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George Cukor's A Double Life became a part of the Republic Pictures library fairly late, and, for all of its renown and the high quality of its credits, it never made it onto laserdisc. This release makes up for that oversight -- and a lot more. Indeed, this is the best looking DVD yet to come out of the Republic Pictures orbit, surpassing even the company's upgraded releases of High Noon and Rio Grande. Transferred in full-frame (1.33:1), the detail and the richness of the black-and-white tones in the interior shots offer boundless diversions for the eye, while the exteriors are totally realistic in a completely different manner. The sound is mastered a little low (although within a passable level) and is so clean that it can be turned way up without distortion, which helps greatly when Miklos Rozsa's music is present on the soundtrack. Originally shot at Universal (but produced independently), the movie was restored at U.C.L.A. and is comparable in clarity and crispness to the Criterion edition of Robert Siodmak's The Killers (shot a little bit earlier on the same lot). The 24 chapters break down the 103-minute movie generously, and are easily accessible through a two-choice menu (with the "play" selection in the default position).
Digitally mastered from the original film negative