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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr, Porter Hall
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler
  • Producers: Buddy G. DeSylva, Joseph Sistrom
  • Format: Widescreen, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 1998
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305077517
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Double Indemnity" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

An insurance claims manager gets a familiar feeling of foul play while investigating the death of a man whose wife just had him sign a double-indemnity policy through her insurance agent and lover.

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This is one of the best films I have ever seen.
John J. Healey
This movie is just wonderful from begining to end, and I think everyone should see it!.
Caitlin
Double Indemnity is a film noir masterpiece - chilling, dark, and very suspenseful.
ehakus

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231 of 267 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: DVD
Double Indemnity is obviously a classic film but this DVD transfer is appalling. Almost every scene is incredibly grainy, the source print is obviously not in very good conditon (perhaps needing to be refurbished), and to top it off, there are no deluxe features and the extra packaging is rather inadequate(with no information booklet or history of the movie).
This would be frustrating for any film but is downright shameful treatment of a cinema classic. We can only hope someone will spend the time and money necessary to restore the print for a new theater run, as has been done with other older films. Perhaps then, DVD buyers will get the version of this classic they deserve.
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171 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
this is a 5 star movie....

this review is of the NEW Universal 2 dvd set.... which is a three star value.

Typical of Universals crappy Deer Hunter 2 DVD set..we've got a classic movie....with extras that could easily fit on one DVD...but Universal tries to make this into a bigger "ticket" by stretching it out.

The movie....its a classic...I've got the original release on DVD. The EXTRAS are

1) an introduction by Robert Osborne, nothing special and watched once you'll be irritated having to see it again every time you hit PLAY..

2) commentary tracks by the usual suspects (including the king of bloat Richard Schickel) and Universal has two so they put two more extra features on their package for these..

3) a half hour film noir primer , that's been done better on the WB noir sets and again features the same film professors etc that we are growing all too familiar with.

4) a 1 hour and 15 minute TV version from the 70's starring Richard Crenna ...which is the ONLY feature on the second disc.

I'll give Universal a bit of credit...the film itself does seem a bit improved over the initial out of print release...but closer scrutiny of the two would be necessary and I've got a life so I'll leave that to others.

Bottom line....Universal is hard to figure out...they take some multiple classic titles and stuff em onto flipper DVDs (info on both sides) and crank em out cheap..ie the Brando,Wayne,Cooper,Lombard sets....and then they take other films and run the package to two discs for no other reason than to make it "seem" important and packed with extras. They use strange fat cases to make it seem like these are books full of goodies instead of space filling clear plastic...
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Bill from St. Louis on October 13, 2005
Format: DVD
oops, 5-star is obviously for the movie, not the current very poor presentation on DVD.

But this September the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC screened their newly restored 35mm print of this film. It was stunning gorgeous B&W imagery (think the 2-disc special edition of Casablanca which came out last year). I'll be checking Amazon every few weeks to see if its release has been scheduled!
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Drew Vogel on February 28, 2000
Format: DVD
What a tremendous film! It's just wonderful. Especially Edward G. Robinson. Sadly, it's a bit dated (much of the dialogue looks rather campy by today's standards), but the plot hasn't aged a day. It's still a tense and enthralling film noir masterpiece.
It's a pity the DVD is so very poor. It's really awful. I can't stress this enough. It's very grainy, there are no bonus features at all, and there's no liner notes at all. Extremely shoddy treatment of such a wonderful film. I'd like to see a special edition of this film produced as soon as possible, and done right!
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77 of 94 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Do not purchase this DVD release. Its transfer to DVD is truly horrendous.
Wait for some other distributor to release it.
Wonderful film. Totally botched DVD release.
Wait for it...
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Armes on July 8, 2003
Format: DVD
this legendary thriller is one of the greatest and most influential and most imitated films in motion picture history. the dialogue is intelligent, the plot is engrossing and the cast stellar. one question: why is the DVD transfer of this great film of very inferior quality. artifacts are rampant throughout. the picture is very grainy through most of the film. so much could have been done with this film. it is certainly among those films that deserved the special treatment but appears as though the distributers and studio used the first negative available for the transfer. very disappointing DVD. i don't usually purchase a second DVD version of any film, but the transfer on this one was so inferior, i'll make exception here.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By walker on September 29, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The true life crime behind this film noir masterpiece is

that no otherwise worthy studio (ie. Image, Criterion Collection,Anchor Bay, Kino) has re-issued this DVD after Universal senslessly dropped it from production 4 years ago. Today, the few remaining original, factory-sealed copies are selling on Amazon for over $100. As always, Universal Home

Video's site refuses to receive consumer feedback. As they only just released the Region 2 version this July, they probably still own the video rights. But my Region 1 player won't play the disc. Needless to say, I am very upset. Will my fellow

cinephiles, please lobby Amazon to lobby Universal?? THE

MADNESS HAS GOT TO STOP!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Wood on September 8, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
It is the middle of the night in downtown Los Angeles, luscious film noir land brilliantly photographed by John Seitz in high gloss B&W and grippingly scored by Miklos Rozsa. A wounded Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray in his greatest performance) gets out of a taxi at an insurance building. Dripping blood, he gets into an elevator and rides up to his office, where he starts dictating a confession into an old-fashioned dictaphone. That confession will be the entire movie in flashback.

So begins Billy Wilder's incomparable film noir, DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944, Paramount), that uses a flashback framing device, but periodically returns to Neff in the office as dawn slowly comes to Los Angeles. Murder mysteries just don't get any better than this masterpiece that swept the Oscar nominations (but not for MacMurray!), but lost most of them to Leo McCarey's likeable but wildly overrated GOING MY WAY. Trying to get a Mr. Dietrichson (Tom Powers) to renew an insurance policy, Neff gets romantically involved with alluring wife Phyllis Dietrichson (a blonde Barbara Stanwyck). The two of them then team up to commit the seemingly perfect murder of Mr. Dietrichson on a train at night.

Everything seems to go perfectly, except for a witness (Porter Hall) who remembers Neff (as Dietrichson) being on the observation deck when he was not supposed to be. And, of course, investigating the entire crime is claims manager Barton Keyes (a brilliant Edward G. Robinson), Neff's boss. I once wrote a term paper on DOUBLE INDEMNITY as a student at UCLA. The subject was who do we root for here--Neff or Keyes? Clearly, the censor board wants us to root for Keyes. Neff is a criminal.

But Wilder and co-writer/novelist Raymond Chandler make both men complex and curiously sympathetic.
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I've just bought this "Special Edition" simply because I love the film, it's my favorite Noir. As far as the quality of the transfer is concerned, I have to admit that after watching the film I was somewhat surprised by Robert Osborne's gushing intro saying how good the film now looks.... Read More
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7 years later, and I have the same comment as Bev. Amazon is putting the same comment thread on all the DVDs, so the 3-4 different DVD releases all have the same 'bad transfer' comment. But you can't tell which copy is bad (are they all bad). errr.
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