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Ripper Street [DVD]

Matthew Macfadyen , Jerome Flynn , Andy Wilson , Tom Shankland    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg, Amanda Hale, MyAnna Buring
  • Directors: Andy Wilson, Tom Shankland, Colm McCarthy
  • Writers: Richard Warlow, Toby Finlay, Declan Croghan, Julie Rutterford
  • Producers: Stephen Smallwood
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RA61P8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,642 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



At first glance, the BBC's ambitious drama Ripper Street could be mistaken for a British take on something like Deadwood. Yet the creative team behind Ripper Street are wiser than to try that, instead fashioning a taut mix of drama and mystery that more than carves out an identity of its own.

Ripper Street is set in 1889, and kicks off half a year after the last unsolved murder conducted by Jack The Ripper. Yet the Ripper's shadow looms large over East London, and the Whitechapel H division have the uneasy job of policing the district. It is, as you might expect, a dangerous job, one explored over eight episodes of this maiden series for the show.

Starring Jerome Flynn and Matthew Macfadyen, Ripper Street balances nicely between a grisly case to solve, and the ongoing development of its key characters, who somewhat inevitably are not short of shades of grey. Granted, there's a derivative feel to some of the drama, but the historical setting does add a sense that anything could happen here, and the show has its fair share of surprises and twists to keep you guessing.

It's wonderfully realised, with some excellent direction and production design evoking the period. And there's a little bit more going on under the surface here too than might be immediately obvious. A quality drama, and an excellent disc release. --Jon Foster

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"Gripping and grisly" THE SUN "A dark, bloody and twisted series, unlike anything else on British TV" DAILY MAIL "Beautifully performed, and beautiful to look at - stylish, and stylized" THE GUARDIAN Haunted by the failure to catch Londonʼs most evil killer, Jack the Ripper, Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) now heads up the notorious H Division - the toughest police district in the East End. Charged with keeping order in the blood-stained streets of Whitechapel, Reid and his men fi nd themselves fi ghting to uphold justice and the rule of law; but always in the background lurks the fear of the Ripper - is he back for another reign of terror. The shadow of the Ripper is still felt in the neighbourhood by the vigilantes, the sensation-seeking newspaper hacks and the men who hunted - and failed to find - the notorious murderer. It seems that even though the notorious killer has disappeared, there are plenty more willing to stain the streets of Whitechapel with their victims' blood... Bonus Feature: Walking Whitechapel - behind the scenes of Ripper Street

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best BBC series in quite some time. 26 Jun 2013
I love nothing more then getting hooked on a good tv series, but i didn't quite expect my obsession with Ripper Street to be so strong! I first saw the trailers around christmas and watched it each and every week, with my love of the different characters growing with every episode. Each character has their own story and unique hidden back story which gets revealed as the series continues. This added with each weeks different mystery leads for an addictive show, as you want to watch week by week as we discover more about the three lead characters.

Adam Rothenberg, Jerome Flynn and Matthew McFadyen (Jackson, Drake and Reid) are all brilliant, working well with each other to create a believable police unit, with great supporting characters such as Rose and Long Susan and adorable trainee policeman Hobbs!

I got given this DVD for my birthday and have already watched it through again twice, i literally can't get enough, the series improves each time you watch it as you pick up dialogue or notice things you had previously missed. Brilliant stories, amazing acting and spectacular settings, this really is one to buy. I have sat down to watch it with my mum as well, so it is one for all the ages, if you are a bit squeamish it might be best to close your eyes through some parts but don't let that put you off because the stories alone are just great.

I can't wait for the next series which is being filmed as i type, bring on more Ripper Street!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian detective drama - dirt and all.... 29 Jan 2013
Having followed this series intently so far, and having read the current reviews on Amazon, I have come to the definite conclusion that purchasing this series on DVD is a must for me. I've always been a sucker for a Victorian Detective - firstly with various TV and film incarnations of Sherlock Holmes [even tho he is a 'consulting' detective] and then with the TV series 'Sergeant Cork' in the 1960s and 'Sergeant Cribb' in the 1980s.
These could be classed as the 'original' Victorian detective dramas I suppose although Victorian London did seem a bit on the clean side...
Ripper Street is every bit as good as these previous series were, plus I think it shows a more realistic version of Victorian London - grey, filthy, violent and awash with drink and drugs in some areas. Yet in the middle of all that we get glimpses of things to come and promises of a better future, tho not for everyone.
Not much different from the 21st century in some ways, when you think about it!
If you're into Victorian detectives then I happily recommend this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great show, has it all 1 Mar 2014
I watched season 1 and 2 on Netflix and fell in love. I was so heartbroken when I found out BBC had cancelled but I read in the paper that Amazon is funding half of production to bring it back to life! I am so thrilled!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon saves the day! 28 Feb 2014
Just read that Amazon have recommisioned the next series of Ripper Street after the Beeb decided I'm better entertained by pointless reality drivel, perhaps I should start paying my licence fee to Amazon?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Review 24 Mar 2013
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
This well acted and produced highly original series is not for the faint hearted as it deals with some very shocking themes - a Victorian version of the French series "Spiral" springs to mind! However, despite all the care lavished on the design and detail, blu ray transfer is not perfect unfortunately. The opening section of episode one, in fact, has a problem of fringing during fast movement which is rather distracting but this settles down after about 10 minutes - a coding issue perhaps. On video projection it is much worse. The black levels are not very wonderful either but on a normal size tv are probably okay. Thankfully the audio is fine! That said, this highly ambitious series - superbly acted by it's leads - well written with an authentic note of "otherness" in the dialogue, and intriguingly plotted, does give a fascinating picture of Victorian life in the raw. The past is another country, they do things differently there - and "Ripper Street" certainly demonstrates that in all it's uncompromising horror!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mullet man 17 Feb 2013
Just watched the latest episode , only one to go , hope we are going to get another series as will miss when finished. Have enjoyed the series and the way the character's have developed. BBC drama at its best. Great acting and filming. Would recommend to anyone who loves police period drama, as good as Sherlock .
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very believable and absorbing. 28 Jan 2013
This is just a review of the TV series so far, (after five episodes).
I love Ripper Street! It's a strange mix of thoroughly convincing Victorian dialog, slow and intriguing character development, excellent casting, acting and direction and the introduction, (as a previous reviewer noted) of `new technology' which gives the series an almost Steampunk feel without detracting from the impression that it is rooted in a very real and visceral world. I love the way that all the major characters are damaged in some way but hide their pain rather than wallowing in it.
That there is a token American in it is no surprise as the BBC rather patronisingly assumes Americans will only watch a British drama if there is one of their own in it.
I have no idea what the DVD sound and picture quality will be like of what extras will be included but, as this is a BBC production I would assume that they will all be up to par.
The only note of caution I would inject is that at 17 (or 17.99 for the Blu-ray) this is not cheap. Personally I am happy to wait until it drops by a few quid as it should do by the time I'm ready to re-watch it.
As the program has received good ratings and has also gained critical approval here's hoping for a second series.

Update - The BBC have just announced a second series of 8 stories for transmission in 2014. Hurrah!
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great dvdx
Published 1 day ago by chris watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A christmas present so was much appreciated as my son missed the first episodes
Published 4 days ago by Norma Jarman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
It's gripping from beginning to end. The sets are fantastic, the costumes are fantastic and the three main actors are perfect for the characters they play.
Published 7 days ago by Widget
4.0 out of 5 stars Our greater purpose is entertainment
A lot of us viewers of historically-based dramatic TV, for lack of a better term, are fascinated by the ability of the writers and directors to immerse us in a certain time period. Read more
Published 7 days ago by orvuus
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series
Loved it when it was on the BBC. Still love it second time round
Published 10 days ago by Avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series price great to del good
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Published 22 days ago by Donald J Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting series
I have just finished the first season of Ripper Street and I have ordered the second as well. This is a great series set after the gruesome murders of Jack the Ripper in London. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Sorensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing wrong here
Bought as a present for my mum's partner at Christmas.

Came in time and wasn't damaged.

I assume all was okay with it as I haven't had any complaints.
Published 1 month ago by Lucie
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