Universal Studios Home Entertainment will bring Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944) and Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958) to Blu-ray this Spring. The former arrives via a 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray/UltraViolet combo pack, while the latter arrives via a Limited Edition BD/UV combo. Both highly anticipated catalog classics make their Blu-ray debuts on April 15th. Pre-order links follow.
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.
Double Indemnity is presented in 1080p with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. Special features include:
- 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
Touch of Evil
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 Blu-ray features three versions of the film: the Preview Version, the Theatrical Version and the Reconstructed Version, based on Orson Welles’ original vision. All three are presented in 1080p with a English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. Special features include:
- 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
Double Indemnity – Amazon
Touch of Evil – Amazon