- Audio: English (Dolby Digital Mono)
- Subtitles: English
- 1.85:1 Widescreen Presentation
- Director Brian De Palma's 1973 Village Voice essay Murder By Moog: Scoring The Chill, On Working With Composer Bernard Herrmann (Psycho, Citizen Kane)
- 1973 Print Interview With De Palma On The Making Of Sisters
Rare Study Of Siamese Twins In Soviet, the 1966 Life Magazine Article That Inspired De Palma
- Excerpts From The Original Press Book, Including Ads And Exploitation
- Production, Publicity, And Behind-The-Scenes Stills
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 3, 2000
- Originally Released: 1973
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Production Interviews: Brian De Palma - Director
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Essay: MURDER BY MOOG: SCORING THE CHILL - Brian De Palma
- Poster Art/Lobby Card
- Stills/Photos: Production Stills
- Additional Text: RARE STUDY OF SIAMESE TWINS IN THE SOVIET
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 10/09/1998
"...Daringly perched between the exploitive funk of PSYCHO....and the romanticism of VERTIGO..." -- Rating: B
Total Film - 03/01/2001
"...Wildly entertaining....This is a leaner, edgier De Palma than we're used to seeing now..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously ensnared in the sisters' insidious sibling bond. A scary and stylish paean to female destructiveness, De Palma's first foray into horror voyeurism is a stunning amalgam of split-screen effects, bloody birthday cakes, and a chilling score by frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann. Criterion is proud to present Sisters in a new Special Edition.
Director Brian De Palma made a name for himself with this twisty shocker starring a pre-SUPERMAN Margot Kidder as the mysterious Danielle. A French-Canadian model, Danielle may be covering up a murder to protect her recently separated homicidal Siamese twin--or maybe not. Plucky female reporter Grace Collier (Jennifer Salt) witnessed the killing from her apartment window but can't convince some clueless cops to investigate, so she hires a private detective (Charles Durning) to help her solve the case. Eventually she winds up at a mysterious sanitarium in the clutches of Danielle's creepy psychiatrist husband, Emil (William Finley), and begins to unravel the shocking truth.
Scary, funny, clever, and firmly rooted in a Hitchcockian universe, SISTERS set the tone for many of De Palma's future works, including DRESSED TO KILL and RAISING CAIN. Bernard Herrmann's score even recalls his work on PSYCHO--only this time he's spruced things up with bizarre electronic effects. However, not all of De Palma's work pays debt to the master of suspense. An innovative use of split-screen techniques to heighten the suspense is distinctly his own, as is a memorably twisted black-and-white hallucination sequence.
This ghoulish horror film deals with Siamese twin sisters who are surgically separated--with horrible results. One is mad, one is sane, and it is impossible to tell who is who.
- Theatrical release: March 27, 1973
- SISTERS was filmed on location in Manhattan and Staten Island, New York.
- Olympia Dukakis can be seen briefly as an employee in a bakery.