From Hell

From Hell

Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes Cast: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham

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The Hughes brothers' stylish thriller is packaged in a dynamic special edition two-disc set. Disc one presents the film in its original anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1 format. The audio is formatted in Dolby Digital 5.1 for the English track and Dolby Surround for the French and Spanish tracks. Special features on this disc include a feature commentary with directors Albert and Allen Hughes, screenwriter Rafael Yglesias, cinematgrapher Peter Deming, and actor Robbie Coltrane. There's also over 20 deleted scenes including an alternate ending. An Easter Egg revealing the DVDs production credits can be found on this first disc by selecting language selection, then highlighting main menu and arrowing right to open the corpse's eye. Disc two has the bulk of the bonus material. The original theatrical trailer is included, along with one for Unfaithful. "Six Degrees of Jack the Ripper: An Exploration of Ripperology" is a fascinating look at the many theories and suspects behind the legendary serial killer. This piece includes interviews, research, and morgue photos. "A View From Hell" is an HBO featurette that's hosted by actress Heather Graham. It discusses the in-depth research the Hughes' conducted to give their movie authenticity. In "Tour of the Murder Sites," the brothers' show off the impressive White Chapel set they had built in Prague. "Production Design" is a behind-the-scenes featurette with production designer Martin Childs that shows how the film's interior and exterior sets were created. "Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder" gives the history of the wormwood-based drink. From Hell was inspired by the comic book written by Alan More and Eddie Campbell. In a "Graphic Novel to Film Comparison," the brothers show how they utilized the book in the film and where they departed from the original story. Finally, an Easter Egg can be found on this disc by highlighting "Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder," then pressing the down arrow and the right arrow. This will highlight an instrument in the case. Click on it to watch a 45 minute movie, "Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution." Like the film itself, the bonus material on both discs is engaging and entertaining. The Hugheses and 20th Century Fox have put together an excellent package.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2002
UPC: 0024543035572
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:01:00

Special Features

Disc One: Commentary by directors Albert and Allen Hughes; 23 deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; alternate ending with optional director's commentary.
Disc Two: Four featurettes; HBO special: "A View From Hell"; behind-the-scenes with the Hughes brothers; interactive documentary: "Jack The Ripper: 6 Degrees Of Separation"; the mini-documentary "Tour Of White Chapel"; theatrical trailers.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Inspector Frederick George Abberline
Heather Graham Mary Kelly
Ian Holm Sir William Gull
Robbie Coltrane Sgt. Peter Godley
Ian Richardson Sir Charles Warren
Jason Flemyng Netley
Katrin Cartlidge "Dark Annie" Chapman
Terence Harvey Ben Kidney
Susan Lynch Liz Stride
Lesley Sharp Kate Eddowes
Annabelle Apsion Polly
Mark Dexter Albert Sickert/Prince Edward

Technical Credits
Albert Hughes Director,Executive Producer
Allen Hughes Director,Executive Producer
Kym Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
George Bowers Editor
Martin Childs Production Designer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Thomas M. Hammel Executive Producer
Jane Hamsher Producer
Terry Hayes Screenwriter
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Dan Lebental Editor
Don Murphy Producer
Amy Robinson Executive Producer
Rafael Yglesias Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- From Hell
1. Chasing the Dragon (Main Titles) [1:59]
2. The Prostitues' Problem [5:18]
3. Kidnapped [1:58]
4. A Vision Of Death [:50]
5. The New Treatment [:02]
6. A Dead Woman [:04]
7. A Different Breed Of Killer [5:00]
8. Absinthe and Laudanum [3:04]
9. A Request For Help [3:02]
10. My Gentleman [2:05]
11. Ritual [2:20]
12. Butchers Aplenty [6:01]
13. Sir William's Advice [4:08]
14. Our Grandson's Malady [:36]
15. Visions Of Mary [4:39]
16. Special Branch [3:36]
17. Queen Annie [:32]
18. Annie's Prince [2:29]
19. The Secret Ceremony [5:12]
20. Still a Woman [3:10]
21. The Surgeon's Assistant [3:17]
22. Unfinished Business [3:29]
23. Find a Scapegoat [4:32]
24. The Writing On the Wall [2:17]
25. The Freemasons [1:36]
26. Below the Skin [4:48]
27. The Ripper's Prisoner [1:23]
28. The Last Victim [1:48]
29. You're Being Watched [1:23]
30. Judgement [4:28]
31. Abberline's Choice [1:08]
32. End Titles [1:07]

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From Hell 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is interesting to notice that two black directors made a movie involving all-white cast in this film. I think that was a remarkable achievement. Anyway, I liked the film because it was suspenseful and gripping. The artwork, the scenery, and the view of London were dynamic. The artistic creation team deserves a look for the Academy Awards. Johnny Depp is notorious for selecting dark movies, and this was a fine definition of his work. He gave a bold performance as Inspector Abberline. Heather Graham was great in Boogie Nights, but this time, she lacks. I think the role was kinda wrong for her. I think that how the movie used up the flashback/dream sequences while jack the Ripper came to slaughter were cool, better done than it was in Natural Born Killers. I believe I need to see this movie again to give a better review, giving more thought about it. Two things I can say...first, the movie is very good. Secondly, a Johnny Depp movie is well worth renting because he never fails to please the audience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this film. It may not be the true story about Jack the Ripper, but it's twisted plot keeps you guessing. Rated R for Strong violence, gore, language, nudity, and some sexuality. This movie is twisted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp is, once again, amazing! The movie tells the historical events that unfolded during the Jack the Ripper murders. Set in London's Whitechapel District in the 1880s, this movie provides an equal mixture of history, mystery, and gruesomeness! Depp plays a detective that is looking to find the true Jack the Ripper. Although there are instances in the screenplay that are historically inaccurate, this movie still provides a great insight into a bloody and dirty period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There more I watch this movive, the more I love it. If you are a fan of Johnny Depp this film is a must-see. Flaring his talent for versatility he is captivating as Dt Abberline. What little humor there is in this movie is subtle and wonderfully delivered by Depp. It helps to have some prior knowledge of Jack the Ripper but the movie is easy enough to follow without it. Those who have read the novel may find it a little different. Watch the movie with an open mind and an eye for detail. There's a lot to be seen in the almost permanently dark world portrayed. The murders themselves are not as graphic as I may have expected. They allude to the horror more than they show it. Since history tells us the fate of these women the suspense and tension could've been increased a little by being more graphic but I guess for the slightly squeamish it's probably strong enough as it is. This movie is great viewing and although it doesn't meet the typical thriller genre it has a dramatic style all its own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yet again, Johnny Depp works well with the eerie and sometimes gothic settings and fits in perfectly and i don't say that to just any actor. This is the story based on the legend of Jack the Ripper. Awesome suspense, costumes, story and characters. Heard the movie would of been perfect if the main guy wasn't a physic or something but overall i liked the movie and is a favorite next to Sleepy Hollow which was equally good and loved the goth like setting and reference to Halloween.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good but could be better. Most folks unfamiliar w/ Jack the Ripper should view some of the special features and do some homework prior to screening. Some basic Ripperology contributes immensely to the enjoyment. Depp does almost the same role as he did in Sleepy Hollow - only this time there is less humor & less gore. More of both would have helped.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps the best movie about the Jack the Ripper murders since the t.v. movie Starring Micheal Caine. It is an excellent movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Basically it tells the tale of an obsessed turned physic ? detective who is out to capture and put an end to Jack the Ripper's legacy of stalking the night of London.