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From Hell
Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Screenplay: Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Rafael Yglesias, Terry Hayes
Producer: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Cast: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Richardson
Genre: Horror

Running Time: 122
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Studio:  20th Century Fox DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  May 2002 Discs:  2 (Cloud) [$19.98]
Reviews:  Heavy on atmosphere and light on everything else, "From Hell" is visually impressive while lacking the depth of the acclaimed graphic novel it's based upon. Making their third feature since 1993's "Menace II Society", twins Allen and Albert Hughes approach the Jack the Ripper case with physical precision, re-creating the gritty Whitechapel district of 1888 London in meticulous detail. What they've forgotten is the sheer terror that gripped Whitechapel in the wake of the Ripper's slaying of five prostitutes, investigated here by a Scotland Yard sleuth (Johnny Depp) who uses opium, laudanum, and absinthe to fuel his semiprescient visions of the slayings. Heather Graham attempts a slippery Cockney accent as a would-be victim, while Ian Holm steals the show as a has-been surgeon with devilish delusions of grandeur. Violence is obliquely suggested or briefly graphic, but no matter how you cut it, "From Hell" is only marginally thrilling as it treads familiar territory. "--Jeff Shannon"

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