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Purple Noon [DVD]


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  • Actors: Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt, Erno Crisa, Frank Latimore
  • Directors: René Clément
  • Writers: René Clément, Patricia Highsmith, Paul Gégauff
  • Producers: Goffredo Lombardo, Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XOBW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,879 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. K. Perry on 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 By A Customer on 2 Sep 2004
Format: DVD
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 By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
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.

The story is somewhat changed from the later film (I have not read the book) but like the later film this is riveting entertainment. Fast-paced and well directed, this moves along at great pace and you are continually torn between liking Ripley for his cleverness and wanting him to be caught.

I really only have two criticisms of the film. Firstly as a previous reviewer said at the end there is a big shock, which results in an ending to the film that I didn't like. Again as the previous reviewer said I can't elaborate on this without spoiling the film. Secondly I prefer John Malkovich as Ripley. See his performance in Ripleys Game. That said Ripleys Game is not as good a film as this one.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Oct 2010
Format: DVD
"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.Read more ›
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