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Sisters (The Criterion Collection)
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- Director Brain De Palma's 1973 VILLAGE VOICE essay, "Murder by Moog: Scoring the Chill," on working with composer Bernard Herrmann
- A 1973 interview with De Palma on the making of SISTERS
- Rare Study of Siamese Twins in the Soviet, the 1966 LIFE magazine article that inspired De Palma
- Excerpts from the original press book, including ads and posters
- Hundreds of production, publicity, and behind-the-scenes stills
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I saw this for the first time in high school on one of those late-night, local independent stations in Baltimore. Being a huge "Superman" fan, once I saw Margot's name top billed, I was hooked. I had no idea what I was in for.
By today's horror-movie standards, "Sisters" begins rather slowly. Be patient. You'll soon be drawn into a world of mad doctors, inquisitive neighbors, overbearing mothers, slayings, slashings, malevolent institutions and one seriously unbalanced set of Siamese twins. Top this off with Bernard Herrmann's weird, wonderful score plus the best split-screen editing I've ever seen and you've got a flick even Hitchcock would've been proud of.
Many thanks to Criterion Collection for resurrecting "Sisters" -- it's been out-of-print for at least a decade. Great cast... clever story... it's perfect for late-night viewing. I strongly urge fans of the genre to give this diabolical baby a whirl.
The film starts as a game show "Peeping Toms" is being played out before a live audience. The contestant on the show, a young black man named Philip Woode (Lisle Wilson), and the guest 'prankster', a model named Danillele Breton (Margot Kidder in her BEST performance ever). After the show is over, Philip recieves a gift card which is a ticket for two to have a free dinner at an African themed restaraunt, and for Danielle's participation on the show, she recieves a very nice set of steak knives (establishing sterotypes and irony in one set piece).
They attend dinner together, where they are followed by Danielle's ex-husband, Emil Breton (William Finley), but he is removed from the restaraunt; so they have a very nice dinner together, then go to Danielle's to spend the night together. As they are making out, we are shown a very large, ugly scar on Danielle's thigh.?.?.
The next morning, there is loud yelling from the next room, someone calling out "Danielle! Danielle!Read more ›
The folks at Criterion have rescued another lost classic from the wear and tear of time. Previously available only in inferior prints, this lovingly remastered SISTERS marks the beginning of De Palma's smart series of Hitchcock hommages, and for sheer terror really can't be touched by any of its successors (Carrie, Obsession, Dressed to Kill, etc.) The plot unfolds with a terrifying calculation that avoids the arrogance of De Palma's later work; coming off of his string of low budget independent releases (GREETINGS, HI MOM!) the young writer/director seems like a kid in a candy store. (For deeper commentary on the Hollywood milieu in which this picture was created, read Peter Biskind's exceptional history EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS.)
I was pleasantly shocked to find that Criterion had reissued SISTERS and immediately picked it up; once again--this company chooses the lesser known work of established artists. The colors and tracking shots alone are worth the price of admission. Criterion has done a masterful job with De Palma's considerably complex palette, balancing the bright, deceptively safe daylight tones (Danielle's apartment), with the muted deep focus hues of night (the mental institution). Deserves a whole new cult of aspiring filmmakers to analyze every frame, a job this DVD simplifies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not dePalma at his best. To easy to guess what was really going on, and very dated in terms of acting, suspense, drama. But fun to see shadow play, use of music to set mood. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bobbie
De Palma's early tribute to Hitch, with music by Bernard Herrmann.Published 3 months ago by Bevan Davies
This film was TERRIBLE with a capital "T." The acting itself was not so bad but the plot was poorly developed and flushed out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. McKinney
This film reminds me why I like the young De Palma; he reminds me so much of the young David Cronenberg rather than Hitchcock. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bob Taylor
Loved it. Even though I think Brian DePalma exploits women and is most likely a full blown misogynist, I cannot deny once again how beautifully his work was shot and how... Read morePublished 13 months ago by lorin