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Purple Noon (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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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.

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

  • 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
      Not Rated
    • 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 (102 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B009D0050I
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,265 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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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    By A Customer on September 17, 2003
    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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    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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    By A Customer on November 6, 2000
    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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    By A Customer on December 24, 1999
    Format: VHS Tape
    the movie is just brilliant. Its loosely based on on the novel but is a classic in its own right. cool performance by Alain Delon who is perfect as Tom Ripley. Cold, confident, and calculating. One of the best films of the suspense genre. sumptuously shot with beautiful music by the guy who did 'La Dolce Vita.' One of the best films i've ever seen. Perfect example of french film noir of the sixties. Also, Alain Delon is the best-looking actor ever.
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    Tom Ripley played by... Alain Delon?! How the tall, spoiled, and chiseled leading man with the perfect hair be casted as the devious underdog is uncertain, but it worked... to perfection. Delon is born to play Ripley the same way Sean Connery is born to drink martini. Everything in this film worked, not the least it has us rooting for the sinister. The pacing is excellent: Clement often pauses for the audience to contemplate the crime before Delon swiftly introduces the cover-up. All the while building up tension against the sunny backdrop of the Mediterranean.
    I saw Purple Noon before Minghella's 1999 fiasco. I am the only one in my circle of friends who didn't like "The Talendted Mr. Ripley." Sorry Matt Damon, but you should've phoned Delon for some acting tips.
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