Magnificent Obsession (Criterion Collection) (Blu ray) [USA]

C.C. 95

The Snarky Assassin
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Sep 10, 2014
The Land, OHIO - U.S.A.
Release Date: August 20, 2019
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Director: Douglas Sirk
Lloyd C. Douglas, Robert Blees, Wells Root, Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman
Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Otto Kruger, Barbara Rush
  • United States
  • 1954
  • 108 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.00:1
  • English

Reckless playboy Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson, in his breakthrough role) crashes his speedboat, requiring emergency attention from the town’s only resuscitator—at the very moment that a beloved local doctor has a heart attack and dies waiting for the lifesaving device. Thus begins one of Douglas Sirk’s most flamboyant master classes in melodrama, a delirious Technicolor mix of the sudsy and the spiritual in which Bob and the doctor’s widow, Helen (Jane Wyman), find themselves inextricably linked amid a series of increasingly wild twists, turns, trials, and tribulations.


  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2008 featuring film scholar Thomas Doherty
  • Magnificent Obsession, John M. Stahl’s 1935 adaptation of the same novel, newly restored
  • From UFA to Hollywood: Douglas Sirk Remembers(1991), a documentary by German filmmaker Eckhart Schmidt
  • Interviews from 2008 with filmmakers Allison Anders and Kathryn Bigelow, in which they pay tribute to Sirk
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien
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