THE NEW YORK RIPPER
Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Jack Hedley, Almanta Keller, Howard Ross
A cop hunts for a sadistic serial killer.
Fulci’s 1982 symphony of brutality Lo Squartatore
di New York marked a return to the giallo genre for the
director, and resulted in a film that even his most loyal supporters have
trouble in defending against accusations of misogyny. The movie,
which features Colditz star Jack Hedley, is a pretty squalid
film, but not one entirely without merit. If nothing else it marks the
most extreme example of the genre.
Anchor Bay’s 16:9-enhanced disc contains a letterboxed
(2.35:1) transfer of the film taken from a very clean source, with strong
vivid colours. The sound is in Dolby Digital 2.0, not that it helps a very
poor mix, with atrocious dubbing. (Hedley’s own fine speaking voice is
replaced with a stereotypical Brooklyn burr). The disc comes with a
theatrical trailer, and a potted Fulci biography. Anchor Bay’s disc
makes a definitive, top-quality version of the film widely available, but
its fearsome reputation as a bona fide Video Nasty – not helped
by a “Uncensored Classic” sticker on the DVD box – might continue to
make it difficult to acquire.