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DVD Reviews:  Ripley's Game

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Reviewed by Andrew B
Distributed by:
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Running Time: 106 Minutes

There's probably not one heterosexual male that didn't squirm while they watched the Talented Mr. Ripley because of certain sexual innuendoes from the main character but fortunately for Ripley, he has grown wiser and more talented since we last saw him. Tom Ripley was created by writer Patricia Highsmith and this current movie, Ripley's Game is based on her creation that once again brings viewers into the world of this unique yet deadly character. After an extraordinary criminal career, Ripley (played by the extremely talented John Malkovich) has now moved into retirement and is discreetly living the life of luxury within Northern Italy. Married, rich and discontent, Ripley still strives to challenge himself and when a former business associate requires Ripley to murder a fellow competitor, Ripley decides to drag an innocent into the fold. After being insulted by a fellow neighbour (played by Douglas Scott) who is dying from leukaemia, Ripley decides to turn this humble and naive man into a cold-blooded killer. Although the plan succeeds, Ripley decides that his neighbour has already paid enough and after a mishap occurs, it is up to Ripley to clean up the mess. Ripley's Game is an amazing movie that not only contains a very in-depth and engaging storyline but also a bevy of talented actors that  helps make this movie a modern masterpiece.  


The video quality of Ripley's Game is presented in 1.85:1 (16:9 enhanced) and is quite simply spectacular. The colours of the DVD really helps portray the browns of Northern Italy and match that with extremely sharp picture quality and you have a very impressive looking movie. There were no defects or errors whatsoever within this movie.


The audio quality of Ripley's Game uses Dolby Digital 5.1 that although not used to its advantage, it still sounds quite phenomenal through the right home entertainment setup. The musical score of the movie was composed by Ennio Morricone that really goes hand-in-hand with the storyline and truly helps immerse you into the dark and neutral world of Tom Ripley.


Unfortunately for such a wonderful movie, the only extras on this DVD is the original theatrical trailer. It would of been nice if the distributors included some audio commentary from both Malkovich or Director Liliana Cavani for a more in-depth view into the movie and the world of Tom Ripley. 

I found Ripley's Game a very suspenseful and intriguing movie that challenged the many stereotypes of today's film that gave this DVD a truly unique perspective. With a brilliant storyline and some truly amazing acting by Malkovich and Scott, Ripley's Game is a must watch movie.

Ripley's Game Features

  • Original Theatrical Trailer


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