Sisters appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though dated, the image appeared generally good.
Sharpness usually seemed solid. Occasional instances of softness interfered at times, but those moments appeared modest and largely appeared related to the original photography.
I saw no examples of moiré effects or jagged edges, and the presentation seemed to lack evidence of edge haloes. Source flaws also failed to create any distractions, and grain remained natural, without signs of digital noise reduction.
Colors came across as fairly full. The movie opted for a reasonably natural palette that largely appeared acceptably dynamic.
Black levels usually stayed fairly deep and dense, while shadow detail showed positive consistency. Ultimately, Sisters provided a more than acceptable visual presentation.
As for the LPCM monaural soundtrack of Sisters, it was perfectly adequate for its era but not much better than that. Speech sounded intelligible and clear, though the lines suffered from a somewhat boxy sound.
The movie offered a moody score, and these elements came across reasonably well. While the music lacked great range, it seemed clear enough.
The effects represented the source elements in a competent manner. These elements offered reasonable accuracy without great punch. All of this was good enough for an age-adjusted “C+“.
Under “Interviews”, we find four segments, and these start with a 2018 chat with actor Jennifer Salt. In this 24-minute, six-second reel, she covers her relationship with director Brian De Palma, aspects of her career, and aspects of the Sisters production. Salt offers a good collection of insights.
With The Autopsy, we locate a 26-minute, 30-second program that includes archival comments from De Palma, editor Paul Hirsch, producer Edward Pressman and actors Charles Durning and Bill Finley.
“Autopsy” looks at the movie’s roots and path to the screen, story/characters, cast and performances, various cinematic techniques, music, and the Hitchcock comparisons.
While not a succinct overview of the production, “Autopsy” still acts as a pretty good “making of” piece. It gets into a nice variety of topics and offers a mix of useful notes.
With Brian De Palma at the AFI, we find a running audio program. Like a commentary, this 1973 interview plays along with the movie. De Palma talks about his career, with a strong emphasis on Sisters.
Most discussions of this sort tend toward kiss-uppery, but this one gives us a more blunt appraisal. While the panel offers some praise, they also question his choices, a fact that makes this an engaging and informative view of Sisters.
Finally, Margot Kidder on The Dick Cavett Show comes from 1970 and spans eight minutes, 55 seconds. They discuss Kidder’s then-nascent career.
Guest Gloria Swanson fills a fair amount of the running time as well, while Janis Joplin (!) sits at the side and looks bored. Nothing especially interesting materializes, but how can you dislike a panel with Kidder, Swanson and Joplin?
In addition to four Radio Spots, we find a Photo Gallery. It includes 160 stills that mix promo shots, images from the set and ads. This turns into a solid compilation.
Sisters brings a moderately chilling and compelling piece of faux Hitchcock. If nothing else, it certainly demonstrated the path down which Brian De Palma would walk for most of his career. The Blu-ray provides generally positive picture along with adequate audio and a reasonable selection of bonus materials. Fans of De Palma's work may want to give this one a spin, but I'd recommend a good Hitchcock film in its stead.