REVIEW: DOUBLE INDEMNITY
OVERVIEW: A pair of groundbreaking movies directed by two of the most influential filmmakers of all time, Billy Wilder and Orson Welles, come to Blu-ray™ for the first time ever when Double Indemnity and Touch of Evil premiere in Limited Edition with Exclusive Collectibles including lobby cards, poster reproductions and a rare still of a never-before-seen alternate ending for Double Indemnity on April 15, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. These digitally re-mastered versions of the film noir classics have been fully restored from 35mm original film elements and will have their world premiere at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles, April 11th at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX prior to their Blu-ray™ debut.
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of its theatrical premiere, Double Indemnity stars Fred MacMurray (The Caine Mutiny, The Apartment) and Barbara Stanwyck (The Lady Eve) in a suspenseful tale of lust, betrayal and murder, directed by Academy Award® winner Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard). Written by Raymond Chandler, this intrigue-filled tale of a double-dealing dame and her murderous lover was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. The Limited Edition Blu-ray™ comes with lobby cards, poster reproductions and a rare alternate ending still in an archival envelope.
SYNOPSIS: 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 seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9
DTS-HD Master Audio
English SDH, French,
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Special Introduction by TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne
Shadows of Suspense—Plunges viewers into the world of 1940s Hollywood with a revealing look at a movie masterpiece
Double Indemnity—The 1973 made-for-television remake starring Richard Crenna and Samantha Eggar
Feature Commentary with film historian Richard Schickel
Feature Commentary with film historian and screenwriter Lem Dobbs and film historian Nick Redman