The New York Ripper (1982) (4K Remaster) (BLU-RAY/DVD/CD REVIEW)

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The New York Ripper (1982) (4K Remaster) (BLU-RAY/DVD/CD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Lucio Fulci
STARRING: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross
RATED: UR/REGION O/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 3
AVAILABLE FROM Blue Underground

A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detectives follow the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, he’s the killer that can’t be stopped! Starring Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti, and Alexandra Delli Colli.

One of the most notorious films on the UK’s Director of Public Prosecution’s so-called ‘Video Nasties’ list; so subversive was it, that on its 1st foray into the UK, the print of RIPPER, due for BBFC classification, was legendarily escorted back to the border without ever being screened. But fear not, as not only do we get this movie uncut here in the USA but now Blue Underground has gone back and made a newer and improved release of the film that tops the last release they had of it. It’s now here in a 4K scan and with a CD soundtrack! Of course, there are times when people are actually not getting hacked up or getting naked on the screen in this film, but unlike most films of this nature, it never gets boring while they build up to each kill (and there’s a good bit of killing). What you get here won’t be for just anyone, and people with a kind heart might want to avoid it as well. Women are hacked up, a guy makes a creepy sounding duck voice, and there’s also lots of nudity tossed in there to make this weird mix complete. I’ve seen a lot of Fulci films, and while I’m a die-hard Zombi 2 fan, this may be his most well-made film. I loved The Beyond and all that good stuff too, don’t get me wrong. But this seems just more flawless and polished in editing and story than many of his other great and bloody films.

It’s also very interesting to watch this gory cat and mouse game unfold on the screen. People are hot on the trail of our killer, but the killer won’t stop. On top of all that, he’s not dumb either, so he’s one-upping and outsmarting these people along the way. It’s a fun movie and it’s easy to get caught up with what you are seeing on the screen. I also love the fact that the movie has a pretty good twist to it as well at the end, that you may or may not see coming. I myself kinda seen it, but the cleverness of the film actually makes you second guess yourself on it up until the end. I’m pretty sure this counts as a full-on giallo movie, and I’d say it would rank very high up there as one of my favorites of that sub-genre, and that’s saying a lot coming from me because I’ve seen a lot of them. Here we get The New York Ripper looking better than it ever has looked with a great package to go along with it. I highly recommend this one to anyone who might have not seen it before and if you have, then this is a much better version to own. It is loaded with extras and comes with a CD soundtrack!

Extras

– BRAND NEW AND EXCLUSIVE 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM
– ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK CD by Francesco De Masi
– Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
– The Art Of Killing – Interview with Co-Writer Dardano Sacchetti
– Three Fingers Of Violence – Interview with Star Howard Ross
– The Second Victim – Interview with Co-Star Cinzia de Ponti
– The Broken Bottle Murder – Interview with Co-Star Zora Kerova
– “I’m an Actress!” – 2009 Interview with Co-Star Zora Kerova
– The Beauty Killer – Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
– Paint Me Blood Red – Interview with Poster Artist Enzo Sciotti
– NYC Locations Then and Now
– Theatrical Trailer
– Poster & Still Gallery
– Collectible Booklet with a new essay by Travis Crawford
– Reversible sleeve
– 3D Lenticular Slipcover
– Audio: English (7.1 DTS-HD, 1.0 DTS-HD); Italian (1.0 DTS-HD); French (1.0 Dolby Digital); Spanish (1.0 Dolby Digital)
– Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, English for Italian Audio
– REGION-FREE

Quality of Transfer: 100%

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