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Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Documentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Love never dies in Brian De Palma's psychological thriller, though money certainly complicates matters. Rich New Orleans real estate developer Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) lost his beloved wife Elizabeth (Genevieve Bujold) and their daughter during a botched kidnap rescue, after he chose to let the police try to free them instead of paying the ransom. Sixteen years later, Michael returns to the Tuscan church where he and Elizabeth first met, and he sees Sandra Portinari (Bujold again), the mirror image of his dead wife. Despite the reservations of his long-time friend and business partner (John Lithgow), Michael woos Sandra and brings her back to New Orleans to marry her. Seeing Sandra as his second chance to prove his love, Michael thinks he can finally put the past behind him, but the past is about to catch up with him in ways he never dreamed. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Obsession (1976)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Apart from that, the film is very well done, intriguing, and dramatically applies the thrilling approach on an intimate story.
A quite original tribute to Vertigo
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Over rated. How many Hitchcock references can you squeeze into one film ? I stopped counting after four . Read morePublished 1 month ago by lardzeppo
Brilliant! Saw this film at the cinema in 1978. Been looking for it for years! Found it here on Amazon. Has a Hitchcock intensity with the music to match... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patsy Gray
I would love to write a review of this film, but I fell asleep when I was watching itPublished 11 months ago by Susan Foreman
A highly enjoyable but utterly implausible plot directed with an operatic panache, "Obsession" was the Brian De Palma's first stab at a more traditional Hollywood fare... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hoofcat
This is a wonderfully classic thriller, vintage Brian DePalma. The acting is very good (Robertson and Bujold are excellent), and the photography is perfect for the story. Read morePublished 11 months ago by F. L. P. Souza