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Purple Noon (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1960)

Alain Delon , Maurice Ronet , René Clément  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet
  • Directors: René Clément
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009D0050I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,339 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with René Clément scholar Denitza Bantcheva
  • Archival interviews with actor Alain Delon and novelist Patricia Highsmith, on whose book The Talented Mr. Ripley the film was based
  • Original English-language trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a reprinted interview with Clément

  • Editorial Reviews

    Alain Delon (The Leopard) was at his most impossibly beautiful when Purple Noon (Plein soleil) was released and made him an instant star. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s vicious novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by the versatile René Clément (Forbidden Games), stars Delon as Tom Ripley, a duplicitous American charmer in Rome on a mission to bring his privileged, devil-may-care acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf (Elevator to the Gallows’ Maurice Ronet) back to the United States; what initially seems a carefree tale of friendship soon morphs into a thrilling saga of seduction, identity theft, and murder. Featuring gorgeous on-location photography in coastal Italy, Purple Noon is crafted with a light touch that allows it to be suspenseful and erotic at once, while giving Delon the role of a lifetime.

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    41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ripley Done Right September 17, 2003
    By A Customer
    Format:DVD
    I discovered Plein Soleil in France while living in Paris and since it had a four star rating (out of four) in the TV review, I decided to tape it, and have not regretted it since. I have seen the film four times and simply never get tired of it.
    My friends and family were disappointed in the American Ripley film version and I really wanted them to see this, the original film. However, I was not willing to translate every single line from French into English (irritating for all involved... defeats the purpose...) and I could not find a copy of the movie with subtitles.
    Then I found that Plein Soleil existed under the title "Purple Noon" in English and was overjoyed. As the other reviewers have already noted, the cinematography is superb, and, Alain Delon, pretty boy or not, is sublime. (And I was not a fan of his- quite the contrary- before seeing this film). The twist and sense of poetic justice at the end was far more gratifying than the Talented Mr. Ripley.
    To me this is a PERFECT MOVIE. Just to give you a sense of my taste, other "perfect films" in my book are "Cyrano de Bergerac" (version with Gerard Depardieu), "Goodfellas", and "Rocco et I suoi fratelli" (Viscomti- an Italian drama also starring a young Alain Delon).
    Call it Plein Soleil or Purple Noon- what you get is style, suspense, finesse, and French class.
    An American formerly in Paris
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    53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Talented Mr. Ripley with a French accent November 13, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    I saw this before I read the Patricia Highsmith mystery novel from which it was adapted, and before seeing the recent and excellent The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. Here the accomplished French director René Clément has Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet and Marie Laforêt as his stars in this very fine interpretation. Seeing it again only confirms my high opinion.

    The fact that "Purple Noon" plays well after forty years is a testament to Clément's clean, objective direction and his faithful adherence to the Hitchcock formula. Pretty poor boy goes after everything pretty rich boy has, including his yacht and his girl friend in this tightly focused thriller. We see once again--cf., Polanski's Knife in the Water (1962) and the early Nicole Kidman vehicle Dead Calm (1989)--that some very bad things can happen when you get two men and one woman on a yacht in the middle of a whole lot of water. Note too the Mediterranean rock island atmosphere reminiscent of Antonioni's L'Avventura (1960). It will probably get me into trouble with Italian film aficionados to add that it's a little surprising that both films are from the same year, inasmuch as Plein Soleil is still a treat to watch, while L'Avventura seems terribly dated. Perhaps the beautiful use of color and the charming locales and interiors so well done by Clément make the difference.

    Delon is a particularly "pretty" and uncomplicated Tom Ripley, while Ronet is a somewhat nasty and macho Philippe ("Dickie" in the novel) Greenleaf, and Laforêt is a very sensual and sexy Marge. All do a good job and are well directed by Clément whose attention to detail in all aspects of the production is admirable.
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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sensually Seductive November 6, 2000
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    No matter how powerful a sunscreen you wear, you'll still be scorched by the pernicious heat of Purple Noon. This sunbaked French thriller, originally released in 1960 and now reissued under Martin Scorsese's imprimatur, is an elegant tale of murder on the French Riviera.
    Delon, looking as languidly sleek and dangerous as a panther at rest, portrays an amoral young man who knocks off a playboy pal (Maurice Ronet) and then coolly takes possession of the dead man's name, bank account and, eventually, fiancée (Marie Laforêt). As directed by René Clément (Forbidden Games), it's all très smart, sexy and suspenseful, and Delon, well, let's just say he is one mighty cute croissant.
    Yes, The Talented Mr. Ripley as it should be.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hang with Alain Delon. The ONLY Ripley - Plein Soliel February 24, 2001
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    Who in their right mind would even consider big toothed childlike Matt Damon in the role of the classic beautiful Alain Delon? Please lets be real for a moment and not go off into the bizzare and just stick to this original version. The filming, the acting, the direction, untouchable and superior. The lesson here is don't attempt to touch a classic, it will always be viewed as second rate.
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    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The fine art of murder July 29, 2006
    Format:DVD
    Patricia Highsmith's THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY might be the finest American suspense thriller ever written. A clever young man from a disadvantaged background is sent abroad by an industrialist to bring home the latter's spoiled and vicious son; befriending the young rotter in Italy, the antihero becomes enamored of his decadent lifestyle and kills him so he can assume his identity. The novel is not only suspenseful but it forms a brilliant disquisition on the nature of identity at mid-century, and its relationship to texts, reputation, and capital. Two very intelligent films have been made from it that capture different parts of it successfully: the latest is Anthony Minghella's 1999 big-budget Hollywood thriller starring Matt Damon, but the first was this beautifully photographed French version directed by Rene Clement starring Alain Delon as Ripley.

    Clement's version succeeds best in its evocation of the lovely rarefied atmosphere of the tourist Italy of the American jetset: the cinematography has a crystalline postcard beauty that makes Rome and the Italian coast seem supernatually beautiful. It also has a much better Ripley in Delon than Minghella had in Damon: Delon is much less hesitant and much more desperate and amoral, and he also has the requisite handsomeness (and facial resemblance to the rich wastrel he murders and replaces) that Damon lacks. As the gorgeous, cruel Dickie Greenleaf (here called Phillipe), Maurice Ronet is absolutely first-rate, toying with Ripley in the mistaken belief that he holds all the cards in their friendship. Less successful as Phillipe's emotionally abused girlfriend Marge is Marie Leforet, who doesn't seem to react to Phillipe at all as an American girl would ever conceiveably do.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL FILM WITH A YOUNG ALAIN DELON
    WONDERFUL FILM WITH A YOUNG ALAIN DELON. THEONE TO WATCH IN COMPARSION TO RIPLEY'S GAME
    Published 1 month ago by BEAVER
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Ok
    Published 1 month ago by ronald bruckner
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Classic ..
    Published 1 month ago by erica light
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Purple Noon": Death Comes for the Playboys
    Identity theft has never worn a more handsome masque than that of Alain Delon in "Purple Noon", the first film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "The Talented Mr. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Dr. Robert F. Knoll
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    Thank you, so very much. I love the movie.
    Published 3 months ago by Carla Lucas
    3.0 out of 5 stars PLEIN SOLEIL
    Nice dramatic rendition within the context of 1960. Nothing to write home about, however. Nice flesh, nice setting, period. AB
    Published 4 months ago by Alexander Benet
    3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed in quality
    The seller listed this as used in good or excellent condition. They neglected to mention that it was a previous rental and had scratch marks everywhere with some dragging during... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by l. wagner
    5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE OF FRENCH CINEMA
    A huge international box office success when originally released. It made an overnight star of Alan Delon. Forget about the pathetic American remake (Talented Mr Ripley). Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Peter M
    5.0 out of 5 stars Original Ripley
    I liked the new version. Love the old version. Can't get enough of that sociopath, or would it be psychopath, Ridley.
    Published 6 months ago by MimiDiane
    4.0 out of 5 stars Restoration of Great Movie is Good, Not Great, But Extras are Worth...
    For years, I had to make do with the old DVD of this film Purple Noon. The picture quality was decent but not impressive - also it was plain, with no extras. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by VIDFAN
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