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Double Indemnity [Blu-ray + Digital HD + UltraViolet] (Sous-titres français)

Fred MacMurray , Barbara Stanwyck , Billy Wilder    Blu-ray
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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 7 Academy Awards® including Best Picture.


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Quintessential film noir story that set the standard for femme fatales, shady women who exploit men's weaknesses and then discard them like nylons that have too many runs in them. Of course, a man has to be willing and gullible enough to desire a woman to do most anything to have her. Phyllis Dietrichson's masterful manipulation of Walter Neff is the central theme of this film. When Neff [Fred MacMurray] and Dietrichson [Barbara Stanwyck] find that they have a clear path to a rosy and wonderful future together, they discover that everything seems to go wrong and every attempt at conversation leads to snarling exchanges, doubts and suspicions about each other. Barton Keyes [Edward G. Robinson] provides just the right balance and unwittingly unnerves Neff with his suspicions and ideas about false claims for insurance money and how his gut feelings never fail him. Keyes smells a rat but his faith and trust in Neff never wavers until later. Porter Hall has a nice turn as the man from Medford, Oregon who materializes from the shadows to add another twist to this excellent thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 4 Way Classic! Feb. 19 2004
Format:VHS Tape
It seems safe to offer the opinion that "Double Indemnity" is a 4-Way Classic! The 4 categories would be noir movies, those directed by Billy Wilder, films that unfold in flashback and pictures shot in beautiful black and white. Granted that DI might not represent the cream of each of those species, but it is highly representative of the best they can put on the silver screen. DI opens with Fred MacMurray, obviously in need of medical attention, making a confession into an office Dictaphone. DI flashes back from there. Even though the viewer senses that MacMurray is deep in trouble, the suspense actually builds! How did he get himself in such a fix?? It quickly develops that he is an insurance salesman caught in a scam of his own making. His partner in crime has to be female. (This is noir!). Barbara Stanwyck, - an unfaithful wife and wicked stepmother -plays that dual role to the hilt. This reviewer does not agree with my amazon friends who feel she is sexy! Any man should run from this evil woman! She has TROUBLE stamped all over her! Under the guise of renewing her husband's car insurance, Macmurray sells the spouse a life insurance policy with Stanwyck as the beneficiary. The two then plot his death! One weak point to DI is that Macmurray immediately pins the wife as a con artist yet still agrees to the scheme. They set up the poor guy's demise as a fall from the rear observation platform of a moving passenger train. (It was probably the Southern Pacific's old "Coast Starlight" when trains actually had observation platforms. That old SP drumhead is a wonderful touch!).This reviewer won't divulge the details of that crucial event but the manner of staged death is very sloppy indeed! That is a second and critical weak point! Any self -respecting insurance company would pounce on this contrivance. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Feb. 6 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"Double Indemnity" leads all the rest in the noir genre. The movie is everything a movie should be. Fred MacMurray gives a surprisingly great performance as a semi-sleazy insurance agent who seems, at the beginning, a basically honest guy....until he meets Stanwyck's femme fatale, Phyllis Dietrichson. Stanwyck is cold, calculating, clever, and incredibly sexy, in a trampy sort of way. If I were wired differently, I don't think I could resist her any better than MacMurray's Walter Neff did. You can cut her sensuality with a knife. The dialogue is fast, sharp, and, frankly, amazing. You feel as if you've grabbed onto a rollercoaster and are just barely able to hang on. And Edgar G. Robinson's character, Keyes, is equally brilliant. Seldom have I seen a movie as total, as complete, and as well crafted as this one is. Frankly, although Neff and Dietrichson are heels, I found myself rooting for them to actually succeed at their murderous deed. The stepdaughter, representing innocence and morality - Phyllis Dietrichson's opposite - irritated me. I was so blown away by the appealing rottenness ("We're both rotten," Phyllis mutters) of Neff and Dietrichson that I simply couldn't dislike them. I purchased this movie after checking out the local library's copy. And I don't buy many movies. This one is superb. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor. Then you'll understand why people like me say, with all our hearts, "They just don't make good movies anymore, like they used to." And you might agree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best film noir July 26 2002
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This is a terrific movie, beautifully directed by Billy Wilder, one of his better films, and he made some very good ones. Sunset Boulevard (1950); Stalag 17 (1953); Some Like It Hot (1959); The Apartment (1960) come to mind. Note the range: a psychological mystery, a prisoners of war movie, a comedy with song and dance, and a "sophisticated" comedy. He could make any kind of film. He had a knack for getting the best out of the players and he never forgot his audience.
Double Indemnity is no exception. Fred MacMurray stars as Walter Neff, a morally-compromised insurance salesman who just couldn't resist the opportunity to outsmart the insurance business, and he was never better. Most people remember him from more light-hearted fare, e.g., The Shaggy Dog (1959); The Absent-Minded Professor (1961); and perhaps especially The Egg and I (1947) with Claudette Colbert. Barbara Stanwyck, whose career spanned six decades, was also excellent as the sociopathic Phyllis Dietrickson. Edward G. Robinson, who practically defined the Hollywood gangster from the thirties and forties, switches type and does an outstanding job as Barton Keyes, a sleuthful insurance claims manager.
The script was adapted from James M. Cain's second novel, a follow-up to his enormously successful The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934). That too was made into a movie, in fact two movies, but neither one was anywhere near as good as this classic film noir. Wilder employs the convention of the voice-over (something he would use again very successfully in Sunset Boulevard) by having Walter Neff ("Walter Huff" in the novel) tell the story into a Dictaphone as a confessional memo addressed to his admired pal and mentor Keyes. He didn't get the girl and he didn't get the money, he says.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Film Noir that you won't even notice it
This movie is a classic of the film noir genre. Barbara Stanwyck was a prolific and accomplished actress , with the ability to do
drama or comedy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Big Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film
This is one of my favourite films and should be a must see for every film fan. This is a 2 disc set with some nice extras. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Keith Little
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My All-Time Favorites
I saw this movie in a film class I took in college and it's become one of my top five favorite movies. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jennifer Boyce
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Indemnity
This movie has all the elements of a good film noir: crackling and quick dialogue, a ferocious femme fatale and an almost sympathetic leading man as played by Fred MacMurray. Read more
Published on June 2 2009 by R. Mclellan
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS FOR DVD, 0 STARS FOR DOUBLE DVD CASE!!!!
I purchased the double dvd special edition set of "Double Indemnity" last week. *****WARNING***** Please be VERY careful when opening this set up. Read more
Published on March 4 2009 by Jackson Spines
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Film Noir
From the James M. Cain novel this is the finest film of its genre under the masterful of Billy Wilder and an absolute must-see for any devote of film noir. Read more
Published on March 1 2005 by RVJ Nahabedian
5.0 out of 5 stars STANWYCK AND MACMURRAY WERE OSCAR ROBBED
Yes, they deserved the 1944 Academy Award. Both of them. They were robbed. Perhaps its because they played murderers and MacMurray was caught in Stanwyck's spider web. Read more
Published on July 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Best Noir Film of the Era
Starting with an amazing cast and a great plot, this film lives up to anyone's expectations. Life insurance agent falls into the clutches of a woman looking to collect a double... Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Steve Nathan
1.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM - TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE DVD TRANSFER
Do not purchase this DVD release. Its transfer to DVD is truly horrendous.
Wait for some other distributor to release it.
Wonderful film. Read more
Published on June 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Best Film Noirs!
The title says it all. If you love film noir or if you want to start watching some film noir films, this is the one. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Brian Jaszkowiak
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