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Plein Soleil [DVD] [1960]

Alain Delon , Maurice Ronet , René Clément    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforet, Elvire Popesco, Erno Crisaa
  • Directors: René Clément
  • Producers: Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HSDSM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,059 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Pre-New Wave French film noir thriller directed by René Clément, based on the novel 'The Talented Mr Ripley' by Patricia Highsmith and shot on the warm and glowing Mediterranean coast. Alain Delon stars in his debut leading role as Tom Ripley, a young American who is paid by the wealthy Greenleaf family to travel to Europe to persuade his friend, errant playboy Philip Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet), to return to the family home in San Francisco. When he gets there, Tom discovers that Philip has it all - including a beautiful fiancée, Marge (Marie Laforet) - and begins to covet his luxurious lifestyle. Philip, initially amused by Tom's arrival, soon tires of him, and as Tom begins to find himself excluded from Philip's coterie, his envy takes a murderous turn. Highsmith's novel was later adapted by Hollywood as 'The Talented Mr Ripley' (1999) starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Tom Ripley is sent to Europe by Mr. Greenleaf to fetch his spoiled, playboy son, Philippe, and bring him back home to the States. In return, Tom will receive $5,000. Philippe toys with Tom, pretending he will go back home, but has no intentions of leaving his bride to be, Marge, and honoring his father's wishes. After some time passes, Mr. Greenleaf considers the mission a failure and cuts Tom off. Tom, in desperation, kills Philippe, assumes his identity, and lives the life of a rich playboy. However, he will need all his conman abilities to keep Philippe's friends and the police off the trail. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Edgar Allan Poe Awards, ...Purple Noon ( Plein soleil (Blazing Sun) ) ( Delitto in pieno sole (Lust for Evil) )

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FIRST MR RIPLEY 6 Sep 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is the original and best version of The talented Mr Ripley.
Alain Delon is far more believable then Matt Damon as the smooth talking, manipulatve, psychopathic killer,who gets a taste of the good life and doesn't want it to end. This film has a differant ending from the original book by patricia highsmith and the 1999 remake and with a running time of 113 minutes there is little room for padding. The cinematography and Italian settings only add to the sence of menace. This is probably one of French Director Rene clements(forbidden games) best films.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, passable DVD 2 Sep 2004
By A Customer
The film is a very interesting (if not entirely faithful) adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'. As for the DVD, however, it is a bit of a mixed bag. Although watchable, the print exhibits a large number of faults, including scratches and occasionally heavy grain. However, these faults are also apparent on the previously-released R1 disc (under the English title 'Purple Noon'), suggesting that the film will not look any better without a proper remastering. Both the R1 and R2 discs are presented in their original 1.66:1 ratio, but unlike the R1 disc, this R2 DVD is anamorphic. The disc also includes the theatrical trailer, missing on the R1.
However, this disc also lacks some features. The R2 disc only contains the original French soundtrack (the best way to watch the film, in my opinion), while the R1 disc contains this track as well as an English dub, for those who do not like reading the subtitled translation. On that topic, the R1 has removable subtitles (reportedly in a nasty yellow font, though!), while the English subtitles on the R2 are fixed. The subtitles appear to have been digitally created for this DVD, and are very clear and defined (if a little big) but some viewers may be disappointed that they cannot be removed from the image.
In conclusion, this is the best release of the film yet on DVD in terms of picture and sound quality, despite still being a bit disappointing. Unless you cannot stand to watch the film in its original language, or do not like fixed subtitles, this is the version to get.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Admit it. At feeding time wouldn't we rather be the snake than the mouse? Even though we might be revolted by the snake's single-minded swallowing, without benefit of a knife and fork, don't we merely shiver a bit and keep watching?

Tom Ripley enjoys a good meal, too. He wants all the good things in life. He doesn't mind causing a little death now and then to get them and to keep them. He takes exception to being looked down upon. Along with Ripley's charm, good nature, easy manners and handsome looks, he has a complete lack of conscience, which combines well with his desire to enjoy what others have.

Patricia Highsmith's intelligent thriller, The Talented Mr. Ripley, first introduced us to Tom. He was poor then but willing to be rich. He was the order-taking, money-holding, envious hanger-on to an over-bearing, arrogant rich young man about his own age. The death of this man, plus a spot of impersonation and forgery, some quick thinking and resourcefulness, put Tom on his path to riches. Of course, it was Tom who did the deed to his friend. Forty minutes into Plein Soleil and Tom Ripley is on his way.

Rene Clement's Plein Soleil (Purple Noon), with an incredibly young and handsome Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, was the first filming of Tom's murderous and successful career. In time we also came to know Tom in Wim Wenders' The American Friend (Ripley's Game) in 1977 with Dennis Hopper as Tom; Anthony Minghella's version of The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), with Matt Damon as Tom, then Liliana Cavani's Ripley's Game in 2002 with John Malkovich as Tom. They all are fine in their own satisfyingly nasty ways, although Wim Wenders' version owes more to Wenders than to Highsmith, and Dennis Hopper as Tom is, in my opinion, a stretch.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Seeing for the Suspense and the Scenery 24 Oct 2010
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Purple Noon," ("Plein Soleil") (!960), is a classic of the French cinema, a full-color crime/thriller/drama set on the luscious Italian Riviera. It was adapted and directed by highly- respected French director Rene Clement, (Criterion Coll: Forbidden Games ), from The Talented Mr. Ripley, a thriller by the American author Patricia Highsmith, best-known for Strangers On A Train. PURPLE NOON gives us loads of lush and beautiful scenery, and two of the most beautiful French leading men of the time, Alain Delon (Alain Delon - The Screen Icons Collection [DVD]) and Maurice Ronet (After The Fox [DVD] [1966]). It was the first filmed treatment of this important, insidious novel, which quite likely owes its kernel to Henry James' The Ambassadors. Highsmith's novel, of course, was to be filmed again, more recently in 1999, as The Talented Mr Ripley , in English, by British director Anthony Minghella. That version was to star Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

However, in PURPLE NOON, the cagey Tom Ripley, who is played by Alain Delon, is sent to Europe by a Mr.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars dramatic sailing yatch murder.
This film follows very closely the original novel with Alain Delon playing the part of the naïve, but cunning murderous imposter who breaks up the relationship of an American... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Derek Vernon-morris
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
This dvd was very good ,did not realise that this film was like the first film Mr. ripley .but did enjoy the film ..
Published 11 months ago by susanwiffill
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and amorality
39 years before the Matt Damon-Jude Law adaptation, Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley was filmed, in French, with Alain Delon as Tom Ripley. Read more
Published 12 months ago by dra
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Highsmith
Plein Soleil (René Clement, 1960, 115')

Plein Soleil (English: Purple Noon, aka Full Sun or Blazing Sun or Lust for Evil) is a 1960 film directed by René... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2012 by Dr René Codoni
5.0 out of 5 stars colour style grace sixties
Compelling throughout; fantastic photography; beautiful people; builds to wicked climax; just so stylish; influential over a thousand lesser Mediterranean pictures and TV series;... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2012 by Mario
4.0 out of 5 stars Plein Soleil
An earlier French version of "The Talented Mr Ripley" ... In French but with subtitles if you need them. The plot follows roughly the same story. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Alistair
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
The film is excellent, but it would not play on my DVD player although all the others ordered at the same time were fine. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2010 by potter steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Delon's glamour vs Highsmith's machinations
Plein Soleil is a taut thriller with good plot and pacing but less character development.We see the idle rich in an Italy of the late 50s. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2009 by technoguy
3.0 out of 5 stars The still quite talented but more obvious Mr Ripley
Plein Soleil = Full Sun, let's get that out of the way to start with for those who manage sub-titled films in spite of them being in foreign languages! Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2009 by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars First class film
Overall this a superb take on Patricia Highsmith's Talented Mr Ripley. Its certainly a match, if not better than the more recent Anthony Mingella version. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2008 by S J Buck
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