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Double Indemnity [DVD]

Fred MacMurray , Barbara Stanwyck , John F. Seitz    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather
  • Directors: John F. Seitz
  • Producers: Miklůs Růzsa
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079FGSU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,141 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandler adapted James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel into this wildly thrilling story of insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), who schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful dame Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck): kill Dietrichson's husband and make off with the insurance money. But, of course, in these plots things never quite go as planned, and Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out. From the opening scene you know Neff is doomed, as the story is told in flashback; yet, to the film's credit, this doesn't diminish any of the tension of the movie. This early film noir flick is wonderfully campy by today's standards, and the dialogue is snappy ("I thought you were smarter than the rest, Walter. But I was wrong. You're not smarter, just a little taller"), filled with lots of "dame"s and "baby"s. Stanwyck is the ultimate femme fatale, and MacMurray, despite a career largely defined by roles as a softy, is convincingly cast against type as the hapless, love-struck sap. --Jenny Brown,

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Classic adaptation of James M. Cain's hardboiled noir novel by director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandler. Insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) calls at the house of femme fatale Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) in order to renew her husband's insurance policy. An immediate attraction sparks between the two, and gradually Phyllis seduces Walter into conspiring with her to murder her husband, now provided with a double indemnity insurance clause. The murder is carried out as planned, but the couple then find themselves growing increasingly suspicious of each other as they get closer to collecting the money. When Walter's boss, relentless investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), starts to look into the policy, Walter and Phyllis' steely resolve begins to falter.

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Along with Tourneur's OUT OF THE PAST (1947), Billy Wilder's DOUBLE INDEMNITY is the definitive film noir, a masterpiece that rewards countless viewings and proved hugely influential. Virtually remade as BODY HEAT in 1981, and the inspiration for any number of sweaty, neo-noir pale imitations, this brilliant film remains the real deal and unsurpassed.
Wilder's fractious collaboration with the great Raymond Chandler produced a wonderful screenplay, dripping with sharp dialogue and fatalistic symbolism, whilst the performances of the three leads - FRED MacMURRAY, BARBARA STANWYCK and EDWARD G ROBINSON - are faultless and represent their finest screenwork. Stanwyck's marvellously cold, cyncial and manipulative femme fatale remains the template for all that followed and her tart as a lemon dialogue exchanges with MacMurray's bluff, self-confident Insurance Claims Investigator are amongst the greatest in any film.
To add to these elements JOHN F. SEITZ, one of film noir's finest cameramen, creates visual poetry from the sunlight streaming through Californian windows and shadows of forboding during the beautifully staged murder sequence.
Come to think of it, this isn't just one of the greatest film noirs ever made, it's simply one of the greatest films ever made, period. If you haven't seen it, buy it now, if you had it on VHS from a long ago TV screening, still buy it as this print is excellent and probably the best available, although there's a disappointing lack of extras on the DVD.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
I`ve been waiting for this classic to be released ever since i bought a dvd player! Billy wilder has to be one of cinema`s finest director`s ever,it`s hard to pick his best work what with sunset boulevard,some like it hot & ace in the hole (hopefully the next in line for a dvd release) among others but if someone put a gun to my head i`d have to say double indemnity.Being a big fan of old movies & in particular film noir this one is simply perfect,great script(co-scripted by Raymond chandler himself),superb acting from the three leads & great cinematography.If your into old movies & film noir trust me you need to see this,even if there are no extras.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check Your Insurance Policy ! 13 July 2005
At last , Billy Wilder's work is coming to region 2. This 1944 film noir sees Fred MacMurray playing insurance agent Walter Neff , who becomes involved with black widow - Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck). Cue: double crossing, hard boiled dialogue , much match striking by human thumb and a scene stealing performance by Edward G Robinson as Barton T Keyes. This film just sizzles along and is not to be missed. Double Indemnity was oscar nominated for best picture and director. Unfortunately it lost out , however , Wilder would return the next year with The Lost Weekend which took best picture , director and actor (Ray Milland). When Billy Wilder died in 2002 the world lost a brillaint film director - thank fully his legacy lives on.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film Noir! 3 July 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Having been a fan of this classic film, this blu-ray purchase was essential for me! Good extras and a very good booklet enclosed. However, the transfer is not perhaps as good as I expected? I suppose you have to bear in mind that this movie was shot in 1944! That said, the five stars are for the movie itself. I`d give 3 stars only for the transfer. Still highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir Typified 1 Nov 2007
Quite simply the best film noir. Class acting and brilliant camera shots/angles. The techniques used completly typify the film noir genre, from the use of dark lighting to venetian blinds. The narrative again follows the basic film noir structure; a dark storyline, a weak male dominated by a 'Femme-fatale' the stronger woman that is in control instead of the male. The acting from Fred MacMurray is amazing as you would expect from him. If you would like to find out what film noir really is, then this is your film!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling but expected more... 16 July 2005
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It is thrilling to see 'Double Indemnity' on DVD in any format or region. It has long been out of print in region 1. The movie does not need praise. It is the best film noir ever created. My only complaint is that there are not extras on this DVD, not even a trailer, let alone a commentary. 'Double Indemnity' definitely deserves a full set of extra features.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing! 29 July 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Firstly I would like to make clear that my one star rating is not for the film itself as it is an excellent movie, I am rating it 1 star for the so called high definition restoration that universal have done. I already own this film on standard DVD which I bought around 10 years ago. I was so exited when I came across this Blu-ray edition and was looking forward to viewing this restored edition, after watching the film I could not believe it was being advertised as a restored edition. I decided to set two TV's up side by side and played both my copies of the film together standard DVD against Blu-ray restored edition. There was absolutely no difference in picture quality, only a very slight improvement in sound quality on the Blu-ray disc. You do get a nice booklet with the Steel book edition the extras are nothing special. Bottom line is if you already own the DVD do not waste your money, if you don't own it and you want the booklet and think that is worth the price difference then that would be the only reason for buying this edition. Save your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
excellent service one more to add to my husband
growing collection quality is excellent
and will no doubt will be back for more
Published 20 days ago by mrs m coot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Classic film noir. Pretty unusual form too. Clever script and story. Turn the phone off and treat yourself to a great night in. Beautifully shot too.
Published 27 days ago by stu
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Edition
The film is excellent & this is a good Blu-ray transfer. Extras include an interesting & informative documentary/featurette of approx. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sebquest
5.0 out of 5 stars Film noir
This dark American oldie still has the power to surprise and shock. Fred McMurray playing against type if terrific and Barbara Stanwyck is her usual icy self. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbera does nasty very well.
It's shown on TV now and again, watch it. Good performances from all three main actors.
Black and white, but that takes nothing away from it.
Published 1 month ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Indemnity
THis is a classic Black & White film of the Film Noir type. Enjoyable and entertaining with one or two surprises..
Published 2 months ago by Mr. M. S. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars What caan I say sheer brilliance!!
Love this film from years ago. Had to have it on Blu-Ray. Comes supplied with a little booklet inside case, very interesting reading
Published 2 months ago by charlotte
4.0 out of 5 stars 4:3 Ratio Not Perfect Aspect
It goes without saying that this is probably the best film noir in cinema history. It has the pedigree of Fred MacMurray as insurance agent Walter Nerff and Barbra Stanwick as the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Blackadder
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is an absolutely wonderful film noir and is directed by one of the best directors to ever live. It looks amazing in blu ray too. Would recommend highly.
Published 2 months ago by DoodleinWonderland
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic film!
Have loved this film for years but previously was only available in 'collections'. Thrilled to finally own it. Very good value for money.
Published 2 months ago by Miss S A Dale
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