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This is one of the earlier films directed by the marvellous Billy Wilder and much, much 'darker' than his later, perhaps more popular/well known efforts such as 'Some Like It Hot' or the superb 'The Apartment'.

It is quite clearly of the film noire genre, made in a style which he maintained for his next movie ('The Lost Weekend') before 'lightening up' a tad with later productions such as 'Sunset Boulevard' and 'Stalag 17'.

Not having seen this film properly before, I got it on Blu-ray in a steelbook (sub-£10, I was lucky !) and, considering the age of the film stock, was impressed with the quality of the restoration.

If somehow this film has passed you by, the Amazon synopsis for it on this webpage describes things very well.

Being such a pure noire, the plot and way things happen is quite stark and cold and the ending (which is largely known due to the flashback nature of the presentation) is about as grim as could be for such an old film; overall, this film is quite a tough, unamusing, watch - even without any of the blood/gore etc we get nowadays.

For me, the blemish-free image has a good contrast and is pleasingly sharp; the DTS-HD MA mono soundtrack is also nice and clear but obviously not at all 'active'.

The disc extras are worthwhile and there is also a nice accompanying booklet - both features which are established Eureka ! / Masters of Cinema specialities; the steelbook is also very smart (despite the slightly inappropriate pink/rose colour scheme !), with artwork both inside and out.

I've attached photos of the steelbook exterior, interior and contents as Amazon don't properly show/omit them.

Aside from being able to get this in a cheaper 'normal' box, you might be interested to know that Universal have a quite recent US edition of this film on Blu-ray which is region-free, offers different extras and is available in 2 guises, here are the Amazon links (and a link to a comparison review with screencaps is in the Amazon discussion section for this Blu-ray; it's entitled 'Comparison Review with Screencaps' and dated 21 Aug 16).:

Double Indemnity [Blu-ray] [1944] [US Import]

Double Indemnity [Blu-ray] [1944] [US Import]

If the 'noire' genre is to your taste then this early example should be right up your street; if you already know of the film or like Billy Wilder productions then this Blu-ray is a good way to enjoy it !
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on 27 December 2008
Neff (Fred MacMurray) and Mrs Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) devise a plot to murder Mr Dietrichson (Tom Powers) and pocket the life accident insurance money using a double indemnity claim, ie, the type of accident will pay out double as it is so unlikely. Things go smoothly until Walter's boss at the insurance company, Keyes (Edward G Robinson), gets involved and follows his hunch concerning foul play.

The main bulk of the story is told in flashback. There is tension, suspense, a good cast and many good scenes. A particular favourite of mine is when Neff is relaxing in his car drinking a pint of beer at the wheel - those were the days! The cast are good with Edward G Robinson and Barbara Stanwyck stealing the show. Stanwyck plays deception very well, eg, the scene where she is called to an interview after the death of her husband and more than holds her own when challenged about the circumstances. She also has a few things up her sleeve including a twist at the end. MacMurray is good in the lead role - it's a shame he was given some daft dialogue, though, which is surprising given that Billy Wilder did the writing. His use of the word "baby" at the end of almost every thing he says to Stanwyck is extremely cheesy. Maybe this was "hep" talk in those days but today it sounds crass and is laughable.

The film is a good length with twists that reveal themselves gradually throughout the film right until the end.
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on 17 August 2017
Bought as a gift for a friend who is a big fan
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on 28 July 2017
Great old movie
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on 10 June 2016
A must-have masterpiece. EUREKA Blu Ray Picture Quality is outstanding. Same Master as the US Criterion Collection?
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on 7 August 2017
Excellent classic film
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on 12 November 2011
a chandler novel with a simple story,brilliantly made by Billy Wilder.An Insurance agent connives with the wife of a client to kill her husband and collect the insurance money.Barbara Stanwyck,Fred MacMurray,and Edward G Robinson star in the film and all give execellent performance to their roles.Its a must for any film library.
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on 2 December 2013
this remains one of the very best "film noir"of all times
i was a bit disapointed with the blu ray transfer but everyone shoul d see this film
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on 26 October 2015
love old movies
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on 29 June 2017
Good movie
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