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"For over 100 years the murders in Whitechapel committed by Jack the Ripper have baffled the World. What you are about to see is a dramatisation of these events. Our story is based on extensive research, including a review of the official files by special permission of the Home Office and interviews with leading criminologists and Scotland Yard officials."

Jack The Ripper is produced out of Euston Films and is directed by David Wickes who also co-wrote it with Derek Marlowe. Released to coincide with the 100 years anniversary of the murders, it stars Michael Caine (Frederick Abberline), Armand Assante (Richard Mansfield), Ray McAnally (Sir William Gull), Lewis Collins (Sgt. George Godley), Ken Bones (Robert James Lees), Susan George (Catherine 'Kate' Eddowes) & Jane Seymour (Emma Prentiss).

Originally released as a TV mini-series in the United Kingdom, Jack The Ripper has long since been available to view as a three hour ten minute movie. Every second of which is worth sitting thru. For his story Wickes uses actual historical characters that were involved in the 1888 hunt for the notorious killer. Drawing heavily from the Masonic/Royal Family conspiracy theory that has been used before in tellings of the story (notably the film Murder By Decree born out of Thomas E. A. Stowell's theory), Wickes boldly proclaimed to be revealing the true identity of the Ripper. Something that unsurprisingly he was forced to recant, but regardless of that, this is a glorious telling, meticulous in detail and providing much food for thought.

In amongst the grizzly murders and the fraught search for the killer by the exasperated police, Wickes' movie fully forms the other issues to hand. Such as the role of the press during this dark time and why was George Lusk leading vigilante's across Whitechapel? The Government and Royal Family aspects are given screen time because that's how high the issue went. The pressure on Abberline from his superiors is told in full, as the murders start to escalate and Abberline runs up against questionable assistance during the investigation, his anger grows. We are with him every step of the way. The prostitutes aren't merely Ripper fodder characters either, we at least meet them, understand them, even seeing the role of the "pimp" in Victorian England. It's good stuff, well researched.

Technically, for a TV movie, its production value is very high. Great sets that bring to life Victorian England (the exteriors were actually shot in Belper, Derbyshire), the costumes catch the eye and the cast are hugely effective. Particularly Caine (throwing himself into the role) and Assante (switching his character's emotional state regularly with consummate ease). We also get the chill factor too, something that's needed in a film of such dark thematics. As the street girls walk alone in dimly lit cobbled streets, the air of unease is palpable. Then a silhouette of the man with the hat, cloak and bag brings a cold shiver down the spine. Witness to the sequences involving the play Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a nice put in to the plot by the writers, and one that provides genuinely creepy moments. It's a top film that has so much going for it.

There will be other Jack The Ripper film's no doubt, and for sure more books will arrive proclaiming this and that is true. But with this take, if you buy into the theory or not, is probably as good as it gets for detail and execution of the material. 9/10
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Jack the Ripper. It's a name that has echoed through the last century. The savagery of the crimes and the fact he was never identified has ensured that the name will forever be synonymous with evil and the unknown terror that lurks in the dark.

This rather interesting drama details the crimes, the police hunt of the time and the effect that it had on the nation, from the highest in the land to the common folk. It follows the story from the point of view of Fred Abberline, the Scotland Yard detective leading the hunt for the killer. Michael Caine takes the lead role and puts in one of his better performances of the time, giving us a believable character and showing the man behind the legend very nicely. He ably assisted by Lewis Collins as his tough yet intelligent and sympathetic sidekick. There are a whole host of great British character actors, such as Harry Andrews, George Sweeney, T.P. McKenna, David Swift and Hugh Fraser, who help to bring the myriad of different characters to memorable life.

Using all the available Scotland Yard files, the script reconstructs the crimes and the hunt, then goes off into the realms of speculation as it unveils a possible killer. But this is no dry documentary, it is a great drama that looks at the way the crimes shook society, used by social agitators to stir up revolution, and shaking the establishment, from the Government to the Royal family, to the core. It looks at the effect that the thought of a killer stalking the streets had on society, with people afraid to go out in the streets, to lynch mobs out to get anyone they thought looked slightly suspicious. It shows how fragile Victorian London society really was, and exposes a lot of the hypocrisies in the attitudes of the overclass to the commoners. With a decent script and so many good actors, this makes for three hours of enthralling drama.

This DVD contains both episodes as shown on TV, in 16.9 widescreen. The sound is, I think stereo. There has been little or no remastering of picture or sound, and there are some scratches and pops as a result. Both are, however, adequate. There are no extras. All in all a 4 star production.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 October 2013
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Victorian London, Whitechapple, and some maniac is slaughtering women with stage backgrounds. Could it be, that the mysterious Mr. Slade who has rented the upstairs rooms from Mrs Burton, is the man known as Jack the Ripper? This part of London is cloaked in fog, the cobbled streets damp and bearing witness to unspeakable crimes, the gas lights dimly flicker as the British Bobby searches in vain for Bloody Jack.

The scene is set for what is to me the finest adaptation to deal with the notorious murderer, Jack the Ripper. A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock silent from 1927, this adaptation of the Marie Belloc Lowndes novel not only looks great (Lucien Ballard's photography creating fluid eeriness and film noir fatalism) but also chills the blood without ever actually spilling any. It's a testament to John Brahm's direction that the film constantly feels like a coiled spring waiting to explode, a spring that is realised in the form of Laird Cregar's incredibly unnerving portrayal of Mr Slade.

Laird Cregar, as evidenced here, was a fine actor in the making. Sadly troubled by his weight and yearning to become a true matinée idol, he crashed dieted to such a degree his poor 28 year old heart couldn't cope with the shock. After just 16 films, of which this was his second to last, the movie world was robbed of a truly fine performer, a sad story in a long line of sad incidents that taint the Hollywood story.

George Sanders and Merle Oberon (as police inspector and Slade's infatuation respectively) engage in a less than fully realised romantic strand, and Cedric Hardwicke dominates all the scenes that don't feature the might of Cregar, but really it's the big man's show all the way. Creepily enhanced by Hugo Friedhofer's score, The Lodger is a lesson in how to utilise technical atmospherics.

The moody atmosphere here hangs heavy and the sense of doom is palpable in the extreme, it comes as something of a relief when the ending finally comes, as it's time to reflect and exhale a sigh of relief. Deviating from the novel, something which has over the years annoyed purists, The Lodger shows its hand very much from the off, but it in no way hurts the picture, if anything the exasperation at the supporting characters induces dry humour. The kind that comes in the form of nervous giggles out there in the dark, but rest assured, this is no comedy, it's a creepy classic from a wonderful era of film making. 9/10
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on 14 May 2007
The best dramatisation of the notorious Jack the Ripper case based on historical data and facts.Wonderful acting by Michael Caine.
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on 21 December 2000
This movie is my favorite movie of all time! I spent years searching for it, and now it has FINALLY been released on Video and DVD!! (Now I just need NTSC Versions!)
Michael Caine and Lewis Collins depict the characters of Abberline and Godley exactly as I picture them after reading Ripper history. While some aspects of the film are historically inaccurate, this movie is mind-gripping! This is not a movie that you can view once only! Fabulous performances by Armand Assante and Jane Seymore only add to this wonderful achievement of director David Wickes.
DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE!
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on 28 July 2013
If you have not seen this film, i urge you to purchase it immediately even if you have no interest in Victorian crime. It is an outstanding production by the Director David Wickes and captures the horror of these terrible killings in brilliant detail from the seamy, sordid and poverty stricken area of 'Whitechapel' to the upper echelons of Victorian society.

The portrayal of 'Inspector Abeline' by Michael Caine is one of his most brilliant pieces of acting, in fact, the whole cast is outstanding and i cannot fault this film in anyway apart from some historical innacuracies, that i can assure you do nothing to detract from this marvellous portrayal of the 'Jack the Ripper' mystery.

The film is 183 minutes long but rest assured you will not notice the length of the film as you become totally absorbed in all the characters and the denouement is totally gripping. It is a superb piece of filmaking and is so superior to any of the latter day attempts, which neither capture the feeling of the times and are woefully short in good direction and acting.
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on 7 September 2003
Like a couple of other people have declared, this is my favourite film of all time. I am very keen on the Jack The Ripper case and this film is everything you could hope for.
The story-line is convincing. The final deduction - true ? - Maybe, maybe not, but very possible.
The acting is absolutely superb, particularly Michael Caine and Lewis Collins.
Often if you watch or read something about Jack The Ripper, either it is totally unrealistic or a lot of the important facts are wrong. Not this time.
Not only is the film accurate, it is also very entertaining.
It's been fifteen years since I first saw this film and I never tire of watching it again and again and again.
Absolutely superb !!!!!!
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on 6 July 2002
Jack The Ripper is one of my all time favorite movie, Caine and Collins performances are absolutely brilliant! Caine is Detective Abberline who is trying to reveal the real Jack the Ripper from bunch of suspects. I have watched recently "From Hell" 2002 which consists of the same story, but still "Jack The Ripper" is much better in all the ways...
If you haven't seen it, buy it now and you won't regret it...
One thing is missing though, no subtitles are available.
A MUST!!!!
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VINE VOICEon 3 April 2016
This Euston Films production from 1988 (100 years after the real events) is a very handsome piece of film making even though it was actually made for television. At over three hours it’s a substantial production with unusually high production values for TV, excellent sets, costumes, art direction and a very successful recreation of foggy Victorian London of 1888, combine to make an eminently watchable true life murder mystery.

Michael Caine is very good indeed as the inspector in charge of the search for the brutal killer of at least five women, but Lewis Collins as his sergeant is out of his depth and looks rather uncomfortable most of the time. He just about got away with not acting in the Professionals, but here he’s a little lost without his fast car and gun. A host of familiar and very famous British character actors pop up from time to time and give the whole production a certain amount of gravitas. Hugh Fraser as Police Chief Warren is particularly good.

The basic story of the Whitechaple murders is followed fairly closely with some skill and includes most of the crucial elements and characters involved. However the film makers decision to fully commit to unmasking the Ripper is of course a massive problem because he was never “unmasked”. Even with this folly tagged on to the final 20 minutes it is still a very entertaining piece and I enjoyed it very much.

This is very popular entertainment designed to be enjoyed by those who don’t have a forensic knowledge of the case. If you do you’re likely to be shouting at the TV every 5 minutes about a minor or perhaps major flaw in the writing. If you can accept it as above average TV just meant to entertain for a few hours I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I.
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After watching this version of the Ripper story on T.V some years ago, I was hopping it would arrive on DVD!(It has). Superbly shoot in the dark, Victorian London streets. This Tv movie will make you think twice about walking the night time streets of East London alone. Micheal Caine and lewis Collins put in one of there best performances as Inspector Aberline and his sargent. A must see for any ripper fan. Watch out for the twist at the end!!
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