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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and thrilling
This is a good film not a great film. The direction at points is lazy and the dialogue not as quick and witty as in some of the hollywood greats (Double Indemnity, His Girl Friday) but that is made up for by the enjoyable ride that the director and writers take you on. The sexual tension between Cora and Frank is explicit and even more tense for the reason that it isn't...
Published on 27 Mar 2006 by Henry Ireton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Film Noir great
I can't be as positive towards this film as most other reviewers here.

Plus points are the basic story which is full of possibilities for an imaginative director; the creation of the isolated roadside diner locations, both indoors and out, which provide a plausible setting for the bottling-up and then expressing of strong passions; strong acting from an...
Published on 27 Mar 2009 by Humpty Dumpty


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and thrilling, 27 Mar 2006
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Henry Ireton (Cambridge) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Postman Always Rings Twice [1946] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a good film not a great film. The direction at points is lazy and the dialogue not as quick and witty as in some of the hollywood greats (Double Indemnity, His Girl Friday) but that is made up for by the enjoyable ride that the director and writers take you on. The sexual tension between Cora and Frank is explicit and even more tense for the reason that it isn't betrayed- the fact that this film was made during the era when Hollywood was restricted in its ability to film sex gives it an interesting tension. A modern version might be tempted to show Cora and Frank having sex. But because this version can't, we are in the position of the characters, we can see a relationship brim with sexuality but we don't see it articulated on screen. Hence our frustration like theirs advances through the picture- until the inevitable resolution. The scenes in court are wonderful- between the two lawyers with the cynicism of the system laid bare- possibly the point where the script rises to heights of humour seen in other films of the period. The culmination of the film rather lets it down with schmaltz but overall this is an excellent good film- it won't make you ponder any great questions that it raises, it won't infatuate you with its world but it will entertain you, amuse you and interest you for the time you view it. Its definitely a film that can become a family friend if not a teacher of great truths.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the sexiest films ever, 5 July 2005
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An unusual product of 1940s MGM, more known then for their musicals and melodramas, this is one of the quintessential film noirs, along with "The Maltese Falcon" and "Double Indemnity". John Garfield is a drifter who ends up in road side dinner and falls for the sexy, seductive wife of the boss (Lana Turner). Together they decide to kill her husband.
Lana Turner, a platinum blonde almost always in a virginal white (only changes to black in three key scenes) is sexier than ever, and has an amazing chemistry with Garfield. Her introduction alone is worth the price of the DVD. The plot is very good and the performances, not only from the leads but also the supporting cast are great.
The print is very good, although not perfect, but one hardly expects that from a 60 year old film. The DVD also includes a documentary on Garfield, the trailer and an introduction to the film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Torrid Romance., 25 Mar 2011
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Frank Chambers (John Garfield) stops at a rural diner for a bite to eat, and after noticing the "Man Wanted" sign-ends up working there. The diner is run by beautiful Cora Smith (Lana Turner), and her much older husband, Nick (Cecil Kellaway). The animal attraction is evident from the off and the pair soon enter into an affair. It's an affair that will have far reaching consequences for all three parties.

Forget any remake and go straight to this, the best adaptation of James M. Cain's hard hitting novel. Out of MGM, it's nice to say that the studio, in spite of 1940s censors, let director Tay Garnett put vitality into Cain's novel and more crucially,! let Turner fan the flames of smouldering passion. From the moment the camera pans from her shapely foot to the silky blonde mop that sits above her beautiful face, we know that Frank Chambers, and us the audience, are about to be taken in hook line and sinker.

Much has been made of the over-use of lighting with Turner in the film, that complaint is something I just can't truck with in any shape or form. It's not for nothing that Turner's Cora is virginal white for 98% of the picture, surely a sign that Cora is in need of some dark to lighten her dark existence. Sounds weird I'm sure, but there it is, and the lighting only emphasises that virginal quality about to be steered down a troubled road. It should also be noted that the only time she's out of white is for the particularly dark moments in her life. It's a confliction with the Noir ethic to utilise whiteness, but this is a very different femme fatale, more vulnerable and searching for love, even if ultimately it's car crash love. John Garfield matches Turner in performance. A performance that gathers momentum at every quarter. So it's no surprise to find that both actors got a positive response from critics and public alike. But the support is also very strong, particularly Hume Cronyn & Leon Ames. While Kellaway absolutely nails that good old harmless old boy seriously in denial-out of his depth character-with some aplomb.

I personally was delighted with a different sort of film-noir viewing here. And I have to say that I avoided this film on account of having watched the Jack Nicholson remake first, years ago; and found it immeasurably dull. This is a different animal, much like the female protagonist funnily enough. Perhaps the final word should come from James M. Cain himself? Who after seeing what Turner did with the role of Cora gave her a gift of a leather bound first edition of the book, the inscription said "For my dear Lana, thank you for giving a performance that was finer than I expected."

Tis true that, lighting be damned! 8/10
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kisses With Dreams in Them...., 15 Aug 2005
This review is from: The Postman Always Rings Twice [1946] [DVD] (DVD)
Lana Turner and John Garfield hunger for something more in Tay Garnett's glossy soap opera noir, The Postman Always Rings Twice. Based on James M. Cain's lusty potboiler, Turner is fantastic as the manipulative yet vulnerable Cora Smith and Garfield excellent as the drifter who can't get Cora or her dreams out of his blood. Turner is like a white creme, icy cold on the surface but burning hot and deep with desire underneath.
Cora is a girl aware of her looks and effect on men. Since she was 14 she's had to argue with men about it. But she didn't have to argue with Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway), a much older man Cora marries for security, not love. When drifter Frank Chambers (Grafield) shows up to fill the help wanted sign at the Twin Oaks Diner Nick and Cora run, she discovers she can't live without love or passion.
Cora is a smouldering vision in white when Frank first sees her, a room full of gas that only needs a spark to ignite. Frank knows he can sell anything to anybody and begins to fan the flames when he talks Nick into getting a neon sign for the diner Cora wants. Cora has big dreams for the diner and wants to be somebody. She tries in her own way to resist what is going to happen between she and Frank but deep down knows that all the things she married Nick for and clings to are the things she really wants with Frank.
Cora lets him kiss her once then stays away, working Frank into an internal frenzy of desire. After a midnight swim in the ocean they get a week alone and their fate is sealed, the gas ignited and burning out of control. It is Cora who lets Frank's lust simmer until he loves her and wants her so much nothing matters, not even what stands in the way of them and Cora's dreams.
Garfield is excellent as a guy who knows he's signed on for a one way ride to nowhere but can't help himself, because the mere thought of sharing the ride with Cora tips the scales. There is a tricky D.A. (Leon Ames) onto them after a botched first attempt to live out Cora's dreams fails and only a crafty defense attorney, portrayed with zeal by Hume Cronyn, gets Cora off when they finally succeed. But an insurance policy Frank didn't know about causes distrust and the results are Cora and Frank on the outs again.
But they are chained to each other. Jealousy and a blackmail attempt gone awry bring them back to the beach where they were happy. A dangerous swim to prove their trust in each other restores their love and they are happy and dreaming once again. They may be able to atone for their sins even, unless fate has other plans....
Turner gives an icy hot performance here, with many long takes between she and Garfield as they are drawn to each other like moths to a flame. Much is made of director Tay Garnett framing Turner in sexy white outfits throughout the film. Her best scene, however, and the one in which she is the most strikinginly beautiful, she is dressed in a black bathrobe. Cora is in the kitchen caressing a knife and agonizing over her dreams and what needs to be done to make them come true. When Frank walks in on her, her voice catches, her reluctance to follow through real. She tells Garfield in a quivering voice, "If you really loved me."
Wheras Wilder's Double Indemnity was a dark noir of twisted passion and greed set in Claifornia, Garnett's The Postman Always Rings Twice uses the bright sunshine and beaches of L.A. County in the 1940's to create a soap opera noir, a shining blonde Turner and a reluctant drifter Garfield at its center. A must for Turner fans and good pick for fans of this genre who want to watch a glossy noir.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great acting and a great score!!, 22 July 2010
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I know that loads of people have reviewed this great film, but here's my take on it. I bought this film a little while back as over the last couple of years I have really really got into Film Noir, and I suppose really got into John Garfield movies and John Garfield obviously, amongst many others. Well, I have watched this a good few times since I bought it, and I love it more each time. For me, it has to be one of the most atmospheric, thrilling, sort of sleazy and downright nasty films I have ever seen. Notwithstanding that this film is over 60 years old now, it is very upfront in its themes of lust, betrayal and nastiness, and its perhaps criticism of some aspects of American life, such as how people can drift in and out of situations in American life.

I won't bother going over the plot particularly as other reviewers have done that well already, but suffice to say that John Garfield's character is a drifter looking for work and ends up at a diner finding work, run by a mismatched couple, and ends up falling for the wife, as she falls for him. They come to the conclusion that they want to bump off hubby and then live happily ever after. Doesn't work out quite like that though. Then things do get really nasty and mean. I want to say that I have found the music throughout this film some of the most wonderful and atmospheric music I have ever heard on any film score; it IS wonderful and one of the reasons, among others, why I keep going back to the movie. And the acting is great, and the plot is also good too. For me, this is one of the most outstanding film noirs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Postman Always Rings Twice [1946] [Blu-ray] [US Import], 21 July 2014
The Postman Always Rings Twice [1946] [Blu-ray] [US Import] BRISTLING DRAMA! PACKS A REAL PUNCH!

The sign outside the roadside diner days “Man Wanted.” Drifter Frank Chambers [John Garfield] knows the sign has more than one meaning when he eyes pouty, luminous Cora Smith [Lana Turner] the much-younger bride of the diner’s proprietor Nick Smith [Cecil Kellaway].

Based on the same-titled novel by James M. Cain [Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce]. This quintessential film-noir classic, combines studio-system gloss with James M. Cain hard-bitten tale of murderous attractions. John Garfield and Lana Turner give career-benchmark performance as Frank Chambers and Cora Smith, illicit lovers who botch a first attempt to bump off Cora’s hubby, pull it off, betray each other at the trial and yet wriggle free. But their volatile tale does not end there. As the film’s metaphorical title indicates, and fate is sure to ring again.

Cast: John Garfield, Lana Turner, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter, Alan Reed and Jeff York

Director: Tay Garnett

Producer: Carey Wilson

Screenplay: Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch

Composer: Erich Zeisl and George Bassman

Cinematography: Sidney Wagner

Resolution: 1080p [Black and White]

Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1

Audio: English: 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, French: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, Portuguese: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, German: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono and Italian: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German SDH and Italian SDH

Region: Region A/1

Running Time: 113 minutes

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Warmer Home Video

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – Gotta love those femme fatales. Devious, passionate, manipulative, and oh-so-sexy, they can turn a tough male into a drooling lapdog within seconds, and lead him panting down the road to self-destruction. Barbara Stanwyck in 'Double Indemnity,' Joan Bennett in 'The Woman in the Window,' Jean Simmons in 'Angel Face' — the list goes on. Some are rotten-to-the-core, others just plain rotten, yet all use sex and vulnerability to poison their prey. Guys like Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, and Robert Mitchum think they can handle such icy-hot dames, but they're way, way out of their league. Sure, we feel sorry for these good men gone wrong, but deep down we know, if given a second chance, they'd make the same bad choices all over again. So sweet is the honey of Hollywood's queen bees.

Yet of all the fatalistic femmes, Lana Turner in 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' is perhaps the quintessential specimen. As Cora Smith, the sultry cook at a roadside dive, she's cool, calculating, and devastatingly carnal. Her white-as-snow outfits denote spiritual purity, but her platinum blonde hair betrays the lie. No wonder drifter Frank Chambers [John Garfield] falls for her. To him, she's an angel. Unfortunately, he doesn't realize she's an angel of death until he's trapped in her deceitful web. Attracted by the "Man Wanted" sign outside the hamburger joint she owns with her much older husband Nick [Cecil Kellaway], Frank inquires about a job. But after meeting Cora, he soon realises he's "wanted" for other things, too — love, sex, maybe even murder. As far as the order goes, take your pick.

Oh, it all starts innocently enough. It seems Cora married the portly, unkempt Nick to escape all the ravenous wolves nipping at her skirts. Dirt poor, she saw the Twin Oaks Restaurant as a ticket to self-improvement and economic security. Yet when Frank ambles along and ignites her flame, she hungers for all the passion she's been missing. Cora melts in Frank's embrace, but can't bear the thought of sharing his nomadic, impoverished existence. And she knows if Nick ever discovers their clandestine affair, he'll cut her off without a penny.

So what's left for the illicit lovers? In their dead-end lives, all they can see is murder. Bump off Nick, beat the rap, share the restaurant, and live happily ever after. Sounds like quite a plan. It's just the execution — and avoiding execution — that's the problem. Poisoned by suspicion and weakened by panic and fear, the pair soon loses control of their own game, becoming mere pawns in a legal chess match between District Attorney Sackett [Leon Ames] and Cora's smarmy lawyer, Keats [Hume Cronyn]. Crosses, double-crosses, blackmail, and other assorted twists ensue — and keep us riveted throughout.

James M. Cain published The Postman Always Rings Twice (his first novel) in 1934, and the racy, sordid yarn incited a firestorm of controversy, culminating with the city of Boston banning the book. Hollywood wouldn't touch it until 12 years later, after two other Cain adaptations (Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce) garnered critical and popular acclaim. Amazingly, it wasn't gritty Warner Bros. that snapped up the rights, but wholesome MGM — home to sumptuous musicals, Andy Hardy, and Lassie. Although Hollywood's production code sanitized the novel's lewd, raw tone, MGM provided additional softening by enhancing the romantic angle. In the book, talk of murder begins on page 14, but more than a half-hour of character development transpires in the film before Cora plants her homicidal seeds. During that time (and throughout the rest of the movie), Garfield and Turner add welcome sensitivity to their roles, fooling us into believing that love — not lust or greed — drives them to their doom. Somehow, they gain our sympathy, and we often find ourselves rooting for them, despite their dastardly deeds and our own moral beliefs. (After all, who can resist two crazy, murderous kids in love?) The film never approaches the hard edge of 'Double Indemnity,' but the love affair adds depth and lends 'Postman' a refreshing soulful quality that resonates during its climax and denouement.

Director Tay Garnett tried to tarnish MGM's gloss by shooting chunks of the script on dusty locations, but the studio's patented "look" still peeks through. That's not entirely bad, especially when one reflects on Cora's glamorous (and now classic) cinematic introduction. As a lipstick rolls across the restaurant floor, a slow backward pan reveals a woman's shapely legs, followed by Garfield's stunned and breathless reaction as he digests the heavenly view. Only then does Garnett cut to a full-body shot of Turner, dressed like an angel of sex in white shorts, white halter top, and a white turban swathed around her platinum hair. She holds out her hand like a princess, waiting for Garfield to deliver the lipstick. He makes her come and get it, which is a very iconic sequence. Oh yeah and typically MGM.

Both Lana Turner and John Garfield are pitch-perfect in their parts, creating a steamy chemistry that carries the film and adds dimension to the hard-boiled story. Always an underrated actress whose beauty overshadowed her talent, Turner files perhaps her finest performance, deftly complicating the femme fatale stereotype by layering Cora with just enough sincerity and softness to gain audience affection, and keep her true colours a mystery. Garfield's natural acting style allowed him to believably inhabit any role, and he makes Frank the ultimate everyman — a poor sap in love with his fantasy girl, willing to sell his soul for a kiss or caress. Who can't identify with that?

As the sparring attorneys, Ames and Cronyn nearly steal the show. Their spirited legal wrangling and slick manipulation of Cora and Frank offer a cerebral counterpoint to the lovers' sexual and emotional tension, and provide the film with its most fascinating and colourful moments. Although the British Kellaway is a far cry from the book's oily, grimy depiction of the Greek-born Nick, he's enough of a tubby sad sack to serve his purpose, and even engenders some pity.

The film's only real misstep is its overdramatic score, which often intrudes with such frenzy and fury it ridicules the on-screen action. It badly dates this classic movie, yet the story's power and texture endure. Coupled with assured direction, exceptional performances, and the heady atmosphere of sex, violence, and intrigue, 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' remains richly entertaining and engrossing, a finely cut diamond in the rough world of film noir.

Blu-ray Video Quality – This 1080p transfer seems to be struck from the same master as the 2004 DVD, but appears a tad brighter and more vibrant. That's almost always a good thing, but some of the exterior shots, all of which are bathed in a dusty white glare, at times look slightly overexposed. Interiors, however, possess excellent contrast and clarity, showcasing Sidney Wagner's naturalistic cinematography. Black levels are solid, though not quite as inky as I was anticipating, but it's the whites that steal the show - a rarity in the world of film noir. From Turner's platinum hair to her monochromatic ensembles, whites are on constant display, yet they never bloom and always exude a definite gradation of hue, thanks to a finely constructed grey scale. Even in the murkiest scenes, crush is never an issue, and superior shadow delineation exposes a wide array of detail.

Typical of a film from this vintage, grain is pronounced - in some scenes more than others - but not overwhelming, and is more noticeable during soft-focus close-ups, especially those of Lana Turner. Textures come through well - the lucidity of the weave on the burlap fabric during the opening credits is extraordinary - and background elements are always easy to discern. While the DVD exhibited a fair amount of white specks, the Blu-ray is free of any markings; a few times I thought I saw a stray speck or two, but it was merely wisps of Turner's hair, which gives you an idea of this transfer's degree of clarity.

No digital doctoring disrupts the integrity of the original source and no transfer anomalies intrude. Overall, 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' looks quite good, though it pales when compared to the studio's best black-and-white Blu-rays. And while this effort isn't a huge step up from the previously released DVD, the subtle improvements make a notable enough difference to merit an upgrade.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track supplies clean, well-modulated sound, despite some interesting challenges. George Bassman's music score can be seductively romantic one minute and bombastically melodramatic the next, but the track handles the severe volume shifts well. A hint of distortion creeps in occasionally, but on the whole, the music enjoys good fidelity and fine tonal depth. All the action is anchored up front, but accents such as screams and the pounding waves of the Pacific surf penetrate the room well.

Dialogue is always clear and easy to comprehend, even when seductively whispered by Turner. A smattering of hiss pops up here and there, but it's hardly noticeable, and any pops, crackles, or other instances of surface noise have been meticulously erased. For a 66-year-old track, 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' sounds surprisingly spry, and more robust than its inferior DVD counterpart.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Introduction by Richard Jewell [5:00] The five-minute preamble by film historian and author Richard Jewell only skims the surface of this classic production, providing an elementary primer for viewers largely unfamiliar with 'Postman,' Garfield, Turner, and director Garnett. Jewell analyses the famous rolling lipstick sequence and talks about how MGM groomed Turner as a blonde bombshell in the mould of the late Jean Harlow — a dubious assessment at best. It's too bad Warner didn't see fit to produce a more in-depth look at 'Postman,' as this cursory examination only whets our appetite for a full-fledged documentary.

Documentary: Lana Turner: A Daughter's Memoir [86:00] This feature-length documentary from 2001 originally aired on TCM and provides an intimate chronicle of Turner's often scandalous, always fascinating life and multi-decade career. Actor Robert Wagner narrates, but much of the perspective comes from Turner's only child, Cheryl Crane, who notoriously killed her mother's abusive lover, gangster Johnny Stompanato, under mysterious circumstances when she was only 14. Hearing what really happened that fateful night from the only surviving witness is the highlight of this absorbing film, but surprisingly not the focal point. A full-bodied portrait of a complex, troubled, and breathtakingly beautiful woman emerges through assorted film clips, rare photos, home movies, and reminiscences from such Hollywood luminaries as Robert Stack, Kirk Douglas, and Jackie Cooper. We learn about Turner's difficult upbringing by a single mother, her legendary discovery in a Hollywood drugstore, her rebellious and impulsive party girl image, and numerous tempestuous relationships and seven (count 'me, seven!) troubled marriages. (One of her husbands, Tarzan actor Lex Barker, sexually abused a then adolescent Crane.) A few cheesy re-enactment scenes somewhat cheapen this probing study, but Turner's work and magnetism overshadow such missteps. While it's tough not to adopt a tabloid tone when dealing with such a headline-grabbing life, this excellent documentary maintains a refreshing objectivity as it both celebrates and analyses one of Tinsel town’s biggest and most enduring stars.

Documentary: The John Garfield Story [60:00] Much more involving is The John Garfield Story, a fascinating and impeccably produced one-hour profile that originally aired on Turner Classic Movies. Narrated by the actor's daughter, Julie Garfield, the portrait begins at Garfield's funeral, which was apparently the largest for a Hollywood personality since Rudolph Valentino's, and featured 10,000 mourners. (The actor died of heart failure in 1952 at the age of 39.) From there, we go back in time, and follow the progression of Jacob Julius Garfinkle (affectionately known as Julie) from his involvement with the left-leaning Group Theatre in New York to his instant Hollywood success. The documentary details Garfield's war contributions (and how one such visit to Yugoslavia came back to haunt him), his dedication to casting minority actors in his films, and his devastating investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee, which friends and colleagues claim indirectly caused his early death. Rare colour footage of the actor, substantive film clips, and reminiscences by an enviable gallery of fellow actors (including Harvey Keitel, Joanne Woodward, Lee Grant, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, and Hume Cronyn) all contribute to the success of this absorbing and enlightening film.

Vintage Short: Phantoms, Inc. [17:00] An instalment in MGM's "Crime Doesn't Pay" series, this cautionary 1945 short examines how swindlers prey on vulnerable parents of missing and dead soldiers to achieve financial gain, often with tragic results. Though melodrama predominates, the message comes through loud and clear, and sadly still can be applied today.

Vintage Animated Short: Red Hot Riding Hood [7:00] This clever 1943 Tex Avery cartoon puts a sexy spin on the age-old children's tale by turning Little Red Riding Hood into a sultry nightclub singer, the Wolf into...well, a lecherous wolf, and Grandma into a wanton red hot mama desperate for love.

Vintage Radio Adaptation [29:00] Turner and Garfield reprise their roles as Cora and Frank in this 1947 Screen Guild Theater radio adaptation that pares the steamy drama down to a lean and mean 29 minutes. Huge chunks of the story are either glossed over or deleted, but the drama's aura of passion and hard-boiled nature remain.

Theatrical Trailer [3:00] The film's original preview emphasizes the story's salacious elements and oddly gives away a critical plot point.

Finally, Film noir doesn't get much better than this. Thanks to Tay Garnett's no-nonsense direction and terrific performances by Lana Turner and John Garfield, 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' still sinks its teeth into viewers today. James M. Cain's searing tale of passion, murder, and inescapable retribution grabs us from the opening frames and never let’s go. An above-average video transfer and solid audio make this Blu-ray as irresistible as Lana Turner herself, and a great spate of new supplements, along with those from the previous DVD, which seals the upgrade deal, as well as an enthusiastic recommendation for this classic film and high-quality disc. Although the re-make was okay, this classic 1946 film-noir beats it hands down and it is another film that has been a massive favourite of mine and now seeing it in the stunning black and white images on this Blu-ray, makes it a must have and when I first viewed this Blu-ray, I realised I had gained a truly wonderful film and a total honour to add it to my Blu-ray Collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kisses With Dreams in Them...., 15 Aug 2005
Lana Turner and John Garfield hunger for something more in Tay Garnett's glossy soap opera noir, The Postman Always Rings Twice. Based on James M. Cain's lusty potboiler, Turner is fantastic as the manipulative yet vulnerable Cora Smith and Garfield excellent as the drifter who can't get Cora or her dreams out of his blood. Turner is like a white creme, icy cold on the surface but burning hot and deep with desire underneath.
Cora is a girl aware of her looks and effect on men. Since she was 14 she's had to argue with men about it. But she didn't have to argue with Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway), a much older man Cora marries for security, not love. When drifter Frank Chambers (Grafield) shows up to fill the help wanted sign at the Twin Oaks Diner Nick and Cora run, she discovers she can't live without love or passion.
Cora is a smouldering vision in white when Frank first sees her, a room full of gas that only needs a spark to ignite. Frank knows he can sell anything to anybody and begins to fan the flames when he talks Nick into getting a neon sign for the diner Cora wants. Cora has big dreams for the diner and wants to be somebody. She tries in her own way to resist what is going to happen between she and Frank but deep down knows that all the things she married Nick for and clings to are the things she really wants with Frank.
Cora lets him kiss her once then stays away, working Frank into an internal frenzy of desire. After a midnight swim in the ocean they get a week alone and their fate is sealed, the gas ignited and burning out of control. It is Cora who lets Frank's lust simmer until he loves her and wants her so much nothing matters, not even what stands in the way of them and Cora's dreams.
Garfield is excellent as a guy who knows he's signed on for a one way ride to nowhere but can't help himself, because the mere thought of sharing the ride with Cora tips the scales. There is a tricky D.A. (Leon Ames) onto them after a botched first attempt to live out Cora's dreams fails and only a crafty defense attorney, portrayed with zeal by Hume Cronyn, gets Cora off when they finally succeed. But an insurance policy Frank didn't know about causes distrust and the results are Cora and Frank on the outs again.
But they are chained to each other. Jealousy and a blackmail attempt gone awry bring them back to the beach where they were happy. A dangerous swim to prove their trust in each other restores their love and they are happy and dreaming once again. They may be able to atone for their sins even, unless fate has other plans....
Turner gives an icy hot performance here, with many long takes between she and Garfield as they are drawn to each other like moths to a flame. Much is made of director Tay Garnett framing Turner in sexy white outfits throughout the film. Her best scene, however, and the one in which she is the most strikinginly beautiful, she is dressed in a black bathrobe. Cora is in the kitchen caressing a knife and agonizing over her dreams and what needs to be done to make them come true. When Frank walks in on her, her voice catches, her reluctance to follow through real. She tells Garfield in a quivering voice, "If you really loved me."
Wheras Wilder's Double Indemnity was a dark noir of twisted passion and greed set in Claifornia, Garnett's The Postman Always Rings Twice uses the bright sunshine and beaches of L.A. County in the 1940's to create a soap opera noir, a shining blonde Turner and a reluctant drifter Garfield at its center. A must for Turner fans and good pick for fans of this genre who want to watch a glossy noir.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Postman Always Rings Twice-Classic film noir!, 24 Mar 2013
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Brilliant film-they don't make them like this anymore! This is an absolute classic with great actors and storyline and now I have the DVD I can watch it as often as I like. Would recommend to buffs especially those who like films shot in black and white.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Talk about cleft sticks, 7 Mar 2010
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This tale of adultery and murder makes you guess at the passions involved. Sexuality is hinted (we are in 1946, after all) but the desperation of the lead couple's feelings is adeptly portrayed. The language of film and the formula for plot does indeed date this movie: I doubt it could go over really big with modern audiences. But if you're a movie fan, you'll dial in to the times and fall into the plot. I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a film noir classic., 30 April 2014
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This is a five star film in my opinion, it is a true classic of film noir and an enjoyable movie that looks great on blu ray. The blu ray transfer is strong with the image being quite grainy throughout but, retaining a nice depth to the picture. There is only so much that can be done with these old classic movies and those expecting a crystal clear razor sharp image will be left disappointed. However this is the best that postman has ever looked and the best it probably will ever look and the results to my eyes were very pleasing. If like me you are a fan of this movie, then I highly recommend this blu ray release. Whilst being an American import this blu ray is region free.
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