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Obsession [DVD] [1949] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Robert Newton , Sally Gray , Edward Dmytryk    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Phil Brown, Naunton Wayne, James Harcourt
  • Directors: Edward Dmytryk
  • Writers: Alec Coppel
  • Producers: Kenneth Horne, Nat A. Bronstein
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Telavista
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LPS2UE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,038 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Crime Thriller 3 Sep 2007
By Phiz
Format:DVD
Just so that everyone knows, Amazon's description is wrong. This is actually an excellent 1949 British Crime Thriller with Robert Newton. Nothing to do with Brian De Palma at all. Not sure what the DVD is like but I saw it on the t.v. the other week and it was very good indeed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1940s British Classic! 22 Sep 2008
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Great movie starring Robert Newton (the man with the handsome eyes!)

A Doctor catches his wife having an affair for the umpteenth time. This time he's had enough of her cheating and intends to do something about it and so plans the 'perfect murder'. As always, something goes amiss, and with the help of a loveable little dog, there's a great big spanner thrown into the works!

Stars Naunton Wayne as the man who has to solve the mystery.

Great and above average 1940s British Classic!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, as I recall. 4 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
Can't comment on the DVD release, but I saw this on T.V. several years ago and loved it. It had a rather unconvincing happy ending tacked on to it, otherwise it was a great thriller. Robert Newton was excellent, Naunton Wayne as the investigating policeman even better. Afternoon telly granted, but as good as it gets.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The straw that broke the camel's back 7 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Successful psychiatrist Robert Newton (Clive) is fed up of his wife Sally Gray (Storm) and her philandering ways. He's got business to attend to and it involves her latest lover Phil Brown (Bill). Newton calmly says to Brown - "Have you ever heard of the straw that broke the camel's back? Well,......it's you" - before putting his pre-meditated plan into action. Superintendent Naunton Wayne (Finsbury) turns up about halfway through the film to try and figure things out.

The film is a battle of wits between everyone involved and it makes for entertaining viewing. The film grips you from the start and doesn't let go. Robert Newton starts off as completely likable and delivers some great dialogue in his calm and controlled manner. I totally sympathized with him but I'm not sure I was meant to. He is that appealing. I did gradually swing round to Phil Brown's side, though, after all, Newton is crackers! Great scenes, great locations, great acting and a clever dog.

There are unexpected plot twists but the ending is slightly ambiguous. I went for the interpretation that sees Sally Gray stay in character, ie, a tart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, atmospheric, nailbiting 7 Mar 2011
By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A jealous psychiatrist (Robert Newton) suspects that his flirty wife (Sally Gray) is having an affair with Bill Kronin (Phil Brown) and determines to prove it. He sets a trap, carefully, cunningly and calculatingly. His wife and her lover are caught by surprise by the good doctor and the outcome is that he intends to persecute her by removing the object of her affections.

In war-torn London, there were many bomb sites and houses that were left half demolished. The psychiatrist uses this to his advantage and, rather than killing poor Bill outright, he determines to make him "disappear", making it look as though he has merely gone away. However, instead, the poor man is imprisoned in a dank, cold cellar, underneath one of the bombed houses, with only his tormentor's occasional company and Monty, the small dog he brings with him. Bill is chained to the wall and can only reach certain parts of his prison; certainly not enough to harm the evil psychiatrist.

Time is moving on and discussions take place about Bill's impending demise; how it will be carried out, the timing and how nobody will suspect what has happened. The disposal of the body has been planned meticulously; after its dismemberment, it will be placed in a bath of acid (the bath being in an adjoining room, the acid being manufactured and brought over a period of time in hot water bottles).

However, Bill isn't as stupid as his jailor thinks; he doesn't just read the books provided for him, or eat the food and drink the fine wine. He thinks; he plans; he waits.

How can he possibly escape from his prison? Is there nobody who can (or will) help? What of his girlfriend? Why hasn't she made enquiries as to his whereabouts?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Man's Best Friend. 26 Jun 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Obsession (AKA: The Hidden Room) is directed by Edward Dmytryk and adapted to screenplay by Alec Coppel from his own book and play. It stars Robert Newton, Phil Brown, Sally Gray and Naunton Wayne. Music is by Nino Rota and cinematography by C.M. Pennington-Richards.

Finally having had enough of his wife's affair with a young lover, Dr. Clive Riordan (Newton) plots a devilish scheme of kidnap and murder...

The motive that drives the plot of Obsession is simple in the extreme, this is out and out a revenge for infidelity, but the presentation by Dmytryk is superbly crafty in that Hitchcockian way. The doctor is a most elegant and calm man, he has the perfect murder in mind for his wife's lover (Brown) and he, being a purveyor of psychological smarts, is going to enjoy the luxury of methodically taunting his prey over a period of time.

With the man ingeniously incarcerated down in a bombed out abode, and subjected to daily visits from the doctor, Dr. Clive is then seen going about his normal routines. Exchanging brandy sips with cultural chatter in the gentleman's club, swatting away the attentions of his increasingly fraught wife (Gray), and of course dealing with the close attentions of Scotland Yard; here in the form of Naunton Wayne's astute Superintendent Finsbury. The "good" doctor even has plenty of time to indulge in his love of model train set construction.

The initial plot machinations are slowly paced by the recently blacklisted director, but it's a deliberate ploy since the whole complexion of the movie changes once the kidnap occurs and the police and the press become involved. The atmosphere becomes tense, and this even as captor and captive enjoy some straight backed - prim and proper - verbal exchanges.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great thriller
Thbis is a thriller mi saw as a young man, ans after al these years it has not lost irts appeal. Great purchase
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Mike
Published 2 months ago by Michael Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Classic Noir!
What a pleasure to watch Robert Newton in this somewhat forgotten noir film.
Some "classic" films do stretch one's patience even if running only for 80 mins or... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Haniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Finsbury of the Yard!
Nearly a first-rate film; perhaps just lacks the punch at the end, but very-well done especially by Naunton Wayne and Robert Newton both underplaying to perfection in a very... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mario
4.0 out of 5 stars Obsession: DVD and VHS comparison.
This is a great little film that I first remember seeing on BBC2 one morning when living in a studio flat in the early 1990's, I was taking a day off work with 'man flu'. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Peter J. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars A man and a dog and more . . .
Although it is not stated in the film the substance (a liquid) by which Dr Clive Riordan (Robert Newton)intends to depose of a body must be assumed to be an acid. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wilberfalse
5.0 out of 5 stars gamer
swapped video version for dvd version so it can be watched over snd over again. fully enjoyed dvd great present as
well if they want it.
Published 18 months ago by Gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsession
I'm a Newton fan so I'm biased but it's a good film with a decent plot. The supporting male actor was a bore
Published 19 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Lead review requires some correction
Enjoyed this immensely- Robert Newton is entirely convincing. The black and white photography is crisp and the atmosphere of chilling expectation is well done. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by Mrs. F. B. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Obsession (1950) dvd
I was asked to get this dvd for a friend's birthday and he is very pleased with it as he likes Robert Newton.
Published on 21 May 2011 by Mrs. A. J. Oliver
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