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New York Ripper [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti, Alexandra Delli Colli
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Writers: Lucio Fulci, Dardano Sacchetti, Gene Luotto, Gianfranco Clerici, Vincenzo Mannino
  • Producers: Fabrizio De Angelis
  • Format: Color, DTS Surround Sound, Mono, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Release Date: Sept. 29 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002E01MI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,145 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KaseyG TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 28 2012
Format: DVD
Filmed at the height of the early '80 slasher craze and released in 1982, "The New York Ripper" is actually one of the genre's most intelligent, well-written and professional-looking offerings (compared to "Friday the 13th" or "Slumber Party Massacre").

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk on July 31 2003
Format: DVD
As you'll read numerous times over, this is Fulci's most unpleasant , sleazy and ugly film. I think there's two reasons for this: 1) It's all centered in the real world as opposed to the supernatural world Fulci is known for, thus losing the fantasy element. 2) Alot of sex. If someone's not having sex or prancing around naked, there's always some sexual undercurrent going on, making this quite sleazy. In my opinion, the most disgusting scene being, not one of violence, but a game of "footsie" that seems to go on for ten minutes. This part is really bizarre, surreal, and just plain yucky. Yeah, we all know the plot: A sadistic serial killer(is there any other kind?) slices women up into olive loaf, taunts hard boiled detective, tra-la, tra-la. The plot's nothing new, but this is Fulci, people! Which means you get all the trademark gore from his supernatural horrors transplanted to a slasher flick. You also get all the bad dubbing, acting and funky tunes translated too. Basically, if you like his other stuff, you'll like this coz it's still a gory Fulci horror flick-it's certainly not gonna appeal to anyone else! There's a pretty crazy scene when our "duck" killer is slicing up a woman tied to a bed. This is pretty whack! Does Fulci shy away from the carnage and let your mind fill in the gaps? Nosiree, Bob! He just lets you sit back and watch the killer drag a razor blade across the poor girl's eye! Yikes! Sure it looks fake as hell, but it's what it represents that counts. I'm willing to bet by the feel of this film that Fulci's girlfriend must have left him around this time or something, coz he doesn't seem to like women too much here. This film comes across as a way of lashing out or something. Sure it's very juvenile and Type O Negative-ish, but it does make for an entertaining movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Clarke on March 20 2002
Format: DVD
This particular Fulci film is completely banned in the UK, and, having just watched the uncut US Anchorbay DVD, to some extent I can see why the 'British Board of Film Classification' (even the word 'censor' is censored in this country, in would appear) balked at the idea of releasing it. Indeed, it is rumoured that after watching the film for the first time in the early 1980s, the BBFC ordered it to be removed from the country forthwith, complete with a Police escort. To be fair to the BBFC, the film is indefensible in many respects - I do not recall seeing a single man in the film who did not sport some extremely reactionary views about women, and the lingering graphic violence portrayed against the female victims does indicate that Fulci had some 'issues' with women himself. That said, however, this has more of a coherent plot than most Fulci films and considerably better pace. I watched this alongside 'Bloodsucking Freaks' and compared to Joel M. Reed's film, this comes across as 'Citizen Kane'. Not to everyone's taste, and I doubt if you will ever find a women who would have anything positive to say about it all, but personally I still think UK adults should be allowed to make up their own minds about what they can watch rather than have the state decide for them. If they had not banned this film, I would not have gone out of my way to watch it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Golen on June 22 2004
Format: DVD
I dont know why this movie is bashed and made fun of. In my opinion, its classic italian horror. Its contraversial subject matter, and not to mention, overall violence make it something great. I wouldn't call it a basic slasher. It goes beyond that. Its psychological elements also show that it has something of a storyline (unlike most other italian gore epics). So what if the killer talks like a duck. It amused me, anyway...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Blake Fichera on Oct. 6 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This film is very unique for horror master Lucia Fulci. One of few slasher films that the artist made, this masterpiece takes the viewer through a "who done it" rollarcoatser, Fulci style. As with all Fulci films, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, and then leave you a little confused. Of course, as Fulci's trade mark, the film has great gore effects. Now uncut and in widescreen the film is even better.
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