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Hands of the Ripper (Blu-ray + DVD) [1971] [US Import] [NTSC]

Keith Bell , Eric Porter    Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Keith Bell, Eric Porter, Derek Godfrey
  • Format: Colour, Widescreen, NTSC, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film given good treatment at last 14 Nov 2006
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Jack's Back' ! 25 July 2008
'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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by amanda anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Deal or no Deal at all
I am a great lover of Network, who have in the past given us Beasts, Mystery and Imagination, pathfinders in Space and many more all with a wonderful 24 page commemorative booklet,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mocata
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent period horror/drama.
I first saw this wonderful film on its original release in 1971. I was mightily impressed. The story, photography and score are all superb, and the sure footed direction of Peter... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alexander Nisic
4.0 out of 5 stars Kiss of Death.
Hands of the Ripper is directed by Peter Sasdy and written by L.W. Davidson and Edward Spencer Shew. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars classic pychological horror
i give this 5 stars because , firstly the film itself is brilliant,secondly because the price and the delivery of the DVD was excellent,It came before the e,t,a and for 5euros kept... Read more
Published 13 months ago by michael lillis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back happy memories!
I remember seeing this when I was quite young in the cinema, loved it then and love it now.
I have purchased so many of the oldies lately and want to build a little library of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Toots
4.0 out of 5 stars "The young have so little interest in the spirit world. There are...
You can see why Hands of the Ripper ended up on the wrong side of a double-bill with the terrific Twins of Evil [Blu-ray] [US Import], but while it's not quite strong enough to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Trevor Willsmer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of hammers best
I am a fan of classic horror such as the hammer studio productions and those of their rivals amicus and planet i have got 60+ films from that era, mostly hammer films and this is... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2012 by PD
5.0 out of 5 stars HAMMER AT IT'S BEST
Hammer takes a rest from Transylvania and the count, and in this film, the story moves to victorian London. The plot centres on the daughter of Jack the Ripper. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Like father, like daughter
Set in Victorian-era London, this lurid 1971 Hammer chiller is about a young woman called Anna (Angharad Rees) who just happens to be the daughter of Jack The Ripper. Read more
Published on 16 May 2010 by Jeremy W. Newbould
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