Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)

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Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)

#1 Post by viciousliar » Mon Jan 24, 2005 8:24 am

Universal will release this classic in Britain on March 14, according to amazon.uk

This may imply that there was(is) a rights problem connected to its sudden removal from Universal's US release schedule last year. Just hope that the transfer is superior to that of the appalling Image disc; it has to be.

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#2 Post by 4LOM » Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:01 am

Release date in Germany: 02/17/05

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#3 Post by thomega » Fri Jan 28, 2005 10:43 am

4LOM wrote:Release date in Germany: 02/17/05
Are you sure? I can only find Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend for that date.

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#4 Post by david hare » Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:14 pm

Yes I wonder too as Lost Weekend is also slated for R4 release at the same time.

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#5 Post by 4LOM » Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:11 pm

thomega wrote:
4LOM wrote:Release date in Germany: 02/17/05
Are you sure? I can only find Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend for that date.
Ups! Sorry! You're right.

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#7 Post by FilmFanSea » Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:19 pm

viciousliar wrote:And here's the cover art
That is certainly one of Universal's best covers. I hope it is kept for the R1 release ...

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#8 Post by viciousliar » Sat Mar 12, 2005 3:49 pm

Unfortunately, the R1 US disc has been officially "closed out of town" according to the March edition of The DVD Laserdisc Newsletter. I assume this means no release in the foreseeable future. :(

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#9 Post by david hare » Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:50 pm

R4 version already reviewed and due out 21 March.

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#10 Post by bergelson » Thu Mar 17, 2005 3:13 am

Reviewd where?

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#11 Post by david hare » Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:42 pm

Sorry Bergelson I think I'm stuck in a warp - referring to the R4 release of LOST WEEKEND. No scheduled date for DOUBLE INDEMNITY here or elsewhere.

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#12 Post by viciousliar » Fri Mar 18, 2005 5:12 am

MrN wrote:Amazon UK now saws release date is Aug. 7...?

Anyone else worried about this, given the history of the US version?
MrN - I, too, fear it's a case of history repeating.

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#13 Post by reaky » Sat Mar 19, 2005 5:18 am

Oddly enough, Play.com also has a modified release date, but theirs is June 27th. It seems no-one is quite certain when this is going to emerge - but I take the existence of the cover art as assurance that it will.

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#14 Post by anton » Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:48 am

Well now it looks to be heading out to sales at last. Overpriced and stick-thin R2 with so-so tech profile.... ewww smell my non-buy.

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#15 Post by Gordon » Tue Jul 12, 2005 2:03 pm

DVD review, with a few comparisons shots of the R1. It looks a little DVNR'd. But nothing major. Good transfer. It still deserves a few quality extras, though.

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#16 Post by Narshty » Fri Apr 14, 2006 6:41 am

Two-disc special edition in August.

Happy now?

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#17 Post by jcelwin » Fri Apr 14, 2006 6:51 am

Very. :)

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#18 Post by dx23 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:01 am

Finally. But this is Universal, so I'll believe it when i have it in my hands. And hopefully they don't screw up anything.

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#19 Post by rwaits » Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:27 am

=D>

About time. Thank you god.

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#20 Post by FilmFanSea » Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:28 am

Well glory be! Though--knowing Universal--the "Special Edition" may just be two DVD-18s crammed with a half-dozen un-restored, marginally related films. This announcement also gives hope that a stand-alone release of Hawks' Scarface may hit the shelves before I reach retirement age.

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#21 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:21 pm

Bring on the Barbara Stanwyck!!

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#22 Post by Derek Estes » Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:33 pm

FilmFanSea wrote:Though--knowing Universal--the "Special Edition" may just be two DVD-18s crammed with a half-dozen un-restored, marginally related films.
Not to change the subject, but I am a big fan of Universals DVD-18 releases. I think the image, always looks quite lovely considering how old and obscure many of the films are. I also love how compact the sets are, I wish more 6 film sets could fit in a single size case. And the price point is fantastic, compared to say Fox's upcoming sets.

Bring on Double Indemnity!

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#23 Post by Gregory » Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:58 pm

Great news.
Given the way Universal operates, I'd be surprised if their first DVD release of anything is a 2 DVD special edition. I'd expect that to come along next year or the year after when many people have already bought the first release. If I'm wrong about this then perhaps there will be some decent special features.
And if they are doing 2 x DVD-18 set to release more titles in the Universal Noir Collection they initiated 2 years ago (and haven't added anything to since) that's certainly OK with me.

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#24 Post by neal » Fri Apr 14, 2006 2:12 pm

Derek Estes wrote: Not to change the subject, but I am a big fan of Universals DVD-18 releases. I think the image, always looks quite lovely considering how old and obscure many of the films are. I also love how compact the sets are, I wish more 6 film sets could fit in a single size case. And the price point is fantastic, compared to say Fox's upcoming sets.
Lots of technical issues though.

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#25 Post by Narshty » Fri Apr 14, 2006 2:24 pm

FilmFanSea wrote:Well glory be! Though--knowing Universal--the "Special Edition" may just be two DVD-18s crammed with a half-dozen un-restored, marginally related films.
Unrestored? Universal's releases of their vintage back catalogue have been uniformly gorgeous over the past couple of years.

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