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The Postman Always Rings Twice [Blu-ray] (2012)

Hume Cronyn , Lana Turner , Tay Garnett , Kelley Cauthen  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hume Cronyn, Lana Turner, Sam Hennings, Colleen Coffey, John Garfield
  • Directors: Tay Garnett, Kelley Cauthen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008PJZE0E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lana Turner was arguably the most glamorous and popular movie star in the world for the better part of a decade, with her come-hither figure gracing World War II fighter planes and her complicated romantic exploits splashed across tabloid fanzines. Teamed with the thuggishly handsome John Garfield--a pretty big box-office draw himself--she made this 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain's pulp potboiler one of the steamiest films noir ever to define the genre. Garfield is a drifter named Frank who wanders into the Twin Oaks, a bedraggled roadhouse owned by the curmudgeonly Nick (Cecil Kellaway) and his smokin' hot wife Cora (Turner), a platinum bombshell with a penchant for white linen suits and shorts that are tailored to her creamy flesh like fuzz on a peach. It's lust at first site for Cora and Frank, and almost in spite of themselves they start wondering how to get rid of Nick, with rules from the Cain playbook of tawdry schemes whose clumsy fits and starts end up very badly. Like Cain's Double Indemnity, which attained classic noir screen status two years earlier with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck, Postman is brimming with subterfuge and sexuality. Turner and Garfield don't have exactly the right chemistry, but their coming together and tearing apart and coming together again is an irresistible slow burn of criminal passion. They can't really believe they're thinking and doing the things they are when it comes to plotting various accidental deaths that could befall Nick, and the plot gets even gooier when a cagy lawyer (a slick, sleek Hume Cronyn) gets involved in the case. Pushing along Postman's sexual subtext and intriguing narrative is gorgeous cinematography that ripples with brightness and shadow. The meticulously designed close-ups of Turner are some of the most stunning glamour poses in Hollywood history, with light glowing all around her and seeming to beam like an aura directly out of her radiant hair and perfect facial structure. One of the terrific extras on the disc is a lengthy feature about Turner's tumultuous, meteoric career. There's also "The John Garfield Story," and a pair of short subjects that make the entire Postman package a delightful and long-awaited entry into the pantheon of film noir on home video. --Ted Fry

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Adapted from James M. Cain's story, the film relolves around the destructive relationship of two lovers whose troubles mount after they do away with her husband.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars for the movie and the Blu ray package February 10, 2013
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In this film noir pot boiler, actors Lana Turner and John Garfield were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood. And both are at the top of their game in this Tay Garnett directed film. Garfield, in one of his best performances, plays Frank Chambers. After catching a ride hitchhiking he stumbles into a diner with a "Man Wanted" sign posted outside. The sign has double meaning as the story plays out. The diner is owned by Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) and his younger, much younger wife Cora (Turner).

In a great scene early in the film, Nick has gone into town on some errands and Cora makes her entrance by dropping her lipstick which roles over to Frank's feet. We don't see her at first, nor does Frank. He picks up the lipstick and looks up along with the rest of us to find young Cora. She's a platinum blond, decked out in a glistening white 2-piece outfit with short shorts and her hair neatly tucked into a turban. You can see Frank gasp ever so faintly, as did I. She's a knockout and yes, we know where this is all headed.

Bored with her life with dull Nick, Cora and Frank begin their affair and quietly plot Nick's demise. Based on a novel by James M. Cain and adapted for the screen by Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch, "Postman" is quintessential noir. We have the good, bad guy and the innocent good guy. And of course the bad girl that usually gets her way. This terrific picture was one of Garfield and Turner's best work, although reports were that they were not fond of each other. You would never know it by watching their work here.

The Blu ray package is a winner. The transfer is in 1080p with a 1.37:1 aspect ratio. The extras however are all in standard definition.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sexiest Film Noir July 12, 2001
By Paul
Format:VHS Tape
I love all film noirs because of the way they were filmed and acted. The setting were always fantastic and the plots always teeming with murder, blackmail, and alienation. The characters were low-lifes, detectives, or femme fatales. In all film noirs, there is romance, but the sexiest film noir, by far, is the original version of The Postman Always Rings Twice. The on-screen chemistry between platinum blonde Lana Turner and drifter John Garfield is enough to carry a 113 minute movie. Throw in Cecil Kellaway and Hume Cronyn as part of the great supporting cast, a wonderful story by James M. Cain, and tragic irony and the result is one of the fastest moving, most enjoyable film noirs produced in the golden age of Hollywood.
Lana Turner's Cora ranks as one of the most seemingly innocent and utterly drop-dead beautiful goddesses ever to touch the silver screen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film Noir January 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is the best and original version of The Postman Always Rings Twice and it captures your attention from the opening scene when Frank Chambers narrates how he came to The Twin Oaks and met up with Cora and Nick Smith. From the moment Cora intentionally drops the cap off her lipstick tube(so that it rolls to Frank and he has to pick it up)they are both hot for each other and Cora is anxious to do away with her much older, boring cheapskate husband. The movie keeps your interest throughout and you wish they still made films like this again. Highly recommended for all mystery movie buffs and collectors of real Hollywood films.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best noir ever made June 25, 2002
By Alfredo
Format:VHS Tape
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At the beginning of the movie, when Frank (excellent John Garfield)arrives to the lonely gas station, a sign makes explicit the movie plot: "Man Wanted". Cora (Lana Turner) needs desperately a man to satisfy her and kill her husband.
This is a criminal drama marked by destiny, thanks to James Cain, and exasperated by Niven Busch, greek tragedy and alarm signs lover: Cora first appears with a blindy white dress, and Frank's hamburger is burning. And, as it must be, a black cat starts the fatality of treason.
This movie is EXCELLENT, undoubtly the best NOIR there's ever been. John Garfield, before being accused of being a communist by senator McArthy, gave life to Frank, a handsome tramp that gets a job at a gas station where a "man is wanted". Lana Turner steals the show performing Cora, the beautiful and dreadful wife of the gas station owner, Cecil Kellaway. This is Tay Garnett's best work, and the cinematography is perfect for a movie that it's literally creepy, dark, desperate and lusty.
Definitely in myy Top 10 of all time. A TIMELESS CLASSIC!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doublest Crosser of Them All August 13, 2006
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This spellbinding 1946 B&W flick, set in California, pits sultry Lana Turner against John Garfield in a neverending love-hate relationship, which ironically parallels the lives of its 2 stars. Turner, 7 times married & dead in 1995 at 74, is electrified at first glance by Garfield, in real life, a tough Jewish bad boy who was later blacklisted during the McCarthy era, and died in 1952 at 39. Classic scenes in this all-American classic include: shots in the Twin Oaks Diner,(owned by the husband Lana didn't love), including donuts and a steaming mug of coffee - full-body shots of Lana in shorts & halter top (one helluva beautiful dame) - and a wonderful "love me or leave me" scene in the Pacific Ocean, where Lana tests the love of the only man she has ever loved. According to legend, the title of this short James M. Cain novella had no relevance in the book. Not so in the movie. Find out for yourself why the postman always rings twice and why this is one of the greatest movies ever made.
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Published 6 days ago by Larry H Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cinema Classic
There have been remakes, but this is the true classic version of "The Postman Always Rings Twice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gch3
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE FABULOUS FILM
This film is just incredible! Garfield and Turner heat up the screen and performances by all terrific..especially Hume Cronyn as the crooked lawyer! Read more
Published 3 months ago by AZRIFLEMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Treatment of a Classic
They pulled out the stops for this Blu-ray edition of the classic "The Postman Always Rings Twice".
Several others have commented on various aspects of the film, so I won't... Read more
Published 3 months ago by W. Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
one word Excellent movie it'smy favorite of all time. Finally I have wait a long time to get this movie
Published 6 months ago by Louise James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blu ray tranfer!
The Blu Ray transfer is great. The film is one of the greatest noir of all times. Lana and Garfield are amazing together.
Published 8 months ago by Julio fucuta
5.0 out of 5 stars lana
this shows how really good lana turner was she was a very beautiful woman just watch this and tell me this has so many twists in it and some of it is kinda funny .
Published 10 months ago by Robertd5150
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Blu-ray!
The quality of the film is amazing. This movie is one of my all time favorite classics! I would buy it again, if it makes sense. Worth every penny. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ismaeldones
5.0 out of 5 stars unsurpassed classic
very good blu-ray edition of this classic unsurpassed, both players in their prime, and shine even more, to the good image that presents this good editing
Published 12 months ago by Julio
5.0 out of 5 stars Lana and Garfield are the stars of the movie That's all you need
You can't get better than this in film noir with a twist plus you get two documentaries Lana & John Garfield
Published 15 months ago by ALBERTO JR.
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