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Double Indemnity

1944

NR CC

Oscar winner Billy Wilder directs Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in this gripping film noir about a calculating wife, a smitten insurance agent and an unsuspecting husband.

Starring:
Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck
Runtime:
1 hour, 47 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Billy Wilder
Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck
Supporting actors Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather, Tom Powers, Byron Barr, Richard Gaines, Fortunio Bonanova, John Philliber, James Adamson, John Berry, Raymond Chandler, Edmund Cobb, Kernan Cripps, Betty Farrington, Bess Flowers, Miriam Franklin, Harold Garrison, Eddie Hall
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Richardson VINE 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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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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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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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
"Double Indemnity" is considered one of the best film noir movies ever made but after viewing Universal's superb new Blu-ray presentation in honor of it's 70th Anniversary, I think it's one of the greatest films ever. This murder gone wrong story from James M. Cain's novel of the same name is nearly perfect due in no small part by the tight and suspenseful screenplay by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. This is movie making at it's best and credit should go not only to Wilder but the three principle actors as well. Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson give some of their best performances which are only enhanced by this new Blu-ray from Universal. Except for some minor film damage in the beginning of the film(a wounded MacMurray driving to his office at night) and slight flickering during some scenes, this is a nearly pristine presentation by Universal(Bitrate: 32.98). Daylight scenes are crystal clear providing more detail than the standard Universal "Legacy" DVD from a few years ago. Grays and whites are vivid and even objects in background scenes are more pronounced. One thing that really stands out now is the blond wig that Barbara Stanwyck wears throughout the film. It was controversial at the time because it looked cheap on her. But after finally viewing it in all it's Blu-ray glory you can finally see what Wilder was telling the audience. Nighttime scenes are a lot clearer too with the blacks and shadows given new life and the cinematography by John Seitz(who also photographed Wilder's "Sunset Blvd.") is a wonder on Blu-ray. This is very apparent in the scenes involving MacMurray and Stanwyck's characters in her dimly-lit home. The light coming through the blinds at all angles is more striking on Blu-ray something that was just part of the background in the standard DVD.Read more ›
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