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The Talented Mr. Ripley [VHS] [1999]

Matt Damon , Gwyneth Paltrow , Anthony Minghella    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Directors: Anthony Minghella
  • Producers: William Horberg, Tom Sternberg
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • VHS Release Date: 4 Dec 2000
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VVR2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,119 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"I feel like I've been handed a new life", says Tom Ripley at a crucial turning point of this well-cast, stylishly crafted psychological thriller. And indeed he has, because the devious, impoverished Ripley (played with subtle depth by Matt Damon) has just traded his own identity for that of Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), the playboy heir to a shipping fortune who has become Ripley's model for a life worth living. Having been sent by Dickie's father to retrieve the errant son from Italy, Ripley has smoothly ingratiated himself with Dickie and his lovely, unsuspecting fiancée, Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow). In due course, the sheer evil of Ripley's amoral scheme will be revealed.

Superbly adapted from the acclaimed novel by Patricia Highsmith (also the basis of the acclaimed French version, Purple Noon), The Talented Mr Ripley is writer-director Anthony Minghella's impressive follow-up to his Oscar-winning triumph The English Patient. Recreating late-1950s Italy in exacting detail, the film captures the sensuousness of la dolce vita while developing the fracturing of Ripley's mind as his crimes grow increasingly desperate. And where Hitchcock was necessarily discreet with the homosexual subtext of Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, Minghella brings it out of the closet, increasing the dramatic tension and complexity of Ripley's psychological breakdown. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Cate Blanchett are excellent in pivotal supporting roles, and the film's final image is utterly effective: Ripley's talents have gone too far, and this study of class distinction, obsession and deadly desire reaches a disturbing yet richly appropriate conclusion. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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In 1958, the charming but penniless Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is hired by a wealthy magnate to travel to Italy and rescue his son, Dickie (Jude Law), from a life of indolence. Upon arrival, Tom discovers that Dickie has it all - including a beautiful girlfriend, Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) - and begins to covet his luxurious lifestyle. Although Tom is sexually attracted to Dickie, the latter soon tires of him, and when Tom begins to find himself excluded from Dickie's coterie, his envy takes a murderous turn. Based on Patricia Highsmith's novel which also provided the inspiration for the pre-New Wave French classic 'Plein Soleil' and Wim Wenders' 'The American Friend'.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
This is an absolutely must see film. It is haunting, and very tense. I wasn't sure that Matt Damon was the best actor for this role, but the more I've watched his performance the more I am captivated by his sociopathic portrayal of Ripley. I thought the end sequence with Peter was absolutely blood tingling - and Jack Davenport (from the BBC's This Life) adds marvellous support to a top notch cast. The extras on this DVD are incredible. Minghella's academic commentary is excellent. For example, I wasn't aware that Cate Blanchett's character wasn't in the book, so now I've got to read Patricia Highsmith's novel! And the way Minghella informs how he condensed the first 40 pages of the novel into 4 pages of script, to produce a wonderful prologue to his film, demonstrates his excellence as a screenwriter and director. The cast interviews are worth buying the DVD for alone. Overall, this is an excellent format that truly offers value for money - and Mr Ripley is one of the most haunting films I have seen for years, and can now see time and time again.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **** CLASSY AND INTELLIGENT **** 4 Oct 2002
By Mr. N. Carnegie HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Mistaken for a Princeton graduate whilst wearing a borrowed blazer, the low born New York charmer, Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), is dispatched by rich businessman Herbert Greenleaf (James Rebhorn), to travel first class on an all-expenses-paid mission, to bring his errant young playboy son, Dickie (Jude Law), back to New York from his champagne and party filled life on the Mediterranean. However, on meeting the handsome and charismatic Dickie (and his equally attractive girlfriend), the awestruck Tom falls for his charms and an ambiguous relationship begins. Tom, the social chameleon who has talents for forgery and impersonation, feeling that he cannot enter this world as himself begins to transform his identity, by learning new skills, studying jazz, art, geography and foreign languages. He not only changes his clothes he also changes his character. Meanwhile the innocent and trusting Meredith (Cate Blanchett) who met Tom on his arrival in Europe accepts Tom as an equal because she thinks he is Dickie Greenleaf. But all is not well in the playground of the rich, for Dickie is in turns as unpleasant and rude as he is debonair and charming, and soon he and his rich friends begin to tire of the financially inferior and all too clingy Tom, who has no intention of being cast adrift, for it is his belief that "its better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody"...
The Talented Mr Ripley subtly portrays the hedonistic lifestyle of rich, young Americans in the 1950's. In the movie, Tom is less the casebook amoral psychopath of the novel and more a victim of class in his desire to be like the rich but cruel Dickie and Freddie. The film is, however, anything but simple and only about an hour in does the film become anything approaching an orthodox thriller.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Blu-Ray only so-so. 16 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Nothing more really needs to be said about the film itself - it's just a beautiful piece of work. Technically, the Blu-Ray is certainly an improvement over the DVD but don't expect visual revelations. It's not a vintage film - although tries to capture that feeling - and I find the picture quality slightly disappointing. There are ways to get that old feel without compromising the definition (one good example is Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy which perfectly captures that old film stock look with its characteristic muted colour palette). But Ripley is just downright grainy. But don't let that detract from the main point, which shines through - it is just a wonderful movie; beautifully shot with compelling performances and it successfully (for me at least) evokes the time and places in which it is set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rarity -- a movie ALMOST as good as the book 2 Dec 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I think most people would agree that MOST movies-made-from-books don't even come close to the books themselves. Orders of events are changed, minor characters are deleted, even entire sections of the plots are left out for "artistic reasons" (or simply because it costs too much to include them in the film). If you're lucky, you see the movie and THEN read the book; otherwise, you're left utterly disappointed.
Well, I read "The Talented Mr. Ripley" before seeing it on video. And I was hesitant about seeing the movie, as the book was incredibly rich and very deep, especially in character development. I had huge doubts that the movie could do the book justice. But to my very pleasant surprise, they seemed to have pulled it off somehow.
This movie is actually almost as good as the book -- amazing!!
Matt Damon is absolutely superb as Tom Ripley. He looks like Tom, has his mannerisms, has his voice. Damon is SO successful at portraying Tom Ripley as Highsmith had written of his character in her book: A conniving, pathetic psychopath, who disgusts you but also somehow manages to make you feel sorry for him in the process. A very tough role for any actor, but Damon was excellent.
Likewise, Jude Law is wonderful at portraying the likeable extrovert Dickie Greenleaf -- a rich kid who's lazing away in Italy on Daddy's money, but who still doesn't come across as a selfish snob. Gwyneth Paltrow does a good job as hesitant Marge, who lacks self-confidence and only wants Dickie to reciprocate the devotion she has for him. My only complaint about having Paltrow in this role is that I feel she is too pretty to play Marge, as in the book Marge is a bit more homely. But still, Paltrow gets Marge's personality down pat, which is most important.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rightfully considered a modern day classic.
Fantastic film - dark, engaging, thrilling and beautifully filmed. Rightfully considered a modern day classic.
Published 4 days ago by Mr. GW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
I loved this film when it came out many years ago, great story and great acting. Looking forward to watching again soon
Published 10 days ago by pimparola
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie to own
Not blu ray, but looks great on a sony blu ray upscaler . If you like amalfi coast and italy this is a movie for you - and the movie is a *****. Matt Damon, Jude law etc etc.
Published 11 days ago by Mallow
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film....
I absolutely love this film . Brilliant performances from Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Beautiful cinematography and set in Italy.
A must see....
Published 20 days ago by 67sunshine friendly
1.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles
As always, finding films with subtitles (closed captions) to watch online is a nightmare. As 11% of people have hearing loss; that's a huge amount of potential customers Amazon is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Sg Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars American Blu Ray is Best!
Be aware that the American transfer of this superb film is way superior to the British version. The print used is stunning and the clarity, colour, definition and audio quality... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adrian Drew
4.0 out of 5 stars sociopath , really ??
I saw this and had read that he was a sociopath which is another word for psychopath . He takes it as an opportunity to move up the ladder in the company by going to Italy to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by davidinator
3.0 out of 5 stars the positives just about cancel out the negatives.
This is a film which struggles with the basic implausibilty of the source material (The Patricia Highsmith novel, which I love but does require a fair bit of suspension of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by An avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt Damon and PS-H
I've already watched and enjoyed this movie but wanted to enjoy the performance of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman again
Published 4 months ago by Cameron
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
Even though I am not a big Jude Law fan and I absolutely dislike Gwineth Paltrow, I did honestly find the film entertaining. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Aurea
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