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Whitechapel: The Ripper Returns

Philip Davis , Rupert Penry-Jones    Unrated   DVD
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty standard fare Jan. 22 2012
By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER
the story is predictable. a serial killer is copycatting the ripper. solve the original(which folk have been trying for years) and you solve the copycat murders. what prevents this flick from falling into the mundane ripperologist theory is the relationships between the cops.

a fast-tracked DI chandler heads the ripper taskforce. his first sargeant, miles, thinks he's a wet behind the ears kid and outwardly disrespects him. the team follows the DS. in an attempt to gain respect DI Chandler insists his men shower, clean up the squad room and wear a tie. DS miles goes balistic and the clash is in the open.

lack of support from higher ups and his squad drives chandler to seek a ripperologist to try and make sense of the copycat by analysing the ripper murders in the 19th century. needless to say he gets no support for this move, either. this case is a lose-lose politically so he decides to solve the muders because it is his job. the opposng DS miles softens a little, but the DSI cuts him loose.

chandler solves the murders, but the papers crucify him and he is demoted to DI in the final scene. This leaves the series open to continue solving crimes in whitechaple. i liked the characters and the changes in dynamics as the show progessed. this flick is predictable, but it introduced an interesting team of cops. i thinlk i'll try season two and see what happens.

Special fearures: the making of .... featurette. 1 disc in plastic case. region 1 ncts. colour. dolby stereo sound. english subtitles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good but not great May 15 2013
By Moe
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I did like it but I prefer "Ripper Street" . It's creepy and mysterious. We will probably get series 2 when it eventually comes out
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ripper still fascinates Jan. 21 2012
The first season of Whitechapel proves the enduring fascination of Jack the Ripper and shows The Met still to be a class-ridden system. It's a great show even if you've never heard of The Ripper, but it'll be better enjoyed if you know the basic facts. Entertaining ways to bone up on Ripper history are the films 'Murder By Decree' (Christopher Plummer), 'Jack the Ripper' (Michael Caine), 'From Hell' (Johnny Depp), or one of the hundreds of books.

A Season Two of Whitechapel has been aired and the DVD set shouldn't be far behind. A good buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Seasons Please June 14 2014
By Stef
It took some time before Afterlife, with Andrew Lincoln, was released as a DVD. After years of waiting, I was able to purchase Season 1 this year, likely available now due to Lincoln's success on The Walking Dead.

Rupert Penry-Jones, of MI-5 fame, is the lead in this series, and if season 1 is any indication of the subsequent seasons, this is a series worth watching.

Please release the other seasons on DVD- I promise I'll buy all three!
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling British police procedural focusing on a copycat Ripper Oct. 21 2011
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
I have been a fan of Rupert Penry-Jones since watching his performance in Persuasion where he played the dashing Captain Frederick Wentworth. In Whitechapel though, Penry-Jones finds himself playing a very different role indeed. He is still dashing, and smartly-dressed in Savile Row suits, but his rank as a newly-minted DI on the fast track inadvertently places him on a case that turns out to be a serial murder mimicking the gruesome crimes of Jack the Ripper.

DI Joseph Chandler is being groomed for the HQ and as part of this training, is expected to pay his dues with a brief stint as a DI on a case that initially appears to be open and shut. The DI finds himself in unfamiliar territory and is looked upon with derision by the cynical DS Ray Miles (Phil Davis) and the other members of the team. The series is broken up into three episodes and each episode sees the team puzzling out the case which gets even more complicated when the team realizes that this is indeed a copycat killing of the Jack the Ripper murders, which means more victims will be targeted soon enough.

Over the course of the three episodes, DS Miles and the other team members come to a grudging acceptance of DI Chandler and even accord him some measure of respect especially when his hunches prove true. Chandler is also assisted during the course of the investigation by a self-avowed Ripperologist Edward Buchan (Steve Pemberton) who prides himself on his vast knowledge about the Ripper murders and delights in the macabre Ripper tours he conducts in London's Whitechapel district.

The show's appeal partly lies in the plausible interweaving of the past events and the parallels with the present-day crimes. Then there's the all-consuming question of the modern Ripper's identity - will reading about the past crimes yield any clues at all about the present-day murderer's identity? There's a sense of suspense throughout and the viewer is left puzzling out the case along with Chandler and his team and trying to unmask the killer. The sense of menace is palpable throughout as viewers get a view of some of the gory details of the past crimes and present. Recommended for fans of atmospheric and suspenseful crime dramas.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rippology Nov. 2 2011
By prisrob - Published on Amazon.com
I have a great fondness for English film/television, and now the BBC America series 'Whitechapel,' which opens with a three-part mini-series about a Jack the Ripper copycat comes our way. It is a fascinating study of modern police work versus the real Jack the Ripper era.

We are introduced to straight-laced DI Joseph Chandler, played by Rupert Penry-Jones, a avorite from MI-5 days. He is an up and comer and hopes to move to the administrative end of the police world. He enters the 'old way of policing and detective work', and almost immediately he runs up against DS Ray Miles, played by Phil Davis. The slovely, disrespectful group of detectives are in the beginning phase of a case that resembles Jack the Ripper of old. They discount any and all information from a 'Ripperologist' played by Steve Pemberton. He is a fascinating character and plays a large part in these series. After some conflict between Chandler, and the other detectives, they check unsolved crimes and discover that, much like the Ripper, this copycat may have killed before.

The three shows seem very fast paced, and many of the clues and thought processes are forced on us, to digest and assimilate. The Ripperologist, fills in many gaps, and I felt on top of the facts of Jack the Ripper and his crimes. This was an historical lesson as well as a good police procedural. The series tells us of the six women who were killed, how, when and where. The continuity of Jack the Ripper gives this show a great base, and the mystery is filled with suspense. We come to know the detectives and some of their quirks. Their tendencies to disorganization does not stand them in good stead with their new DI, and as they get to know him, they show change. This is a male 'Prime Suspect' and is well worth your viewing.

Recommmended. prisrob 11-02-11

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4.0 out of 5 stars More Ripper Mayhem: Despite An Overly Familiar Plot, This Three Part British Mystery Still Slays Nov. 11 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
History's enduring fascination with the gruesome crimes of Jack The Ripper continues unabated with yet another example of popular fiction being inspired by the legendary murderer. Truthfully, I have read enough books, seen enough television, and watched enough movies that cast Jack The Ripper into a central role that I feel like he's an old friend--albeit one I wouldn't want to invite home to dinner. So wearily and warily, I sat down to ITV's three part suspenser "Whitechapel: The Ripper Returns." Within minutes, however, I was hooked! Moody and stylish, "Whitechapel" is an expertly assembled crime drama that posits a familiar scenario where a modern day maniac is duplicating the crimes of the notorious Ripper. And while we've seen this exact set-up countless times before, it works grandly yet again. By concentrating on the police procedural aspects of the investigation as opposed to the crimes, this becomes a tense race against time to try to outwit and outmaneuver a killer by using clues from historical records. It's both well paced and well acted--and, in only three parts, it is a concise and scary little story.

Beginning with a vicious murder, the case is afoot. Rupert Penry-Jones plays an ambitious detective inspector who gets his first big murder case without initially realizing the magnitude of what will unfold. He is clued into the similarities to Jack the Ripper by a Ripper expert/enthusiast played perfectly by Steve Pemberton. Bringing the theory back to his new squad, they treat it with skepticism. In fact, the officers (led by the terrific Phillip Davis) are generally dismissive of the younger inexperienced man. However, as the pattern continues to prove correct, a grudging form of respect starts to develop and everyone is intent of catching the copycat before time elapses on the last murder. Again, the first two episodes are near perfection establishing colorful characters and genuine tension. "Whitechapel: The Ripper Returns" does, however, feel a bit rushed for its final act. It's not necessarily a fatal flaw, but so much is stuffed into the last thirty minutes--it doesn't build to the excruciating confrontation that I had been hoping for and expecting.

Still, if you are a fan of these British mysteries or crime procedurals, there is a lot to recommend "The Ripper Returns." I really liked Penry-Jones (but I usually do), but it is Pemberton that brings an unexpected pathos to the piece. Quite literally, he steals every scene that he's in. There are a lot of elements that you've seen before--The Ripper, office politics, copycat crimes--but they are assembled into a tight and cohesive plot. Fabulously entertaining and appropriately dark, I'm certainly glad I checked this out. The same team has already put together another three episode arc for season two and have a promised return in 2012 for season three. (Gotta love British TV--three episodes constitutes a season!) I will be front and center for these new crimes! KGHarris, 11/11.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish The Other Seasons Were Available July 4 2013
By SuzieQ - Published on Amazon.com
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I got really into the BBC shows and decided to try this one. When I watched the first episode I was hooked. I ended up watching all three. Then I wanted to get the other seasons, but they are not available on dvd. The show is awesome. I just wish I could get the rest of the seasons.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack the Ripper Strikes Again! Nov. 22 2011
By Michael B. Druxman - Published on Amazon.com
People have always been fascinated by the mystery of Jack the Ripper, and I'm no exception.

When I visited London a few years ago, the first thing that I did was take the "Jack the Ripper Walking Tour," and my recent book of short stories even contains a fictional account of the world's most infamous serial killer.

Who was Jack the Ripper?

Nobody knows and it's likely nobody will ever really know, though countless books and movies have speculated about the culprit's true identity.

WHITECHAPEL: THE RIPPER RETURNS is the first season of a BBC television series, now on DVD, that is set in 2008 and takes a fresh look at the legendary murders.

In this 3-episode thriller, a new serial killer is stalking the Whitechapel district of London and he's duplicating the more than one hundred years old Ripper murders down to the slightest detail. Ambitious Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones), a homicide novice but an expert on police politics, is assigned to the case, much to the disappointment of veteran Detective Sergeant Miles (Phil Davis), who thinks the younger man is "insane" when he calls in a noted "Ripperologist" (Steve Pemberton) to consult on the case.

Following the bloody path of the original Ripper, Chandler and his colleagues hope to stop the killer's modern counterpart before he strikes again.

WHITECHAPEL: THE RIPPER RETURNS is a first-rate thriller that will keep viewers guessing right up until the surprising, satisfying climax. The performances are excellent and it's my understanding that much of the series was shot on the actual locations where the original murders took place.

The DVD from BBC Home Video includes a "Making of" featurette.

© Michael B. Druxman
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