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(aka 'Il Gioco di Ripley')

directed by Liliana Cavani


Tom Ripley (yes same character from The American Friend - Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz - and The Talented Mr. Ripley - Matt Damon ). Some are more loosely based on the initial written character than others and occasionally bear only slight resemblances. I'll wager reams have been written about this intriguing film, but on the surface we have a character study of a man who has chosen to live his life devoid of empathy (selective) to his fellow man. Quite a cynical microcosm of modern humanity. But the debate, of course, is how accurate that is. Is Ripley a true sociopath? Are we, as a society, all moving in the direction of the intense selfishness of Mr. Ripley? is that how our society has evolved? - to squash those who would stand in the way of our economic benefits. From this standpoint the film can be quite disturbing as our protagonist has some charisma as well. The film also has some rather ruthless violence. John Malkovich plays the Ripley character better than any I have seen to date. He is a great actor with a revealing camera presence. The plot involves our Mr. Ripley, who has come out of retirement for one final "game" - or removing the quaint definition - he is out to kill for indirect profit, survival and/or revenge. Entertaining?, yes, but I wouldn't want this to be the only type of message I want transferred to me.


Theatrical Release: September 2nd, 2002 - Venice Film Festival

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DVD Review: New Line Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution New Line Home Entertainment - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:50:28
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (DTS), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)   
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None

Release Information:
Studio: New Line Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:58)
• Other trailers
• DVD ROM online links 

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

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Chapters: 23





Exceptionally good image here - sharp, anamorphic, great colors and solid contrast. We don't see any manipulations on the digital front. Not much in the way of extras, but nicely done, if overly long a, animated menus. The audio is exceptional - if untested by the film. Overall a very good DVD, although a commentary or other extras would have bumped it a notch up. out of     

NOTE: We suspect that this is the exact same DVD offered in Canada by Alliance Atlantis - with one exception - the 2,0 audio track has been removed for a French DUB.

Gary W. Tooze


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