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Directed by David Wickes
UK USA 19
88

 

In 1888, a reign of murderous terror struck East London. To this day, the case is unsolved. And the killer is known only by his infamous nickname. But the truth may at last have been found. Based on breakthrough research at the time it was made, this gripping “what if” suggests who wielded the surgically sharp blade of death – and why his identity has been concealed. Michael Caine plays Scotland Yard’s Frederick Abberline and heads a large, flawless cast (including Armand Assante and Jane Seymour) in a movie cloaked in mystery and wrapped in period detail. Was the killer a noted doctor? A famed actor? A police commissioner, clairvoyant or even the Crown Prince? Each raises Abberline’s suspicions. Each merits investigation in this gripping whodunit.

  

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Broadcast date: October 28th, 1988

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Distribution Warner Archive - Region 0 - NTSC WVG - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:39:51 + 1:37:15  1:36:18.400 + 1:33:23.280 (PAL timing) 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54/5.44 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.78:1 - 1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,317,777,627 bytes

Feature: 22,437,974,016 bytes + 21,528,864,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio English (Dolby Digital mono) DTS-HD High-Res Audio German 2046 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2046 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD High-Res Audio English 2046 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2046 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles None German, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

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DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2007

Keep Case inside a cardboard box
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio: WVG

Aspect Ratio:

1.78:1 - 1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,317,777,627 bytes

Feature: 22,437,974,016 bytes + 21,528,864,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Jonathan Sothcott , director David Wickes, researcher Sue Davis (English)

• Deleted Scenes (21:37)

• Documentary (7:00 German DUB)

•  Trailers for 4 other, unrelated, films

Blu-ray Release Date: October 28th, 2011
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Chapters: 24

 

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ADDITION: WVG - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (January 2014): This is a little disappointing. Not only is it interlaced (50i) in PAL time but it has been transferred in a bastardized 1.78:1 aspect ratio. It also seems hazy, too yellow and the composition sometimes looks 'off' (tight headshots, cropped hats etc.). I suspect that it is also, a little, horizontally stretched as well as having some low-frequency edge-enhancement. It has both parts on one Blu-ray disc. The Warner bare-bones DVDs (made-on-demand) look quite solid for SD. There are no artifacts and the 3 hour feature is spread over two single-layered discs. The TV, 2-part, film is surely worthy of a superior transfer though.

 

 

The WVG Blu-ray offers a German DUB, as well as the original English option - also in DTS-HD, and removable German subtitles. The impressive inclusion is the informative commentary, in English!, hosted by Jonathan Sothcott (author of The Cult Films of Christopher Lee) with director David Wickes and researcher Sue Davis. A lot of decent information dealing with the Jack the Ripper history. There are also 20-minutes of less-consequential deleted scenes and a brief documentary, with a German DUB over the English, about the film.

 

I think this 1988 movie Jack the Ripper is wonderfully realized and deserves its many accolades. It also has excellent art direction and many pleasing performances. I'd probably recommend the DVD set at this point, but if you can forgive the Blu-ray weaknesses - this is certainly worth a viewing.   

Gary W. Tooze


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