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1. Stacy Keach as Hemingway
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2. Jack the Ripper
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3. Limelight (2 Disc Special Edition)
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4. Hemingway
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5. The Canterbury Tales
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6. Limelight
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7. Jack the Ripper
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8. Jack the Ripper (1976)

1. Stacy Keach as Hemingway
Director: Bernhard Sinkel
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Asin: B00009N1ZU
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Stacey Keach does a star turn as "Papa" Hemingway in this 1988 made-for-television saga, working his way through nearly five on-screen hours of womanizing, drinking, and big-game hunting--and even manages to squeeze in time to write a few canon-bound books.Although director Bernhard Sinkel's epic look at the writer suffers from a lethargic pace and highly suspect (read: glamorized) portrayals of such luminaries as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound, the film, based in part on Hemingway's letters, does offer abundant biographical glimpses into Hemingway's fabled history.Keach's portrayal, while well short of inspired, suits the medium, and won him a Golden Globe Award to boot.The film was shot on location around the globe, so Hem enthusiasts will at least be treated to a visual survey of the legendary writer's many habitats.Unfortunately, the extra features on this two-disc set are extraordinarily meager; the "Hemingway Biography" and "Keach on Hemingway" segments are merely a few screens of text outlining a scanty overview of these subjects.Nonetheless, as the only biopic available, Hemingway will no doubt be of interest to insatiable Hemingway and Modern Lit aficionados.But for a livelier, more entertaining look into the writer's life, a beaten paperback copy of A Moveable Feast will do. --Karl Wachter ... Read more


2. Jack the Ripper
Director: Jesus Franco
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Asin: B00007ELEG
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Sales Rank: 32405
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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The streets of London are filled with shrieks of terror in this atmospheric shocker from cult director Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos). Klaus Kinski (Nosferatu) stars as a respectable Victorian doctor whose nocturnal activities include the stalking and butchering of prostitutes, with Scotland Yard hot on his trail. Josephine Chaplin (The Canterbury Tales) co-stars as the innocent woman placed as bait in the Ripper's path, with Lina Romay as one of the hapless victims. ... Read more

Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars GREAT LOOKING DVD.....BUT.....
This is a good looking package. The print is fine and the color and photography are sumptuous. But the film itself is another matter. The dubbing is laughable with voices mismatched to the characters so that whole scenes are comical when they should be serious. The victims are too healthy looking and pretty and costumed for a rock video---not the Whitechapel period of the Ripper. And boy do those costumes come off fast. The girls don't even put up a fight. They just whimper. The gore is confined to one scene that's gross but not very convincing. Klaus Kinski is sufficiently sinister as Jack but he just mopes around and tangles with the girls. So this is just a sexploitation effort by Franco although it looks good. Too bad it isn't.

2-0 out of 5 stars One of Franco's "better" movies. That is not good.
Make no mistake about it, the movie is very poorly made and has laughable acting, but this one is still entertaining. "Jack The Ripper," One of Jesus' most well known films, is a test for average film goers. Necrophilia (almost) and really low budget gore make this movie hard for the "Lord Of The Rings" viewer to witness. But that fact is the beauty of it all. If you ever watch a Fraco movie it's a badge of honor: "Hey, that movie was funny as junk, it was awesome." Jesus Franco's perception of The Ripper is a unique one, making him an insane doctor who treats the less than fortunate Fellow. Warm hearted doctor Luv by day, Cold blooded pscho necrphyliac murderer. Doesn't fit, but is certainly entertaining. Great camp perfornces from Kinski(Jack) and Romay (uh... wife.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great new transfer makes this film a whole new experience
... Buy this DVD instead. Image's disc is the US version of the legendary European VIP edition, featuring a new, longer transfer which adds so much more atmosphere to this masterpiece of horror. Kinski as the maniac killer and Lina Romay as a sexy prostitute are reason enough to make this movie a classic.

2-0 out of 5 stars Time to rip on the ripper
I purchased this DVD on a whim because of its ultra-low price and the fact that I really liked "From Hell" and horror/true crime films. Well, I can safely say that this is not "From Hell," and any resemblance to the actual Jack The Ripper murders in 1888 is tenuous at best. Here's why (possible SPOILERS ahead):

1. I realize that this is a low budget film, but this is absolutely the worst DVD transfer I have ever seen. It makes Caligula look like Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as far as picture quality.

2. If this film was supposed to be set in Whitechapel in 1888, you could have fooled me. Whitechapel at that time contained a population of several hundred thousand; this film made it look like it was a small village consisting of two policemen, an old blind guy, three or four prostitutes, an old lady, two fishermen, and a few others. Was this filmed in London? Once or twice, we see Big Ben, but it might have been stock footage.

3. Jack The Ripper did not dump his victims into the Thames, nor did he likely have some woman in a greenhouse helping him. (Who was she, anyway?)

4. Many of the fashions are all wrong. The men wore shirts and ties which looked to be from the 1920s, not the 1880s. Where were the derbys? Prostitutes also wore more clothes than these women did.

5. Klaus Kinski speaks very few lines in this entire film, few enough to rival Charles Bronson's lack of verbosity in the Death Wish series. There is little room for character development in this film, and we could have used a bit more background on him. Was his name ever even mentioned (beyond merely "Doctor"?)

6. The film had a lame ending, to say the least. (...)

In summary, this film is not a must-see proposition. But for the price, buy it anyway just so your friends can say, "Hey, is this that cool Johnny Depp movie?" and you can smile knowingly.

1-0 out of 5 stars Thanksgiving Dinner
Definitely one for Thanksgiving Dinner - a real turkey
Putting on one side the appalling print and sound quality, and suffering from a dreadful transfer to DVD, the film itself should get an award for awfulness.
Inept mis-en-scene, risible dubbed dialogue, incoherent story, and pathetic acting. Why Kinski & Chaplin got involved, goodness alone knows. How do people raise money for ventures like this?
Plus points - it's cheap and in a decent jewel case! ... Read more


3. Limelight (2 Disc Special Edition)
Director: Charles Chaplin
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Asin: B000096IBG
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 18336
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A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives. ... Read more


4. Hemingway
Director: Bernhard Sinkel
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Asin: B00005MEV6
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Sales Rank: 27739
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Of all the memorable characters created by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, none was more complicated, more fascinating or more charismatic than Hemingway himself. Adored by women and the quintessential "man's man," he was husband, father, lover, war correspondent, brawler, adventurer and sportsman. Set against the turbulent history of the times, Hemingway reveals his tender and stormy relationships with his four wives: believer Hadley Richardson (Josephine Chaplin), glamorous Pauline Pfeiffer (Marisa Berenson), journalist Martha Gellhorn (Lisa Banes) and devoted Mary Welsh (Pamela Reed), each of whom had significant impact on his work. ... Read more


5. The Canterbury Tales
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Asin: 6305079013
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Sales Rank: 40021
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Pier Paolo Pasolini's (Decameron) startling candor and ribald humor illuminate these classic tales of romance, deception, murder and lust. A host of passionate lovers unite for a glorious, sometimes unexpected journey through Chaucer's medieval England. ... Read more


6. Limelight
Director: Charles Chaplin
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Asin: B00004S89K
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Leading lady Claire Bloom called it a "fairy godfather" story. Historians said it was frankly autobiographical. Charlie Chaplin knew it as a love story. Chaplin plays Calvero, a vaudeville clown whom time has passed by in 1914 London. Although under few illusions about his own prospects for the future, he is able to impart his passion for life to Terry (Bloom), a young ballerina who believes she is paralyzed and can no longer dance. Calvero alternately nurses and bullies her to recovery and subsequent success as a prima ballerina. From this position, she is able to help Calvero enjoy one last triumphant moment just as he suffers a fatal heart attack. As his life is ebbing, hers is flowing in a brilliant solo ballet that ends the film. ... Read more


7. Jack the Ripper
Director: Jesus Franco
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Asin: B00005QJHU
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 50191
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars GREAT LOOKING DVD.....BUT.....
This is a good looking package. The print is fine and the color and photography are sumptuous. But the film itself is another matter. The dubbing is laughable with voices mismatched to the characters so that whole scenes are comical when they should be serious. The victims are too healthy looking and pretty and costumed for a rock video---not the Whitechapel period of the Ripper. And boy do those costumes come off fast. The girls don't even put up a fight. They just whimper. The gore is confined to one scene that's gross but not very convincing. Klaus Kinski is sufficiently sinister as Jack but he just mopes around and tangles with the girls. So this is just a sexploitation effort by Franco although it looks good. Too bad it isn't.

2-0 out of 5 stars One of Franco's "better" movies. That is not good.
Make no mistake about it, the movie is very poorly made and has laughable acting, but this one is still entertaining. "Jack The Ripper," One of Jesus' most well known films, is a test for average film goers. Necrophilia (almost) and really low budget gore make this movie hard for the "Lord Of The Rings" viewer to witness. But that fact is the beauty of it all. If you ever watch a Fraco movie it's a badge of honor: "Hey, that movie was funny as junk, it was awesome." Jesus Franco's perception of The Ripper is a unique one, making him an insane doctor who treats the less than fortunate Fellow. Warm hearted doctor Luv by day, Cold blooded pscho necrphyliac murderer. Doesn't fit, but is certainly entertaining. Great camp perfornces from Kinski(Jack) and Romay (uh... wife.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great new transfer makes this film a whole new experience
... Buy this DVD instead. Image's disc is the US version of the legendary European VIP edition, featuring a new, longer transfer which adds so much more atmosphere to this masterpiece of horror. Kinski as the maniac killer and Lina Romay as a sexy prostitute are reason enough to make this movie a classic.

2-0 out of 5 stars Time to rip on the ripper
I purchased this DVD on a whim because of its ultra-low price and the fact that I really liked "From Hell" and horror/true crime films. Well, I can safely say that this is not "From Hell," and any resemblance to the actual Jack The Ripper murders in 1888 is tenuous at best. Here's why (possible SPOILERS ahead):

1. I realize that this is a low budget film, but this is absolutely the worst DVD transfer I have ever seen. It makes Caligula look like Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as far as picture quality.

2. If this film was supposed to be set in Whitechapel in 1888, you could have fooled me. Whitechapel at that time contained a population of several hundred thousand; this film made it look like it was a small village consisting of two policemen, an old blind guy, three or four prostitutes, an old lady, two fishermen, and a few others. Was this filmed in London? Once or twice, we see Big Ben, but it might have been stock footage.

3. Jack The Ripper did not dump his victims into the Thames, nor did he likely have some woman in a greenhouse helping him. (Who was she, anyway?)

4. Many of the fashions are all wrong. The men wore shirts and ties which looked to be from the 1920s, not the 1880s. Where were the derbys? Prostitutes also wore more clothes than these women did.

5. Klaus Kinski speaks very few lines in this entire film, few enough to rival Charles Bronson's lack of verbosity in the Death Wish series. There is little room for character development in this film, and we could have used a bit more background on him. Was his name ever even mentioned (beyond merely "Doctor"?)

6. The film had a lame ending, to say the least. (...)

In summary, this film is not a must-see proposition. But for the price, buy it anyway just so your friends can say, "Hey, is this that cool Johnny Depp movie?" and you can smile knowingly.

1-0 out of 5 stars Thanksgiving Dinner
Definitely one for Thanksgiving Dinner - a real turkey
Putting on one side the appalling print and sound quality, and suffering from a dreadful transfer to DVD, the film itself should get an award for awfulness.
Inept mis-en-scene, risible dubbed dialogue, incoherent story, and pathetic acting. Why Kinski & Chaplin got involved, goodness alone knows. How do people raise money for ventures like this?
Plus points - it's cheap and in a decent jewel case! ... Read more


8. Jack the Ripper (1976)
Director: Jesus Franco
list price: $8.95
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Asin: B00005LDCQ
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 46269
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars GREAT LOOKING DVD.....BUT.....
This is a good looking package. The print is fine and the color and photography are sumptuous. But the film itself is another matter. The dubbing is laughable with voices mismatched to the characters so that whole scenes are comical when they should be serious. The victims are too healthy looking and pretty and costumed for a rock video---not the Whitechapel period of the Ripper. And boy do those costumes come off fast. The girls don't even put up a fight. They just whimper. The gore is confined to one scene that's gross but not very convincing. Klaus Kinski is sufficiently sinister as Jack but he just mopes around and tangles with the girls. So this is just a sexploitation effort by Franco although it looks good. Too bad it isn't.

2-0 out of 5 stars One of Franco's "better" movies. That is not good.
Make no mistake about it, the movie is very poorly made and has laughable acting, but this one is still entertaining. "Jack The Ripper," One of Jesus' most well known films, is a test for average film goers. Necrophilia (almost) and really low budget gore make this movie hard for the "Lord Of The Rings" viewer to witness. But that fact is the beauty of it all. If you ever watch a Fraco movie it's a badge of honor: "Hey, that movie was funny as junk, it was awesome." Jesus Franco's perception of The Ripper is a unique one, making him an insane doctor who treats the less than fortunate Fellow. Warm hearted doctor Luv by day, Cold blooded pscho necrphyliac murderer. Doesn't fit, but is certainly entertaining. Great camp perfornces from Kinski(Jack) and Romay (uh... wife.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great new transfer makes this film a whole new experience
... Buy this DVD instead. Image's disc is the US version of the legendary European VIP edition, featuring a new, longer transfer which adds so much more atmosphere to this masterpiece of horror. Kinski as the maniac killer and Lina Romay as a sexy prostitute are reason enough to make this movie a classic.

2-0 out of 5 stars Time to rip on the ripper
I purchased this DVD on a whim because of its ultra-low price and the fact that I really liked "From Hell" and horror/true crime films. Well, I can safely say that this is not "From Hell," and any resemblance to the actual Jack The Ripper murders in 1888 is tenuous at best. Here's why (possible SPOILERS ahead):

1. I realize that this is a low budget film, but this is absolutely the worst DVD transfer I have ever seen. It makes Caligula look like Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as far as picture quality.

2. If this film was supposed to be set in Whitechapel in 1888, you could have fooled me. Whitechapel at that time contained a population of several hundred thousand; this film made it look like it was a small village consisting of two policemen, an old blind guy, three or four prostitutes, an old lady, two fishermen, and a few others. Was this filmed in London? Once or twice, we see Big Ben, but it might have been stock footage.

3. Jack The Ripper did not dump his victims into the Thames, nor did he likely have some woman in a greenhouse helping him. (Who was she, anyway?)

4. Many of the fashions are all wrong. The men wore shirts and ties which looked to be from the 1920s, not the 1880s. Where were the derbys? Prostitutes also wore more clothes than these women did.

5. Klaus Kinski speaks very few lines in this entire film, few enough to rival Charles Bronson's lack of verbosity in the Death Wish series. There is little room for character development in this film, and we could have used a bit more background on him. Was his name ever even mentioned (beyond merely "Doctor"?)

6. The film had a lame ending, to say the least. (...)

In summary, this film is not a must-see proposition. But for the price, buy it anyway just so your friends can say, "Hey, is this that cool Johnny Depp movie?" and you can smile knowingly.

1-0 out of 5 stars Thanksgiving Dinner
Definitely one for Thanksgiving Dinner - a real turkey
Putting on one side the appalling print and sound quality, and suffering from a dreadful transfer to DVD, the film itself should get an award for awfulness.
Inept mis-en-scene, risible dubbed dialogue, incoherent story, and pathetic acting. Why Kinski & Chaplin got involved, goodness alone knows. How do people raise money for ventures like this?
Plus points - it's cheap and in a decent jewel case! ... Read more


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