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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Wild Side Video released new region 2 DVD and Blu-Ray editions of Brian De Palma's Obsession last month in France. Both editions feature a remastered version of Obsession, with new special features, including a brief interview with De Palma, presented as part of a 26-minute video essay by Samuel Blumenfeld, coauthor of Brian De Palma: Conversations with Samuel Blumenfeld and Laurent Vachaud. (According to the Principal Archivist at the Swan Archives, the De Palma interview appears to be from 2004, perhaps from the same interview De Palma did for the French Sisters DVD that was released around that time-- see comments section below.) The DVD edition of Obsession is a two-disc set that includes a PDF of Paul Schrader's original screenplay (not included in the Blu-Ray package, according to Amazon). Both editions include two bonus De Palma shorts: Woton's Wake and The Responsive Eye. They also include Laurent Bouzereau's "Obsession Revisited," as well as a trailer for the film.

Longtime reader screenfreekz has sent in a tentatively translated (from French, after it had already been translated from English) quote from the De Palma interview: ""People don't understand Hitchcock. I'd love to be in a room with my detractors so I could prove them wrong whenever they compare me to him."
(Thanks to screenfreekz!)

Posted by Geoff at 12:59 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:10 PM CDT
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 8:03 AM CDT

Name: "Christian G"
Home Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/kxstrough


I need to get this. 

I'm working on a short film where the last shot is very similar to the ending shot of Obsession, and I want to have another look at that scene to study the timing and music. It's a very tricky shot.

Also looking forward to watching the interview, if it's as good as the one one the Blow Out Blu-Ray it will a real treat.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 11:23 PM CDT

Name: "Ryan Clark"
Home Page: http://https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blood-Among-the-S

I wonder how the transfer on this Blu-ray will compare to the one from Arrow Video, which I found very pleasing.  I'd love to see that new interview!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 12:40 AM CDT

Name: "Principal Archivist"
Home Page: http://www.swanarchives.org

Unfortunately, it's not a new interview.  The Obsession disc just has a couple minutes of outtakes from the 2004 interview De Palma did in conjunction with Wild Side's Sisters DVD; this is leftover material (or perhaps some of the same material) as was included on that disc.  There's about 24 minutes of Blumenfeld talking in French, probably recently recorded, and a couple minutes from the old De Palma interview (which was not conducted by Blumenfeld) interspersed.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 5:09 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.angelfire.com/de/palma

Thanks for the clarification on the interview!

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