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Magnificent Obsession [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [English] [1954]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Thomas Doherty
  • Video interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and kathryn Bigelow, in which they pay a tribute to Douglas Sirk
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Disc 2:
  • 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 on his career
  • Plus a booklet featuring a new essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien

Synopsis

Magnificent Obsession
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jane Wyman
    Jane Wyman - Helen Phillips
  • Rock Hudson
    Rock Hudson - Bob Merrick
  • Barbara Rush
    Barbara Rush - Joyce Phillips
  • Agnes Moorehead
    Agnes Moorehead - Nancy Ashford
  • Otto Kruger
    Otto Kruger - Randolph
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