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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: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sept. 2013
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D48ZQAO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,217 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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The film of course (even with the changed ending due to censorship reasons) is great. I was looking forward to this blu ray (region B) because I couldn't played the zone A locked Criterion (damn that region system!), so it was very, very frustrating to see such a terrible picture quality! Regardeless of the actual state of the camera negative, this 4 k transfer should have been much better. The colours are terribly faded ( like an old photo from the 60s) and this cannot be the way the director envisioned his film. Not to such a degree at least. The contrast is also very bad and I couldn' put it right even fidgeting with my player and TV picture settiings. Funnily, the sequences shown during the new interview with Delon, offered as an extra, look noticebly better than in the actual film, though not as good as I think they should. I haven't seen the Criterion edition, but i bet it is better. What a pity.
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DVD Version: This is not a restored print of the film.
The first image is a still from the first French DVD Edition of the film that I bought in the year 2000. Notice the vibrant blues, the darker browns of the suitcase.
The second image is a still from the DVD purchased here: notice how washed out the image looks, the wall in the background is not blue, but an insipid brown...it's as if the whole thing was filmed with a sepia filter over it.
I chose these stills deliberately because in the Special Features on the DVD, they show you a comparison of before the cleaned it up, and after they cleaned it up: this was one of the scenes they use to illustrate the enhancements. Enhancements that are visible in that Special Feature only, because the film itself does not look like the alleged restored version. Ironically, the version on my French DVD from the year 2000 looks what the restored version should have been.
StudioCanal should hang their heads in shame at this. Either something went wrong and the unrestored version of the film was used for the main feature, or they're cynically advertising it as restored when in fact it's not.
The film would get five stars. This edition does not.
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A fascinating interpretation of Patricia Highsmith's novel 'The Talented Mr Ripley'. Beautifully filmed (the SD Amazon rental is surprisingly good quality) and superbly acted. As would be expected, there are changes to some of the action of the novel and to some aspects of character (notably in Marge). Most of it works well - the dramatic effect is artfully manipulated - but the ending fails. Whether it is an appeasement to conventional morality or the desire for a neat ending, the director's decision to make Greenleaf's body reappear (bizarrely still tied to the boat) and the implied subsequent arrest of Ripley, seems a rather craven finale. However, I would highly recommend viewing this film - as I would Anthony Minghella's markedly different film interpretation of the same novel.
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A good film let down by a seriously flawed blu-ray transfer from Studio Canal. As others have noted, despite a restoration, something has gone wrong in the transfer to blu-ray. Colours are washed-out and flat looking. Contrast levels are off and the the image looks too bright in places. In short, this does not look anything like a late 1950's colour film should look.
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By John on 11 Sept. 2013
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The picture quality of this BD is appalling!
Washed out colours, no BD detailled image whatsoever.
Terrible. The DVD looks better in comparison!
The movie itself is 5 stars, the BD one star.
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The masters of Cinema : ALAiN DELON , MAURiCE RONET and RENEE CLEMENT created the BEST CiNEMA EVER ! In this SUPERFiLM , the one and only MEGASTAR ALAiN DELON performed outstanding !!! - DELON was born to play this role . DELON , RONET , CLEMENT : Timeless and outstanding performances ! ( Gentille Adrian Buzatu )
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By Paul Healy on 23 Dec. 2013
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If Mr Clement's claims that he was done over by the Cahiers du Cinema mob are true, then it is a sad indictment of the general wrong-headedness of most cultural movements. Here is a beautiful restoration that not only showcases the indisputable mastery of this great director, but also shows us the combined artistry of the director and the great actor, Alain Delon. Mr. Delon gets us deep into the dark heart of the nihilistic Mr Ripley and shows us the true evil that dwells in the human condition.
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By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2013
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Although I was a big fan of The Talented Mr Ripley, I was unaware of the existence of this film, until I heard about it on the Radio 4 Film programme and how it had been restored digitally to great acclaim at the Cannes Festival this year.

Although some of it is set in Rome, the main part of the story is set against a beautiful Italian coastal backdrop, which gives the most memorable scenes and the cinematography is highlighted there, with the sharp focus of the Italian sun.

This is a 1960 film and so it's never going to look like a modern film with digital editing, but for me the transfer was pretty good and I was very pleased to be able to see this psychological thriller on Blu Ray.

It is slower perhaps, than modern audiences are used to - but this seems entirely appropriate to the tense atmosphere of some scenes and it does allow you to truly appreciate the full beauty of some of the shots. This is a classic of French cinema and while some might still prefer the later Minghella film - this is so different, it is intriguing to watch and compare.

Alain Delon comes into his own as an intense presence and a convincing psycopath, while being very watchable. I think this is a must-see for French film enthusiasts and the Blu Ray allows dubbed or subtitled versions. It also has 3 bonus features on the director René Clément, Delon and the restoration.
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