Degausser Video

The Ripper

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This special limited edition spot gloss slipcover (designed by Chris Barnes) is limited to 4,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

Degausser Video is a brand new label created by several of the devious minds behind VS, which will bring to Blu-ray deluxe editions of both canonical and under-seen shot on video (SOV) genre cinema, in addition to work shot on film, but edited on tape, wherein the original film materials are believed to be lost or destroyed. Similar to Vinegar Syndrome's focus on FILM preservation, Degausser will work only from original analogue tape materials with an emphasis on maintaining the aesthetics inherent to each respective video format. Additionally, each title released by Degausser will be made available in an ultra limited "new" VHS edition, fitted in a custom designed hard shell light box.

One of the most feared figures in all of history, the elusive Jack the Ripper prowled the streets of Whitechapel in London, England in the 1880s, murdering and eviscerating a number of women before disappearing back into the shadows… until now. A century on from these gruesome crimes, a professor at a Midwestern college, teaching a course on famous crimes depicted on film, happens across an old ring at an antique store, which bears an uncanny resemblance to one believed to have been worn by Jack the Ripper himself. No sooner has the professor started wearing the ring than he finds his dreams assailed by visions of women being gruesomely disemboweled. When grisly real-life murders start taking place in the local area bearing the hallmarks of the murderer of Whitechapel, could it be that a Jack the Ripper copycat is on the loose, or is something even stranger afoot?

The second horror feature to emerge from the collaboration between husband and wife directing/producing duo Christopher and Linda Lewis and executive producer Bill F. Blair’s (Terror at Tenkiller) Tulsa, Oklahoma-based United Entertainment, THE RIPPER follows on from their 1985 shot-on-video slasher hit Blood Cult, ramping things up with gratuitous scenes of gloopy throat-slashing and disembowelment, unexpected dance sequences, Coca-Cola® product placement and the addition of actor and special effects guru Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn) in the title role. Sourced from the highest quality tape master, Degausser Video is thrilled to unveil the home video reincarnation of this SOV classic, presented alongside an array of archival and new bonus features, including a revelatory interview with The Ripper himself!

directed by: Christopher Lewis
starring: Tom Savini, Tom Schreier, Mona Van Pernis, Wade Tower, Andrea Adams
1985 / 102 min / 1.33:1 / English 2.0 Stereo

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Newly transferred and restored from the best quality archival tape master
  • Presented with the following sound options: original 2.0 stereo soundtrack, brand new commentary track with producer Linda Lewis and author/film historian John Wooley and an archival commentary track with director Christopher Lewis and composer Rod Slane
  • Tom Savini Rips on The Ripper (10 min) - an interview with actor Tom Savini
  • Trading Out (12 min) - an interview with producer Linda Lewis
  • It's All an Act (14 min) - an interview with actress Andrea DeLesDernier (formerly Andrea Adams)
  • On a Knife Edge (4 min) - an interview Bob Blair, VCI president and son of executive producer Bill F. Blair
  • "Fire" music video
  • Original trailer
  • Original video promo
  • Inside sleeve artwork
  • English SDH subtitles