Blu-ray Release: That Obscure Object of Desire

Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 25, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Lionsgate


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Gotta dance, gotta sing in Luis Buñuel's That Obscure Object of Desire.

French filmmaker’s Luis Buñuel’s (Belle de Jour) final feature, the 1977 romantic comedy-drama That Obscure Object of Desire explodes with eroticism, bringing the director’s lifelong preoccupation with the darker side of desire  full circle.

Buñuel regular Fernando Rey plays Matthieu, an urbane widower, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita. With subversive flare, Buñuel uses two different actresses in the lead role – Carole Bouquet, a sophisticated French beauty and Angela Molina, a Spanish coquette. Drawn from Pierre Louys‘ 1898 novel La Femme et le Pantin, the movie offers a dizzying game of sexual politics punctuated by a terror that harkens back to Buñuel’s surrealistic beginnings.

Issued on DVD by Criterion back in 2001 but out-of-print for years (though it’s still available through used disc brokers), That Obscure Object of Desire’s high-definition release by Lionsgate represents the film’s U.S. Blu-ray debut.

Presented in French and Spanish with English subtitles, the Blu-ray comes outfitted with the following bonus features:

  • Arbitrary Desire (interview with Jean-Claude Carrière)
  • Interview with Carlos Saura
  • Double Dames (interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina)
  • A portrait of Luis Bunuel (interview with Pierre Lary and Edmond Richard)

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.