Every now and then, we get a TV show that refuses to go away, that gets cancelled and brought back due to outcry of fans or a champion at the network. Ripper Street is one of those shows. Cancelled in December and brought back to life in late February, Ripper Street is another ‘little show that could’ – which means that the Season Two home video release is not the last thing we see of the show.
Speaking of the home video release, though, it will be coming on April 15th as a two-disc Blu-Ray, or three-disc DVD set. The second season found Matthew Macfayden’s crew dealing, among other things, ‘ a new drug scourge of an imperial nature, a female gang set on vengeance against their industrial tormentors, escaped bombers, subversive cult Svengalis and a mad eugenicist that stalks the circus freak shows for prey.’ The home video release includes the featurette, Beneath Ripper Street – cast & crew interviews. For more details, check out the press release after the jump.
RIPPER STREET : SEASON TWO: WHITECHAPEL’S FINEST DETECTIVES RETURN TO BLU-RAY & DVD ON APRIL 15, 2014
Exclusive Bonus Feature
Street Date: April 15, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Blu-ray $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 480 mins + bonus material / 3-disc set (DVD)/ 2-disc set (BD)
New York – March 11, 2014 – Return to the meanest streets of East London on April 15, 2014 with the Blu-ray and DVD release of BBC AMERICA’s critically acclaimed crime drama Ripper Street from BBC Home Entertainment. Dubbed “Downton Stabby” by Entertainment Weekly, Ripper Street: Season Two provides a vivid, violent look at Victorian London as it staggers toward the Twentieth Century. The long shadow of Jack the Ripper may be gone, but the job of protecting London’s Whitechapel district has never been harder for Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen, Anna Karenina) and his loyal deputies Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn, Game of Thrones) and Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg, Elementary).
The year is 1890. As the century enters its final decade, recession stalks Great Britain. Its preeminent role in the world is under threat and nowhere is the bloated British Empire’s problems felt more keenly than in its dark heart: the East End of London. Against a society in rapid decline, the men of Metropolitan Police’s H Division take on new crimes including a new drug scourge of an imperial nature, a female gang set on vengeance against their industrial tormentors, escaped bombers, subversive cult Svengalis and a mad eugenicist that stalks the circus freak shows for prey – an investigation that brings the elusive “Elephant Man” (Joseph Drake, Doctors) to their aid. These new threats will test Reid and his allies to their very limit, all while facing corruption in their own ranks from the neighboring force of Limehouse’s K Division, and its formidable and entirely amoral leader, Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine (Joseph Mawle, Game of Thrones).
The team faces challenges on the home front too. Without his wife Emily to anchor him, Reid wrestles personal demons of guilt and isolation. Drake has a new wife; but in committing to her, may have lost the brutal intensity that was a hallmark of his policing. Jackson, no longer bound by the need to keep a low profile, questions the suitability of Whitechapel as a place to call home while ‘Long’ Susan Hart (Myanna Buring, Downton Abbey) struggles to protect her brothel on Tenter Street and livelihood from the secret debt she owes the ruthless moneylender, Silas Duggan.
In addition to Joseph Mawle, new cast members in season two include David Costabile (Breaking Bad, The Wire), Damien Molony (Being Human), and Leanne Best (Wire in the Blood). Guest stars this season also include Paul Kaye (2,000 Acres of Sky, Game of Thrones) as Gabriel Cain, Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who) as Raine, Gina Bellman (Coupling) as Jemima Swan and James Wilby (Maurice, Clapham Junction) as Charles Broadwick.
Ripper Street: Season Two premiered on BBC AMERICA on Saturday, February 22, at 9:00pm ET/PT. The series has already been commissioned for a third season, which will begin filming in May 2014.
Exclusive Bonus features include:
• “Beneath Ripper Street” – cast & crew interviews
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