Sisters (1973) | Enter the sordid sexual world of Brian De Palma’s suspenseful Hitchcock homage in HD
What the Devil Hath Joined Together Let No Man Cut Asunder!
When French Canadian divorcée Danielle Breton (Margot Kidder) meets a young man after appearing on a TV show, she invites him home to her Staten Island apartment, only to attract the ire of her twin sister Dominique Blanchion. In a neighbouring block, journalist Grace Collier (Jennifer Salt) witnesses the man being murdered – but the police find no body or any physical evidence.
Exasperated by the police’s lack of interest, Grace follows up the case herself with the help of a private eye (Charles Durning), and when she discovers that Danielle was one of a pair of Canadian Siamese twins who were separated by Danielle’s ex-husband Dr Emil Breton (William Finley), Grace then sets out to uncover the truth about the supposedly dead Blanchion twin…
‘If you are going to steal, then steal from the best’
This is the first great shocker from director Brian De Palma and almost every scene features some kind of reference to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, which was De Palma intent. Its even topped off with a brilliant, nerve-wracking score from Psycho composer Bernard Herrmann.
Before 1973, De Palma made comedies and experimental satires, but with Sisters (originally released as Blood Sisters in the UK) he found his mojo, and his perfect audience, in the suspense thriller. It was a genre he would go onto master with Carrie, Dressed to Kill and Blow Out. While De Palma borrows the personality-transference theme from Psycho and the early killing-off of a sympathetic character and the witness of a murder through binoculars from Rear Window, he also brings his own cinematic touches to the proceedings with the introduction of one of his trademarks, the use of split screen, which is employed here with imaginative and inventive effect. De Palma also gives us one of the most powerful scenes he has ever done, a disturbing hallucination sequence that will haunt you forever.
THE ARROW FILMS UK RELEASE
Arrow Films, who have been championing De Palma’s oeuvre with restored releases of Phantom of the Paradise, The Fury and Obsession, are now releasing the UK Blu-ray debut of the director’s 1973 suspense thriller Sisters, which has been given an all-new restoration and features a host of entertaining extras (see below).
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation in its 1.78:1 aspect ration. Region 2 encoded.
• Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
• What the Devil Hath Joined Together: Brian De Palma’s Sisters – A visual essay by author Justin Humphreys (47min)
• Interviews with co-writer Louisa Rose, actress Jennifer Salt, editor Paul Hirsch and unit manager Jeffrey Hayes
• The De Palma Digest – A fguide to the director’s career by critic Mike Sutton
• Archive audio interview with the late William Finley
• Promotional material gallery
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
• Collector’s booklet featuring an essay by Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women), Brian De Palma’s 1973 Village Voice essay on Bernard Herrmann, an interview with De Palma on making Sisters, and the 1966 Life magazine article that inspired the film.
Posted on April 28, 2014, in Cult classic, Must See, Must-See, Thriller and tagged Alfred Hitchcock, Arrow Video, Bernard Herrmann, Brian De Palma, Charles Durning, Cult classic, Margot Kidder, Must See, Sisters, Thriller, William Finley. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.