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.
Summary: Winner of Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Jules Dassin's "Du rififi chez les hommes" a.k.a "Rififi" (1955) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Arrow Films. The supplemental features on the disc include original theatrical trailer; video introduction to the film by French cinema scholar, critic and author Ginette Vincendeau; video interview with director Jules Dassin; and Q & A session with director Jules Dassin.