Double Indemnity - 70th Anniversary Limited Edition (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet)
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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...Read more ›
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!
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.
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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Let me tell you the screen heats up when Fred MacMurry and Barbra Stanwick get together in this film. No need for nudity here the chemistry between these two is enough. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Stephen
One of THE best. A must-see. A great example of just how superb the actors could be in the studio system, from top-billed star to character actors.Published 2 days ago by J
A great film it never have seen it it is a must for old movie fans and maybe even a new generationPublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Double Indemnity is what happens when all the elements of fil-making come together in glorious perfection.
This is a film noir production. Read more
A great study of how to film in Black and White. It's a lot more about staging and exposure than just converting color to black and white.
Great story line, too. Read more
Look up "film noir" and this movie should come up as definitive. That and who doesn't love Edward G. Robinson?? M'yeah, see!Published 1 month ago by Frank Babayan
This one of the greatest American films of all time and certainly the best film noir. While it does tone down Cain's original novel to comply with the old Hayes Code, it's still a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by dawkins jr
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