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Now I am obsessed...
on November 21, 2013
The movie is brilliant. It's still a shame that we do not have Paul Schrader's completed script on film, but De Palma is a far more interesting director in hidnsight than his critical reception suggested during his heyday. The picture is nice, and there is a nice documentary feature (though Schrader is snubbed quite a bit in it as well), and the overall package, cover art, and content is pristine. Finally, a service that will due justice to powerful exploitation and cult cinema titles.
However, I have a major caveat: this disc will not play in standard players. I have a portable DVD player and that is the only device this disc will play on. Forget your BluRay player--the disc is not formatted to playback its encoded information. Also, on my copy alone (am I right?), the film skips and freezes in certain places, and I also noticed some subtitles cropping up at incorrect points during the film's duration--even though I did not have the subtitles turned "on." However, I am grateful to have this rare title under any condition, as most of the film did play fine, but it's still upsetting for such a classic film as this. Maybe my disc just needs cleaning, but I don't know. Anyway, what really upsets me is that "Obsession" has not been given a proper (read: major studio) DVD/BluRay combo pack release, with even more (and better) extras. Could they get the mortally wounded Schrader to do a commentary track explaining his disappointment in the production? And couldn't De Palma record one? I appreciate this cult series, but I thought another major studio would have remastered and rereleased this title by now--even Shout! Factory could do it justice, as they did the "Walking Tall" trilogy. But to have this title on such an obscure format...as I said, I'm grateful for it, but I don't think this title has been given the respect that it deserves, considering how many violent, video-game inspired crap-fests that we are constantly being subjected to on the modern movie market these days. The accompanying booklet is okay, but the critical essay really isn't all that insightful. Please, someone, rerelease this title and do it justice--for all!!!