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The Secret Identity Of Jack The Ripper [DVD]

Peter Ustinov , Jan Leeming , Louis J Horvitz    Exempt   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Ustinov, Jan Leeming
  • Directors: Louis J Horvitz
  • Format: Dolby, 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: Exempt
  • Studio: Revelation Films Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ASPO84
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,103 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Over one hundred years ago, a vicious serial murderer stalked the streets of London. Innocent women were brutally murdered by his knife. No suspects were convicted. Dozens of theories about the killings have evolved, but none have been conclusive. To this day, the true identity of the killer who has haunted the nightmares of the world has never been determined. In this special filmed event hosted by Peter Ustinov, a team of world-renowned forensic scientists and criminologists from top agencies including the F.B.I. and Scotland Yard comes together to use state-of-the-art criminal investigation techniques to finally uncover THE SECRET IDENTITY OF JACK THE RIPPER! With vivid re-enactments of the original witness testimonies, the panel of experts revisit the evidence and profile the suspects. Who got away with the most infamous serial crime of the 19th Century?

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than i'd imagined 6 July 2004
When i bought this title (mainly because it was reduced and really cheap) i wasn't expecting a great deal, but was pleasantly surprised.
This film is basically set out to try and determine the real identity of 'Jack The Ripper' using 5 experts in a studio pouring over data and records from the time and modern day reconstructions. There is a good mix between narrative and reconstructive film and all suspects are introduced well without going into trivial detail.
The presentation is slick and not too in depth, so it's easy to get into and quite eerie in places.
The only down sides really are in summation the experts mention some details that were not in the film (unless i missed them) and despite a warning at the beginning of the film there isn't much gory detail.
Overall i'd say it was really good value and if you're interested in the subject you'd be daft not to buy it at this price!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Factual 28 Mar 2006
By Dalton
I found this a very informative documentary and presented in a suitable creepy way. To a certain extent the documentary is somewhat dated but interesting nether the less. The overall presentaton is good and there a a good panel of experts including some FBI profilers trying to work out who 'Jack' was.
The usual suspects come up (as seen in most documentaries and mentioned in most books), and at the end the panel all draw there conclusions as to who the ripper was - and if my memory serves me correctly they all agree on the same person - which was a little disappointing because it wasn't who I thought it was , and anyway isn't part of the fascination , the fact that no one knows who he was , and over 100 years on its unlikely we will ever know (So we can all be little Sherlocks)
Overall a good tv documentary.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unzipping the Ripper.... 5 Dec 2009
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A reasonably entertaining intro to what we know for sure: the crime scenes, nature of the murders, victims and central figures involved in the investigation. Jan Leeming plays the roving reporter in London, visiting the crime scenes, and Ustinov paces gravely to and fro through the dried ice mist before a panel of experts in a 1988 San Francisco TV studio. It's live - hence the slips of the tongue and people repeating what others have said - yet on the whole well done, with illuminating expert insights, particularly from Donald Rumbelow. Recommended as an intro. If you are more serious, try the excellent books of Philip Sugden, Paul Begg and Donald Rumbelow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage entertainment 18 Sep 2010
Old school entertainment. If you are obsessed with all things Jack,but forgiving on the attention to detail,then you will enjoy this. Ustinov is class, just the ticket to present this eerie documentry. Strangely enough he is the most dated person at the time making this work, and now all the young experts appear outdated (with the exception of Donald Rumbelow of course) . knowledge and research has moved on since.

If you are a Ripperologist ,buy purely for sentimental purposes and you will not be disappointed, If you are a beginner sit back and soak up the atmosphere and learn how the old school got hooked .
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