn't do?
-You've had 19 years to think on that, and you ain't figured out an answer other than he did it?
Meaning what? One of those boys saw Holden on top of that girl, forcin' himself.
-But, without a definite hit on his sperm, those witnesses ain't gonna be quite as solid this time, are they? And they might even be suspects.

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Is this, like, weird?
-It's not unweird.

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You know what's whack?
-Lots of things. Sittin' in this tomb, day after day, puttin' up with this food, puttin' up wit' your pale, white ass.
-What's whack is... I still wanna live, every day.

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Well, I can't quite get a handle on the concept of time yet. There have been moments here today where I feel like I've only been gone a few weeks, and I'm still in high school. But mostly, it seems like I was always there.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

He killed her.
-How do you know? It's the only thing that makes sense to me.

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Well, what's your point, Jon?
-My point is that there are 100 different ways the prosecution can convince a jury that Daniel did this, no matter what the DNA does or doesn't say.
Of course, they can. That's what they do. They're in the convincing business, Jon. First, they convince themselves. Then, they convince anybody necessary, by any means necessary, including sometimes the defendants themselves. All you have to do, if it comes down to it, is to convince one out of twelve people in a jury that the prosecutors are lying, cheating, son of a bitch bastards!

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We had to share a bathroom, too-- beyond gross.
-Ew.
It's not funny.
-No, of course not.
I need therapy just for those three years alone. Post Traumatic Ted Syndrome.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

Just like our sergeant told us before one trip into the jungle-- "men!" "Fifty of you are leavin' on a mission. Forty-five of ya ain't coming back."

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I wanna be a little like Sweden. Sell goods to both sides.

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Shouldn't you be on his side?
-No. I should be on our side, as in save the damn business side. Nobody seems to understand that but me.

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My mother is driving me crazy.
-What's she doing?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

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You know, it wouldn't hurt for him to declare his innocence from time to time.

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You know, when it first opened, it was all you could eat for $3.99. You never seen so many dumb Georgia crackers descendin' on egg rolls and sweet and sour chicken in all your life.

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Maybe it was when they first saw somethin' akin to optimism on your face, or a bit of peace, or just that moment when you began to believe that... you could survive it in some paradoxical way. I don't know why they did it. Justification's a slippery slope, Ted.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

Marcy, you need to go easy on the flirting at the cafe.
-I flirt with everybody.
Sheriff's suspicious.
-Isn't that his job?
Marcy.
-If I stop flirting, won't it make him more suspicious?
You are way too damn smart to be a waitress.
-Life isn't fair.

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I guess this could take a long time, couldn't it?
-It could.
Time is money.
-Well, not so much for the government. They get paid either way.

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Oh, be careful now. First, you're eatin' a pork sandwich. Next thing you know, you're drinkin' the blood of Jesus.
-Teddy!
I'm just kiddin' with him.

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You know, you'd think you'd get tired of making pancake batter to the same memory, year after year. Ain't happened yet.
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I'm sorry I haven't said more to you. I guess I was afraid. Not of you-- I just didn't know what to say, exactly.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

Humans don't change that much in 50 years. Or 100, or 1,000. It's the laws that change. The rules of civilization. We just repeat ourselves. Everybody with a part to play.
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What was real to you, Daniel?
-The time in between the seconds. And my books... and my friend. Now that I'm here in this world, where everything's marked by hours, or dates, or events, I find myself in a state of constant anticipation. What it is I'm anticipatin', I'm not always sure, nor is it necessarily a pleasant feelin'. But, in the case of the inevitable rain and thunder, which I am sure to experience, thanks to you, Tawney, I am very much looking forward to that.
It will be glorious, Daniel. You won't be disappointed.
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You know, he didn't even hear thunder while he was in there. Didn't even have a window.
-Darlin', he was on death row. He's not guaranteed a view.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

You remember the refuge? It's still there. They have a baboon now.
-A baboon.
Yeah, it's just one. They have the usual suspects, too... uh, bears, bisons, chickens, cockatiels, cockatoos, cougars, cows.
-America versus the world.
Deer, dogs, donkeys, ducks, emus, geckos.

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There is a thing called, uh, near work myopia. The muscles lock in to, uh, to near focus from prolonged use at closer distances or from lack of use at longer distances.
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In the age of the internet and the big box store, this has become the greatest challenge to the independent tire dealer. Our industry is facing a grim economic reality. But, folks, if you are prepared to think outside the box, this time next year, you could be lookin' at your highest sales in a decade. Now, how do we get there? Two core principles-- specialization and synergy.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

People don't want that stuff laying around. Boxes and boxes of pain. It's human nature. They wan-wanna get past it. I don't know why she chose to stay in this town. The grief she took. Her, just a lawyer's daughter, and, of course, she had her part to play, too. Don't ya see? Coming home from teachin' school, crying and carrying on. Begging me to quit the case. Course I couldn't. Had to play my part, too, to the bitter end.

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-Jon, please don't tell me what I know. I'm reviewing the case, and it's still exceptionally strong, no matter the DNA results.
Seriously?
-Jon, it's inconclusive. It's confusing. Now, the results may have been sufficient to vacate the original case, but you barely squeaked by with the judges up there on that court, and you know that. It's not gonna play down here with regular folk. But, if you'd like to bring me some truly compelling arguments, my door is always open.

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

-You're my Beatrice.
What?
-From "The Divine Comedy."
I-I don't know what that is.
-She was Dante's guide, his salvation.

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Honest pay for an honest day's work-- that's dead, son. The game's rigged. Somebody's gonna get on this gravy train. Might as well be us.

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It does somethin' to ya not to be touched in any positive way for so long. You begin to vacillate between bein' repelled by touch and seeking it out in any form, even the most negative. I'm so sorry. Out here, you-- you-you're the only touch that soothed me. I know that's not proper.
-Well, hugging every once in a while is okay, I think. Maybe just keep tryin' with others.

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I mean, I'm-I'm a happily married woman. I don't wanna be your girlfriend or anything like that. I just thought it-it's just somethin' that I thought that you might need.

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lavasushi
Oct 05, 2017

I’m not sure what keeps drawing me into Rectify. Daniel’s insightful, off-kilter, complicated formal speech lacking boundaries can sometimes creepy. His self-destructive, self-indulgent behavior that leads him to hang out with some intellectually stunted people while ignoring the steadfastness of the women in his life, his mother and sister, can be infuriating. But, I think the writing is good and causes us to look at commonplace situations and people and how the hand of life is dealt.
I’m enjoying the series, and love to binge to the next episode. Great cast.

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singidunum_25
May 21, 2017

Just finished season 1. Didn't hear anything about this Netflix tv series and didn't expect anything as well. It is very, very good....profoundly good! Might be slow for many who expect action packed plot, but it will be thrilling for everybody else who appreciate emotional side of the same script. Main character is very multi layered, hypersensitive, believable and unpredictable and it's played by Adan Young, Canadian from Toronto. The rest of the cast are placed well in their roles and even though that some of them might get on your nerves, keep an open mind because they are important too....Netflix keeps surprising me with quality and effort to bring something new and original too. Good job!

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jimg2000
May 01, 2017

Season 3 DVD is now available in some libraries which usually signals wide audience support. With more death-row cases, especially older cases, overturned by crime scene DNA evidence, the main character Daniel Holden provided an intriguing study on how he tried to find his footing in a world after locked away for 19 years inside a cell isolated from light, sound and other common senses. At the same time, people who are close to Daniel must find their own dance as well, no Schaum's Guide on "How to live with a freed death-row murderer." (37 freed death-row in past decade and counting since 2007: https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/innocence-list-those-freed-death-row)

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LaRoyal
Feb 05, 2017

Wow, what a great start for a series, serious and strangely quirky, very dark. I am looking forward to Season 2.

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ilovewhippets
May 11, 2016

This is an interesting, fascinating series from the point of view of the Death-row prisoner, who was suddenly released, after spending 20 yrs in isolation of the cell! The story seems very realistic, dealing with the psychological, emotional, physical, and social implications of being in such a prolonged isolation in a prison, and a very difficult adjustment to the life on the outside! The main character's emotional, etc. development has stopped in prison, as he was imprisoned at an young age of 18 years. His family tries hard to be there for him..
The society and his small town is divided on his guilt and innocence, which seems more emotional than factual! A difficult predicament for him to be in, especially as there is a threat of him being retried! Unfortunately, there was no preparation for his release back into the society either!
It is a gripping story that is well-told! I recommend it!

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Betty1944
Feb 13, 2016

I vastly enjoy this series. Quite unlike any other American show. Sort of a slow burn - like eating peaches and cream - slowly.

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13SabreD
Jan 05, 2016

The first season is only 6 episodes, yet the pace is very slow. I suspect it is meant to lay the groundwork for some fireworks in Season 2. Season 1 seems designed to show viewers in small snatches the variety of intense emotions that are simmering beneath the rather bland (and yes, spooky) surface of Daniel. While slow moving, we were interested enough by the end to want to see Season 2.

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kevinlarkin1986
Aug 09, 2015

The commercial is correct. This is the best series I didn't know about. With most great shows like Dexter, The Americans, VEEP and others, I tend to binge watch. This show had me pausing in between each episode to soak it in much like a fine scotch. the second episode was some of the best writing on TV. It was the beautifully dark and shows us how vulnerable people are. Especially those close to us.

coneyisland67 Sep 22, 2014

Most of the show was ok, but the ending sucked!

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lvon98
Sep 18, 2014

It won't make cinematic history, mainly because of a combination of weak script/directing and average acting.

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