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Vicious and heated, New York Ripper doesn’t shy when showing violence. It’s akin to watching a sadist work, their morbid thoughts about sexuality plunging onto the screen without any remorse for the shock value. New York Ripper’s misogynistic, sociopath killer finds numerous ways to maul victims, all shown without cuts. The movie doesn’t limit its vision of coastal American living, covering the streets with smut, subways with graffiti, and the mood miserable. Although serial killers remain a point of morbid fascination, New York Ripper cannot be made today, because the truthful, authentic background director Lucio Fulci captured no longer exists.

Read more via our review of Blue Underground’s previous New York Ripper Blu-ray release.

Video

Giving their 4K Blu-ray master a Dolby Vision pass, the difference between the two formats isn’t sensational, but noticeable. Notably, the black levels gain definite depth, including added shadow clarity. A bump to contrast livens New York’s highlights, city signage boosted in intensity.

Already brilliant color becomes even bolder, pushing extremes even. Flesh tones glow, and primaries hit neon-tiers. The opening skyline alone brings a blue that isn’t even possible to see in real life. Inside the porn theater, red lights hit patrons with vividness, totally controlled minus any bleeding. A teal push looks digital, and a few scenes drift too far.

The jump in resolution brings a slight boost, resolving finer details at distance. Buildings, bridges, trees, etc. all look superlative. Easily resolved grain poses no impediment to texture. A clean restoration leaves almost nothing behind, a few scratches notwithstanding.

If there’s a complaint, it happens infrequently. Certain edits (especially during the early ferry shots) introduce a flicker, like the Dolby Vision is being flipped on and off from low to peak nits. It’s odd. Distracting too. Thankfully it’s brief and only a marginal concern considering how magnificent the rest looks.

Audio

In addition to the DTS_HD 5.1 and mono tracks, there’s an Atmos mix too. Expect the same effort from the Blu-ray’s 7.1 selection. There’s nothing happening in the heights.

Mostly, the upmix is used to spread around the score, filling the soundstage with rich highs. There’s no obvious cause for concern with distortion. A rare moment of separation – say, the subway train passing or general outdoor ambiance – become exceptions to the center-focused norm.

Dialog is all dubbed. It’s prominent in the mix. That’s normal in a case like this, and clarity carries over here as well. Nothing draws ire.

Extras

Same as the previous Blu-ray, minus the soundtrack CD, beginning with Troy Haworth; he knows his Fulci. He should as an author of a book on Fulci’s films, and dives into New York Ripper on a fine commentary. Seven interviews follow on the bonus Blu-ray, running 106-minutes total (two of them feature co-star Zora Kerova), varying between the cast, writer, and even the poster artist. A short montage comparing New York Ripper’s city to the modern New York (in 2009) carefully matches a number of shots. Stills and trailers sit at the bonus menu’s bottom.

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Appallingly crass, New York Ripper freely exploits a city drowning in crime, sparing nothing to depict a surreal – if authentically grounded – serial killer story.

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The following six screen shots serve as samples for our subscription-exclusive set of 48 full resolution uncompressed 4K screen shots grabbed directly from the UHD: