Sisters

Sisters

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Director: Brian De Palma

Cast: Brian De Palma, Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning

     
 

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Brian De Palm's first great suspense film, Sisters, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a director written essay on scoring the film, an print interview with theSee more details below

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Overview

Brian De Palm's first great suspense film, Sisters, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a director written essay on scoring the film, an print interview with the director, a copy of the Life magazine article that inspired De Palma, and excerpts from the original press booklet. This is another outstanding release from Criterion.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Subtle psychological tension is punctuated by some kitchen-knife slashing in Brian De Palma's underrated thriller Sisters. Margot Kidder plays Danielle Breton, a model/actress in New York City whose romantic life is complicated by her demented -- and violent -- twin sister. De Palma's flair for the choreography of suspense is completely on display here, most notably in a few beautifully engineered split-screen sequences (a technique he would employ again in Carrie). Also typically De Palma are the shades of Alfred Hitchcock in Sisters, including a few scenes straight out of Rear Window and a haunting score by longtime Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann. The performances are all solid if low-key, save for Kidder's. And while the story unfolds rather slowly, it packs several clever twists capped off by a brilliantly off-kilter hypnosis sequence, resulting in an effective thriller that stands among De Palma's best films.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
In Sisters, Brian De Palma reworks elements of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Rear Window to tell a timely and eerie tale about the fate of women who deviate from normalcy in ways that go beyond stabbings and voyeurism. Using split screens to ratchet up the suspense, De Palma also hints at a kinship between Grace and Danielle, as they are both patronized by various male authority figures. Bernard Herrmann's foreboding score adds to the Hitchcockian atmosphere (as does the darkly humorous final shot), but the nightmarishly surreal visit to a mental hospital signaled the technical virtuosity (and gore) that would characterize De Palma's subsequent work. Shot for little money, Sisters became quite profitable, establishing De Palma's directorial standing after a handful of little-seen independent films and one Hollywood debacle with Get to Know Your Rabbit (1970). Although Carrie (1976) would surpass it at the box office, Sisters is remarkable proof of De Palma's visual skill and ability to creep out his audience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
UPC:
0715515011020
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
11,378

Special Features

New widescreen digital transfer; "Murder by Moog: Scoring the Chill," director Brain De Palma's 1973 Village Voice essay on working with composer Bernard Herrmann; a 1973 interview with De Palma on the making of Sisters; "Rare Study of Siamese Twins in Soviet", the 1966 Life magazine article that inspired Sisters; excerpts from the original press book, including ads and posters; production, publicity, and behind-the-scenes stills

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margot Kidder Danielle Breton
Jennifer Salt Grace Collier
Charles Durning Joseph Larch
William Finley Emil Breton
Lisle Wilson Phillip Woode
Barnard Hughes Mr. McLennen
Mary Davenport Mrs. Collier
Dolph Sweet Detective

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director,Screenwriter
Sylvia Fay Casting
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Louisa Rose Screenwriter
Gregory Sandor Cinematographer
Dick Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Weist Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Opening Titles [2:00]
2. "Peeping Toms" [4:54]
3. African Room [3:30]
4. Alexander Hamilton [5:51]
5. Morning After [5:17]
6. Pills and Cake [2:54]
7. "Make a Wish" [5:49]
8. Cleanup [6:20]
9. In the Name of the Law [9:30]
10. Date With Mother [4:25]
11. Modern Investigation [4:57]
12. Morbid Fascination [4:37]
13. Blanchion Twins [3:09]
14. Experimental Madhouse [5:39]
15. Margaret [4:23]
16. Open Your Eyes [7:11]
17. Separations [7:10]
18. A Ridiculous Mistake [4:45]

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