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Peter: Portrait of a Serial Killer [DVD]

Walt Kissack , Gary Sharkey , Skip Kite    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Walt Kissack, Gary Sharkey, Adam Lewis
  • Directors: Skip Kite
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EYJV2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,413 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

PETER A Portrait of A Serial Killer is a feature film that delivers uncompromising performances and rare, shocking archive to reveal for the first time ever the astonishing TRUE story of The Yorkshire Ripper . Exploring his childhood, the sadistic murders of 13 women and his ongoing psychological treatment, the audience journey into the dark and twisted mind of Britain s most notorious serial killer. Psychiatrists say he is a dangerous paranoid schizophrenic, many think he is simply Evil; this film challenges the audience to make up their own mind.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Skip Kite writes and directs this psychological drama about Peter Sutcliffe (Walt Kissack), aka The Yorkshire Ripper. Combining drama with real archive footage, the film chronicles Sutcliffe's life and crimes from his Yorkshire childhood through to his ongoing psychological treatment in Broadmoor Hospital. Steering clear of depicting the murders he commited, the film focuses on Sutcliffe's relationship with his psychiatrist and examines the central relationships of his early adult life, in particularly his relationship with his wife, Sonia (Olga Martynova). ...Peter

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
This was a fascinating idea for a film, with some striking visuals. It covers the life of The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, from around the time of his incarceration up to about May 2010. But it's not as bloody as the subject-matter may suggest - his actual crimes are mentioned through archive TV footage but they aren't shown or even discussed directly very much - there's not even any mention of how he was caught.

So while the archive news footage gives it a documentary feel at times, much of the rest is speculation. What we actually see is Sutcliffe's life behind bars with flashbacks to his past, as it may appear from his point of view. As he's considered to be a Paranoid Schizophrenic who claimed to have had religious visions & was told to kill by God, this gave director Skip Kite free rein to add some surreal, dreamlike elements. The acting is at times quite stunted & the dialogue unconvincing but as we are viewing reality filtered through a delusional mind, this is arguably intentional.

But there's no escaping that there's not really any way to know exactly what's going on in Sutcliffe's mind - we only have his word & can that really be trusted? So this is purely speculative & much of what we see is inconsistent with the nature of the visions the real Sutcliffe reported having, which were infrequent & powerful, not as regular & mundane as portrayed here. So this is really more of an expressionist painting than a portrait.

I would have given this film 4 stars for its sheer daring but I also felt it lacked drama & was a repetitive slog at times. And while the omission of his actual crimes is respectful of the dead & their families, it's somewhat like not mentioning a naked man dancing round the room at a dinner party.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking 30 Oct 2011
By Carl JB
This film was everything I imagined it to be. Very accurate in all areas, the film concentrates on the psychological aspect of Peter Sutcliffe and his relationship with his psychiatrist, following him from his incarceration starting in Parkhurst prison through to his transfer to Broadmoor special hospital. The real archive footage in the film is cleverly slotted in to give the viewer a very real feeling of the turn of events which unfolded during the police investigation at the time.
The acting in this film is superb from all cast members with Walt Kissack's portrayal of Sutcliffe being exceptional.
One of the final lines in the film sums it up for me when Dr Spencer tells Sutcliffe " Peter I think you may be ready for society, but I'm not sure society is ready for you"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Non Biased, so makes a great film. 29 Oct 2011
By Owen M
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I thought this film was very good. It didn't glorify Peter Sutcliffe nor show all the blood and murders and stuff this film is more about the psychology of him. I found it really interesting and the film closes with you to make your own mind up on what you believe in. On times the film were a bit slow and boring but did have good archival footage of the hunt and interviews etc. Overall this was a very good film and i would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good drama 16 Oct 2012
By Junius
The actor playing Sutcliffe looks like him and his mannerisms/speech are what I am led to believe Sutcliffe has. So a very effective portrayal of Sutcliffe both before he was arrested and whilst he was incarcerated. There is also much use of archival footing from those who knew him, the police and the media and this works well, too. The interviews with the cast are also worth watching.

My only criticism is that anyone watching this without any prior knowledge of the case might be left floundering. I had read Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son as well as having lived near Bradford whilst at school. This film has very little about Sutcliffe's upbringing and his marriage for instance, and not much about the murders or his victims or the police investigation.

There is also, I think, some attempt to gain the audience's symapthy for Sutcliffe - as he ages and is injured, but its worth noting he had none for his victims. Recommended viewing, however.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Of Darkness 10 Dec 2011
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This largely-unknown study of Britain's most feared mass murderer is a positive revelation.
An Expressionist mind-map of evil incarnate, the film is anchored by Walt Kissack's deeply disturbing performance as the Yorkshire Ripper.
Uncannily made-up to resemble the sexual sadist Sutcliffe, his is already one of the all-time great unsung screen performances by a British actor.
Positively racing by at under 82 minutes, it immediately becomes evident that the director and writer have really done their research. Relying heavily on Gordon Burn's book, 'Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son', and combining archive footage from ITN and the BBC from the time of the hunt [ 1975 - 1981 ], it paints a picture of 1970s West Yorkshire not unlike that depicted in 'The Red Riding Trilogy' - a place of pervasive brutal mysogyny, and bleak physical geography, in which the battering of women on a daily basis is as natural and predictable as the rising of the sun.
A testament to the power of suggestion, only once does it show any of Sutcliffe's kills, and then only tangentially [the murder of Patricia Atkinson.]
Made on a 'micro-budget', British film-making at its absolute finest. A bona fide nightmare.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor !
Awful movie, poor production. It is filmed in a way that is supposed to be deep and meaningful, but this comes across as just plain weird. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Karl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not the best film I have seen
Published 1 month ago by charles henry cox
1.0 out of 5 stars Total load of old rubbish !Save your money !
Total waste of money. For a start it only runs for 85 minutes I felt ripped off from the beginning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colin Bentley
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
With some anticipation I was waiting for the DVD to arrive. I was disappointed with its production and story line.
Published 14 months ago by sylvano cassingena
1.0 out of 5 stars Peter Portait of a Serial Killer
This would have to be the worst made DVD I have ever seen. In fact I couldn't bear to watch it all. I found it totally weird
Published 15 months ago by Dragon
2.0 out of 5 stars potrait of a killer
this was a bit of a disaster i thought they would do it different
and use other information not so good as one would think
Published 15 months ago by roy
1.0 out of 5 stars Peter
I was very very disappointed with this film. It seemed that they were trying to get into Peter Sutcliffe's head and managed to get into mine. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ozi
5.0 out of 5 stars peter a prtrate of a serial killer.
I love this film! Ive met Peter who is a really nice man. The film portrays him very well. The face disfigurement isnt that bad , but the rest were spot on. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ruggybear
5.0 out of 5 stars peter
This is very spooky well acted and very well directed, not a very easy thing to bring to film but it was handeld with care and craft
Published 19 months ago by indy
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
a very good fast and efficient service which i can highly
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company again with no hesitation
Published 19 months ago by CHRIS HANDS
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