Double Indemnity: The Criterion Collection (1944)
Tuesday 8th March 2022
Has dialogue ever been more perfectly hard-boiled? Has a femme fatale ever been as deliciously evil as Barbara Stanwyck (The Lady Eve)? And has 1940s Los Angeles ever looked so seductively sordid? Working with cowriter Raymond Chandler, director Billy Wilder (Ace in the Hole) launched himself onto the Hollywood A-list with this paragon of film-noir fatalism from James M. Cain's pulp novel.
When slick salesman Walter Neff (Fred Macmurray - The Caine Mutiny) walks into the swank home of dissatisfied housewife Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck), he intends to sell her insurance, but he winds up becoming entangled with her in a far more sinister way.
Featuring scene-stealing supporting work from Edward G. Robinson and the chiaroscuro of cinematographer John F. Seitz (Sunset Blvd.), Double Indemnity is one of the most wickedly perverse stories ever told and the cynical standard by which all noir must be measured.
Double Indemnity is given the Criterion treatment and released on Blu-ray 30th May 2022 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Audio commentary featuring film critic Richard Schickel
- New interview with film scholar Noah Isenberg, editor of Billy Wilder on Assignment
- New conversation between film historians Eddie Muller and Imogen Sara Smith
- Billy, How Did You Do It?, a 1992 film by Volker Schlöndorff and Gisela Grischow featuring interviews with director Billy Wilder
- Shadows of Suspense, a 2006 documentary on the making of Double Indemnity
- Audio excerpts from 1971 and 1972 interviews with cinematographer John F. Seitz
- Radio adaptations from 1945 and 1950
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.