From Hell - any good?

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  1. Adam_Garris

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    BestBuy is having their Preferred Customer Weekend, so I'm thinking this might be one of the DVDs I choose. Is it worth a blind buy?
     
  2. Paul_Scott

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    i bought it blind when it streeted.
    i'm not a big fan of the slasher genre.
    i thought it was great.
    i have a friend who is a big fan of Halloween 1-whatever, and Nightmare on elm street 1-xx.
    he hated FH.

    i was just watching Murder By Decree this morning (another blind buy) and as it was in the middle of the third act i thought to myself how much more i liked From Hell.
    they shared quite a few similarities that i wasn't expecting.

    i'm not a big peruser of supplemental materials, but in this case, after MBD was onver, i was looking forward to diving into some of the factual ripper material on the 2 disc FH set (make sure you know which one you're buying, its also out in a bare bones single disc version about $7 cheaper).

    if that wasn't enough, the a/v is short list reference quality. its up there with the best discs i have ever seen on my system.

    i was very happy with the purchase, but its obviously not for everybody.
     
  3. Jon Robertson

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    I can't really fault the disc on any level, but the film was a different story.

    It's visually ravishing and occasionally interesting, but generally unsatisfying, cliched and ultimately a failure.
     
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    I didn't think very much of the film. Had a great transfer and soundtrack though.
     
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    I thought the film was fun, once you got past Heather Graham's performance and awful accent. The DVD, however, is great. That said, the DVD is more a rental than a purchase for me.
     
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    DVD is more of a rental for me, too.
    I did, however, buy the 2 disc special edition,
    now that it is out of print, and only the 1 disc
    version is in print, much like the Planet of the Apes
    remake DVD.

    I figure I don't watch it in the next 12 months, I'll
    send it off to eBay. MAYBE by then I'll be able to get
    atleast what I paid for it.

    [​IMG]

    Mark
     
  7. Adam_WM

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    I thought it was great. I really enjoyed it and I bought it on our very own Ron Epstein's recommendation. THe movie was pretty good, but the real winner is the documentary on DISC 2 (if you can find this edition). It is almost two hours long and it has tons of branching material. The Hughes Brothers were awesome.
     
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    i haven't seen Murder by Decree in years, but i was struck when watching From GHell how similar it was plotwise to that earlier movie. that disappointed me a lot, as i expected more from it, a different take on the ripper story, not a re-hash of another movie.
     
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    FH didn't bring anything new to the table, and as I had researched the Ripper story for a script of my own, it didn't do anything for me overall. It was a good looking disc, though.
     
  10. Greg Black

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    A very atmospheric film; nice twist on the old Jack The Ripper story. Definetely has an odd feel to the movie, but in a good way. I would recommend it.
     
  11. Mike Click

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    I own it and I am trying to trade it, if you want a good thriller with Johnny Depp try "The Ninth Gate" anamorphic 2.35:1 with 5.1 and English Dolby Surround, since buying it I have watched over 75 times now. I was reading another home forum on this movie and got to know what to look for, bought it and have been satisfied ever since.

    Off/topic Frank Langella who played drac Dracula 1979, is a leading man in "The Ninth Gate".
     
  12. Ted Lee

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    i cannot recommend a blind purchase on this. it's an okay flick, but it's all fluff and no stuff...
     
  13. Joe Fisher

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    Adam,

    He is a link to Ron's review he did on it awhile back.

    From Hell

    Joe
     
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    I agree that it is most definitely a rental. Nice sound, image quality quite good, but the plot is pretty thin. I just rented it last night and have spent this morning watching some of the extras (I rented the 2-disc set). I have to say, the documentary is one of the worst I've ever seen. It is so badly made. There are parts with large portions of text on the screen while narration is going on. You pretty much have to pause the screen, read the text, then re-play to hear the narration, as reading and listening to the narration is difficult. Most of the doc consists of a guy turning pages in a book of illustrations with the camera panning back and forth and zooming in. I will say, though, that I learned more from the documentary then the film. A lot of the key points don't come across in the film as well as they do in the documentary.

    Shaun
     
  15. Joshua_Y

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    If your at all interested in Jack the Ripper, give the disc a spin. Its a real treat. Movie is really good.
     
  16. Mike Click

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    From Hell for trade IMHO it's nothing worth much than a one night rental!
     
  17. Scott Leopold

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    I enjoyed it. I bought it blind & used for $10-12. I wasn't overly thrilled with the storyline as it pertains to Jack the Ripper--I think it's one of the least plausible theories ever offered--but on its own it's an enjoyable movie.
     
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    Read the comic book that the movie is based on. The movie pales in comparison. [​IMG]
     
  19. DanielM

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    just another opinion I bought it blind watched it and did`nt think much of it...I watched it again a few months later and really enjoyed it sooooo...........
     
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