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  • Actors: Cliff Robertson, Genevieve Bujold, John Lithgow, Don Hood, Pat McNamara
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Nov. 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FYU9I0E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,045 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

THE LOVE STORY THAT WILL SCARE THE LIFE OUT OF YOU

Obsession. Def: A Compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion

High melodrama, creeping insanity and barely contained delirium abound in this dizzying tribute to the high tension thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock from director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Scarface, Dressed to Kill)

Michael Courtland is a Southern gentleman who seems to have everything - A successful business, a beautiful wife and an adoring young daughter until a botched kidnapping tears his world apart leaving him widowed, bereaved and bereft. Years later on a trip to Italy, he meets a woman with an uncanny resemblance to his late wife but all is not how it appears as a twisted conspiracy threatens to unhinge his mental shackles, sending him to the knife edge of MADNESS!

A master class in mounting unease and clammy palmed claustrophobia, Obsession is a classic 70s thriller with an evil twist that will leave you speechless.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Brand new High Definition transfer of the film (1080p
  • Original uncompressed PCM Mono 2.0 Audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio options
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Obsession Revisited [37 mins]: A documentary featurette including interviews with director Brian De Palma, stars Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold and more!
  • Early Brian De Palma short films: Woton s Wake (1962) and The Responsive Eye (1966)
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tom The Dude Designs Hodge
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Brad Stevens

Review

Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, Obsession is one of Brian De Palma's most stylish films --Blu-ray.com

A magnificent film with an ending that still manages to shock, even thirty-five years later --Twitch

It's here that De Palma really demonstrates his imaginative brilliance as a director --The digital Fix

A magnificent film with an ending that still manages to shock, even thirty-five years later --Twitch

It's here that De Palma really demonstrates his imaginative brilliance as a director --The digital Fix

A magnificent film with an ending that still manages to shock, even thirty-five years later --Twitch

It's here that De Palma really demonstrates his imaginative brilliance as a director --The digital Fix

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein VINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
After attending a showing of Hitchcock's classic "Vertigo" director Brian De Palma and writer Paul Schrader were inspired to come up with a film of their own mirroring Hitchcock's classic film but taking it one step further. Schrader wrote a script that had three parallel stories running simultaneously; one set in the past, one set in the present and one set in the future. Forced to trim the film, De Palma cut the future sequence at the suggestions of composer Bernard Herrmann and retitled "Deja Vu" to "Obsession".

A clever, well constructed romantic thriller "Obsession" remains one of De Palma's most fascinating films and while some of the plot twists and themes were borrowed from "Vertigo", De Palma takes them a step further here.

The DVD looks OK and I'm surprised it's out-of-print and demanding such high prices. Recently released in the UK on Blu-ray the film looks much improved by comparison although this is never going to be a demo quality Blu-ray; De Palma and Vilmos Zsigmond chose to shoot the film in soft focus with lots of difusion filters as part of the lighting scheme. As a result while the film does, indeed, look lovely, it's not going to feature the strong deteail that you might seen with a more contemporary film. De Palma and Zsigmond were going for creating a layered textured look and they largely succed with the film. "Obsession" has received a nice restoration at the hands of Arrow Films (or, perhaps, it's Sony who did the work for them--I'm not quite sure). Either way, the film looks exceptionally good for its age.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neil James on 29 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I'd been wanting to find a disc of "Obsession" for several years. I had vague memories of the film from its initial release and only knew that I had enjoyed it. I was very pleased to find this Blu-Ray release. Video quality is really remarkable. Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography is beautifully captured. Perhaps the movie hasn't worn as well over the years as I had remembered, but a remarkable job altogether in bringing back one of Brian de Palma's salad days' productions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Obsession is directed by Brian DePalma and written by Paul Schrader. It stars Cliff Robertson, Genevieve Bujold and John Lithgow. Music is by Bernard Herrmann and cinematography by Vismos Zsigmond.

You either love him or hate him, it seems. Brian DePalma that is. He's an amazing stylist who made some piercingly great thrillers in the tradition of Maestro Hitchcock, or he's a knock off artist using style to hide his inadequacies as a story teller? One thing for sure, for a good portion of the 70s and 80s his films would not be ignored, for better or worse depending on your own proclivities of course.

Obsession, as has been noted numerous times, is DePalma's homage to Hitchcock's masterpiece, Vertigo. It's not a straight out copy as some reviewers have somehow managed to convince themselves, but narrative drive is similar. Robertson in grief for a passed on wife (Bujold) and daughter meets a doppelganger (also Bujold) of his dead wife 16 years down the line and becomes obsessed with her. As the new woman reciprocates the attraction, the relationship becomes wrought and borderline unhealthy, reaching a crescendo when muddy waters are stirred and revelations force the can to open and worms to spill everywhere.

When remembering that for a long time Vertigo was out of circulation in the 70s, Obsession was sure as hell a good second option for anyone hankering for a superbly stylish thriller boiling over with psychological smarts. Even if you buy into the style over substance argument, what style there is here though. Roving camera work, up tilts, haze surrounds, canted frames, pan arounds, dream shimmers and personalised focus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Arrow Video are to be congratulated. This long unseen (by me anyway) film is a bit of an undervalued semi classic. Beautifully filmed on location, the not too labyrinthine plot is well told, and whilst it may seem a bit slow by today's frantic "thriller" standards it is well paced and directed. The story does beggar belief but if you suspend your questions til after the film is finished you should enjoy it enormously. It benefits too from Arrow's presentation...A lovely Scope print, good colour and sound and a booklet about the film and a hard to read Catalogue of ArrowVideo releases, sadly none of which appeal much to me except for "Deadly Blessing" which arrived today! To all De Palma fans, and the unconverted..Highly recomended ( and a great price. Thanks Arrow).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eeyore1059 on 5 Jan. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
One of Brian DePalmas greatest films, clearly influenced by Hitchcock. Takes the Vertigo premise to almost taboo new heights. Strong performances and script from Paul Schrader. The picture and sound quality is the best the film has ever looked . A must have for any serious film collector.
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