I think one of the reasons I enjoyed The Double so much — aside from its interesting casting of the leads — is that it’s not a film that wastes too much time on superfluous matters. There is no sex in the film, as it is something that isn’t required in this type of a spy thriller (and besides, that’s James Bond’s forte, right?). Yes, it’s a b-movie: there’s no doubt about that. But, instead of wasting time on any unnecessary scenes of exploitation, The Double keeps its eyes on the road and drives us down the road to our intended destination — ne’er missing a bump to keep us interested. And, while said method of storytelling makes a more-than-noble sacrifice in terms of character development, it ultimately results in being fun.
Image Entertainment brings us a fine transfer of The Double on Blu-ray, with a beautiful presentation and soundtrack. The only extras included with this home video release are a commentary by writer Derek Haas and co-writer/director Michael Brandt (who shot this thriller in only thirty days, so kudos to them for that, too!), a behind-the-scenes offering featuring interviews with select cast members, and that trailer that so disparagingly spoils the first major plot twist.
Oh well — it’s still good b-movie fun. Give it a whirl so you can see how damn handsome Gere’s hair looks if nothing else.