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A bizarre story of love.
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Obsession (Blu-ray) for $31.60

DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 2, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1976
  • Label: Sony Pictures Home
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 23


User Ratings: 2,957
Rating: 3/4 -- Sometimes overwrought excess can be its own reward. If Obsession had been even a little more subtle, had made even a little more sense on some boring logical plane, it wouldn't have worked at all. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
Rating: 4/5 -- Obsession endures because De Palma fanatics can see the origins of the director's obsessions make their way on to the screen. Full Review
Jan 22, 2019
4 stars out of 5 -- Brian De Palma's melodrama has aged surprisingly well....Beautifully shot by Vilmos Zsigmond and with a towering score by Bernard Herrmann...
Total Film
Aug 1, 2011
Not only is it sick, but flawed with contrivances, imitation Hitchcock gimmicks, and unanswered questions. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Oct 29, 2019
[I]t's hard not to respond to the sheer single-mindedness with which De Palma treats the material as a doomy, music-driven reverie....Still quite something.
Sight and Sound
Sep 1, 2011
A slow-motion valse, a thesis on aestheticism, a raid on the fabrication of illusions Full Review
Oct 12, 2015
Whatever shred of credibility the movie retains is dispersed by the final, dead serious directorial hocus‐pocus. Full Review
New York Times
Dec 12, 2017

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In 1959, affluent businessman Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) and his wife (Genevieve Bujold) are celebrating their tenth anniversary when his daughter and wife are kidnapped and held for ransom. The effort to rescue the girl and her mother ends tragically, and Courtland merely exists, his days consumed with guilt. Many years later, still grieving over his loss, he returns to Florence - the city where he first met his wife - and meets a young woman who bears a remarkable resemblance to her.

Set largely in New Orleans, this incredibly atmospheric thriller has a southern gothic feel with its dreamlike photography and deliberate pacing. Often compared to Hitchcock's Vertigo because of its protagonist's obsessive attempt to recreate his lost love and the score by the incomparable Bernard Herrmann, director Brian De Palma's undeniable obsession with cinema results in a thrilling approach to a hauntingly familiar subject. Newly remastered.

Product Description:

In one of director Brian DePalma's (DRESSED TO KILL, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) many cinematic tributes to Hitchcock (this one borrows from VERTIGO), Cliff Robertson portrays an American businessman whose wife and child are killed in a botched kidnap rescue effort. Years later, while in Italy, the still-distraught widower begins an affair with a woman (Genevieve Bujold) whose resemblance to his late wife is rather uncanny. The script was co-written by Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL).

Plot Synopsis:

Because he agrees to police suggestions that he substitute blank paper for ransom money, a businessman's wife and daughter are killed by their enraged kidnappers.
Fifteen years later, the man has still not forgiven himself for what happened, and, while vacationing in Italy, he suddenly encounters a young woman who is the mirror-image of his dead wife. Is it just coincidence' Could she possibly be his daughter, somehow still alive and fully grown' The guilt-ridden husband becomes obsessed with this ghostly reincarnation, and his passionate pursuit of her leads to surprising revelations about his own past.


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  • Shot in Panavision.
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 58,354
  • UPC: 043396385948
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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