The Talented Mr. RipleyDirector: Anthony Minghella
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A well-packed DVD release of Anthony Minghella's 1999 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel (filmed previously in 1960 as Plein Soleil. The disc not only includes a director's commentary and trailers, but a short piece on the creation of the soundtrack, music videos, a making-of documentary and a separate section of cast and crew interviews. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen format, with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The image is beautifully crisp and clear, with accurate and rich colors as well as solid blacks. This is a particular plus for this particular movie, which was beautifully shot in some wonderful locations; the studio sequences, which often use a more stylized color scheme, fare equally well. The audio side is slightly less impressive. The Dolby Surround track seems overdone, with levels pushed too far and tracks mushed together -- a problem that crosses over to the French Dolby Surround track, which has an additional handicap in a voice cast that seems to know few subtleties. The Dolby 5.1 track is far better in most respects, with excellent separation and balance, as well as good surround usage. It is, however, extremely muted, especially in contrast to the others. Music and ambient sounds are treated very well indeed, but there is very little call for deep, punchy bass. Minghella's commentary is scene-specific, and essentially non-stop. He pours out details of the story, his approach to the script, the production, the cast, the characters, the music. Curiously enough, considering the amount of information he delivers, he never once sounds rushed. The "Inside The Talented Mr. Ripley" documentary and the cast/crew interviews have some redundant information, but still provide a good further glimpse into the workings of the film. The music documentary is short, but quite interesting in terms of how it explains Minghella's through-line for the film in terms of the music -- classical, jazz, and original music by composer Gabriel Yared. The trailers are standard issue, but presented in excellent condition. The two music videos are drawn from sequences within the movie. "My Funny Valentine" takes a typical cross-cutting approach, while "Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano" is simply taken directly from the movie. Neither is overly special, but it is nice to have them on hand. The Talented Mr. Ripley is an excellent DVD, and certainly one of the best efforts from the direction of Paramount up to the end of 2000.
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Cast & Crew
|Matt Damon||Tom Ripley|
|Gwyneth Paltrow||Marge Sherwood|
|Jude Law||Dickie Greenleaf|
|Cate Blanchett||Meredith Logue|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||Freddie Miles|
|Jack Davenport||Peter Smith-Kingsley|
|James Rebhorn||Herbert Greenleaf|
|Sergio Rubini||Inspector Roverini|
|Philip Baker Hall||Alvin MacCarron|
|Lisa Eichhorn||Emily Greenleaf|
|Alessandro Fabrizi||Sergeant Baggio|
|Anna Longhi||Signora Buffi|
|Ivano Marescotti||Superintendent Verrecchia|
|Celia Weston||Aunt Joan|
|Stefano M. Ortolani||Art Director|
|Gary Jones||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ann Roth||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Roy Walker||Production Designer|
|Gabriel Yared||Score Composer|
|Bruno Cesari||Set Decoration/Design|
|Patricia Highsmith||Source Author|
|Steve Andrews||Associate Producer,Asst. Director|
|Sydney Pollack||Executive Producer|
|Graham Walker||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Pat Jackson||Sound Editor|
|Ivan Sharrock||Sound/Sound Designer|
1. Borrowed Jacket
2. Partners in Disguise
4. Three Talents of Tom Ripley
6. Double Agent
7. Mysterious Mr. Ripley
9. A Corduroy Jacket in Italy
10. Festival of Madonna
12. San Remo
14. New Beginning
15. Evening at the Opera
16. Chance Meeting
17. So Bourgeois
18. Police Inquiry
19. Tom's Return
20. Dickie's Letter
23. Silent Promise
24. A Fake Somebody, a Real Nobody
25. End Credits
Audio Options: English Dolby Surround
Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
Audio Options: French
Subtitle Options: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Subtitle Options: None
Cast & Crew Interviews
"Inside the Talented Mr. Ripley"
"My Funny Valentine" Music Video
"Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano" Music Video
Making of the Soundtrack
Commentary With Anthony Minghella
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''The Talented Mr. Ripley'' is an Hitchcockian and blood-curdling study of the psychopath and his victims. At the centre of this masterpiece, set in the exquisitely decadent scapes of Italy, is a titanic encounter between Ripley, the aforementioned psychopath protagonist and young Greenleaf, a consummate narcissist. Ripley is a cartoonishly poor young adult whose overriding desire is to belong to a higher - or at least, richer - social class. While he waits upon the subjects of his not so hidden desires, he receives an offer he cannot refuse: to travel to Italy to retrieve the spoiled and hedonistic son of a shipbuilding magnate, Greenleaf Senior. He embarks upon a study of Junior's biography, personality, likes and hobbies. In a chillingly detailed process, he actually assumes Greenleaf's identity. Disembarking from a luxurious Cunard liner in his destination, Italy, he ''confesses'' to a gullible textile-heiress that he is the young Greenleaf, travelling incognito. Thus, we are subtly introduced to the two over-riding themes of the antisocial personality disorder (still labelled by many professional authorities ''psychopathy'' and ''sociopathy''): an overwhelming dysphoria and an even more overweening drive to assuage this angst by belonging. The psychopath is an unhappy person. He is besieged by recurrent depression bouts, hypochondria and an overpowering sense of alienation and drift. He is bored with his own life and is permeated by a seething and explosive envy of the lucky, the mighty, the clever, the have it alls, the know it alls, the handsome, the happy - in short: his opposites. He feels discriminated against and dealt a poor hand in the great poker game called life. He is driven obsessively to right these perceived wrongs and feels entirely justified in adopting whatever means he deems necessary in pursuing this goal. Ripley's reality test is maintained throughout the film. In other words - while he gradually merges with the object of his admiring emulation, the young Greenleaf - Ripley can always tell the difference. After he kills Greenleaf in self-defense, he assumes his name, wears his clothes, cashes his checks and makes phone calls from his rooms. But he also murders - or tries to murder - those who suspect the truth. These acts of lethal self-preservation prove conclusively that he knows who he is and that he fully realizes that his acts are parlously illegal. Young Greenleaf is young, captivatingly energetic, infinitely charming, breathtakingly handsome and deceivingly emotional. He lacks real talents - he know how to play only six jazz tunes, can't make up his musical mind between his faithful sax and a newly alluring drum kit and, an aspiring writer, can't even spell. These shortcomings and discrepancies are tucked under a glittering facade of non-chalance, refreshing spontaneity, an experimental spirit, unrepressed sexuality and unrestrained adventurism. But Greenleaf Jr. is a garden variety narcissist. He cheats on his lovely and loving girlfriend, Marge. He refuses to lend money - of which he seems to have an unlimited supply, courtesy his ever more disenchanted father - to a girl he impregnated. She commits suicide and he blames the primitiveness of the emergency services, sulks and kicks his precious record player. In the midst of this infantile temper tantrum the rudiments of a conscience are visible. He evidently feels guilty. At least for a while. Greenleaf Jr. falls in and out of love and friendship in a predictable pendulous rhythm. He idealizes his beaus and then devalues them. He finds them to be the quiddity of fascination one moment - and the distilled essence of boredom the next. And he is not shy about expressing his distaste and disenchantment. He is savagely cruel as he calls Ripley a leach who has taken over his life and his possessions (having previously invited him to do so in no uncertain terms). He says that he is relieved to see him go and he cancels off-handedl
Mr. Daman delivers a great performance in this thriller . wow very much enjoyed it.
this movie was by far my favorite, anyone who can take the time and see this movie will not be missing out, its just one you have to pay attention to
I had the privelege of being an extra in The Talented Mr. Ripley and after meeting Matt Damon and Anthony Mingella, I say they could do no wrong. They must be two of the warmest, most down to earth people in Hollywood. That said, I found the movie to be extremely well acted, Matt Damon was incredible! The plot was good, but the movie itself moved along a little slow for my taste. I found the theatrical preview to be much more exciting. I still give it four stars, and the ''talented Mr. Damon'' gets five!
Don't miss this one. The trailer that came out did not do the movie justice. The acting and directing are superb. The music is so well placed, the sound track is great. Very well done. One of the few I would like to give 6 stars.
I had no idea how goo this movie really was unitl I saw it for myself. I really didn't get everything about it until I saw it it was like wow so that was what all the hip was really about. I mean I thought the plot line went one way when it really went quite off in another dicertion totally. I loved it.
I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it turned out to be. I had seen the trailers when the movie was out and didn't think it looked that enjoyable but I was wrong. This movie grabs your interest from the start and has you wanting to root for a psychopathic killer. Very strange indeed but its worth the time to watch this one.
i had no idea what this movie was about but I rented it and i loved everything about it. I had no idea that Matt Damon was going to kill Jude Law. I was like, oh my gosh! The soundtrack to this movie is great too. Matt Damon is so great in this movie. I always love how when Jude Law acts he has that ''flairtaious'' manner which is great also. I had NO idea Matt Damon could sing, (if it really is his voice.)Gwyneth Paltrow is great also.
In "the talented mr ripley" everything seems to run smoothly for Tom, money, lifestyle, great and above all opportunity, until his $1,000 resources run short. He has to act fast...killing Dickie and assuming his identity achieves his goal and opens a new life for him, something he's always dreamed of.
A true "psychological thriller." In my opinion, this is one of the best films in recent memory. Both Matt Damon and Jude Law nail their performances, and the supporting cast here is excellent as well. I would agree with the reviewer who refers to this film as a study in psychopathology, and as such, I would highly recommend this film to anyone with the attention span and the time to give this one a fair shake.
a good watch filled with excitement around every corner
My wife rented this and we were both left in absolute awe of how a cast of wonderful actors could get trapped into such a piece of ......! This movie makes you wonder if it was written while it was being filmed. The movie seems to wrap up and could end somewhat neatly at several points, but it continues to just go on and on and on. It's almost like the creators were finding ways to extend their stay at the filming locations. They bring characters in and out of the movie at a whim, just to keep the story going. And they don't fully develop the ones that seem to be constant. Like Matt Damon's character; he's supposed to be talented right? Well his musical talents and impression abilities are discarded within the first third of the movie, never to be utilized again. You are left wondering if he's just greedy, a psycho, a gay psycho, a really lucky part-time gay psycho, or just a pathetic loser. Those that created this total waste of time should really feel bad. I could expect a better, more consistant story from an 8 year-old.