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Magnificent Obsession [videorecording]

Universal International ; produced by Ross Hunter ; screenplay by Robert Blees, Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman ; adaptation by Wells Root ; directed by Douglas Sirk
Format
Video; Book; DVD
Summary
Reckless playboy Bob Merrick crashes his speedboat, requiring emergency attention from a rescue team. They have to use the town's only resuscitator. At that same moment the beloved, local doctor has a heart attack and dies while waiting for the life-saving device. When Bob learns about the doctor's secret - to give selflessley and in secret - he decides to give it a try. He alienates the doctor's widow, Helen, with whom Bob has now fallen in love. His persistence causes another tragedy, and he must remake his life.
Director
Douglas Sirk
Performers
Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Agnes Moorehead, Otto Kruger, Gregg Palmer, Sara Shane, Paul Cavanagh, Judy Nugent, Helen Kleeb, Richard H. Cutting, Rudolph Anders, Fred Nurney, Alexander Campbell.
Release Date
1954
Run Time
108 min.
Language
Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Notes
  • Title and credits from container.
  • "Universal International presents" --At head of title.
  • Based on the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas ; based on the screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman.
  • Videodisc release of a 1954 motion picture.
  • Booklet features a new essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien.
  • Special features: New, restored, High-Definition digital transfer; audio commentary featuring film scholar Thomas Doherty; Magnificent obsession (1935, 102 min.): a new digital transfer of John M. Stahl's complete earlier version of the film starring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor; "Douglas Sirk: from UFA to Hollywood (1991): a rare 80-minute documentary by German filmmaker Eckhart Schmidt in which Sirk reflects upon his career; video interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Kathryn Bigelow, paying tribute to Sirk; theatrical trailer.
Uniform Title
Magnificent Obsession (Motion Picture : 1954)
Edition
Special ed
Series
The Criterion Collection
Criterion Collection
Series Statement
The Criterion collection ; 457
Criterion collection 457
Contents
  • Disc 1. Restored high-definition digital transfer ; Audio commentary ; Video interviews ; Theatrical trailer
  • Disc 2. New digital transfer of Stahl's earlier version of the film ; From UFA to Hollywood: Douglas Sirk remembers, a documentary / Scmidt, Eckhart.
ISBN
9781604651102, 1604651105
Credits
Director of photography, Russell Metty ; editor, Milton Carruth ; original music, Frank Skinner.
Published
[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2008.
Publisher no.
CC1789D Criterion Collection
Description
2 videodiscs (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (15 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm)
DVD ; widescreen (2.00:1) presentation enhanced for 16:9 televisions ; Dolby Digital 1.0 mono ; Region 1 ; NTSC.
Technical Details
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