Blu-ray, DVD Release: Purple Noon

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Purple Noon movie scene

Alain Delon gets behind the wheel in Purple Noon.

Alain Delon (The Leopard) was at his most impossibly beautiful when the 1960 French crime thriller film Purple Noon (Plein soleil in its native tongue) was released and made him an instant star.

This 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, the acclaimed Purple Noon is crafted with a light touch that allows it to be suspenseful and erotic at once, while giving Delon one of his greatest roles.

The new Blu-ray and DVD, which contain new digitally restored versions of the film (with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) offers the following bonus features:

· 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
· A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a reprinted interview with Clément


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.