Sisters

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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 ...
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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.
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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
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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: 9/19/2000
  • UPC: 715515011020
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 833

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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   "What the Devil Hath Joined Together..."
      "The Making of 'Sisters'; An Interview With Director Brian De Palma"
      "Rare Study of Siamese Twins in Soviet"
      Original 1973 Press Book
      Behind-the-Scenes and Publicity Photos
   Color Bars
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kool Killer Kidder

    Margot Kidder has got to go down in history as one of the most determined, empassioned actors of our twenty first century. Alongside strong, able female actors like Jessica Lange, Jane Fonda and others, Kidder has sustained an amazing career in the face of many emotional challenges. Truly a multi-dimensional indiviual, she is perfectly cast in Brian DePalma's early psychological shocker than never fails to deliver both shocks and substance! Playing twins, she earned much praise for this twisted performance which still levels the viewer with a serious case of the shudders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Homage or rip-off?--There's a big difference.

    Brian DePalma's "Sisters" was promoted as a routine shocker by its distributor, American International Pictures, back in 1973--the kind of picture that made the studio rich and infamous. But it was something more--and more interesting--than that. It was an homage by a gifted young director to one of the cinema's genuine masters, Alfred Hitchcock. The theme was very Hitchcockian: a demonstration of the way private sexual obsession has a way of spilling over into public, with murderous consequences {"Vertigo"). There are innocent bystanders drawn dangerously into a closely woven criminal web ("The Man Who Knew Too Much") and the investigative reporter who witnesses a murder in the apartment across the courtyard ("Rear Window"). Even the murder that is film's central incident--a ghastly knifing--reminds us of the famous shower murder in "Psycho", as does a splendid, spooky score by that film's masterful composer, Bernard Herrmann. More important than these specific references to glories past, however, is the Hitchcockian discipline De Palma brings to his storytelling, the delicate balance between humor and horror which he permits it to unfold, the suspenseful way he lets the audience in on the plot's secret before his characters tumble into it. It is a weirdly plausible and marvelously original plot. So are the parodies that enliven the film: a lunatic TV game show that caters openly to voyeurism, an eerie documentary explicating the medical and psychological problems of Siamese twins. DePalma's New York location work reveals facets of an over-familiar urban landscape untouched at the time by other filmmakers. Most importantly, there is an appealing performance by Jennifer Salt as the investigative journalist who's cries of "Wolf!" go unheeded until it is almost too late, and Margot Kidder is touching and frightening as the most thoroughly bizarre heroine in movie history. Above all, however, "Sisters" revealed DePalma as capable of moving to the commercial center of the movie world without sacrificing the exuberantly radical spirit that first marked him as a director worth watching. "Sisters" provided moviegoers like myself with a special satisfaction of finding a real treasure while prowling cinema's bargain basement. [filmfactsman]

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