Universal Noir Classics DOUBLE INDEMNITY and TOUCH OF EVIL
On April 15th two furious film noir masterpieces will be released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment: A 70th Anniversary BR/UV Edition of Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1948) and a Limited BR/UV Edition of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958)
Synopsis: Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in the gripping film noir classic Double Indemnity, directed by Academy Award winner Billy Wilder. A calculating wife (Stanwyck) encourages her wealthy husband to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by smitten insurance agent Walter Neff (MacMurray). As the would-be lovers plot the unsuspecting husband’s murder, they are pursued by a suspicious claims manager (Edward G. Robinson). It’s a race against time to get away with the perfect crime in this suspenseful masterpiece that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The new 70th Anniversary Edition Blu Ray is presented in 1080p with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track.
– Introduction by Robert Osborne
– Commentary with Film Historian Richard Schickel
– Commentary with Film Historian/Screenwriter Lem Dobbs and Film Historian Nick Redman
– Shadows of Suspense Documentary
– Double Indemnity (1973) TV Movie
– Theatrical Trailer
Synopsis: Directed by Orson Welles, Touch of Evil is a film noir masterpiece whose Hollywood backstory is as unforgettable as the movie itself. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Welles himself, this dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot.
The Limited Edition features three versions of the film: the Preview, the Theatrical and the Reconstructed Version which is based on Orson Welles’ original plans. Each are presented in 1080p with a English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track.
– Preview Version Commentary with Welles Historians Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore
– Theatrical Version Commentary with Writer/Filmmaker F.X. Feeney
– Reconstructed Version Commentary with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Reconstruction Producer Rick Schmidlin
– Reconstructed Version Commentary with Reconstruction Producer Rick Schmidlin
– Bringing Evil to Life
– Evil Lost and Found
– Theatrical Trailer