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Magnificent Obsession

Magnificent Obsession

Director: Douglas Sirk Cast: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush

Blu-ray (Color / Wide Screen)

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This second film version of Lloyd C. Douglas' spiritual novel Magnificent Obsession is in its own way as successful as the first (filmed in 1935) in glossing over the plot holes and logic gaps in the original novel. Rock Hudson plays Bob Merrick, a reckless playboy who is indirectly responsible for the death of a kindly and much-beloved doctor. The dead man's wife, Helen Phillips (Jane Wyman), refuses to accept Bob's apologies. When Helen is accidentally blinded, Bob decides to "do right" by her anonymously, illustrating author Douglas's curious edict that the best sort of good deed is the one for which you're not rewarded. In record time, Bob becomes a brilliant physician, and it is he who performs the sight-restoring surgery on Helen. Rather than fade into the woodwork unheralded, Bob is at last forgiven by Helen, who has fallen in love with him during her sightless months without even knowing it. Luxuriously produced by Ross Hunter and directed con brio by Douglas Sirk, Magnificent Obsession was one of the most successful of Universal's big-budget "weepers" of the 1950s.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2019
UPC: 0715515233613
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 50

Special Features

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 Eckhart Schmidt Interview from 2009 with screenwriter Robert Blees Interviews from 2008 with filmmakers Allison Anders and Kathryn Bigelow, in which they pay tirbute to director Douglas Sirk Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Wyman Helen Phillips
Rock Hudson Bob Merrick
Barbara Rush Joyce Phillips
Agnes Moorehead Nancy Ashford
Otto Kruger Randolph
Gregg Palmer Tom Masterson
Sara Shane Valerie
Paul Cavanagh Dr. Giraud
Judy Nugent Judy
George Lynn Williams
Richard H. Cutting Dr. Dodge
Robert B. Williams Sgt. Burnham
Will J. White Sgt. Ames
Helen Kleeb Mrs. Eden
Lance Fuller Actor
Myrna Hansen Customer
Brad Johnson Actor
Kathleen O'Malley Switchboard Girl
Lee Roberts 2nd Mechanic
Norbert Schiller Mr. Long
Joy Hallward Maid
Rudolph Anders Dr. Fuss
Fred Nurney Dr. Laradetti
John Mylong Dr. Hofer
Alexander Campbell Dr. Allan
Mae Clarke Mrs. Miller
Harvey Grant Chris
Joseph Mell Dan
Gail Bonney Phyllis
Harold Dyrenforth Mr. Jouvet
Lisa Gaye Switchboard Girl
Jack Kelly 1st Mechanic
Lucille Lamarr Nurse
William Leslie Customer

Technical Credits
Douglas Sirk Director
Robert Blees Screenwriter
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Miton Carruth Editor
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
William Holland Asst. Director
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Ross Hunter Producer
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Emrich H. Nicholson Art Director
Wells Root Screenwriter
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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Magnificent Obsession 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
There have been many great actor-director collobrations through the years. John Wayne and John Ford. Jimmy Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock. Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone. Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. Yet, hardly anyone ever mentions the teaming of actor Rock Hudson with director Douglas Sirk and their films together are among the finest motion pictures of the 1950's. Hudson was a handsome and charismatic actor who also happened to be a closetted gay man. Sirk was a German filmmaker who fled to the United States when the Nazis took over his homeland. Together, they created films that, on the surface, were classic, weepy melodramas. Underneath, though, they were sideswipes of the straight-arrow, ultra-conservative times that America underwent in the Eisenhower Era. The first film they did together was "The Magnificent Obsession" in 1954, which was actually a remake of the 1935 original featuring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor. It tells the story of Bob Merrick (Hudson) who carelessly gets in a boating accident. As the doctor waits for a life-saving device for Merrick, the beloved doctor dies. Merrick starts getting pangs of conscience and through a series of complications, he begins to give more of himself to the doctor's widow, Helen (Jane Wyman). To tell more, of course, would be telling. What we can tell you is that the movie is told in a lush, colorful manner, which would be one of Sirk's trademarks. The film cemented Hudson's reputation as a fine, serious actor. It also has an undercurrent of guilt and classicism which would be a reoccuring theme in Sirk's films. And it should be mentioned that The Criterion Collection version also contains the 1935 version of this film. Hudson is known primarily for the comedies he did in the 1960's with Doris Day and, of course, for his high-profile death from AIDS in 1985. Just watching him in Sirk's movies---not just this one but also "Written On The Wind", "All That Heaven Allows" and "Battle Hymn"---seems a more appropriate epitaph.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you care about a Quality picture don't buy the Magnificent Obsession with the UPC # 4897007032167. I know the other DVD is around $35, but the cheaper cost DVD is not worth it. I bought the least expensive one and it had a poor quality transfer. I think it was made and reproduced in China.
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I bought this 'castaways pictures' version of the movie and yes, it is the movie.... in bad visual quality. If you are easily annoyed with this, use the money toward the purchase of a better quality copy, I wish I did.