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Jack The Ripper [DVD] [1988]

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Lewis Collins, Jane Seymour, Susan George, Lysette Anthony
  • Directors: David Wickes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010KG2KQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,199 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Victorian London and the streets of Whitechapel are stalked by the legendary Jack the Ripper, whose vicious attacks on East End prostitutes have become the stuff of legend. However, in this film the emphasis is not so much on the legend, as on the society's efforts to deal with the killer in its midst. Focusing on the involvement of the Queen, the Prime Minister and Scotland Yard detective Frederick Abberline (played here by Michael Caine), it descibes what really happened in one of the most famous manhunts of recent times.

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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.
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By SMM on 21 Dec. 2000
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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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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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By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2003
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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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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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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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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.
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