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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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. Barbara Stanwyck is at her peak as a lying, cheating, double-crossing blond tramp(who can ever forget her ankle bracelet?) who schemes with Fred Mac Murray to murder her husband for the most base reason - his insurance...
Published on March 1 2005 by RVJ Nahabedian

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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. The dvd case is a total nightmare. It fits together way too tightly and to open it up you really have to tug on it which takes the glue away from the paper case underneath the plastic that holds the DVD's. This is what happend...
Published on March 4 2009 by Jackson Spines


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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Film Noir, March 1 2005
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RVJ Nahabedian (Toronto, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Double Indemnity (DVD)
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. Barbara Stanwyck is at her peak as a lying, cheating, double-crossing blond tramp(who can ever forget her ankle bracelet?) who schemes with Fred Mac Murray to murder her husband for the most base reason - his insurance money. Edward G. Robinson is fine as the insurance investigator who goes by his hunch that there's more than meets the eye than just a simple suicide.With a brilliant script (the double entendres when Stanwyck fobs off the attentions of Mac Murray are a gem!) by Wilder and Raymond Chandler "Double Indemnity" is a spellbinding rollercoaster into a world of murder, lust and betrayal moodily set in 1944 Hollywood. Double Indemnity stands as a towering achievement in cinema when a brilliant script, superb acting and excellent art direction and lighting are under the hands of a master. They just don't come better than this and not to be missed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS FOR DVD, 0 STARS FOR DOUBLE DVD CASE!!!!, March 4 2009
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Jackson Spines (Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Double Indemnity (DVD)
I purchased the double dvd special edition set of "Double Indemnity" last week. *****WARNING***** Please be VERY careful when opening this set up. The dvd case is a total nightmare. It fits together way too tightly and to open it up you really have to tug on it which takes the glue away from the paper case underneath the plastic that holds the DVD's. This is what happend to me. The movie itself is a true classic so that gets 5 stars and the double DVD special edition is great but the DVD case gets zero stars which comes out to an average of 3 stars for the product overall. Thrilled with the movie. Disappointed beyond belief with the cheap, sloppy packaging. For the expensive price tag on this item, one would think that the people over at Universal would have done a better job with the finished product.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STANWYCK AND MACMURRAY WERE OSCAR ROBBED, July 13 2004
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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. The movie was released during the prime war years (1944) and Hollywood chose to go the sentimental route with "GOING MY WAY". But Ingrid Bergman's performance in "Gaslight" in no way comes close to touching Stanwyck's bravura in "Double Indemnity". It was a close race between them but Bergman won out (inexplicably because her performance in Gaslight is overwrought and over the top). Stanwyck's evil restraint with one look that could burn a house down. And that wig!! That awful unflattering wig on her! Maybe that's why she didn't win?????
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Best Film Noirs!, June 9 2004
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Brian Jaszkowiak (Melbourne, Fl United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Double Indemnity (DVD)
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.
This is beautiful shot in black and white by the great Billy Wilder.
Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck both give great performances in this film. Barbara is one of the best femme fatales in the history of cinema. The dialogue between MacMurray and Stanwyck is well written and very well spoken.
It doesn't get any better than this...well, maybe Touch of Evil. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Film Noir that you won't even notice it, May 28 2014
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Big Bill - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Double Indemnity (1944) (DVD)
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. Here she sucks in Fred MacMurray with a performance that will equally enrapture you. She is fed up with her husband and a plot is hatched to do away with him. It involves an insurance fraud , but Fred is in the biz , so who better to
outwit the managers. They didn't count on Edward G Robinson as Freds' superior , who gets gut feelings that he calls
"the little man in my gut ". Everything is going well until Edward Gs' little man gets a feeling that something is amiss. Like a dog with a bone he won't leave it alone. Eventually everything ends in ruin and death. A great movie , I watch it over and over , about every two years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film, April 20 2014
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Keith Little - See all my reviews
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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. The second disc contains a made-for-television remake which stars Richard Crenna, Lee J Cobb, Robert Webber & Samantha Eggar.

Disc 1 - Double Indemnity - 1944, 108 mins, B&W, full screen 1.33:1, languages: English & Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, subtitles: English SDH, Spanish & French, scene selection. Extras: Introduction By Robert Osborne (2:31), featurette - Shadows Of Suspense (37:56), 2 commentary tracks, theatrical trailer (2:15)

Disc 2 - Double Indemnity - 1973, 74 mins, colour, full screen 1.33:1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, subtitles: English SDH & French
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of My All-Time Favorites, July 6 2013
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This review is from: Double Indemnity (1944) (DVD)
I saw this movie in a film class I took in college and it's become one of my top five favorite movies. I really cannot say enough about all the actors involved, especially Edward G. Robinson and his portrayal of Barton Keys. I didn't realize when I purchased this item that it was a special edition, so it was more than worth the price for me to read some of the behind-the-scenes and pop-culture facts that came with the DVD. Just a fantastic purchase all the way around.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM - TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE DVD TRANSFER, June 23 2004
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This review is from: Double Indemnity (DVD)
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...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's a one way trip and the last stop is the cemetery.", May 2 2004
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Larry Scantlebury (Ypsilanti, MI United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Double Indemnity (DVD)
Great stuff. One of the greatest movies ever made. The obvious reason is Billy Wilder, the genius of film noir '40's. And the other reason? The writer is the grandaddy of them all, Raymond Chandler. How could they go wrong?
The insurance salesman, Fred Macmurray (Walter Neff), meets the sultry Barbara Stanwick (Phyllis Dietrichsen)and they get intensely involved. Eventually, Fred Macmurray's insurance acumen as Walter Neff hatches a plan to kill sultry Phyllis' (Stanwick) husband with both to collect the double indemnity policy upon which the title is based.
This movie is great because it sizzles in a manner respecting the impediments of censorship of the first half of the twentieth century. So the affair is underplayed not like the subsequent "Body Heat" thirty years later when mores and actors and clothes loosened. But here the relentlessness of insurance investigator Barton Keyes, the sexuality of Phyllis and Walter, the mean spiritedness and hidden agenda of Phyllis, is all understated in the tradition of the '40's and '50's. But to the credit of the actors, the director and the writer, no less intense.
Great stuff. Billy Wilder; Raymond Chandler; and all the usual suspects. Larry Scantlebury. 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Stanwyck glitters in this classic dark mystery, May 29 2004
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This review is from: Double Indemnity (DVD)
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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