From Hell (Blu-ray)

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In victorian era london, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by jack the ripper.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203366241
UPC 024543401223
UPC 14 00024543401223
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/31/2009
Rating Rating
London, England
Murder Investigations
Serial Killers
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note FROM HELL is a gory detective film cloaked in Victorian-era mystique. The movie shows how the serial killer Jack the Ripper stalked the dark streets of 1888 London, slaying prostitutes and crudely dissecting their bodies. Based on the graphic novel written by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, this moody chiller is directed by twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes (MENACE II SOCIETY, AMERICAN PIMP). Johnny Depp stars as Inspector Frederick Abberline, who smokes heavy doses of opium and drowns himself in absinthe to evoke hallucinatory visions that are his clues to catching the Ripper. Heather Graham costars as the prettiest of the floozies, who wins the muted affections of the Inspector.^With plenty of atmosphere and spooky effects, FROM HELL borrows scenery, filming tricks, and sequence construction from a host of popular movies, resulting in a visually interesting--if inconsistent--style. Haunting nighttime shots of the London skyline (actually Prague) bleed into shadowy Tim Burton-like prowls through the damp cobblestone streets; aerial camerawork contrasts with crowded ground-level focuses; and the camera peeks around corners and into foggy windows with stealthy curiosity. What may stand out most in viewers minds after the carnage is through, is the exaggerated use of surround sound, which brings a dreadful sense of reality to the film's gore, making FROM HELL all the juicier.
New York Times "...The Hughes Brothers' goal here is to make an epic of savagery, and they are brilliant at ambience and details....A conspiracy-theory thriller with brains and a heart..." 10/19/2001 p.E16
Entertainment Weekly "...Sensational and accomplished....A horror film of genuine artistry and excitement. The Hughes brothers work with commanding restraint..." 10/26/2001 p.87-8
Sight and Sound "...Impressively realized, confirming the Brothers as formidable visual stylists....The shadow-drenched Prague studio sets help sustain a sense of claustrophobia well suited to a tale of endemic corruption..." 03/01/2002 p.45
Total Film "...It's a true auteur movie, perfectly in sync with the brothers' previous output and delivered with a dry, subliminal message..." 03/01/2002 p.102
Chicago Sun-Times "...A rich, atmospheric film....The movie feels dark, clammy and exhilarating -- it's like belonging to a secret club where you can have a lot of fun but might get into trouble..." 10/19/2001 p.35
Albert Hughes
Allen Hughes
Heather Graham
Johnny Depp
Cast & Crew
Alan Moore - Based On Novel By
Albert Hughes - Director
Allen Hughes - Director
Dan Lebental - Editor
Don Murphy - Producer
Eddie Campbell - Based On Novel By
George Bowers - Editor
Heather Graham - Actor
Ian Holm - Actor
Jane Hamsher - Producer
Johnny Depp - Actor
Peter Deming - Cinematographer
Rafael Yglesias - Screenplay
Robbie Coltrane - Actor
Terry Hayes - Screenplay
Trevor Jones - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 2240122
UPC 00024543401223
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 122 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review As the nights grow longer and colder and the leaves fall from trees in a flurry of multicolored splendor, 'tis the season for dark movies, and, in 2001, none resides deeper in the shadows than the Hughes Brothers' From Hell, a visually impressive motion picture that stuns the senses with its surreal depiction of late-19th century London and its orgy of uncensored violence. The problem with this film, as is often the case with cinematic excursions that concentrate so heavily on atmosphere, is that it has neither a heart nor a soul. The movie engages solely on the basis of its storyline and tantalizing visuals, not because we feel anything for any of the characters. But what a storyline and visuals they are - enough to draw us into the experience and leave us shaken once two hours have passed.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Review Based on the classic graphic novel (by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell), From Hell should prove a solid treat to horror movie fans who've grown weary of slasher machinations and subterranean slime monsters. Deftly plotted, well-acted, graphically memorable and ultimately satsifying, From Hell deserves praise for taking a creaky old tale and offering it in a surprisingly original light.
Reviewer Scott Weinberg
ReviewRating 7
Sensormatic, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Depp,Johnny
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD / Blu-Ray
Ebert & Roeper At The Movies Brilliant. Two Thumbs Up!
Lou Lumenick, New York Post Gripping and stylish thriller.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly Sensational and accomplished.

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