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by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jan 15, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" has been examined and mimicked since its initial release in 1958. Director Brian De Palma offered up a variation of Hitchcock's story of duality in "Obsession," an underrated feature film from 1976 that finally sees a proper Blu-ray release after all of these years. Prior home entertainment versions have nothing on Shout Factory's Blu-ray and those who haven't (and have) seen "Obsession" should pick up a copy ASAP.

While far from a perfect film, "Obsession" has all of the De Palma-isms down pact: The split screen shots, the swooning camera angles, and understated acting. The mystery/thriller concerns a married couple (Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold) who are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. Not soon after, Michael (Robertson) discovers that his wife and daughter have been kidnapped and they are assumed to be dead.

Flashing forward seamlessly sixteen years later, Michael visits Florence, Italy and sees a young woman that resembles his deceased wife. Like "Vertigo," the question remains: Has Michael's wife been reincarnated, or was she never dead in the first place?

Shot on location, "Obsession" was gorgeously filmed and gets captured nicely in its Blu-ray format. Genevieve Bujold is a revelation as well, cast in two different roles with varying degrees of intensity.

Ironically, it's the carryover special features that outdo the brand new ones on Scream Factory's Collector's Edition disc. New interviews with producer George Litto and editor Paul Hirsh just aren't all that compelling or interesting. "Obsession Revisited" fares much better and this documentary from the DVD release features interviews with De Palma and his talented actors.

De Palma admits wholeheartedly that he and screenwriter Paul Schrader wrote a version of "Vertigo" to pay homage to the great Hitchcock. If a remake of "Vertigo" never comes to fruition, De Palma's "Obsession" film is the closest that audiences will get.


Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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