Douglas Sirk

Magnificent Obsession

Magnificent Obsession

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 beloved local Dr. Phillips has a heart attack and dies waiting for the life-saving 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. For this release, Criterion also presents John M. Stahl’s 1935 film version of the Lloyd C. Douglas novel, starring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor.

Film Info

  • Douglas Sirk
  • United States
  • 1954
  • 108 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.00:1
  • English
  • Spine #457

Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Thomas Doherty
  • Magnificent Obsession (1935, 102 minutes), a new digital transfer of John M. Stahl's earlier version of the film
  • From UFA to Hollywood: Douglas Sirk Remembers (1991, 82 minutes), a rare documentary by German filmmaker Eckhart Schmidt in which Sirk reflects upon his career
  • Video interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Kathryn Bigelow, in which they pay tribute to Sirk
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien

Cover based on a theatrical poster

Purchase Options

Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Thomas Doherty
  • Magnificent Obsession (1935, 102 minutes), a new digital transfer of John M. Stahl's earlier version of the film
  • From UFA to Hollywood: Douglas Sirk Remembers (1991, 82 minutes), a rare documentary by German filmmaker Eckhart Schmidt in which Sirk reflects upon his career
  • Video interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Kathryn Bigelow, in which they pay tribute to Sirk
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien

Cover based on a theatrical poster

Magnificent Obsession
Cast
Jane Wyman
Helen Phillips
Rock Hudson
Bob Merrick
Barbara Rush
Joyce Phillips
Agnes Moorehead
Nancy Ashford
Otto Krüger
Randolph
Gregg Palmer
Tom Masterson
Sara Shane
Valerie
Paul Cavanagh
Dr. Girsud
Judy Nugent
Judy
Credits
Director
Douglas Sirk
Producer
Ross Hunter
Screenplay
Robert Blees
Screenplay
Sarah Y. Mason
Screenplay
Victor Herman
Based on the novel by
Lloyd C. Douglas
Adaptation by
Wells Root
Cinematography
Russell Metty
Editing
Milton Carruth
Music
Frank Skinner
Costume design
Bill Thomas

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