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Obsession (1976)

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  • Actors: Genevieve Bujold, Tom Felleghy, Cliff Robertson, John Lithgow, Sylvia Kuumba Williams
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Obsession (1976)
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 94.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L2BJ92
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,087 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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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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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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What a fantastic thriller i have just watched. Never seen this film before, i was on the edge of my seat. Very stylish movie, great Blu-Ray presentation, great packaging from Arrow Video and a worthwhile addition to my collection of Arrow titles. PS: A very young John Lithgow is fantastic in this movie!
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2014
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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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This is one of De Palma's most explicit tribute to Hitchcock. I think he gives his best when he doesn't himitate anyone. Yet I think this is a very good movie, except for another De Palma's awful happy ending (should we blame the production, or De Palma himself?). Thank god the music is from Bernard Hermann (another Hitchock quote) and not the terrible, cheesy Pino Donaggio.
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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