Criterion Collection: Purple Noon [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Unfortunately the one I received had no english subtitles and I have no French to speak of. However the suppliers refunded immediately. Otherwise a brilliant film.Published 18 months ago by Mr. T. Garcia
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 morePublished on 3 Mar. 2014 by Derek Vernon-morris
This dvd was very good ,did not realise that this film was like the first film Mr. ripley .but did enjoy the film ..Published on 27 Sept. 2013 by susanwiffill
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 morePublished on 11 Aug. 2013 by dra
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
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 morePublished on 14 Jan. 2011 by Alistair
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 morePublished on 2 Feb. 2010 by potter steve