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If you're fans of Johnny Depp, or completists of his work, then it would be a good decision indeed. But fresh viewers beware. A rental would be better in some case (unless the price is on par with a rental, then by all means).
It's the second disc that truly contains all the bonus materials that make it worth having. Because the Blu-ray edition doesn't have any of that and it isn't likely to change.
All in all, I thought this movie would have grown on me since the last time I watched it (10 years ago)... it didn't... Too bad, but then again, there ARE better films on Jack the Ripper available.
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 ›
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.
Firstly, although I admit I wasn't hugely keen on all the cockney accents, I do think that Johnny Depp was brilliant. Maybe it's just because he's gorgeous, but I do think he was brilliant as the dark, brooding inspector in this film. He was just so cool, you couldn't help but find him a very likable hero. The dastardly villain, Jack The Ripper himself, was very powerful and convincing too - pretty much a flawless performance.
Although the plot was a tad long-winded and inexplicable at times, I've seen a lot worse and in the end, it did all make sense. I didn't get bored even when the movie was a little tough going, because of the superb set and generally interesting characters. I personally thought the prostitutes and policemen were extremely authentic - there was very little Hollywood glamour in the film, which was necessary to show the seedy areas of Victorian London.
My only real complaint about this movie would be Heather Graham - she really wasn't anything to write home about. Still, she wasn't playing a very demanding or charismatic role, so maybe I'm being a little harsh here. Otherwise, this film was a success in my opinion - well cast, well directed and brilliant scenery. By the way - this film is NOTHING like Sleepy Hollow. From Hell is pure evil, whilst Sleepy Hollow is its very tongue in cheek, poor relation.
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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 11 months ago by Lucie Boutet
It was what I thought it would be. I was satisfied with my selection.Published 23 months ago by Douglas P. Allison
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
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. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2005 by Todd Elgert
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