Reckless playboy Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson, in his breakthrough role) crashes his speedboat, requiring emergency attention from the townâs only resuscitatorâat the very moment that a beloved local doctor has a heart attack and dies waiting for the lifesaving device. Thus begins one of Douglas Sirkâs most flamboyant master classes in melodrama, a delirious Technicolor mix of the sudsy and the spiritual in which Bob and the doctorâs widow, Helen (Jane Wyman), find themselves inextricably linked amid a series of increasingly wild twists, turns, trials, and tribulations.
Audio commentary featuring film scholar Thomas Doherty
Magnificent Obsession (1935, 102 minutes), a new digital transfer of John M. Stahlâs earlier version of the film
From UFA to Hollywood: Douglas Sirk Remembers (1991, 82 minutes), a rare documentary by German filmmaker Eckhart Schmidt in which Douglas Sirk reflects upon his career
Video interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Kathryn Bigelow, in which they pay tribute to Sirk