Synapse Films' collection of classic Hammer releases expands this summer with the U.S. Blu-ray debut of Peter Sasdy's 1971 supernatural serial killer thriller Hands of the Ripper. Considered one of Hammer's bloodiest productions (with the gore quotient upped to meet audiences' craving for more graphic horror), the film stars Angharad Rees as a young woman psychologically scarred from childhood by the knowledge that her father is none other than London's most notorious murderer, Jack the Ripper. As an adult, she becomes the prime suspect in a new series of brutal murders after a séance apparently unleashes the Ripper's demonic spirit to possess his daughter.
Synapse is presenting a fully-restored print of Ripper, uncut and in high definition. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes the following special features:
- The Devil’s Bloody Plaything: Possessed by Hands of the Ripper Featurette
- Slaughter of Innocence: The Evolution of Hammer Gore Motion Still Gallery
- U.S. Television Introduction
- Original Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots
- Hands of the Ripper Motion Still Gallery
- Isolated Music & Effects Audio Track
The disc is slated for release on July 9th, with a price tag of $29.95. Preorders are open now at Synapse's website.