Magnificent Obsession: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1954) / Region 1
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Magnificent Obsession: The Criterion Collection

Reckless playboy Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson, in his breakthrough role) crashes his speedboat, requiring emergency attention from the town's only resuscitato - at the very moment that beloved local Dr. Phillips has a heart attack and dies waiting for the life-saving device. Thus begins one of Douglas Sirk's most flamboyant master classes in melodrama, a delirious Technicolor mix of the sudsy and the spiritual in which Bob and the doctor's widow, Helen (Jane Wyman), find themselves inextricably linked to one another amid a series of increasingly wild twists, turns, trials, and tribulations. For this release, Criterion also presents John M. Stahl's 1935 film version of the Lloyd C. Douglas novel, starring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 24 2008
  • Production Year 1954
  • Empire SKU 1434309
  • UPC Code 715515034821
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


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 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


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.00:1 Color

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