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Old 03-12-2011, 04:06 PM
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Default Jules Dassin's Rififi (UK) May 9th



Great to see Arrow Academy releasing this classic film from 1955. One of the greatest heist movies of all time, this features that famous robbery sequence which is carried out in complete silence.
Francois Truffaut declared it as the best film noir that he had ever seen and the film has influenced films such as Reservoir Dogs.

Arrow are including extras such as:
- A booklet
- 2 interviews with Dassin (one is from the BFI South Bank)
- An interview with Ginette Vincendeau.

http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/1...n/Product.html
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Looks like Arrow Academy are following Arrow Video with the 4 different cover options:


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Excellent review for Rififi from dvdbeaver:

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ADDITION: Arrow Academy Region 'B' Blu-ray: April 2011: The Arrow image is excellent - a significantly higher file size and bitrate but looking from the same strong source gives the UK 1080P Blu-ray transfer the nod with a nice sheen of textured grain and the equally clean and impressive appearance with strong detail and contrast. It may be slightly darker than the Gaumont Blu-ray - or that French disc may have some minor brightness boosting. Without being picky - both discs produce strong visuals but technically the Arrow Academy is superior appearing, in my opinion, a shade more film-like.

For audio - the UK disc goes with a linear PCM track in original mono. In sampling I couldn't note much difference between the two lossless tracks. The most important attribute to the Arrow is the optional English subtitles (see sample below) but the disc is coded region 'B'-locked.

No commentary but the Arrow has some excellent extras including an introduction by Ginette Vincendeau, French cinema critic, scholar and author for almost 25-minutes, a 1/2 interview with Jules Dassin and a 37-minute Q&A with the director at the BFI Southbank, London. There is also an original theatrical trailer (2:51) and a comprehensive booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by writer and filmmaker David Cairns, author Alistair Phillips (Rififi: French Film Guide), Francois Truffaut and John Trevelyan. The Artwork presentation packaging includes three original posters and a newly commissioned artwork cover. There is also a PAL - Region 2 DVD included in the 'Dual Format' release.

NOTE: The enclosed DVD has the features and some of the extras but omits the Jules Dassin interview and the Q&A with the director at the BFI Southbank, London which are exclusive to the Blu-ray.

Wonderful package for fans of the film and Dassin - along with the Masters of Cinema Antonioni packages this is one of the best Blu-rays to come out of the UK so far this year. Absolutely recommended!
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare/rififi.htm
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