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Ripper Street [DVD]

Matthew Macfadyen , Jerome Flynn , Andy Wilson , Tom Shankland    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RA61P8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,972 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

“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...



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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our greater purpose is entertainment 16 July 2014
By orvuus
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. Ripper Street does this very well, although it slips up a bit, and I found myself churning through the entire set over several nights. The series assumes one is familiar with the broader facts of the Whitechapel setting and famous persons of the time, which is perfectly understandable. I believe Chief Inspector Reid's back story comes about a bit too unwillingly, and therefore almost makes me lose my "belief" in the story. It is curious too, how much is left to the imagination regarding his relationship with his wife in later episodes. The language is well matched to the time period, except for the Americans. Yep, I'm an American, and I don't understand why all the English (and Irish and Jewish and etc.) characters speak in a kind of older language often using stilted phrases, and the American doctor speaks in perfectly modern-day American drawl. The character has no regional dialect, which would have been quite pronounced at that time in certain regions, and would have been as prone to speak in a different manner from his contemporaries as the other characters. Sometimes, too, anachronisms (in reverse? not sure there is such a term) creep in, such as the term "reverse engineered," which apparently did not arise until 1973 or so.
Excuse the verbose qualms, because although I wish the story line could be strengthened I believe it is a fascinating series. The Order of the Golden Dawn, Edison, Joseph Merrick (the Elephant Man), the Underground, and various other fascinating events and persons appear in a delightfully well done manner. Too bad they can't be consulted on the George Chapman killings and make their way to America! All in all a very enjoyable series, and it looks beautiful on blu ray and has subtitles for stone deaf people like myself.
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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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19 of 22 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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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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