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Joey’s Home Movies For the Week of May 30th – Bring Home ‘The Boys’ and Revisit a Classic in ‘Double Indemnity’

Criterion

Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have a classic in Double Indemnity coming to Criterion, while The Boys has a box set to catch you up on the series. What else is hitting shelves this week? Not a whole lot, if we’re being honest, but read on for more…

Joey’s Top Pick

Criterion

Double Indemnity (Criterion)

From The Criterion Collection: “Has dialogue ever been more perfectly hard-boiled? Has a femme fatale ever been as deliciously wicked as Barbara Stanwyck? And has 1940s Los Angeles ever looked so seductively sordid? Working with cowriter Raymond Chandler, director Billy Wilder launched himself onto the Hollywood A-list with this epitome of film-noir fatalism from James M. Cain’s pulp novel. When slick salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) walks into the swank home of dissatisfied housewife Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck), he intends to sell 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, Double Indemnity is one of the most entertainingly perverse stories ever told and the standard by which all noir must be measured.”

Recommended Viewing

Prime Video

The Boys: Seasons 1 & 2

The Boys is a favorite of some Awards Radar staff members, and if you’ve been meaning to find out why, you have a new opportunity to do so this week. You see, today marks the day where the superhero series comes to Blu-ray in a pack containing both seasons. So, now having Prime Video is no longer a pre-requisite for enjoying The Boys. Enjoy!

Also Available This Week

Big Gold Brick

The Devil You Know

Gomorrah: The Series, Season Five (TV)

Kinky Boots (First Time on Blu-ray)

Lucifer: The Complete Fifth Season (TV)

The Untouchables (First Time on 4K)

Criterion Corner

Criterion

Chan is Missing

From The Criterion Collection: “A mystery man, a murder, and a wad of missing cash—in his wryly offbeat breakthrough, Wayne Wang updates the ingredients of classic film noir for the streets of contemporary San Francisco’s Chinatown. When their business partner disappears with the money they had planned to use for a cab license, driver Jo (Wood Moy) and his nephew Steve (Marc Hayashi) scour the city’s back alleys, waterfronts, and Chinese restaurants to track him down. But what begins as a search for a missing man gradually turns into a far deeper and more elusive investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Chinese American identity. The first feature by an Asian American filmmaker to play widely and get mainstream critical appreciation, Chan Is Missing is a continuously fresh and surprising landmark of indie invention that playfully flips decades of cinematic stereotypes on their heads.”

*As a reminder, Double Indemnity is also available on Criterion today. See above!*

Stay tuned for more next week…

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