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Jack's Back [1988] [DVD] [2007]


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  • Actors: James Spader, Cynthia Gibb, Rod Loomis, Jim Haynie, Wendall Wright
  • Directors: Rowdy Herrington
  • Producers: Cassian Elwes, Tim Moore
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Showbox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P2XMYO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,633 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One hundred years ago, a man shocked the world by raping, murdering and mutilating women. Jack the Ripper was never caught. One hundred years since the Jack the Ripper murders in London and someone is stalking the city streets of Los Angeles, killing prostitutes in the same manner and on the same dates as those of Jack the Ripper. A young doctor (Spader) is suspected of the copycat killings. However, when the doctor himself is murdered, his identical twin brother claims to have seen visions of the true killer.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Radiant Rose on 9 Aug 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This is not a bad thriller, but it probably appeals mainly to fans of James Spader. It is, after all, the only one of his films in which he plays two characters. (Yes, twins. Well guessed!)
He is marginally better as Rick. As John, he sounds far too casual and even arrogant when asking his boss not to sack him. As Rick, however, he seems somewhat awkward during some of the fighting. It is not clear why. His characters have been getting into fights since "Endless Love", and he is usually convincing in such scenes.
There exist superficial, sex-crazed fans who consider the moment when Rick wakes from his nightmarish vision is the highlight of the film.
He is wearing nothing but underpants, and they are VERY tight.
Sadly, these voyeueristic nymphomaniacs may have a point. The script is not bad, and does not lack twists, but it never really turns into anything special. It toys with the issue of homelessness and then drops it. Considering the "Jack the Ripper" theme, there is less violence against women, and more against men, than one might expect. That is sort of a point in its favour.
It is quite clever the way writer/director Herrington plays with good twin/bad twin stereotypes, and Spader is certainly gifted at playing characters who may or may not turn out to be evil.
What viewers make of the telepathy theme will depend on their individual belief systems. I have been told by two people who have a set of twin cousins (each) that telepathic communication between identical twins definitely exists. I too have identical twins in my family. I haven't detected any ESP so far, but I may yet be surprised.
Cynthia Gibb makes a reasonably good heroine, although better fighting skills would be appreciated. (A pillow? A pillow?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RJ Rosedale on 1 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
This is a classic slice of cheap and cheerful 80's horror, where the police are on the tail of a Jack the Ripper copycat. James Spader is the main reason to watch this film, he is a superb actor and he really makes this film worth watching!! I really enjoyed this, it's great fun and couldn't be more 80's if it tried!! I know James Spader has many fans out there and I advise them all to watch this if just to see a glimpse of him looking his sexist as Richard Wesford!!

Verdict: Fun and worth a peak if your a Spader fan!!
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By leonard g andrews on 28 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
I thought the movie was ok, but there are not many DVD's that I would give a 5 star rating, except the Game of Thrones, Justified, The Shield, and The Sopranos
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Although the film is very 80's the story is still good, and as ever James Spader - really young here - is just fantastic!
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By louise on 9 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a little cheesy but i really like it. Different take on the ripper murders not bad for a movie that was done in 1988.
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Enjoyed this video as it was James Spader when he was much younger. Would like to see the Black List starring James Spader as I started to watch the series in Australia and missed several weekly series when I returned to England.
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Love James Spader. Always been intrigued by the story of Jack the Ripper. Put the two together, like it.
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