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The New York Ripper (1982/Lucio Fulci/Blue Underground Blu-ray)

 

Picture: B-†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C†††† Film: C+

 

 

There is no doubt that Lucio Fulci is a good director (some would say great) and that he has directed his share of effective films (like Lizard In A Womanís Skin) but his up-the-ante serial killer film The New York Ripper (1982) may have had suspense and been effective in drawing out its murder scenes without being outright torture porn, but the filmís attempt to combine the Italian Giallo style he helped pioneer with the raw side of the famous locale never quiet meshes here and we get an awkward thriller as a result.

 

We get the usual set-up of a killer committing some very ugly, gruesome murders while daring the police to catch him if they can.Jack Hedley (For Your Eyes Only, Space Precinct, U.F.O.) and Howard Ross (Battle Of Neretva) lead a good cast in this suspenseful-enough thriller.However, the screenplay (co-written by Fulci) is not able to escape some formula and convention, even when it wants to follow that to play against it.As compared to then-recent Brian De Palma thrillers of the time (Blow Out and especially Dressed To Kill), it has not aged as well and does not have as much impact.It is however one of Fulciís better films and a part of his auteuristic cannon, so it is required viewing at least once and this Blu-ray is the best possible way to set it now outside of a good film print.

 

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot in Techniscope when they were no longer doing three-strip dye-transfer Technicolor films, so this is a little grainy and soft overall, but I give Director of Photography Luigi Kuveiller (Flesh For Frankenstein, Blood For Dracula, Argentoís Deep Red) marks for making it more engaging than it might have been otherwise.Color is good for the time and I believe the claim that this comes from the original camera negative.The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 mix does its best to upgrade the original optical mono theatrical soundtrack, also included here for purists as a Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track, but I prefer the DTS as it is warmer and brings out sounds and qualities the Dolby or any mono track ever could.Francesco De Masiís score is an interesting mix of elements that do work and others that have dated, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

 

Extras include the Theatrical Trailer, NYC Locations: Then & Now and ďIím An ActressĒ interview with Zora Kerova.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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