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Magnificent Obsession [DVD] [1954] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Irene Dunne, Robert Taylor, Barbara Rush
  • Directors: Douglas Sirk, John M. Stahl
  • Writers: Finley Peter Dunne, George O'Neil, Lloyd C. Douglas, Robert Blees, Sarah Y. Mason
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ILTUL0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,654 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Rock Hudson became a beefcake star playing a self-absorbed, thrill-chasing millionaire playboy in the first of Douglas Sirk's glossy Technicolor melodramas. In a classic example of the wicked machinations of soap opera fate, Hudson's showboating antics kill the most saintly man in motion-picture history and stalk his newlywed widow (Jane Wyman), driving her into an accident that leaves her blind. The kindly attentions of a bohemian painter and part-time guardian angel help turn Hudson's life around, and he rejects his irresponsible lifestyle and dedicates himself to his new "magnificent obsession" of philanthropy and good deeds, meanwhile romancing Wyman in a sincere, soft-spoken voice and with a phony name. Magnificent Obsession was a huge success and established a style Sirk would refine through the 1950s, reaching a baroque peak in Written on the Wind and culminating with what may be his most successful and most famous film, Imitation of Life. Compared to his later successes, this is arch and flat, lacking the ironic edge and luscious style of his best films, but it's an exceedingly handsome production in bold, bright colors where swooning romance and life-saving operations define life as an emotional roller coaster of mythic proportions. --Sean Axmaker

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
Magnificent Obsession is adapted from a novel by Lloyd C Douglas, and had been previously filmed back in 1935 with Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor in the leads. Here the piece is directed by melodrama maestro Douglas Sirk, and features Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson as the emotionally charged leads. The story revolves around Bob Merrick {Hudson}, a playboy who is inadvertently responsible for the death of Helen Phillips' {Wyman} husband. As he starts to find a soul in amongst his playboy image, he desperately wants to make peace with Helen, but during his efforts to apologise she is tragically blinded in an accident. As Helen recuperates, Bob worms his way into Helen's life posing as someone else, they amazingly start to fall in love, but the truth will out and tragedy seems to permanently hover over this newly formed alliance.

As with the best of Douglas Sirk, Magnificent Obsession is loaded with drama and unashamed assaults on the viewers emotional fortitude. It is quite simply a weeper, a stress relief server for those inclined. No bad thing that tho, just as long as the viewer is fully aware of the type of film they are getting. To only market it as a romance piece is something of a disservice because its core is one of redemption, even religion is neatly threaded into the deftly assembled script. Technically it has a lot going for it, Frank Skinner's score is smoothly gorgeous, with Chopin's Études perfectly accompanying the blossoming romance, while the colour photography from Russell Metty is sensibly unobtrusive.Rock Hudson would jump on to the map with his performance here {proving he could act if given the meat to chew on}, and Wyman would get Oscar nominated for her emotionally driven turn, all in all it's a film that's well worth watching, if in that frame of mind!. 7.5/10
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Humpty Dumpty on 6 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
This is one of the series of romantic melodramas directed by Douglas Sirk in the early to mid-1950s. The story, taken from a Mills and Boonesque novella, need not detain the rational mind for too long; Rock Hudson's playboy's selfish pursuit of pleasure and thrills leads to his indirectly causing both the death of a saintly local doctor and also a subsequent injury to his wife (Jane Wyman). The rest of the film is taken up with his search for redemption through cod-philosophy and self-help counselling.

The sentimentality of the theme is not overly helped by a pretty bland script and by music based on choirs of warbling cherubim and seraphim that do their damnedest in the big scenes to signal the rising emotional temperature and make sure the viewer has the thermometer lodged under the tongue and registering 104. Nor is the acting anything special. Rock Hudson glowers and emotes well enough, though his resemblance at times to Elvis Presley is unfortunate. Jane Wyman is workmanlike but too old for the part - she was 8 years older than Rock and looks here more like his maiden aunt than the object of his affections. Barbara Rush also looks too old - she was only 10 years younger than Wyman but plays her daughter. The honours are carried off by the always-reliable Agnes Moorehead playing a devoted nurse - tough yet wise in the ways of the world, including the ways of love.

So whence the **** and the film's tall reputation? In a word: the look. The look of the movie is everything. Sirk makes the most of the glorious, saturated Technicolor in the outdoor locations, all in California, and lavishes characteristically meticulous care on his colour-coordinated sets and costumes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mgmizzi on 31 May 2013
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Love the movie.
THE STORY IS GREAT LOVE OLD DECOR AT THE BACKROUND AS I AM AN INTERIOR DESIGNER PERFECT
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug 2010
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This movie is a camp classic and despite Rock Hudson giving a performance distinctly inferior to that which he gave in "All That Heaven Allows" or "Written on the Wind", the film still works well because of Jane Wyman's moving portrayal of the leading character. This Region 1 Criterion restoration also contains a copy of the earlier version of the film directed by John Stahl and starring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor which is regarded by many as the definite version of Lloyd C Douglas' (author of "The Robe') religious/mystical novel. The quality of sound and image for both films is outstanding which makes this double DVD set vital viewing for serious cinema enthusiasts.
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Despite the talented cast, this is a boring film. The characters are one-dimensional, and the plot fails to engage you in any way. The Robert Taylor version is much the same.

There is a scene where a painter introduces Rock Hudson to the concept of doing good without telling anyone, and makes reference to Jesus without saying his name. In the Robert Taylor version, the man picks up the bible to illustrate who he is referring to. What the film doesn't address is whether or not it is exploring a Christian concept, or if the artist is a Christian.

Like Taylor, Hudson was used for his good looks, but that's all he is in this film. I don't believe his character, nor do I believe the story.

It's only because Agnes Moorehead is in this film why I bothered to watch it. She doesn't add anything to the film, but her best work is in black and white.
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