Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's graphic novel, ''From Hell'', served as the inspiration for Allen and Albert Hughes (aka; The Hughes Brothers) grisly take on the Jack the Ripper mythos. Johnny Depp stars as the eccentric Inspector Abberline, an opium addicted sleuth who has “visions” of the crimes whilst under the influence of the drug. During the course of the investigation, Abberline meets Mary Kelly (Graham), a prostitute who was friendly with all of the victims, and, through her, discovers an alarming connection between the murders, a mysterious secret society, and the Royal Family, itself.
Dark, disturbing, violent, and elegant, From Hell puts a very original spin on one of history’s most notorious crime sprees, and proves to be as entertaining as it is enlightening. While, at times, the film moves a bit too deliberately, Depp's powerhouse performance, and The Hughes Brother's attention to detail makes this a must-see for anyone who likes well-crafted thriller.
From Hell’s 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer is bold and vibrant, offering a tremendous level of detail for a film with such a dark color palette (lots of blood reds and “pea soup” greens). While there’s some grain evident in the film’s darker moments, I’d blame that more on the film stock than the transfer, and I felt the small amount of grain gave the picture a more cinematic look, personally.
A wonderfully mixed DTS-HD 5.1 audio track sports rumbling bass, crystal clear dialogue, and immersive three-dimensional sound that proves as unnerving as the film itself. Great stuff!
When released on DVD, From Hell offered 2-discs worth of extras, but only a sampling of them make it over to this Blu-ray release. We get an entertaining and informative commentary from The Hughes Brothers , co-star Robbie Coltrane, screenwriter Rafael Yglesias, and cinematographer Peter Deming; a selection of deleted scenes; a “Blu-ray Exclusive” text trivia track; theatrical trailer, and Alternate Ending.
From Hell is a classy gothic thriller made even classier by a gorgeous video presentation, and an outstanding audio mix. If you’ve already got the DVD, you should hang on to it for the supplements absent from this release, but definitely consider upgrading to the Blu-ray if you want to see and hear this film at its absolute best!