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From Hell (Widescreen Directors' Limited Edition) (2 Discs) [Import]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Très bon film policier racontant le mythe de Jack l'Éventreur. Il ne le résout pas mais en donne une solution qui en vaut une autre. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lucie Boutet
It was what I thought it would be. I was satisfied with my selection.Published 17 months ago by Douglas P. Allison
From Hell had a great graphic novel to start, but its cinematic adaptation sucked it clear off all its real meat, suspense and all, leaving a drab story filled with uninteresting... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2013 by Simon Bergeron
this movie was better than i thought it would be.it shows unerringly the squalor and terror of east end london in the eighteen eighties and how these conditions could spawn such a... Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2006 by bookworm
Ok, for starters this movie is in now way accurate. Titanic was fictional as in they added fictional characters but this just totally changed what actually happened. Read morePublished on June 22 2004