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New York Ripper [Blu-ray]
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Italian shock maven Lucio Fulci directed this effort, undoubtedly one of his seediest and most offensive films. A serial killer prowls the streets of New York, preying strictly on women and butchering them in the most sadistic ways (usually starting at the crotch). The cops are always several steps behind the killer, who uses a Donald Duck voice to taunt them (and his prospective victims) over the phone. It's all pretty misogynistic, violent, and brutal, and adds up to an unsavory viewing experience. That said, the plot hangs together fairly well (better than in much of the giallo genre), and Fulci's camera work and editing are topnotch. The director's sense of color and shot composition are in line with much of contemporaries Dario Argento and Mario Bava's work (the color red in particular dominates much of the movie). As with Argento's work, an unassuming woman, caught up in circumstances, turns out to be the film's heroine. Also, it's interesting that both in this film and in Don't Torture a Duckling, Fulci uses Donald Duck as a sort of bizarre totem of shattered innocence and tragedy. Still, Fulci uses his camera here in such a leering, lascivious way that it reinforces the film's oppressive sleaziness and sadism. Fans of Italian horror won't be disappointed with The New York Ripper, but be advised that the movie's overriding unpleasantness makes it an acquired taste at best. --Jerry Renshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Despite the fact that our killer has the bizarre calling card of quacking like a duck when stalking his victims or taunting detective/leading man Jack Hedley on the phone, it doesn't come off as silly as it sounds. There are red herrings aplenty and it wouldn't be inaccurate to label this as one of most misognyst films I've seen. The victims all have their ladyparts assaulted in the most vicious of ways (although only the razor blade scene made me look away).
Lots of location shooting in New York makes one nostalgic for the era (the interiors were filmed in Rome which becomes obvious in some scenes since I've never seen any American homes that resemble the structures we see onscreen).
The 2009 widescreen release by Blue Underground looks fantastic but there are several instances where the dialogue seems off from the actors' lips. I'm not sure if it was dubbed or this occured transferring the film elements to DVD. Still, one of the best-looking and well-produced slashers from the era.
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New York Ripper: Fan High Res Edition [Blu-ray] [Import]
So this edition from Shameless is unfortunately NOT UNCUT, a notorious murder scene in particular has been... Read more
What a great movie of luci fulci i dont want to give say anymore thats up to you to me a watch this dvd at night time it makes it more scary and gruesome and gore fans.Published on Jan. 30 2012 by kirk
had this movie for a month,only watched it once i hated,it worse lucio one i seen,and i like his movies,was very dull,kills suxed,and the killer laughs like a damn duck,i was... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2008 by Jey Bugden
I simply cannot understand why Lucio Fulci has many devoted fans. So far I've seen The house by the cemetary, Manhattan baby, Zombie, City of the living dead and this one. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by O. B. Tryggvason
This was a surprising Fulci movie to watch. Of course the dubbing is something not worthwhile, but the acting is surprisingly good. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003 by Damien Johnson
And badly dubbed. This was my first Fulci movie, and I know they're SUPPOSED to be badly dubbed, but I found I couldn't even enjoy this one according to the 'so bad it's good'... Read morePublished on June 12 2003
I could hardly stand to watch this garbage. A serial killer bumps off attractive women (they're Italian, so attractiveness is almost a given) with various bladed implements, while... Read morePublished on May 29 2003 by Russell A Shiley
i have seen several Fulci movies and have been shocked by something in each one. In "The New York Ripper," i was somewhat disappointed. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003 by Dan Haberman
You can't win them all. After seeing this film... that was all I could think of. I was very dissapointed with this film after seeing his VERY TALENTED, "ZOMBIE. Read morePublished on July 1 2002 by Ray
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