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Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in the gripping film noir classic, Double Indemnity, directed by Academy Award winner Billy Wilder. A calculating wife (Stanwyck) encourages her wealthy husband to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by smitten insurance agent Walter Neff (MacMurray). As the would-be lovers plot the unsuspecting husband’s murder, they are pursued by a suspicious claims manager (Edward G. Robinson). It’s a race against time to get away with the perfect crime in this suspenseful masterpiece that was nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
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Based on James Cain's novel, DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Paramount, 1944) unfolds in true film noir style as an insurance agent (MacMurray) relates via voice-over how he became entangled in a murder plot by a scheming wife (Stanwyck) to rid herself of her husband and collect the insurance. Right away, their "perfect crime" starts to fall apart when the foxy claims manager (Robinson) begins to investigate.
The film gels with clockwork precision, and the suspense is genuinely nailbiting. What contributes to its effectiveness is the casting against type of good guy MacMurray as a killer. Stanwyck also delivers what is considered to be the definitive femme fatale portrayal, right down to the phony blonde wig. Beyond a doubt, this is just about as deliciously dark that film noir can possibly get.
This Blu-ray edition of DOUBLE INDEMNITY from Universal is gorgeous - the HD transfer was taken off the original 35mm film elements. Clarity of the black and white image is exceptional, and the mono audio track is crystal clear. The bonus features include an intro by TCM host Robert Osborne, a documentary on the making of the movie, commentaries by historians Richard Schickel, Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman, the theatrical trailer, and the 1973 made for TV feature based on the original film. You also get five photo card reproductions.
The bottom line: Get this. It's what film classics are all about. My highest recommendation.
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