“That’s a honey of an anklet you’re wearing, Mrs. Dietrichson.”
DOUBLE INDEMNITY is to be released in the UK as part of Eureka’s MASTERS OF CINEMA Series on Blu-ray (Standard and SteelBook editions) on 25 June 2012
Double Indemnity’s enormous popular success and seven Oscar nominations catapulted Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment) into the very top tier of Hollywood’s writer-directors. Adapted from a novella by James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice), co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye), Double Indemnity remains the hardest-boiled of delectations.
Insurance hawker Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) gets seduced by some other man’s wife: a bored, sex-starved Barbara Stanwyck done up
in lorry-grille wig and a pair of lips like wine grapes smashed in candle-wax. She wants to off her better half and collect on his policy, but
spitfire claims-adjuster Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) smells a rat – or at least the cheap perfume all over that Dietrichson file.
Neff himself ties up the twisting plot in a neat bow: “We were talking about automobile insurance, only you were thinking about murder.
And I was thinking about that anklet.”
“Since Double Indemnity, the two most important words in motion pictures are ‘Billy’ and ‘Wilder’.” —Alfred Hitchcock
“Double Indemnity is the finest picture of its kind ever made, and I make that flat statement without any fear of getting indigestion later from
eating my words.” —Louella Parsons
SPECIAL BLU-RAY FEATURES:
• Exclusive new high-definition restoration, officially licensed from Universal Pictures
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
•Shadows of Suspense — a 2006 documentary featuring film historians, directors, and authors discussing the making of Double Indemnity
• 1945 Screen Guild Theater radio adaptation of Double Indemnity, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray
• The original theatrical trailer
• PLUS: A 36-page booklet featuring rare articles, images, and more!
Nominated for seven Oscars at the 1945 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Billy Wilder), Best Actress (Barbara Stanwyck), Best
Screenplay (Wilder and Raymond Chandler), Best Cinematography (John F. Seitz), Best Score (Miklós Rózsa), Best Sound Recording (Loren
Ryder). The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity for the first time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray, in a
standard edition and a limited edition SteelBook on 25 June 2012.