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Magnificent obsession

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Special ed. ; widescreen version.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Agnes Moorehead, Otto Kruger, Gregg Palmer, Sara Shane, Paul Cavanagh, Judy Nugent.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2009]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated.


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.


Title from container.

Based on the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1954.

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; "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.

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