- Jul 3, 1998
Let me start by saying that Double Indemnity: CC is just wishful thinking on my part at this point. I have not heard even a rumor that suggests that Criterion may be releasing this title. But why not ? It fits the "criteria" (pun intended) for being a Criterion release. It is a classic film-noir movie from 1944 that is owned by Universal. It is considered quite an important film (ranked #38 on the AFI Top 100 list). While Universal may be too busy releasing Ultimate Editions of their latest Mummy sequel or their latest gross-out teen comedy, they may not find a title like Double Indemnity commercially viable. Here is where Criterion could step in (taking advantage of the special licensing arrangement they seem to have with Universal - Sullivan's Travels and The Lady Eve which are classic movies from the same time period, are owned by Universal) and release a digitally remastered version of Double Indemnity (the previous release by Image was very poor in quality) along with whatever extras they could muster up. Whaddya say - Criterion ?