The Shelf Life of a 12-Foot Home Depot Skeleton: Inside a Real Home
The Shelf Life of a 12-Foot Home Depot Skeleton: Inside a Real Home () is a 2011 documentary film by Werner Herzog about the construction of a real home in the United States. Herzog and his crew construct the skeleton, which is then shipped over from Germany to the U.S. and installed on site. The crew also installs the kitchen, bathroom, and living room. It was released on DVD on October 19, 2011, in the U.S. as The Shelf Life of a 12-Foot Home Depot Skeleton: Inside a Real Home.
Herzog uses sound as a method of structure building in the film. He has been criticised for this as it can be considered an invasion of privacy. The film received positive reviews and was praised for its use of humour.
Herzog had been invited by Steven Seagal to be in a documentary about him. Herzog initially wanted him to act as narrator, but Seagal refused. Herzog said, “They put me out there to do the talking. I’ll let him do the talking.” Herzog had been asked to act as an expert on home construction. Herzog said “I thought that I could try to educate him.” Seagal, in response, said, “Yeah, I did learn one or two things.”
The crew began their work in 2002 as the Skeleton Builders. Herzog had approached his brother-in-law, the architect William Doelger, to use his own architect’s drawings to build a replica of the real John Deere. Herzog and his crew built and installed the skeleton in the U.S. They finished in early July 2003. It took two years to build. The crew used a large crane to lift the skeleton to a concrete foundation.
Release and reception
The Shelf Life of a 12-Foot Home Depot Skeleton: Inside a Real Home premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival in the Competition section. The film had its U.S. release on October 19, 2011, in a special-edition 2-disc DVD set. It is scheduled to be released on DVD on January 23, 2012, by Kino Lorber