Top Ten DVD/Blu-Ray Releases of 2011
Dir. Brian De Palma
Released by Arrow Films, JUL 11
Obsession. Def: A Compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion
High melodrama, creeping insanity and barely contained delirium abound in this dizzying tribute to the high tension thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock from director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Scarface, Dressed to Kill)
Michael Courtland is a Southern gentleman who seems to have everything - A successful business, a beautiful wife and an adoring young daughter – until a botched kidnapping tears his world apart leaving him widowed, bereaved and bereft. Years later on a trip to Italy, he meets a woman with an uncanny resemblance to his late wife but all is not how it appears as a twisted conspiracy threatens to unhinge his mental shackles, sending him to the knife edge of MADNESS!
A master class in mounting unease and clammy palmed claustrophobia, Obsession is a classic 70s thriller with an evil twist that will leave you speechless.
Initially, I was hoping Criterion would cover this film at some point; however, Arrow did an excellent job handling this release. OBSESSION has a very interesting visual quality, and Arrow’s transfer doesn’t hinder that. Their audio work also enhances Bernard Herrmann’s contribution to the film (and, in my opinion, his greatest score).
The extra features contain an interesting featurette, along with two of De Palma’s early short films, WONTON’S WAKE (1962) and THE RESPONSIVE EYE (1966)—both presented in high quality. Additionally, I have to say that I really enjoy Arrow’s packaging for this, and all of their releases, in general. Included with this is a reversible cover sleeve that features a commissioned artwork (shown in the photo above), along with original artwork from the film’s release.
Finally, this release is region-free, for all to enjoy.