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New York Ripper - Most Complete UK Edition Yet
By James Whittington, Tuesday 21st June 2011

New York Ripper Shameless CoverNew York Ripper, director Lucio Fulci (The Beyond. City Of The Living Dead)'s most notorious shocker, comes to Blu-ray on 27th June rebuilt with previously missing scenes that make it the longest and most complete version of the film ever seen in the UK. And, another first, the disc comes not in your usual run-of-the-mill Blu-ray case but in an eye-catching, Shameless Screen Entertainment exclusive, bright lemon "Yell-o-ray" case!

Famously banned outright in 1984 by the then Secretary of the British Board of Classification, James Ferman (who ordered all prints of the film to be escorted by police to the airport and removed from the country without ever being screened), the film, today, is every bit as vile and shocking as the stories surrounding it would lead you to believe.

Popular British actor Jack Hedley stars as Lieutenant Williams, a jaded New York cop assigned to investigate a series of brutal murders perpetrated by a serial killer with a penchant for slicing up sexually active (and attractive) women while taunting them in a Donald Duck voice. With no leads to follow except for the likelihood that the suspect is male and left-handed, Williams consults a local university psychoanalyst in the hope of building up a more detailed profile of the madman.

Shortly afterwards, the detective gets a big break when the latest victim, Fay Majors (Almanta Keller), survives an attack on her and is able to give a detailed description of the man she believes was responsible. But Williams’ luck changes for the worse when it becomes apparent that the killer is always one step ahead of him, tracking his movements and constantly aware of his whereabouts. The investigation reaches a crisis point when Williams is mocked by being forced to listen to the slaying of Kitty (Daniela Doria), a hooker he has recently been seeing, and the mutilated body of the suspect identified by Fay is discovered. Just as the case appears to be impossible to crack, Fay makes a shocking discovery…

Packed with moments of genuine suspense and graphic scenes of raw and realistic murder and mutilation, New York Ripper is the ultimate in nerve-jangling, sex ’n’ slash “video nasty” madness.

New York Ripper (cert. 18) will be released on Blu-ray by Shameless Screen Entertainment on 27th June.


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