Talented Mr. Ripley, The (US)
How far would you go to become someone else?
Running Time: 138 mins
Retail Price: $29.99
Content Type: Movie
Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Cate Blanchett electrify the screen in this riveting thriller from Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient).
Matt Damon "gives one of the year`s most extraordinary performances" (Premiere) as Tom Ripley, a calculating young man who believes it`s better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy American shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie (Law).
Ripley worms his way into the idyllic lives of Dickie and his girlfriend (Paltrow), plunging into a daring scheme of duplicity, lies and murder.
Exclusive Cast And Crew Interviews
Inside The Talented Mr. Ripley Featurette
Making Of The Talented Mr. Ripley Soundtrack
"My Funny Valentine" Music Video
"Tu Vuo` Fa L`Americano" Music Video
Commentary with Director Anthony Minghella
2 Theatrical Trailers
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director of Photography:
Alessandro von Norman
Steve E. Andrews
Your Opinions and Comments
The movie deals with a rather simple issue of a person`s identity (singular or plural, depending on the person).
All the leads are absolutely brilliant and while the movie tends to be a bit slow at times, the story (at least to someone like myself, who has not read the book) is very interesting and the thrill is great.
The movie was beautifully shot mainly in Italy. The video transfer is great. The colors look great and the saturation and the contrast are very well balanced. As expected, there are no compression signs at all.
The DD 5.1 soundtrack is very good. While this is mainly a conversation driven movie, the surrounds are used occasionally and they are used quite well.
The musical score includes some great Jazz music, which sounds really nice even if you don`t fancy Jazz that much (like myself).
The menus are disappointingly static.
The extras are nice and include about 40 minutes of behind the scenes documentaries and interviews with the cast.
Bottom line - a great movie that makes you think about who you really are and who you really WANT other people to think you are. Beautifully shot. It certainly gets a thumb up from me.