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Double Indemnity 2 disc from Universal in August

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#1 of 77 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted April 13 2006 - 10:40 PM

Tip from www.thedvdforums.com , Universal is releasing a 2-disc set of Double Indemnity August 29. No other details other than those at the Universal website here, but it's marvellous news.
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#2 of 77 OFFLINE   oscar_merkx


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Posted April 13 2006 - 10:47 PM

Thanks John for keeping us on track with all the new releases

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#3 of 77 OFFLINE   Dale MA

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Posted April 13 2006 - 11:44 PM

Thanks Universal, it's taken you long enough!

I'm looking forward to this one Posted Image

Cheers John Posted Image

#4 of 77 OFFLINE   Jim_K


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Posted April 13 2006 - 11:51 PM

Great news.

With this release I hope Universal picks up their noir line again. They have some very good flicks left in the vault such as The Glass Key, The Blue Dahlia, Ministry of Fear, Phantom Lady just to name a few.
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#5 of 77 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted April 14 2006 - 12:04 AM

This is one of my most wanted titles. However, I won't be getting rid of my Image disc any time soon. Universal almost always finds a way to disappoint.Posted Image

I'm going to try and stay optimistic about this title. Anybody have any guess what they might put on the second disc?

#6 of 77 OFFLINE   MarcoBiscotti



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Posted April 14 2006 - 12:13 AM

Yep, not to sound overly cynical... but I'll believe it when I see it!

Still, I'm excited to hear updates!

#7 of 77 OFFLINE   Matt Fisher

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Posted April 14 2006 - 12:54 AM

Me too Eric, as much as I don't like my Image disc, I don't think I'll be getting rid of it until August is a bit closer. Hopefully there's a featurette on the second disc as to why they've neglected perhaps one of the greatest noir's (and Wilder's best film IMO).

#8 of 77 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted April 14 2006 - 01:15 AM

Yep, not to sound overly cynical... but I'll believe it when I see it!

From my readings on Wilder, he hated the term "Cynical", and preferred to call himself a "Realist". I think history has pretty much proven him to be right!Posted Image

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Posted April 14 2006 - 01:18 AM

Sweet! Definitely looking forward to it.

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Posted April 14 2006 - 01:43 AM

The multi-packs that Universal has been releasing recently have been confined to stars (Carole Lombard), directors (Cecil B. DeMille), or franchises (the "Airport" movies). It's a shame that they have done away with their westerns line and their one wave of film noir (4 films without DOUBLE INDEMNITY, pulled at the last minute) since WB and Fox have done such terrific work with their noir lines.
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#11 of 77 OFFLINE   Bob Cashill

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Posted April 14 2006 - 03:00 AM

I understand (from the Mobius Home Video Forum) that L.A. CONFIDENTIAL author James Ellroy is contributing to this disc.

#12 of 77 OFFLINE   Pete York

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Posted April 14 2006 - 06:25 AM

I think (hope) this bodes well for the other Universal films. Better late to the party than never. Posted Image

Sounds like someone knows something over at The Blackboard.

#13 of 77 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted April 14 2006 - 07:28 AM

To ensure my disappointment, I'm going to come up with a list of extras that I would love to see.

Disc 1
  • Print restored from original negative (Does this even exist?) I know that this came over from Parmount, so I don't what existing elements there are.
  • Commentary #1 - Wilder biographer talking about the making of the film.
  • Commentary #2 - Literary expert talking about the James M. Cain Novel, and the changes that were made by Chandler & Wilder, emphasizing on the input from Chandler.
Disc 2
  • New comprehensive documentary talking about all aspects of the development including acting, writing, scoring (Rozsa), etc..
  • Mini Bio documentaries on the principal actors (Stanywyck, MacMurray, & Eddie G.)
  • 1973 TV version with Richard Crenna & Lee J. Cobb
  • Original Gas Chamber ending (not integrated though!)
  • Theatrical trailers (Original & Re-release)
That would make this DVD of the year. However, we'll probably just get some Today show interviews from the 70s.Posted Image

#14 of 77 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted April 14 2006 - 09:48 AM

# Original Gas Chamber ending
Well I'd love that too, but holding it's exclusion against Universal really wouldn't be fair, since it's lost. It would be like expecting them to have a Billy Wilder commentary. Posted Image Though the commentary you mention is a fair request.
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Posted April 14 2006 - 10:05 AM

I initially misread the thread title; I thought there was a sequel to Double Indemnity coming out in August.
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Posted April 14 2006 - 11:02 AM

I thought there was a sequel to Double Indemnity coming out in August.

Don...are you related to Kelly Pickler?
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#17 of 77 OFFLINE   Larry Sutliff

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Posted April 14 2006 - 11:07 AM

Great news! Hopefully it will be released in HD too, but I'll take what I can get. Posted Image

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Posted April 14 2006 - 11:34 AM

Cameron Crowe has hours of Billy Wilder on audio tape discussing his oveure, and crowe has previously commented that he would be willing to license these tapes out for use on dvd commentary tracks.
so far, no one has taken him up on the offer, but he does have some previous experience with Universal (contributing to the commentary track for Fast Times.. several years ago).
so there actually is a chance for a 'Wilder' commentary.
slim, yes, but...

#19 of 77 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted April 14 2006 - 02:24 PM

Double Indemnity was restored by the UCLA Film & TV Archive (Robert Gitt) from an original nitrate fine-grain positive.

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Posted April 14 2006 - 02:49 PM

I initially misread the thread title; I thought there was a sequel to Double Indemnity coming out in August.

That's what I thought, too. Straight-to-video sequel? Maybe it'll star C. Thomas Howell and Shannon Tweed.