New York Ripper coming to Region A in Sept

Hades

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Can someone confirm here... was this not banned in the UK?

Hmmm I wonder if this will be uncut then?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_York_Ripper

An example of the giallo genre of Italian horror/suspense movies, a genre known for graphic violence and explicit gore and sexuality, this film was banned in many countries or released as an "adults-only" movie after heavy editing.

Blu-ray.com - The New York Ripper Announced for Blu-ray

Blue Underground has announced that they will bring the controversial horror film 'The New York Ripper' to Blu-ray on September 29th, day-and-date with the DVD release. Video will be presented in 2.35:1 1080p VC-1 accompanied by both 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 7.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtracks.

Extras for this release include:

* “I'm an Actress!” – Interview with Zora Kerova
* NYC Locations Then and Now
* Theatrical Trailer
 
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IAN P

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It was banned in the UK, resubmitted in 2007 and is cut by 34 seconds.

Rather nice tin released several years ago along with Maniac.
 

eiren

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Yes, the razor blade through the nipples bit is still deemed too strong for the UK so is cut... but the Blue Underground version for this Blu-ray is uncut.
 

IAN P

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I've gotta' say that this really doesn't need a 7.1 track, I appreciate Blue Undergrounds stance on their releases, but a lossless track for this is overkill.:D
 

eiren

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I love the jolly theme tune though! Going to be great in lossless 7.1 channel sound :rotfl:
 

d3moliti0n

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I can't say I ever saw the tin release for this film, as I own the Maniac Anchor Bay tin. But yeah, I remember this being cut in the UK. I'll probably pick this release up if it's region free and hopefully Maniac will follow with a Blu-Ray release, which I don't see why not considering the guy who directed the film is now the CEO of Blue Underground.
 

DICKIEDUVET

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I have this on the double bill AB release with Manhattan Baby, Deffo get this, Fulci at his sleaziest.
 

norliss

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I've gotta' say that this really doesn't need a 7.1 track, I appreciate Blue Undergrounds stance on their releases, but a lossless track for this is overkill.:D

Yes, this is a real annoyance for many of us.

BU take primarily old, low budget films - mostly originally mixed in mono - then give them not one but TWO (count 'em) 7.1 lossless tracks then say there's not enough room on the disc for the original mono soundtrack :mad:

Strikes me that the majority of recently made, big budget mainstream releases don't even do 7.1 sound so quite why they persist with this silly practice is beyond me.

And of all the films in their catalogue I'm quite surprised that this one has surfaced on BD as early as it has. Don't get me wrong, I love Lucio but surely there must be many more deserving candidates including many of his own films...
 
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And of all the films in their catalogue I'm quite surprised that this one has surfaced on BD as early as it has. Don't get me wrong, I love Lucio but surely there must be many more deserving candidates including many of his own films...

I agree, it's an odd choice to release first of Fulci's films. I saw The New York Ripper once and have no desire to ever see it again.

Fulcis's zombie films or his earlier gialli are much better looking films than this. I would love to see The Beyond, Zombie, Don't Torture a Duckling or A Woman in a Lizard's Skin on Blu-ray.
 
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eiren

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The rest are all being worked on. They've got the following coming soon:

BAD BOY BUBBY and LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE are also on tap for Blu-ray later in 2009. We're also told that the following titles are among those being planned, but they require a lot of HD restoration work, so look for them in either late 2009 or 2010: FIRE AND ICE, THE CRAZIES, THE TOOLBOX MURDERS, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, VAMPYRES, THE BLOOD SPLATTERED BRIDE, GOD TOLD ME TO, THE PROWLER, THE NEW YORK RIPPER, MANIAC and VIGILANTE.

Also I hear that they've listened to the initial feedback, and the original soundtracks will be included on each film too.
 

DICKIEDUVET

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I have 2 BU Blu's, Dead & Buried and Fast Company, Both are excellent, Huge upgrades over the Dvd's. Would love The Prowler, Q The Winged Serpent, Deathdream & Fight For Your Life.
 

Jack A. Napes

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Doesn't the legend have it that the print of NYR was so disturbing to UK customs officials that distressed officers had to personally escort it out of good old blighty?

I bought this on laserdisc way back when, then upgraded to the Danish AWE SD disc, and will upgrade again, so long as Blue Underground retain their happy practice of non-coded releases. If the transfer is as good as the stunning job they did on Bird With the Crystal Plumage I'll be a very happy bunny (or should that be duckling, qwak?). Nice to have it confirmed that the original mono track is included, but I'll be curious to hear what this sleazy scuzzfest sounds like in 7.1 lossless.
 

Rambo John J

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Doesn't the legend have it that the print of NYR was so disturbing to UK customs officials that distressed officers had to personally escort it out of good old blighty?

something like that...
it was supposedly a lady at the BBFC that got to sit through it on behalf of the board when it was submitted for classification. When she didn't like what she saw and didn't even suggest cuts as the whole movie was apparently so sordid cuts wouldn't make any difference to the overall reprehensible tone of it, the BBFC had the police escort if to the airport and off this fair isle of ours... mainly to save the rest of us running the risk of seeing it and not being able to stop outselves going out and commiting unspeakable acts of toejobbing in cafe's.
It's probably got a nugget of truth in there but I expect it's been blown slightly out of proportion as these things tend to be.

Personally, I like it. It's harmless fun, albeit mysoginistic, as all the best horror movies tend to be.
 

Dark Drums

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Nice to have it confirmed that the original mono track is included, but I'll be curious to hear what this sleazy scuzzfest sounds like in 7.1 lossless.

Great news.

It was a pretty odd practice (not to say pointless) of having both a DTS-HD MA and TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack on the same disc, especially for mono films:rotfl:
 

Simon3D

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As much as I like to see non mainstream films hitting BD, in polished SE's no less, I'm surprised BU didn't release the IMO superior Zombie first.

I'm guessing NYR must have been a bigger seller for them, what with Shriek Show's competing extra's loaded 2discer?

And I'd be all over The Prowler (boy is that gonna pose problems with its heavy grain), The Church, City of the Living Dead, Suspiria and I cross my fingers Lustig redoes the Blind Dead set, as he sure messed up the sd-dvd coffin set with heavy handed DVNR!
 

Dark Drums

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And I'd be all over The Prowler (boy is that gonna pose problems with its heavy grain), The Church, City of the Living Dead, Suspiria and I cross my fingers Lustig redoes the Blind Dead set, as he sure messed up the sd-dvd coffin set with heavy handed DVNR!

Blue-Underground no longer hold the rights to "Suspiria", it's now the property of The Weinstein Company who brought it when they acquired the rights for a remake.

Having said that, The Weinstein's are in a lot of trouble at the moment and seem to be selling off their home video rights.
 

Jack A. Napes

Active Member
I have that Dead and Buried disc and think that it looks excessively grainy, soft and great! Because that was the creative intention of those involved in its production.

For me the biggest advantage with Blu-ray isn't the state-of-the-art blockbuster transfers, though they can be hugely entertaining; it's the chance to see films as close to their original presentations as is currently possible for home viewing. That's why stuff like The Godfather, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Bird With the Crystal Plumage for me show the potential of the format more than demo quality discs of the hottest new releases.

If BU continue to put out niche titles in clean, unmanipulated editions, and now with original audio intact, they could be a key signifier of the formats broadening appeal, and its future as a restoration and preservation archive for all kinds of cinematic delights.

I just hope that the BU discs sell well enough to fund new aquisitions, alongside the improved editions of catalogue titles.
 

eiren

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Anyone else get this? I have and I am shocked that this looks so good. I wasn't expecting them to be able to squeeze anything like the quality they have with this.

Some reviews:

And now we arrive at the most surprising incarnation of The New York Ripper -- a Blu-Ray from Blue Underground newly transferred from the original negative. Simply put, it's a beauty; the huge leap in detail is astounding, and you can even make out the fine patterns in Mrs. Weissberger's hairnet. You'd never believe this film could look so good, and the eerie landscape shots (especially during the first ferry murder) now look like finely rendered landscapes out of a nightmare. Yes, it still looks like an early '80s Italian horror movie so anyone expecting something comparable to Wall-E isn't going to get it, but there's no way this could look any better. Interestingly and not surprisingly, as this is from the negative that pesky street shot of Malco is nowhere to be found, which doesn't affect the movie much at all. The original English audio can be played either in the original mono or a fun DTS-HD 7.1 mix which pumps De Masi's infectious music to the surround channels and really adds to the entertainment value. Optional subtitles are available in English, French or Spanish. Along with a new HD version of the trailer you get two exclusive extras, also hi-def; the first, "NYC Locations Then and Now," spends a nifty four minutes comparing location shots from the film in '81 with the current locales, including Times Square, the subway to Nassau Street, the Staten Island ferry, the Cavalier Hotel, and of course the now-destroyed World Trade Center, all set to De Masi's jazzy score. "I'm an Actress!" spends ten minutes chatting with Czech-born actress Zora Kerova (in Italian with English subtitles), who was hired from Prague for the film in the quick but memorable role as a sex show performer who gets the wrong end of a broken bottle. She calls her sex scene "the most difficult I've ever done" but has better memories of her murder scene; Kerova's other notable films from the period include Anthropophagus, Cannibal Ferox and The New Barbarians. Most interestingly the still-gorgeous actress talks about how the role got her in hot water with her native country, shares sometimes unpleasant memories of other directors like Bruno Mattei and Umberto Lenzi, and remembers a nice relationship with Fulci, whom she believes was more angry at the world than women in particular. A standard def DVD of the special edition is also available, but since it costs slightly more and can't compete with the glory of watching this nasty classic in full 1080p, it should be obvious which one to buy.

The Films of Lucio Fulci

The New York Ripper comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. In 2008 Blue Underground had previously released The New York Ripper on DVD and this release was a carryover of the previous DVD releases from Anchor Bay. This BluRay release comes with a brand new Hi Def transfer that was sourced from the film’s original camera negative. Colors have never looked as lucid, flesh tones look dead on, black levels are solid throughout and the area where this transfer shows the greatest improvement is the amount of detail present in every frame. Film grain looks natural and there are no problems with DNR.

This release comes with two audio options Dolby TrueHD 7.1 English and Dolby Digital Mono English. The only lossless track of the two mixes is the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 English and Blue Underground have done a good job with this remix track which sounds full, balanced and crystal clear throughout. The Dolby Digital Mono English is also in very good shape as the audio is always clear and there are no problems with distortion or background noise. Removable English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles have been included.

All three extras included with this BluRay release are in HD and they are as follows a trailer for the film (3 minutes 20 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a segment titled “NYC Locations Then and Now” (4 minutes 8 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and an interview with actress Zora Kerova titled “I’m an Actress!” (9 minutes 29 seconds – anamorphic widescreen – in Italian with English subtitles). The NYC Locations segment is an interesting look into just how much NYC has changed since The New York Ripper was filmed there. The interview with Zora Kerova is a well rounded piece on her career as she not only discusses Lucio Fulci and working on The New York Ripper, she also discuses other films she had worked on like Cannibal ferox. Overall Blue Underground gives The New York Ripper its strongest home video release to date.

10,000 Bullets » New York Ripper, The (BluRay)
 

DICKIEDUVET

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Got this on the way from Axel, Can't wait to see it again, Can finally get rid of my double-bill (with Manhattan Baby) dvd from Anchor Bay.
 

Jack A. Napes

Active Member
This arrived a couple of days ago, and after reading those glowing comments I might give it a spin tonight.

Now if BU were to announce a cleaned up Blu-Ray of Don't Torture a Duckling, with English and Italian audio tracks, I'll think I've died and gone to Fulci Heaven.
 

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