Back in 1976, director Brian De Palma (Scarface) and writer Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) collaborated on a movie titled ‘Obsession‘. It was their tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’sVertigo‘ and starred Cliff Robertson and John Lithgow. The film touches on a few taboo subjects, but is nowhere near as violent as the previous mentioned films. ‘Obsession‘ is actually quite a masterpiece of the late 1970s that features a very melodramatic and thrilling story that takes you on a terrifying journey of a man who is still grieving his deceased wife and daughter.

It’s quite fantastic and made quite an impact on audiences back in 1976. The big controversy about this movie is that it touches on incest, but there is a reason for it as well as these certain scenes are filmed in such an artistic way that you can consider it a dream. What a wonderful gem of a movie from Scream Factory. The video and audio presentations of this new 1080p transfer looks quite good while keeping its filmic quality in tact. Add to this some excellent new and vintage bonus features that are listed out below. Highly Recommended!

Official Synopsis:

A tenth wedding anniversary celebration ends tragically when Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson, Charly) discovers that his wife (Geneviève Bujold, Dead Ringers) and nine-year-old daughter have been kidnapped. When an attempt to thwart the captors goes awry, Courtland’s wife and daughter are never recovered. Several years later while vacationing in Florence, Courtland falls in love with a young woman who is an exact double of his dead wife. On the eve of their wedding, the woman disappears and Courtland finds a ransom note … a duplicate of the one found several years earlier.

Obsession Bonus Features

  • NEW audio commentary with author Douglas Keesey (Brian De Palma’s Split-Screen: A Life in Film)
  • NEW Producing Obsession – an interview with producer George Litto
  • NEW Editing Obsession – an interview with editor Paul Hirsh
  • Obsession Revised – vintage featurette featuring interviews with director Brian De Palma, Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery


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By Bryan Kluger

Former husky model, real-life Comic Book Guy, genre-bending screenwriter, nude filmmaker, hairy podcaster, pro-wrestling idiot-savant, who has a penchant for solving Rubik's Cubes and rolling candy cigarettes on unreleased bootlegs of Frank Zappa records.

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