Sisters

Sisters

Director: Brian De Palma Cast: Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored)

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Overview

A reporter gets more than she bargained for when she tries to prove that a murder has occurred in Brian De Palma's disturbing thriller. Danielle (Margot Kidder) meets Phillip (Lisle Wilson) on a "Peeping Tom"-themed game show and, dodging her ex-husband Emil (William Finley), takes him back to her apartment. But Danielle has a separated Siamese twin sister, Dominique, who is not pleased about the overnight guest. Journalist neighbor Grace (Jennifer Salt) sees Phillip slaughtered by one of them through her window; the body vanishes before she can convince a skeptical detective (Dolph Sweet) to take a look. Determined to prove that she's right (and get a career-advancing story), Grace investigates, assisted by a private eye (Charles Durning), and becomes more involved in the relationships among Danielle, Dominique, and Emil than she ever expected.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2018
UPC: 0715515222310
Original Release: 1973
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 5,036

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, approved by Director Brian De Palma, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New interview with actor Jennifer Salt; Interviews from 2004 with De Palma, actors Bill Finley and Charles Durning, Editor Paul Hirsch, and Producer Edward R. Pressman; Audio from a 1973 discussion with De Palma at the American Film Institute; Appearance from 1970 by actor Margot Kidder on The Dick Cavett Show; Photo Gallery and radio spots; Plus: An essay by critic Carrie Rickey, excerpts from a 1973 interview with De Palma on the making of the film, and a 1973 article by the Director on working with Composer Bernard Herrmann

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margot Kidder Danielle Breton
Jennifer Salt Grace Collier
Charles Durning Joseph Larch
William Finley Emil Breton
Lisle Wilson Phillip Woode
Barnard Hughes Mr. McLennen
Mary Davenport Mrs. Collier
Dolph Sweet Detective

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director,Screenwriter
Sylvia Fay Casting
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Louisa Rose Screenwriter
Gregory Sandor Cinematographer
Dick Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Weist Production Designer

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Sisters 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Davis More than 1 year ago
I saw Sisters at a theater on it's release. In the 70's thru the early 80's, a number of films were championed by certain critics and this was one of them. Yes, Bernard Herrmann was thankfully on board, but De Palma would get more into Hichcock later. Sisters is a "horror" film I suppose, and, yes, there is murder/clean-up scene -- bit like Repulsion, isn't it, as well as Psycho? But De Palma is riffing on Fellini with his nightmare sequence. The new edition a great interview with Jennifer Salt. Lots of fine actors, an engaging story, and one of Herrmann's over the top scores -- I think I'll hold on to my old DVD, but the new Blu-Ray is a winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Margot Kidder has got to go down in history as one of the most determined, empassioned actors of our twenty first century. Alongside strong, able female actors like Jessica Lange, Jane Fonda and others, Kidder has sustained an amazing career in the face of many emotional challenges. Truly a multi-dimensional indiviual, she is perfectly cast in Brian DePalma's early psychological shocker than never fails to deliver both shocks and substance! Playing twins, she earned much praise for this twisted performance which still levels the viewer with a serious case of the shudders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brian DePalma's "Sisters" was promoted as a routine shocker by its distributor, American International Pictures, back in 1973--the kind of picture that made the studio rich and infamous. But it was something more--and more interesting--than that. It was an homage by a gifted young director to one of the cinema's genuine masters, Alfred Hitchcock. The theme was very Hitchcockian: a demonstration of the way private sexual obsession has a way of spilling over into public, with murderous consequences {"Vertigo"). There are innocent bystanders drawn dangerously into a closely woven criminal web ("The Man Who Knew Too Much") and the investigative reporter who witnesses a murder in the apartment across the courtyard ("Rear Window"). Even the murder that is film's central incident--a ghastly knifing--reminds us of the famous shower murder in "Psycho", as does a splendid, spooky score by that film's masterful composer, Bernard Herrmann. More important than these specific references to glories past, however, is the Hitchcockian discipline De Palma brings to his storytelling, the delicate balance between humor and horror which he permits it to unfold, the suspenseful way he lets the audience in on the plot's secret before his characters tumble into it. It is a weirdly plausible and marvelously original plot. So are the parodies that enliven the film: a lunatic TV game show that caters openly to voyeurism, an eerie documentary explicating the medical and psychological problems of Siamese twins. DePalma's New York location work reveals facets of an over-familiar urban landscape untouched at the time by other filmmakers. Most importantly, there is an appealing performance by Jennifer Salt as the investigative journalist who's cries of "Wolf!" go unheeded until it is almost too late, and Margot Kidder is touching and frightening as the most thoroughly bizarre heroine in movie history. Above all, however, "Sisters" revealed DePalma as capable of moving to the commercial center of the movie world without sacrificing the exuberantly radical spirit that first marked him as a director worth watching. "Sisters" provided moviegoers like myself with a special satisfaction of finding a real treasure while prowling cinema's bargain basement. [filmfactsman]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago