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|Hands of the Ripper Special Edition (2006)|
(a) Granada Ventures/Network, UK
(b) as Hands of the Ripper
[Note: "The British Film" series. This version adds more special features.]
Ably directed by Hammer stalwart Peter Sady (Taste the Blood of Dracula, Countess Dracula), Hands of the Ripper
is a fascinating and terrifying film, featuring sterling performances from both Eric Porter and
Angharad Rees. This special edition contains a brand new commentary with Angharad Rees and horror historians
Kim Newman and Stephen Jones, an episode of Thriller and more.
• HANDS OF THE RIPPER (UK, 1971)
"The Network Video release from Britain contains some exclusive extras, the most substantial being a
unique commentary track by Angharad Rees (now a C.B.E. and happily retired from acting) and critic-historians
Stephen Jones and Kim Newman. It's a little jarring to American ears, in a pleasant way, to hear actors
and critics engaged in genuine conversation rather than falling into a less equitable interview format,
but everyone is equally charming and articulate, and Ms. Rees sounds as informed and entertained by Jones
and Newman as they are by her."
"First up is a full-length commentary track with co-star Rees and esteemed genre journalist Kim Newman,
moderated my Stephen Jones. After some awkward moments (including Kim Newman wrongly describing Rees as
a one-time child actor) the trio settle down and have pretty good natter, although much of it deals with
Rees's own career and general background about Hammer."
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