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Obsession [DVD] [1976]

George Litto , Cliff Robertson , Brian De Palma    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: George Litto, Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TTBA0S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,158 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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.




The Guardian

Best label 2011


"It's often the smaller-funded labels that do the best work. Arrow has released marvellous discs of many of cinema's classics, such as Bicycle Thieves, Rififi and Les Diaboliques, but it's for their horror releases that they truly excel. The more respectable directors like George A Romero and Dario Argento get their due here, but Arrow also pull out all the stops for such (unfairly) lesser regarded Gore-teurs as Lucio Fulci and Frank Henenlotter. Blu-rays of Fulci classics The Beyond and City Of The Living Dead show that the films are far more atmospheric and better made than they ever appeared before, and for Henenlotter (with the imminent Frankenhooker disc) you get extensive extras that cover the rarely examined scene of low-budget New York film-makers and the lost grindhouses of Times Square and 42nd Street."

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Wayne Klein VINE VOICE
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much awaited 29 Oct 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Déjà vu and Déjà vu. 13 Feb 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depalma's Obsession Blu-ray 5 Jan 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to Know you ...Again, Mr De Palma 19 Feb 2013
By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic thriller
A classic 1976 Brian de Palma thriller film with wonderful Florence settings and superb acting from Cliff Robertson, John Lithgow and Genevieve Bujold. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ross Alexander
3.0 out of 5 stars Great De Palma Film, Slightly Broken DVD.
A nice homage to Hitchcock, though the third act might be a bit confusing to some on the first watch. Read more
Published 9 months ago by WD
4.0 out of 5 stars De Palma's homage to Vertigo
Obsession is a film I have very mixed feelings about. The first half. I adore. It's a wonderful tribute to Hitchcock's Vertigo. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sursubbu
4.0 out of 5 stars Snap!
A man becomes infatuated by a woman he encounters in Florence. After she just happens to be a dead ringer for his previous wife who was murdered by some kidnappers 16years... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Arch Stanton
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Copy
Price was a lot less then in US. De Palma is knock off Hitchcock, but even knock off Hitch can be fun. Picture and sound very good, copy is anamorphic.
Published 12 months ago by Gary C. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars They should have isolated Bernard Herrmann's great score
This is really a five-star product, but I am deducting one star because the great Bernard Herrmann music score wasn't isolated on an audio track. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jobla
4.0 out of 5 stars Half Hitchcock (or more)
This is one of De Palma's most explicit tribute to Hitchcock. I think hegives his best when he doesn't himitate anyone. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elleppi
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage De Palma with a Stellar Transfer
Went ahead and purchased this item based on the favorable reviews I had read. Now after viewing it for myself, I'm pleased to say that I was well informed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Roadshow Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
This homage to Vertigo is totally fascinating in what it tells you about both the film maker and Hitchcock himself. Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by Adrian Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsessive mystery
Convoluted, obsessive and intriguing movie. Obsession takes some of the sickness inherent in Hitchcock's Vertigo and deepens it. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Nelson Viper
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