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Hands of the Ripper [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Eric Porter, Jane Merrow, Derek Godfrey, Angharad Rees, Lynda Baron
  • Directors: Peter Sasdy
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug 2014
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I7TXGBQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,986 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A quintessential Hammer Horror from director Peter Sasdy (Taste the Blood of Dracula, Countess Dracula), Hands of the Ripper is a fascinating and terrifying spin on the Jack the Ripper legend, featuring outstanding performances from both Eric Porter, as a doctor investigating a series of grisly murders, and Angharad Rees as the pretty, frail murder suspect. Hands of the Ripper is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

When a fake psychic is gorily murdered, Dr. John Pritchard cannot bring himself to believe that the only suspect a girl called Anna is capable of such an awful act. Pritchard takes her into his care but, as further horrific murders take place, can he act in time to stop the trail of slaughter?

SPECIAL FEATURES
[] Audio commentary with Angharad Rees and horror historians Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
[] Original theatrical trailer
[] Thriller: Once the Killing Starts
[] Extensive image galleries
[] Commemorative Booklet by Stephen Jones

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A. Griffiths on 14 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
Welcome to Hammer's outstanding "Hands of the Ripper", one of the studio's last movies and one of their best. Previously only available as a box set with two far inferior British 70's horror movies "The Monster" and "The Uncanny", it is high time this film was decreed worthy of a stand alone release.

The story tells of Anna, a young girl who is actually Jack the Ripper's daughter, and who was traumatised as a toddler by witnessing a vicious killing (seen in the prologue). Now an adult, she is prone to murderous seizures which provide the many grisly highlights of the film. It sounds rather lurid, but the film takes the subject seriously, and as a whole, the plot is tremendously engaging. Anna's rages are only triggered by a specific set of circumstances, and the script creates a surprising and clever staging for each one, following on every time with a suitably gory slaughter. The film features great performances from its prestigious cast, particularly Angharad Rees who is luminously beautiful as Anna, and Eric Porter as the doctor who realises her identity but is compelled to try and cure her rather than turn her in (as well as falling for her charms, as she has no recollection of what she does when she goes into a trance). Of course, he also wants to be the person who makes the medical breakthrough in curing her, and it is this ego trip as much as anything that prolongs the mayhem before Anna is stopped. The murder scenes are all very well done, and quite gruesome too, especially the dazzling broken mirror murder and then there's the hatpins...(ouch!)

But even though Anna is essentially innocent, in the movies such a situation can only end in tragedy, and the climax of the story is quite downbeat and very effective.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on 25 July 2008
Format: DVD
'Hands of the Ripper' is a Hammer movie from Peter Sasdy, the same guy who directed the lamentable 'I Don't Want To Be Born', and it's in a different league. Superior in every multitudinous way you can possibly think of, and then some.

It's a sharp, aggressive picture. A slight departure for Hammer in that there is a VERY sympathetic 'monster'; this is no unthinking fiend from the murk and fog, but a vulnerable and frightened young girl called Anna. Traumatized by an unspeakable horror from her childhood; conditioned by years of abuse, then finally hidden away; forced to participate in her guardian's shameful exploiting of recently bereaved people in her fraudulent role as a medium.

That she snaps will come as no surprise. The trigger, something as innocent as a kiss, provokes the most horrendous violence as she becomes possessed by her father's murderous spirit, and continues his trail of destruction.

Her father is none other than Victorian bogeyman Jack the Ripper: in 'HOTR's pre-credit sequence we see a hysterical Anna in her cot, witnessing her own mother's ghastly death at the hands of her scarred and blood stained father, sowing the seeds of the inevitable carnage that follows..

Later, she's taken into the care of a kindly doctor, played excellently by old Soames himself - Eric Porter, who, as an early advocate of Freud (the only thing he doesn't do is say "Ja ?" (!) ), both suspects the evil in Anna, but also believes he can help her using psycho-analysis.
An opinion not shared by nasty politician (is there any other kind?) Dysart, who believes the only cure for her is "a good, stout rope about her neck".
As it turns out, in Sasdy terms anyway, this would undoubtedly have been the wisest course of action.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jumping Jesus on 22 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A Decent enough transfer. I also have the original Network DVD. Watching one after the other the difference in the sharpness of the image is very noticeable, and while there is a fair amount of grain in the Blu ray image, I would much rather have this than cartoonish levels of DNR.
I haven't got a great sound system around my TV but it appears to sound better than the DVD.
It is not the best Blu ray transfer I have ever seen but it is certainly an upgrade on the DVD in my opinion. I have noticed no lip sync errors anywhere with a bit of a skip through.
4 stars
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
Hands of the Ripper is a shockingly neglected and obscure little atmospheric masterpiece from Hammer Studios. It's a veritable showcase of classic horror at its best, with several somewhat bloody scenes thrown in for good measure. Beautifully shot and scored, the film simply oozes the aura of Victorian London, and the cinematography of the final shot is, ahem, to die for. The entire cast is wonderful, particularly Eric Porter and Angharad Rees, the latter being a delightful young actress I had never encountered before.

I know you're probably wondering if the film is about Jack the Ripper. Well, yes and no. The story is ostensibly about his daughter. You can imagine how screwed up in the head a daughter of Saucy Jack might be; now imagine that this little girl saw her father murder her mother right in front of her eyes. Freud would have wet himself over such a poor, young thing. Now a young lady, we find Anna working as a fraudulent medium's secret little helper. The madam isn't above selling Anna's body to certain gentlemen, either. Following a "séance" attended by the good Dr. Pritchard (Eric Porter) and others, no less than a man of Parliament (Derek Godfrey) stays behind to indulge in some special favors. A scream later, Pritchard has run back into the house (encountering the fleeing Parliamentarian at the door) to find Anna in a somewhat catatonic state and the medium quite dead. You would think Pritchard would accuse the man he saw fleeing the house at the time of the murder, but he has plans of his own. Having grown fascinated with the breakthrough work of Freud in Vienna, Pritchard thinks he can cure the girl (if she does turn out to be the murderer) and, at the same time, finally acquire the answers as to why people commit murder in the first place.
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