Conclusion: 'Rififi' is a quintessential piece of crime drama filmmaking, laying the groundwork for all subsequent heist flicks. With its hard-boiled sensibilities, meticulous attention to detail, and slightly stylized sense of realism, the movie creates a palpable atmosphere of gradually building tension and intrigue. The video transfer is strong, and though limited by its age, the audio mix is also very effective.
Conclusion: Outside of the fact that this disc could have benefitted from a few more extra features, The Criterion Collection's Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack release of Jules Dassin's Rififi is pretty much flawless. The audio and video both receive impressive upgrades over the past DVD release and the movie itself remains a high point in the French noir movement and the heist film genre.
Conclusion: It is great to see that this classic French gangster film directed by Jules Dassin is finally coming to America. I think that a lot of younger film aficionados who have only heard about it will discover that it is indeed a very special film that deserves its reputation. Criterion's Blu-ray release of Rififi uses a transfer that is not identical to the one Arrow Films used for their excellent release a few years ago, but the film looks equally convincing in...
Conclusion: British distributors Arrow Films have put together a fantastic package for Jules Dassin's Rififi . In fact, I feel confident stating that this is their best Blu-ray release to date. I hope Criterion find a way to license the high-definition transfer Arrow Films have used so that North America could also get a Blu-ray release of this legendary film. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?