Robert B. (rbrown) from STARKVILLE, MS Reviewed on 2/25/2009...
Fred MacMurray is the insurance agent who plots with Barbara Stanwyck to murder her husband. Edward G. Robinson is the claims investigator who senses that something's not right about the "accident" that the husband had. Billy Wilder's proto-noir is nearly flawless, with plot twists that are still fresh and performances that are pitch-perfect. Great moody photography and a witty script add immeasurably to the film. For an insane drinking game, take a drink every time MacMurray uses the word "baby," which happens about as often as Al Pacino's repetition of a less family-friendly word in SCARFACE.
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A classic film but an appallingly bad DVD transfer.
(2 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Univeral's math 1+0 = 2 DVD set....
Richardson | Sunny California USA | 08/23/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"this is a 5 star movie.... this review is of the NEW Universal 2 dvd set.
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...
I think I saw where Universal is now readying a THIRD wave of their classic Monster series on DVD...geez ,how many times do they want us to buy the same things? Can't they get it right the first or second time? I think its obvious that my frustration with Universals crappy DVD releases runs deep. Fortunately they don't have near the number of "must haves" that Warner Brothers (who are first class all the way in their releases , particularly legacy films)or MGM or Columbia have!
its a great movie....if you haven't seen it you are in for a rare treat!"
GREAT FILM - TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE DVD TRANSFER
W. Lipscomb | 06/24/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Do not purchase this DVD release. Its transfer to DVD is truly horrendous.Wait for some other distributor to release it.Wonderful film. Totally botched DVD release.Wait for it..."
Great film, deplorable DVD
Drew Vogel | Collingswood, NJ USA | 02/28/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
Could Restored 35mm print be on the horizon?
W. Lipscomb | Saint Charles, MO USA | 10/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"