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Rififi [Dual Format Edition DVD + Blu-Ray] [1955]

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  • Actors: Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel, Magali Noel, Perlo Vita
  • Directors: Jules Dassin
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 9 May 2011
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PG9FZG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,265 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A seminal work of crime filmmaking that lead the young critic Francois Truffaut to declare the best Film Noir I have ever seen, Jules Dassins Rififi [Du rififi chez les hommes] has influenced films as diverse as Reservoir Dogs and Oceans Eleven since its release.

Following, Tony le Stephanois (Jean Servais), a master thief fresh out of jail, wearing a harried look and suffering ill health he refuses to be involved with crime, until he finds his girlfriend shacked up with a rival gangster. With little reason to keep living he plans a final job. Tony sets about finding his crew and meticulously planning the job; a robbery of the jewellery store Mappin & Webb. Rififi revolves around the central heist, famed for its finite detail and incredible tension, but the drama does not end at the heist like so many other crime films. Dassins film is a humanist tale that hinges on the loyalty among thieves and draws on the fatalistic, doom laden lives common to crooks and thieves in pulp literature.

An instant commercial success in Paris and worldwide, the film was also very well received by the critics with Jules Dassin being awarded the best director prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Arrow Academy is proud to present Jules Dassins legendary film in 1080p high definition for the first time in the UK.

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"Rififi" has been long-awaited as a Region 2 DVD release, and the wait is well worth it. P>The plot is the classic "retired master criminal plans one last job" one; but "Rififi" has things going for it. there are the production values: the real locations, the luminous black-and-white photography (deliberately done on grey winter's days to get the atmosphere just right), . You will not notice the passage of time whilst you wait on the edge of your seat for this to go horribly wrong.
Secondly, there is the snapshot the film gives us of 1950s Paris - grimy cafes, cobbled streets, coffee so strong you could stand a spoon up in it and the only thing missing is the pungent whiff of Gauloises or Disque Bleu. In short, probably my DVD of the year!
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Place tough guys into something like a Greek tragedy, put things under the control of a great director, and you may come up with a movie as excellent and nerve-wracking as Jules Dassin's Rififi. This is the grandaddy of all modern white-knuckle heist movies, with it's famous 32-minute silent break-in and safe-cracking. Few movies since have even come close to the original.

Tony le Stephanois (Jean Servais) is a middle-aged, weary, hard-boiled crook. He accepts a code that includes murder for squealers. He's just served five years in prison because he wouldn't squeal on Jo le Suedois (Carl Mohner). Suedois is almost like Tony's son. Jo is a big, tough, good looking guy. He's just as much a crook as Tony, but he's a family man, too, with a small son he's named Tonio. Tony is Tonio's godfather. Mario Feratti (Robert Manuel) is a happy, good-natured crook who is always on the lookout for a big score. Caesar le Milanais (Jules Dassin, using the name Perlo Vita) is an Italian safe cracker, something of a dandy with a weakness for lush women. The four of them pool their talents to break into Mappin et Webb, an exclusive jewelry store in the heart of Paris.

Think of the movie as a three-part journey that first takes us into Tony's and Jo's milieu, then leads us step by step through the break-in and robbery, and finally let's us see what happens because of one foolish mistake.

We get to know the four men, especially Tony and Jo. These guys are hard men. As we see them sort through whether or not they can actually do the robbery, we come to like them in a way. Especially with Tony, we recognize a weary man, stoic, broke, now looked down upon by others and two-timed while in prison by his girl with a rival who owns a nightclub.
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Format: DVD
American director Jules Dassin's classic French-made heist-thriller "Rififi" (1955) has, at long last, arrived on DVD in the UK. The film itself needs little introduction. No written review could fully do justice to its brilliance! So, how does "Rififi" hold up on DVD? Well, the picture quality is disappointing, but only because it has so many good things going for it: The black and white images (described as being "fully restored" on the back cover) are razor sharp, with solid blacks and excellent greyscale. On the other hand, the picture is let down by being somewhat unstable (for example, "jumps" occurring everytime the film "cuts") and containing more than its fair share of print damage (including specks, scratches and "cigarette burns", all of which can easily be removed using modern digital restoration technology). Normally, given the age of the film, we could forgive the DVD these faults (The film is certainly much more than just watchable) but in the light of Paramount's near flawless restoration of "Sunset Boulevard" (1950), viewers have come to expect more from vintage material. The audio is French Dolby Digital mono and receives no complaints from me. "Rififi" is hardly the type of film which could benefit from a 5.1 or DTS remix (Indeed, the film's centrepiece is played out in complete silence). English subtitles are included (Although the fact that they cannot be removed may aggravate some). In addition to the restored feature, the disc also includes some 67 minutes of bonus material: A theatrical trailer (made using a badly dubbed English language print of the film), an interview and Q and A session (conducted at London's National Film Theatre in 1983) with director Jules Dassin, and a photo gallary.Read more ›
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Format: Blu-ray
Until I bought Rififi on this Arrow BD I knew very little about it and it's purchase was a gamble. I now feel I have made a real discovery and have found a film I will get great pleasure from for many years to come. As a film it's perfect. Performances in this film noir crime drama are superb. It's a cracking heist movie (the robbery itself is, with the exception of sound effects, silent for 20 minutes and makes it really gripping). The black and white photography (why does the b&w image look so stunning on Blu ray? It's not the first time I've been really impressed by old films on this format)is stunning and atmospheric. For me any film set in Paris is special, it's like the city is as much a star as the actors. What more can I say, but if you enjoy classic films then you really should see this fine French film.
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