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From Hell (Widescreen Directors' Limited Edition) (2 Discs)


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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Richardson
  • Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
  • Writers: Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Rafael Yglesias, Terry Hayes
  • Producers: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: May 14 2002
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKJM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,262 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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From Hell (Two-Disc Special Edi

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Heavy on atmosphere and light on everything else, From Hell is visually impressive while lacking the depth of the acclaimed graphic novel it's based upon. Making their third feature since 1993's Menace II Society, twins Allen and Albert Hughes approach the Jack the Ripper case with physical precision, re-creating the gritty Whitechapel district of 1888 London in meticulous detail. What they've forgotten is the sheer terror that gripped Whitechapel in the wake of the Ripper's slaying of five prostitutes, investigated here by a Scotland Yard sleuth (Johnny Depp) who uses opium, laudanum, and absinthe to fuel his semiprescient visions of the slayings. Heather Graham attempts a slippery Cockney accent as a would-be victim, while Ian Holm steals the show as a has-been surgeon with devilish delusions of grandeur. Violence is obliquely suggested or briefly graphic, but no matter how you cut it, From Hell is only marginally thrilling as it treads familiar territory. --Jeff Shannon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CreepyT on July 6 2004
Format: DVD
Jack the Ripper is perhaps one of the most famous (or should I say infamous) serial killers known. His has indeed become somewhat of a household name that has withstood the test of time. The Whitechapel murders, to this day, remain unsolved, and many people find themselves morbidly drawn to this slew of ghastly occurrences. The Hughes brothers are no different from the countless others who seek to dissect the facts surrounding these heinous crimes, and they approach this fascination with cinematic fervor, creating an excellent movie from the excellent comic book.
There have been countless books, movies, and PBS specials produced that delve into the Jack the Ripper tales and theories. This particular adaptation is the depiction of a detective named Inspector Fred Abberline (Johnny Depp) who is hot on the trail of the murderous monster. Enlisting the hallucinatory effects of absinthe, he can induce visions that aid him in his quests. Throughout his investigation, he gradually begins to fall for one of the Whitechapel prostitutes at risk (Mary Kelly played by Heather Graham), and this serves to up the ante regarding the challenge to find the villain and, furthermore, accelerate his efforts. Sir William Gull (Ian Holm) is a doctor who contributes to Inspector Fred Abberline's profile of the meandering butcher. Add to this an illegitimate marriage and a royal scandal, and this equates to an enticingly dour, moody thriller that one can't help but to enjoy.
The sets on this film are incredible, and included in the two disc edition within the extras existing on the DVD is an intriguing explanation of the recreation of the sets from actual photographs and maps from the period. The props and attire were also quite well done. The acting and casting were superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Chaney on Oct. 12 2006
Format: DVD
Whats good about this film is that it shows you what those poor women went through. Honestly no one deserves to die a horrible death in the fashion those women did, no matter what your occupation is at the time. I believe this to be a better movie about Jack the Ripper. We see a great portrayel of what the streets of London were like in those times. Life wasn't easy for the poor then and they had to do what they needed to do in order to suvive. Over all this movie scared me because of the seriousness of what this sicko did to women and how they showed life on the streets in London back in those days. I think I rather live in the heart of Los Angelas or even New York then to live the way Londoners did in those times. Something to think about. Why did Jack the Ripper get away with it? I think the most true part of the film is the portrayel of the freemasons. Do yourself a favor. Rent this one before you decide to buy it. Some people find the Ripper to be disturbing and this film really expresses that.
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By Todd Elgert on Dec 11 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is a real "Seen it all before" type endeavour. Johhny Depps character is the best part of the movie, despite his horrendous accent. Jack the Ripper is reduced to some "crazy old guy" and is almost completely ignored. The hilights are the main Depp character, which could have had his own movie, and the cinematography, which is great, if not superior. It's worth it to watch this movie just for the splendid visual experience.
The real crime of this movie is the total reduction of the Jack the Ripper character. With a title like "From Hell", we really expect to see a real candid and explicit view of a fiendish demonic figure, such as Jack the Ripper. The character of which however, in the movie, is really just some crazy old guy. We learn absolutely nothing about his real motives behind his intricate butchery, and the one scene that attempts to delve into his inner insanity is totally laughable. It almost feels like watching Mr. Rogers screw up a cherry pie. This movie is from Hell all right, but not in any good way.
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Format: VHS Tape
If you're a so-called RIPPER-ologist, this movie may be more than disappointing. If you're looking for cinema reprise of Alan Moore's evil graphic novel this isn't it either. Johnny Depp is engaging enough as Scotland Yard CDI Fred Abberline,but the movie lacks depth and tries to have "outdated" psychedelic pyrotechnics (and very good art design)compensate for a fluffy plot. David Wickes/BBC/Michael Caine televideo production of JACK THE RIPPER is vastly more accomplished both as entertainment and movie manifesto of Stephen Knight's THE FINAL SOLUTION. FROM HELL and TFS both propose Masonic conspiracy to protect the British Monarchy from a scandal involving the "presumptive heir to the throne". In my estimate the best Ripper story(unless you want to go way "back in day" for '50's solutionless,but very atmospheric
B x W cult thriller called,THE LODGER) remains,MURDER BY DECREE: where Sherlock Holmes(Christopher Plummer)stands-in for Abberline to face down Masonic adepts who are also RULERS of not-so merry, or olde England at height of the Victorian Age Empire. Again, if you're a fan of Johnny Depp you might like this surprisingly edgeless PM probe of the monstrous Whitehall Chapel Murders. Otherwise, be prepared to shrug-off the bloody, drugged-up,grape strewn path of this Jack the Ripper rip-off.
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